A 1993 Jeep ZJ Grand Wagoneer Built For Road And TrailPosted in Features on September 13, 2016 0) (
When we set out to plan the inaugural Jp Dirt ’N Drive presented by Jeep, we figured that we would get mostly JK Wranglers in the event lineup, and that was all good and true. However, we hoped for some variety and ended up seeing a few CJs and some YJ and TJ Wranglers as well. There were also a handful of Wagoneers along for the two days of driving through the backcountry of Nevada, Arizona, and Utah on our way from Las Vegas to Moab. One such Wagoneer was the ’93 Grand owned by Scott McCall of Prescott, Arizona. Upon first glance from 30 feet away, a Jeep ZJ Grand Wagoneer with faux wood-grain décor on its sides didn’t send the signal to our brains that this Grand might be something we should check out. But when we began talking to Scott, it became obvious to even the temporarily oblivious that there was a lot to see in this ’93.
Scott began outfitting the Grand by installing a Clayton 7-inch long-arm suspension lift kit and Bilstein 5100 shocks to give it some room for the 35x12.50R15LT Goodyear MT/R tires. A PSC steering box and Rock Ram steering system take care of keeping those big meats pointed where Scott wants them to go.
The 5.2L V-8 under the hood remains factory-equipped and delivers plenty of uumph to the TorqueFlite 46RH four-speed automatic transmission (which Scott did beef up with a set of Kevlar clutches) and a NV231 transfer case. Custom driveshafts take the power on down from there. The Dana 30 front and Dana 35 rear axles are filled with 4.88 gears (which help churn those 35ers), and an ARB Air Locker maximizes the MT/R’s traction capabilities up front, while a Detroit Locker does its thing out back.
Body mods remain simple, but ample, for the time being. A bit of fender trimming had to occur to make sure the tires would never meet metal. Scott built the front and rear bumpers, including the integrated fender guards and rock rails, as well as the front skidplate into which the Rigid Industries LED lights are mounted. A Warn winch is mounted up front just in case there’s any trail trouble; and for safety’s sake, Scott created an interior rollcage that runs like a spiderweb throughout the inside of his ’93 Jeep ZJ Grand Wagoneer.
How well does it wheel? Well, Scott uses his ’93 Grand to explore the trails of northern Arizona just about every weekend he can, and it not only kept up with the crowd during our two-day 2016 Jp Dirt ’N Drive presented by Jeep but joined us on a number of challenging trails later that week during the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab. What has your ZJ done lately?
Hard FactsVehicle: ’93 Jeep ZJ Grand Wagoneer
Engine: 5.2L V-8
Transmission: TorqueFlite 46RH 4-speed automatic
Transfer Case: NV231
Suspension: Clayton Off Road 7-in long arm kit, with Bilstein 5100 shocks
Axles: Dana 30, 4.88 ARB Air Locker (front); Dana 35, 4:88 Detroit Locker (rear)
Wheels: 15x10 beadlocks
Tires: 37x12.50R15LT Goodyear MT/R’s
Built For: Daily driving as well as the frequent wheeling weekends