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01-07-2017 04:31 PM
Not-Far-From-Pa Well...
I think I found another ZJ to join the stable with our 5.9...
NOT what was in my parameters when I started to look..
But I think you'll see why I made the exception...
What I was looking for...
1996-1998 GC Limited... 5.2, or 5.9
Found 1994 GC Laredo... with 4.0...
More than I wanted to spend...
No Leather... Pretty much NOTHING as to what I ideally wanted...
BUT

I almost forgot
AX-15!!!!!
Yep... After this snow storm passes, I'll be on a road trip with my SuperDuty PSD & a gooseneck to go get it!!
12-29-2016 03:24 PM
Not-Far-From-Pa
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Originally Posted by nicyousuckk View Post
Haha, well considering you'd need to first buy one... a 7k all in budget IMO would result in a pretty modest ZJ. Certainly, I spend a lot on things that most wouldn't consider necessary. If all you wanted was something proficient offroad you could definitely have a nice rig for that much.

Just for laughs here's a quick rundown of mine:

98 5.9 110k
4.5" shortarm - All adj arms, bilsteins...
WJ steering swap
33x10.5 on steelies
Clayton's track bar, JKS mount
Rear bumper / tire carrier
Lightforces and LED aux lights
Aux tranny and P/S cooler
2 X2 G31 AGM Batteries
OBA
Massive amounts of stereo work
Integrated garmin GPS

And of course tons of maintenance.

At last count I've got almost 18k into it.
Well. ..
Minus the audio. ..
Sounds just fine to me... lol
I used to install & compete. ..
Been there, done that!

I just keep adding to the parts list of the 5.9 we have now in hopes I get it back after my daughter leaves for college! !
I won't be going with much of a lift tho... I actually REALLY like it at the height it's at now...
My Superduty will go a little more vertical before long, but probably only 4"


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12-29-2016 11:34 AM
nicyousuckk
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Originally Posted by Not-Far-From-Pa View Post
Holy Crap!
WTF have your done!
Whittled an entirely new 5.9!
Wow. .. what I could build with $7k &another 5.9
Lol

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Originally Posted by Not-Far-From-Pa View Post
Holy Crap!
WTF have your done!
Whittled an entirely new 5.9!
Wow. .. what I could build with $7k &another 5.9
Lol

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Haha, well considering you'd need to first buy one... a 7k all in budget IMO would result in a pretty modest ZJ. Certainly, I spend a lot on things that most wouldn't consider necessary. If all you wanted was something proficient offroad you could definitely have a nice rig for that much.

Just for laughs here's a quick rundown of mine:

98 5.9 110k
4.5" shortarm - All adj arms, bilsteins...
WJ steering swap
33x10.5 on steelies
Clayton's track bar, JKS mount
Rear bumper / tire carrier
Lightforces and LED aux lights
Aux tranny and P/S cooler
2 X2 G31 AGM Batteries
OBA
Massive amounts of stereo work
Integrated garmin GPS

And of course tons of maintenance.

At last count I've got almost 18k into it.
12-28-2016 07:35 PM
Not-Far-From-Pa
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Originally Posted by nicyousuckk View Post
Haha. Well it's a set of long arms away from being something I want to keep forever. But realistically the best I could hope for is about 7k.
Holy Crap!
WTF have your done!
Whittled an entirely new 5.9!
Wow. .. what I could build with $7k &another 5.9
Lol

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12-28-2016 07:33 PM
nicyousuckk
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Originally Posted by Not-Far-From-Pa View Post
Define"pretty penny"
Lol

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Haha. Well it's a set of long arms away from being something I want to keep forever. But realistically the best I could hope for is about 7k.
12-28-2016 01:37 PM
digdug18
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Originally Posted by LouC View Post
install both a trailer hitch and the factory skid if you can find one. If not aftermarket is good too. Together they really protect the fuel tank. Should have been standard....
Not just ZJ's, this is standard on many older trucks. Because of placement of the fuel tank. The downside being if you're in a rear collision, it's much easier to sway the end rails on the frame.
12-27-2016 09:41 AM
LouC Lucky you!!!
we live in coastal Long Island, salt air and winter.
I want to go out west with my son and pick up a few late '90s jeeps, an XJ, ZJ and TJ and store them inside. Modern Jeeps just are not the same. Much harder to modify and repair.

