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Unread 09-15-2011, 12:55 AM   #16
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Tires have been ordered.

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Unread 09-15-2011, 06:00 AM   #17
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Wow your speeding along with this build and I wish I had all those boxes of parts to be put on mine can't wait to see it lifted.
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Unread 09-15-2011, 10:32 AM   #18
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Wow your speeding along with this build and I wish I had all those boxes of parts to be put on mine can't wait to see it lifted.
I had been planning & saving for this for about 8 months for my rubicon. When I wrecked it I decided I wanted a ZJ or xj instead. So I had the Most decisions made. Still learning the ZJ though. Stupid automatics.
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Unread 09-15-2011, 01:27 PM   #19
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Wow. Your jeep is almost the exact same as mine. Same year, motor, cept mine has 181k. I had a brand new tranny put in last Friday due to mine going out in March. Never been happier with mine. I went and picked up a set of tires yesterday, and ordered the same lift on Tuesday. I'll def. follow your thread! Mind me asking how much those wheels were a piece? I'm pretty set on getting black wheels, just not sure if I want the D windows or the circles yet. I'll be ordering them soon as I know which I want more. Looking forward to seeing your lift get put on!
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Unread 09-15-2011, 01:43 PM   #20
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Wow. Your jeep is almost the exact same as mine. Same year, motor, cept mine has 181k. I had a brand new tranny put in last Friday due to mine going out in March. Never been happier with mine. I went and picked up a set of tires yesterday, and ordered the same lift on Tuesday. I'll def. follow your thread! Mind me asking how much those wheels were a piece? I'm pretty set on getting black wheels, just not sure if I want the D windows or the circles yet. I'll be ordering them soon as I know which I want more. Looking forward to seeing your lift get put on!
I payed 79.99 a piece from Morris 4x4. They are 16x 8 4.25 backspace. I could have saved a few dollars going to another site. But Morris is by far the best jeep company to deal with. Plus the lift is cheapest their. The 15" rims ate a bit cheaper. But I wanted 16" for treadwrights. The jeep is growing on me more and more.
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Unread 09-15-2011, 01:47 PM   #21
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Ah I gotcha. Thats where I got my lift too, and thats probably where I'm getting the wheels. For future reference, if you use the code "forum9" on there...you get a discount I only paid 461 for the lift, 4 shock boots and steering stabilizer. Without the discount it would have been 503.
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Unread 09-15-2011, 01:57 PM   #22
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Yep, they will take it over the phone too. I ordered with the nitro shocks for the v8. The v8 one come with 3/4 spacers for the same price. I'm gonna hold onto them in case its not level.
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Unread 09-15-2011, 02:02 PM   #23
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Glad you are ok and look forward to seeing another built ZJ (If I had extra money I would def DD a ZJ or WJ)

As for the Rubi, I really wish I had been smart enough to buy one like yours when I got mine and fix it up the way I wanted it the first time. I wouldve saved so much money in the long run...
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Unread 09-15-2011, 02:09 PM   #24
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Awesome. I was going to get the one for the V8 but I wasn't exactly for sure if everything was exactly the same as it is with the I6..so I went the safe route for my knowledge. I got the hydro's. I thought about the nitro's but pretty much every review I've heard says the hydro's have a little better ride, but I guess I'll see....If the ride is absolutely terrible I might upgrade to some Bilsteins...But thats down the road..I can live with it riding like a dump truck..I've been driving an 86 GMC Sierra Classic 3/4 ton for the past 6 months while the jeeps been down...I'm not sure which is worse..a dumbtruck on a washboard road or that thing.
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Unread 09-15-2011, 02:45 PM   #25
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Glad you are ok and look forward to seeing another built ZJ (If I had extra money I would def DD a ZJ or WJ)

As for the Rubi, I really wish I had been smart enough to buy one like yours when I got mine and fix it up the way I wanted it the first time. I wouldve saved so much money in the long run...
If I had to do it over I would buy a non rubicon with the 4.0, 5 speed, non locking Dana 44. Then put better lockers in myself as well as better armor. It was nice saying I had a rubicon though.
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If I had to do it over I would buy a non rubicon with the 4.0, 5 speed, non locking Dana 44. Then put better lockers in myself as well as better armor. It was nice saying I had a rubicon though.
I just meant a wrecked TJ. Then I would have no qualms cutting the **** out of it and making it huge
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Unread 09-15-2011, 02:51 PM   #27
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Awesome. I was going to get the one for the V8 but I wasn't exactly for sure if everything was exactly the same as it is with the I6..so I went the safe route for my knowledge. I got the hydro's. I thought about the nitro's but pretty much every review I've heard says the hydro's have a little better ride, but I guess I'll see....If the ride is absolutely terrible I might upgrade to some Bilsteins...But thats down the road..I can live with it riding like a dump truck..I've been driving an 86 GMC Sierra Classic 3/4 ton for the past 6 months while the jeeps been down...I'm not sure which is worse..a dumbtruck on a washboard road or that thing.
I called them to make sure before I ordered the v8. Its exactly the same. The spacers came in their own box.
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Unread 09-15-2011, 03:25 PM   #28
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Seems like the way to go would be to swap everything from the Rubicon, lower mileage engine, the transmission axles and whatever else you can take from it.
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Unread 09-15-2011, 07:00 PM   #29
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Dang. Won't the springs be stiffer in the front though than the I6 ones?
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Unread 09-16-2011, 12:21 AM   #30
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Dang. Won't the springs be stiffer in the front though than the I6 ones?
Same spring, they give you the 3/4" spacer to compensate the spring sag caused by the heavier engine.
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