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Today 10:31 AM
JColee
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Originally Posted by Timo_90xj View Post
With the uniframe rail cracked like that, it is 100% guaranteed you will have major rust issues. Unless for some reason you want or need to save this thing, I'd just scrap it and get a new one.
ZJs aren't collectible, and IMHO there is no reason to do a crapload of work on an over twenty year old rust bucket. As was mentioned, to fix that you will need to get rid of ALL the rust there is - otherwise it'll come back within a year or two.
Really the only reason I'd want to keep it is because I've had it for about 10 years and I know everything that's been done to it. Not that it can't be done again on another vehicle.

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Originally Posted by kg6mov View Post
Start by cleaning all the coating off in that area and find where the good metal is. You can't really figure out how to reinforce it until you can see it. Wire wheel on a grinder, or one of the plastic stripper wheels will take the rust and crap off without risking cutting into the good stuff if you're scared about a grinding disk there.

I'd be a little wary of doing much with a little 120v on the uniframe sections there, but it depends on what you find.

Something like the DB metal stiffener kit would be a good source for reinforcement.
I will definitely keep that in mind, I posed the questions to my girlfriend and we're currently talking about whether or not to keep it and fix it or try to sell it.

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Originally Posted by Ryan... View Post
^^^ Por 15 is good to use before the rust starts, at this point you'll need to cut out the cancer, fit new metal, THEN cover it with the Por 15.
Good to know, Por 15 is something I've never used honestly.
Today 06:50 AM
Wolfeman1992
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Originally Posted by BRBauer2 View Post
I thought about a swap, but it's just RWD.

Going to keep it near stock since the body is super clean (thank you 18 years in CA).

I feel bad that it's going to be the wife's DD through the salty Chicago winter.

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Ewww salt, buddy of mine is going to tons when he gets back from deployment and he's giving me his d44a 3.73 with lsd and ive got a lead on a d30hp with 3.73 just needs a disco delete and a locker

94 ZJ 4.5" on 31s
Today 06:47 AM
BRBauer2
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Originally Posted by Wolfeman1992 View Post
Nice I need to regear mine and lock it up but I'm holding out for a axle swap

94 ZJ 4.5" on 31s
I thought about a swap, but it's just RWD.

Going to keep it near stock since the body is super clean (thank you 18 years in CA).

I feel bad that it's going to be the wife's DD through the salty Chicago winter.

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Today 06:38 AM
Wolfeman1992
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Originally Posted by BRBauer2 View Post
Grabbed a set of 4 stock wheels with 30x9.5 tires for $75. Two have decent tread on them that will get me through winter.

Also picked up an Aussie locker for my D35 for $160. Guy installed it, didn't like it after one trip out, and splurged on an air locker.

Also grabbed a new USA Standard 3.73 ring and pinion off Amazon for $90. Price is back up to $160 for it.

Pair those with the NIB USA Standard master bearing set that I picked up for $50 and I have everything to rebuild for $300 + beer for my buddy to install.

Could I have bought a junkyard axle for that price or cheaper? Yeah, but I know what I have now and don't have to worry about it for the life of the Jeep.
Nice I need to regear mine and lock it up but I'm holding out for a axle swap

94 ZJ 4.5" on 31s
Today 06:30 AM
BRBauer2 Grabbed a set of 4 stock wheels with 30x9.5 tires for $75. Two have decent tread on them that will get me through winter.

Also picked up an Aussie locker for my D35 for $160. Guy installed it, didn't like it after one trip out, and splurged on an air locker.

Also grabbed a new USA Standard 3.73 ring and pinion off Amazon for $90. Price is back up to $160 for it.

Pair those with the NIB USA Standard master bearing set that I picked up for $50 and I have everything to rebuild for $300 + beer for my buddy to install.

Could I have bought a junkyard axle for that price or cheaper? Yeah, but I know what I have now and don't have to worry about it for the life of the Jeep.



