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post #31 of 48 Old 07-26-2014, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Here are the final two tone colors, it's a little more of a difference than I expected, and I could probably mix another gallon, and do something like 2 parts grey, 1 silver, 1 gold but I don't know that it will get me any closer to what I'm looking for.

I didn't realize this till a few days ago, I can also change the color a bit with the air pressure when I spray the paint, a little higher pressure will lighten the metallic, so I may go a few psi higher on the dark color, and a few psi lower for the light color. Though looking back I could probably achieve the effect I'm looking for using the same process with one of these colors(that option is not off the table yet, if I can cover the whole Jeep with a gallon of paint, that doesn't need to be reduced).

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Got a few small things done on the Jeep, got a few things I'm gathering parts for, and got a few things on deck.

Finally got the Spectre intake, but since I'm very picky about shiny stuff, I de-blinged it.

Something I've been worried about was the intake clearing my LaBarron hood vents, it doesn't very well. I've had to grind a little off the intake tube, and a little off of the bottom of the vent to make them clear, may tweak the intake tube at a later date for more clearance.

Now I'll be mounting this behind the passenger headlight, as soon as I relocate my battery to the rear, just waiting on a day where I have enough time to do everything.

Coolant reservoir from an 88 Mazda B2000. Clears up room over by the PDC, and it cost me $3.

After looking at the wiring for my relocated battery, my headlight harness upgrade, the LED spot lights I need to mount and wire, and the empty spot where my air box was, I had an idea. I figured instead of trying to figure out what to do with a bunch of lighting relays, then a bunch of power wires to the PDC(since that's going to be the closest power source), and then wire them into the PDC, I would build a second PDC to go where my air box was, supplied by a 2 guage cable coming from the factory PDC.

I spent the day wondering around the junkyard today, just window shopping, trying to scout out a PDC out of some other vehicle that was a good size, and have enough relay and fuse spots. Here is what I have it narrowed down to:

Ford relay block out of an 01 Mustang, a similar version can also be found in several Crown Vic/Grand Marquis/Town Car.

I also found this:

Found it in an 01 Impala, also saw it in the Monti Carlo around the same time. I kinda like this one, it's a decent modular design, so if I need more later, it's easy and clean to add on. But I don't plan on adding that much more to the front end so I may keep this in mind at a later date, possibly as a PDC mounted in the back?

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Finally got the time to put the new front end, and fiberglass fenders on.
Are those the Comanche flairs (I only saw Grand and Comanche choices)?

I'm considering these if I ever get ticketed for no flairs
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post #34 of 48 Old 10-04-2014, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I guess you could say that. I originally bought them for my old MJ, but they are the same. I like those flares, nice mild enhancement, if I was going to build a 97+ I would probably use those, or on one that I had no plans on running flares in the rear.

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Well, here it is, about 85% wired up.



I still need my input wires from my low beam/high beam/fog lights, and then connect it all. I'm still waiting on a couple of parts so I can relocate the battery, once I get that done, I'll wire this in.

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Ok so work on the Jeep took a bit of a hiatus over the winter, I had to redirect my efforts into a place to work on and store the Jeep, I think I did pretty well too. Let me introduce you to the new work shop:



It needs some work, a new roof, and it needs rewired for 220, but it is going to suit my needs just fine, 600sq/ft.... Big enough for 4 large cars. Roof, 220 wiring, and insulation is on the (very)short list. My father-in-law has a furnace out of a moble home and an old fridge he's donating to the garage, and my other father-in-law works for an LED lighting company, and is going to hook me up with LED light panels. Later this summer I will be picking up a welder and compressor, hopefully followed by a plasma cutter.

(Bare with me this will take a few posts, my browser window keeps reloading swtiching back and forth between Photobucket, and after the thrird time loosing my progress, I'll just do it in a few posts)

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So I have decided to get rid of the Taurus fan in leu of the DirtBound OffRoad 3-10" fan shroud, there are a couple reasons for this, the major reason being the belt constantly squealing because its not getting enough contact on my upgraded aternator(a required mod if you have the stock 90A alternator). I even added an idler pulley to replace the one I had to cut out:

I added an second idler pulley at the top of the alternator. I copied what jeepster383 did and just ran a longer bolt thought the top of the alternator, and used a spacer and a couple of washers to shim the pulley out. Ended up using a Gates idler pulley(p/n 36330), fits 01-14 Subaru 3.0/3.6 in the Legacy/Outback/Tribeca. It is a nice bling pulley, but I think I would have just used another tensioner pulley for an XJ like jeepster383 did, just because of the cost difference(about $20). The belt has an OC of 82 1/8", or for 05-10 6.1L SRT8's (300/Charger/Challenger/Grand Cherokee).

