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Unread 06-01-2012, 08:00 AM   #226
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definitely miss my XJ, and the aftermarket for them and options are so cheap and pentiful. if i can buy my old xj back sooner or later i may have to jump on that.... you do have a pretty stout WK, so why mess with perfection? lol
You, sir, are too kind.................

Yeah - the aftermarket on the XJ is leaps and bounds ahead of the WK.

I do like tinkering with and taking the WK on the trails.

Funny.............all the choices we Jeepers have............they all involve spending more money

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Unread 06-10-2012, 12:43 PM   #227
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Been a busy weekend. Yesterday my daughter and I went down to KS Rocks with the uncle and cousin for some wheelin. We hit a couple passes that I'd scoped out times before but never tried. Good day of wheelin!











My daughter was the photographer and she did a nice sequence here:










That climb gave me a bit of a rug burn underneath:
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Unread 06-10-2012, 01:04 PM   #228
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Some more pics:








This gave me an idea of what black rims might look like:



"Dad, I got a good shot of your tires coming down," she tells me




This washed out gulley was the same one that got me last time we were there. It's gotten worse and this time even the TJ couldn't manage it. Mind you, he's locked f/r and has much better BFG m/t tires than my GY A/Ts. In fact, that TJ is unbelievably capable. But the winch had to be deployed - hey - it's not Jeepin if you don't get stuck once or twice.






Had to move a tree outta the way from the trail:

The youngins always want to go find "the elephant tree" so I thought this pic would be funny. This tree literally grew sideways like this - it's a live tree, not fallen.
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Unread 06-10-2012, 01:18 PM   #229
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Last but not least, after my wife and I talked about it a few weeks back, we decided to start looking for a trail rig that could get dinged up without worries. Well, today I went and bought a new toy:



2001 XJ with 4.5" Rough Country lift, 33s, cb, rear locker, custom bumper/bullbar.
Found it on Craigslist and it was just too good to pass up. I'm not sure what this means for the WK yet as the XJ will be a dedicated trail rig that will be streetable for runnin around town. If it'll do it, the WK will become the tow rig. I'll have to beef up the rear with LL's or airbags, and get a brake contoller. Course, I'll need to find a good used trailer as well. But, I really don't want to get rid of the WK - not just yet - it's too fun. I told my wife it could be her trail buggy as it'll do way more than she would ever try. But god bless a good woman for bein on board with her husband's Jeep addiction.



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Unread 06-10-2012, 08:36 PM   #230
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Congrats dude. The WK pics look GREAT, and I can't wait to see the xj in action!!
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Unread 06-10-2012, 09:28 PM   #231
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Great pix, though I could not get them to expand on my Ipad.
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Unread 06-11-2012, 03:00 PM   #232
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Congrats dude. The WK pics look GREAT, and I can't wait to see the xj in action!!
Thanks, dude. I'll have to post up some pics of the XJ once I get some time and routine maintenance items knocked out. Probably will put them over on the Cherokee Non-technical Forum. I started a build thread over there - "Milton's Other Jeep Build" ......................
It's already modified beyond stock but there is always something to be done.

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Great pix, though I could not get them to expand on my Ipad.
Yeah - my daughter does a pretty decent job with the camera.
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Unread 06-11-2012, 08:58 PM   #233
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Sometimes it's the little things. We had some pretty good thunderstorms roll through overnight that dumped some rain on us (finally - it's been a while which is rare in these parts this time of year). Didn't have the Jeep in the garage so it got "washed." This morning leaving the driveway I heard some gurgling in the A post and noticed a bit of water seeping from this spot:



So I needed to get into it to find the culprit - which was undoubtedly a clogged weep hole or drain tube.

A 10mm deep well with 1/4" drive fits right up in the two holes to remove the two bolts in the A post trim:



And I thought the solid black tube with the inline connectors was the drain tube:



But after taking the passenger side off I realized it was the corrugated line that's the drain tube.

I poured water in the front of the drain resevoir for the sunroof and the driver side drained straight through. Not so much with the passenger side.
Figured what I heard and saw was the result of all the water pooling to the driverside that drains and basically overwhelming the drain.

So I took an air compressor with a rubber nipple type nozzle and got it into the drain hole best I could:




After hitting it with the compressed air I poured water in the drain and it ran right through. Problem solved It's not rocket science obviously but when I noticed it this morning I was reminded of a Honda Accord I had in college that the drain holes for the sunfoor got clogged. I found out one morning on my way to take finals for a probability and statistics class (almost ironic). Backing out of the drive a got what seemed like a half gallon of water poured down my back .

I didn't want that to happen again.

