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post #226 of 1665 Old 04-18-2009, 02:22 AM
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post #227 of 1665 Old 04-18-2009, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
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I would come help you if I didn't work Saturdays.
thanks brotha, i do have a friend comin to help, so hopefully it won't be too bad
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post #228 of 1665 Old 04-18-2009, 10:06 AM
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yeah good luck man! i can't wait to see your build pics since this is gunna have to be done to mine sometime soon...

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post #229 of 1665 Old 04-19-2009, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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well a new steering column was installed this weekend: - http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/broken-steering-column-steering-wheel-loose-752871/
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and new blend/recirc doors were installed while i had the wheel/column out...


to pull the steering wheel, this was the loan-a-tool i got from autozone, a 2/3 jaw puller:


this is what i looks like when you're entire dash is on the floor (plus an extra steering column):


i already had new blend/recirc doors and housing that i got from a guy on ebay who ended up selling his GC before ever installing them.... turns out my recirc door wasn't broken, but instead the actuall actuator was busted:


pondered fixing it with a hose clamp like such:


but opted to just get a new one from the dealer since they had it in stock, with jeep club discount came to $65. i went ahead an put a hose clamp on each actuator as insurance against that kind of break.

overall the whole swapping steering columns, removing dash, removing a/c box, and replacing stuff and putting it all back only took like 10 hours total... i don't see how dealership can justify a trained mechanic charging 12 hours, should be more like 8 for a trained mechanic at most.

the hardest part by far was disconnecting/reconnecting the heater hoses at the firewall... there's just no good way to get your hand in there, total PITA. other than that, not a bad project, just time consuming!
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and i grabbed a picture of my one other carnage item from that last Mud Springs trip:


found that when i went to air up, couldn't believe it was holding air still! unfortunately, the valvestem is part of the TPMS and so i ordered a used replacment sensor/valvestem from ebay for $26 including shipping... waiting for it to get here. i'll only do that once though, the next time i slice off a valve stem, i'll probably remove all the TPMS and just put in regular valve stems.
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Did you do the heater core and evap core while you were in there?
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Did you do the heater core and evap core while you were in there?
nah, i didn't feel like spending the money... call me crazy but i'm willing to do it all again if they go out!
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Crazy! :d :d
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wooo hoo, headed out in a few hours for a great weekend i think..

camping all weekend near Mingus Mountian, AZ:

then saturday doing a trail run called Smiley Rock up in the same area:
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then on sunday, attending the Overland Expo in Prescott, AZ!
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Is that a winch on the roof for the spare tire? Guess you would need a hand getting it up that high.

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what headlights are those?? i like them..

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Is that a winch on the roof for the spare tire? Guess you would need a hand getting it up that high.
yep. interior was fake marple countertops and real wood everywhere, glass door on the shower and everything else like a real RV, but major off-road capable.. wonder what MPG it gets, ha!
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what headlights are those?? i like them..
on my WJ? just ebay specials, i think i might swap them for some projector's soon... i hate that all the WJ projectors look ricey, but i hate the crappy light pattern that mine make too.

i kind of like these:
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so i've been neglecting my jeep lately because of a new on/off-road toy:





plus the jeep was in the body shop for a couple weeks getting several things repaired.. but should have a couple minor mods coming soon... stay tuned!
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