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Unread 08-01-2013, 09:57 PM   #211
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we can make you a cage if you're ok using Hobart 140 With a good torch it's possible!

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Unread 08-01-2013, 10:21 PM   #212
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I've decided against the 4.0 swap. Spend a few hours researching and looks like I'll need quite a few things to get it in there with my auto trans. Also the engine has too many miles and most likely needs a rebuild. Came out of a border patrol Jeep.

Here's a new update and goal list for the build:

Keeping the 4.2, need to refresh and make smog legal

If finances allow:

- Order Howell TBi
- Rebuild bottom end
- Possibly order Clearwater 4.0 head if mine leaks and has poor compression
- Clifford performance intake manifold, exhaust header, cam
- New Cat

On the budget:

- Order Howell TBi
- Master rebuild kit for the 4.2
- New cat

Meanwhile I'm looking for a dana 30 with 4.11s, people lost their minds down here lately, asking $500-600 at the junk yards.

Anyone got a D30 for sale or know how to regear? I got a quote of $550 to regear my existing one, new bearings and all..
Not willing to spend near that considering guys here get D30s for $200 or less all day long.
Well I put a new cam in mine. Not carb legal but hell it still passed, so who knows,
It gave mine a little more power so I'm happy with my cam
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Unread 08-01-2013, 10:43 PM   #213
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^^ really good to know. Did you rebuild yourself? Any pics? How difficult was it?

I wonder if it's something I can do at the house with a few friends or absolutely need shop to rebuild..
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Unread 08-01-2013, 10:51 PM   #214
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^^ really good to know. Did you rebuild yourself? Any pics? How difficult was it?

I wonder if it's something I can do at the house with a few friends or absolutely need shop to rebuild..
I only did the top end due to my father not wanting to redo the rings which needed to be done but oh well,
I have some pics, I'll pm you my number when I do it,

I also put a header on when I did it, just make sure you have everything before you do it, it wasn't hard at all, we can go more in depth over the phone if you want
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Unread 08-02-2013, 12:06 AM   #215
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^^ really good to know. Did you rebuild yourself? Any pics? How difficult was it?

I wonder if it's something I can do at the house with a few friends or absolutely need shop to rebuild..
I'm 99% sure you can do it in your garage over a weekend as long as you have everything you need at hand. I told you my uncle rebuilt the motor I have, with the help of his dad in his fathers garage. Just gotta get a book that tells you what to do with all of the torque specs.
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Unread 08-02-2013, 12:38 AM   #216
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I'm 99% sure you can do it in your garage over a weekend as long as you have everything you need at hand. I told you my uncle rebuilt the motor I have, with the help of his dad in his fathers garage. Just gotta get a book that tells you what to do with all of the torque specs.
That's right. Ah, my mind is overloaded lately It sounds like a fun project and lots of learning experience. At home it is! Tear down begins August 17th. We have one last shooting/offroad trip planned for the 10th. Then Jeep goes out of commission till rebuild is done and axles are in.

Haven't decided who to get the master rebuild kit from. Ebay has some good deals, but I'm not sure on quality. Any recommendations?
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Unread 08-02-2013, 12:50 AM   #217
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That I have no idea on. I know a good bit about a few things and then I'm the dumb kid in the corner with everything else
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Unread 08-02-2013, 03:00 AM   #218
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That I have no idea on. I know a good bit about a few things and then I'm the dumb kid in the corner with everything else
Haha, give yourself more credit than that bro


I'll do some research on rebuild kits for the 4.2 and cam options.
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Unread 08-02-2013, 07:33 PM   #219
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Decided to take my track car to work today. Grateful to be in one piece after what happened. Some commercial truck carrying all sorts of heavy load was making a right turn along the side of me. Right at the apex, one metal box went flying off his truck at my car. Luckily I noticed it move and swerved out of the way as it lounged at me. Full race suspension FTW! Saved myself and the car. Driver didn't even bother pulling over to move it out of the way of traffic. Kept driving along like nothing ever happened

