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peterpan02001
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Joined: 24 Nov 2005

PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2005 5:29 pm    Post subject: How do I tell? Reply with quote

My family bought a '94 Grand Cherokee from my uncles (I'm just 16, just got my liscense). It had been in their family since '94 and has been used with varying degrees of care. Some friends of mine took me climbing a few weeks ago, and I've been hooked ever since. I've been trying to find some aftermarket parts for my Jeep, but I dont know if it is a ZJ, a WJ, or what. I never got the owners manual from my family so I can't look there. Is there another way to tell? What parts should I get first? I have a very limited budget, and my dad has already nixed the lift kit.
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Joined: 08 Jul 2005
Location: Harrisonburg, VA

PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2005 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome,

Definantly a ZJ. 93-99 body style is a ZJ. Personally I have been doing some engine work so when I do get a lift and bigger tires my engine (5.2L V-eight) will still have plenty of power. I got a rusty's air tube, flowmaster 50 series muffler, and a throttle body spacer. I just ordered a 2in. lift to tide me over till I have enough cash to get a bigger lift. But to each thier own I guess, you really can't go wrong when you are upgraded stuff. I also am on a college kids budget so I know how tight things can get.

Here are a few sites that I have with cool stuff:

http://www.summitracing.com
http://www.4wd.com
http://www.redrock4x4.com
http://www.rockratz.com/rrcustomerrigs.html
http://www.rustysoffroad.com
http://www.kevinsoffroad.com
http://www.tomken.com
http://www.trailready.com/bumpers_jeep.html

Magazines also contain a wealth of information. This post awesome for getting info. I have found more info here than anywhere else.
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'94 Grand 5.2L
2" budget boost
31" mud kings
Flowmaster 50
Rusty's air tube
Rusty's steering stabilizer
AEM throttle body spacer
120 amp alternator upgrade
Rusty's Tie Rod Conversion
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swamp boy
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Joined: 01 Jan 2004
Location: New Orleans LA.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2005 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CLose but 93-98 is ZJ... 99-2000 is WJ...Wink

How much lift you looking for ???

How big you wanna go???


Mr. Green


What did you climb???
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viper24242
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Location: Harrisonburg, VA

PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2005 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am ashamed. Embarassed

A slight over sight on my part. I also have a '94 so I don't really worry to much about anything older.
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'94 Grand 5.2L
2" budget boost
31" mud kings
Flowmaster 50
Rusty's air tube
Rusty's steering stabilizer
AEM throttle body spacer
120 amp alternator upgrade
Rusty's Tie Rod Conversion
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grandjeeper
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Joined: 17 Sep 2005
Location: greenville sc

PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2005 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

understandable, hhahah.
all upgrades are good. i started with 31inch tires. yaha i know, your not supposed to put 31 on a stock zj, but with some bumper and finder trimming, the fit right in there. i know have a 2inch budget boost, rusties air tube, light rack, and 3 or 4 aftermarket skids plus the stock t-case skid and gas skid.

but all up grades depended on your budget, what you plan on doin with it, and how long you plan on keeping the jeep. ( wouldnt cut your fenders if your gonna sell it at any time.

good luck and be safe.
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peterpan02001
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2005 2:12 pm    Post subject: Thanks Reply with quote

Thanks for the tips. I don't think that I'll be getting a lift kit anytime soon, at least until I'm on my own. My dad thinks its too dangerous, and I can't lift anything until I move out. But I can still get some bigger tires. I really need to get the steering and suspension worked on, I think the tie rods are bent, maybe just the ends, and I want to get some really stiff coil-overs for the front. I also really want a grill guard for the front so I can mount a winch and some offroad lights, and then some tail light guards for the back. I had also looked at the skit plates that Rusty's sells, maybe a Christmas present. Thanks again for the help.

P.S. - My engine is the 4.0 straight six.
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Renegadestang
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Joined: 07 May 2005
Location: Marietta, GA

PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a good idea to 'wheel your Jeep stock to begin with anyway. If you can't handle your ZJ with stock suspension, then 'wheeling with a lift may be more machine than you can handle. Skids are definitely an awesome way to start off. They should be one of the first items on your list of "things to get". By the way, welcome to the Jeep hobby. You'll notice very soon that your wallet will be much lighter... Very Happy
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1981 Jeep CJ-7 Renegade: 307-4V SBC, SR-4 4-spd., 31x10.5 Wild Spirit's

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viper24242
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've taken my jeep out stock a few times. The first time I went out I blew the stock steering stabelizer. Make sure you give the underside a look over when you get home so you can see if you've broken anything. When you do take it out the first time remember to keep it light. I hammerheaded my first time out and ended up stuck in the mud. Had a half drunk redneck help me out. I did rip my bumper off but its back on. Nothing says body damage like a redneck stepping out of a truck with a bud light saying: "I knew it had to be somebody new to off-raodin' considerin' the way you were babyin' that thing. Let me help get you out."
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'94 Grand 5.2L
2" budget boost
31" mud kings
Flowmaster 50
Rusty's air tube
Rusty's steering stabilizer
AEM throttle body spacer
120 amp alternator upgrade
Rusty's Tie Rod Conversion
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2005 5:09 pm    Post subject: Mud Reply with quote

I've already noticed how much more room there is in my wallet, or whats left of it, I've been pulling it out so much, it's almost worn out. I think I'll be going for the skid plates for Christmas, and might spend my own money to get the suspension work. Like I said, no lift kit, just stiffer springs and all. I like the story about the redneck, I live in Texas, so I probably wouldn't even notice him being a redneck. We just got our first snow this weekend, and I took my Jeep out and tore up some trails while it was still coming down. I heard that leaving mud on your Jeep will wear out bearings somewhere. Do I really need to worry about this? I washed it down with a garden hose already, but do I need to get under it and scrub or something?
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