Second, I was never really happy with how the Taurus fan mounted up, and had even thought long and hard about making an aluminum fan shroud for the Volvo fan, but that wouldn't fix the squeaky belt.

So here it is:


And because I decided to use a fan other than the ones Dirtbound sells, here is the inevitable "but"

The fans mounting tabs overshoot the shroud, by about 1/4" top and bottom. The tabs are about 12" apart, even though it advertises "Mounting area req'd: 11", and the shroud is 11 1/2" tall

So after calling Perma-Cool, and finding out that a 9" fan will be too small and pretty much fall through the hole, I decided I was just going to have to make the 10" fan work.

So after a few hours with a Dremel, and a soldering iron(for "welding" plastic), I cut the mounting tabs down enough to make it mount up.

It's a first for me to be working with plastic like this, so it was kinda cool, but looking back, knowing what I know now, and finding out just how different the 9" and 10" fans mount up, I definitely would have gone with the fan shroud for the 9" fans, and gotten the Perma-Cool 9" fans. As an added bonus of running the 9" fans over the 10", you get 40 more CFM at a .2 lower amp draw

Edit: I did have to trim the top radiator core support to clear the new shroud, I'll have to get a pic of it when I get home.

I'm going to continue to use the Volvo fan controller and BMW coolant temp switch for now, the center fan will come on at 195, and at 210 that fan fill shut off and the outer two will come on. If I can figure out a clean way to wire it up so all three fans can come on in stages automatically, I will change it, but for now this will work.

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Here is another project I'm working on, making more room in the engine compartment.


Relocating the battery to the rear of the Jeep, switching to a simpler coolant reservoir(relocated to where the battery used to be), and finally coming up with a permanent mounting location for the volvo fan relay(where the coolant reservoir used to be). The new reservoir is for an early 90s Celica, found it on eBay for something like $10, but it had $10 s/h from Taiwan, whatever it was new and suited my needs very well.


Still have a few things left to work on, tying the cables together, tying them down so they don't move around, and then trim the center console to clear them.


I had to pull the starter and oil filter to make enough room for the drill.

And as you can see my floorboards look like hell, I've got new pans from Classic 2 Current Fabrication that just came in, but am going to have to wait till the garage gets 220 wired up before I can get them in, I will however start cutting the old ones out soon.


I was working on clearing a path for the main cables thought the interior, and was going to run them on top of the transmission tunel, under the carpet/center console. Progress stopped when I pulled up the carpet, and got a good look at the condition of the floor pans. I knew there was an issue when we did the lift, but I was hoping it wasn't this bad. Well at least I have something to show the wife and say: "I need new floorboards... See?"

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Finished a small modification to the lighting PDC, one problem with using the Crown Vic box is the bottom half, it really is kind of backward for what I want to use it for/where I want to put it. To use it for my lighting, it would mount best on the passenger side, but all the wiring for the front clip comes in from the drivers side.


So I spun the bottom 180, it looked like it would work with a little modification.


I pulled out my Dremel and soldering iron, trimmed off a couple of the clips that hold the halfs together, and cut an opening for all my wiring to come through on the other side.

I used a few of the pieces I cut off and the soldering iron to "weld" in a couple small filler pieces, it's not perfect but it should work for what I want it to do, at least until a better option comes along.

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On a different note, I picked up a set of Wagoneer tail lights, for a look a little different than you normally see, and I think it turned out very nice. Since I have the Aurora reverse lights already, I really don't have a lot of use for the reverse lights in the tail light housings, so I filled the red lenses full of red LEDs for my brake lights, and the clear lenses I'm using amber LEDs for my turn signals.



While I was screwing around back there, I decided to take the reverse lights up a notch or 10 too

I saw this on Facebook and thought it was pretty cool, but then when I stumbled across these on Amazon, I fig I would go ahead and do a version of the upgrade myself.









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Ok, here is an update for anyone following this build. I've finally got my joints, jam nuts, and tube adapters for the Poly long arm brackets.

I also bit the bullet and ordered a couple other things I've been eyeing for a while now, since they have a 25% off sale going on right now. I've had my eye on T&M Metal Fabrication for a little while now, they seem to have some well thought out fixes for problem areas on XJs that nobody offers yet, I'm excited to see if the parts are as good as they look.
Door hinge brace(my passenger side seems to be fine, but I can see my drivers side is starting to become an issue)


The cracked B pillar vent on 2 doors(mines been an issue for a while, but doesn't look like it's gotten any worse since I noticed it)


http://www.t-mfab.com/store-3/


Not beautiful, but not bad since its been a few years since I've used a welder on a simi regular basis


Now, these are NOT plug and play pieces. Some bending, clamping, tacking, hammering, are needed to make these fit, as they are shipped flat. That being said, the installation was pretty straight forward, and if I had a fresh flap disk, or had taken the time to strip the paint out of the inside corners better, it would have went easier, as I wouldn't have been fighting getting decent contact and my welds would have looked better around the edges. Something to remember when I do the drivers side.

