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Unread 07-26-2011, 09:41 PM   #31
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Nice build my friend! I'd never read it before. Hopefully we'll get some great pics of your YJ on here after this weekend's trail ride!

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Unread 07-28-2011, 10:17 AM   #32
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Thanks Ryan! Actually, we'll probably just be bringing the JK this weekend, as it has yet to take any organized runs yet.

Yeah, so I realized I never updated on the timing issue. Finally got that fixed and cheated the distributor back in and it runs a ton better now. Much more responsive and doesn't hunt for idle anymore. I should be putting up a write-up on that very soon. And as an added bonus, I had to change the valve cover gasket that I'd been meaning to do anyhow because it kept weeping onto the exhaust.

But my poor old YJ is falling apart. Yesterday was it's 16th birthday (you can look up the VIN online and it tells you when it rolled off the line), but on it's birthday both the windshield cracked and the exhaust fell off, ha ha.

Luckily those are two things I've been meaning to replace anyhow. The windshield was so badly pitted it became difficult to see through when it got glare, and the exhaust was OEM with lots of rust and a couple broken hangers and had gotten smashed and bent on rocks a few too many times, leaving some leaking seams on the muffler.

The windshield gets replace by insurance for free on Friday (woot woot) and I just ordered:

Flowmaster 44


and a Walker tailpipe (cheap, but on the 2.5L, doesn't really matter)


I also did some floorpan/carpet maintenance this weekend. I wish I had taken pictures, but I took out all the carpets, then took an angle grinder and flap disk to the surface rust that had started to form. Then I cleaned and degreased it and put 3 coats of automotive rattlecan primer and a top-coat of "Charleston Green" rattle-can rustolium paint. It actually matches pretty closely, I'm impressed.

While that was drying, I stuck the 3 carpet sections in our fancy new industrial front-loading Mercedes-Benz-of-washing-machines (I don't feel like a dick bragging....because no one really cares how nice your washing machine is, ha ha) and stuck them on heavy-duty, pre-wash, steam-clean, extra-rinse, everything-short-of-a-gestapo-interrogation cycle.

Man, what a difference! There was literally a half inch of sand and dirt covering the bottom of the shop sink it drains into. They look like brand new carpets.

So now that I had dry floorboards and clean carpets, I sprayed all the under-carpet areas with a light coating of WD-40 and threw the rugs back in. Hopefully this should keep everything as rust-free as possible until I get around to doing a Monstaliner job in a few years.

I really need to start saving money, though. I'm *itching* to get that new bumper and new axle.
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Unread 08-15-2011, 02:29 PM   #33
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Also, just an update on the Islander:

Been using it a *ton* this summer, with lots of loading camping gear and dogs and running no doors and 6 and 7 hour trips.



The wife even took it wheeling for the first time! A decently legit trail too, with very little flinching. I was so proud of her. Barely even winced when she put her first big dent in the skid plate!






(The picture doesn't do the dent justice)

Even accidentally filled it up with 2 inches of rainwater in one of the biggest scariest storms I've ever camped in. Should have put the top back on, ha ha. 15 minutes, though, and all the carpets were pulled and all 9 drainplugs were out. The JK continues to impress me.


And continues looking purdy....
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Unread 08-19-2011, 08:37 AM   #34
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Just a quick video of the new exhaust I mentioned in a previous post. It ordered from amazon and it got here crazy fast. Like, the tailpipe showed up the next day.

When I was pulling off the old components to clamp on the new, the cat just kind of fell off, so I decided to have it welded on. Took it to the fab shop down the street from me, AW Fab. Great guys. Keith, the guy who owns it is a Jeeper as well, mostly with XJs.

Anyhow, probably should have done some revving to show the full range of sounds, but I forgot. Besides, if it's this loud at idle, just picture it revving. Kind of rude at 8 in the morning.

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Unread 08-19-2011, 11:05 AM   #35
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Sounds mean man! I've got a 2" hole rusted in my muffler so I've got to get a new exhaust too, but I'm going to wait until next spring

Also, what roll cage do you run?
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Unread 08-19-2011, 11:09 AM   #36
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Nevermind, RockHard 4x4 Just read back a few pages. I've been thinking that would be something to get down the line. We need to go wheeling again!
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Sounds mean man! I've got a 2" hole rusted in my muffler so I've got to get a new exhaust too, but I'm going to wait until next spring
Really? Ha ha, I remember hearing that last time we wheeled and meant to ask you what kind of aftermarket muffler you were running because I was looking to replace mine. If you're looking to create the same affect, but pass inspection, the 44 is pretty damn loud, ha ha.
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Unread 08-19-2011, 12:13 PM   #38
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Really? Ha ha, I remember hearing that last time we wheeled and meant to ask you what kind of aftermarket muffler you were running because I was looking to replace mine. If you're looking to create the same affect, but pass inspection, the 44 is pretty damn loud, ha ha.
My custom New England Tuned muffler! Available by custom order only! Steph says she can hear the Jeep from about 1/4 mile before I get to her place. So I guess I'll never be good at surprise attacks, unless I approach from down-wind

Edit: BTW, this whole exhaust is only 3 years old.


