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Unread 10-05-2009, 10:23 PM   #16
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No new additions, but I did get a chance to really test the transmission cooler and rear hitch last weekend. Saturday I did my first towing since I added the 25,000 lb-rated transmission cooler. I hauled a 4x8 enclosed trailer full of furniture. Maybe 800-1000 lbs. Emboldened, Sunday I towed 3 ATVs on an 8x10 trailer, somewhere around 2000 lbs. No problems other than some trailer sway at 55 because of the 3rd ATV reducing tongue weight too much. Brought just 2 home on the same trailer without issue.

The best part was getting a chance to put it in 4WD!







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Unread 10-06-2009, 12:10 AM   #17
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you didn't say how the cooler did!! So?
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Unread 10-06-2009, 02:25 AM   #18
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I think it was about 83° ambient, trans pan was at 171° and engine temps stayed right around 210°
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Unread 10-08-2009, 09:01 PM   #19
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I finally gave my transfer case a legitimate amount of usage! After 10 years of wheeling, I've never taken my parents anywhere. Today was my birthday so I took the day off work and Dad and I went to Carova Beach, NC to test out the Jeep in the sand. No complaints at all and it was an awesome day.





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Unread 10-08-2009, 09:18 PM   #20
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Nice. The beach is great.


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Unread 10-26-2009, 02:27 PM   #21
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I installed C4x4 tow hooks a couple days ago. I would not have gotten the hooks installed without the information from the http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/c...riteup-503236/ I had to trim the air dam and I still need to clean up the edges of the cuts with a Dremel. I'll post pics after that.
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Unread 10-26-2009, 05:11 PM   #22
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NICE that looks great, keep it up!
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Unread 10-26-2009, 05:27 PM   #23
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nice looking rig 108!

very clean, almost to clean!

hit up novajeepers.com if you ever wanna trail ride with us.

cornova beach rocks! best surfing(in the winter months) and some of the best surf fishing too. been going to duck, nc for 25 years and head down to cornova each time.
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Unread 11-04-2009, 05:27 PM   #24
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Installed my decal today. I wasn't sure where I was going to put it and the hitch isn't ideal but my truck is covered in decals and I'm going for a more subdued and anonymous look on the XJ.

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Unread 11-04-2009, 05:55 PM   #25
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i would put it on the very top middle of the rear window, but thats just me. nice lookin xj btw! i loooooooovvvveeeeeeee patriot blue
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Unread 11-04-2009, 11:19 PM   #26
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The rear wiper would hit it and srmitchel or kettles or milhousinator...one of those guys I've read a million pages of build from...messed theirs up with an ice scraper.
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Unread 11-05-2009, 12:29 AM   #27
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Wasn't me. I have a mastodon sticker below the 3rd brake light.

And heres a tip- I trimmed the end of the rubber on my rear wiper, so It just misses it.
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Unread 11-05-2009, 06:34 AM   #28
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Slick idea!
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Unread 11-07-2009, 12:37 PM   #29
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In the garage today.

Draining for a new transmission fluid filter


Trying to fix a short in the right speaker


We also took a shim out of the AC compressor. It only had one left in it but that's my latest attempt at troubleshooting a temperamental AC. It was pretty straightforward. I took 2 bolts out to get the fan shroud loose, took a nut out of the center of the clutch then wiggled it off with a couple screwdrivers. The splines in the armature are keyed so you have to line that up for it to go back on right. We hit the splines with anti-seize before reassembly.
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Unread 11-08-2009, 09:54 PM   #30
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The first thing we found this morning was that one of the dogs helped me open my new oil filter. The box was obliterated but the filter was fine and was later installed. Why did the engineers find it necessary to make the oil filter drain onto the starter when removed?



My girlfriend helped me pick and scrape the factory RTV off the transmission pan this morning. After that I hit it with Simple Green and a scrub brush and hung it in the sun to dry while I was scraping the bottom of the transmission.



I'm going to have to hit the junkyard for probably an entire lock assembly. The tab Dad broke off doesn't look to be easy to replace. The locking tab that flips on and off of the rod is available in the Help products but the tab it goes into is only part of the $107 (dream on, stealership) assembly. I'm thinking about running out to the local pick and pull tomorrow during lunch. Wish me luck.
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