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The Original 3/8" Ruffstuff Diff Cover!The Cure for your Tie Rod Roll!1976-1986 Jeep CJ7 with Stationary Vent Windows Weatherstr

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Unread 04-17-2015, 10:57 AM   #1
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Project: 98 ZJ Polar Edition

So I got this jeep with only 80,000 miles on it. Time to start building it



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Unread 04-17-2015, 10:59 AM   #2
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First I put a RC 3.5 kit on, adj upper control arms, new front track bar, track bar drop bracket. This is how it looks

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Unread 04-17-2015, 11:00 AM   #3
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Tried on a set of JK wheels







I loved the way these wheels looked, but after driving it for a while I decided that the 2 in wheel spacers didn't give me the solid ride feel I wanted. These things have to be centered absolutely perfect or else.. vibration. What is causing the vibration, is it a bad bushing, ball joint, track bar, wheel bearing? Just one more thing to put in the equation... In the end I decided to remove them.
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Unread 04-17-2015, 01:28 PM   #4
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After the JK Wheels I went down and got a set of new rims and some 31in duratracs. They ride pretty well. Mild growling howling sound going down the freeway. I have had mudders that are way worse. These are a 15x7.5 with 3.75 backspacing

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Unread 04-17-2015, 01:32 PM   #5
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Decided to build a low profile roof rack. Used the cover plate from a JK and some painted unistrut. I love this stuff because when I put the mountain boards on the roof I can connect the bungees anywhere.




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Unread 04-17-2015, 01:40 PM   #6
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Built some tow points and mounted them to the factory tow plate brackets.



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Unread 04-17-2015, 01:45 PM   #7
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After 8 months of driving on the RC 3.5 kit... I have decided I'm done. The RC 3.5 lift kit is just too stiff. A week later I lowered the Jeep down to a 2bb, stock control arms, rancho 9000 adj shocks and It rides WAY better... Only problem now is that the jeep is lower, so chances are the 3.75 backspacing on the rims is going to cause fender stuffing issues.

Here is a pic of the ZJ with a 2BB

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