Edit

Forgot that I picked up the 3d printed cup holder liner.

It turned out great and only cost $10. Don't have a picture with it installed, but it is nearly perfect.
Today 03:19 AM
Timo_90xj
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Originally Posted by JColee View Post
Yesterday while wrenching on the Jeep, I noticed this absolute mess. I've got a welder (cheapo Harbor Freight 120v) and I want to try and stop this before it gets much worse at least for a few more years. Someone mentioned using Por 15 on it, painting it, then reinforcing it. How have you tackled this issue?
With the uniframe rail cracked like that, it is 100% guaranteed you will have major rust issues. Unless for some reason you want or need to save this thing, I'd just scrap it and get a new one.
ZJs aren't collectible, and IMHO there is no reason to do a crapload of work on an over twenty year old rust bucket. As was mentioned, to fix that you will need to get rid of ALL the rust there is - otherwise it'll come back within a year or two.
Yesterday 10:36 PM
kg6mov
Quote:
Originally Posted by JColee View Post
Yesterday while wrenching on the Jeep, I noticed this absolute mess. I've got a welder (cheapo Harbor Freight 120v) and I want to try and stop this before it gets much worse at least for a few more years. Someone mentioned using Por 15 on it, painting it, then reinforcing it. How have you tackled this issue?
Start by cleaning all the coating off in that area and find where the good metal is. You can't really figure out how to reinforce it until you can see it. Wire wheel on a grinder, or one of the plastic stripper wheels will take the rust and crap off without risking cutting into the good stuff if you're scared about a grinding disk there.

I'd be a little wary of doing much with a little 120v on the uniframe sections there, but it depends on what you find.

Something like the DB metal stiffener kit would be a good source for reinforcement.
Yesterday 09:46 PM
Ryan... ^^^ Por 15 is good to use before the rust starts, at this point you'll need to cut out the cancer, fit new metal, THEN cover it with the Por 15.


I finally got my ZJ back after lending it to family members for the past 4.5 years. I let my mom borrow it shortly after I bought it, gave it to her with about 197k on the clock. After my mother, my aunt used it for a bit when her car broke down, then my brother, and I got it back a couple days ago with 261k on the clock! After an oil change and general check up, I drove it 115 miles one way, grabbed a 6x12 uHaul trailer, loaded up a motorcycle and an 11ft long custom built trike, and hauled it 115 miles back home. All without issue, no warning lights, in perfect comfort. God, I missed this thing
Yesterday 01:05 PM
JColee Yesterday while wrenching on the Jeep, I noticed this absolute mess. I've got a welder (cheapo Harbor Freight 120v) and I want to try and stop this before it gets much worse at least for a few more years. Someone mentioned using Por 15 on it, painting it, then reinforcing it. How have you tackled this issue?
Yesterday 10:05 AM
Mr. Puddles Finally got off my backside and swapped in the new adjustable rear trackbar and upgraded my front adjustable to a double shear and got it aligned. Fingers crossed the bump steer dw is finally gone
Yesterday 10:04 AM
JColee Yesterday I managed to get the rotors replaced and the hubs installed. The last thing on my list is the harmonic balancer which will be done shortly.
Yesterday 08:30 AM
Wolfeman1992 [emoji1787][emoji1787][emoji1787][emoji1787]

94 ZJ 4.5" on 31s
Yesterday 08:15 AM
IMMORTEN
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Originally Posted by Wolfeman1992 View Post
I prefer the term wheeled lol ain't no pavement princess here

94 ZJ 4.5" on 31s


No thatís what Range Rovers are for...




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Yesterday 02:59 AM
Wolfeman1992 I prefer the term wheeled lol ain't no pavement princess here

94 ZJ 4.5" on 31s
Yesterday 02:14 AM
IMMORTEN
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Originally Posted by Wolfeman1992 View Post
Itís already dented, scratched and rusty

94 ZJ 4.5" on 31s


In the Jeep world thatís called ďpatinaĒ [emoji6]


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