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post #49561 of 51466 Old 08-30-2018, 10:46 AM
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Finally figured out what was up: My sensor for the rear hatch glass interior lighting wasn't bad, but the metal piece that holds it in place was not holding tight enough. Every time the pin got pushed to interrupt the circuit in the sensor, the sensor would simply get pushed out of place and nothing would happen. Tightened up the little metal bit that holds it in place and now all is well; I can finally drive without the interior lights on 100% of the time!

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post #49562 of 51466 Old 08-30-2018, 01:41 PM
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Have had the ZJ on Craigslist for the past two weeks. Tons of nibbles, no bites. Can't take it with me on my long move halfway across the country, but I'm running out of time.

Times like this I kinda wish my ZJ was an XJ. A running XJ would have sold on CL in less than a week. Heck, probably less than a day. But my ZJ, despite running fine [If bouncy with a missing shock] hasn't gotten anything more than a couple nibbles and some spam bots.

And Really not looking forward to the prospect of turning it over to a Junker. None are willing to give me more than $150 cash. :/

Really wish that damn bolt hadn't broken.

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post #49563 of 51466 Old 08-30-2018, 02:12 PM
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Have you thought about donating it some where and getting the tax write off? Maybe a tech school or someone who refurbishes and give to people who need a ride? They normally are always looking for something. Just a thought. Because the move should be a tax write off too. I know you don't want to part her out.

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post #49564 of 51466 Old 08-31-2018, 11:20 AM
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Have you thought about donating it some where and getting the tax write off? Maybe a tech school or someone who refurbishes and give to people who need a ride? They normally are always looking for something. Just a thought. Because the move should be a tax write off too. I know you don't want to part her out.
That's a great idea!

Someday (maybe) when XJs are rare, the ZJ might have its day in the sun.

Let my sister in law use my Green Machine today, since she's having car issues. I started looking into her problem and it looks like the battery in this--2013 Fusion--has never been serviced!

After cleaning all the corrosion off, the damn terminal was stuck on, but I managed to get it off with some work. Underneath is an even worse image, the battery is cracked in a couple of spots. No wonder she was smelling sulfur while driving.

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post #49565 of 51466 Old 08-31-2018, 01:43 PM
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Did a little bit of mudding today, it surprised how much it did in just Two Wheel Drive
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post #49566 of 51466 Old 09-02-2018, 09:23 PM
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Finally finished up my transfer case swap/rebuild and took the girl out. Then got a bit overzealous and bent my upper control arms (brand new ones too XD). Didn't realize how bad it was till I got home and saw my oil filter dented lol. The funs!
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post #49567 of 51466 Old 09-03-2018, 01:40 AM
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I finally got my rocker switch in after a year of putting it off
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post #49568 of 51466 Old 09-03-2018, 06:45 AM
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Did a little bit of mudding today, it surprised how much it did in just Two Wheel Drive
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Wow that looks a lot like the ZJ i just bought! Minus the mud.
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post #49569 of 51466 Old 09-04-2018, 11:55 AM
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Finally got some more use out of my teardrop and the ZJ this past weekend. The 4.56 gears allowed me to actually drive the speed limit up the mountain passes on I-70 while towing. Could barley hit 45 mph at WOT not towing anything before when I had 3.55 gears in my other ZJ. Huge improvement.

Still need to work out some issues with the 8.8 truss. The rear bump stops allow the 8.8 to have about 2”- 3” of travel before they make contact with the truss. The larger diameter of the axle tubes and the large truss that is directly below them don’t allow much space for the suspension to compress/flex. Aside from lifting higher the only solution I can think of is to cut the bump stops down? Anyone with a truss on the rear axle run into this issue before?
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post #49570 of 51466 Old 09-04-2018, 12:29 PM
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No experience but I think you're right about shortening the bumpstops.They are there to prevent hammering the shocks on suspension compression and keeping the tires from going too far into the wheelwells.
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Finally got some more use out of my teardrop and the ZJ this past weekend. The 4.56 gears allowed me to actually drive the speed limit up the mountain passes on I-70 while towing. Could barley hit 45 mph at WOT not towing anything before when I had 3.55 gears in my other ZJ. Huge improvement.

