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1998 grand Cherokee, expedition/daily driver rig
06-28-2016, 10:04 PM
Post: #11
RE: 1998 grand Cherokee, expedition/daily driver rig
(06-27-2016 10:21 AM)Ayreonaut Wrote:  Thanks everyone, I appreciate the support!
Its tempting to just lift this thing big, but it defeats the purpose. I drive the jeep 50 miles every day to work and back, and take it on a lot of road trips, especially far out expeditions into the Adirondacks and Catskills. So I wanted something comfortable, yet capable. And yeah that is a tj tube from the parts jeep I bought last summer. What I did was cut the tube before the bend so I could put a cone on it. I was thinking about putting the complete tj intake on with the box, and moving the battery to the other side of the engine bay. I know someone who did that to his zj. But it kinda defeats the purpose, my idea was to keep the intake as high and dry as possible. Then the only thing I have to worry about is keeping an extra cap and rotor in the jeep haha!

if you lift it you might not need the extra cap & rotor LOL JK
I say a 2" lift kit or coil spacers & shackle extensions for starters

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07-01-2016, 07:42 AM
Post: #12
RE: 1998 grand Cherokee, expedition/daily driver rig
(06-28-2016 10:04 PM)AA1PR Wrote:  if you lift it you might not need the extra cap & rotor LOL JK
I say a 2" lift kit or coil spacers & shackle extensions for starters
It has a 3" spacer in the back and a 2" in the front, with rustys front shocks and a set of comanche shocks in the rear. I just added a 1/2 spacer the other day in the front to level it out more. It's as far as I want to go with it. It's a big enough lift to get good tires and have decent clearance and actually look lifted, but too small to have to deal with adjustable control and track bars and other things. With how much I drive it on the roads, and what I plan to do with it (jeep camping, exploring, some wheeling) it's perfect the way it is.
But just added my full size spare to my roof rack, I used a stock spare tire hold down and drilled through the rack to mount it. Seems very sturdy for now.
This morning it was clunking when turning hard, so it might finally be time to upgrade to the solid v8 tie rod set up.
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07-01-2016, 09:53 PM
Post: #13
RE: 1998 grand Cherokee, expedition/daily driver rig
(07-01-2016 07:42 AM)Ayreonaut Wrote:  
(06-28-2016 10:04 PM)AA1PR Wrote:  if you lift it you might not need the extra cap & rotor LOL JK
I say a 2" lift kit or coil spacers & shackle extensions for starters
It has a 3" spacer in the back and a 2" in the front, with rustys front shocks and a set of comanche shocks in the rear. I just added a 1/2 spacer the other day in the front to level it out more. It's as far as I want to go with it. It's a big enough lift to get good tires and have decent clearance and actually look lifted, but too small to have to deal with adjustable control and track bars and other things. With how much I drive it on the roads, and what I plan to do with it (jeep camping, exploring, some wheeling) it's perfect the way it is.
But just added my full size spare to my roof rack, I used a stock spare tire hold down and drilled through the rack to mount it. Seems very sturdy for now.
This morning it was clunking when turning hard, so it might finally be time to upgrade to the solid v8 tie rod set up.

I know it looks good & was just kidding about more of an lift hence the "JK" for just kidding
& all kidding aside you've made amazing mods to it

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07-05-2016, 12:42 PM
Post: #14
RE: 1998 grand Cherokee, expedition/daily driver rig
(06-28-2016 10:04 PM)AA1PR Wrote:  I know it looks good & was just kidding about more of an lift hence the "JK" for just kidding
& all kidding aside you've made amazing mods to it
Lol thanks, I appreciate it! It's starting to come along nicely. It helps that I have so much experience and knowledge with these motors and jeeps so that I know which mods are worth my time and are actually useful as upgrades. I've done these mods on other jeeps but I haven't had one that had so many things on it as this one, (injectors, Intake, v8 alternator and steering, header etc) so it's cool to see it all work so well. I'm thinking about ditching the mechanical fan and setting up a WJ electric fan with a fan control in its place for better cooling and a few more ponies freed up... I am never out of ideas for this thing
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07-22-2016, 09:01 PM
Post: #15
RE: 1998 grand Cherokee, expedition/daily driver rig
My jeep did great on the anniversary run. I'll get some pics up once photo bucket cooperates haha. I lost 4 low in my transfer case and knocked my bumper cover off on the first run. Also broke my sway bar links trying to take them off haha... So I upgraded to the xj style links after driving the past two weeks without a front swaybar.
[Image: 20160722_211348_zpsrdpkdd1g.jpg]
These should be much easier to disconnect and break much less often.
I had a blast and my jeep surprised me and probably a lot of other people by making it through every single trail I went on, except for a hill miller had to winch me up a little bit through to make it up. And that was with no 4 low, rear sway bar still connected, and open diffs.
But before I take care of the transfer case, (I am set on doing a np231 swap), I had to fix my radiator that recently went bad and started leaking. Well a radiator for a 98 is 250$ but one for a 97 is only 100$... So tonight I made the 97 one work. For anyone with a 98 4.0 zj, the only difference between the two radiators is the upper transmission cooler line connecter. A brass adapter from Hiawatha fasteners puts it together and saved me over 100$.
Heres a dirty and dark picture
[Image: 20160722_211603_zpsyvczlkwm.jpg]
Soooo looks like next step is a transfer case swap, some beefier diff covers, new tires, and skid plates. And I also want to eliminate the mechanical clutch fan and install an electric fan from a WJ with a controller

