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post #406 of 640 Old 04-16-2013, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Dumped the Cascade last night. Epic brownness was removed. First I flushed from the top heater hose out of the radiator with the flush spout. Then I disconnect the lower radiator hose at the radiator and the upper at the thermostat. I flushed from both ends of the radiator until it was clean. Then I hooked back to the heater hose and flushed the engine with the lower radiator hose still disconnected until it ran clean. We'll see how it does!

I will probably replace the thermostat just because I'm iffy on it after how much gunk it's had to contend with and I also need to get a new mechanical fan shroud because I broke the OEM unit a couple years ago.




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post #407 of 640 Old 04-21-2013, 09:57 PM
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I will probably replace the thermostat just because I'm iffy on it after how much gunk it's had to contend with and I also need to get a new mechanical fan shroud because I broke the OEM unit a couple years ago.
Just replaced the thermostat too (figured while I was replacing the head, might as well ), and managed to break off the shroud too. I look forward to seeing what you find on this. I haven't done any research on it yet, since the only issue I had was forgetting to get my headphones out of the way once I started it and leaned over to make sure no new noise started...and the headphones in the fan definitely made some new and interesting noise :

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post #408 of 640 Old 05-03-2013, 05:34 AM Thread Starter
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Dunt-dunna-naaa!



Is it just me or do you really have to remove the mechanical fan to remove the shroud? I guess you could remove the radiator instead but damn.

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post #409 of 640 Old 05-03-2013, 08:20 AM
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It is possible to wiggle it in there without removing anything, but its crazy hard.
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post #410 of 640 Old 05-04-2013, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I didn't feel like bending fins on my relatively new radiator. The 4 nuts to remove the fan wasn't too much work.

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post #411 of 640 Old 05-25-2013, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Finally did some continuous highway driving since installing the 31s. 16.4 mpg highway, 13.6 mpg city. For an XJ running oversized MTs on stock gears, that's certainly acceptable!

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post #412 of 640 Old 05-28-2013, 04:37 AM
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Ouch! I'm getting 17ish combined driving like. Sane man...

Sent from go home iPhone your drunk.

5.2 ZJ Pushing a dana 30 as far as it will go.
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post #413 of 640 Old 06-09-2013, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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I scored a couple 6" Hanma LEDs for helping my buddy Jay along with a group buy he was doing. There's still a few extra. If anyone's interested, shoot me a PM.









I did some debating on my mounting options yesterday. At first I was thinking of mounting them inside the front bumper but that would have them set too far back unless I made a custom bracket to mount them far enough forward and I'd have to come up with a way to finish the edges of the hole on the uneven surface of the bumper face. I still like the idea though.


The other thing I came up with was mounting them on top of the bumper and notching the grille for the back of the housing.

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post #414 of 640 Old 06-22-2013, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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I finally got around to installing my Hanma LEDs today. I had debated several options. The feet could have been installed on the upper bevel on the front bumper. It also would have been simple to have added a plate to the top of the bumper to have made the lights fit. Instead, I decided to notch the grille out for the rear of the housings. This worked out perfectly and I love how the lights fit and look!

I pulled it in this morning without any solid plans. I thought I might get the bumper loose or at least get the old lights off. A few beers later, it was fan on, Jeep in, tools out, citronella burning, beer fridge properly stocked and beginning the installation.


As I'd done before on the other lights, I cut the factory fog light connectors loose and prepared them to be spliced in to power the new lights.



In the process of putting everything together, I found that the color scheme changed on the fog light side of the connector. Incandescents don't care but LEDs require proper polarity to work. I had to re-solder everything because of this stupid quirk.



When laying out the lights on the bumper, I used my typical level of excessive precision. With the mounting feet turned inboard, the holes for the screws were 7" apart. I measured 1-1/16" off the license place frame and 7/8" forward from the back of the bumper.




I drilled and tapped holes in the bumper to mount the lights and proceeded to wire the OEM plugs into the new lights wrong. I love to ask my wife automotive questions I know she doesn't know the answer to. Before drilling the holes, I went inside and asked, "If I'm tapping to 1/4-28, what size hole do I drill?" She said, "1/4-27?" lmao I love that girl! I ended up tapping to 1/4-20 and grabbing some non-metric stainless fasteners from my local Lowe's.



Bench testing everything before installation.



I didn't have anyone to help me line things up so I made myself an extra set of hands.



I marked the pieces to be removed with a silver paint marker.



I notched out both the grille and the fiberglass supports to make room for the rear of the housings.



There were certainly easier ways to make these lights fit but I love how they've turned out.



The extra hole from the old lights will get plugged.



The grille just barely flexed enough to let the OEM fog connectors slide through.



This shows just how tightly the lights are tucked in.



Lows, highs, LEDs, LEDs with owes, LEDs with highs



Who needs headlights?

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post #415 of 640 Old 06-22-2013, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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I failed to include just a normal pic. I'll try to remember to get some good, clear daylight shots tomorrow. If you'd like your own lights, we have 4 left for sale. $85 each shipped in the US or $75 local pick up.


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Looking great!! I intend to do something similar on Boris, but still have to get the head back on...all the pieces, none of the time. .

Looking good though. Did you originally have the foglights mounted on the plastic piece below the bumper? If so, do you have something on getting that removed?

I imagine I could look back through, but like I said...time. She looks great though, keep up the great work!!

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post #417 of 640 Old 06-23-2013, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the compliment and good luck finding the time. Sucks being a grown up!

As you suspected, my XJ lighting started off like the rest.



Removing the end caps is pretty simple. On mine there was a couple screws securing the outside of the caps to the fenders and then a couple bolts attaching it to the bottom of the bumper. Once the fasteners are removed, slide the cap straight out, away from the bumper. It will move out an inch or so, then the little plastic foot that holds it in its notch on the top of the bumper will be released.

For trimming the caps, I removed them and made a jig to draw a straight line with. Most people eyeball it but I like doing stuff the hard way.



More pics and info at http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/t...69/index2.html and http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f177/...l#post10263358

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This afternoon I came up with this:


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I shot a short dashboard video of some odd wheeling I was able to do today. Our vehicular component of CERT, the Severe Weather Assistance Team (SWAT), was invited out to a large training drill with CERT, MRC, CART and Netguard. Having an epic test of skills with the other citizens corp groups was simply amazing. Also, it afforded us the opportunity to wheel some well-maintained trails through a local park. This is something few others, besides park staff, will ever get to do.


If you're a Hampton Roads local or just want to know more about us, read up at http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f327/...-area-1536412/


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post #420 of 640 Old 06-30-2013, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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I'm going to order a rebuilt kit for it later but for the time being I decided to just clean the rust off of the pins in my Hi-Lift. Soaked them in some CLR and PBR overnight then hit them with a wire wheel and a fresh coat of white lithium grease.




Works great in conjunction with the rock rails.

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