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Old December 7th, 2011, 02:30 PM   #1
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Default Overland Trekking - 2002 WJ Build

Well, I started with a 2002 WJ Overland, 80,000 miles. Vehicle is from NV, so no rust. But it was not maintained well - bunch of leaks.

So, I had this for 3 days and had a blowout, and the spare is shot.

Got it home, and the wife said that I should order the lift and tires that I wanted and just do it, instead of getting a few junk tires to buy time!

Picked up a Zone 4" lift, with Nitro Shocks. Also, got a steering stabilizer and JKS disconnects. Put on some 2012 JK Rubicon take off wheels and tires.

I got it together last night to make it to work today. Still need to put in the transfercase drop, steering stabilizer.

Overall, the lift gave me 3.5" in the front and 2.5" in the rear. Rockers moved up 5" with the lift and tires.
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Old December 7th, 2011, 03:06 PM   #2
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what motor?
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Old December 7th, 2011, 03:10 PM   #3
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4.7L High Output.

It still gets up and goes well with the 3.73 axles and the V8. Better than my JK was.
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Old December 7th, 2011, 03:15 PM   #4
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Old December 11th, 2011, 08:39 PM   #5
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Installed the Zone Steering Stabilizer this weekend. That went on easy.
Also changed out the Power Steering Hose that goes from the pump to the Fan Motor. It was leaking at the pump. So Far So Good and no leaks. The trick for me was to install the bottom fitting first, then the top fitting. Then zip tied the line to keep it from moving around.
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Old December 11th, 2011, 08:42 PM   #6
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Also went and got it washed. It cleans up pretty nice.

Selling my take off 17" rims -
5 - 17" Wheels off a WJ (5 on 5), also fits JK, WK, XK - Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest
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Old December 11th, 2011, 08:50 PM   #7
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nice Jeep! I love the 02 Overlands. that 3" tip is awesome
have you checked out the transfer case and 4WD? you said it wasnt maintained well, and the 247 t-case as well as the varilock axles take special fluid. the transfer case fluid being mopar specific, and the axles requiring a friction modifier.

do not put on the t-case drop. for whatever reason it worsens driveline vibes and accelerates driveshaft wear. just ask JeepForum
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I probably should plan on servicing the T-case too.

I need to change the diff fluids - I bought the fluid and friction modifier, just need to get pinion seals and axle seals.

The t-case drop actually helped my vibrations. I drove it first without and it was bad, put it on, and it got better.
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Old January 19th, 2012, 01:37 PM   #9
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Just as an update, the Jeep settled about .25" in the front and .5" in the rear. So I am at about 3.25" front and 2" in the rear. Sits level front to rear. Has 17" clearance at the rockers.
I ordered a front receiver mount and portible winch mount. Should have those next week.
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Old February 14th, 2012, 07:36 AM   #10
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Here is an update. Mounted a Warn front receiver. It was pretty straight forward. Unfortunately, the pin hole lines up with the front facia. So I just cut the facia at the top, so when I need to put the pin in, I just push the plastic inboard and it still looks good.
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Old April 5th, 2013, 03:22 PM   #12
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Installed a set of the Alloy Axle Ball Joints 11800 for the JK / WJ. Went it fine. Seem to work well.

Bought them at EAD Off-road.
http://www.eadoffroad.com/jeep/wrang...ball-joint-kit
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Installed a used set of Spydertrax 1.25" WJ wheel spacers. No more rubbing when I turn now.
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Old April 5th, 2013, 03:45 PM   #14
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Looks great, i've always wanted to build a WJ for trails; almost did to the GFs 01'

Looking forward to more
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Also had to replace the Zone steering Stabilizer, it developed a leak and was out of warranty. Picked up a Moog one from Rock Auto.
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Old April 5th, 2013, 04:50 PM   #16
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nice! i just pick the wife up an 03 wj with the h0 v8. love that motor!

wish it was in my rubicon lj!
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Nice man. I have an 04 WJ that is going to be getting a simliar makeover soon.
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