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Unread 01-16-2014, 09:45 PM   #1
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1998 Grand Cherokee ZJ Build

This is my new Moab project!



Jeep the day I brought her home and morning after, back in September.


35x12.5" Mickey Thompson MTZs on 15x10" Pro Comps


Right after I put the lift and OTK steering on. I went with the 7" IRO lift kit and I love it!




Couple more pics after the lift.



Trimming the fenders - getting ready for the flares





How she sits today.....

Near future plans - I've got a 231 TC with a SYE kit waiting in the garage, need to order new drive shafts from Tom Woods, build up some rock sliders...

Plans a little further out - axle swaps with gears lockers, rear long arms, etc.

I'll keep this post updated with where I'm at and what my plans are.

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Unread 01-16-2014, 11:23 PM   #2
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Can't wait to see the progression on this. Love everything but the Bushwackers so far. That's just my opinion though.
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Unread 01-17-2014, 06:46 PM   #3
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Thought about putting a brush guard on until I build some bumpers, but I didn't like it..... The worst part about it was how it mounted, very light duty. So, I sold it.


Replaced the old, sun faded headlight housings and got new bulbs. Also replaced the broken fog lights - had to make some custom brackets... Turned out pretty good, it's got the "almost stock" look.


Just ordered a pair of the Detours a-pillar light mounts! Should be here in about a week... I'm excited to have somewhere to mount my KC lights finally.
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Unread 01-17-2014, 06:51 PM   #4
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Can't wait to see the progression on this. Love everything but the Bushwackers so far. That's just my opinion though.
Thanks! I had to get the flares, kept getting pulled over. My whole intention with this thing is to be a TRUE all terrain vehicle. I want to be able to go down the highway 80mph and still be a capable rock crawler for Moab. That means I've gotta stay street legal. No full widths for this baby. I don't really like the idea of having the trailer your rig around everywhere you go to go off-roading
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Unread 01-17-2014, 08:02 PM   #5
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Haha it seems to constantly slip my mind that not everyone has the lenient vehicle laws we do. I agree, though, that it's a lot more fun to actually drive your rig than trailer it.
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Unread 02-06-2014, 09:33 PM   #6
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Got a new custom bumper and mounted some KC lights.



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Unread 02-06-2014, 09:57 PM   #7
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Simple, yet functional. I like it. No plans for a winch?
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Unread 02-09-2014, 08:21 PM   #8
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Simple, yet functional. I like it. No plans for a winch?
I think I will add a hitch receiver to the bumper and fab up a removable winch plate eventually...
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Unread 02-15-2014, 09:56 AM   #9
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looks good! Keep it up! The more I see those fender flares the more I consider putting them on my rust-bucket lol
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Unread 02-15-2014, 01:45 PM   #10
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Very nice job, Its one of the only zjs that ive seen DONE RIGHT and looks excellent.
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Unread 02-16-2014, 04:52 PM   #11
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Thanks guys! Installed a gas tank skid this weekend. Going to get my drive shafts ordered next week for the TC swap.
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Unread 02-22-2014, 07:05 PM   #12
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We'll, I'm going to be using my father in laws shop next weekend to do my 231 TC swap. Once I get the transfer case in, I can get all my measurements for new drive shafts. I will be gettin rid of the 1in TC drop with the swap - the IRO crossmember makes it easy, just move a few bolts around. I'm going with Tom Woods shafts. I hear they are awesome and the lead time is less than a week... Plus, he is local. The TC was newly rebuilt and already had a SYE kit installed. It came out of a 99 XJ and already has the right size input shaft, so it should be a pretty easy swap... I will be sure to take some pics.

In the mean time, here is a little design I made.... I was thinking about getting a few decals cut.
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Unread 02-23-2014, 09:16 PM   #13
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Did a little lite wheeling today...
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Unread 03-06-2014, 09:25 PM   #14
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Last trip wheelin before she goes under the knife for the TC swap.








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Unread 03-07-2014, 05:08 PM   #15
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231 is in, just need to button the crossmember up, get the linkage installed and figure out the connection to the VIC. Iona to do this all tomorrow... Plus measure for the new shafts and get them ordered.
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