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Jeep Forums: Jeep Builds   02-19-2013, 11:23 AM
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Posted By mbardeen
First time poster on this thread -- must say that...

First time poster on this thread -- must say that I've enjoyed it immensely and you seem to be a cool guy, even if you don't like pickles.

RE: Speakers -- why not use the trick that some...
Jeep Forums: XJ Cherokee Technical Forum   11-28-2012, 03:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,426
Posted By mbardeen
I bought the PR4 (Flame Red) Chrysler touch-up...

I bought the PR4 (Flame Red) Chrysler touch-up paint for my '95 XJ. It was too orange and very evident where I used it. I had better luck with using the duplicolor spray after building up the chips...
Jeep Forums: XJ Cherokee Technical Forum   09-16-2012, 08:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,392
Posted By mbardeen
No, it was not completely fixed by replacing the...

No, it was not completely fixed by replacing the t-stat. The temp gauge is still reading a shade above the 80C line. And no, the coolant cap didn't fix it either. It still climbs to around 100C at...
Jeep Forums: XJ Cherokee Technical Forum   09-15-2012, 07:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,392
Posted By mbardeen
'tis magic! Only other thing I did was to...

'tis magic!

Only other thing I did was to stick a new rotor on the distributor. That shouldn't make it run hotter, should it?
Jeep Forums: XJ Cherokee Technical Forum   09-15-2012, 10:12 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,392
Posted By mbardeen
Me too. I noted that the old cap was 16 PSI, and...

Me too. I noted that the old cap was 16 PSI, and the new one was 13 PSI. Pehaps that's the reason?
Jeep Forums: XJ Cherokee Technical Forum   09-15-2012, 07:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,392
Posted By mbardeen
Running too cool- Solved!

Finally figured out why the Jeep was running too cold. Radiator cap! I changed the old one out with a new Stant cap, and now it runs at the right temp.

One less thing on my to-do list!
Jeep Forums: XJ Cherokee Technical Forum   09-10-2012, 05:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 842
Posted By mbardeen
A tuneup is never a bad thing. It's amazing what...

A tuneup is never a bad thing. It's amazing what replacing the coil, wires, distributor cap & rotors, and plugs did for mine.

However, unless you're opening your tank and letting your MPGs run...
Jeep Forums: XJ Cherokee Technical Forum   05-21-2012, 12:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,356
Posted By mbardeen
Nevermind... The cause was that I'm an idiot. I...

Nevermind... The cause was that I'm an idiot. I had it timed to TDC on the wrong stroke. Rotated the crank another turn, reinstalled the distributor correctly, and voila! All is well -- except for...
Jeep Forums: XJ Cherokee Technical Forum   05-21-2012, 06:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,356
Posted By mbardeen
95 XJ - Messed with distributor, now won't start

I've been having some problems with one cylinder misfiring. In the hunt for the cause, I thought I'd check the timing. So I pulled the distributor, dialed the engine into what I thought was TDC, put...
Jeep Forums: XJ Cherokee Technical Forum   05-03-2012, 12:37 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,525
Posted By mbardeen
I installed OME coils & leafs a couple weeks ago....

I installed OME coils & leafs a couple weeks ago. Big difference in ride & handling, nice height gain.. Here's how she sits now:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7093/7120227425_da40bfcb5c_z.jpg...
Jeep Forums: XJ Cherokee Technical Forum   05-03-2012, 12:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 741
Posted By mbardeen
I just did this (alone) a while back. It's...

I just did this (alone) a while back.

It's fairly straight forward if everything comes off ok. Luckily, they don't use salt on the roads here, so some WD40 a week before and no problems.

For...
Jeep Forums: Springs   04-27-2012, 08:36 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 29,845
Posted By mbardeen
Springs and rear leafs on an 1995 XJ. Install was...

Springs and rear leafs on an 1995 XJ. Install was easy. Much better ride than my tired old springs, lift feels nices.
Jeep Forums: XJ Cherokee Technical Forum   03-09-2012, 04:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 686
Posted By mbardeen
Just did this myself a couple months ago. On...

Just did this myself a couple months ago.

On the axle there are two. The one on the driver's side is a PITA, took a BFH to get that off as the housing is solid. The passenger's side came off easy...
Jeep Forums: XJ Cherokee Technical Forum   03-07-2012, 03:38 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,525
Posted By mbardeen
Personally I'd love to have a 5spd 4door, just...

Personally I'd love to have a 5spd 4door, just for ease of access for the back seat riders, but those are rarer than a winning lottery ticket.
Jeep Forums: XJ Cherokee Technical Forum   03-07-2012, 03:35 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,525
Posted By mbardeen
Nice! Did you have to use the older style bumper?...

Nice! Did you have to use the older style bumper? I've actually seen the hidden winches on the '97+s, but they seem to mount a bit differently. The cable comes out underneath the bumper somehow,...
Jeep Forums: XJ Cherokee Technical Forum   01-10-2012, 06:57 AM
Replies: 184
Views: 33,305
Posted By mbardeen
Congrats! Nice to see how this has progressed,...

Congrats! Nice to see how this has progressed, good work!
Jeep Forums: XJ Cherokee Technical Forum   01-04-2012, 05:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 343
Posted By mbardeen
1) Are you sure it's the rear main? Many other...

1) Are you sure it's the rear main? Many other potential leaks look the same. Check valve cover gasket, distributor gasket, and oil filter gasket prior..

2) Oil pump. They're cheap and if you've...
Jeep Forums: XJ Cherokee Technical Forum   12-15-2011, 06:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,283
Posted By mbardeen
I got mine out using a 1/4" drive and a ton of...

I got mine out using a 1/4" drive and a ton of extensions. The bolts can be removed with either 1/2" or 13mm socket. Getting them back in required a bit of tapping with the hammer to get them...
Jeep Forums: XJ/MJ Cherokee Non-Technical Forum   12-08-2011, 05:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,785
Posted By mbardeen
An option, tho probably not feasible.. ;) ...

An option, tho probably not feasible.. ;)

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6097/6299043088_237e6329da_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6299043088/)
Jeep Forums: Shocks   12-04-2011, 08:30 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 18,940
Posted By mbardeen
Just replaced some no-name shocks with OME...

Just replaced some no-name shocks with OME Nitrochargers, N35 and N36, on the four corners. What a difference! Previously the Jeep was very harsh and you felt every bump and crack in the road. Worse,...
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