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post #1 of 42 Old 02-25-2013, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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'98 ZJ slow build

I have been wanting to start one of these since I joined the forum. I have done a few modifications, and plan to do many in the future. I have a bit of catching up to do on this thread, and it will be pic heavy. I am a college student, so this build will be going on for a bit. The ZJ is my Daily driver. This Jeep and I have been through a Lot, and have a lot planned for the future, and I want to start sharing it, and seeing what you guys think. Ill probably have a lot of post at the beginning to catch up to where the Jeep is at currently. I'm still relatively new to JeepForum, so I apologize ahead of time for the stupid things I may do, and dumb questions that I may ask. I hope that you guys (and gals for that matter) enjoy my build, slow may it be, and I am always open to suggestions and criticism!


EDIT: The ZJ has Come a little ways over the years, Nothing too exciting yet. Hopefully it will return as my main project when i get some breaks from school.

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post #2 of 42 Old 02-25-2013, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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This is the Jeep the Day I bought it. 1998 ZJ. 100400 miles, completely stock.
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I had Planned on lifting it from the day I bought it. and had many plans for the future. but, tragedy struck when i rear ended a guy at a stop light, (a month after i backed into someone, that didnt leave damage to the jeep). This resulted in a broke radiator, both turn signals, header panel, hood, grill. front bumper cover and foam and totaled the buick I rear ended.
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We got her all fixed up

After that, my bad luck continued, backing into a pole (breaking the back bumper, and denting the rear hatch) driving into a pole, (breaking of the new bumper cover i had just put on, and the metal support to the bumper, also putting a screw through the condenser), until finally, driving home, I hit a deer, resulting in loosing the header panal, grill, headlights, radiator, bent bumper support more, and turn signals again.
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after all of this, we decided to build a front bumper for the ol' girl. we built it as we were repairing the parts that i broke off. (some for the second time.) The Back Hatch, and back Bumper cover were also replaced.
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post #6 of 42 Old 02-26-2013, 06:46 AM Thread Starter
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After all of this and some body work, I decided to buy a lift kit for it. I didn't want to go to high, because this jeep is my daily driver. I went to my local 4x4 shop (4 State 4x4) and purchased a 4" Zone suspension lift. upgraded to the Nitro Gas shocks they offer.
Before Lift
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post #7 of 42 Old 02-26-2013, 06:50 AM Thread Starter
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during lift.
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Rear end
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post #9 of 42 Old 02-26-2013, 06:56 AM Thread Starter
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finished, I bought Cheap all terrain tires to go on there. Starfire 31X10.5 I'v been very impressed with the wear on them
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Next Step: Painting the Jeep, had a guy that owed my dad a favor, and he used to paint cars for a living. To save on labor cost, We did the sanding and body work ourselves. (im the one grinding on the bumper)
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Set up the shop (not a paint both, nor climate controlled, but he said it would work). The Humidity changed 5% upwards during painting, and the degree changed 5 Degrees. Paint tolerance was 3 degrees. WE caught on before we sprayed the Clear coat on (and saved me about 300 in Dupont Clear coat). What it looked like...
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after the failed attempt at painting it, the Guy who was painting it for me decided he couldnt retry it for a while (more his wife said he had more important things to worry about than my jeep). So, after a bit of searching, and thinking, we just decided to hand it over to a guy that had a good climate controlled area to paint my jeep. dropped it off, and a week later, I got this back.
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Brother (who owns a 2013 Wrangler) Bought me Window Tint Certificate to an auto glass place.
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Now that I caught up to where I am now, Ill post the Grocery List that I hope to complete one day. (small things may come first, I drive about 70 miles round trip a day for school, and she likes to take a lot of gas).

Things To do:
Buy/Install CB- DONE
Buy/Install Adjustable Track Bars
Buy/Install Sway bar Quick Disconnect- DONE, sorta
Upgrade Steering
Buy/Build Rock Sliders
Buy Diff Guard or SKid Plate
Buy new Rims/Tires- Resting on 32" BFG ATs
Build/Buy Light Bar And 4 Aux Lights- DONE,
Build Winch Plate onto Bumper
Buy/Install Winch
Buy/Install Bushwacker Fender Flares (I like the looks of them)
Rebuild Tranny and rear end (eventually, planning ahead)- Rear End Rebuilt
HIDs
Fix Exhaust Leak- Done
Buy New Muffler- Sorta, tacked the old one back to working order
Buy/Install New Disc Breaks- Done with Front End, New Rotors
Buy/Install Snorkel
Redo Sound system (have two blown speakers)- DONE
Fix aftermarket Alarm

This is the majority, and they are in no particular order.

Things I Have done that i didn't mention:
New Headliner
No Fat Chicks Sticker- A friend saw this for me, and she told me I had to have it for my jeep
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post #15 of 42 Old 02-28-2013, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by dukie564 View Post
finished the disconnects for myself and a few other guys last week - they came out great!


Considering Making some Quick Disconnects like the ones dukie564 made for his XJ. Like the idea, and the ability to save money.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/98-zj-slow-build-1484672/
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