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Unread 07-12-2012, 01:58 PM   #1
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Monster ZJ: Coming to life

I bought my ZJ back in September 2011 for $900. It had 197K on it, but it ran and everything worked so it was cool. I always wanted a Jeep and a bunch of my buddies down in NC were into Muddin and Rock Crawling so I decided to give it a shot. It was bone stock and the paint was peeling off.



I had to paint it so the first thing I did was sand down all the rust spots and primed. Finished it off with black and a clear coat. I wanted to go a lime green color but couldnt find one that appealed to me.



I wanted to spice it up a bit so I did some freestyle flame work on the hood.



The next week I ordered a 3.5" Rough Country lift. It arrived a few days later and I Installed the lift. Took all weekend due to the lack of proper tools and Never having done it before. I also managed to pick up 4 33's for $250 and they were still in pretty damn good shape. I had to trim the bumper a little to clear on turns.



This was only the beginning. After my first trip out, I was hooked. When I got back to NJ I was craving to go bigger, but to do so I needed bigger axles. I shopped around for a few weeks and found a pair for $350. The front was a HP Dana 44 and the rear was a ford 9". I also ordered some 5.13 gears and a detroit locker for the front which set me back $1k. I Didnt have the slightest clue about how to rebuild an axle so it looked like I was heading back down to NC for some help from my buddies.

In the interum, my transmission started to **** out on me. It still works shifting through 1st and 2nd manually, but wont budge out of 2nd. I ended up buying a transmission kit which would turn the auto into a manual without the clutch, but still have yet to install it. I also got bored of the black so i turned it blue. and modified some cj fender flares to fit because i didnt feel like shelling out $400 on Bushwackers. I still have to chop them a bit to fit bodylines.

Renting the dolly was getting expensive so i scored this car hauler for $1k.



I took a few days off from work, packed everything into my truck, loaded the jeep onto the trailer and hit the road. 8 hours later we were wrenching away.

We got to work strait away. We rebuilt the axles, welded on all the mounting brackets. Added a 2" Coil Spacer to get me at 5.5" of lift and put longer shocks to accomodate.

Heres a pick of it sitting with new axles and on some 35" shoes that my buddy traded me for the 33s.



Unfortunately, I neglected to get the much needed adjustable upper control arms. I was running the stock ones, and while at Uwharrie I bent the crap out of the driver side upper in the front and could no longer steer left.

You know what the first part was i ordered when i got home? You guessed it, adjustable upper control arms from IRO. They came about 2 weeks later and Were in that weekend. The bent one had so much torque on the bolts that i needed to cut it to get it off. Here are the new Upper control arms.



And thus it sits for now. I did end up finding a green that I liked, so the color will be changing again for a final time.

More Updates to come! This is only the beginning.

Some thought about upgrades:
Tube Doors
Hood Mounted High Lift
Front Bumper
Rear Bumper
Rocker guards
Larger Master cylinder for better breaking
Chopped back and roll cage.
Gas tank relocation
Skids
V8 conversion (when the engine goes)
37s????? I dont know just a thought. HAHA...


Hope you enjoyed the first installment.


Some videos from the first trip can be found here:

And i have some more picks here:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/11664417...44276169/posts

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Unread 07-12-2012, 06:56 PM   #2
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Great build so far. Looks great.


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Unread 07-13-2012, 06:16 AM   #3
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Great build so far. Looks great.
Thanks! Should have some more updates this weekend.
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Unread 07-15-2012, 08:51 PM   #4
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I fabricated a Lightbar this weekend, not quite finished with it yet. I will post pictures tomorrow. I should be able to finish it by tomorrow night.
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Unread 07-16-2012, 07:52 PM   #5
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Here is the LightBar installed on the jeep.



You can see my homemade snorkel as well.
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Unread 07-24-2012, 01:12 PM   #6
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So there may be a TJ purchase in the very near future. We shall see.
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