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Old 01-30-2013, 10:53 AM   #1
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New Life, New Wrangler

Stepped away from the Jeep world last year. Things have returned to the correct way, with a new life, new wife, new house, and a new Jeep (#4) Just picked up this 02 Sport 4.0L 5spd with 140k miles. Needs some attention and several mods, but the purchase price was low enough to justify the easy work. Still debating on which lift to go with, gonna stay in the 3-4" range, mostly do trail rides. So far, oil change, lube job, painted the grille and front bumper with bedliner, removed the jugs off the front and rear, cut out a section of the rocker due to cancer (looked like a dime size area until I did alittle research) and welded in a new section (first attempt at doing body repair like this). New intake and throttle body on the way, installing new exhaust today at lunch. Like the DC-2 rims, but want to step up to at least 33's and probably going with the 10.5s (not 100% sure yet) The 31s on it now are almost new, but gotta go. Bedlined a strip on the rockers after the repair and last night I installed a set of rocker guards. I went with the e-grille ones of ebay and must say I was supprised at the quailty and ease of installation, I recomend them for sure, especially at $160 to my door. More to come.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:55 AM   #2
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after paint, rocker repair and rocker guards installed
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:57 AM   #4
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Has anyone bedlined or painted the top of the fenders black on the patriot blue body?
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Has anyone bedlined or painted the top of the fenders black on the patriot blue body?
Welcome back! There's a guy running around my town who slapped some grip tape on his fenders to hide some paint damage. It didn't look too terrible.
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:43 PM   #6
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Go for it both of my fenders are Bedlined and I think it looks good. Should look good on a patriot blue jeep as well!!! and welcome back!
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:28 PM   #7
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Thank you for the welcome backs! just got back from my muffler guy. Sounds so good! muffelers made in the magnaflow factory, but not labeled that way, deleted third cat, sounds like magnaflow but only $60 installed! Greg performs awesome as usual.
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Good to have you back to the cult. I love the painted front grill. What paint did you use? How did you prep it?
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Good to have you back to the cult. I love the painted front grill. What paint did you use? How did you prep it?
Thanks! sanded with 600 grit lightly, wiped down with mineral spirits and let dry all the way, shot two coats of rustoleum bedliner rattle can i picked up at home depot. did the front bumper and frame cover too. next is the flares until i decide which direction I am gonna go with those.
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Go for it both of my fenders are Bedlined and I think it looks good. Should look good on a patriot blue jeep as well!!! and welcome back!
thanks! got any pics of the fenders?
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Thanks! sanded with 600 grit lightly, wiped down with mineral spirits and let dry all the way, shot two coats of rustoleum bedliner rattle can i picked up at home depot. did the front bumper and frame cover too. next is the flares until i decide which direction I am gonna go with those.
Dont use mineral spirits, its oil based. Bad juju after youve sanded something. Especially plastics, the pores open up and will suck the oils in. Use denatured alcohol
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Ok, got thrown a curve ball. Left work yesterday and stop by the local parts store to get some new plugs as part of the general tune up and check over. Happened to look back and there was freakin coolant leaking onto the ground. Looked like the concentration was by the lower radiator hose. Had some splatter up in the fan housing and around the base of the block and back. Couldn't see any leak coming down the block from the pump or thermostat area. grapped a new lower hose and new clamps and headed home. got home, jumped out real quick and put a bucket under the area and let it sit for an hour. Came back to the jeep, NO LEAK, weird. Checked radiator fluid level, full and some in the reserve. Took it out for a shake down run, came home, no leak. Woke up this morning, no fluid. Ran a quick erand, 1/2 mile from the house, leaking again. Went straigt back home, pulled in the garage, not leaking anymore. Looked all over the place. Turned off the lights and started it up and let it run to see if there was a mist or steam anywhere with a flash light, nothing. Decided to head to work, checked on it when I got her, nothing. 2 hrs later, nothing. could the lower clamp/hose be moving a small bit and causing a leak sometimes? or am I missing something else. Have not changed the hose or clamp yet.
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New Jeep, new house, new wife. Lets see the pictures of those to.
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Allen456 looks nice. In your pics does it have any lift or bb installed? Im thinking about getting the DC2's put on 31's. realize you said you dont like them on 31's but im not going wider as dont want to deal with the possible regearing issues. Id no lift or coil spacers on yours mine would look very similar.
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I would plan on switching out your hoses, water pump, and thermostat. Very easy to do and will knock you back a couple hours. Water leaks are a huge pain in the arse.
Start with hoses 1st.

Usually leaks after building up pressure, for me has almost always been a pin hole in radiator or water pump about to go.

