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Thread: The Silverfish WJ build on a budget (lots of pics and tricks)

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    The Silverfish WJ build on a budget (lots of pics and tricks)

    So let's say you have a WJ cherokee and you want it bigger. Let's see how it's done. First you need to select a kit that will suit all your needs. I chose the ZONE 4" kit from Jim over at Rockspyder. It came with EVERYTHING for under a G-note. And pic 5 is one of our club stickers. I think the logo turned out killer. (yeah shameless SSO plug)
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    First thing first the WJ is already 2" over stock from a BB and is running 245/75r16 tires (31's) Plus to solve the stock rear arm bushing problem I installed a set of BDS TJ front lowers in the rear with some home brew shims (big washers). Work MINT for less then the price of factory rear lowers. The pics below show the jeep on 29's. the ones in the previous post are the most recent.
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    Start by removing the stock shocks, trackbar, bumpstops, and disconnecting the swaybar links. Prep the new front arms by installing bushings, fittings, and spacers. Remember to support the axle.
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    Install the bump stop extensions, new lower arms one at a time, then the new springs.
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    Install the new shocks and seat the upper part of the spring. Prep the trackbar for installation. lower the vehicle after putting the wheels back on. Jounce the suspension and install the new track bar with the front axle centered. Due to the design of the WJ no new brake lines are required.
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    Move on to the rear axle. Support the axle and remove the rear links, shocks, springs and undo the center link. Install the new rear springs then the center link spacer.
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    Install the rear shocks, and extended links. Lower and install the t-case drop. 1" to make the driveline not shake.
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    Put her down stand back and have a look.
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    Either center your steering wheel or now would be a great time to get an alignment done.
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    First impressions: The ride is great and the lift has netted about 5" over stock. I'm sure it'll droop to the advertised 4" after it settles. The steering is still predictable without any twitchy attitude and there is no vibration while driving.


    PS anyone wanna buy a 2"BB or stock springs?
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    So some silverfish updates.

    The front driveshaft is now a double cardan type. I got the shaft from a '95 ZJ and the yokes from Waggy on the board. (cherokee) The front yoke fit no problem the rear I had to machine 1/3 of an inch out of the inner spline to tension the bearings.
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    Added recovery points. Just took pics of the front cause everyone knows what a trailer hitch looks like right?
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    And made a filter for the throttle body.
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    And a 3 month review for the zone kit. Thanks Jim for serving up one quality lift. The truck still rides perfectly. The front trac bar squeaked like a mo-fo so out came the drill and some grease fittings at either bushing and bippity bopity bam perfect again. In all I'm thrilled with the quality of the Zone 4". Tune back in in may for the offroad performance review.

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    I found this really cool. This thread is linked form Zone Offroad.

    http://zoneoffroad.com/blog/?tag=zone-wj-lift

    If the folks at zone are reading, I could use some swag and swaybar discos!
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    Moving on I wanted 15's. But I didn't want to break the bank so I went and found Chev 1500 / Caprice rims.

    They need to be blasted and sprayed (saturday night WOOT!) but they cost $50 for the set off Kijiji. They measure 15x7 with 5x127 bolt patern and a 4" backspace.
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    Now to make a 15" fit a WJ is a weeeeee trick.

    Grinding. 1/8 of an inch off the calipers. There's a stupid amount of meat tho so no safety issues. I got 1/8 inch spacers just to make sure the caliper face wont rub the welds in the rim.
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    Plastic is for sandwich baggies and toy cars. The rot collectors had to go..... So they did.

    Plus a couple rim and offset pics.
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    Trimmed for tires. The first pic is not trimmed for reference.
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    Rims are blasted and painted. Not bad for a $50 set. Plus the tires showed up.
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