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Poly long arm brackets are mounted up, and PureJeep cross member are mounted up. Unfortunately they don't fit together quite as well as I had hoped, but since they were two different manufacturers, it was a long shot that they would fit perfectly together, but with a little modification they will.



The best part about needing to replace your floor boards!!


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Passenger floor pan is out and some much needed repairs are being made to the seat mount that runs under the floorboard.


Cut the old bracket out

Notch the frame


1x3x.120 box tube in its place


Rockers cut


2x4-.120 wall test fit

Seat mount welded in

Rockers welded in


The pinch weld will get cut out, and I'll bridge the gap between the rocker and floor pan once I can get back to get some more materials.
Fresh exhaust is in, Magnaflow cat and 18" muffler, with a Dynomax tailpipe for a RENIX era XJ(about half to price as a H.O. era). I redid the exhaust so I could make sure I had plenty of clearance around the new seat mount.

Floor pan is in for good, just need to finish welding it in top and bottom. Front seat mount test fitted, need to bolt the seat in place on the rear mount to locate the front mount before I start welding it in. I'll also bump up the hardware size while I'm at it, most likely to 1/2" grade 8 bolts, but I got to make a hardware store run.

Going to have to make anothe run for more 1x3, I decided to use what I had planed on using on the drivers side, to tie the Poly leaf spring brackets, and long arm brackets into the rockers.

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Well, everything is welded in place and the seat is bolted in and very secure. Not every thing is completely welded, about half of it is very well tacked in place, but the important stuff is 90% fully welded. Unfortunately I ran out of gas, and I'm about out of wire, so work has halted for a few days.



I ended up being able to use 1/2" hardware everywhere.



It's not pretty I know that, I need more practice welding out of a comfortable position, and I need a lot more light in my garage. I'll hit it with a grinder really quick, I plan to do a spray in bed liner for the interior this spring. As for everything else, it's getting POR15 very soon hopefully.

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Ok, so I bit the bullet and pulled the trigger on parts to swap WJ brakes on the XJ. Goal is to have all the parts together to do the swap the same time I finally install my long arms, this fall while I'm driving the MJ back and forth to work. Get it done before the weather gets too crappy, because I'd much rather make the 75 mile drive when it's snowing in the XJ. All of the parts that are coming off the XJ are going on the MJ, since it needs new steering and brakes anyway, and it's all good stuff(Moog steering, new calipers, Wagner rotors, Performance Friction pads, Precision hubs), all replaced within the last 3 years.

I'm going to try to make this as simple and specific as I can for parts needed for the swap:

New Crown Automotive WJ steering knuckles $205 (Amazon)✔️
JKS hub spacers $40 (Amazon)✔️
09-01 XJ/99-06 TJ Timken hub bearings $150 (Amazon)
Alloy USA ball joints for JK(same as XJ upper/WJ lower) $175 (Amazon)
WJ Centric Premium rotors $85 (Amazon) ✔️ +re drilled to 5-4.5" ($?)
Black Magic brake pads $125 (Black Magic Brakes)
New WJ AKEBONO Calipers/brackets $130 (eBay)✔️
6-Hub bolts(WJ/JK) $40 (eBay) ✔️
4-Caliper bracket mounting bolts $18(Rock Auto) ✔️
RuffStuff 3/4" Heim Steering Kit *NO TUBE* $140 (RuffStuff) ✔️
RuffStuff 3/4" X 5/8" Heim Tie Rod Kit *NO TUBE*(for track bar) $60(Ruff Stuff) ✔️
3 X 5 ft- 1 1/2" OD x 1/4" wall x 1" ID DOM $150? (Local supplier)
1 ft- 1-1/4 OD x .250 wall x .750 ID DOM Track bar bracket(see below) $32 (The Metals Depot) ✔️
Not positive what I'm going to do(if I even need to) for sway bar link brackets, need to look and see what others had to do, or figure it out once I start putting parts on.


As for the track bar mount:




Blaine Johnson can be credited for this design, as found on the Team NAXJA KOH rig.


I know there are several people wondering why I spent so much on new steering knuckles instead of getting them from the junkyard. For me the answer was easy. The junkyard here wants $60 each, and I would have to go pull them. Then because I'm OCD, I have to sand blast and paint them. For the amount of time it would take me to go get them and clean them up, it was worth it to me to spend the extra bit to just get new ones.

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