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post #1 of 48 Old 07-23-2007, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Project Black -- My 1998 ZJ Build

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.


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post #2 of 48 Old 07-27-2007, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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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!

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If I have a chance after work/before I leave I'll throw one or tow up. If not, Monday it is!

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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!

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This thread is worthless w/o pics!



Err, without the new tire pics that is!

So what are your future plans after this step?

'04 WJ, 6" Clayton LA's, 242 SYE, 35" BFG MT KM2's, 4.56 gears, & D44a locked
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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 ****!

Thanks again Josh!

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Any time!

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.

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This thread is worthless w/o pics!



Err, without the new tire pics that is!

So what are your future plans after this step?
Future plans, hmmm.

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

After that, who knows.

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Some updated pics with the new tires



Perfect fit


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Looking good Ryan!

'04 WJ, 6" Clayton LA's, 242 SYE, 35" BFG MT KM2's, 4.56 gears, & D44a locked
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Looks good! What trail is that?

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Thanks guys. That's Medano Pass down by the sand dunes.

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DW cured then?

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Definitely. It runs like a champ all the way up to about 70 or 72 mph, where I get some vibes. That's plenty fast for me though considering my speedo is off by about 10% now.

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