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Unread 03-16-2014, 04:49 PM   #61
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Ok so either way I go I'll be good

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Unread 03-19-2014, 09:43 AM   #62
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The motor is still leak free!!!

I think my next purchase will be the KOR radiator support with tow hooks, but we'll see what gets added to the list after this weekend's test run.

My tow strap showed up and looks plenty beefy. ProComp 20,000 lb. This is to replace my Harbor Freight special.

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Unread 03-20-2014, 11:54 AM   #63
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where did you get the limiting straps
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Unread 03-20-2014, 11:23 PM   #64
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where did you get the limiting straps
I don't recall the site but you can find them all over the net and on eBay. Just make sure you measure with a little allowance for stretch and get the beefy double thick ones with nice thick metal ends. Beard are great, think ProComp makes some too.
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Unread 03-22-2014, 10:59 PM   #65
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After another test run at Prairie City I can finally say that the rear springs and removal of spacers solved my issues!! Enjoy some photos from today and I'll post the 36 minute video soon!!





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Unread 03-23-2014, 09:36 AM   #66
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Ok guys, here's the latest footage of Project ZJ and some bonus footage of some other local ZJs! You'll notice I still need to do some more trimming/hammering up front, but my tires did not get damaged. Very happy with the Jeep's performance at this point, but I think my plans have changed - going to do long arms in the rear first, then the gears/lockers/axles.


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Unread 03-28-2014, 11:19 PM   #67
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That is a LOT of flex!! Lookin good!
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Unread 03-29-2014, 04:30 PM   #68
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That is a LOT of flex!! Lookin good!
Thanks!! I can't wait till the rear flexes like the front!!

Here's an edited clip of the full video showing just the flex test footage:


And here's a video I made today since it was raining giving some tips on joint lubrication, squeaky suspension, tire pressure, handling, etc.


I'll keep you guys posted on the rear long arms and rockers/sliders because those are the next items on the to-do list.
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Unread 04-04-2014, 09:33 AM   #69
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Just a quick update on the Jeep.

Yesterday I noticed that my exhaust was hanging down in the rear so I went to All Muffler Services in Rocklin and Mark/Mike hooked me up. I must have bumped a rock because the steel mount with the rubber hanger was broken off. It's welded back up now but eventually I want to have them run all new pipe and tuck it up as high as possible.

The MSD external coil was zip tied in place and the wires running to it were just wrapped around the bolt then smashed down with a nut. I cut the wires back, re-stripped them so they were nice and clean, then used the proper connectors to reattach to the coil securely. I also cut the zip ties and found an old clamp for an electric fuel pump which just happened to be the right diameter. There also just happened to be a hole in the fire wall right there so I bolted it in nice and tight.

I also finally bolted down the rear hatch trim piece so it would stop rattling!! Put some new decals on too, pics shortly.

Happy Friday!!
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Unread 04-07-2014, 09:18 PM   #70
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If you want a cooler running motor, separate the transmission lines from the radiator and give the transmission it's own larger cooler. After doing that my motor and transmission both run cooler.
Really? I was always taught to run the internal and external tranny coolers in sequence...is the external cooler you added sufficient by itself?
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Unread 04-08-2014, 05:05 AM   #71
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Really? I was always taught to run the internal and external tranny coolers in sequence...is the external cooler you added sufficient by itself?
Its a bit overkill. Tested it in the desert a few times before I moved and stayed nice and cool. Fluid temp gets to around 190 max in stop and go traffic on hot days. Keeping it in line is probably better in cold places but there us still the risk of killing the trans if the radiator warmer should break. It doesn't happen often but it does happen. Happened to a guy I know and killed his 44re.
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Unread 04-11-2014, 03:01 PM   #72
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Happy Friday!! Wanted to post a quick update because some goodies are in the mail:

-IRO rear long arm kit
-IRO on board air compressor
-JKS ACOS for the front
-Inner axle sleeves for the Dana 30 front axle
-Ujoint axle shafts with 760x Spicers and almost alloy kit for the Dana 30 front axle
-Solid front diff cover for the Dana 30 front axle

I think I'll install the ACOS first to bring the front up level with the rear, then the compressor, then the rear long arms. Hoping to have it wrapped up before May so I can go test everything out on my birthday, took some time off for my 30th. The front axle stuff is going to sit in the garage until I'm ready to do the 4.88 gears. Very excited to finally get the rear on long arms!!
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Unread 04-11-2014, 03:49 PM   #73
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When is your bday bro?
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Unread 04-12-2014, 03:31 PM   #74
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When is your bday bro?
May 3rd, getting to be an old man!!
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Unread 04-21-2014, 01:17 AM   #75
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Got the family stuff taken care of on Saturday so ended up spending Easter Sunday at the off road park with my girl. She gets nervous even being in the Jeep on some of the obstacles, but she drove a few of them. This is the last trip on the rear short arms. Next week the rear will finally be on long arms and the front will be about 2 inches higher on JKS ACOS. Can't wait!!

Here's the video from today:


Here's some footage of just one of the obstacles using the Go Pro camera, gotta adjust my xfer case linkage so it doesn't pop out anymore. Only happened twice today but it sounds so nasty when it happens!!

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