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Unread 10-29-2011, 06:53 PM   #61
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And the State Police pulling me over on the highway for a follow-up complaint from some pissed off citizen who was in no way within his rights

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Unread 10-29-2011, 07:25 PM   #62
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Looks good. I thought there was gonna be snow in these pictures. Where I'm from in NJ they got hammered but guess you didnt get anything. Like the pictures.
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Unread 10-29-2011, 09:16 PM   #63
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Man this whole setup and story is really nice.
Best of luck to you in the future. Enjoy your wrangler it looks great, plus I love the pizza cutter idea!
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Unread 10-30-2011, 05:45 PM   #64
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Hoping someone here might be able to help out. On the run the other day (and it actually started last week, but I really started noticing it on the run) I've started getting a grinding noise from my transmission during deceleration while in gear. I started a full thread on it here, but I put the video below so you guys can see. Let me know if you have any ideas....

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Unread 10-30-2011, 06:00 PM   #65
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Looks good. I thought there was gonna be snow in these pictures. Where I'm from in NJ they got hammered but guess you didnt get anything. Like the pictures.
Yeah, it was a good run. We got hit with a decent blizzard on the way home, but nothing while we were actually wheeling.

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Man this whole setup and story is really nice.
Best of luck to you in the future. Enjoy your wrangler it looks great, plus I love the pizza cutter idea!
Thanks! I've been pretty happy with the capability of the setup so far.
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Unread 10-31-2011, 07:51 PM   #66
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Changed my tranny fluid (less than 20k since my flush, about a year and a half)



That's never good.....
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Unread 11-08-2011, 10:44 AM   #67
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Figured I should probably post an update.

My poor YJ is just falling apart, ha ha. My transmission is officially toast, but I've got an AX-15 donor all lined up and all the parts are ordered for the conversion, so Steve's Jeep Country should be handling that next week. I'm just driving the motorcycle in the meantime.

I finally put on the hardtop, which was sad, but I did it standing in 3 inches of snow, so it was time.

Undid the third brakelight tabs on the tailgate and removed the bracket and contact points so now the wires come directly into the cab. This sets me up to relocate my third brake light to the cross-bar on the cage when I get the time.

Also, I washed the Jeep after the last run and despite having the top on, shorted out my radio.....again.

I really need to start investing in marine-grade electronics, ha ha.

Anyone have recommendations on moisture resistant CBs?

I got scolded on the last run for not having one. Ha ha, especially starting to be a trail leader, it's really about damn time I get one. My tool/upgrade philosophy is that if need it twice and don't have it, get it before you need it the third time.

...I'm way past that third time, ha ha.
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Unread 11-08-2011, 04:47 PM   #68
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I've got the Uniden 520XL CB with a 3' Firestik and Teraflex style mount. Great system, great CB (have had it for a decade), and easily tunable. Check out Right Channel Radios (www.rightchannelradios.com) for good deals for Jeeps. They have a whole Jeep section!

Here's a quick piece together online...

Uniden 510XL CB -http://www.amazon.com/Uniden-PRO510XL-40-Channel-CB-Radio/dp/B00004VXNFFirestik Kit - $50 on RightChannel
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Unread 11-10-2011, 11:11 AM   #69
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I've got the Uniden 520XL CB with a 3' Firestik and Teraflex style mount. Great system, great CB (have had it for a decade), and easily tunable. Check out Right Channel Radios (www.rightchannelradios.com) for good deals for Jeeps. They have a whole Jeep section!

Here's a quick piece together online...

Uniden 510XL CB - $34 on Amazon
Firestik Kit - $50 on RightChannel
Hmmmm....we'll have to see what Christmas brings, ha ha
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Unread 11-22-2011, 01:17 PM   #70
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Dianna (my wife, if you hadn't picked that up yet) did her first tire rotation on the JK last night in preparation for driving to Rochester, NY for Thanksgiving (and doing our first ever towing on the way back). I'll try and post some pictures and reactions of the towing when we return!



Also, I'm just hours away from picking up the YJ from the shop with it's newly installed AX-15! I'm *very* excited, not only because I miss my Jeep, but because I've been dealing with a whining, reluctantly shifting transmission since I bought the thing.

