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05-23-2020 01:10 PM
LittleFootZJ My latch on the center console is broken, hinge is fine. I just have Velcro holding it haha


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05-23-2020 01:02 PM
1996maroonzjf
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Gonna like not having crappy cup holders and a not broken center console. Didnít even know these ones were available as a solid color so Iím pleased. Going to do something custom to close of the part the brake comes out of


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This is very very interesting. Iíve been battling issues with the console in my 96 for a while now. I do have both the Mopar cup holder insert and the MVF cupholder solution. A nalgene water bottle fits perfectly in the rear holder and my yetti coffee cup fits snuggly in the front. Verily stable on the trail now. Iím happy with cup holder situation just not the attachment or the hinge and latch durablility on the 96+ consoles. Does the 93-95 console have a better way of being secured in place than the 96+?

Almost every single 96+ ZJ in every JY Iíve looked at has a broken center console bracket at the shifter area. They are flimsy plastic and hard or impossible to find new or unbroken. I have considered trying to fabricate the bracket in steel but have not gotten around to it.
05-22-2020 09:54 PM
ax1598ZJ
Gonna like not having crappy cup holders and a not broken center console. Didnít even know these ones were available as a solid color so Iím pleased. Going to do something custom to close of the part the brake comes out of


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05-22-2020 08:49 PM
93ZJDave You can still get manual computers tho if ya care about shift lights lol I'm on my 3rd 5spd zj I had a 93 a 94 and now this 95. The first 2 were to rough to put money into so I kept all the spare parts. I've converted a few as well. Using xj pedals the 96 to 98s are definitely a bit more involved to get going the plates are welded shut and need to be drilled for the master Chrysler likes to use 3 wire neutralsafety/reverse light switches if i remeber correct the purple wire gets grounded to the chassis or run to a clutch pedal switch if you wanna be legit about it. Then the other wires just get spliced into a manual reverse switch. I've done to many sways lol.
05-22-2020 08:45 PM
ax1598ZJ
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It a misconception that the trans and pedals are the rare part of a manual grand cherokee the pedals and trans are the same as any other jeep cherokee. The rare part of the manual zj is the computer and wiring harness. Although the computer really isn't required to convert a zj to stick.

I think the actual bracket itself is different, but Iíve never crawled under an xj to look.

Your right on the computer for sure, 93-95s donít care. 96-98 has some quirky driving characteristics at times but itís livable. I ended up ordering a tune from flyin ryan for that purpose, hoping it shows up next week


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05-22-2020 08:41 PM
ax1598ZJ
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Was the transmission still in the manual with the pedals and all?

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No the pedals were gone, I was going to get them this time. Couple years ago I only grabbed the shift knob cause I didnít want to crawl into it and remove them that day. Only thing left is the shift lever and the trans.

Itís a shame cause it was a decent rig back then




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05-22-2020 08:34 PM
93ZJDave It a misconception that the trans and pedals are the rare part of a manual grand cherokee the pedals and trans are the same as any other jeep cherokee. The rare part of the manual zj is the computer and wiring harness. Although the computer really isn't required to convert a zj to stick.
05-22-2020 08:23 PM
PolkaPower
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Found this today at the JY, got it for free


Also this 5 speed that was great shape couple years ago, been picked apart bad


Also snagged 2 231 shift bezels, a 95 center console (better cup holders and inner tub) and it was all one color, as in it didnít have the black upper part. Going to put my 98 lid on it so itíll be a hybrid.

No niner grill though!


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Was the transmission still in the manual with the pedals and all?

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05-22-2020 08:18 PM
ax1598ZJ Found this today at the JY, got it for free


Also this 5 speed that was great shape couple years ago, been picked apart bad


Also snagged 2 231 shift bezels, a 95 center console (better cup holders and inner tub) and it was all one color, as in it didnít have the black upper part. Going to put my 98 lid on it so itíll be a hybrid.

No niner grill though!


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05-22-2020 04:24 PM
1996maroonzjf
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Properly replacing the fuel pump is far from the worst job on a ZJ. It is well within the skill set of most shade tree mechanics.

There are several challenges to properly replacing the fuel pump.

The first challenge is getting the tank mostly empty. I use a cheapo gravity siphon and two fuel jugs to transfer the fuel to a different vehicle. The easy way to start the siphon is to disconnect the fat fill hose from the bottom of the fuel inlet, inside the fender well and insert the siphon hose there.

The second challenge, for vehicles like mine, with both a fuel tank skid plate and a trailer hitch, is dealing w/ all this suspended steel. I remove fasteners from one side of the hitch, then snake those around to hold up the skid plate, then repeat on the other side to first remove the hitch. Then I remove the skid plate.

My strap bolts are maintained w/ anti seize lubricant, so no problem unscrewing.

The rest is straightforward.
Another excellent tip or reinstallation of the skid plate and hitch is to zip tie them together at the bolt holes. Then use a jack to get the assembly in place, line up all the holes and studs, put the nut on the studs loosely, cut the zip ties and install the bolts.

This really makes handling the two heavy pieces and lining everything up much much simpler.
05-22-2020 11:37 AM
ax1598ZJ Headed to the JY today, last time I went I found a 5 speed zj, time before that a niner


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05-21-2020 04:43 PM
wingless Properly replacing the fuel pump is far from the worst job on a ZJ. It is well within the skill set of most shade tree mechanics.

There are several challenges to properly replacing the fuel pump.

The first challenge is getting the tank mostly empty. I use a cheapo gravity siphon and two fuel jugs to transfer the fuel to a different vehicle. The easy way to start the siphon is to disconnect the fat fill hose from the bottom of the fuel inlet, inside the fender well and insert the siphon hose there.

The second challenge, for vehicles like mine, with both a fuel tank skid plate and a trailer hitch, is dealing w/ all this suspended steel. I remove fasteners from one side of the hitch, then snake those around to hold up the skid plate, then repeat on the other side to first remove the hitch. Then I remove the skid plate.

My strap bolts are maintained w/ anti seize lubricant, so no problem unscrewing.

The rest is straightforward.






05-21-2020 03:43 PM
nick613
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I donít know why everyone acts like changing the fuel pump in a ZJ (the correct way) is the end of the world. Itís honestly really simple and can be done in less than an hour - assuming you donít have seized fasteners.



Seems like the above is about equal work - pulling carpet, cutting hole, cleaning all the metal dust that is now covering the inside of you ZJ, and to top it off you now have a weakened uni-frame on a vehicle that has a well known recall related to rear end impacts and the fuel tank area specifically.
Ya I haven't done it yet but it doesn't seem too bad to me either... I'd be shieting bricks running that angle grinder.

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05-21-2020 02:31 PM
1996maroonzjf I donít know why everyone acts like changing the fuel pump in a ZJ (the correct way) is the end of the world. Itís honestly really simple and can be done in less than an hour - assuming you donít have seized fasteners.

Seems like the above is about equal work - pulling carpet, cutting hole, cleaning all the metal dust that is now covering the inside of you ZJ, and to top it off you now have a weakened uni-frame on a vehicle that has a well known recall related to rear end impacts and the fuel tank area specifically.
05-20-2020 04:03 PM
wingless
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Made a fuel pump access panel, changed the pump and relays and various burnt out wires.... purrs like a tiger now...97ZJ V8 5.2L
Pictures of the access panel please.
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