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post #52051 of 52325 Old 01-12-2020, 06:30 PM
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Benthal8, Thank you!


I ordered some green plastic "chinese knockoffs"--We'll see how they hold up.



Since adopting Noj, I've had the dealer repair the ABS system, that now works like a charm--good for ice safety. I replaced the steering damper and sway-bar bushings. I had the dealer replace all fluids. I'll start doing my own oil change and lubes now. I used to do this on all my previous cars, then stopped.



I replaced the broken center console lid with a good one from eBay (previous owner had a heavy elbow that mashed it flat and broke the internal frame and latch). I covered the torn driver-door arm rest with suede from Hobby Lobby. I neatly trimmed it and glued it on using leather glue. It looks much better and feels great on my elbow. I replaced the missing ash tray with one from eBay. I'm still looking for a replacement for a missing dome light lens



I applied Dynamat sound-deadening panels to three of the four doors and remounted the smaller-than-factory, after-market speakers, that came already installed, so that they at least fit properly. They had been poorly mounted, with their fasteners not holding, they were pretty much loose in the doors. This repair has helped the system's audio tone quite a bit. I'll do the forth door today.


I bought used OEM fog lights off eBay. My car had them originally, but they were removed when someone replaced the front bumper cover. The wiring is still there. We'll see how hard it is to neatly remove those cutouts and mount the lights up. I'll tackle that the next warm day I have off.



I'm considering adding an adapter so the aftermarket radio will function with the steering-wheel controls. I need to call Crutchfield see what they recommend. I might put a sub-woofer in the cubby in the right rear--the current system is fairly tinny sounding. Crutchfield sells a cabinet made to fit in that space. I could put the whole audio system back to original, but I'd spend quite a bit on an old OEM radio and speakers AND I'd lose Bluetooth calling. I'd rather optimize the current system.


Someday: VIC


Anyone have experience with anti-rust coatings? They salt the roads around here. It's rust free, but it just recently arrived here.

Cheap rattle cans of rust reformer otherwise Eastwood has nice but spendy products. They have a setup to spray the inside of the frame rails .

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post #52052 of 52325 Old 01-12-2020, 07:23 PM
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Meant to share this came home the other day to the cat driving my jeep lol

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post #52053 of 52325 Old 01-12-2020, 09:38 PM
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Not so much what I did to it, but what did I do with it.
Pulled out a 2017 Ford F 550 that was high centered in the desert.
Took a try or two but finally got it out.
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post #52054 of 52325 Old 01-12-2020, 11:34 PM
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Anyone have experience with anti-rust coatings? They salt the roads around here. It's rust free, but it just recently arrived here.
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Cheap rattle cans of rust reformer otherwise Eastwood has nice but spendy products. They have a setup to spray the inside of the frame rails .
I'd use rust reformers only in the areas of surface rust; if no rust, there's no need for rust reformers.

A good & thorough wash & degreasing inside the frame channels and the whole underbody, then use rust reformers on areas of surface rust, apply proper heavy undercoating on the underside of floor, outside of frame channels etc..
Use a type of protective coating inside the frame channels, rockers etc. that is meant to be used in them.

I honestly have no idea what products you have there across the ocean, we have a pretty extensive selection here from multiple different brands. My ZJ is now 22 years old, of which it has spent 11 years in heavy road salt during winters and it has minimal amounts of rust on the outside, zero rust inside.
I've seen dozens of badly rusted ZJs that never were undercoated, on the other hand those of which were undercoated when they were rust-free are still in mint condition.

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Finally got around to taking out my bad RF brake line to start bending a new one. I'll be replace all hard lines as well as longer soft lines to be ready for a future lift.

Stock line/fitting at the ABS pump on bottom, new line/fitting with practice double flare on top.

I thought ZJs used double flares, but the ABS end is clearly a bubble.

Ordered the Hughes plenum plate from Hughes. I sourced the other bits their kit includes (gaskets, bolts, bypass hose) between Amazon and RockAuto to save $20 overall.

Also grabbed a new thermostat, housing, water pump, gaskets, and radiator hoses. Might as well do it all while I have stuff off.

I have now spent as much money on new parts to fix the Niner as I spent on the Niner itself ::shrug::


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Finally got around to taking out my bad RF brake line to start bending a new one. I'll be replace all hard lines as well as longer soft lines to be ready for a future lift.