Here she is parked at work. German engineering at its finest:
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Unread 08-02-2013, 08:26 PM   #220
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Decided to take my track car to work today. Grateful to be in one piece after what happened. Some commercial truck carrying all sorts of heavy load was making a right turn along the side of me. Right at the apex, one metal box went flying off his truck at my car. Luckily I noticed it move and swerved out of the way as it lounged at me. Full race suspension FTW! Saved myself and the car. Driver didn't even bother pulling over to move it out of the way of traffic. Kept driving along like nothing ever happened

Here she is parked at work. German engineering at its finest:
Glad to see you made it there ok

And that makes me miss my old E36
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Unread 08-02-2013, 09:08 PM   #221
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Glad to see you made it there ok

And that makes me miss my old E36
Thanks man, just another reminder why I don't drive this thing very often. Had it been in my Jeep, I'd probably aim for it trying to run it over

They're great cars and so easy to work on, very well balanced, great on gas and fun as heck to drive. Maybe someday you pick up another, or better yet e30 m3



Called state referee today about the whole Jeep carb/smog situation. Told him my story to see what he recommends. Guy happened to be very knowledgeable and had a Jeep YJ of his own. He strongly advised keeping the 4.2 and slapping a Howell TBi kit. Then he asked if I ever considered going diesel.

It did cross my mind at some point, but never enough to consider a swap. He suggested I look at Mercedes 89-94 diesel motors pre-computer.

Looks like they're one of the most reliable diesel motors out there averaging 500k miles before rebuild and some known to go 750k.. Proposed the idea to GF (future wife) and she's all for it. Said she'll even help me drop one in as she drives a 190e and loves Mercedes.

Am I crazy or should I go through with this idea over rebuilding the 4.2 and getting the Howell kit.

Decisions, decisions...
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Unread 08-02-2013, 09:19 PM   #222
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I'd love to put a diesel in mine. A guy on here is getting 30 mpg in his. But then again a stroker sounds appealing too. Either way I hope engine lasts a long time. Lol
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Unread 08-05-2013, 09:55 PM   #223
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Update 08/05:

Had a great weekend hanging out with few buddies, welding, casting bullets and finally doing some off-roading.

My GF did an awesome job taking these pics during the trip Sunday night. We got together with a TJ, JK and a crazy little beast, Samurai on 37s!


Mandatory air down (takes longer with 33s ):


The toys:


First rock on the trail:


California blue skies, weather was absolutely perfect to wheel:




Testing out suspension flex and rub areas:






Jeep only "art", I certainly qualify


Another playground:








Suspension bling:


My buddy's TJ:


Random shot:


GF having a blast:



Some feedback on OME 36R, Bilstein 5100 shocks and 33" BFG KM2:

This combo is absolutely amazing both on and off road. I'm able to let go of the steering wheel and keep a straight line on the freeway. Found the sweet spot to be 26psi on those KM2s on the street and 18-20psi off-road. Jeep is responsive, doesn't have much body roll if any, ride is smooth and comfortable.

The ride quality is amazing. The setup really takes the strain and harsh ride out of the equation. Having metal rods in my back causes crap load of pain. For the first time ever, I was able to drive home with zero back pain after wheeling for 4 hours straight.

Offroad they're amazing as well. Flex is unbelievable, I stuff those 33s into my flat fenders no problem. Places where I would get stuck before are a thing of the past. It's nice not having to fight every little rock, get stuck behind and have your group waiting on you. Kept up just fine with the Sammi and JK on larger tires.

There were couple of spots in the trail that I went around. Big concrete pipe that requires lockers and a short downhill crawl entirely too deep for my setup.

Overall we had a great time, looking forward to the next one...
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Killer !!!!!!!! Jeep is looking Sexy as always

Im dieing to get mine done and back out on the trail , hopping to soon add a set of bilstein's too
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