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post #121 of 136 Old 09-13-2021, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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It feels good to be well into the final stages of my build. I know there are a lot of untested parts, so I know there is likely to be something that needs attention. I threw a seat in yesterday after getting it drivable all for the last week and went for a drive, and of course a few photos. Took it for an alignment today. It was either $129 for a 1-time, or $199 for a 3-year alignment. I have a feeling I may need to use that alignment warranty at some point in 3 years.

I have almost all of the “Must-Do’s” scratched off the list that are necessary, before trailering to Colorado in a week.
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Front bumper & winch - need a couple brackets welded to the frame before that.
Center console & passenger seat - waiting till the tunnel cover is in. I should have the welding and tunnel cover done Wednesday or Thursday, if all goes as planned.

What is throwing me off are my engine temps while driving. While driving at around 40mph, the temp drops down to 175-180. At idle it will creep up to 200-205. I’m not upset about those temps, just surprised it would run that low. Maybe that FlowKooler WP is doing more than I thought…

Thanks for all the compliments guys!

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post #122 of 136 Old 09-14-2021, 07:31 AM
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Looks really slick. Nice work.

If you are heating up at low speeds, could be a problem with the fan clutch. Is the shroud in place?

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post #123 of 136 Old 09-14-2021, 08:11 AM
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Your Jeep is looking GOOD!! I really like how it is all coming together!!

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Looks really slick. Nice work.

If you are heating up at low speeds, could be a problem with the fan clutch. Is the shroud in place?
Thanks! I’m running an electric fan, I think the 200- 205 degrees at low speeds is close to the target engine temperature for a 350, from what I’ve heard others running with similar engine setups. I kind of expect it to climb a little, if it’s been running and is shutoff, and restarted within 10 minutes or so, which is what I’ve noticed. Once it’s idling again, the starts to drop down to 200. More driving is definitely needed to see what normal is!
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post #125 of 136 Old 09-19-2021, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Big build milestone today! The Jeep is not complete, it won’t ever be, but almost every part I planned to put on it, is finally on it.

Front bumper, Apex 12k lb winch with F55 flat splicer, windshield fluid reservoir, installer under the hood. In the interior, I painted and installed the tunnel cover, heater vents, MaxBilt center console with a Midland GMRS radio, and the passenger seat with harness.

Everything went together pretty well. Although the seats are squeezing the console so it’s not easy to open the lid or flip the seats forward. Still on the To-Do list, have stronghold make a custom set of shift boots and a bezel, pretension the synthetic winch line, align the headlights and install the black bezels, oh and put the badging on.

Should be able to get most of that done before heading to Colorado on Tuesday!
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post #126 of 136 Old 09-20-2021, 07:54 PM
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Looks great. Beautiful work. Enjoy the trip.

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post #127 of 136 Old 09-20-2021, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I appreciate that!

Hope to get some good photos of her on the trails.
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post #128 of 136 Old 09-22-2021, 08:24 AM
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Now that is one good looking Jeep, i mean i prefer square lights but thats me lol. But all kidding aside great job!! I like your seats. After your trip you are going to have to let us know how they are. Seats are definitely on my short list of future upgrade.

Enjoy your trip and can't wait to see how your Jeep performs!!

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post #129 of 136 Old 09-22-2021, 09:02 AM
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The Jeep looks great! Are those aftermarket fender flares? It looks like the Bushwacker Jeep flares that I saw on 4wheelonline.
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post #130 of 136 Old 09-23-2021, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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The Jeep looks great! Are those aftermarket fender flares? It looks like the Bushwacker Jeep flares that I saw on 4wheelonline.
Almost everything on this Jeep is aftermarket, Haha I’m thinking you’re referring to the rear, those are poison spyder 5” rear fenders. In the front are 3” Smittybilt front fenders.

I actually think I have a set of new plastic bushwacker fender flares that I ended up not using….
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post #131 of 136 Old 09-26-2021, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Just a few trip photos….
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Very clean, nicely done!
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The Colorado trip was a success!

We did drove the trail to Billings Lake, and an easy trail in Fourmile Area near Buena Vista. They were both considered “Easy” in the trail book I have. I didn’t want anything difficult since I would be out solo for 2 of the three trail days, and this was a shake down trip for the Jeep.

Overall the Jeep performed really well. There are a couple things, but minor. I need to check the tailgate grounds, the right taillight flickers a little bit. I’m guessing that the grounds may have come loose either on the trail or being trailered for a 1000 miles.

The temperature would climb to 220-225 if I was driving uphill on rockier terrain for than 15-20 minutes or more, consistently. If I stopped for a few minutes the temperature would go back down to 205-208. I think some of the high temperature had to do with how I was running it. It’s the first time I’ve had this rebuilt Jeep on a trail and the first time using my twin-sticked D300 off-road. Bring a newbie with this setup, I think I was running it incorrectly at first. By the third day I was starting to figure out when I should be in 4lo, 2lo, or 2hi, and what gear. It handles a lot different off-road then my 4.0 with 3.07s, and I’m sure I still have a lot to learn about driving it off-road.

There are a couple other variables that could be effecting the temperature. I just had the o2 sensor put in, so that could be effecting my air/fuel ratios. I’m wondering if the altitude was effecting the temperature, and I realized I didn’t drive it after installing the winch, with its cover, maybe that is blocking some of the airflow. More driving is the only way to figure it out, which I’ll be happy to do!

The 4.10s and power from the 350 was really noticeable, it was almost impossible to stall in low gearing. If I had it in the right gearing, it would walk up anything I was comfortable putting in front of it, which is exactly what I wanted. As I get more confident with it off-road I’m sure I’ll try to tackle some more advanced trails.
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Congratulations on you first trip in it in a long time. I'm sure it was a treat feeling after all the work.

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