I figured I'd throw up a little update. I want to thank Joe for moving my thread into the YJ tech section. I figured I'd get more responses to my tech questions and I'd just rather have it in here.
Right now I have bead on a Teraflex cross over steering knuckle, a tie rod, and drag link. They are used but we'll see how it pans out. I'm also going to pull my t-case out and most likely rebuild it and put a true neutral plate in while I'm in there thanks to Rikrotor's thread. Plus my front output yoke on my t-case has some play in and out. Based off what Rikrotor said it's most likely the bearing.
I laughed at every post where you ran the extension cord to the parking lot from your 3rd floor apartment, and at hanging Jeep parts on your balcony to let the paint on them dry.
Yeah it seems that I am "that guy". I try not to annoy my neighbors especially the ones beside me. They hang out on their deck in the evenings and I can't paint anything until they go inside. The maintenance man is cool with me working on my jeep. He's even picked up parts for me from UPS.
Quick question: did you notice your Jeep get any hotter or cooler with the XJ Water Pump?
It's just weird they'd use two different style pumps on the same engine (in, let's face it: basically the same vehicle.)
I also enjoyed the two parts you spray painted over and the colors didn't match... then on the other side the paint's scraped off.
It's doing what Jeep's meant to do!
And I'm also very jealous of you. Down here in South Florida, there's nothing for us to drive on. Except mud. Lots and lots of mud.
Thanks for the compliments. As far as cooling goes with the XJ pump there was no difference. The only difference is the flange on the shaft. It gave me more clearance for the fan and since I had the radiator and fan out there was no reason not to swap it. With the Taurus e-fan my engine ran almost too cool at times but on the highway it overheats.
Coincidentally I spoke to a guy named Doug at Morris Mountain who was wheeling a built Jeepster. He worked for Built Tough Radiators who custom make their radiators for your application out of Texas. I told him my problem and he said my radiator was plugged.
For aesthetics I'm more function over fashion. Rust was starting to develop on the body where I smashed into a tree and I can't have that. It's not very classy but it serves a purpose. I hear you on the Florida wheeling. Luckily I have access to the Appalachian Mountains and the hill country in East Alabama.
Got a little more accomplished last night but I can't say I really did anything. I cleaned up the metal pieces and prepped them for welding. While I was doing that one of my welders on second shift saw me (I was using the shop at work) and asked what I was doing. I told him and he insisted I let him weld up the steel. He really enjoys welding steel (my company welds aluminum) so he got a few steel rods and used the TIG welder to get it done. I must say it's good work and I was very appreciative. He put a good bead on the outside and did two passes on the inside. I still need to cut some gussets, weld them in and put some holes in it but it's coming along nicely.