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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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...
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.
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
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 Bushwacker Fender Flares (I like the looks of them)
Rebuild Tranny and rear end (eventually, planning ahead)- Rear End Rebuilt
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
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:
No Fat Chicks Sticker- A friend saw this for me, and she told me I had to have it for my jeep