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PolkaPower 05-15-2013 10:32 PM

You did the fuel pump and oil pan gasket but a radiator is too complicated? Maybe I'm missing something here but glad you got it working right.

ZJNewbi3 05-16-2013 08:24 AM

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Originally Posted by PolkaPower (Post 15439108)
You did the fuel pump and oil pan gasket but a radiator is too complicated? Maybe I'm missing something here but glad you got it working right.

Thank you!!!

ZJNewbi3 05-30-2013 08:24 PM

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Passenger dumped a drink while sitting on the back seat...leaked down to the under-seat storage area and ruined the already horrible factory carpeting. Decided a day later to take out the carpet, and spray down bed liner. Easy clean up, and it looks MUCH better (except my overspray :( ) When I took out the carpet I was in SHOCK at what the pervious owners left. It was FILTY. One of them must of had a child, because there was candy and other little child things. It was horrible.

Cut out the carpet
Pulled the wiring from their holding spots
Un-screwed and un-clipped the amp
Un-screwed the (capacitor [forgot what its called])
taped all holes so spray doesn't get in
sprayed away (I think 3 or 4 coats)

Looks good to me! :D

eagsc7 05-30-2013 11:20 PM

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Originally Posted by ZJNewbi3 (Post 15500945)
Passenger dumped a drink while sitting on the back seat...leaked down to the under-seat storage area and ruined the already horrible factory carpeting. Decided a day later to take out the carpet, and spray down bed liner. Easy clean up, and it looks MUCH better (except my overspray :( ) When I took out the carpet I was in SHOCK at what the pervious owners left. It was FILTY. One of them must of had a child, because there was candy and other little child things. It was horrible.

Cut out the carpet
Pulled the wiring from their holding spots
Un-screwed and un-clipped the amp
Un-screwed the (capacitor [forgot what its called])
taped all holes so spray doesn't get in
sprayed away (I think 3 or 4 coats)

Looks good to me! :D

Hmm... I hadn't thought about that. Guess this can of truck bed coating I want to play around goes there...:2thumbsup:

ZJNewbi3 06-08-2013 02:42 PM

Didn't update in awhile. Right now I'm getting the final parts for my lift. Got spacers, shocks, and all 4 upper control arms courtesy of moparlover1992! Bought new track bar bushings for front and back and sway bar bushings for front and back. Also getting lower arms from rock auto and buying new coil isolators from IRO. Also bought and cut exhaust pipe for rear post extensions (was cheap and rather be safe than sorry). I'm painting all arms, shocks, and post extensions "safety red". Thought it'd look cool and add some extra protection. Also re-painted my roof rack flat black today. Looked like it was in need of it before it started to rust. Finally I replaced both door pins and bushings in the drivers door. No more sag and feels great!

moparlover1992 06-08-2013 04:51 PM

Nice! I'm looking forward to seeing the suspension contrast! And the door pin thing is on my list as well lol

ZJNewbi3 06-09-2013 09:21 AM

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Originally Posted by moparlover1992 (Post 15536265)
Nice! I'm looking forward to seeing the suspension contrast! And the door pin thing is on my list as well lol

Yeah my dad had to buy a corded dremel with a metal grinder to get the factory pins out because his little rechargeable thing wasn't enough as always. We pretty much ground the head of each pin down to nothing then used a punch to hammer them out. Make sure you use a lot of grease when re-installing!

moparlover1992 06-09-2013 11:35 AM

Alright I will lol. I was going to tell you too with replacing all those control arms if your jeep is like mine (living in a rusty state) more than likely lots of those bolts are rusted to the sleeve of the bushings. A lot of mine were really tough to get out. So upon reassembling I used anti seize on all the bolts in generous amounts. Then blue lock tited all the nuts. Saves having the problem again. I just thought of that after struggling with the last tough bolts yesterday lol

