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    White TJ build

    First trip to Gulches


    Most of yall know I bought Jimbos old TJ he had briefly. So far, its been a fun capable lil rig for me to just day trip to gulches and around town. There's been several items I've had on my list of things I need to do such as oil pan replacement and tracking down the ticking noise that seems to be very common in the 4.0 Then there's the items I just want to do to make it more capable. But now that I have my truck where I want it and my folks have a nice big shop for me to work in, I think its time for me to put a lil TLC in the jeep and get it where I want it to be. Because I would like to make it to a big event like OSCAR or something soon.

    As it sits now:

    -2.5 RC lift and 1.25 BL. trashed stock control arms
    -35" Goodyear MTR w/Kevlar
    -D30 front, loc rite locker and chromo shafts
    -Stock D44 rear w/limited slip
    -Smittybilt (I think) front bumper, rock sliders, front/rear tube fenders

    The plan:

    -replace oil pan (dented in right at the drain plug)
    -AA SYE and new rear shaft (Carolina driveline or tom woods)
    -Brown Dog 1" mml
    -Front/rear solid diff covers
    -Clayton long arm upgrade kit: 3 link front and 4 link rear w/front bridge
    -Clayton engine and transfercase skid system
    -And maybe a front D44 down the line and small stretch


    I'm sure this will be a pretty long process, as I work out of town during the week, and at times an aggravating task. But I know it'll all be worth it in the end
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    Bored at work on a saturday so I figured I'd add a few more pics...






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    Well I finally get to update this some. I'm working a jobsite in my home town so I have time to work on this thing. So I scooped up ronnies old ZJ for donor axles control arms and sooner or later the 5.9. I stripped down all the axles today. Goal is to get this thing ready for OSCAR this coming year but we'll see. My brother also has picked up a decent XJ for $500 that we're building up some too.



    Pile of axles and tires


    My brothers XJ with the fenders cut and 35's on



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    The TJ will be pretty sick with that gear!
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    Nice. Glad you scooped that up, will make that TJ pretty sick.

    To a close eye, where that XJ is sitting should look familiar to yall. Several builds have taken place under that carport.

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    I'm hoping it will be a pretty solid rig when i'm done. And Good eye steve, hopefully they'll be a few more

    Initially, I was planning on swapping axles and then down the road the motor. But now I'm kinda thinking engine swap then axles because I feel the engine will be the most challenging. I've done alot of research on 3link/4link so i feel pretty good about that now. But I still gotta do a SYE and put my T-case in the 5.9. But I probably won't start tearing down the TJ til after hunting season because I still wanna hit gulches up a time or so and I have a feeling its gonna take a while to get all this done. In the mean time I'll be going through the axles and cleaning them up some.

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    I fired up the 5.9 yesterday and let it run a while and changed the oil in the TJ. Took advantage of cyber Monday today and ordered my motor mount for the 5.9 and a SYE from advance adapters. Also ordered all the brackets that I know I need for the 3 link and 4 link and also some Tubing for the upper third link that I needed from Barnes4wd. Here's a short video of the motor running. I'm ready to have this thing in the TJ!




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    Basically just posting this post for myself and for anyone to chime in with tips on the 5.9 swap.

    I've been doing alot of research since i first thought about buying Ronnie's ZJ and I feel alot better about it but only time will tell when i go to fire it up. I've started labeling the 5.9 getting ready to pull it. As of now, I'm going to attempt to wire the harness myself. I've got service manuals for a 98 TJ and ZJ for help with pin outs and what not. From what i have read and watched there are only like 4 plugs that need to be changed from the TJ harness. A couple of other splices and adding the 2 extra fuel injector plugs. But since I'm keeping the 46RE i've got to add some additional wires for that. but some issues I think I'm going to have:

    1. The ZJ has a factory alarm which won't allow me to use the PCM if my research is correct. So i need to find a PCM from a dodge truck (5.2 or 5.9) with an automatic transmission.
    2. ASD - I haven't done much research on this part but I think the it is gonna be a little tricky cause the ZJ is completely different than the TJ here. Need to read up more on that.
    3. My TJ has a Security Key (SKIM). May not be a big deal, but I think the right PCM will fix that?
    4. My TJ is a manual, and I'm going to keep the 46RE so running wiring for an automatic and connecting it to my computer. and also

    Or I can pay $750+ to have it wired and labeled at backwoodsoffroad.com but that seems a bit high for a handful of splices and adding 2 injectors into the PCM plug. Again, any input, tips and anything i might be overlooking is much appreciated. Trying to get all my ducks in a row to make this swap as smooth as possible.

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    Well I wasn't planning on getting new tires just yet but I scooped up Craig's old racelines and red labels off his buggy. Hopefully these will keep me motivated to get the jeep built sooner. Haven't done much since I pulled the motor after Christmas but ready to start tearing down the TJ



    And just to give myself an idea of what they're gonna look like...



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    I might have cried a little bit looking at this thread for the first time.

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