Thanks, found out it was naxja putting on the event so i was the only wrangler running the trails but it was a real fun weekend put in a solid 10hrs of trails
Sounds like a blast!
Well, the other day I went to leave work and the Jeep wouldn't crank. Everything turned on, but no crank. I could spin the starter by shorting the solenoid, so that was ok.
After dragging it home on the trailer (and finding the winch on my trailer took a dump) A found out this happened.
Pretty delicate little piece for something that has to start the car. If you don't know what this is, it's the thing that turns the ignition switch.
Figured that out and decided to whip a skid plate together.
It took the better part of a day, but I think it will be plenty strong. I like that I can drop the skid without having to support the transmission too.
Also made a steering box skid while I was at it.
After all that work I decided I would go play in the woods. This is the only shot I got before the O ring on my power steering pump line blew again.
I felt the power steering cooler when I found out it blew again and it was so hot I could barely touch it. I don't think it had anything to do where I mounted it, since I wasn't even traveling at walking speed with the engine just above idle. The O ring wasn't torn, it look like it disintegrated - like it got too hot and fell apart.
So, I'm going to plumb and additional cooler in front of my radiator so it gets moving air from both the fan and vehicle speed. That should defiantly help out.
Bummer that the O ring issue keeps popping up , but man your rig looks good in the woods . The fab work on the skid also looks amazing .
I assumed there would be a few bugs to work out with this extensive of a build. I'm glad it's some pretty minor issues. Thanks for the compliment on the skid.
Originally Posted by gst95dsm
Yeah dude.... for "whipping" up a skid, that thing looks damn nice. I want to see some better/more pics of this thing though!
Thanks, it only cost $65 in steel plus the better part of a day. I need to save money where I can since I'm saving for Moab. I'm between cameras right now but when I get my new camera I'll take some better shots for sure.
My P/S cooler came yesterday so I decided to tackle that job. I'm not sure who designed the rubber "nuts" that hold the condenser to the grill, but I have some words for him. What a Mickey Mouse setup that is.
Welded up some tabs to the brace and bolted it down.
It's hard to see, but it is hiding behind all that chrome.
I also changed the O-ring to a Viton one I found at O'rileys. It was a Doorman part for fuel line. Viton is good for higher heat, and it's a stiffer seal so I think it will be better. The O ring that keeps blowing does see 4.5 GPM at 1600 PSI so it does need to handle some stress.
Got to work and the cooler was barely warm. Going on a poker run this Saturday, so I'll see how it does.
Viton is a good material choice for that oring. I'm interested to see if the durability changes. I'm assuming you were running Buna before?
I'm not sure what the one that came with the box is made out of. From what I read, the Viton is rated to 100 degrees more than the Buna O ring. I hope it will hold up, but it's not very scientific since I added much more cooling to the system.
Put the forklift at work to work. It's hard to fully articulate an axle in a small garage with the tires on, plus when the weight of the vehicle is deflecting the joints, funny things can happen. It appears as though I either need more bump stop in the front, or rethink my fenders (high line).
Took the Jeep out on a poker run this weekend. 0 problems this time and the O ring seemed to hold together. Even after lots of steering work in the tight trails the coolers weren't too hot to touch so the increased capacity must be doing some good.