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Unread 01-14-2014, 04:07 PM   #496
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I think you should build you one. That'd look sick on your rig, plus it'd be really practical. I'll eventually build one for my ol' zj

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Unread 01-14-2014, 05:20 PM   #497
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Knucklebone? It looks sweet, the only downside is it takes up your hitch space.
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Unread 01-14-2014, 05:53 PM   #498
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I'd check the local salvage yards first. I bet you could pick one up from there for 30-50 bucks. JustforJeeps can be pretty ridiculous with their prices at times.
But I do like the build your own rear bumper/tire rack carrier idea!!
I'll check with CountyLine AutoSalvage, they usually have quality salvage parts for cheap.

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Chances are if it's at the salvage yard it will be garbage too. I went through this months ago and just caved and bought a brand new one.
No way I'm payin that much for the oe spare winch set-up. I'll just leave the spare in the garage like I normally do until I need it and then it goes up top.

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I think you should build you one. That'd look sick on your rig, plus it'd be really practical. I'll eventually build one for my ol' zj
It would look good and building one would be the way to go.

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Knucklebone? It looks sweet, the only downside is it takes up your hitch space.
The biggest downside IMO is what they expect people to pay for it.
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Unread 01-14-2014, 06:09 PM   #499
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The biggest downside IMO is what they expect people to pay for it.
True, but there was the same problem as replacing the cable (only the knucklebone is better in my opinion since it can hold any tire size)

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Unread 02-06-2014, 04:55 PM   #500
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Last few days I've noticed a rhythmic clicking that as far as I can tell is coming from the front driver side. It only occurs under load (acceleration) and between ~20 through 30 mph. Beyond 30 or a little more I hesitate to say it goes away so much as it becomes very difficult to hear if at all. Also, it doesn't occur in turns, but I don't know if that's simply because I'm not normally on the gas in turns.

Honestly, the weather has been cold - REALLY cold - and we just had a 10+ inch snow storm, so investigating it thoroughly is a difficult task.

I've set my sights on 3 things:

1. The brutally cold temps causing odd things

2. Bad cv joint/axle

3. Bad front drive shaft.

Thing is - it didn't just get cold. We've been having single digit and sub zero weather for a couple weeks now. Also, there doesn't appear to be any damage to the inner or outer cv boots and I don't notice any grease being slung around the cv shafts. As well, the rhythmic clicking seems to correlate with wheel speed, not the 3.73/1 drive shaft speed. I did replace my front drive shaft (both ends are cv's) last summer but again, the sound mirrors wheel speed so far as I can tell.

Anyway, I'm just kind of thinking out loud here and wondering if any other WK/XK folks have encountered a bad cv boot/axle/shaft. If so, does any of this ring a bell?
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Unread 02-06-2014, 07:01 PM   #501
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I have recently discovered a similar issue but haven't found my remedy. I'm thinking extreme cold/ hoping ( only 63k miles on my wk ) but I'm eager to hear what others say.
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Unread 02-12-2014, 02:18 PM   #502
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Yesterday I completed the install on my CB/antenna mount/antenna. If you refer to post #162 you can see how I modded the cubby to fit the cb - really nothing to it.

I decided I wanted to run the power directly from my battery and while I had the front wheel well liners off during the p/w job a couple days ago I noticed it was a perfect time to run the power for the cb through the firewall.

The rubber gasket/grommet for the battery that another JF member, vegose, pointed out to me was in plain sight just under the master cylinder. It is very easy to get to from the wheel well when the liner is pulled:



From behind the fuse block there is a blue ring and you can see the red/black power running through:


With the power fished through:


Now for my parts list:
Cobra 19DX IV cb
3' Firestick II w/ tuneable tip
S4xC LH antenna mount
Firestick HD stainless 3" spring
Firestick Firering 18' coax w/ mounting stud & coax termination
Workman SWR/power meter w/ 3' jumper coax



And the tools materials to use (didn't actually need the heat gun for this):
Assorted terminal kit
Solder and solder flux
Soldering iron
5' corrugated electrical conduit



First thing I did was establish power and ground:
I crimped eyelet terminals to the end of the hot and ground wires and then stuffed it in the conduit which runs back to the firewall:



Then I simply took the ground to the side of the engine bay on a preexisting gound location and used the positive post tightening bolt/nut for the hot. A quick note, my hot wire had an inline fuse from the factory. If you have a cb power wire that doesn't and you are getting power from your battery you will want to put a fuse between the battery and the cb unit:



Then I took a bit of the powder coat off the underneath of the mounting eye in order to provide a ground for the Firering connection:



Drilled the pilot holes and set the mount:




Next it was time to figure out the routing of the coax. I took the cargo floor out by pulling the plastic lift gate latch piece (it just pops off with gentle prying) and removing the two 10mm nuts - just lift the floor up from the back and out:




I decided to drill a hole through the body at the bottom of the liftgate jam:



And I ran the coax behind the trim from that hole, up the cargo floor side, under the rear driver passenger door plastic kickplate, under the driver door plastic kickplate and up behind the cubby





Then the coax termination has to be soldered into the end of the coax:




I mounted the antenna spring and antenna:





And chose a spot for the mic:


I also plugged the coax insert with some plummer's putty:



The last thing to do was take it out in an open space and tune the radio/antenna. This is where the SWR meter and jumper coax comes in. There are a multitude of videos on youtube to use for reference in regards to using an SWR meter to tune your set-up. It is trial and error and the slightest adjustments to the antenna tip will make large changes in SWR readings. The best I was able to get was ch1 SWR 1.7; ch40 SWR 1.7; ch20 SWR about 1.4. I drove down the way to the highway and stopped over at a truckstop nearby and asked a trucker if he could help me do a mic/radio check. Everything worked a-o-k. I think at some point I will shorten my coax cable length in order to get rid off the excess I have coiled up behind the dash - I found some info online that said this can be a source of higher SWR's. My SWR's are good enough not to do any damage, but definately less than ideal so I will do some more reading and tweaking to the system. For use on the trails I should be good to go.

Well, I'm probably done with the projects for a while cause the wife is, let's just say, less than thrilled that stuff keeps getting delivered to the house.

To which I just keep my mouth shut

Anyway - I hope this gives a good run through of the process for anybody wanting to do this install themselves. Until next time.........
Is there anywhere I can see these pics, that are no longer visible?
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Unread 02-12-2014, 09:40 PM   #503
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Is there anywhere I can see these pics, that are no longer visible?
Give it a few days and my photobucket account will reset.

Majority of my build is on an account that continually hits its free bandwidth limit. The pics that do show are either phone pics or the newer PB account I started.

The pics for that cb install are still available but just not right now - and I'm not gonna start paying photobucket, sorry.
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Unread 02-13-2014, 02:06 PM   #504
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haha when I was doing my front pinch weld I had saved your photos about a week before in anticipation of your photobucket account exceeding bandwidth (and sure enough, it did come the weekend when I was doing the mod.)

People definitely appreciate the extra time you take to detail your work with pics and notes
I always tell myself I'm going to take detailed pictures and post my results, but I never follow through.
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Unread 02-14-2014, 11:30 AM   #505
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X2^

It takes a good bit of discipline to take detailed pics during installation of new mods, and you sir do it well in both builds.
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Unread 02-14-2014, 11:45 AM   #506
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X3...your detailed install pictures really helped me when I was installing my CB and when I did my pinch welds.
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Unread 02-15-2014, 09:37 AM   #507
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haha when I was doing my front pinch weld I had saved your photos about a week before in anticipation of your photobucket account exceeding bandwidth (and sure enough, it did come the weekend when I was doing the mod.)

People definitely appreciate the extra time you take to detail your work with pics and notes
I always tell myself I'm going to take detailed pictures and post my results, but I never follow through.
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X2^

It takes a good bit of discipline to take detailed pics during installation of new mods, and you sir do it well in both builds.
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X3...your detailed install pictures really helped me when I was installing my CB and when I did my pinch welds.
Thanks all -

My next walk through is likely going to be replacing the driver half shaft and possibly hub assembly. I found a thread on this on JF but figure I might document the work in my build since it is going to be happening sometime in the near future.
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Unread 02-15-2014, 10:41 AM   #508
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Thank you for taking the time to document all this. I'll be getting my xj in a week and all this will be very helpful. (Oops though this was your xj thread. I have a WK too so same goes for both)
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Unread 02-15-2014, 05:18 PM   #509
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Thanks all -

My next walk through is likely going to be replacing the driver half shaft and possibly hub assembly. I found a thread on this on JF but figure I might document the work in my build since it is going to be happening sometime in the near future.
what day are you thinking for that? I'll help if my schedule works out
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Unread 02-16-2014, 06:57 AM   #510
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Thank you for taking the time to document all this. I'll be getting my xj in a week and all this will be very helpful. (Oops though this was your xj thread. I have a WK too so same goes for both)
It doesn't always get done but I try and take my time during and post up after a lot of my work - glad it's helpful for others.

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what day are you thinking for that? I'll help if my schedule works out
Hold that thought. The red Jeep has been sitting in the garage for the past week. Yesterday, I crawled under it again and noticed I couldn't duplicate the play I had in the cv shaft. Went out last night and driving around town there was nothing coming from the front driver side - no noise, no nothing.

Maybe it's just the extreme cold.................

Anyway, I haven't even ordered parts yet and at this point I guess I need to give it some time and see what the warmer temps this week bring out in the WK. If I do end up doing the swap I can definitely let you know - extra hands are always helpful.
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