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post #211 of 239 Old 03-16-2018, 10:54 AM
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Glad to see you are still at it. Hopefully I will run into you at Bantam this year.


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post #212 of 239 Old 03-16-2018, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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Glad to see you are still at it. Hopefully I will run into you at Bantam this year.
There's a decent chance, Dad and I have a campsite there for the weekend. He picked up a '15 JK this winter for his first Jeep ever. He wasn't interested in taking his jeep on the trails or playground so mine is going to be the one we use.

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post #213 of 239 Old 03-27-2018, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Today I fixed up one of the battery cables. I've also been slowly replacing dead photobucket image tags with uploaded photos, so the build will be visible again.
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post #214 of 239 Old 04-18-2018, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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Friday 4/13 - I reassembled my steering column about three times, each time I figured out something was out of place that I didn't get the time before. I never would have thought digging up and saving a write-up some guy with a fiero did on his column could have been so helpful. I ran out of time that night and got back to it the next day. I had the spring for the steering lock pin out of position, I had to identify the key indicator spring and figure out where it was supposed to be. Also the highbeam/wiper switch had its pivot pin slipping out so I pulled the switch back out, closed up the aluminum u-channel part with some pliers, pressed the pin back in, and put some solder on both ends to hopefully keep it in place better.

I also finished the military type battery terminals and installed a rugged ridge center console that I had picked up this winter. By the way... Rugged ridge and smittybilt are selling the same exact console and the finish is garbage. Literally peeled back skin on my arm the first time I climbed into the jeep with it installed because they didn't de-burr the edges of the lids, just painted over them. Shame on me for not getting out my grinder and doing it for them before I put it in.
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Friday 4/20/18 - I took it out for a state inspection, nothing was noted as deficient... It looks like I'll be able to actually use it this summer. I need to track down the no-start issue where the engine will crank but not fire after I turn it off, like to get gas, once the engine is hot. Preliminary reading on the interwebs is pointing to a possible issue with the cps. I also suspect my battery may be nearing the end of it's useful life. The coil, cap, rotor, plugs, and rotors were all new last year and have not alot of miles on them.

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So... I'm back, sorta. I wasn't able to log in as Shadownwpa for some reason so this name will have to do.

An update on the jeep: Hasn't moved in 2 years.

Last time I drove it there was a leak in the right rear tire so I parked it. It had been acting up with the alternator not being strong enough to run the fan AND charge the battery. The speedometer also hadn't been sorted out after the sye was installed, I suspected missing parts and the free mechanic guys they had at Bantam kinda confirmed that. It also needs the lock replaced on the center console since I drilled it out after I lost the key on the way to Bantam. It also needs the connector plug for the winch remote replaced since it got pulled when the wire got caught when I was pulling shrubs one day.

SO. What I have here is a solid YJ sitting on 3 junk tires and a jack stand with a suspension that sucks, a speedometer that doesn't work, a manual transmission that stresses my artificial hip, and 4 squirrels that don't like pulling it down the road.

I think I'm going to redo it... from the axles up - probably fresh paint and all.

I have a guy that's pulling the axles from a 2000 dodge 2500 this week and I'll be picking them up for $200. I've been wanting to put a gm 6.0l with an automatic in it for some time, but I'm really not well researched on how this will work out with what I think should be a dana 60/80 combo. If anyone wants to chime in on that I could use the input. If it's too much of a headache using the 6.0 I might look for a mopar engine/trans/tc.

As far as suspension... I think with tons and 38 or 40s I'd like something more squishy than the usual leaf spring options - 3-link/4-link maybe.

Things have been really busy for the past 2 years. Went from a fab shop QC job to pipeline inspection with usually 100+ miles driven per 10 hour (plus commute) day in the middle of 2018 and haven't had much time to spend with family let alone the jeep.

Then I was held up by the tires... to buy more 33s and be committed to fixing the issues I already have with an engine/drivetrain that I don't even want to keep.

So with the axle deal in the works I think it's time to start moving towards a complete overhaul. Hopefully this winter I'll be able to get parts, I'm not even going to try to put finish-by date on it, but anything it better than leaving it sit waiting.
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For starters... welcome back

Next... I believe the rear axle of that Dodge would be a Dana 70. You are certainly getting a good deal on them. The Dodge axles are generally not recommended, but they are certainly stronger than the 30/35.

6.0/4L80/NP241C would do you great.

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For starters... welcome back

Next... I believe the rear axle of that Dodge would be a Dana 70. You are certainly getting a good deal on them. The Dodge axles are generally not recommended, but they are certainly stronger than the 30/35.

6.0/4L80/NP241C would do you great.
Thanks, what would be the reason they aren't recommended? I've been told they easily can go for twice what I'll have in them so that's not a huge concern if plans change. I've just started digging and haven't come across alot of information on it.
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So... I'm back, sorta. I wasn't able to log in as Shadownwpa for some reason so this name will have to do.
Problem solved... somehow I was still logged in on a different browser and was able to recover the password. I have my name back.

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Thanks, what would be the reason they aren't recommended? I've been told they easily can go for twice what I'll have in them so that's not a huge concern if plans change. I've just started digging and haven't come across alot of information on it.
I'm really not 100% sure. The older ones had a non desirable hub design, but like I said the price is good. Just run them.

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I found the dana 60 bible over at pirate and they won't even include this one for the front. Apparently it's got ball joints, unit bearings, a cad, and weaker splines... so basically what I already have but a little larger. I passed on it. Will probably try to do the engine swap first.

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I found the dana 60 bible over at pirate and they won't even include this one for the front. Apparently it's got ball joints, unit bearings, a cad, and weaker splines... so basically what I already have but a little larger. I passed on it. Will probably try to do the engine swap first.
I have a buddy selling a couple sets of Superduty axles. He has an 05+ set for $800 and a 99-04 set for $500.

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I have a buddy selling a couple sets of Superduty axles. He has an 05+ set for $800 and a 99-04 set for $500.
Thanks, I'll let you know if that becomes an option. I spoke with a guy out in California a few weeks ago when I was researching link suspensions.. he was trying to sell me on something to run through the hammers with.. long story short he recommended the 05+ ford axles.

I guess the idea of $200 tons had me wanting to throw money at this thing that I probably won't have until I pick up a pipeline project this spring.

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Today I rejoined the fight to get this thing back on the road. I installed a 136amp alternator, a group 65 battery, and did an oil change... it jumped to life like a frog in a dynamite pond.

Next its gonna be tires and some improvements in the efan setup.
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It's back on the road, needs an inspection sticker still. The 35s fit pretty well, there might be some trimming in the future.
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