ZJNewbi3 06-09-2013 02:27 PM

Sweet thanks for the tip! Yeah I'm not looking forward to all those rusty bolts! Thankfully my dad has an impact gun with mm sockets. Thinking about it that might break the bolts :/

moparlover1992 06-09-2013 03:49 PM

I used an impact on some after Pb blasting a few days in advance. I'd use a breaker bar first and only try the impact if it doesn't loosen it. The impact shouldn't break it, but I figure the vibrating can break up some rust and junk. The couple that needed the impact broke off anyway and I had to get new ones. Lol

ZJNewbi3 07-13-2013 11:36 PM

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Haven't updated in some time, been busy with work and such. Lift is going on in August when my parents are gone for vacation and I have use of the garage and my moms car. I also developed an exhaust leak I think? Don't smell anything in the cab and the engine is running fine so it's not on top of my list. However I did black out that stupid amber reflector! Before and after pic's under. It's pretty dark. Hated it. Might darken the Amber on the rear blinkers too a little but I'm not sure yet.

By the way, does anyone know what the light right next to the head light is for? Mine never worked, and there were amber bulbs in there. Might replace them with LEDs.

After the lift, the next money going into her is any of the following: head light upgrades+exterior LED bulb replacements, new fog/driving lights, front tow points, or if I win the lottery rock sliders. I don't care what others think about this but I'm glad I'm getting a free hitch installed. I'm going through college so it saves me $ to have something useful put on.

Next update on this thread will be the lift finished! :2thumbsup: :D :2thumbsup:

Myusername1674 07-21-2013 11:29 AM

Go for it and get that free hitch man! I'd do it but mine came with one.

ZJNewbi3 07-23-2013 09:16 AM

I am! I just won't know when I have to go in because I won't receive the letter. I'm the third owner and I don't know how to "update my information with Chrysler." I'll just keep calling once a month until they say I can come in.

JeepNicholson 07-24-2013 05:04 AM

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I am! I just won't know when I have to go in because I won't receive the letter. I'm the third owner and I don't know how to "update my information with Chrysler." I'll just keep calling once a month until they say I can come in.

You could just go to moparownerconnect.com and register yourself and your Jeep...

ZJNewbi3 07-25-2013 08:59 AM

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Originally Posted by JeepNicholson (Post 15712332)
You could just go to moparownerconnect.com and register yourself and your Jeep...

Hey thanks a lot! I thought it would be a lot of paper work!

ZJNewbi3 08-06-2013 10:20 AM

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She's lifted!:2thumbsup: 2" BB! Also plasti-dipped the rims! Looks awesome! Ran into trouble with the rear spring retaining post extensions so I left them off, hopefully I'll be ok with out them. I was going to use exhaust pipe to extend it but had sizing issues. Anyone know if I can buy IRO's extensions and put them on WITHOUT removing the spring?

moparlover1992 08-06-2013 10:35 AM

Looks good man! You get control arms and stuff done too? I did the IRO rear extensions but had the springs out for it. You could maybe compress them and get the parts inside it and get a ratchet in between the coils, but if u jack up the rear and let the axle droop, those rear springs come out easy. Way easier than the front ones at least. It will be way easier with them out tho

ZJNewbi3 08-06-2013 03:31 PM

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Originally Posted by moparlover1992 (Post 15762725)
Looks good man! You get control arms and stuff done too? I did the IRO rear extensions but had the springs out for it. You could maybe compress them and get the parts inside it and get a ratchet in between the coils, but if u jack up the rear and let the axle droop, those rear springs come out easy. Way easier than the front ones at least. It will be way easier with them out tho

Thanks man! I didn't get all arms in. We were running on limited time. I changed out the bad ones for now. I had problems with my springs. Rented a spring compressor from NAPA to get all mine out and in. It was a lot easier. I might just give IRO a call and see what they have to say about installing extensions without removing the springs.

moparlover1992 08-06-2013 03:44 PM

That's a good idea. They were very helpful with questions I had about my lift.

ZJNewbi3 08-08-2013 11:22 PM

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Guess what this is? A freaking leaking front left shock! I wiped the fluid off but you can see scratches on the tube and it makes a squish noise when I hit a decent bump. :brickwall Just what I needed...does anyone know where to get a SINGLE rubicon express twin tube replacement shock? It looks like they only sell the kit on their site.

