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post #36061 of 51472 Old 12-21-2014, 06:05 AM
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We have like no snow yet and its rained hard 2 times this month, we may not have a white christmas this year.
We had a white Thanksgiving...


March 2014 GCOTM. 1998 Deep Slate 5.9
On the Jeep:Hot intake, 52mm TB, Summit 8mm wires, catch can, 703s, insulated fuel rails, indexed Champions, Bilstein 4600s, Eibach lowering springs, Moog SS, Ironman mounts, Lotek 2GP, lots of gauges, sparkly paint.
In the garage: M1 4bbl
In the works: Addco/Hellwig sway bars, nitrous, full polly bushings, full exhaust, data logging, billet UD pulleys
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post #36062 of 51472 Old 12-21-2014, 07:36 AM
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we had some snow in early november... only lasted a couple days.... most likely going to have a wet christmas
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1997 ZJ Transmission & Transfer Case Busy this week!!

Dropped the Transmission last week because its started to slip with 175k. I decided to take the transmission to Gearstar Performance Transmissions in Akron, OH. Larry and Zack to care of me there.!! a great Shop... Then during the week decided it was good opportunity to change rear main seal. To bad I do not have a lift.. Installing transmission today.
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post #36064 of 51472 Old 12-21-2014, 11:57 AM
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I finally found some good coil springs in the jy with a track bar drop bracket that I got to finish my four inch lift. I also picked up a good looking idler pulley to try and eliminate the squeaking noise.
So now I have pretty much everything I need to install my lift and I'm pretty excited about it! I'm going to do the rear main seal job while I'm under there and do a transmission band adjustment, new trans filter, install a drain valve in the trans pan, and install a new front input shaft seal on the tranny too. I have a whole list of stuff I'm doing while I'm installing my lift.
I need to weld in a reinforcement bracket for the track bar, does anyone have any ideas on how to fab something up real easy to fit around the factory bracket to add strength? I have a few ideas, but I'm open to hearing from anyone who has done it already. I know the drop brackets aren't the best, but I don't want to buy an adjustable track bar right now. The jeep I took it off of had some cracking around the rail, which I would expect if it's wheeled hard asks that jeep looking like it had been. I don't intend to bang on my jeep much, but you never know when you'll get stuck real bad...
So I have a bit more part collecting to do before I am ready for all that work, but I'm excited to get it all done.
Also am planning to do a custom side exit exhaust and modifying the y pipe at the same time to eliminate the crushed section and go up to 2.5 inch exhaust. Does anyone know for sure if I can use dodge Dakota or Durango manifolds on the passenger side of the 94 5.2? I've heard that I may need to modify it somehow for starter clearance or something. Again, just looking for words of wisdom from someone who has done it before or knows for sure. I have to smog and register the old girl soon. It's already way overdue, so I need to finally get it ready to pass inspection.
I'll take some before, during and after pics of my progress. Oh, I'm thinking that I'll keep my stock (commuter) size tires for now. I have a spare set of steel wheels that I'm going to get bigger tires for and just use them when I plan to go out and play.
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post #36065 of 51472 Old 12-21-2014, 01:09 PM
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It was above freezing, so I took the oportunity to clean the niner inside and out. Nothing special, just a quick once over and had wax to prepare for the incoming snow and salt **** storm.






Notice the badges and windjammer are missing. The clean look is growing on me.

March 2014 GCOTM. 1998 Deep Slate 5.9
On the Jeep:Hot intake, 52mm TB, Summit 8mm wires, catch can, 703s, insulated fuel rails, indexed Champions, Bilstein 4600s, Eibach lowering springs, Moog SS, Ironman mounts, Lotek 2GP, lots of gauges, sparkly paint.
In the garage: M1 4bbl
In the works: Addco/Hellwig sway bars, nitrous, full polly bushings, full exhaust, data logging, billet UD pulleys
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Might be buying another 5 speed zj.
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post #36067 of 51472 Old 12-21-2014, 01:43 PM
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It was above freezing, so I took the oportunity to clean the niner inside and out. Nothing special, just a quick once over and had wax to prepare for the incoming snow and salt **** storm.

Notice the badges and windjammer are missing. The clean look is growing on me.
Nice looking jeep!
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post #36068 of 51472 Old 12-21-2014, 05:49 PM
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I cleaned the inside of my windshield today. It was getting pretty bad in there. I figured I might as well clean it before I take it wheeling again.

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post #36069 of 51472 Old 12-21-2014, 06:09 PM
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Went to go wheeling today after work and she started kicking and bucking like a bull, so i went back home and smelked antifreeze real bad. I pulled the cap and it was low, so i filled it back up and it started missing real bad. I let it cool down and pulled #1 plug and it was wet. I did a compression test and everything came back normal. I pulled the oil cap and found my answer. Blown head gasket. Im thinking either scraping it or parting it out. Havent made up my mind yet.

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post #36070 of 51472 Old 12-21-2014, 06:19 PM
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Originally Posted by HighLonesome
lol...if life is as a simple as a 5.9 making you happy, I'd say go ahead and buy it on impulse. ZJs are the way of Zen. Wax on, wax off
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post #36071 of 51472 Old 12-21-2014, 07:57 PM
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Went to go wheeling today after work and she started kicking and bucking like a bull, so i went back home and smelked antifreeze real bad. I pulled the cap and it was low, so i filled it back up and it started missing real bad. I let it cool down and pulled #1 plug and it was wet. I did a compression test and everything came back normal. I pulled the oil cap and found my answer. Blown head gasket. Im thinking either scraping it or parting it out. Havent made up my mind yet.

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What motor do you have 4.0 or 5.2 if its a 4.0 just put a head gasket on it.can be done in a few hours with normal hand tools if its a 5.2 may as well part/junk it or put a motor it we won't even do head gaskets on those motors at out shop Cuz they crack heads.
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What motor do you have 4.0 or 5.2 if its a 4.0 just put a head gasket on it.can be done in a few hours with normal hand tools if its a 5.2 may as well part/junk it or put a motor it we won't even do head gaskets on those motors at out shop Cuz they crack heads.
The 5.2s do crack heads sometimes, but that's just an excuse to upgrade, IMO. Plus, it's rare that they crack through to coolant, usually it's just a minor crack between the valve seats. Doing head gaskets or a head swap on a 5.2 / 5.9 isn't too bad, can be done in 12 - 14 hours with basic tools and without rushing.
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post #36073 of 51472 Old 12-21-2014, 08:02 PM
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What motor do you have 4.0 or 5.2 if its a 4.0 just put a head gasket on it.can be done in a few hours with normal hand tools if its a 5.2 may as well part/junk it or put a motor it we won't even do head gaskets on those motors at out shop Cuz they crack heads.
Shes the big 318, thats why im considering crushing or parting.

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post #36074 of 51472 Old 12-21-2014, 08:10 PM
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Shes the big 318, thats why im considering crushing or parting.

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The fix really isn't that bad labor-wise. I've had the heads off my 5.9 3 times now (for various reasons).

On topic, I drove my ZJ almost 400 miles down to CT and passed 179k miles on the way.
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post #36075 of 51472 Old 12-21-2014, 08:20 PM
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The guy I gave the niner to had the heads off about 3 times in the 3 weeks he owned it. It's not SUPER bad. Not like a 300ZX TT.

With that said, if you decide to part it and you have any neat goodies, let me know.

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