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94 ZJ (First build thread)

Discussion in 'Cherokee Builds' started by Paul123, Dec 9, 2016.

  1. Dec 9, 2016 at 6:38 PM
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    Paul123

    Paul123 [OP] Active Member

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    94 zj longarms locked/locked
    Long arms, front and rear bumpers, lockers, dana 44 rear skidded and trussed, 242 tcase swap, leather interior swap, etc...
    I started out with a bone stock 1994 ZJ that I bought for $1500 from a guy in South Lake Tahoe. I think it sat for a while before I picked it up because it smoked when getting on the gas a little bit the whole drive home, it eventually sorted itself out (for a while) and I ran an all stock drive-train. Day 1 my buddy and I painted the stock wheels black and bedlined the sides to get rid of the faded cladding.
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    In the same week I purchased a 4" zone offroad short arm kit, the kit was great and nowadays it sits on my buddies XJ. I paired the kit with a set of almost bald 35's that were just lying around in my backyard. Soon after I swapped the Dana 35 for a Dana 44 and then threw Aussie lockers in front and rear so I could get back into rock crawling. Just before the lockers I swapped to an NP242 t-case to get rid of the crappy 249 that it came with. I had to swap all the planetary gears and really get into the guts of both tcases to make it work.
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    My buddy got a new bumper for his JK so he was getting rid of his smittybuilt front bumper, I bought it for $300 with his winch and we welded it on in his driveway.
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    We took it to the Rubicon like this and it did great.

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    After the bumper was on I wheeled it as is for a while. Then I took a leap and bought the Iron Rock Offroad long arm kit and some brand new 35's. While i was at it I swapped in a steering gearbox from a jeep j20 cause I kept ripping stock boxes off the frame, and added a steering box brace. We threw on the Currie Currectlync steering setup and it's badass. While she was torn apart we put some armor underneath. I also made a huge WJ electric fan fit onto my radiator to cure my overheating issues. I bent a rod so much during an over rev that it broke in half. So I rebuilt the engine, and installed the plenum gasket fix while I was in there. I don't have any pics of the rebuild as I was doing all the works and didn't stop to take any.
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    Recently I cut the JK bumper off and now I'm working on a new custom setup, I'm also currently working on some beefy sliders. I picked up the rear bumper for $100 from a fellow Zj'er down the road from me. I will be working on a rollcage in the near future. There's lots more I've done that I can't think of right now but i'll keep adding to this as i move forward.

    Stuff I forgot: Chromolys all around, custom driveshafts from Tatton shafts, Axle skid plates, 4.88's, leather interior swap, probably more
     
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  2. Dec 9, 2016 at 6:48 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine Moderator

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    Nice!!!!
     
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  3. Dec 13, 2016 at 1:25 PM
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    OFFGRID

    OFFGRID Well-Known Member

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    Howell fuel injection, header, HEI distributor, TH350, NP208, SOA lift with YJ springs in the front & GW springs in the Rear. AMC20 with G2 1 piece chromos trussed, Dana 30 with G2 chromos and 760x ujoints and MM Stainless Hubs, Geared 4.56. Tom Woods shafts, Metal cloaks, Caged, 37" Toyo MTs.
    Nice looking rig. Your long arm was it also a 4.5in lift?
     
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  4. Dec 13, 2016 at 1:36 PM
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    Paul123

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    Long arms, front and rear bumpers, lockers, dana 44 rear skidded and trussed, 242 tcase swap, leather interior swap, etc...
    The long arms put me up roughly 7" higher than stock.
     
  5. Dec 16, 2016 at 3:39 PM
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    Paul123

    Paul123 [OP] Active Member

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    94 zj longarms locked/locked
    Long arms, front and rear bumpers, lockers, dana 44 rear skidded and trussed, 242 tcase swap, leather interior swap, etc...
    Working on the bumper

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  6. Dec 16, 2016 at 4:48 PM
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    Rc Jeep

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    Evo mfg front coil overs Evo mfg rear coil overs Jks drag link flip Je reel 1310 front & rear driveshafts 37" Nitto trail grapplers 17x9 atx slabs Evo mfg quarter pounder w/stinger Evo mfg rear fascia w/ d ring mounts
    Awesome build so far!
     
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