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Old 02-04-2018, 12:34 PM   #1
 
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Letís just start by saying sheís going to move at a snails pace.

About s month ago, I picked up a 98 5.9 limited ZJ in desperate need of a new Jeep aficionado home. Itís hard to tell how many of the original 14k 5.9 limited Jeeps are still on the road, but Iíve never seen one with under 80k on it! Her rockers have seen some brutal Midwest salt as have the fenders, but otherwise, sheís structurally sound! Needed new seals on the block, new trans lines and a water pump upgrade but not much wrong mechanically.

Plans are to open up the potential of this original performance SUV. Simple modifications will go a long way for her. A tune, exhaust that doesnít leak, intake, and a refreshed suspension are going to be the first things done come spring. Once thatís rocking and rolling, Iíll start tackling the body issues with new rockers, deleting the ugly running boards, and new fenders. All of that will be followed by a respray to freshen up this 20 year old ride.

Eventually, Iím planing on figuring out how I can add a little extra power under the incredibly cramped hood.

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sweetness

are these fulltime awd or no?
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Depends on what T Case was installed at the factory. This one is a full time model. I think my buddy has a 2 wheel and part time selection on his case
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that's what i was thinking, and i thought the part time case is easily swappable iirc
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Itís not bad. I was lookin for an NP231 out of a 98 Cherokee. That would give me 2-4H-N-4L. And itís a pretty beefy case
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I did an NP242HD swap. Shortened the rear DS a bit & had a sealed rear output shaft so you could technically limp it around with no rear DS in at all.
2H - 4WD Auto - 4H - 4L. The T-Case linkage is shit though, that all got pitched in favor of a Novak builder's kit.
I think they have a cable kit specifically for 231/242 swaps in these things.
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I did an NP242HD swap. Shortened the rear DS a bit & had a sealed rear output shaft so you could technically limp it around with no rear DS in at all.
2H - 4WD Auto - 4H - 4L. The T-Case linkage is shit though, that all got pitched in favor of a Novak builder's kit.
I think they have a cable kit specifically for 231/242 swaps in these things.


Couldnít remember what you did on yours. I thought it was something like that. Thatís definitely an option
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Couldnít stand the old sagging headliner anymore. Got a good quality material and rewrapped with suede. I still have to do the blackout panel on the sunroof, speaker bar and the a pillars, but weíre off to a great start!

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removing headliners is not fun ever. well done.
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Thanks man. Iíve only done one before. I donít think Iíll ever do suede again though. Doesnít stretch worth a shit
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Finally got around to installing the new H&R springs, Shocks and bushings this weekend. Just used a set of Monroe replacements I had around for now. The old suspension was toast and didnít have time to wait around for the better shocks to come in. Overall lowered about 2 inches. Rides great and handles much more responsively now. Also a quick pic of the headliner installed. Next step will be revamping the brake and steering systems. Hereís a couple before and after shots
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Do WK SRT wheels fit on these? That would be neat.
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I think they fit with a conversion spacer. Iím trying to hunt down staggered 18Ē cobra r wheels in chrome for it
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Also said goodbye to an old friend Saturday. Had to go my separate ways with my project truck. I still have my bike and Jeep to play with and she was just taking up driveway space. Cash in my hand is always good though

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Nope.

ZJ's are 5 on 4.5 pattern where WJ+ is 5 on 5. Lots of Mustang wheels fit these.
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looks great !
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She was in serious need of a correction today. Just did a quick polish on her just to reduce the haze and some of the swirls. Got all the haze and probably 50% of the swirls knocked down for now. Iíll go more in depth after I get the couple rust spots repaired. Went full on with the bike yesterday though, so sheís all set for summer!
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Pretty certain the last 3k miles settled things in a bit more on the suspension. Updated all the worn bushings with poly and did some routine maintenance like end links and such. Also fixed my haggard exhaust with a Kolak tail pipe, Magnaflow cat and Flowmaster 40series. Next steps are to get some damaged paint corrected and rust repaired on fenders and rockers. Iíd like to say Iíll have a transfer case swap and wheels on by summer, but Iíve got bigger fish to fry . Hoping to get everything in line for this little boost come fall.


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Quick video of the exhaust installed. Canít figure out how to imbed the video from mobile so I linked the YouTube video.

-Kolak tail pipe
-Magnaflow high flow cat
-Flowmaster 40 series
-all 3inch pipe

Edit:never mind. Looks like it imbedded itself lol

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