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Crap there goes another 70+ bucks . The water pump in my XJ decided to take a pee all over everything under the hood . It couldn't just start leaking a little . It had to pretty much blow up . Of course , that took out the serpentine belt and almost empty the cooling system . Fortunately , it happened only a mile from home and the motor was kind enough to not get too hot before bringing me back into the driveway .
I have to admit that changing this pump was probably the easiest I've ever done in 50+ years of wrenching .
At the same time , I have to say that adjusting the serpentine belt was the most difficult belt that I've ever had to adjust .
The fact that the parts guy gave me a K7 instead of a K6 made the ordeal that much more aggravating and costly in time , gas and skin . :(

But , that was then and can now be entered into the annals of times ... :)
 

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I always thought they were pretty simple, just one bolt under the power steering... although i have not owned a 96+. Is the tensioning system different in the newer xjs? Just curious.

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You never had to loosen the 5 bolts that hold the steering pump in place ?

Other than a half dozen bolts to adjust a single belt , I'd say it was a pretty simple job , too .

The easiest was on a Dodge Dakota . No bolts . 'Simply' spring the tensioner .
 

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Newer Subarus are easy as hell. You simply loosen/tighten a top bolt on the alternator. For whatever reason they got rid of the tensioner on the 2013s though.
A flat piece of steel with a slot in it is a lot less expensive than any tensioner .

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Fortunately when loosening it I counted the how many rotations I made to the adjustment bolt and then tightened it back the same amount when putting things back together. Since I re-used the same serpentine belt I took off, it should be pretty close.
Amazing how presence of mind always seems to help . :)
 

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I guess you don't read or have access any kind of news paper ?

Lot cheaper than a couple decks of cards . Of course , now no one will notice the cards are marked ... ;)

I always wondered what folks did with a 51 deck .
 

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Thanks.

Actually, this piece of trim fits over the jam, pin and carpet.

---> OK
here it is put back together, with the plastic trim, polished stainless bolts and ring, and even my Powder-coated hitch-pin behind it (on carpet)
Better?
Yeah . That looks a lot better . :)

Nice how they left enough off the seal for 'drainage' . ;)

My hitch pin is only Cadmium plated . :(
 

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02 Honda cbr 600 needs a little work, do you know of any bikes with a decent price tag on on it? Guy canceled on me tonight I'm meeting him this weekend to see it
You might check Craigslist for your area . There should be a lot of bikes for sale at fairly reasonable prices . It's 'that' time of year . :)

I generally use http://www.searchtempest.com/ and get pretty good results .
 

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By reasonable I want to get up to 80-85 pretty good and have enough balls to get me to school and work fast, I dont need a ton of speed. I want good on gas good on insurance and good on speed but It doesnt have to be insane!
Gee , you don't ask for much , do you ? ;)

Buy an enduro . I built my '89 Yamaha XT350 . Absolutely love it . I ride about 60% road and 40% off . It'll do 80 all day and it can get you there quick enough for a ticket , not to mention it can get you through stuff you wouldn't want to try otherwise . It's a riot off road and gravel roads are like a freeway . I get about 60 MPG . Insurance is cheap .

It takes about a minute to remove the trunk , but I usually leave it on .



I think some of the later model 250s are very interesting . Like has been said , they really are all you need , unless you're doing a lot of touring .
 

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Washed it. Decided I will probably need to repair passenger side floor pan before winter. Now you can see carpet from under it. Started as a paint bubble this spring....
Michigan uses that fast rusting salt mixture ... ;)

I have the best solution to that problem : Travel South for the Winter . :)

We're on our way to Alabama for a 6 month hosting commitment at a Forest Service park . The only hazards you have to watch out for there are the idiots that have no clue as how to drive on anything other than dry slab . :(
 

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We're taking our XJ to the promised land . ;)

That sounds AWESOME! Do they pay you for that setup too?
We wouldn't even think of asking for pay for as sweet a set up as we have there . But yes , we do get compensation , in a way : we get a free full hookup private site ( 1/2 mile from the campground ) , along with as much propane as it takes to keep us toasty .
The shop is equipped with almost every basic tool you can think of and a few most of us wouldn't know how to use . That doesn't include my personal selection of 'specialty tools' . It has a commercial washer and dryer along with a nice deep freezer and a bathroom with water heater . They give us a Ford F150 and a golf cart for 'chores' .
They want us to put in 20 hours a week and a good share of that is just being there . We don't have a boss or overseer and are left to do as we see fit .

About the only things we have to pay for is most of our food ( the hunters give us a pretty fair amount of venison and turkey and the lake is full of 9+" gills and crappy ) and the fuel we use in the Jeep and my bikes . Of course , anything else we might want to buy is on us , too .

One of the best 'features' of the place is it sits on over 44,000 acres of Federal forest that has a system of fire roads strewn throughout like spaghetti on a plate . Talk about an off road paradise ... Hardly a place any XJ would feel comfortable in . ;)

But , there is a draw back : the closest town with groceries and fuel is 18 miles away . :(

Here's a shot I took from just down the shore from our site :



You may not be able to tell that we like it there . :rofl:
 

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This has been over a year long rebuild. Considered 4 months for my machine work to be done and pulling 2 blown motors from it. (Long story) and money is tight... Even for me and I build EVERYTHING. Only stuff I buy is replacement parts shocks,wheelbearings,etc not sure yet but this jeep is an attention whore.
You're telling us that you're gonna let a Jeep get the better of you ?

That can't happen . For your own good , that can't happen .
 

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Sounds like my idea of retirement!
Exactly what we think . :)

And , Motorcharge , if you think one of the worlds natural wonders is ghey , well , you've spent way too much time trapped under that Jeep of yours .

I'm hoping you get a handle on that grease in your eyes . :cool:
 

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This sounds amazing.
In a way it is amazing . Amazing that we have been blessed with such good fortune . ;)

Do you need more help?!!!! I'll head that way tomorrow!!! Lol
I don't mean to cut you out , but we don't really have enough to do to keep ourselves busy . I even brought my '57 Simplex along as a build project , so I'd have something to do this Winter . :)
 

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:laugh: Nah.. I usually end up with enough reason everytime i want to sell it not too. Like this time my reasoning is a buddy that has a set of 44s front and rear with mismatched gears but for the low price of 150 i can handle that.. So if i do decide to ante up and buy them i will be doing what i just complained about more rebuilding...But seriously this stroker just took the life out of me. Worst machine shop experience ever didnt help at all though 4 months of waiting for it and absolutely no comunication and i ended up with a little different motor than i asked for but the price was very reasonable.

Today all i did on it was cut out the front carpet to reveal a passenger floor pan that had seen better days. Will be cutting it out and welding new in either tomorrow or monday.
Sounds like good therapy . I just wish our hobbies didn't cost so dang much . :)
 

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rerouted the winch wires to the battery, after class I'm heading to America's tire to get my km2's rebalanced since all of the stick on wheel weights fell off:shhh:
Instead , you might think about tossing a big handful of these in the wheel(s) :



I run them in my motorcycle tires and have run them in tires on a Dodge Dakota I use to have . Work great . Never out of balance .

Here's a comparison shot . The BBs on the left are NEW and the silver BBs on the right are what the NEW BBs look like after 20,000 miles in the tire .

 
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