One last thing:
safety.....there was a big news fiasco over the safety of ZJ fuel tanks. Now while the design met all standards when it was built, these were designed mostly by AMC in the late 80s as a replacement for the XJ which had the same tank design (as did the YJ and TJ).
I would tell anyone who has one, install both a trailer hitch and the factory skid if you can find one. If not aftermarket is good too. Together they really protect the fuel tank. Should have been standard....
12-27-2016 09:34 AM
Not-Far-From-Pa
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Originally Posted by LouC View Post
IF you are in an area where vehicles rust, be very careful about older ZJs. There are many places they can rust, starting with the rocker panels, and it will not show because of the plastic covers that the Laredos and 5.9s came with. Pop off the threshold plates under the doors they just pry off and look inside with a bright LED flashlight. If you see rusted flakes of old steel all over, be wary. Also look at the floor under the pass side (a/c evap leaks if not fixed will rot this out) look at the control arm mounts on the uniframe rails, etc.
We live in the desert thankfully. ..
Rust never really an issue
But I still look[emoji106]

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12-27-2016 09:31 AM
LouC IF you are in an area where vehicles rust, be very careful about older ZJs. There are many places they can rust, starting with the rocker panels, and it will not show because of the plastic covers that the Laredos and 5.9s came with. Pop off the threshold plates under the doors they just pry off and look inside with a bright LED flashlight. If you see rusted flakes of old steel all over, be wary. Also look at the floor under the pass side (a/c evap leaks if not fixed will rot this out) look at the control arm mounts on the uniframe rails, etc.
12-27-2016 09:10 AM
StPaul59
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Originally Posted by nicyousuckk View Post

Or if that doesn't appeal... There's an interesting looking platinum silver 5.9 for sale here right now. 112k for a thousand dollars. "Engine bay filled with steam and then it blew up." - Second hand account from his kid who was driving the vehicle at the time.


Sounds like the efan went kaput. Mine survived blowing up like that so far...
12-27-2016 06:52 AM
Not-Far-From-Pa
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Originally Posted by nicyousuckk View Post
Sorry, I must not have put 2 and 2 together with the salvage title on that second one. Yeah, definitely puts a damper on things. Regardless of how straight the rig is, most everyone will use that an excuse to offer something ridiculously low whenever you go to sell it. If its a forever vehicle, or off road only... no problem with that though. Best of luck! I've got a slick niner I'll sell for a pretty penny. [emoji14]

Or if that doesn't appeal... There's an interesting looking platinum silver 5.9 for sale here right now. 112k for a thousand dollars. "Engine bay filled with steam and then it blew up." - Second hand account from his kid who was driving the vehicle at the time.
Define"pretty penny"
Lol

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12-26-2016 08:08 PM
nicyousuckk Sorry, I must not have put 2 and 2 together with the salvage title on that second one. Yeah, definitely puts a damper on things. Regardless of how straight the rig is, most everyone will use that an excuse to offer something ridiculously low whenever you go to sell it. If its a forever vehicle, or off road only... no problem with that though. Best of luck! I've got a slick niner I'll sell for a pretty penny. :P

Or if that doesn't appeal... There's an interesting looking platinum silver 5.9 for sale here right now. 112k for a thousand dollars. "Engine bay filled with steam and then it blew up." - Second hand account from his kid who was driving the vehicle at the time.
12-26-2016 11:12 AM
Not-Far-From-Pa
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Originally Posted by kg6mov View Post
Salvage title would deter me if it was going to be a street rig. Doubly so if I thought I ever might want to sell it.

I've noticed 5.9 wheels are getting harder to find, I payed $100 a wheel when I needed two.

If you have time to wait out the market for the right one to pop up you can find something very nice, time is money, so if you can't get a niner you want with money, you're just gonna have to give it time.
KG,
Agreed, the branded title is a problem. .
And you are right, time most certainly is on my side...
I'm just not very patient! [emoji41]

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12-26-2016 11:08 AM
kg6mov Salvage title would deter me if it was going to be a street rig. Doubly so if I thought I ever might want to sell it.

I've noticed 5.9 wheels are getting harder to find, I payed $100 a wheel when I needed two.

If you have time to wait out the market for the right one to pop up you can find something very nice, time is money, so if you can't get a niner you want with money, you're just gonna have to give it time.
12-26-2016 10:19 AM
Not-Far-From-Pa
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Originally Posted by nicyousuckk View Post
4K is a bit too much in my opinion for a 5.9 that isn't absolutely perfect. 3500 for an all stock one is about as much as I'd be comfortable spending.

Factory correct 5.9 wheels can be had for about 3-5 hundred for a set with tires. So if that's all that concerns you with the second one, I'd seriously consider that one, depending on the mileage.

Any of these jeeps you find are going to need some work. They're simply too old to be fresh in every aspect unless the PO spent a ton of a money recently.

A 5.9 is definitely worth the extra. 5.2 Limited's are nice and all, but they're simply not special and don't command the premium. I've had (2) of each, and have never regretting spending the bit extra for a 5.9.
Nic, Thanks for the reply!
I'm really leaning towards another 5.9, & the 2nd 5.9 from above, not only the wheels...
The salvage title bothers me more, even tho the rig itself if 100% fine (just me I guess)

I figure ANY ZJ I pick up will need some sort of work to be to my standard...
Just trying to avoid all I can!!
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