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Unread 01-29-2014, 01:48 PM   #1
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Project Yogi

After much searching I picked up a 2000 Limited with the 4.7, Quadra-Drive and towing package. I named it Yogi.



Yogi is in generally good shape for 167,000 miles. Everything works except the blend doors and reverse lights. Quadra-Drive still works too.

My plan for Yogi is a part time vehicle to take my kids hunting and exploring the conservation areas and national forests in Missouri. I'm looking for reliability and little bit more clearance for the country roads, forest service roads, fields and occasional stream crossing.

I will be going over everything underneath when I replace the front brakes with the newer Akebono calipers, fresh pads and rotors (hopefully this weekend) and making a list of things to fix.

Let the fun begin
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Unread 01-30-2014, 02:14 AM   #2
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Great name for a jeep who will head to the forest to see Ranger Smith and Boo-Boo. Don't forget the pic-inic basket!
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Unread 01-30-2014, 10:23 AM   #3
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Thanks! The Yogi name came from Yogi Berra (Yogi Bear is named after him) because as I was buying the Jeep and paying for the taxes and licensing I paid cash for everything. As Yogi said "cash is almost as good as money". To top it off the first two letters on my plates are YG My kids love the name too and Yogi is now there favorite vehicle.

I'm thinking of going with a 3" lift via an OME setup, probably from Kolak.

I need new tires too. What are some good places to get more aggressive AT or MT tires online? I'm not impressed with the selection and pricing at tirerack.com. Mounting and balancing is not an issue for me because I have my own equipment.
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Unread 01-30-2014, 10:57 AM   #4
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I bought some General Grabber AT2s from tirebuyer.com. Search the interweb for coupon codes before ordering. I was able to get 10% off and free shipping plus a manufacturer's rebate. It was the best deal by far.
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Unread 01-30-2014, 11:02 AM   #5
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Thanks for the tip!
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Unread 01-30-2014, 05:14 PM   #6
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This sight usually has competitive pricing. Great selection too.

http://www.onlinetires.com/
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Unread 01-30-2014, 06:09 PM   #7
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Quote:
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This sight usually has competitive pricing. Great selection too.

http://www.onlinetires.com/
Wow! They have a lot of different brands and good prices!
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Unread 02-08-2014, 08:40 PM   #8
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New Brakes

I put the new brakes on today. It really needed it, the inside of both rotors were only getting about 1/3 contact with the pads.

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The rotors were stuck on there real good. I had to get out the BFH to knock them off.

I also replaced all of the nasty old brake fluid with some help from my 9 year old son. Fresh fluid is clear with a slight yellowish tint. The old stuff looked like dark maple syrup.

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Unread 02-08-2014, 08:47 PM   #9
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While I had Yogi in the air I checked out the underside and everything looked pretty good except the oil pan, but I understand this is pretty common.

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I also noticed a very small coolant leak that I need to track down. Possibly a water pump. There were only a couple drops after a week of sitting. I hate messing with coolant but always seem to get into it on all of our vehicles.

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Unread 02-11-2014, 08:18 AM   #10
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I ended up ordering the IRO 2" lift springs and Bilstein 5100s from Kolak last night. He's a great guy to deal with! I also have new spring isolators and a few other maintenance parts on the way.

Now I need to pick out some tires Can't decide between AT and MT tires.
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Unread 02-25-2014, 09:28 PM   #11
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I got my springs and shocks from Kolak today. No time to work on it this week but I am anxious to get started. I will have more time to work on Yogi when ski season ends in 3 weeks.
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Unread 02-28-2014, 05:23 PM   #12
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Now that I have my suspension I need some tires. The question is all terrain or mud terrain. This is not my daily driver, I have a car with two sets of wheels and tires (summer and snow tires). Any advice?
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Unread 03-04-2014, 08:44 PM   #13
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I decided on the Treadwright Guard Dog M/T https://www.treadwright.com/p-36-245...dog-m-t-e.aspx I can't wait for them to come in.
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Unread 03-22-2014, 12:50 AM   #14
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Ski season in St. Louis officially ended last weekend. Hopefully I can get started on the suspension Sunday. Still don't have the tires from Treadwright. They say processing time is 2-3 weeks so they should ship soon.
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Unread 03-28-2014, 09:28 AM   #15
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Tires finally shipped from Treadwright and I should have them by Monday
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