#iwannagofast ZJ build

Johnny Quest

Web Wheeler
Location
West Jordan
Drive shafts are in, and everything spins! I tried uploading a video of it idling on jack stands in my garage, but wouldn't work. Oh well. Imagine a ZJ idling in a garage on jack stands, with all 4 wheels slowly turning. Still, a big step forward. Still doesn't stop or turn, but that's next.

Got some new LEDs installed last night. Got to love quick cheap plug-and-play upgrades.

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Johnny Quest

Web Wheeler
Location
West Jordan
Alright. I’ve been putting this off because I know its going to be a pain. Tie rod and drag link are good. For the trackbar to be parallel AND the same length as the drag link (40”) it’s gonna have to stick way out into the wheel well; the blue tape on the 2nd pic is where the trackbar mount would be if it was 40”. Looks less than optimal for packaging, but will provide the best ride.

I know parallel and equal length is best, but how close is “close enough” when it comes to length, as long as the two are parallel?

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I Lean

Mbryson's hairdresser
Supporting Vendor
Location
Utah
The closer they are to matching, the better--as you said. But plenty of rigs have mis-matched lengths and work fine. (TJ's with Tera steering come to mind.... there's probably 8" of length difference there)
 

Johnny Quest

Web Wheeler
Location
West Jordan
The closer they are to matching, the better--as you said. But plenty of rigs have mis-matched lengths and work fine. (TJ's with Tera steering come to mind.... there's probably 8" of length difference there)

If I run the trackbar bracket I have without modifying it, it’ll put the trackbar at about 35” center to center, and be damn near perfectly parallel with the drag link.
 

xj_nate

Doctor, economist, polical expert, poser
Location
UT
Psh I wouldn’t be concerned at all about matching length unless you’re going 200 mph over jumps. Your steering will be the last thing on your mind at speeds where it’ll matter.

My tracbar is 7” shorter than my draglink. Angle is not perfect but close.
 

Johnny Quest

Web Wheeler
Location
West Jordan
Is there any room to move the axle side track bar bracket closer to the tire/outward?
room, yes. but the trackbar bracket is already welded in place, and its the Artec truss, so the brackets are all keyed to fit a specific spot. this is the only flaw ive found with this system so far

Psh I wouldn’t be concerned at all about matching length unless you’re going 200 mph over jumps. Your steering will be the last thing on your mind at speeds where it’ll matter.

My tracbar is 7” shorter than my draglink. Angle is not perfect but close.

so, just weld it up where there bracket wants to go, cut the trackbar to length, and send it?
 

STAG

Beach bummin
Location
Pleasant Grove
I still haven’t changed the axle-bracket from stock location on my XJ, and I can absolutely feel the bump steer even at low speeds on roads, i.e. speed bumps in a parking lot will get my steering wheel rocking back and forth if I go over it around 5mph+. I do have a relocation bracket but I haven’t set aside the time to do it yet where I haven’t been driving the XJ much lately.


We have different wheeling plans for our vehicles though. Personally, knowing you like the throttle pedal, I would do the relocation if I were you, feeling like you’d be happier with it. But you’d probably be happy to have it finished and driving too 😄
 

Johnny Quest

Web Wheeler
Location
West Jordan
Sunday nights are for master cylinder swaps. A special shout-out to whoever pre-rounded the brake line fittings for me. 😂🍻👍

So now I get to replace those, and reflare the lines. The new MC is from a 1999 Ram van 2500. The internet told me to get this one, because of the increased fluid needs of the super duty calipers, so I did. It bolts up perfectly, but I do need to figure out the push rod.

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I will also be taking the opportunity to install cutting/turning brakes. I picked up an older dual handle CNC set up a while back, and now is as good a time as any to plumb it in. So out came the factory parking brake handle, along with most of it’s assorted bits, so now I have a spot to work with. The assembly actually fits under the main compartment of the center console, so that’s neat.

I’m going to reuse part of the stock ebrake handle mount as a base to start from. The dual handles are totally going to get in the way if I leave them like this, so I’ll probably cut out a wedge toward the bottom of the handle, and bend them forward to about a 45° angle or so, so they’re less intrusive to everyday driving/trail use.

It’s a 1in/2out design, so instead of the T being on the rear axle, this setup is the new T. I’ll have a pair of lines running back from here, along the rear upper control arms, and then off to their respective calipers. Totally unnecessary for a trail rig, but why the hell not? Rear locker is selectable, so that shouldn’t be an issue. I know it won’t work as well as the moon buggies, but it might help me park in those tight spots at the mall.

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Johnny Quest

Web Wheeler
Location
West Jordan
Running short on time, money, energy, and patience, but other than that, everything is going swell.

Kid #3 is about a week and a half from making his grand entrance, so I’ve been finishing up the nursery. I’m sure once he arrives, I’ll have plenty of time to get this Jeep buttoned up (yea right)

Anyway, there have been a few setbacks, mostly personal error, but here’s the current to-do list:

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Johnny Quest

Web Wheeler
Location
West Jordan
I got the new MC in, that sucked. Only had to line it up and take it out a few dozens times. oh well.

In other news, I came across this lightbar on FB marketplace for STUPID CHEAP yesterday. I didn't need it, but I couldn't pass it up. So now I need to figure out how to mount it. whats one more mini-project anyway?
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