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Well, I bought this 95 Upcountry ZJ just over 2 years ago. It was exactly what I was looking for except the color. I can love with black... The aftermarket wheels are OK, but will change when I get wear out the BFG 235/75-15s...

Took it for its first run a few months later...

Lowrider of the bunch, headed for a nice little trail called Rattlesnake. No pics of me on trail that day. And I did take a couple legal bypasses.

Then ran Vindicator. I have a thread here about that. http://www.nagca.com/forum/showthread.php?t=26265 In that thread I mention 31s and 2" lift... I've been saying that for sometime now.

Next had a good run up to Jacob City with some friends...


About this time my wife's health took a downturn and wheeling became non-existant.
During this time I fought DW troubles and replaced all the tierod ends and draglink. And had an alignment, rebalanced the BFGs twice. Turned out one of the wheels wouldn't stay tight. So a different set of tires and wheels became available. I got some no-name 30" ATs on factory steel wheels for cheap. Really cheap.


As my wife's health improved I went on a couple of easy rides locally. But I don't take my camera out in the rain much. But when I was invited for a snow run, I had to go...

And a thread for it... http://www.nagca.com/forum/showthread.php?t=29918

Not much wheeling until summer, and we made a trip up American Fork Canyon where we tried to reach Forest Lake. Too much snow kept the lifted big tire rigs from making it. I made it through a bit of the snow, but turned back.

 

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So I decided it was time for improvements. I had collected control arms and coil spacers, bought new bushings for the control arms and waited. In the meantime, I bought a set of rockcrawler style wheels and some 31" tires, both for cheap. And picked up a D30 Lockright for real cheap. And I spent time rebuilding both my son's Ranger and my daughter's XJ. A good friend applied the paint to both in my garage... I'll not dwell on the XJs other problems...


So after getting the 31s on, the Miller Motorsports Park opened their offroad course for a freebie weekend. I scraped and rubbed the transfer case skid all over the place. Even got stuck on it.

Need to see if I can get that skid tucked up better...

While fixing my daughters XJ, she was driving my ZJ. Now that her XJ is done, and my ZJ is back home, I decided to finally pull the trigger on the BB lift.






Suddenly, the Ranger doesn't look so big anymore. I have more work to do on the ZJ, replace front axle U joints, add the Lockright, replace the rear wheel bearings and seals, another hingepin, fix a wiring harness in the drivers door and probably something I'm forgetting.

But its a start...
 

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nice write up
 

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Any more plans for the jeep?
 

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you will love that front locker off road. That was the single best mod i ever did to mine
 

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ZJ is lookin good!
 

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Thanks, been on here for some time, but never felt the rig was worht showing off in stock trim. No real plans to go bigger. I've said from the first trip up Rattlesnake, 2" lift, 31" tires and armor is all I need. Well, got the lift and the tires, now I need armor. Rig has 165,000 miles under it, 20k by me. Full tow package, so the 3.73 gearing is sufficient for my needs. And includes the Trashlock LSD. I know the locker in the front will help offroad, I just hope it doesn't kill my onroad manners when it snows. Hoping that using the fulltime when its slick on the roads will keep me out of trouble with it. I drive a mountain pass to work (Cody, you should know Johnson's Pass in the West Desert...), so hopingthe locker isn't too obnoxious.

What I didn't mention was I lengthened the swaybar links, and am making them quick disconnect. I'll do pics and write something for that. Added longer front shocks. Need to do the same for the rear too.
 

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TTB will be gone soon. The parts XJ parked behind the Ranger is donating its HP D30 soon. So yes, dodo... Lots of great places to wheel and I am WAY behind. But now I hope to catch up.

Oh, the Ranger... Bought with the baja fenders and Skyjacker 6" lift. Replaced the lift with Tuff Country brackets and extended radius arms. Cab swap, custom motor mounts and shock towers, Full rehab ground up. I think we touched every single nut and bolt...
 

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Well, a little update...

The week after the lift, I replaced the Ujoints in the axle. Really tough to drive the originals out, even with a friends Harbor Freight 12 ton press. It was kind of scary everytime the old caps POPPED loose.

Installed the Lockright, only to find it was munged up. Wouldn't release at all, and in less than 200 yards of driving it, I broke all 4 pins. Nice. So, took it back out. In the process of either the locker install or the Ujoint install, I developed a new noise. Speed associated, went faster as I drove faster, couldn't hear it below 10 MPH. Figured I'd screwed up my left unit bearing. Or I had noisy Ujoints.

Well, the noise didn't change with over 100 miles, so I believed the unti bearing was the issue. Changed it yesterday. And, no change. So now, folks tell me the Ujoints shouldn't make noise, and I start thinking maybe I messed up backlash or preload on the D30. But went wheeling today anyway.



When on the trail, we were going slow and never heard the noise. And when we got back on pavement, the noise was GREATLY diminished. Perhaps, the Ujoints are settling in. I'm going to just not think about it for now and see what happens after the next trip next weekend. Perhaps, the noise will be gone.

I got another Lockright used, that looks better and was working fine when removed. But, I think I'll wait until spring time now to try another install.
 

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Great shot, got any more pics of your trip? Where does the noise sound like it is coming from? You changed the driveshaft u joints or the axle shaft joints?
 

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I'm bringing my own Zombie thread back from the dead. Stand by for a few updates soon. But here are some teases...
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Holy heavy bumper!
Is that so you can lift it out of a jam with a helicopter?
 

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It is 136 pounds.The hinge gets in the way of the hatch by 3/4". So I will have to remove it. At $100 it was tough to pass up. And it needs a lot of cleanup anyway. A friend of mne is giving me a spindle type hinge, so I think I'm going to move the swing to the driver's side. I also need to add some plates to fill in the sides.

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I'vegot quite the stash of goodies. The 4" springs are for the ZJ, I have 6" and 4" XJ springs as well. Not pictured, the rear adjustable swaybar, the replacement rear axle (noisy pinion bearings) Also the front lower long arms from a TJ, that I need to fab a crossmember for, and add some tabs to use some adjustable front uppers as radius arms. THe odd short arms are just for illustration purposes

I need a front bumper to offset the weight of the rear bumper, so keeping my eyes out. I'm CHEAP.

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I do have a Detours USA Backbone for ZJ, but I lost half of the mounting plates. My original thought was to fab a bumper around it. Still might. Either way, I really want to make whatever I build for this towbar. Yet another freebie.And you never know, it just might be handy.

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Along with everything I've collected, that includes these sliders from a TJ Unlimited (LJ). Just need to fab the mounts.

But, all this waits. I had my right knee replaced yesterday. My left was replaced 10 years ago next month.

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And of course, it may be time for new lighting front and rear.
 
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