I suppose I've got enough done to my ZJ that I can start a project thread.
Started off as a stock 1998 Grand Cherokee Limited V8 with UpCountry that my mother owned. As soon as I bought it I had to take it wheeling. Here are some pics from my first wheeling trip with her:
Two months later I decided I wanted to attend Grand Slam West '05, so I started the mods.
I bought a BB, DT3000 shocks, KOR sliders, JKS Discos, an OME SS, and some 245/75/16 MT/Rs off of a Rubi. Here are a couple plics of how she stood at that point:
I wheeled with that setup for quite a few years, adding a few small items here and there like a CO2 setup and an Addco front anti-swaybar, but didn't do anything major. A few weeks ago I started getting some pretty serious DW so I decided to do some upgrades while trying to fix it.
I switched out my stock trackbars to some adjustable JKS units, and did the KOR trackbar conversion while I was at it to get rid of the balljoint mount on the frameside. I also got some RE 3.4" springs (actually net about 4") for the front, and used my old front springs in the rear.
I also added a SOLID Axle Industries front diff cover:
Next up are some 32" Maxxis Bighorns (in the mail supposedly) and the addition of my wheel spacers.
Big thanks to Josh (KUK9) for helping me mount my tires last night. I can't believe how much of a difference they make in the looks department. Pictures will be up on Sunday/Monday after I get back from testing them out. You'll just have to wait until then!
How did they ride? Was the balance on them good, or do you have some vibes?
The new tires look SWEET! It gave a whole new look to the Jeep. Definately gave it a meaner (and taller) stance. Glad I was able to help you out!
The balance is excellent. I'm getting some vibes at 60-65 but I have a feeling it's driveshaft angles more than anything. The best part is that I'm not even scared of getting DW anymore. I used to avoid the 40mph range like the plague, and now I can cruise at 40 all day long. They're that smooth! I'm getting some wandering occasionally so I think I'll let a couple pounds of air out of each one to see if that fixes it. Other than those very minor issues I'm happier than a pig in ****!
I'm glad the balance is good. That machine was a little different than the ones I am used to, but I got it figured out. Definately play with the pressure though. I have to change mine a bit from time to time, but I have a wider tread, so perhaps that makes a difference (plus mine are more broken in, and the sidewalls aren't as stiff as when they were new). I am usually around 32-34psi, but I sometimes drop to about 30psi when it seems that they are drifting or lokoing uneven.
REDLYNER Racing #4550
My Build Thread:
Next 3-6 months:
- New radiator, Taurus e-fan
- Drop tranny and fix freeze plug leak, fix t-case linkage
- Replace output seal on tranny or t-case input seal, whichever is leaking
- Find a full-sized spare and get it mounted
- OME Long travel shocks
- Wheel it!!!
Within the year:
- 231 or 242 t-case
- Adjustable control arms
- Kolak cat-back exhaust
- Find open carrier for D44A, Aussie locker