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Old 09-02-2011, 07:40 AM   #1
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I just wanted to start a thread for cheap upgrades and mods you can do with junkyard parts, or cheap diy mods. Many of us have done these mods and many more have never heard of them, so let's help some of our fellow jeepers out with some low dough, on a hard budget mods.

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Old 09-02-2011, 01:10 PM   #2
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I'll kick it off with a hp30 out of a xj. 96-99 are all larger joint and non disco, but there were earlier ones without the disco and larger u-joints as well. Just pay attention when shopping. Also the 95-01 explorer 8.8 rear are great junkyard finds that can be had cheap.

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98-99 Durango gear box. Here is a good link Durango Steering Gear Swap
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Old 09-02-2011, 05:07 PM   #4
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Front springs from a v8 Zj and rear springs from a crown Vic I believe its a 2 or 3" lift.
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Old 09-04-2011, 09:14 PM   #5
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How about the front cv drive shaft out of a xj or explorer cut down and rebalanced for a cheap rear cv drive shaft. Some rear shafts from full sized broncos work as well if you want one for a rubicon with a 1330 rear u-joint.
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Front springs from a v8 Zj and rear springs from a crown Vic I believe its a 2 or 3" lift.
From what I read and understand, you put v8 zj springs upfront and move your front springs to rear for 3" lift. I plan on doing it soon.
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:02 AM   #7
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It depends on your setup. I put V8 ZJ springs on the front of my jeep and I got one inch. It all depends on how old the ZJ springs are and what you have on the front of your jeep. In my case I have a 6 cylinder and a winch and winch plate and I only got one inch but I only wanted to correct the sag and bring the front up to be even with the rear so it worked for me.
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:15 PM   #8
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v8 zj tie rod upgrade heres a lin to stu olson's site
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:56 PM   #9
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:48 PM   #10
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Front springs from a v8 Zj and rear springs from a crown Vic I believe its a 2 or 3" lift.
the only problem i can see being is quality. the springs of a zj are rated for a heavier vehicle. so you may get more ground clearance but at the cost of your ride comfort. seems to me that the ride will seriously suck and your stock in pain medication will go up as well. IMO of course.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:43 PM   #12
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Have seen that idea around here. How much weight do you think? iE is a box too much? Just wondering how functional just drilled through the fiberglass top.
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what year explorer should I be looking at for the best fit?
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the only problem i can see being is quality. the springs of a zj are rated for a heavier vehicle. so you may get more ground clearance but at the cost of your ride comfort. seems to me that the ride will seriously suck and your stock in pain medication will go up as well. IMO of course.
YMMV, but I got both about 2" of lift, and a more plush ride with ZJ springs up front. I think the higher spring rate helped better compensate for the winch & plate up front, compared to the stock springs & BB spacers the ZJ springs replaced. More flex too. (still have spacers in the rear though).
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:16 PM   #16
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Have seen that idea around here. How much weight do you think? iE is a box too much? Just wondering how functional just drilled through the fiberglass top.
Not sure how much weight it will hold...I guess depends on how you mount it. If you mount a retainer bar on the inside to distribute the surface area of stress on the fiberglass that should help.
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what year explorer should I be looking at for the best fit?
Mine is off a mid to late 90s model. Not sure of the exact year. After the 94 style. Some minivans have the same rack also.
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Would a cherokee rack fit?
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Mine is off a mid to late 90s model. Not sure of the exact year. After the 94 style. Some minivans have the same rack also.
cool thanks, ill be hitting my local pick your parts manana
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I put V8 ZJ springs on the front of my jeep and I got one inch.
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Just bought my springs and tie rod today
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Did you get the zj tie rod? I just put one on today to replace a bent on.
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Yuppers 43 after tax for spring s and tie rod
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Yuppers 43 after tax for spring s and tie rod
Wow, great price! My toe-in was over an inch because of the bent rod. I had to make sure both tape measures were measuring right. The ZJ will take a lot more rock bumping to bend I hope. At least I can re-bend if I need to.
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what year explorer should I be looking at for the best fit?
I took mine off a late 90's Explorer. It was an Eddie Buaer edition with the sun roof. Perfect fit, no cutting to length.


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