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Old 01-17-2016, 05:30 PM
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Location: Jackson, NJ
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Year: 1996
Model: Grand Cherokee
Engine: 5.2
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New here.. So my name is Mike and I live in NJ. ok now we got that out of the way.. Here is my build from when I got it.. to now.


I use to wheel the hell out of a 96 zj 3.5 on 35s. Got rid of it when I moved. Started to miss being offroad, and the Hyundai just wasn't making it as far offroad as I wanted to be.

Got a good deal on a 96 XJ 4.5 on 35s. Only has two spots of rust, which will be fixed in the coming months. This RIG is going to be 100% offroad use. But needs to stay road legal to get to wheeling spots.

Plans are 5.5 with long arms, staying with 35s. Keeping HP30 front and putting a ford 8.8 rear in. Going to be getting a cage and exo done when time allows.

The ad.
This has been sitting in my driveway for too long, time to move on...
96 4.0 auto 231 case @160k miles
D30 8.25 3.55s
RE 4.5" front coils
RC adjustable lowers
RE fixed uppers
Bastard pack rear springs and shackle
35x12.5x15 BFG mud terrains with full spare
15x8 black rockcrawler rims
Iron rock hack and tap with XJ front shaft in rear
Lots of trimming
Longer brake lines
Longer shocks
Front frame reinforcement plates
Custom front bumper, winch mount in progress
Curt rear hitch
Took it out wheeling yesterday to see what needs work. All worked pretty well, only complaint would be a clunking noise. I think its the control arms, which are getting replaced anyways so not worried about that.


starter was replaced today.. Still having issues starting. Guess ill be replacing more stuff now.


Went out exploring with my friend. Good time. Water pump is shot.


Jeep was going to Globex in toms river for tires mounting... and it wouldnt stay running. I would have to rev it to keep it going. Ended up just asking my brother to tow it for me. Now its there problem

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Old 01-17-2016, 05:32 PM
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Year: 1996
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Ok.. Now thats over.

Plans as of now are 1 tons.
3 fan set up.
long arms.
Cage and exo.

Lets get this year going.

Tires have been installed. NSS replaced. Water pump replaced.
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Old 01-19-2016, 06:50 PM
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Year: 1996
Model: Grand Cherokee
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New Water pump. The one that 4 wheel parts sent me didnt work so I had to install an oem one. Also had my new tires put on.

Next week will have my NSS installed, and maybe some steering upgrades.

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Old 01-20-2016, 02:56 PM
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3.5 ZJ?
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Old 01-20-2016, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by XJwonders View Post
3.5 ZJ?
I believe he means 3.5"s of lift on 35s.

Welcome, looks solid. Jackson isn't far from Wildwood, maybe I'll see you at Jeep Invasion come June. If you're interested check it out on facebook. Do you have an 8.8 already? Seeing as it's a '96 it could have the 29 spline 8.25 depending on the month it was built and that should be fine for 35s. Just a thought.
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