Project MJ Update IV (old drivetrain pulled, new drivetrain prepped)


Project MJ Update IV (old drivetrain pulled, new drivetrain prepped)

With the  Zone Offroad crew back at full strength and temperatures back down in the 70’s the guys are picking up steam on Project MJ for this year’s Ultimate Adventure. Up to this point we’ve left the original drivetrain in the Comanche while we mocked up the rollcage and other components around it. The time has now come to pull the original drivetrain after 21 years and over 200,000 miles of semi-reliable service. After closer inspection the reason for the relatively rust free underside became apparent as every part of the underside is coated with a thick layer of grime caused by a leaky 4.oL. Several cans of de-greaser, some quality time at the parts washer, and a little elbow grease later and we’re on our way to having clean parts to swap over to our Golen 4.6L Stroker that just arrived yesterday. This new 4.6L will put out around 270hp and 320tq, a vast improvement over the factory 4.0L.

In addition to the new engine prep, the J8 Dana44/60 axles just got back from Jeremy at Great Lakes Truck Outfitters who set them up with the Superior 5.38 gears and ARB Air Lockers. Final assembly will begin soon with new Moog components and Reid Racing knuckles so we can set up the new Zone prototype long arm suspension with Fox Racing 2.5” Remote Reservoir Coilovers and King coils. We’ll give you all the lowdown on all the suspension details in an upcoming post.

We’ve had a ton of interest from Comanche fans around the US and abroad wanting to see more on this project. While today’s update is short and sweet, there’s a lot going on around the shop and we’ll have plenty to show in the coming days. Keep the comments coming as we keep you updated on Project MJ.

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