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07-23-2016, 11:07 AM
Post: #16
RE: 1998 grand Cherokee, expedition/daily driver rig
(07-22-2016 09:01 PM)Ayreonaut Wrote:  My jeep did great on the anniversary run. I'll get some pics up once photo bucket cooperates haha. I lost 4 low in my transfer case and knocked my bumper cover off on the first run. Also broke my sway bar links trying to take them off haha... So I upgraded to the xj style links after driving the past two weeks without a front swaybar.
[Image: 20160722_211348_zpsrdpkdd1g.jpg]
These should be much easier to disconnect and break much less often.
I had a blast and my jeep surprised me and probably a lot of other people by making it through every single trail I went on, except for a hill miller had to winch me up a little bit through to make it up. And that was with no 4 low, rear sway bar still connected, and open diffs.
But before I take care of the transfer case, (I am set on doing a np231 swap), I had to fix my radiator that recently went bad and started leaking. Well a radiator for a 98 is 250$ but one for a 97 is only 100$... So tonight I made the 97 one work. For anyone with a 98 4.0 zj, the only difference between the two radiators is the upper transmission cooler line connecter. A brass adapter from Hiawatha fasteners puts it together and saved me over 100$.
Heres a dirty and dark picture
[Image: 20160722_211603_zpsyvczlkwm.jpg]
Soooo looks like next step is a transfer case swap, some beefier different covers, new tires, and skid plates. And I also want to eliminate the mechanical clutch fan and install an electric fan from a WJ with a controller

nice work

if you go with an electric fan be careful out in deep gooey mud or water the fan will not work so watch those temps

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07-26-2016, 05:36 PM
Post: #17
RE: 1998 grand Cherokee, expedition/daily driver rig
That's a really good point, and considering how cool it runs with the new radiator and 180 thermostat I don't think it's necessary anymore. Would like to free up some horsepower, but I'm thinking now I'd rather put that money into some armor.

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08-04-2016, 10:54 AM
Post: #18
RE: 1998 grand Cherokee, expedition/daily driver rig
Life has been crazy lately. Things ended with my girlfriend and I, and I had to move out to a place in liverpool. Still going through that whole process right now. The good news is, my commute just went from 40 miles a day to less than 5 miles a day. So I'm thinking I might go a different path and build this white jeep up more and just use my 500$ cherokee as my commuter now. But for now the grand is still my driver. Took it to Poughkeepsie and back last weekend for a death metal concert, and I'm going to be driving down to state College area in Pennsylvania to spend my vacation down there next week. The miles have racked up quick on this jeep haha!
I'm thinking about doing the well known front to rear swap, or possibly going a little higher at 5" or so. It needs tires soon anyways so I might as well save the money to put 33s under it. Obviously a transfer case swap is going to be first, I've been searching around for a 231 that I can either put right in or rebuild with heavy duty parts.
And also the anniversary run bent my brand new exhaust again so it's rattling all over the place.. Really makes me want to do something like a side output.

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08-04-2016, 09:38 PM
Post: #19
RE: 1998 grand Cherokee, expedition/daily driver rig
(08-04-2016 10:54 AM)Ayreonaut Wrote:  Life has been crazy lately. Things ended with my girlfriend and I, and I had to move out to a place in liverpool. Still going through that whole process right now. The good news is, my commute just went from 40 miles a day to less than 5 miles a day. So I'm thinking I might go a different path and build this white jeep up more and just use my 500$ cherokee as my commuter now. But for now the grand is still my driver. Took it to Poughkeepsie and back last weekend for a death metal concert, and I'm going to be driving down to state College area in Pennsylvania to spend my vacation down there next week. The miles have racked up quick on this jeep haha!
I'm thinking about doing the well known front to rear swap, or possibly going a little higher at 5" or so. It needs tires soon anyways so I might as well save the money to put 33s under it. Obviously a transfer case swap is going to be first, I've been searching around for a 231 that I can either put right in or rebuild with heavy duty parts.
And also the anniversary run bent my brand new exhaust again so it's rattling all over the place.. Really makes me want to do something like a side output.

sorry to hear of the woes right now
later in life you'll call it a blessing, I know I did
what is the rear to front swap? axles I assume ?

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08-05-2016, 03:11 PM
Post: #20
RE: 1998 grand Cherokee, expedition/daily driver rig
Thank you. Life always throws up and downs and it's important to just keep pushing forward. I'll be fine, it's just a rough patch In time.
And the front to rear swap is actually for the coil springs, because they are the same width. If you put the front coils in the rear, it will net about 3-4" of lift, and then you just need to buy front lifted coils to match, and shocks and all the other associated stuff. I might do that, but for not a lot of extra money I could get a complete 4.5" lift that would raise me higher, and replace my soft riding 20 year old springs with something better. I've noticed that when I have my jeep fully loaded the rear does sag a little bit.

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