Just got done putting another brand new rear output seal and brand new lock ring on my 242. STILL LEAKS! The seal was gone within the first 10 minutes of driving easy. And I'll venture to say this is the worst its been. I can see a faint cloud of ATF behind me when I'm going down the highway. My rear hatch and bumper have a film of ATF all over. This is really starting to piss me off. The only thing I can think of that I'm doing wrong is putting the seal on wrong. I remember seeing something a tad off on the one I put on today and thought that was just the way it was suppose to be. But from looking at my old one, the inner lip on the seal must get caught in the lock ring groove. Going to get 2 more seals from NAPA tomorrow.
On a side note, put the first bit of color on my diff cover. Looks pretty nice.
Gave it another go at a new seal today. I was pretty determined not to let it defeat me again. But I figured out why it was failing every time. Turns out when I put a new seal on the spring came off the seal whenever I tried to shimmy it around that lock ring groove. So in essence, the seal was useless the second I put it on. Decided to bring up the FSM to see how the dealership put a new one on. Turns out they have a special tool that creates a smooth surface all the way to where the seal sits (found here: SPX Miller Special Tools | Detail: 6992 - PROTECTOR, SEAL). Its pretty nifty, but not enough for $66.
The solution? Using my genius, I put a piece of electrical tape around the lock ring groove and dabbed some grease on it. The seal went on WAY easier and now my leak is cured. The only thing good to come of this fiasco was seeing my undercarriage the cleanest its ever been.
About the diff cover, I have one more coat of clear to put on it and it will be done. Some parts of it seriously look like they are powder coated. Its turning out nice!
Looks damn good daniel, damn good. Id be surprised if that started to chip.
Do all WJ owners take their rear sway bar off or something? Or did you just have to take yours off to put it on. Cause my rear has like 0 flex lol
With the BTF cover you have to take it off because it hits the cover. I think there is a spacer you could buy, but the jeep runs just fine without it..most don't bother to put it back on. As far as flex goes the WJ has really good flex with the stock bar on, you don't have an addco rear bar do you? thats the only reason I could see the WJ rear not flexing good.
__________________ 2004 WJ Laredo-selectrac 242-I6- Custom XJ intake w/Amsoil cone filter- PSC HD Pump & Res- PSC ported box- B&M trans cooler- B&M PS cooler- Custom chevy 1 Ton over the knuckle steering- Rough Stuff 1 Ton tierod & draglink ends- Saguaro 4x4 Front 3/4" shackles, Rear hitch & Warn 3/4" shackle-Mopar Front skid,Gastank skid -IRO TC skid- RRO super sliders- 6.5'' IRO critical path lift -IRO extended rear arms-Bilstein 5125 shocks -IRO F&R 6.5'' Bump stops-Carolina drive shaft-16x7 black soft 8's - 34'' Super swampers-Yukon 4.11 gears -Ultimate RCV shafts - LockRight Locked ECGS bolt in rear D60 -35 spline Chomloy shafts -BTF HD diff cover -IRO Adj A-arm-OX Locked super D30 -OX HD diff cover -OX drive away lock-Rock Krawler d30 truss-Stillen rotors & Matrix pads-JKS Adj Track Bar-JKS Quicker discos -Relocated OME SD-40 Steering Stabilizer-BDS stabilizer brackets-Relocated washer bottle-Removed rear sway bar-Cobra CB-TomTom one XL navi-alpine deck
I'm hitting up stoney lonesome tomorrow if you want to go.
Not quite done yet. Thinking about throwing some good axles in there soon.
Dang, Stoney Lonesome tomorrow is tempting. Short notice though. Probably won't make it out tomorrow. I'll probably be helping my buddy get his Honda back in action for ImportAlliance in about a week. Motor ain't even in the car yet.
However, I'll probably be heading down to Gardendale for some wheeling on the 24th. JJaminson was telling me about it. Sounds like it will be a fun time. Maybe he will chime in about it.