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Unread 11-10-2012, 01:44 PM   #46
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Wish more people would comment on this! Haha

Update: August 30th 2012

Well I wasnt able to make the trip, the Jeep wasn't finished on time. However I do have good news! I did finally get it back, and it drives awesome, however there are a few things I need to adjust.

I have driven it the past week or so everyday, and today finally able to wash and clean it up:















I did have to replace the battery, purchased an optima yellowtop from autozone and got the additional terminals. Everything wired up and ziptied and as clean as I could get it until I figure out a way to wire a fuse panel in.

Here is the short list of all the stuff that I need to complete:

1. Fix transmission- It does not shift right and it skips second gear. I narrowed it down to the tvc cable needs adjusted. If its not that then off to a trans shop I guess.
2. Battery/Electrical- Taken care of until I get a fuse panel.
3. Frame Rust: Need to clean out the inside of frame and coat with por15. Eric mentioned its getting bad and I need to address it immediately.
4. Install Rockers, Engine Skid, Savvy Gas Tank Skid, and Crown Rear Tire Carrier w/ AtoZ Tie-ins.
5. Axle Nut- Needs welded for brake line (Rear 8.8)
6. Fix Fender- Left fender needs to be moved higher (sit level and more clearance)
7. Fuel Filler- Fix Neck as it seems a little short, and get it to sit flush.
8. Paint/Body Work- Need to paint hardtop and doors, other misc stuff on Jeep before winter.
9. Cycle Suspension- Check clearance, bumps, stretch, etc. Exhaust needs to be adjusted as well.
10. Steering- Needs a little better alignment, not perfect yet going down the road.
11. Re-install Rear Seat- Getting tired of the tool box.
12. Winterize- Prepped before the cold.
13. Flush Diffs after 500 miles do to regear breakin.
14. Order Front Bumper- Genright front bumper with all the goodies.

Thats it for now, hope you all like the update.

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Unread 11-10-2012, 11:03 PM   #47
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Looks good. You mentioned the extra terminals on the optima...Here is a word of advice.

As tempting as it may be to hook your winch up to the front terminals... don't do it. They aren't made for as much amp draw as the top posts. You can cook them with a hard winch effort. I did that to my yellow top. The guy at the battery store explained what happened.

At least it was just that... I though I had fried my winch.

Now an extra fuse block
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Unread 11-10-2012, 11:49 PM   #48
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Looks good. You mentioned the extra terminals on the optima...Here is a word of advice.

As tempting as it may be to hook your winch up to the front terminals... don't do it. They aren't made for as much amp draw as the top posts. You can cook them with a hard winch effort. I did that to my yellow top. The guy at the battery store explained what happened.

At least it was just that... I though I had fried my winch.

Now an extra fuse block
Huh, thanks for the feedback. As you can tell I am still a bit behind on updates (I update every few days in hope people would follow and comment ). I have had the winch mounted to the front terminals without issue, and did a hard winch recovery. I havent had an issues. However the front bumper area is currently in a makeover and I will move them to the top posts.
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Unread 11-11-2012, 12:09 AM   #49
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Awesome jeep. I had the same color sahara only the 97 flavor. Frame rotted out and I had to part with her. Always been a fan of the green and tan.
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Unread 11-11-2012, 12:16 AM   #50
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Awesome jeep. I had the same color sahara only the 97 flavor. Frame rotted out and I had to part with her. Always been a fan of the green and tan.
Appreciate the comment! There is good and bad with this Jeep. Things I do not like are the automatic for street driving and the lp dana 30/35 with 3.07s and opened carriers that I had for years. It just plain sucked, and it was not fun to drive. As you can see now it has pretty much had a full overhaul (interior is planned for the spring) so its down the minor tweaks. I do like the color though, dark green has always been my favorite color.
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Unread 11-11-2012, 02:54 PM   #51
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Update: September 1st 2012

Fixed the transmission, it was the tvc cable. Shifts much smoother, needs some fine adjustment but decent overall.

Myself and Eric made some decent progress on Friday. We installed the Savvy Gas Tank Skid and the Crown Rear Bumper. Happy Overall with both. We also fixed the ARB Compressor leak, seems ok at this time.









