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    "The Yankee"

    Okay, so, "The Yankee" is my nickname for my new project, my 1995 Grand Cherokee Limited. So, I suppose some basics are in order. I bought The Yankee on Friday, October 3th. Me, my wife, my mother-in-law, and our black lab Diesel piled into my in-law's Caravan for the ride to Toronto. We met the former owner at noon, and after a look-over and a quick spin around the block, a deal was made. The first moment of truth was when I bolted the plates off my car on it, aired up some low tires, and hit the Gardiner Exp. in T.O. And guess what? Other than a slight shake under braking (later found out to be worn rear rotors), she made the 2 hour drive from T.O back here no problem. As for the nickname? Well, it was actually originally from Massachusetts, and the guy I bought it from, had bought it from his friend, who was the one that brought it up for the states....

    Basic stats:

    1995 ZJ:
    -5.2 V8
    -46RE(??) Auto
    -NV249 full-time T-case
    -Dana 30 / Dana 35
    -Limited model, so leather, power seats, fancy sound system, etc (leather sure is comfy though....)

    all stock other than a trailer hitch (score! one less mod needed....)

    Took it in for a safety check, and it needed the following:
    -Rear Rotors (worn, rusted)
    -e-brake doesn't work (gotta check that out)
    -broken driver's mirror
    -battery hold down
    -left front parking light out
    -steel brake line (brittle, needs replacement) near the rear flex hose...
    -has a small hole in the passenger side rocker, right at the front near the wheel opening

    I've since replaced the mirror, and the parking light, and I'm working on the brake problems this week...


    so, my plan is basically something like this:

    -looking for about a 4" lift, short arm for now (hopefully L.A down the road, when I get some extra $$$ saved)
    -hoping to run 32's or 33's without any cutting
    -swapping out the NV249. I've been told the NP231 is a relatively "easy" swap....any truth to that? An NP231 with a low range gear swap and SYE kit would be cool
    -swapping the D35 for an 8.8 I've already got (was planning on swapping into my doomed BII)
    -regear, locked rear, hopefully selectable up front
    -bumpers, sliders, winch, lights....all that stuff

    so...thoughts?
    1995 ZJ Limited, 5.2, 46RH, 249, D30/D35, stockish, his....
    2004 WJ Overland, 4.7HO, 45RFE, NV247, D30/D44, stock, hers...
    Quote Originally Posted by Beerfest
    "It's $10 for a BJ, $12 for an HJ, $15 for a ZJ..."
    "What's a ZJ? "
    "If you have to ask, you can't afford it."

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    looks like your on the right track. your probaly find the need for a 6 inch long arm real fast so just drive it stock for a bit longer a get the 6in.

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    sounds good but...

    i dont think you will be able to fit 33's without any cutting
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    Nope as soon as you have enough offset in the rims to run 33's on 4 inches the tires will be in the fenders, pinch seams, and several other locations that need to be um..... Masaged.

    The 231 swap works well. 5 speed is even sexier. MMMM NVG4500.

    I have the AX-15 and a 231 in mine.

    Chop out the rockers and put in boxed steel rockers.

    Move the amp off the floor. It doesn't work once there's 6 inches of water in the back of the truck.
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    Agreed with the lift vs. tire statements. Run a 2" budget boost for now, and save for a proper long arm. Why screw up a good handling truck with a short arm kit? Buds XJ w/3" on stock arms always had the shakes. Ya, could have cut and rotated the axles but geeze... just get the right parts!
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    I have a 4 inch lift in a ZJ on short arms (for now) and I can go 140 all day long with no shakes. If you were getting the wobs something was definately wrong with the front end. Through personal experenice i can vouch for up to 4.5 inches with no adverse effects on short arms. Get a drop pitman arm to bring your trac bar and steering linkage into alignment and make sure the front end is tight.

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    well, got a couple small things done. Hopefully hitting up the JY for a battery holddown right soon, and doing the brakes maybe this weekend....

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