I also finished washing all the weekend off of, underneath, and out of the WK:

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'01 XJ with some stuff
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~RED WK CLUB #7~
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'06WK our first Jeep with stock stuff - totalled and gone
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Unread 06-12-2012, 08:08 PM   #234
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Sometimes it's the little things. We had some pretty good thunderstorms roll through overnight that dumped some rain on us (finally - it's been a while which is rare in these parts this time of year). Didn't have the Jeep in the garage so it got "washed." This morning leaving the driveway I heard some gurgling in the A post and noticed a bit of water seeping from this spot:



So I needed to get into it to find the culprit - which was undoubtedly a clogged weep hole or drain tube.

A 10mm deep well with 1/4" drive fits right up in the two holes to remove the two bolts in the A post trim:



And I thought the solid black tube with the inline connectors was the drain tube:



But after taking the passenger side off I realized it was the corrugated line that's the drain tube.

I poured water in the front of the drain resevoir for the sunroof and the driver side drained straight through. Not so much with the passenger side.
Figured what I heard and saw was the result of all the water pooling to the driverside that drains and basically overwhelming the drain.

So I took an air compressor with a rubber nipple type nozzle and got it into the drain hole best I could:




After hitting it with the compressed air I poured water in the drain and it ran right through. Problem solved It's not rocket science obviously but when I noticed it this morning I was reminded of a Honda Accord I had in college that the drain holes for the sunfoor got clogged. I found out one morning on my way to take finals for a probability and statistics class (almost ironic). Backing out of the drive a got what seemed like a half gallon of water poured down my back .

I didn't want that to happen again.

I also finished washing all the weekend off of, underneath, and out of the WK:

hmmmm so thats why mine leaks! lol someday when im not feeling lazy i will have to fix it! thanks for the details/pics.
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nice pics mike, i see the the skids got a bit of a workout this past trip. you got the undercarriage of that thing covered nicely.

congrats on the XJ- love those things. cant wait to buy mine back.
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Unread 06-13-2012, 06:56 AM   #236
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Nice XJ! We did almost the same thing. Once the body damage started racking up on the Commander, the wife had no problem with me getting a trail rig.
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Unread 06-13-2012, 11:50 AM   #237
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hmmmm so thats why mine leaks! lol someday when im not feeling lazy i will have to fix it! thanks for the details/pics.
Well - the first time water dumps down your back oughtta be motivation enough

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nice pics mike, i see the the skids got a bit of a workout this past trip. you got the undercarriage of that thing covered nicely.

congrats on the XJ- love those things. cant wait to buy mine back.

Thanks - and yes the skids did their job that day! The XJ will be an interesting adventure.


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Nice XJ! We did almost the same thing. Once the body damage started racking up on the Commander, the wife had no problem with me getting a trail rig.
I was really surprised when my wife was the one to start pointing me in the direction of used Cherokees I do love her so..........
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'06WK our first Jeep with stock stuff - totalled and gone
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Unread 07-02-2012, 06:00 AM   #238
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Been a while since I posted anything in my build so I'm gonna shamelessly plug it here with a bump...................


I did some driving around the metro yesterday doin stuff with the KC Jeep Club and Northland Jeepers Group. We got together and did some trail cutting in the morning before the heat set in. (It's been pretty brutal temp/humidity wise around these parts for the last week - consistant triple digits AND humid = suck). Then into downtown for a club meeting.

I should have shot some pics of the trail cut but didn't have my phone on me. Pretty cool - got to get off the pavement and into the woods and threw it in 4lo for a bit which is always fun. But, thought I'd post what the SC did for me mileage wise. These miles were a combination city, highway, a/c, no a/c:




Not bad IMO - not the best I've gotten but not bad.
This is running the 87 tune with 87 octane in the tank.
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'06WK our first Jeep with stock stuff - totalled and gone
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Unread 07-09-2012, 02:30 PM   #239
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I've been cherry pickin the WK sub-forums lately bacause I've been spending most my time over on the XJ side of things here and on NAXJA. But - I thought I'd throw out an update of what I've been doin with the WK.

Today I used it as a tire hauler to take the XJ's rears to get get swapped. I can only get two old tire/rims and 2 new tires in the back, plus I only have two jack stands - so it's gonna have to be two at a time:



I've been doin alot of body work, renewing the wheels, and general maintenance to the XJ and this is how it sits as of this afternoon:





I'm working on aquiring a car dolly and the WK will become my tow rig. Don't know that it will get wheeled much - if any - from here on. But - I can't wait to hook up the XJ behind the WK - that will be a Kodak moment
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Unread 07-09-2012, 02:54 PM   #240
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Damn dude those rubbers were toast
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