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Unread 12-20-2014, 06:45 PM   #1
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The Dark One, Named Rumpelstiltskin.

So I Figured I will start a build thread.

I have owned my 2003 TJ freedom Edition, for a year now. So far in that year me and the jeep have been at war with each other.
Hence the name Rumpelstiltskin. When you make a deal with him you have to pay in the end. Here is what it looked like when i brought it home and tested it on the dirt mound in the back yard.

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Unread 12-20-2014, 07:14 PM   #2
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Well i took the dark one to Jeep Beach 2014, Before i left on the trip I made that deal with the Dark One saying get me to Daytona with no problems and don't let me break a axle while i am there ( yes i have a locked crappy Dana 35 )
So the Dark one agreed and had a great time while i was their. On the way home the Dark One collected on his deal with me, 3 hours from home the front drive shaft failed and took out the transfer case.
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Unread 12-20-2014, 08:05 PM   #3
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After destroying the transfer case, i could not find a usable 231 in my area and the junk yard wanted 450 for one. So checking with a friend of a friend who parts out jeeps, the only transfer case he had is a 1982 AMC 208 with a fixed yolk rear output. so he gave me the T case for free. The 208 went right on with no trouble. the only real issue was the shifter so i had to make one.
Also i had to have a new front drive shaft made and took a old CJ rear shaft and had it shortened to fit my jeep.
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Unread 12-23-2014, 07:18 PM   #4
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So i decided to pull the warn 9,000 and clean it up paint it and the winch plate too. i am very happy with how it turned out, now i just need to build my front bumper and mount the winch.
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Unread 12-24-2014, 11:24 PM   #5
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Picture of the jeep cleaned up for a meet and greet with the club.
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Unread 01-02-2015, 02:30 PM   #6
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Well bad luck strikes again, I was getting ready to put my cheapo clutch in and found out the pinion bearings in the front axle just failed.
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Unread 01-02-2015, 02:39 PM   #7
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The Dark One does take his tithe, doesn't he. Ouch. Good luck on the build. Nice looking vehicle.
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Unread 01-02-2015, 06:38 PM   #8
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Well the Dark One had more in store for me. Asides the clutch and the front pinion, i have found water in the trans and the rear pinion is bad once more. Now i get to add that to my list.
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Unread 01-06-2015, 08:48 PM   #9
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Well i installed the new clutch, and confirmed that the syncros in the trans are bad, still grinding all gears. I am just thinking its time to give up on the jeeps drive line since the axles need to be rebuilt too.

I am either going to do a 5.9 dodge with the axles out of a 95 ram 4x4

or do a 6.2 diesel non turbo with the dodge ram axles.
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Unread 01-11-2015, 04:34 PM   #10
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MOD. Please close thread and delete, I have decided to sell the jeep and i am not going to post any more progress. Thank you.
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