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Unread 07-01-2013, 05:43 PM   #31
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Finally a little Jeep build Progress! And way overdue update to my lame build thread! LOL!
Nice!!! When it comes to overdue, you aint got anything on me!

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Unread 07-01-2013, 05:47 PM   #32
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Nice!!! When it comes to overdue, you aint got anything on me!
LOL! I saw your FB posts, you going to have it ready to roll Soon?
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Unread 07-01-2013, 05:50 PM   #33
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LOL! I saw your FB posts, you going to have it ready to roll Soon?
Yes! I was working towards the 4th, but I picked up a bunch of OT. It will be done for the Breakfast on the Mountian run this July. I'm triple checking my measurments for the outboard shocks right now.
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Unread 07-01-2013, 05:56 PM   #34
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Yes! I was working towards the 4th, but I picked up a bunch of OT. It will be done for the Breakfast on the Mountian run this July. I'm triple checking my measurments for the outboard shocks right now.
That is sweet! If I was not out of town that weekend I would try and invite myself! LOL! We have to get a weekend together this summer and Ill drive up or you drive down and go do some wheeling! Im super stoked to take this thing off road real soon! As soon as I get the tranny back in im going to remove the rear sway bar and start working on getting some "flex" in this baby!
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Unread 12-03-2013, 03:08 PM   #35
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Back in May the AW4 gave up the ghost! Pulled the tranny and had it sent to Jaspers for a complete rebuild! It came back with a 3 year 100,000 mile warranty!


Decided to go ahead and install a Temp gauge while i was it. B&M- It was pretty straight forward.


I have second Np242 TC that I did a Hack and Tap SYE on and got it installed too! You can see it here with the rebuilt tranny and the factory TC skid plate.


About two years ago My best friend from Eugene turned me on to a Craigs List Ad that had some Rustys Skid Plates for Oil pan, Tranny, and Transfer Case. Picked them all up for $100.00! So now that the Drive train is on time to get them installed!

What A difference! The Factory skid plate was pretty lame compared to this!




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Unread 12-03-2013, 03:39 PM   #36
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While the Jeep was down decided to get some Chrysler Lebaron Hood vents and get them installed! Sorry for all the extra pictures, Apperrntly I am not computer savy enough to figure out how to put text in between each picture on a post.


Found some very helpful videos on youtube on how to install, even gave all the measurements. After I had everything measured out I used a flat piece of steel to mark the back edge.


Taped it down and then placed my vents and marked where i needed to cut. Once I had it marked on the hood I used a drill and drilled all 4 corners. Then I used my Jig saw and Connected the dots!




After I had the wholes cut i test fit them to make sure they were nice and tight! I used some 90* aluminum to use as the mounts under the hood. Self tappping screws and they were in.


They came out nice and let a ton of heat out from under the hood!

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Unread 12-03-2013, 03:44 PM   #37
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Just before the Tansmission went out I had removed the front and rear sway bars! Plan to get the Currie Anti rock for the front end here in the near future! Here a few picks being Flexy!
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Unread 12-03-2013, 05:33 PM   #38
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In September I decided to modify all my doors for quick removal. Again I went to youtube and found plenty of helpfull videos! my first problem is I have power windows and locks. SO I went to the local Pick and pull to find some good quick wire disconeccts. I found that on the early 2000 model ford explorers on the "B" posts they had wire disconects with lots of wires! My Drivers door had 18 different wires running through it. The other nice thing about these disconects is they had both small and large gauge wire. So I was able to disassemble them and make them fit my needs! I collected 20 of them, 10 of each style.


You can see inside the red clip? Just get a small pick and pull that plastic red clip out on both sides and it gives you access to the wires so you can remove them or add them. This allowed me to get just the right mix of wires to meet my needs for the old 87'XJ



Once the red retainers are removed you can use a small pick to lift the catch and remove the factory soldered wire and insert it where you need it.


You can see here the mess of wires running through the drivers door. In this picture i am in the process of wiring in the new quick disconects.


After I had what I needed rounded up I started by removing the doors fromthe hinges. I just removed all 6 bolts holding the door on and left the hinge hanging on the door. Next i took a Cut off wheel and cut the bottom of the hinge, pounded the bottom half off and popped out the hinge.


Next I removed the hinge plates off the door. You can see in the picture where I cut the back edge of the hinge plate to allow room for the roll pin to slide in and out of the hinge. Then I just remounted all the hardware to the door and greased the roll pins real good and slid them back on.


