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Yesterday 04:26 AM
Luke95 Old pic is old. But gonna be driving this thing home and wheeling it this weekend.

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08-13-2020 11:19 AM
Ralph77 So in an effort to be thorough in turning Camel Limited door panels into 2 tone ones like the regular Camel ones in my Jeep decided to try something.
I had couple insets that I was experimenting with for color and decided to use these for experimenting with clear coating them.
Reason for that is while I am pretty much OK with how they look maybe I can do better.
The regular 2 tone panels in my Jeep shine a little more so......
The black test piece is SEM 15013. The lighter one is this stuff.

https://www.amazon.com/ColorBond-163...B4M7WFGNK0E4ZD

The Agate did not work for me but figured since I still had the test piece experiment with the clear coat on it too.
OK so I did not use any adhesive promoter which might have been a mistake.
But I decided to see what would happen if I cleaned it with my 3M General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner.
See the last shot.

Pretty much what I expected. LOL. Thinking though I can clean up the rear door panels I already did
and redo them if I decided to use some adhesion promoter.
So this is with some Duplicolor clear coats I had around.
DA 1692. Which is a general purpose clear coat. And some of that Perfect Match stuff. BCL0125.
So the first and third shot is with the BCL stuff. Second and fourth with the DA 1692.

So while you might not be able to see it I think the Perfect Match is a little more subdued and would be my choice out of the two.
But I want to try the Krylon Fusion Satin Clear Coat too before I decide.
08-09-2020 12:30 PM
RedJeepster1 Looks good Luke. Your Jeep is less sad now.


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08-09-2020 12:23 PM
Luke95 Added a winch and replaced ny head lights. This thing doesn't get driven to much at night but these will help with night wheeling. Also the winch was needed for a while and makes me happy that it is wired in and ready to go. I'm still researching engine swaps but I think I need to put those on the back burner. I'm going to be ordering more tube for another project.

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08-09-2020 07:03 AM
kadetklapp Picked Jeep up yesterday and drove 18 or so miles back to a buddy’s shop. Hit a few bumps along the way to try and see if the death wobble would return, and it didn’t. But it still doesn’t feel “right”. I forgot I put slightly longer LCAs on during the lift. I suppose those could cause some issues. But going down the road it tracks straight, no pulling, no vibration from front, 65, 70 mph.
08-08-2020 10:54 PM
Ralph77
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That looks to be a very clean unit for coming out of a junkyard .
I thought so too.
The major part of the refresh will be inside the tube that runs from right to left.
Figure get all the loose stuff off. Might play with my sandblaster in there.
Either some Eastwood Internal Frame Coating or just pour some POR 15 in there and
let it run down inside maybe.
I'll figure something out.
08-08-2020 07:40 PM
pdcomm That looks to be a very clean unit for coming out of a junkyard .
08-08-2020 09:32 AM
Ralph77 Thursday decided to go poking around one of the boneyards I go to.
Have a list of stuff I told people here on the forum I would keep an eye out for.
Picked up a couple things for them.
Found a 2WD '01 with a hitch on it. Looked like a Mopar one. Asked what they wanted for it and they said $40.
Ran the VIN when I got home and it did come with the towing package.
So went and got it today.

The Mopar ones I usually see say Mopar on a label. But they also have that little box for the connector from the trailer. I notice aftermarket ones don't usually.
The relay and whatnot for the harness is in that little sponge box. It was wired and the wires were run very well making me think it is factory.
Except for one thing.
See those 2 little blue pieces on either side?
Those are those wire splicing things. Driver's side was spliced into a wire in the tail light harness. Which I decided to grab.
Passenger side one was spliced into a main harness just before it connects to that tail light harness. Tail light harness was gone on that side other wise would have grabbed that too.
Seems like a cheesy way to do something from the factory.
Then there is this that says Mopar.

Shot of the specs.

Does anybody think the dealer installed these when ordered by the customer?
It would explain that one cheesy wire.

So thinking I did OK. The hitch appears to be in pretty good shape. Could use a bit of a refresh.
Don't know if I am going to use it or not. Not sure if it will play nice with my factory gas tank skid and my two factory rear tow hooks.
But figured for $40 I should grab it.
08-08-2020 07:49 AM
kadetklapp
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Got a new windshield in the XJ courtesy of insurance. Lost my tinted brow but gained glass without a thousand cracks and marred by years of radar and camera equipment being stuck to it.

