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Unread 09-22-2006, 11:20 PM   #1
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Relocating the wiper fluid resevior on a WJ

Well I finally got around to putting in a new windshield wiper fluid resevior today. For those unfamiliar with this issue with WJ's, the wiper fluid resevior is in the driver side wheel well such that he first time you get some good flex with your sway bar disconnected you're going to mash it. I tried several different ways, and decided that there unfortuately is no good place under the hood to relocate it to.

I noticed that the resevior from a ZJ is not such a goofy irregular shape, so I bought one off ebay ($5 including both pumps and fluid level sensor, can't beat that.) Looking under the hood, I noticed there's a nice space next to the brake fluid resevior, but there's a piece of the vacuum system in the way (Pic 1). So, I relocated the mount as far back in the corner as I could drill a hole (Pic 2). To relocate the thing without putting tension on the pre-formed vacuum lines I flipped them over. This them crossed them, so unplug one, uncross it, and plug it back in (notice how they now fit nicely behind the brake fluid resevior). Now, when I tried in the resevior if was an almost perfect fit, and one of the mounts even lined up with an existing bolt (you have to jimmy it around a little bit to get it to fit, but it's not hard). The bolt was a ground for several wires so I relocated these to another nearby bolt to be on the safe side. I (carefully) cut open the wire harness that included the wires to the pumps and fluid level sensor and seperated these out, then taped the remaining ones back up. I bolted in the resevior using the one existing bolt, then drilled a hole for the other mount and drove in a self-tapping bolt. Everything lined up perfectly, so I pulled the resevior back out, spliced the existing wires to the new pumps and sensor, and bolted it back in. Fits perfectly (level and doesn't interfere w\ closing the hood) and looks like it came from the factory that way. I have a K&N FIPK II, but I think this wouid work with a factory airbox too. Here's some pics:

vacuum1.jpg   vacuum2.jpg   final.jpg  
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Unread 09-23-2006, 01:43 AM   #2
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Good job. How long were you without one? A long time if i remember!

Mine is mashed too, i will follow your guidelines.
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I havent had one for....a year and some time? Man there are sometimes I miss it. Windshield wipers dont do well with de-icer.
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Some one care to explane how a sway bar are mash the resevior?
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Unread 09-23-2006, 03:42 AM   #6
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on the WJ the wiper fluid reservoir is in the upper front of the left fenderwell. If you disconect your swaybar, and flex your truck out with larger tires, the tires will catch the pumps on the reservoir and tear them out.
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Nice write up

Havent busted mine yet
But when I go bigger Ill rember.
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Unread 09-23-2006, 05:32 PM   #8
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on the WJ the wiper fluid reservoir is in the upper front of the left fenderwell. If you disconect your swaybar, and flex your truck out with larger tires, the tires will catch the pumps on the reservoir and tear them out.
In my case it wasn't just the pumps, it was the whole shebang. The Thunderchickens I used to run (briefly) had really big side lugs- one of 'em caught the resevoir and ripped the whole thing off, then I promptly ran it over. I would have cursed but I was laughing too hard....

Now that I've mentioned my old Thornbirds let's see how long it takes Hunter to chime in- he's still mad that I wouldn't let him have them
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If only you had done this before I went to all the trouble I did. Very nice install, I like your's better.
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If only you had done this before I went to all the trouble I did. Very nice install, I like your's better.
What did you do with yours?
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It's all here:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/windshield-wiper-reservoir-302921/

I basically used the same bottle but put it under the K&N and sealed the original hole and added another one because it had to sit sideway's. His looks like a professional install, whereas mine kinda looks well.....
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Unread 09-23-2006, 08:39 PM   #12
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I have been without one for about two years at least now myself.I have a ZJ bottle in my garage just begging to be installed.
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I have a question to the original poster, WHERE is your charcoal canister??? where you put yoru bottle (GREAT spot) mine (99) has a charcoal emmsions canister, can ya help us out?
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His canister is probably under his back bumper.
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Here is how I did it - nearly identical, just further forward.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/zj-washer-fluid-reservoir-place-wjs-321148/
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