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Go ahead and just getn ew springs. Those ACOS nned to go!

So just let me know how much you want for them
I'll keep that in mind.

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Just moved into a new place so I haven't done much lately. Still moving the last bits of stuff out of storage and unpacking plus overtime is picking up again. Shackle relocation brackets are on hold until I can find a nice day to go to my buddy's place. I think I'm going to go the easy route and just make a small incision from above to hold that nut with a wrench instead of taking the whole bumper off to get into the frame rail.

Factory starter finally died, though. It's spend the last few months slowly cranking out starts until Saturday when it finally turned its last turn and there was literally nothing. Good thing I was right next to a Domino's! A short flatbed ride home and I put the new one in last night that I'd bought at Napa a few weeks ago. Start-up is insane now. So much faster and more powerful, even when the old starter was in good shape.

Out with the old (151,900 miles)



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My starter is a little weak as well, 198,000 KM on the original, so close to what you have. I also want to replace it one day soon, and clean up all the connections for both power and ground.

Still in Tacoma man or did you move north?


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Looks great man! Let me know if when you plan to go wheeling next! I need to get out!
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My starter is a little weak as well, 198,000 KM on the original, so close to what you have. I also want to replace it one day soon, and clean up all the connections for both power and ground.

Still in Tacoma man or did you move north?
Yep, just moved about 5 minutes away over by Wright Park. No more room to do any major projects on the Jeep, but thankfully most of those have been taken care of already.


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Looks great man! Let me know if when you plan to go wheeling next! I need to get out!
Sure! It might be a little while, but I'm hoping to get out sometime by Memorial Day weekend. Flag football league starts this weekend so I'm tied up every Saturday until then.
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Yep, just moved about 5 minutes away over by Wright Park. No more room to do any major projects on the Jeep, but thankfully most of those have been taken care of already.
Good stuff man. I was down about a month and a half ago, but was a quick trip, only 1 night. Next time I will give you a shout and maybe if I bring the XJ you can show me some trails?


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Good stuff man. I was down about a month and a half ago, but was a quick trip, only 1 night. Next time I will give you a shout and maybe if I bring the XJ you can show me some trails?
Other than Tahuya which is like baby's-first-trails, the only thing really close around here is Evans Creek, which can be...tight. Especially for XJ's. I do okay there but I'm pretty careful. Still hard to keep the trees from trying to rip the flares off on some of those turns though.

Haven't done a whole lot lately...been too lazy and no longer having a driveway to work on anything keeps me from even doing simple stuff. Got rid of the stock header today though, and put in a shiny new Banks. Seems a lot smoother at idle and under throttle so far. Paired it up with a new Walker downpipe sans the pinched part above the O2 sensor that comes with the factory one.

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So I don't know if I missed it in the post but where did you get your fender flares at or are the custom fab?
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So I don't know if I missed it in the post but where did you get your fender flares at or are the custom fab?
Bushwacker Flat Flares ... they're great.
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Yeah, they're Bushwacker flats that I picked up online for about $150 per set. I'd have been just happy with no flares, but Washington is a flare/mudflap happy state and require these stupid things. I have no complaints about the flares other than that they try to separate themselves from the body when you're driving up against trees, especially the rear ones since they follow your line. At least with the fronts you can avoid things. They hold up fine, but they're just held in by small screw hardware. Good enough for the streets, but not so great on trails.

So, pretty soon I'll be looking for a full steel solution, like this: http://shop.hooliganoffroadengineeri...r-Full-Set.htm
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Look into notch customs flares. Friggin sweet!
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Yeah, they're Bushwacker flats that I picked up online for about $150 per set. I'd have been just happy with no flares, but Washington is a flare/mudflap happy state and require these stupid things. I have no complaints about the flares other than that they try to separate themselves from the body when you're driving up against trees, especially the rear ones since they follow your line. At least with the fronts you can avoid things. They hold up fine, but they're just held in by small screw hardware. Good enough for the streets, but not so great on trails.

So, pretty soon I'll be looking for a full steel solution, like this: http://shop.hooliganoffroadengineeri...r-Full-Set.htm
Nice man, those look excellent. Burly and DOM so no more flare removal at random times!!

Sell me your Bushwackers when you upgrade so the placement of your old parts on my XJ can continue! lol


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I don't wanna. Okay, well maybe the 136 amp alternator, but I still need to get some cables for that first.

RMS has been leaking a bit, but only when sitting. I guess it expands while driving and seals until the engine cools down. Not a huge leak or anything, just annoying. Figured I may as well do the oil pump while I'm in there because screw taking off the oil pan twice. 163,000 miles now so why not.

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I've been following this for a while and taking notes for the build-up I've got planned this year on my XJ.

In hindsight, is there anything you would have done differently? Used different parts, installed stuff in a different order, etc?

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That's a good question. I tried to do the build in such a way that it could be scaled up as I went along, so that it wouldn't under-perform in any one area too badly (winch and bumper w/recovery points first.) So no real regrets about the order. Probably just the leafs/shackles/relocation brackets and the ACOS/coils each at the same time for the sake of not having to waste time on them again (I had to take the tire carrier and bumper off to do the brackets; had to undo a whole bunch of stuff to get the coils out and rent compressors again to get them back in.)

As far as parts, I try to do my research between all of the brands I'm interested in (via reviews and feedback across multiple forums) and weigh the pros and cons against the cost, without settling for cheap crap or overpaying for something that offers no real significant performance gain compared to the rest of the market. Other than the Champion radiator not fitting properly and some cheap connectors on the e-fans, everything has worked great. I wasn't real impressed with the valving on the Old Man Emu shocks either, but they came with the lift kit and allowed for the extra travel of the suspension until I was ready to stretch it out.

I wish companies had been making steel flares back when I got the Bushwackers though; I'd have ordered some of those instead. They're decent in general and very durable, but the mounts don't hold up long if you do any trails in tight trees like we have up here.
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