Myusername1674 08-08-2013 11:55 PM

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Originally Posted by ZJNewbi3 (Post 15762663)
She's lifted!:2thumbsup: 2" BB! Also plasti-dipped the rims! Looks awesome! Ran into trouble with the rear spring retaining post extensions so I left them off, hopefully I'll be ok with out them. I was going to use exhaust pipe to extend it but had sizing issues. Anyone know if I can buy IRO's extensions and put them on WITHOUT removing the spring?

Looks good man! I find it funny, both of our Jeeps looked so similar to begin with, and we've both done similar things to them. :highfive:

Just for comparision here's mine right when i'd bb-d it.
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/...4/DSC_0334.jpg

Sucks about that shock though, you might check the classifieds on here possibly, you might find an extra one somewhere.

ZJNewbi3 08-09-2013 12:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Myusername1674 (Post 15773859)

Looks good man! I find it funny, both of our Jeeps looked so similar to begin with, and we've both done similar things to them. :highfive:

Sucks about that shock though, you might check the classifieds on here possibly, you might find an extra one somewhere.

Thanks dude! I found that Summit Racing sold single shocks, but only for a 3.5" height. Guess I need to turn to part #s now. Going to give RE a call bout tht tomorrow. Unless I can run a 3.5" shock with a 2" lift?

CGlaser 08-09-2013 12:44 AM

Nice build. Got a lot done on it already.

moparlover1992 08-09-2013 04:49 AM

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Originally Posted by ZJNewbi3 (Post 15773903)

Thanks dude! I found that Summit Racing sold single shocks, but only for a 3.5" height. Guess I need to turn to part #s now. Going to give RE a call bout tht tomorrow. Unless I can run a 3.5" shock with a 2" lift?

If you Google the part number I recall one of the well known four wheel drive websites sold them individually.

ZJNewbi3 08-09-2013 10:27 AM

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Originally Posted by moparlover1992 (Post 15774139)
If you Google the part number I recall one of the well known four wheel drive websites sold them individually.

Called RE to get number, googled around, found that the shock was sold on Amazon for $52 then I activated my free trial of Prime to hopefully get it here faster. Now to install the shock and remember to de-activate Prime!

Anyone know why it blew out so fast? Its the weirdest thing to me...There is and tan-ish oil coming out, it makes a squish sound, but when you "bounce" it, it acts normal, and drives fine.

ZJNewbi3 08-29-2013 12:16 PM

Replaced the rear main seal and oil pan gasket along with replaced the faulty shock. Now facing a intermediate no crank no start problem. Its probably a bad ground somewhere, hopefully. Otherwise college sucked my money. Now I have to save, spend less on the Jeep (like that's possible). Looking at transferring to a technical college to take electrician courses and then start my apprenticeship when I'm done. It's cheaper and more promising. Kissing my Computer Engineer dreams goodbye. :wave:

ZJNewbi3 10-06-2013 05:36 PM

Fixed the random no start, brand new starter in. Along with all 8 control arms and new front swaybar bushings. I also developed a weird tranny leak.

There's fluid on the pan, sometimes a little puddle, but the fluid level hasn't dropped significantly within a week period.

ZJNewbi3 10-07-2013 06:53 PM

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Re-wired my sub woofer amp more efficiently today. Thinking about when I'm going to get time to fix my tranny leak, how I am going to get money for extended sway bar links, and other things that I would like to do. All in all, its running well! Did a little backyard flexing the other day. Didn't max it out but still had fun with it. Going to play around more when the parents leave on vacation :2thumbsup:

ZJNewbi3 10-20-2013 03:20 PM

Put on new quick-disconnect battery terminals today. Also shined up and de-yellowed my head lights! Surprisingly ran into some extra money from selling my iTouch, getting more hours at work, and eating a lot of left overs. Might buy a pair of 100w KC fogs to replace the factory fogs. Decided to leave the sway links until I absolutely need them replaced. Also confirmed my tranny pan leak today, went under with a torque wrench set to 12.5ft-lbs and found that all bolts "clicked" right away. Probably over tightened them the first time. HOPEFULLY a new seal and correct steps will result in no more leaking. Also in the market for new and cheap rims...the PO neglect of mine lead to them leaking :( Need stock size since my tires are still brand new and I don't want to sell them, loose the warranty, and make my parents mad!

