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Today 11:08 AM
kadetklapp After searching loyally I thought I tripped over a deal on an ARB bumper for the XJ. After a trip to pick it up three hours away during what may have been a stay at home order, I got it to realize it had been hacked on by the methhead PO who apparently used it to experiment with cutting blades and a torch. It's at a friend's house now getting somewhat repaired, but I've got some questions about fitting it. Anyone with one of these wanna hit me up I'd appreciate it...
Today 08:53 AM
jeepguy03
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Originally Posted by TheBoogieman View Post

Oh of course anything CAN be swapped.

If I lose the ability to shift I'd probably consider that, but otherwise I'm talking about just wishing they came factory.
Today 08:17 AM
TheBoogieman
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Originally Posted by jeepguy03 View Post
I do wish the AW4 was in the TJ
It can be.

https://www.stu-offroad.com/engine/aw-4/aw-4-1.htm
Today 08:09 AM
jeepguy03
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Originally Posted by TheBoogieman View Post
My 98' did it until I started shifting into a forward gear. I miss that old Jeep.
She's a beaut. I do like the way the 4.0/AX-15 combo drives. I added a B&M short shifter which really makes the shifting feel more direct and less like I'm driving an old farm truck. I do wish the AW4 was in the TJ, and ZJ/WJ. Chrysler automatics are just garbage. And the early TJs had a 3 speed auto... really, a 3 speed in 1997?? The AW4 might not be the smoothest, but with Dex/Merc III fluid drain and fills every 30k and a trans cooler my XJ was silky smooth.
Today 06:54 AM
TheBoogieman
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Good to know. I just picked up my first AX-15 vehicle (a TJ) a few months ago and thought this occasional grind was a sign the clutch was on it's way out.
My 98' did it until I started shifting into a forward gear. I miss that old Jeep.
Today 06:16 AM
jeepguy03
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Originally Posted by TheBoogieman View Post
That's normal for the AX-15 trans. There's no synchronizer for reverse. I always shifted mine into a forward gear and then into reverse.
Good to know. I just picked up my first AX-15 vehicle (a TJ) a few months ago and thought this occasional grind was a sign the clutch was on it's way out.
Yesterday 10:50 AM
Ralph77 I will just put it on the to do list.
April maintenance is just around the corner.
Yesterday 10:46 AM
TheBoogieman
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Originally Posted by pdcomm View Post
I have a cable luber . I didn't use it on the Jeep . With the hood up , the cable has a nice downhill run , all the way to the inside handle .
I simply held a rag behind the cable , where it comes out of the sheath and sprayed a little lube , letting it flow into the sheath . I did that a few times and did something else , then came back and hit it again and repeat ...
That really only has to be done every couple years .
That's a good idea. If I had one (hint to Ralph77) I'd give it a try. For now, I'll rely on my 10 year warranty and if I snap one every year for 10 years I'm good. I check my oil about once a month and it doesn't use oil or antifreeze, so I really don't have a need to open the hood much.

p.s. I watched the vids on replacing it and removing the mech by drilling out the rivets to disconnect the cable. I easily bent the mech with my hand and the cable comes loose with no problems. Less work for me.
Yesterday 10:17 AM
pdcomm
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Originally Posted by Ralph77 View Post
I really want you to buy the cable lube tool thing and use it with the chain and cable grease.
I watched the videos on it and I am not going to lie.
I still am a little confused on how to use it. LOL.
One of the reasons I have not done it yet.
Thinking you could figure it out and explain it to me. MLOL.
Gotta figure it would be so much easier with the cable out of the Jeep too.
I have a cable luber . I didn't use it on the Jeep . With the hood up , the cable has a nice downhill run , all the way to the inside handle .
I simply held a rag behind the cable , where it comes out of the sheath and sprayed a little lube , letting it flow into the sheath . I did that a few times and did something else , then came back and hit it again and repeat ...
That really only has to be done every couple years .
Yesterday 09:24 AM
Ralph77 My buddy had a big boat Olds 4 door way back when.
Hood release broke just like yours. He did the vice grip thing too.
And never fixed it. LOL.
Yesterday 09:15 AM
TheBoogieman
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Originally Posted by Ralph77 View Post
I really want you to buy the cable lube tool thing and use it with the chain and cable grease.
I watched the videos on it and I am not going to lie.
I still am a little confused on how to use it. LOL.
One of the reasons I have not done it yet.
Thinking you could figure it out and explain it to me. MLOL.
Gotta figure it would be so much easier with the cable out of the Jeep too.
I rigged up my redneck hood release until the new part shows up. I can't believe how thin the actual cable wires are. Now I can close the hood to drive around today.

p.s. I tried it once. I'm not pushing my luck.
Yesterday 09:05 AM
S8NNG8
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Originally Posted by S8NNG8 View Post
This^^, first gear, let up slightly on the clutch to nudge the rig. Then repress the clutch and go for reverse.
Maybe double clutch it , like the old Ford models . <img src="https://www.jeepforum.com/ubb/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />
There are a few ways to do it but when you're explaining it to a frustrated person for the 1st time this is the easiest example imo.
Yesterday 09:03 AM
Ralph77
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Originally Posted by TheBoogieman View Post
I used the white lithium grease and cleaned all the rust off too. I guess it was 19 years too late by the time I bought the Jeep 2 years ago. Too much yanking on the hood release by the PO.
I really want you to buy the cable lube tool thing and use it with the chain and cable grease.
I watched the videos on it and I am not going to lie.
I still am a little confused on how to use it. LOL.
One of the reasons I have not done it yet.
Thinking you could figure it out and explain it to me. MLOL.
Gotta figure it would be so much easier with the cable out of the Jeep too.
Yesterday 08:55 AM
TheBoogieman
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Originally Posted by Ralph77 View Post
Even though I have not gotten around to trying the cable lube thing I have gotten in the habit of spraying down the hinges and everything else where the hood rod is with some white lithium twice a year.
Also when I was having the rust issues tended to way back when and had the 5.9 louvers cut in I replaced the bell crank on the hood.
Or should say I had my body guy do it. LOL.
I used the white lithium grease and cleaned all the rust off too. I guess it was 19 years too late by the time I bought the Jeep 2 years ago. Too much yanking on the hood release by the PO.
Yesterday 08:39 AM
Ralph77
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Originally Posted by pdcomm View Post
After I had to pull a headlight to get the Country hood open due to broken linkage , I always used motorcycle chain and cable lube . It seemed to flow into crevices and down the cable much better than white grease . And , I never again had a stuck hood problem .
If I ever getting around to using the cable lube tool I will use the chain and cable lube.
But for the striker, safety hook, latches, etc the white lithium does fine.
Noticed even right after the first time I did it the hood opened so much easier and smoother.
Thinking for inside the cable though it would work for awhile, gum up, attract crap, and actually do more harm then good.
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