From there it went down the street for a front end alignment, thus recentering the steering wheel and I pray, eliminating the horrifying death wobble.
I hate to break it to you, but an alignment probably won't fix your death wobble. A new steering stabilizer/dampener probably would, but that's just a bandaid on the problem. There's probably something loose in your front end. You need to be underneath your jeep looking at all of your steering linkages and your trackbar while somebody is turning the steering wheel back and forth in short, jerky movements. Look for excessive movement in any/all of the joints. The first place I'd look would be your track bar. It may be worn out, but sometimes that bolt that holds it to the bracket on the axle side comes loose. If so, I've heard it can break if you over torque it, though I've not broken one myself. Other than that, look at all of your tie rod ends. Also, make sure all the bolts on the arms on your four link suspension are tight. Had one break once. It didn't lead to death wobble, but the handling sure sucked. You may be replacing some front end stuff here, but if you're lucky, you'll just be tightening your track bar.

If everything is tight in your front end, you should be able to run without a steering stabilizer.
It has new track bar, new steering stabilizer, and new shocks and springs. It didn’t have this issue prior to lifting so the alignment was was a given since I needed to recenter steering wheel anyway.
08-07-2020 06:24 PM
rickb54
Started to replace all bushings

Today I started the rebuild of my front end on my 2 WD Cherokee 1999
It might be a 3 day job if the rain allows some outside work.
08-07-2020 02:58 PM
UKXJ So the liftgate didn't arrive, probably just as well, because the deal with my friendly neighbourhood mobile mechanic (who doesn't work Fridays) was call him when it arrived - AND the old one was ready to come off; well it isn't, all for one 10mm nut: the one that holds the handle/lock on, the stud just turns in the casting - but won't come out. Only hope now is chef's blow torch & a 10mm ratchetting wrench BUT they're 200-odd miles away, so it won't be this weekend !
08-07-2020 09:19 AM
garand555
Quote:
Got a new windshield in the XJ courtesy of insurance. Lost my tinted brow but gained glass without a thousand cracks and marred by years of radar and camera equipment being stuck to it.

From there it went down the street for a front end alignment, thus recentering the steering wheel and I pray, eliminating the horrifying death wobble.
I hate to break it to you, but an alignment probably won't fix your death wobble. A new steering stabilizer/dampener probably would, but that's just a bandaid on the problem. There's probably something loose in your front end. You need to be underneath your jeep looking at all of your steering linkages and your trackbar while somebody is turning the steering wheel back and forth in short, jerky movements. Look for excessive movement in any/all of the joints. The first place I'd look would be your track bar. It may be worn out, but sometimes that bolt that holds it to the bracket on the axle side comes loose. If so, I've heard it can break if you over torque it, though I've not broken one myself. Other than that, look at all of your tie rod ends. Also, make sure all the bolts on the arms on your four link suspension are tight. Had one break once. It didn't lead to death wobble, but the handling sure sucked. You may be replacing some front end stuff here, but if you're lucky, you'll just be tightening your track bar.

If everything is tight in your front end, you should be able to run without a steering stabilizer.
08-06-2020 08:01 PM
RedJeepster1 Got a visit from @Luke95 tonight. First time seeing the Jeep since it was on 35ís. Itís grown a little bit since then. Drives better than I expected. I had it up 60 on the back roads no problem. Really makes me miss having a manual transmission Jeep. My stick shift TDI just doesnít put the same smile on my face.




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08-06-2020 08:01 PM
Luke95
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Man this place is dying...

Got a new windshield in the XJ courtesy of insurance. Lost my tinted brow but gained glass without a thousand cracks and marred by years of radar and camera equipment being stuck to it.

From there it went down the street for a front end alignment, thus recentering the steering wheel and I pray, eliminating the horrifying death wobble.
Check your track bar and both mounts. Drove my jeep 115 miles round trip to go hang with Jeremy. It happily did 80 the whole way home and got 12 mpg doing it

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08-06-2020 05:58 PM
UKXJ Bought a liftgate "oop North" has a few scratches I'm told but it's the right colour (well it's red!) & complete apart from the 3rd brake light & rear wiper; all the others I'd seen advertised were "bare" - no good to me as the principal reason for changing it is the window's in a 1,000 fragments held together by the tint film.

Should arrive tomorrow, so that should be fun

Oh, & booked it for exhaust hangers to be welded up & inspection on Saturday week.
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