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Unread 01-30-2012, 04:23 AM   #7816
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Here's a better photo of the KOR roof rack on my jeep.

I just wish the expanded metal would have been put over the tubing so there would be a flat service to lay things on.
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Unread 01-30-2012, 04:30 AM   #7817
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The point is is that Kevin makes quality stuff that looks better that a Yakima, ect. He has for years. If you can do better on your own for cheaper then make it yourself. for Kevins. I don't put stuff on the roof because it's silly.

If you have not gotten an aux tranny cooler for your 5.9 I highly suggest that you do. I had 4 people 800lbs plus spare, a cooler, and all of my tools going up a mountain for 2 hours and overheated the tranny. We turned around and coasted most of the way back in neutral until it cooled and the OD light went off. The Efan just is not good enough with the stock cooler at that low of a speed to keep the trans temp down. I never had this issue with my 95 5.2 and the clutch fan with the stock aux cooler. Something to think about before you get out there without anyone near. I put the biggest cooler I could fit and I am still a bit nervous to go do it again after that.

With a decent cooler, you should be fine. The key is this: if you're climbing a long hill steep enough for the tranny to downshift out of OD, make sure you turn off OD, which will allow it to lock up the TC in 3rd (running under heavy throttle with the TC unlocked makes a ton of heat very quickly, and can overheat any tranny, hence the warnings not to tow in OD in the hills).

With just an 11x11" stacked plate cooler (radiator cooler bypassed), I've pulled 3k lb trailers up several miles of 5 - 7% grade, no tranny issues at all (don't have a temp gauge on it yet though). It's certainly capable of doing it. Plus, if you're at highway speed, there's enough air being rammed through the grille that the fan doesn't do much anyway, excluding some of the larger mech fans. If you're trying to climb a mountain below 35 mph (minimum speed for TC lockup in 3rd gear), you're probably best off locking the Jeep into 1st gear to keep the revs up and engine load down to try to reduce slippage in the TC, or just going faster.
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Unread 01-30-2012, 07:17 AM   #7818
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94 grand cherokee v6 thinking about putting BDS suspension 2" lift on that i found online for 400$ whats another good 2 or 3 inch lift out there something with a smooth ride on the streets and cheaper. is it better to buy the springs separate?
I'm surprised no one corrected this to I6. Anyway, I have an Rubicon Express 2" budges boost that I pulled off my Jeep. It's the spacers and shocks. I ran it for about a year, 13,000 miles. The spacers are fine. The shocks are good but a little dirty. PM me if you want to work something out.
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Unread 01-30-2012, 09:25 AM   #7819
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finally got around to trimming the front bumper, and pulled the throttle body and cleaned it. I also opened up the airbox to get more air flow. Everything seems to have made a difference idling smoother and better throttle response.
How did you open up the air box more? Just curious
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Unread 01-30-2012, 10:47 AM   #7820
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Pulled the A/C crap out to make room for the snail and intercooler. I could have kept it but now there is so much more room and I didn't use it anyway(compressor was shot).
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Unread 01-30-2012, 02:58 PM   #7821
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Ordered this hella sweet rack



Anyone know, since sportrack is owned by thule, do they make axe/shovel mounts? or anyone have them?
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Unread 01-30-2012, 03:53 PM   #7822
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With a decent cooler, you should be fine. The key is this: if you're climbing a long hill steep enough for the tranny to downshift out of OD, make sure you turn off OD, which will allow it to lock up the TC in 3rd (running under heavy throttle with the TC unlocked makes a ton of heat very quickly, and can overheat any tranny, hence the warnings not to tow in OD in the hills).

With just an 11x11" stacked plate cooler (radiator cooler bypassed), I've pulled 3k lb trailers up several miles of 5 - 7% grade, no tranny issues at all (don't have a temp gauge on it yet though). It's certainly capable of doing it. Plus, if you're at highway speed, there's enough air being rammed through the grille that the fan doesn't do much anyway, excluding some of the larger mech fans. If you're trying to climb a mountain below 35 mph (minimum speed for TC lockup in 3rd gear), you're probably best off locking the Jeep into 1st gear to keep the revs up and engine load down to try to reduce slippage in the TC, or just going faster.
Absolutely. I had it in first most of the way with the OD off. That's why I didn't notice that the trans OD lockout light had come on.

I just got back from 4 wheel parts and picked these up. I got tired of ruining end links and replacing them over and over.
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Unread 01-30-2012, 04:54 PM   #7823
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Took my rock sliders, grille guard and tail light guards in to be powder coated.
The rock sliders are being done in hammered gray, the other parts in 40% gloss black.

Also dropped off my jeep at the auto body shop to have the front bumper redone along with some touchup work before the rock sliders go back on.

This jeep sure spends a lot of time in the shop, there's always something else to be done like.
Upgrade front axle to a custom built HP30.
Custom install a winch into the front bumper.
Build a removable swing out gas can rack for the back.
Upgrade the stereo system.
Install Dynamat sound deadening inside the doors and a few other places.
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Unread 01-30-2012, 05:27 PM   #7824
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Cleaned up the ZJ a little. Trying to sell it.
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Unread 01-30-2012, 05:32 PM   #7825
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How did you open up the air box more? Just curious
torchd - I took the bottom half of the airbox out and drilled holes in the sides and bottom. Is it making a difference I dont know yet. I know with everything back together and running down the road, you can hear the air being sucked in much like an open filter, just thinking its got to be getting more air. A buddy of mine (who is big into diesels) did this to his cummins because he didnt want to go to an open air filter.
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Unread 01-30-2012, 06:22 PM   #7826
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My exhaust manifold is no longer cracked. Praise the Lord
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Unread 01-30-2012, 07:17 PM   #7827
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94 grand cherokee v6 thinking about putting BDS suspension 2" lift on that i found online for 400$ whats another good 2 or 3 inch lift out there something with a smooth ride on the streets and cheaper. is it better to buy the springs separate?
3.5" lift from ironrockoffroad.com is around the same price only thing really you would need to get with that kit is an adjustable rear trackbar. Or you can go with the bracket for a little till you have enough for the adj t-bar.

Just my .02
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Unread 01-30-2012, 07:21 PM   #7828
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Wheeled it and decided to remove the carpet by Wednesday.
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Unread 01-30-2012, 07:29 PM   #7829
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Got my poly swaybar bushings in to replace the Moogs I put in about a year ago. It took about 15 minutes total to pull the front skid, remove the factory clamps, remove the bushings, install the new bushings and install the aftermarket clamps with grease fittings. I didn't put the front skid back on. I'm going to coat it, inside and out, with bed liner to prevent rust. My other skids are also going to undergo this "treatment." None are on for now and probably won't be until the weather warms up now.
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Unread 01-30-2012, 07:50 PM   #7830
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Any bumpers for a zj that's not a million dollars? Lol
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