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Unread 05-10-2011, 08:15 PM   #16
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Thanks man! There will be large amounts of trail pictures. One good thing about living in the mountains is that there are awesome trails everywhere. I used to take my YJ out 3 or 4 times a week.

As far as long term goals they are nothing crazy, I just want a reliable daily driver/weekend wheeler. I wanted to get a 6.5" long arm lift with 33s, Bushwackers, lockers, 4.56s, etc etc, but I don't need a crazy badass trail rig, just a good Jeep that is well behaved both onroad and off, summer and winter.

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Unread 05-11-2011, 03:20 PM   #17
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I have developed a misfire on cylinder 2. I'm sure it is the injector, the plugs are brand new and the cap/rotor/wires were replaced before I bought it and still look new. The plug is getting spark but there is no fuel on it so injector trouble is my best guess. Just another thing to buy :

Anyway, UPS stopped by today with my fender flare but I was still at work so they will try again tomorrow. Hopefully I can get it then and go ahead and throw it on.
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Unread 05-11-2011, 03:40 PM   #18
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Looks good man, I'll be watching this build.
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Unread 05-11-2011, 04:11 PM   #19
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Thanks! Progress will be made and updates are guaranteed.
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Unread 05-13-2011, 07:57 PM   #20
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Well today I (finally) received my flare. It was waiting for me when I got home from work.


I also bought a new injector and a new full set of O-rings.


Expensive little piece of plastic.


O-rings


And I went to Wal-Mart and picked up a few more goodies.


My Cragars are still sitting in my apartment and I have to walk by them everyday knowing that I won't be mounting them for awhile. But I took one out to admire how shiny it was. I'm so ready to see them on.




Stephen and I will be starting on the front of the Jeep and hopefully finish lifting it Tuesday. I bought the third can of PB Blaster pictured above just for the front to hopefully coax the bolts out a little easier. When we are finished and the lift/wheels/tires are all done it will look like this.


That was what millhouse/reconmill's Jeep looked like before he went bigger, and is almost identical to what mine is going to look like with the few exceptions like different brand tires and black flares/rockers.

Real updates to come.
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Unread 05-15-2011, 11:41 AM   #21
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Just sprayed half the can of PB on the front suspension, we will be starting on that in about an hour so wish us luck.

And the injector on cylinder 2 has magically started working again so I'll hold off on swapping in the new one and see if it decides to stay alive this time. If so I will take the new one back.

Flare will be painted and installed today too. Progress pics will be up late tonight.
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Unread 05-15-2011, 09:56 PM   #22
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Lift is FINISHED. My XJ is so tall now it is crazy. The front is about 3/4 of an inch higher than the rear but I'm hoping the springs will settle a little and level it out nicely. If not I'll just take the spacers out. Also finished up the rear and got the shocks in with new bolts, no more bouncy. Taking it tomorrow to get a much needed alignment and then everything should be good to go. Already planning to go wheeling Tuesday with Stephen in his TJ.

I have pictures of the finished product but I left the camera in Stephen's garage so I'll try to get them up tomorrow. But for now it is bed time for me.
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Unread 05-15-2011, 10:34 PM   #23
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Tire plans? Sorry if I missed it, but I'd definitely go with the Cooper STTs, like on the XJ pictured above. I've got them on my XJ and LOVE them. Wearing excellently, clean out awesome in the mud, and look great!
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Tire plans? Sorry if I missed it, but I'd definitely go with the Cooper STTs, like on the XJ pictured above. I've got them on my XJ and LOVE them. Wearing excellently, clean out awesome in the mud, and look great!
31" DuraTracs. I don't want mud tires for several reasons and I like the way DuraTracs look and they have great reviews.
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I still haven't got the camera from Stephen today but I did take a few pictures of the Jeep with my phone.

Finally got the rear upper shock bolts out.


Dropped in new bolts from the top and have new lock washers and nuts.


Flare finally painted and ready to go on.


A few shots of the Jeep as it sits. As you can tell from the pics it sits higher in the front. But I'll give it a few weeks and see if it settles down a little, if not I'll just take the spacers back out and return them. I also got it aligned today since I had some major toe in. Drives pretty good now but I still have vibes from the TC drop and these tires are crap. Very firm ride, but I'm sure it will soften up a little.












I need tires!

The injector misfire has come back so I'll go ahead and replace that as well as get the flare on today if the rain will stop.
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Oh and I'm going wheeling tomorrow
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Made a little progress this evening. The rain finally stopped long enough for me to work.

Flare getting ready to go on.




I had one of the studs on the flare bracket break on me, so I drilled out a hole next to it and stuck a spare bolt through it.








Flare is on.




Got around to replacing the injector.


Old one out.


New one in.


Now I'm annoyed. The injector wasn't the problem. I don't know where to go from here, I'll eventually figure it out but for now I'm tired of messing with it. It still works sporadically but occasionally the idle is very lumpy and the check engine light is no longer on. Because of the lumpy idle the Jeep vibrates really bad at stoplights and drives me crazy. Oh well, I'll fix it eventually.
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Just got back from wheeling. The XJ did great! Pics up in a few minutes, I have a lot.
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Here are the pics that I took during the lift install. I finally got them off of Stephen's camera.

Better picture of the upper shock bolts.


Front going up


Me trying to get up and Alexis working hard.




Old crap.








Old vs New


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All done!
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