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Unread 07-02-2013, 07:14 PM   #23911
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Mocked up the transfer case skid to install over the holiday.

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Unread 07-02-2013, 09:52 PM   #23912
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Wow i read slow im still back on june30th ive been crazy bizzy...but drove my ZJ to Uhaul n borrowed a 5x9 trailer 1220lds o
ut of the box
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Unread 07-02-2013, 09:57 PM   #23913
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How much do you plan on towing with a 4.0l and how far? I've read a lot of people say they can manage it but it just seems like it would be sluggish as hell and idk how my brakes could handle it.
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Unread 07-02-2013, 09:59 PM   #23914
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Re-did my stripe since the gator guard was fading a bit.

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Unread 07-02-2013, 10:08 PM   #23915
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Missed out on a set of nearly new u-joint axles for the front of mine by about an hour. Someone had pulled one of them this morning from the local jy. Went ahead and grabbed the other one in hopes I can find the pass side in the near future.
Ordered a new cv for the drivers side. It'll be here in the morning so I'll start on that then
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Unread 07-03-2013, 07:47 AM   #23916
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Back together now

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Replaced power steering pump, pulley, reservoir, pressure hose and return hose. Removed broken crappy hackjob k&n cold air intake with stock air cleaner box and hose ($15 at pick n pull WOOT!). Had to order throttle body air inlet bonnet online $54 shipped. Fixed air intake for about $90 including filter vs average $275 or so for full cold air intake kit. Now i'm working on the cooling system. Hot hose on top, cool hose on bottom and reservoir boils. Radiator not clogged, hoses not clogged, inlet tube not clogged, water pump good, replaced thermostat and coolant temp sensor. I think there is major air in system so borrowed a vacuum from a friend to see if pressure drops before filling, then i'll know there is a leak somewhere. If that happens, i'll fill with water and do pressure test to try and find the leak and go from there. If anyone else has ideas feel free to share! Could be overlooking something easy. This is my first jeep and i'm barely getting started on her.
Got it all back together and the vacuum helped. There is a tiny pinhole somewhere in the radiator so the pressure would slowly drop as air got in the system but otherwise she's tight. Had the coolant all ready to go so after vacuuming did the connector swap and let it suck all the coolant in. Getting the air out helped and now the coolant flows through the entire system as it should. Idling, city and highway driving or sitting with the foot on the gas to 2500 rpms for a while she never gets beyond 210 degrees. While I was in there I found what looks like a small leak in the timing cover gasket. It's only a drip at a time.... might leave that alone for a while. Gonna need a big chunk of time and serious motivation to tear everything off and get in there to replace it.
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Unread 07-03-2013, 07:48 AM   #23917
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Thanks for the reply

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If you have air in the system the temp guage will jump really high randomly till the air escapes
The gauge didn't jump around a lot but once vacuumed and the fluid was replaced it seems to be working as it should.
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Unread 07-03-2013, 08:01 AM   #23918
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Last night I went to set my toe in, however it was already within spec when I measured it so I centered my steering wheel and called it a day. The only thing left that can be causing my DW is ball joints and needing to get a professional alignment done (ive already replaced all other steering components except the steering box) so I'm hoping to have enough extra cash after this coming pay check to get the ball joints changed then hopefully the following check I will be able to take it to a local 4 wheel shop to have it aligned.
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Unread 07-03-2013, 11:56 AM   #23919
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The gauge didn't jump around a lot but once vacuumed and the fluid was replaced it seems to be working as it should.
Yea mine had air one time the temp would jump to about 240 and a couple seconds later would go way down
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Unread 07-03-2013, 12:13 PM   #23920
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found a cargo cover & net... but still looking for a spare tire cover (5.9er)
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Unread 07-03-2013, 05:55 PM   #23921
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Got my axle swapped out earlier today. Went fairly smooth until it was time to pull the hub. Had to borrow a buddy's car to go get a 1/2" 12-point socket since mine apparently grew legs...
As far as I know, its the original axle so I guess 15 years isn't too bad lol

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Unread 07-03-2013, 07:50 PM   #23922
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Brakes, and mud!
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Unread 07-03-2013, 08:01 PM   #23923
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Replaced an exploded rad....
Replacing the fan clutch while there....

Seat cushion on the drivers seat crushed. Too cheap to pay $250-$300 to have an upholstery shop do it...
Bought some 3" HD foam from the local fabric shop, some spray on contact cement.....
A little carving later... New seat!
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Unread 07-03-2013, 08:39 PM   #23924
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I picked up my wife from work today, her first time in the ZJ since I started "working" on her. She opened the door and said "WOW!". After 17 miles, I asked her if she wanted to drive, 8 miles to the driveway, again, "WOW!"

Please bear in mind her DD is now a 2008 Exploder!
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Unread 07-03-2013, 09:01 PM   #23925
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Should have done some more research before buying my rugged ridge sye kit. The rear seal leaked after about 30 miles. Read on numerous threads on various forums about the rear seal being an issue. Some have asked for a replacement seal and after replacing with the same brand seal most still leaked.

National/ Timken seal #3946 seams to have done the trick. I'll find out after a few more miles.
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