Stock line/fitting at the ABS pump on bottom, new line/fitting with practice double flare on top.

I thought ZJs used double flares, but the ABS end is clearly a bubble.

Ordered the Hughes plenum plate from Hughes. I sourced the other bits their kit includes (gaskets, bolts, bypass hose) between Amazon and RockAuto to save $20 overall.

Also grabbed a new thermostat, housing, water pump, gaskets, and radiator hoses. Might as well do it all while I have stuff off.

I have now spent as much money on new parts to fix the Niner as I spent on the Niner itself ::shrug::


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The ABS is the only bubble flare I've seen on my '98s so far. As you said, all other flares are double.

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The ABS is the only bubble flare I've seen on my '98s so far. As you said, all other flares are double.



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Yeah that bubble flare on the ABS is such a pain.

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post #52058 of 52325 Old 01-14-2020, 07:35 AM
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In other Jeep related news helped a buddy drop the 30-40le outta his XJ, those things are cramped its as tight to work on as my fwd daily is

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post #52059 of 52325 Old 01-14-2020, 02:17 PM
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Worked on the 94 this weekend, water pump was shot (pics below).
Radiator, AC Condenser, and Tranny Cooler are all getting replaced. Any suggestions for the Trans Cooler to keep the elbows from leaking? Mine are and they gave the AC Condenser a nice coating of fluid.
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post #52060 of 52325 Old 01-15-2020, 01:29 PM
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Just installed an ARB front bumper and JRC Rock Sliders. What an adventure.

My Smittybilt 9.5k winch does not work in the ARB without a lot of cutting and fabbing, so I decided to get a new 8k Warn winch that will. You also need to get an adapter plate so you don't have to use an ugly roller fairlead with your synthetic cable.

The JRC sliders don't work exactly with the 5.9l because there is extra cladding that is attached to the body pinch point (only GC that has this). Luckily the lower cladding is not attached to the upper, so you can remove it. Because of the retainer clip screw holes I am going to have to buff the paint there out and paint the screws black, or I will have to fill and paint with bedliner.

Next up: Front lighting and internal fuse-box wiring and fabbing a bigger center console (might hide a subwoofer under it).
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post #52061 of 52325 Old 01-16-2020, 01:42 AM
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Got all the brake lines off. Only had to cut one and going to have to find a new mounting solution for the rear center hose due to the old one being secured by a bracket of rust.

Parts started to show up as well!

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Finished up cleaning my valve covers, now starting on painting them.

Started on my intake and got the bottom mating surfaces cleaned up alright. The surfaces on the Head are pitted in spots, but hopefully that won't be an issue.

What's the best method to clean out the inside of the intake? Really hard to get a brush in there to scrub things out. I'll also need to get a different brush as well for the intake runners and water jacket spaces but anymore recommendations for them are also appreciated.

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Finished up cleaning my valve covers, now starting on painting them.

Started on my intake and got the bottom mating surfaces cleaned up alright. The surfaces on the Head are pitted in spots, but hopefully that won't be an issue.

What's the best method to clean out the inside of the intake? Really hard to get a brush in there to scrub things out. I'll also need to get a different brush as well for the intake runners and water jacket spaces but anymore recommendations for them are also appreciated.

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I took everything off of it and soaked it in degreaser then sprayed it out with a hose.

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Finished up cleaning my valve covers, now starting on painting them.

Started on my intake and got the bottom mating surfaces cleaned up alright. The surfaces on the Head are pitted in spots, but hopefully that won't be an issue.

What's the best method to clean out the inside of the intake? Really hard to get a brush in there to scrub things out. I'll also need to get a different brush as well for the intake runners and water jacket spaces but anymore recommendations for them are also appreciated.

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I took everything off of it and soaked it in degreaser then sprayed it out with a hose.

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I picked up a 99 horseshoe intake for my 4.0 and used oven cleaner to soak it and a pressure washer to clean it off. Going to do the same to my 5.9 once I get it taken apart.

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My 4,000 psi / 3.5 gpm pressure washer was useful for cleaning my intake plenum and my disassembled cylinder heads. I also used a handheld utility knife blade to scrape crud off surfaces.


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