Did you swap the front to rear as you'd been considering, to see if it's an issue with your Jeep after all?
Negative. The more I thought about it, I don't want to screw them up at all, since they're practically new. I'd rather just buy 2 new tires (after--hopefully not during the trip)and be done with it.
I keep pouring money into her, and she keeps asking for more. She might as well be a girlfriend, except I don't get any benefits. Wtf?
I'm still under book value invested into this thing, so I'm not butt-hurt yet.
YET. I do have HOURS and HOURS invested.
My benefits are when I concur an obstacle off-road and get a standing ovation from all the "grocery-getter" doubters.
Didn't have time to deal with the shocks tonight, and there's no time before we leave at noon tomorrow. I suppose 2 new shocks and 2 new tires are on the list pretty soon.
I did wire up a back-seat 12v lighter plug for my son's accessories for the trip. He's never been on an 8 straight hour car ride. I also wired up a switch and relay for the 12" fan I'm putting in front of the condenser in the morning to help with any heat issues.
The temp gauge is still climbing after shutting the engine off, and peculiar enough when the engine was up to temp yesterday, the radiator cap was cool.
My temp still sits on top of 210, but I haven't seen it climb any further since the ambient temps lowered below 90. (same behavior as before: water pump, thermostat, lower hose, radiator+cap)
Oh well. We're making this trip even if I have to drive a newer Jeep home.