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Thread: Project Grocery Getter (unibody ftw lol)

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    The plan is to build a grand cherokee (ZJ) to be as capable as possible while keeping it street legal.. and also not to use crappy parts. I want this build to be solid. Any ideas or suggestions welcome.

    Instead of buying a kit and calling it good, I decided to find parts that fit or make them fit as I don't believe any 1 company is good at everything.

    I've lost my previous grand in a roll over accident but thanks to that experience i've learned a thing or two and figured i'd start with a fresh canvas.
    Found a ZJ that was as STOCK as possible. Picked it up from a doctor from Lone Tree. All highway miles and always maintained at the stealership. Got all records.

    The Good:
    Record of maintenance
    One owner since 1998
    No leaks
    All highway miles
    Leather
    Heated Seats
    Sun Roof / Moon Roof
    V8 ( Although i wouldn't mind the i6 again)
    tow package w/tow hooks
    Premium Sound
    Climate Control

    The Bad:

    np249 = All Wheel Drive ='(
    bearings in rear axle were going bad
    kids were being driven to soccer practices (seriously) so it was a mess back there


    Other than that it is a mint.
            

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    First thing that i got rid of was the axle. Since i had a new 44 sitting in my garage already geared and locked.
            

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    Default Different T case? I think so.



    so the next thing that absolutely had to go was the all wheel drive 249 transfer case. It had plenty of miles on it and the viscous coupler was going bad. it was also just a regular slip yoke.

    Went to High Country Performance 4x4 and ordered a new tcase.. one that will take a beating. a week later i got a Command Trac 231 by Advanced Adapters with their Slip Yoke Eliminator. Because of the SYE, I had to also order new driveshafts so HCP4x4 also took care of that
          

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    Looks like this is going to be a nice grocery getter! lol

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    Once tcase was in it was finally time to lift the thing up
    got 8 BDS long arms,
    BDS 1/4 inch steel high clearance cross memeber
    BDS t case skid plate
    BDS coils
    teraflex 2 inch leveling spacers
    Mopar Gas tank skid trimmed for clearance
    new BDS control arm brackets
    JKS custom lenght front track bar as my teraflex wasnt long enough
    YJ 21 inch break lines ( longest ones meant for zj were 19 inches)
    New rear sway bar links ( modified by Ace Hardware upgrade lol )
    Englewood driveshaft x2
    Rubicon Express rear adjustible track bar (came off of a JK 6 inch long arm)
    4 inch track bar drop bracket for the rear
    Bilstein 5125 shocks
    JKS bar pin aliminator
    JKS stem eliminator
    Rancho steering stabilizer
    Rancho auxilary steering stabilizer
            

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    Default well heres stage II pretty much done



    this is the day of the lift being somewhat complete
          

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    Scrat previously posted:
    "It's definately not your typical soccer Moms ride anymore! You did a great job and it looks awesome! "

    Thank you very much still ways to go

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    Added Spidertrax 2.25 inch wheel adapters / spacers and a light bar on the roof
            

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    STAGE 3

    Bumper (protofab prerunner style)
    Winch (Bulldog 8000k)
    Lights ( Hella 700 series on top of the bumper)

    What you can't see on pictures:
    Focal speakers all around, two 10 inch MTX Magnum subwoofers (trying to downsize to a single polkaudio)
    Pioneer deck w/ remote and ipod and aux hookups,
    10 disc CD changer,
    Optima Yellow Top battery
    High Flow water pump and upgraded alternator
    9mm spark plug wires and double platinum Champion plugs
    K&N air filter

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    It looks better in person even when it's only in the rearview mirror and a minute at a stoplight.

    Nice build thread Matt!
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    Chris in Florida

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    people look at me weird at soccer practices now.. but i love getting dirty looks from priuses
           

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    Chris previously posted:
    "It looks better in person even when it's only in the rearview mirror and a minute at a stoplight.

    Nice build thread Matt!"

    Thank Chris 'preciate it. like I said it got ways to go. I couldn't have a build thread as i go since i just joined but ill do my best from now on next thing is hopefully going to be my steering.. if it decides to ship.

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    still need to get bumpstops to properly flex.. and the ramp wasnt really big enough
          

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    Nice rig!

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    that thing is looking sick dood job

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    I'm curious, how much do you have invested in this build overall?

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    cfr previously posted:
    "I'm curious, how much do you have invested in this build overall?"

    Considering that I have skipped a few things in the build ( that I will talk about later) id really rather not say .. I don't wanna cry myself to bed. lol a jeep sure does empty every pocket =)

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    Nice looking build

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    Thanks I'm glad there isn't all that much hate within frontrange. A few people I know would have said its a POS cause its a stationwagon and soccer mom ish etc

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    A nice rig is a nice rig, period. you have a nice rig. Now, go get it dirty.

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