Updated Checklist:

1. Fix transmission- DONE, May need some fine tune adjusting though.
2. Battery/Electrical- DONE, Need to get fuse panel eventually.
3. Frame Rust- Clean out frame rust and coat with POR15.
4. Install Rockers Guards, Engine Skid
5. Axle Nut- Secure Brake Line for 8.8
6. Fix Fender- Left fender needs to be moved higher (sit level and more clearance)
7. Fuel Filler- DONE, Needs to be painted.
8. Paint/Body Work- Need to paint hardtop and doors, other misc stuff on Jeep before winter.
9. Cycle Suspension- Check clearance, bumps, stretch, etc. Exhaust needs to be adjusted as well.
10. Steering- Needs a little better alignment, not perfect yet going down the road.
11. Re-install Rear Seat- Getting tired of the tool box.
12. Winterize- Prepped before the cold.
13. Flush Diffs after 500 miles do to regear breakin.
14. Order Front Bumper- Genright front bumper with all the goodies.
15. Adjust Parking Brake.
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Unread 11-12-2012, 08:32 AM   #52
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Jeep looks great man I went through the same progression myself, buying a lesser quality lift and then going back to replace each component with quality parts after some better research. Good to see you taking your time to build it right!
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Unread 11-12-2012, 01:22 PM   #53
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Jeep looks great man I went through the same progression myself, buying a lesser quality lift and then going back to replace each component with quality parts after some better research. Good to see you taking your time to build it right!
Appreciate the compliment! Looking back now it was a huge mistake to spend all the money and time when I should have researched and bought a quality lift the first time. Thank you for returning that PM, I will follow up with you in a bit.

Update: September 6th 2012

Worked on stuff today, not worth a photo:

Painted the bracketry for the Halltrail Engine Skid.

Drove up to Eric's, spent alot of time and we didn't accomplish to much.

1. Welded the brakeline nut/bolt to secure to the Ford 8.8.

2. Adjusted the front left fender, now sits level with the right.

3. Attempted to adjust the parking brake, still won't hold the Jeep.

4. Adjusted the caster for the alignment, still has some wondering on the road. Going to a shop that has a machine to diagnosis.

Also purchased por15, should be able to finish the frame repair over the weekend.

Thats it, got to get some other stuff done before the MJC Meet.
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Unread 11-13-2012, 12:47 PM   #54
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Update: September 8th 2012

Went out to the garage today to start on the frame, and my air compressors belt is off the drive. So no progress on anything till I get it fixed. Here is another small list of the **** that needs to get done before it gets cold. Starting to get a bit burned out.

Transmission Tunnel Plate
Frame Rust
Install Rocker Guards
Install Engine Skid
Adjust Parking Brake
Install Rear Recovery Point
Flush Differentials
Change Oil
Cycle Suspension
Adjust Steering
Adjust Headlights
Rear Backup Lights
Install Exhaust
Fix Radio
Tune CB Radio
Paint and Body Work
Winterize
Order Front Bumper
Sell Misc. Parts

Thats the checklist of what needs to be completed, now got to go and get all the supplies to accomplish all of it.
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Unread 11-13-2012, 12:49 PM   #55
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Update: September 9th 2012

Accomplished some things over the weekend.

Took our torch and cut my locking pin off, took the d-ring receiver out, painted it and installed on new bumper.

Removed all the tires and set vehicle on jackstands. POR15 the inside and outside of frame, as well as the fender wells.

Might get the oil changed, found out its 6 quarts and I have always changed it with 5.

Still a mile list long of stuff...
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Unread 11-14-2012, 05:08 PM   #56
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Update: September 12th 2012

Myself and Eric accomplished a couple things today. Adjusted the Currie upper and lower rear control arms due to it hitting the Savvy skid. Still sits nicely within the wheel wells and has more clearance. Also trimmed the front diff cover.

Fixed the parking brake. Did a "break-in" technique and that seemed to do the trick.

Transfer case is still questionable. No longer appears to be leaking, fluid level was fine last I checked. Will keep an eye on it.

Still whats left to do:

Transmission Tunnel Plate
Install Rocker Guards
Install Engine Skid
Flush Differentials
Adjust Steering
Adjust Headlights
Rear Backup Lights
Install Exhaust
Fix Radio
Paint and Body Work
Winterize
Order Front Bumper
Sell Misc. Parts
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Unread 11-14-2012, 05:12 PM   #57
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Painting Engine Skid Brackets:



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Front Fenders Matched:







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Unread 11-14-2012, 05:17 PM   #58
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Off topic, but finished my second youtube video; please open up a additional window and watch it in full 1080p.


Its the Rausch Creek King of the Hammers Qualifier from earlier this year, would appreciate some feedback, maybe a few views and some subscribers.
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Unread 11-15-2012, 11:09 AM   #59
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Your Jeep is looking great. I like how you color matched your fenders that looks great.
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Unread 11-15-2012, 03:34 PM   #60
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Your Jeep is looking great. I like how you color matched your fenders that looks great.
It was not that difficult to do, especially since they sell the cans at advance auto. It is rattlecan however with proper steps taken.
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