Still need to work out some issues with the 8.8 truss. The rear bump stops allow the 8.8 to have about 2- 3 of travel before they make contact with the truss. The larger diameter of the axle tubes and the large truss that is directly below them dont allow much space for the suspension to compress/flex. Aside from lifting higher the only solution I can think of is to cut the bump stops down? Anyone with a truss on the rear axle run into this issue before?
I like the shots you posted. How do you get away with not running fenders. In Jersey the Po Po would be all over this... lol
You talked about a gear swap. Beside the trailer, what size tires are you turning. I'm guessing your being powered by the trusty 4.0. One last PIA question. Any idea how much that teardrop weights. loaded and ready to roll....
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post #49572 of 51466 Old 09-04-2018, 02:01 PM
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Once you get into things like axle swaps you start needing to set bumpstop/shock/arm lengths by cycling the suspension and measuring. Well, there’s benefits to be had by doing that in about any situation, but moreso the more you modify.

Bumpstop just needs to prevent the tire from touching the wheel well and fender, you want as much uptravel as possible, so you’ll want the bumpstops to be as short as possible while still doing their job. Hopefully the shock doesn’t bottom out first, but that’s correctable.


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post #49573 of 51466 Old 09-04-2018, 02:19 PM
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No experience but I think you're right about shortening the bumpstops.They are there to prevent hammering the shocks on suspension compression and keeping the tires from going too far into the wheelwells.
That’s what I’m thinking. I plan on taking the bump stops off and jacking up each side and measuring before I cut them.

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Finally got some more use out of my teardrop and the ZJ this past weekend. The 4.56 gears allowed me to actually drive the speed limit up the mountain passes on I-70 while towing. Could barley hit 45 mph at WOT not towing anything before when I had 3.55 gears in my other ZJ. Huge improvement.

Still need to work out some issues with the 8.8 truss. The rear bump stops allow the 8.8 to have about 2”- 3” of travel before they make contact with the truss. The larger diameter of the axle tubes and the large truss that is directly below them don’t allow much space for the suspension to compress/flex. Aside from lifting higher the only solution I can think of is to cut the bump stops down? Anyone with a truss on the rear axle run into this issue before?
I like the shots you posted. How do you get away with not running fenders. In Jersey the Po Po would be all over this... lol
You talked about a gear swap. Beside the trailer, what size tires are you turning. I'm guessing your being powered by the trusty 4.0. One last PIA question. Any idea how much that teardrop weights. loaded and ready to roll....[IMG class=inlineimg]/forum/images/JeepForum_2016/smilies/tango_face_glasses.png[/IMG]
Haha good catch. We had them on for inspection, but they were mounted too low and the tires hit them. I planned on putting them back on before this trip but I forgot I guess I got lucky and didn’t get a ticket!

Yes it’s the 4.0 and it has 31s I probably won’t go much bigger because I need the extra power/higher rpms for mountain driving. 4.56 is actually not too deep for around town either. I’ve been having fun with it lol.

I have not actually weighed the trailer, but I estimate around 1500 lbs.

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post #49574 of 51466 Old 09-04-2018, 03:29 PM
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Thats what Im thinking. I plan on taking the bump stops off and jacking up each side and measuring before I cut them.
That's better than what I did. I measured the exposed length of the shock rod at suspension rest, then subtracted a good inch. That length became the distance between the bottom of the bumpstop and the top of the rear axle tube. Maximized uptravel, but ignored the tire getting into the wheel wells. It's a decent starting point anyway.
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post #49575 of 51466 Old 09-05-2018, 05:10 PM
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Fans again. I know I said I was going back to the stock clutch fan after the 93-95 thunderbird fan and the Lincoln Mark viii fan were unable to keep things cool over 100 degrees with the ac running but I became obsessed and acquired a 5.9 fan.
I also bought a anemometer to measure the air mph being being moved.
With the stock original motor and the fan hooked to a 12v battery I got 18.25 mph air speed on high.
I decided to replace the motor and ordered a VDO part number 9069.
Its an exact fit replacement for the stock motor except for the plug which is a Ford plug. Fine for me because my junk is already wired for the Ford fans.
With the new motor in place I took another measurement of the high speed setting and got 21.5 mph with the VDO motor replacement.
I'm going to install the 5.9 fan soon and get a measurement from the Lincoln Mark viii fan next.
Just pics for sng. I couldn't hold the battery and air meter while taking a photo.

I pulled the mark viii fan and tested it in a similar area of the shroud as I did the 5.9 fan and found that they are neck and neck. Mark viii was 21 mph. It varies quite a bit on where you take a measurement from as the smaller holes flow air much faster and both shrouds are designed differently. The 5.9 shroud covers the entire radiator as to where the mark viii leaves exposed fins around the edges which might be considerable surface are. I'll finish the install tomorrow but can't test it well because it's cooled off quite a bit around here. No more 100+ days.

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