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Old July 6th, 2011, 12:43 AM   #1
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FNG yooper among the trolls.

New to the 4x4 forums. Just got into a ZJ. My son has one as well. We put a junkyard lift on his and he rattle canned it OD.

Looking forward to contributing to the forum as I begin modding my new (to me) toy.

Have been out a few times and it is pretty impressive what a bone stock ZJ can do.

Struck up a convo with SizeMatters at Harrison the other day about his ZJ. Rocks and Valley's is a pretty cool place.

Here is a pic of my stock ZJ along with my sons.

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Old July 6th, 2011, 01:05 AM   #2
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Old July 6th, 2011, 04:47 AM   #3
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Old July 6th, 2011, 12:17 PM   #4
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Old July 6th, 2011, 07:06 PM   #5
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Howdy! Good seeing ya here! Was nice meetin ya for sure, if ya need any help with the ZJ let me know!
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Old July 6th, 2011, 07:25 PM   #6
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You will be way more amazed at what you can conquer after it's built as well! You found the right spot to learn...read, read, read, chances are every question you could ask has already been beat to death. Welcome to the Jeep world
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Old July 6th, 2011, 07:58 PM   #7
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You will be way more amazed at what you can conquer after it's built as well! You found the right spot to learn...read, read, read, chances are every question you could ask has already been beat to death. Welcome to the Jeep world
True! Just my ZJ on 33s goes everywhere I point it. Chances are if you have a question and it hasnt been discussed, between all of us, someone knows the answer. If none of us do, then theres for sure someone on NAGCA that knows!
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Old July 6th, 2011, 09:28 PM   #8
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You will be way more amazed at what you can conquer after it's built as well! You found the right spot to learn...read, read, read, chances are every question you could ask has already been beat to death. Welcome to the Jeep world
I hope I won't be "that guy" that asks the lamest questions. I have five years under my belt at a few other gear head type forums and the newbies get a bit annoying.

"How much horse power will this CAI get me?"

Gee I don't know, it's been on the market for five years and is installed on 150,000 cars. You would think it would have been talked about by now but that search I didn't do turned up nothing, huh.
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Old July 6th, 2011, 09:53 PM   #9
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Old July 8th, 2011, 09:58 PM   #10
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Old July 10th, 2011, 04:54 AM   #11
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Old July 10th, 2011, 09:48 PM   #12
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Put a rattle can paint job on it over the last couple of days. Trimmed the bumper cover and made a new front driver side bump stop out of a hockey puck. Made things much quieter since the old one was totally gone. My fat ass in the driver seat makes that a very important part.

The boy and I went and wheeled a bit in the thunderstorm today to put some mud on the fresh paint.











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Old July 10th, 2011, 09:54 PM   #13
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Oh, and Thanks for the warm welcome.

You guys are way more swell than the...


...I got nothing. I don't talk to people.
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Old July 10th, 2011, 11:04 PM   #14
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Im seriously diggin the camo man, very nice rattle can job! On a side note, my Jeep is about to change colors as well, no more Flat Black Jeep for me!
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Old July 11th, 2011, 08:54 PM   #15
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Old July 19th, 2011, 06:18 AM   #16
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Old July 22nd, 2011, 04:29 PM   #17
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I was burning about a quart of oil every 600 miles. It would smoke pretty good at start up and a little all the time. Knowing that the 4.0 is not known for burning oil even with stupid amounts of miles on them I took action.

The valve seal on the left is typical of the dozen. The one on the right is new. Slight difference in the hole diameter.




I used the method of putting air to the cylinder to hold the valves in place while disassembled. The hose off a compression tester worked well.


Had to make a spring compressor for the back two cylinders as the t-handle on the Craftsman I bought would not fit under the firewall overhang. Just threaded it into the rocker arm tower and used it to leverage the spring down. Four hands would be better than two when handling this tool and the keepers. :sweatdrop:




I have not noticed any smoke since the seal change. Took a couple of hours.

Note: If you attempt this it will make a HELL of a racket at start up even using asembly lube. I about shart myself thinking a valve had dropped or a rod bent. I went so far as shutting it down immediatly and pulling the valve cover agiain and rechecking everything. :sweatdrop:

I also switched to Rotella (high zinc content) and noticed the engine is much much quiter now.

The Hansen service manual for ZJ's is a good investment. It contradicts itself some but if you aren't a mouth breather you should be able to figure it out.
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