Scopez 10-20-2013 04:49 PM

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Originally Posted by ZJNewbi3
Put on new quick-disconnect battery terminals today. Also shined up and de-yellowed my head lights! Surprisingly ran into some extra money from selling my iTouch, getting more hours at work, and eating a lot of left overs. Might buy a pair of 100w KC fogs to replace the factory fogs. Decided to leave the sway links until I absolutely need them replaced. Also confirmed my tranny pan leak today, went under with a torque wrench set to 12.5ft-lbs and found that all bolts "clicked" right away. Probably over tightened them the first time. HOPEFULLY a new seal and correct steps will result in no more leaking. Also in the market for new and cheap rims...the PO neglect of mine lead to them leaking :( Need stock size since my tires are still brand new and I don't want to sell them, loose the warranty, and make my parents mad!

Every kind of battery terminals I buy locally, give out within 3 months.

ZJNewbi3 10-20-2013 10:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Scopez (Post 17000834)

Every kind of battery terminals I buy locally, give out within 3 months.

:o I bought some brand at advanced auto. They were quick release, and have a colored (epoxy?) coating over them, I also sprayed them with dielectric grease. Hopefully that's not the case with these. I was running the stock ones still and they were TRASHED.

Scopez 10-21-2013 03:25 AM

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Originally Posted by ZJNewbi3
:o I bought some brand at advanced auto. They were quick release, and have a colored (epoxy?) coating over them, I also sprayed them with dielectric grease. Hopefully that's not the case with these. I was running the stock ones still and they were TRASHED.

I bought a marine, gold plated one from there, the screw snapped in half as I was tightening it. I've had the red and black top post ones crack. They don't hold up if you disconnect a lot, so maybe you're in the clear with quick disconnects.

ZJNewbi3 10-21-2013 07:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Scopez (Post 17011882)

I bought a marine, gold plated one from there, the screw snapped in half as I was tightening it. I've had the red and black top post ones crack. They don't hold up if you disconnect a lot, so maybe you're in the clear with quick disconnects.

*crosses fingers* I don't even disconnect my battery much to begin with I was just getting tired if those dang square bolts!

Scopez 10-21-2013 12:16 PM

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*crosses fingers* I don't even disconnect my battery much to begin with I was just getting tired if those dang square bolts!

I need to find a good crimper so I can put lugs on all my ends. Any suggestions? Or were you able to just leave the wire exposed and screw it down tight?

JeepNicholson 10-21-2013 12:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Scopez (Post 17022122)
I need to find a good crimper so I can put lugs on all my ends. Any suggestions? Or were you able to just leave the wire exposed and screw it down tight?

I used solder to put my lugs on. Actually the lugs came with solder already in them, or you can get solder pellets. Just torch n go.

ZJNewbi3 10-21-2013 01:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Scopez (Post 17022122)
I need to find a good crimper so I can put lugs on all my ends. Any suggestions? Or were you able to just leave the wire exposed and screw it down tight?

I left them exposed and bolted them down tight then sprayed some seal stuff on it.

ZJNewbi3 10-21-2013 07:58 PM

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Here are some pictures of the new terminals. Sorry about the stupid flash glare...

Myusername1674 10-22-2013 12:36 AM

I just did the same thing to my battery terminals, only $5 at O-Reillys. The factory terminals had shredded. haha those quick discos look nice though, I didn't get that.

ZJNewbi3 10-22-2013 07:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Myusername1674 (Post 17041810)
I just did the same thing to my battery terminals, only $5 at O-Reillys. The factory terminals had shredded. haha those quick discos look nice though, I didn't get that.

I think mine were around $7 with tax. Now I can't wait til I can get an Optima Yellow Top!

PolkaPower 10-22-2013 09:06 AM

I would skip the Optima since the price is still the same even though they are made in Mexico now. Sears makes some very nice AGM batteries though.


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