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post #1 of 42 Old 12-16-2013, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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From the Ashes ZJ build

Wanted to call this build "the Phoenix" but I realized that the name was to majestic and cool for this ZJ. Despite this Jeep being far from perfect she's my first and needless to say I have big plans for her! Hope people enjoy what they see and give me some help along the way

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Here she is about a year and half old with barely 5k miles on her

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post #2 of 42 Old 12-16-2013, 03:28 PM
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Interested to see where this goes. That damage looks bad.

build break fix repeat
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post #3 of 42 Old 12-16-2013, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Lucky for me my father worked in a body shop at the time and did a lot of side work. He bought this gem fixed her up and ended up driving it for a little while.
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When fixing it he managed to pull the frame rails dead perfect at 0. The Jeep ended up being my mom's DD for as long as I can remember and occasional tow rig for the boat or horse trailer. Then finally it came time for me to drive and I got the Jeep as a hand-me-down (mostly due to the fact that I was dead set on getting it). My mom being a Jeep lover was a little reluctant of letting it go so we upgraded her to a hemi WK. That's when the good ol' ZJ became mine.

my mom's WK, my friends WJ, and my ZJ
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post #5 of 42 Old 12-16-2013, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Here's some pics of her as a stocker:
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While doing some work on a buddy's lifted chevy C20 we pulled of the tires and mocked them up. I fell in love
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after saving up every dollar I had (was a high school student) and convincing my folks that it's was more cost-efficient to buy a lift kit that replace the factory suspension which was shot I picked up a reasonably priced 4" lift from tal.4x4. Found this quote and thought it was pretty funny
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post #8 of 42 Old 12-16-2013, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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And here we go! Out with the old and in with the new
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After searching the interwebs and craigslist I found a set of 31" tires (w/ a full size spare cause of the d*** NP249 : ) listed for 600 after some bs-ing and some haggling, I ended up buying 4 procomp mt's, 1 hankook dynapro mt, 5 jeep steelies, and a 235/75/15 firestone tire for 400!!
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post #10 of 42 Old 12-16-2013, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Got the spare mocked up after the lift
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some glamour shots of the ZJ with the MT's
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Got lift kit in and was ready to wheel!!
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post #13 of 42 Old 12-16-2013, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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And before you say anything... each one of those stickers adds about +5hp each, that big one probably 15

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First wheeling trip wasn't too bad, but I learned about one of the downsides to having a post 96 factory v8 ZJ- CV joint front style front driveshafts

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First pic is the grease that flew out of my cv joint when it blew up, second pic is where I got stuck
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