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ha ha, holy crap. Yeah, I was wondering about the age, because I was just rereading your build and realized that you had recently replaced it.

And just as an add-on to the discussions previously had about flex and stuffing and how my tires did, someone just sent me a picture from a previous run:



Pizza Cutter Flex ftw.

Can't do that with fat tires.
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Nice pic.

So Clayton and I were talking, and we had thought it'd be good to take a trip somewhere in NH with a smaller group of us, with more built Jeeps. You and Dianna, me and Steph, Clay and Danielle, Pat.... Go up and wheel in a small group, take our time, and take some good pictures. Apparently (after talking to the 2 white Jeeps that we met at the end of Barrington) there are a half dozen or so trails RIGHT down the road from where we were.

I think the size and differences in Jeep builds in that group were somewhat limiting. If you'd be down, we should go some weekend soon.
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Unread 08-19-2011, 01:37 PM   #41
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sweet build. I feel your pain on the newengland rust. How did your engine work turn out? I have to do my lifters, and am tossing the idea up of doing the cam too but it looks pretty intimidating. Also that 44 sounds boss, i put one on my 2.5l TJ and i love the sound reguardless that its a bit loud for my taste. Ill be looking for your jeep as my office is moving to woburn in sept. Keep up the good work
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Nice pic.

So Clayton and I were talking, and we had thought it'd be good to take a trip somewhere in NH with a smaller group of us, with more built Jeeps. You and Dianna, me and Steph, Clay and Danielle, Pat.... Go up and wheel in a small group, take our time, and take some good pictures. Apparently (after talking to the 2 white Jeeps that we met at the end of Barrington) there are a half dozen or so trails RIGHT down the road from where we were.

I think the size and differences in Jeep builds in that group were somewhat limiting. If you'd be down, we should go some weekend soon.
Yeah, there's a *ton* of stuff in that area, is my understanding.

I'd be one of the smaller rigs, I think, but I've got reckless abandon and you've got a winch, so I'm down. Just make sure you or Clayton bring one of those spare D35 shafts I'm sure you now have sitting around, ha ha

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sweet build. I feel your pain on the newengland rust. How did your engine work turn out? I have to do my lifters, and am tossing the idea up of doing the cam too but it looks pretty intimidating. Also that 44 sounds boss, i put one on my 2.5l TJ and i love the sound reguardless that its a bit loud for my taste. Ill be looking for your jeep as my office is moving to woburn in sept. Keep up the good work
Thanks! Yeah, the engine wasn't too bad, it was just that someone had installed the timing chain incorrectly, from the factory no less. But the CPM controlled timing evidently can compensate for *a lot*, so it was still able to run decently. I just set TDC individually on the camshaft, crankshaft, and distributor and re-installed everything. Worked great.

I've definitely still got a vacuum leak that's been hiding, because it didn't *completely* fix my rough idle, but the responsiveness is definitely an improvement.

Woburn's a great area. So if you see either my YJ or the wife's JK parked somewhere, feel free to stop and say hello!
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Also, good luck getting Pat to get his beast of a street queen dirty, ha ha ha

Seriously, Pat, if you're reading this.....that sucker would look some much prettier with some mud on it.
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So did a tire rotation last night and general inspection to try and find a "clink"ing I've been hearing whenever the suspension moves. Didn't find the clink, but I did find this.....



Looks like it's time to replace the axle seal. If what I've been reading is true, it involves removing the carrier, which makes me nervous. I might see if I can recruit some of you NSJ guys to drink beer, watch, and make sure I'm doing it right when the time comes, ha ha.

I mean, I've noticed spots on the driveway, but it's a pretty slow leak and my diff fluid level hasn't dropped at all, so it's not *urgent*, I guess.

I never replaced the gasket when I reinstalled my distributor, so that's weeping as well, so add another thing to the list.

My parking brake has really ceased to work ever since I've started using it on a regular basis for parking on a hill at work, so I opened the drums (my first time) to check the shoes. They were about .26 inches left, so that's fine, right? Brakes still work just fine, so it looks like I just need to tighten the cable. I'm hoping to replace it with a 8.8 by spring, so I really don't feel like putting any huge amount of time or money into it.

On a more positive note, I got sick and tired of my third brake light flopping around and clanking (see previous flex photo for reference), so I dissassembled it and relocated just the top light section to my bike carrier on the spare. Looks pretty good I think!



I secured it by using the existing bolts to clamp down on some IKEA bracket or something I had laying around that clamps it to the lip of the carrier. Effective and lets it be easily removed for changing the spare, carrier, etc.



And a video I took to verify I hooked everything back together correctly. Almost like it's supposed to be there, ha ha

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Also, I've been running no top, no doors, and no windshield all week (minus the ski goggles this time, ha ha). Such a blast for around town commuting. Highway is a fun novelty, but a bit too much for anything over a short spurt.

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