Here it is all installed and ready to be slipped back on.


And a couple pictures with doors off!



It took me about 15-20 hours to get it all done but they work great! I can remove all 4 doors in about 10 minutes and stuff the wires back up in the "A"and "B" posts.

Now its time for some frame rail stiffeners so I can roll next summer with out the doors! Looking forward to it!
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Unread 12-06-2013, 10:25 AM   #39
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Prior to installing my hood vents I did a bunch of research on weather or not the Chrysler Lebaron hood vents would let in to much water and affect the TPS. Everything I read led me to the conclussion that I would have a 50/50 chance.

I decided to roll the dice and they came up snake eyes!

Every time it rained I would have issues with my TPS until it dried out. On one occasion I even replaced it with a new one. :

Repacing the TPS after every rain storm here in Oregon was not an option( not to mention a waste of money) I took a piece of the sheet metal from my hood and crafted a cover to go over the TPS where it attached to the intake.

Since intalling the home made cover we have had several good rainstorms and I have had no more issues!!!
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Unread 12-06-2013, 10:49 AM   #40
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For any of you Jeepers running a Renix era Cherokee with the closed cooling system I am sure you have probably read about converting to the open system!

I decided it was time for an upgrade and wanted to do this conversion. It was very straight forward and easy to do!

I picked up an aluminum core stock radiator, overflow tank, about 6 feet of 3/8" hose for the overflow tank, a few feet of 1/2" and 5/8" radiator hose, and a Heater control valve for a 1993 Jeep Cherokee.

Once I had all my parts it was as easy as remove and install. The 93' radiator drops right into place with no issues. For those of you with an AW4 it has the tranny cooler lines if you are still running them. I have deleted mine and run a couple of hayden coolers and a fan in the front (I will post an update on that later). My auxilary electric fan temp gauge removed from the old radiator and installed in the new one with no issues. Once I had the new radiotor in I removed the old closed system bottle and all the mounting hardware in the passenger side corner of the engine compartment. Once all that was removed I put the new Overflow bottle in the same corner and zip tied it into place. Then I hooked up all the new hoses for the heater control valve!

It took a couple hours and it was done! Highly recomend this conversion!
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Unread 12-10-2013, 05:05 PM   #41
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Got my DIY bumper from JCR the first part of October! Great bumper for anyone who has access to a welder! I do not but luckily I have a friend that has one

Bumper comes complete with unibody tie in mounts for the front and bolt on with just a little work. Pretty straight forward. Also got the heavy duty steering gear box spacer from JCR. Got the bumper welded up and the mounting brackets on in just a few hours.

JCR forgot to ship my D-rings with the bumper. I gave them a call and they had them in the mail the same day! Great customer service!

Finally have a home for my Super Winch!
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Unread 12-13-2013, 09:19 PM   #42
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Looks sexy. I was wondering why so few pictures at the start of your thread! I thought to myself I posted up a lot more haha. I know you put MANY more hours into it than you reflected. Keep up the work.
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Unread 12-13-2013, 09:25 PM   #43
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LOL! When I first started my build I did a horrible job of documenting and keeping my build thread uo to date! Trying to do a better job but its a pain in that a$$ to unload pics to photo bucket and then repost. Still have a bunch of stuff to share and trying to get around to it! Look forward to hearing how your motor goes! Should be just fine!
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Unread 12-17-2013, 01:40 PM   #44
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For anyone who may read this lame build thread I have been in the process of saving my money to start upgrading my HPD30 and the D44. Just recently scored a used 30 Spline Ox locker and 4.56 gears for the D30 for just $400.00 Came complete with the whole axel housing and everyhting minus the axles. The Axel came out of another 87' cherokee so I will have some spare parts! Saving up now for some Chromoly shafts for the front and rear and 4.56 gears for the rear and it will be time to upgrade!

I was also asked by my wife and parents what I wanted for Christmas so I sat down with them and helped them order my Christmas gifts!
Here is what I got!

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Pretty stoked! Should look Good! JCR makes some great stuff!

Here is a picture of the jeep afterI got some hood vinyls done. A friend of mine has a Graphics and vinyl decall business and he hooked me up! $50 to have them installed! I think they look pretty sweet!
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Unread 12-18-2013, 05:28 AM   #45
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Looks good, just read your entire build, subbed for sure.
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