Hopefully it'll feel like a whole new Jeep!
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Unread 11-22-2011, 01:25 PM   #71
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Oh, and a pretty picture with the JK just because:


Did a 23 mile, 2-day loop up Mt. Isolation in NH this weekend with a buddy and my dog and I gatta say....the ability for 2 guys and a dog to comfortably do a trailhead crash in the back for an alpine start is a *major* advantage over my YJ.
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Unread 12-01-2011, 11:42 AM   #72
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I have my YJ back and it just passed inspection for the first time since modification!

I made sure to reinstall my third brake light (pictures of that and the JK towing coming soon) and have printouts of all the applicable lift and light laws, and make sure I was within spec, just in case.

The guy was really nice, but made sure to warn me that I should have failed because of my exhaust leak (by which he meant the new loud exhaust) and my rust hole on the front passenger-side fender.


I was a little perplexed at first that he mentioned those but not my lift, tires, or 200 watt offroad lights not hooked into my brights, but after looking up the laws, turns out those are legitimate inspection concerns.
http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/Ge...er90/Section16
http://www.mass.gov/rmv/inspect/540cmr4/sec404b.htm

Turns out any exhaust louder than stock is illegal in Mass, buncha bastards. Also they can fail you for pretty much any rust hole.

But he still passed me, so we're all good.
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Unread 12-10-2011, 04:50 PM   #73
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I feel like I'm always posting a couple events behind what's going on, but here goes:

Towing stuff back from NY was awesome and super easy:

Constantly amazed at the amount of room in that thing:

I had a picture of the full trailer, but I accidently didn't upload it.
Edit: Picture of the trailer

It was full to about halfway up, mostly with furniture and glassware. Technically they weren't supposed to rent it to us because of the softtop, but that's why we picked it up with my father's van instead.

Next: Relocated my third brake light to it's final/permanent location on the sport cage. I removed the bracket with the tailgate contacts that hit the contacts in the tub:

Then I spliced in new wires and ran it up to top:

This is how it looks now (except that I trimmed the zip-ties obviously):

Very functional!

Was home sick a couple days this week and got antsy, so decided to get a couple things done.

My windshield wipers were at the wrong angle from when the windshield was replaced and wiped all the way *off* the windshield, so I reinstalled those

When I reset my timing a while ago, I didn't have a new gasket for the distributor and thought "oh, it'll be fine". Well, it's been seeping enough to start dripping on the driveway and smelling like burnt oil every time I drive. Got sick of it and finally RTVed a new gasket in. Quick and easy, can't believe it took me this long to get around to it.

Next I tried to patch up my windsheld washer fluid resevior, as I can only fill it up like a third before it starts leaking everywhere. I tried JB weld and superglue, but it's still leaking. Suggestions?


I also topped off my coolant, which has stayed at the same level for almost 3 years and was now all of a sudden almost empty. Weeeeird. I'm going to have to keep an eye on it.

Next replaced a headlight that had burnt out. I had the set that got upgraded to the Silverstars still in the basement so I threw that in. Gatta say, for all the hype I gave the Silverstars originally, putting the old back in looks almost no different. Just a slightly different color temperature.


Also did some rewiring of the hardtop, as I didn't have rear wipers, rear fluid, or defrosters. Some of the connectors had broken, was all, so that's all set now.

So that's what's been new lately. I've been hearing a new noise after the transmission upgrade that I was afraid was the used transmission dying, but now I'm realizing that it's unaffected by engine speed, gear, or clutch so I'm starting to suspect something with the transfer case instead. I think I've confirmed that because I don't remember hearing it while in 4Lo today for the Jeep run.

Oh yeah, did the first 4Lo adventure since the swap today with NorthShore Jeeps. It was a fun run, nothing too epic, but definitely got some serious pinstriping and a good coating of mud. Pics should be posted soon!
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Unread 12-10-2011, 10:39 PM   #74
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Photos of the YJ from todays run












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Unread 12-13-2011, 10:21 AM   #75
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A couple more photos from the run:


With my trusty wheeling companion


And helped a member of our club bleed his brakes after a leak on the run this weekend. The bolt of the front passenger caliper has loosened, leaked, and let air into the lines rendering them almost useless. We did all 4 wheels, although only the FP has air. The fluid was little funky colored, though, so it was worth doing anyhow.
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