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Unread 03-01-2012, 07:27 AM   #151
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How does the Taurus fas work for you. Do you have it on a thermostat or just switched on

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Unread 03-01-2012, 08:28 AM   #152
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How does the Taurus fas work for you. Do you have it on a thermostat or just switched on
I have a Hayden adjustable thermostat I got from O'Reilly's for $19, a 40 amp relay and a cutoff switch. It's been working fine but gets a little hot on the highway. As you can see I have it out of the jeep now. I needed to properly secure it to the radiator. I'm also going to pick up an XJ water pump to get more clearance. I have the pulley and since I have it all out I might as well bite the bullet.

I will say that I don't believe I have the proper Taurus fan. It fits up pretty good but I had to trim and do some test fitment. I've seen others that are slimmer that I might try to find.
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Unread 03-02-2012, 08:34 AM   #153
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Well the weather was amazing yesterday so I went ahead and took my water pump off and put the XJ one on. I picked up the new brand new pump (not reman'ed) and stopped for the day. It got dark and I went to sell my back seat and make a few bucks for future upgrades.

Now I'm trying to figure out what the bolt size is for the XJ water pump pulley. I found a metric bolt that screws in so I just need to identify it.

Here's a pic with the old water pump.



Here's the two pumps side by side with the pulleys.

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Unread 03-02-2012, 10:00 AM   #154
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I just read through your whole thread and i love the direction you went. im interested in how you lifted yours using longer truck shocks and those new springs. altogether how much did that run you? and besides the shackles, what else did you buy to complete the lift. im looking to lift it for as cheap as possible.
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Unread 03-04-2012, 11:02 AM   #155
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Thanks man!

I found a deal from another forum member on new 3.5" Black Diamond springs. Rusty's Off-Road was selling them for $35 a spring. I have been running them for over 6 years and they have been abused heavily. I couldn't pass this deal up because they springs were cheap and they were all the rear springs with 5 leafs. The shipping was $83 but the total for all the springs was $224. I ordered them yesterday and guess what arrived today.

Good deal on the springs man! I am expecting that at some point I will be replacing mine.

You're doing a great job on the ole YJ. It's amazing how much time, work, and money you can put into one of these things, just to keep it running and maintained. If we only had to buy mods we would have monster rigs by now
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Unread 03-04-2012, 06:57 PM   #156
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I just read through your whole thread and i love the direction you went. im interested in how you lifted yours using longer truck shocks and those new springs. altogether how much did that run you? and besides the shackles, what else did you buy to complete the lift. im looking to lift it for as cheap as possible.
Well the springs were 3.5" Black Diamonds. I was replacing my original 3.5" Black Diamonds because the deal was that good and I got (4) HD rear springs all around. The shocks I sized up from this pdf I found online for Monroe shocks. They have the mounting type on each end, extended and compressed lengths.

http://www.monroe.com/assets/downloa...engthSheet.pdf

I measured my mounting points after I flexed out the suspension and chose the appropriate shocks, went to Autozone and gave them the part numbers to order them. I think I spent maybe $100 for all four. They also have a lifetime warranty.

As for the rest of the lift I put a 1" Daystar body lift, TJ flares and a dropped pitman arm. I don't consider it cheap. The only way to get away with it as cheap as possible is to do it right the first time. Otherwise you'll be replacing stuff later down the line. I went through that once and low and behold I'm still replacing things.

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Good deal on the springs man! I am expecting that at some point I will be replacing mine.

You're doing a great job on the ole YJ. It's amazing how much time, work, and money you can put into one of these things, just to keep it running and maintained. If we only had to buy mods we would have monster rigs by now
Thanks man I appreciate it. If I had a place to work on it and I knew what lies ahead for my future I would be doing a lot but I'm just trying to keep it maintained and mod accordingly to stay on the trails.
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Unread 03-04-2012, 09:20 PM   #157
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I'm getting a RC 4" lift with all new springs and shocks but I was curious about the truck ones because I thought the top and bottom would be different.
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Unread 03-04-2012, 09:32 PM   #158
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I'm getting a RC 4" lift with all new springs and shocks but I was curious about the truck ones because I thought the top and bottom would be different.
I just had to make sure there was an eye on the bottom and stud on the top with the proper lengths. You can get the conversion kit so you can use eyes in both ends. If you do you get a wider range of options. I'm think about using Ford front shock towers to get the eye mounting and extend it to use a longer shock.
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Unread 03-04-2012, 09:56 PM   #159
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I just had to make sure there was an eye on the bottom and stud on the top with the proper lengths. You can get the conversion kit so you can use eyes in both ends. If you do you get a wider range of options. I'm think about using Ford front shock towers to get the eye mounting and extend it to use a longer shock.
Well for the time being until I get my lift for my birthday I'm picking up a hard top tomorrow for 100 bucks so I'm pretty excited about that. Even though my uppers will overlap
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I swung by and picked up a tailgate after work today. Not bad for $50. I initially spoke with the guy and he said he had a green one that actually matched my jeep very well, exact pretty much. The only thing was it had half the tail gate hinge, the arm to be exact. Well when I was there I saw a red one also that had hinges, the late YJ and TJ style that were beefy. I asked if I could see it and it matched up perfect to the YJ tailgate so I got it.

I went to Lowe's and picked up some semi flat black paint and found M8x1.25x12MM bolts for the XJ water pump. Any recommendations on how to prep this tailgate? I was thinking a scotch brite pad or just plain sand paper. What do y'all think?

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Unread 03-06-2012, 08:05 AM   #161
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Scotchbrite should be fine. I would grab a can of primer to spray first then top coat with the semi flat. It should keep that paint sticking longer.
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Scotchbrite should be fine. I would grab a can of primer to spray first then top coat with the semi flat. It should keep that paint sticking longer.
Good call. I'll get some primer and scotchbrite pads. I need to get the waterpump, radiator and fan back in first so I'll focus on that this afternoon.
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Unread 03-06-2012, 08:53 PM   #163
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I got the XJ waterpump on and everything is working great. I took pics and was about to upload them when I accidentally deleted them. I'll have to post some pics tomorrow for the motor. I did get the hinges off the tailgate. I had to trade in my T40 Duralast torx bit at Autozone (lifetime) and I bought a bolt extractor bit to get the stripped bolts out. It took a little bit but I got them loose. Now I just need to find replacement bolts that aren't torx.

Any ideas?
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Unread 03-06-2012, 09:08 PM   #164
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You got a fastener/hardware store around. We have a few bolt stores nearby and they could easily match that up. Do you care if its tapered like that?
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Unread 03-06-2012, 09:36 PM   #165
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You got a fastener/hardware store around. We have a few bolt stores nearby and they could easily match that up. Do you care if its tapered like that?
I can go to Ace Hardware and get some socket head countersunk ones. I had thought about just a bolt and washer but figured it would look better with the countersunk. We also have a Fastenal. I might ask them if there are any other options.
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