Slow and steady Niner

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Let’s just start by saying she’s 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. It’s hard to tell how many of the original 14k 5.9 limited Jeeps are still on the road, but I’ve never seen one with under 80k on it! Her rockers have seen some brutal Midwest salt as have the fenders, but otherwise, she’s 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 doesn’t leak, intake, and a refreshed suspension are going to be the first things done come spring. Once that’s rocking and rolling, I’ll 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, I’m planing on figuring out how I can add a little extra power under the incredibly cramped hood.

Anyway, here’s my ZJ!





 

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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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It’s not bad. I was lookin for an NP231 out of a 98 Cherokee. That would give me 2-4H-N-4L. And it’s 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.


Couldn’t remember what you did on yours. I thought it was something like that. That’s definitely an option
 

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Couldn’t 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 we’re off to a great start!

 

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removing headliners is not fun ever. well done.
 

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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 didn’t 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. Here’s a couple before and after shots
 

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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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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. I’ll go more in depth after I get the couple rust spots repaired. Went full on with the bike yesterday though, so she’s 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. I’d like to say I’ll have a transfer case swap and wheels on by summer, but I’ve 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. Can’t 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

https://youtu.be/rRkWjDu5neI
 

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