Engine back in according to my uncle. Was sick yesterday so didn't make it out there... Not sure on progress. Will have a few pictures but no write up, unfortunately. If it had been up to me we would have taken lots of pictures and I could have wrote down info as we went. Not sure if jeep is put back together yet, just know the engine is in. Which is good, they needed their garage today so now they can push it back out into the road and we can deal with the rest of it when it is more convenient for them. I don't need it done right this second- I've been driving my girlfriend's cherokee, and she's driving her infiniti. Good thing I got her
As a side note, I think the exhaust will be next on mine. I'm leaning towards a magnaflow universal (I know which one I need) muffler, and the high flow dual cats that come off the exhaust manifold. They're super expensive but they'll last forever and I've read nothing but good things about them. The muffler is only like $100 so that's definitely do-able (after we get moved that is). I don't think I'd put headers on it- I haven't found any solid info that headers on a 4.0 actually makes sense. I mean, I bought a new 4.0, I suppose I could have stroked and went a little crazy- then yeah, headers would have made a bit of sense. But it's a 4.0 and it's staying that way for likely a long time, so headers seems pretty silly to me. The high flow cats seem legit, but I'm still not 100% sure on that one. And honestly, the muffler is more for sound than anything. I'll be the first to admit I just plain love the sound of a magnaflow. I don't know how much performance I would actually get out of it, but the sound is great and that means something to me, even if it is stupid. Then the interior. On the to-do list for the next month I have:
x install all new sway bar bushings
x install tie rod boots
x if control arm isn't replaced/axle mount fixed via uncle, get that done. I won't attempt myself. I don't care if I have to pay someone, it needs to be done correctly.
x install fender liners
x get dent out of rear bumper (can push out I'm sure, will need more leverage though/help b/c tried when I did the evap canister and it wasn't happening.)
x continue vacuum line overhaul- decided to just use the stupid hspi lines, get them to send me more that I need/didn't come with it. Some of the extra will work on the cherokee, too, which is also on the list because I think it could use it.
x pwm relay replace- was not able to find it when we tore apart front end. Had fender liners out, entire cooling system (and engine for that matter) a/c, etc, bumper, header panel... everything. Could not find anything that resembled it. Will have to do some digging and chase lines to see what is going on. Front was hit hard when it was salvaged in 2005.
x recharge A/C- had to discharge it for engine swap (well- maybe didn't have to, but didn't want to dick with it.)
If anybody has any input on the exhaust let me know. Will post pictures of new engine, etc when I get the chance.
Hope everybody is good.