One last thing, you might check to make sure the drain cock on the radiator it tight.
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I would plan on switching out your hoses, water pump, and thermostat. Very easy to do and will knock you back a couple hours. Water leaks are a huge pain in the arse.
Start with hoses 1st.

Usually leaks after building up pressure, for me has almost always been a pin hole in radiator or water pump about to go.

One last thing, you might check to make sure the drain cock on the radiator it tight.

Yeah, it is a differnet animal than usual. Went two different stops on lunch and nothing. Gonna do the lower hose tonight or in the morning and see what happens. No signs of water around the pump, but like you said I know from the past the water pumps are a usual suspect (i have changed the pump on all 3 previous jeeps, 1 twice) Checked the drain cock, good there and the fluid is on the other side.
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Allen456 looks nice. In your pics does it have any lift or bb installed? Im thinking about getting the DC2's put on 31's. realize you said you dont like them on 31's but im not going wider as dont want to deal with the possible regearing issues. Id no lift or coil spacers on yours mine would look very similar.

there is a partial lift on it. The PO before the one I bought it from removed half of the RC lift. Left the shocks, track bar relocator, sway bar connects, and so forth, but took the springs and adj track front track bar????????? No BB on it. Love the DC2's just want larger diameter tires like the 33's. So, yes, yours would look very simialar
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Thanks!!! and LIFE IS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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still making progress on little things here and there. changed the tranny fluid yesterday with the RP syncromesh. have a ticking sound that seems to be getting worse. i know there is an exhaust leak on the manifold, go figure, but after it has sat overnight, there is a loud clicking sound and is still audible after warming up, just not as loud. i have heard thoughts from a stuck lifter, to throw out bearing, to tranny input shaft bearing. it is noticeable when under load but not at idle. if i turn off the engine with the clutch in, quiet shut down, if i put it in neutral with clutch out, it sounds horrible like in the video. what is ya'lls thoughts? this sound was before the tranny fluid change and still there after. the fluid that came out was nasty.

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Did just a few things over the past couple of days. Repainted the flares with bedliner, changed the plugs, and added a K&N intake. Making progress slowly but it is coming along. Still need any help with the earlier post on the noise. The video just looks like a pic of the frame, but if you click on the picture, it will play the video.
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So, update, last tuesday and wednsday, me and a friend re-installed the 4"rc lift and saturday sold my tires and picked up some new 33x12.50 bfg at kos and love them. I know the aren't the best for alot of offroading/mudding, but with my time as stretched as it is, and maybe one trail trip a month, at's where the way to go. Next on the list is sye, tom woods drive shaft, and adj upper control arms hopefully done next week. starting to look at bumpers now and can't decide, might just break out the welder and do my own.
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I was looking at the e-autogrille rock sliders on eBay as well. It says they do not come with installation instructions. How hard are they to put on? What all is entailed?
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You figure out what the noise was? I watched the vid, but I couldn't even think of what it would have been. Especially at the end. It almost kind of sounded like what a spun rod bearing would sound like when shutting down. But you said it's coming from the tranny area. So I wouldn't know for sure.
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the rockers were pretty straight foward. took 2 3/4 hrs ( 2 hrs because i snapped a body mount bolt off in the tub). loosen two rear rocker tub bolts, slide the guard in, tighten. then i used a unibit to drill the upper bolt holes. they leaned out a bit before i drilled, so i took a floor jack and 2x4 pushed up on the step to draw it in tight to the tub.

the noise is there sometimes still, mostly when it has set overnight. as far as the shut off sound, dont know, always leave the clutch in now
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the rockers were pretty straight foward. took 2 3/4 hrs ( 2 hrs because i snapped a body mount bolt off in the tub). loosen two rear rocker tub bolts, slide the guard in, tighten. then i used a unibit to drill the upper bolt holes. they leaned out a bit before i drilled, so i took a floor jack and 2x4 pushed up on the step to draw it in tight to the tub.

the noise is there sometimes still, mostly when it has set overnight. as far as the shut off sound, dont know, always leave the clutch in now
Are they pretty solid? Do you think they would hold up to multiple rock bashes?
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Are they pretty solid? Do you think they would hold up to multiple rock bashes?
absolutely! there are rock solid, pun intended, lol. they are 3/16 solid steel, heavy weight.
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absolutely! there are rock solid, pun intended, lol. they are 3/16 solid steel, heavy weight.
Lol. Thanks. Any idea why eBay has some for $157 and some for $958? Are they trying to get drunk Internet buyers at 3 in the morning?
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Lol. Thanks. Any idea why eBay has some for $157 and some for $958? Are they trying to get drunk Internet buyers at 3 in the morning?
no idea!! haven't seen that yet. considering a front winch bumper and rear tire carrier setup from them too

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