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Old 11-04-2010, 12:01 PM   #1
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Prep Jeep for Alaska Trek.

Okay everyone launch date is approaching. I'm heading to Alaska around the 30th of Nov. I bought this TJ a few months ago, I've already dropped money on bumpers, roof rack, wheels, tires, etc. Now it's time to make sure she's up to the trip. What should be serviced / replaced? It's a 02 Sport (4.0 / Manual ) has a 4 inch lift and SYE from the previous owner. D44 out back and I think a 30 up front. 150k miles.

I am by no means a skilled mechanic but I am mechanically inclined and not scared of doing what I can if it will save me some bucks.

What needs to be checked / done before I go? Even if it seems obvious, please put in your 2 cents. I don't want to overlook something avoidable because it didn't jump out at me.

So far all I've done is an oil change since I bought it. All input is appreciated. This is a long trek and I just want to male sure we get there safe.

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Check all the U-joints.... drive shaft and axles.
Wouldn't hurt to have a spare U-joint or two.

Check all fluid levels.... tranny, diffs, steering, rad, brakes.

How's the brake pads/rotors/drums look?

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Old 11-04-2010, 02:54 PM   #3
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I'd say to make sure it has some beer inside of it before leaving.
Maybe bring a jerry can.
front and rear differential plus transfer case fluid change
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Old 11-04-2010, 03:04 PM   #4
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When I did that drive people were telling me all sorts of things about headlight guards, extra gas tanks, knobby tires, etc.

Not necessary. You can drive to Anchorage in a Civic with no troubles. Even this time of year.

Yes, it is a long drive, and checking all the normal things that a 150k vehicle will have is a great idea.

And, since it is November, it will be cold. Sleeping bags in case you get stuck out somewhere. (hey you said "even the obvious").
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Old 11-12-2010, 01:43 PM   #5
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Thanks guys for the tips, I'm definitely psyched for the trip. Question, I talked to 4Wheel Parts today and they said for about $120 they will do the front and rear diff service, check transfer case, hoses, belts, etc. I figure just having someone look at it that's more experienced than I am is worth it... Whatcha think?
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Do it yourself! You can change the diff and transfer case fluids for $50 or less.
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Do it yourself! You can change the diff and transfer case fluids for $50 or less.
Any special tools? What fluids should I buy? It's an 02 Sport, 44 out back and 30 up front I think. Manual trans. I have no idea what I'm doing...
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Jeep Axle Differential Fluid Change Service

http://www.4x4xplor.com/trannyservice.html

Good write ups. Call your local jeep parts dept and ask what you should use. I THINK its 75w90 for the diffs and atf class iv for the transfer case.

Make sure you use non-synthetic in the diffs or Jerry will never let you live it down.
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I am jelous of your trip, this is something I have always wanted to do!


Very good advice so far in this thread as to what to check. U-joints, bearings, fluids/fluid levels, etc. I'd pay close attention to your front wheel bearings, ball joints, and axle ujoints, as 150,000 miles seems like the time when a lot of this starts to wear out.

For the u-joints, visually inspect the seals, if one seal is damaged, replace the joint with a Spicer (not a parts store special) 760X. Also, drop into 4x4 low and drive forward and back while turning, and listen for clicking or poping noises from the front.

Jack the front wheels off the ground and grab each wheel at the 12 and 6 oclock, as well as the 9 and 3 oclock and shake back and forth. There should be no free movement.
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A little late getting on this post. When changing all the oils, consider synthetic. Synthetic oils will protect better than regular oil, plus when you get into bitter cold (-15 & lower), it will make start-up easier, and the transmission and diff's will work much smoother, especially first thing in the morning. Synthetic will also give you better gas mileage.

Flush cooling system and heater core. Consider replacing all hoses & clamps, thermostat and radiator cap. When refilling radiator consider what the coldest temps will be, and mix accordingly. Only use distilled water to mix.

Block heater, get one if you don't already have one, and use it! Also, they used to make battery warmers, get one if you can find one. Consider replacing your battery. find one with the highest CCA's possible. Again the bitter cold thing!

New windshield wipers, window scraper w/brush. RainX all your windows & mirrors, I would recommend putting 3 or 4 coats on, it will repell water, of course, but also makes clearing frost/ice easlier also. I also carry a can of HEET windshield spray to help clear the windows. A couple bottles of HEET or IsoHEET gasline antifreeze never hurts. Consider using ethanol when in bitter cold conditions, but it will really suck you mpg down.

Padded steering wheel cover. Makes driving long distance a little more comfortable, plus you aren't hanging on to a cold leather wheel.

Mechanic's gloves. They make good driving gloves, plus if you have to make any repairs along the way, they will help protect your hands against the cold, but you can still handle most tools, nuts, bolts, cold gas nozzles, etc.

Basic tool kit with both SAE & Metric wrenches and sockets, torx bits etc.
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^^^^Sound advice.^^^^

I would guess that you being from Wyoming you'd know all the tricks.

Where in Wyoming are you from? My mom went to college in Laramie and got her first degree from there way back in the day. We almost moved to Casper when I was in middle-school. Wish we had.......
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I would do a full oil change, even if you did it within a month. Change the oil filter too. I would maybe even bring a quart of oil along just in case you have a leak you didn't know about. Also, check the air filter, and check the transmission fluid.

I always do a hardcore run down before I take a drip that is over 500 miles.

Also, make sure that you have a jack and some sort of tool to remove a tire.

You could also run some sea foam through your gas tank to clean up a bit on the inside.
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Go down to the carpet store and get about 3-4 carpet remnants, you know the ones that are about 18x24 inches or so. When you need to get on your knees they will protect you from rocks, snow, water....whatever. Get a larger one if you think you'll need to get on your back. I carry them religously....even if I just change a tire or check the air. They cost no more then $2.00 and if they real dirty......toss'em.

I hope you got good drivig lights.....to see the wildlife before they wipe out your front clip.

A good Army Surplus store also carries great wool blankets. Make sure you carry water.
Road flares or a marine flare gun. Cell phone.

Best piece is a 18" Rifled Barrel Remington 870 pump composite with rifled slugs. You may not need.....but you may need it. I've been there.....no one....NO ONE goes fishing ir sightseeing with out something.

Good luck you will have the time of your life.

Dude.................Don't forget the camera....one with a video mode.
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Best piece is a 18" Rifled Barrel Remington 870 pump composite with rifled slugs. You may not need.....but you may need it. I've been there.....no one....NO ONE goes fishing ir sightseeing with out something.
You might want to check the laws in Canada before you do this. I'm not so sure you can travel through there without a proper permit.

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Cavediver, Campbell Co, Gillette area (energy capitol of NA), about 350 miles north of Larime, and 130 miles north/north east of Casper.

I agree with BobtheGod about the carpet samples, I was going to suggest a kids roll-up plastic sled, carpet would be cheaper. Good advise about the 870, BUT check with the Canadian government before taking ANY firearm into Canada. Also the wool blankets are a good idea, if/when you hit bitter cold, the blanket can be hung from the roll cage/soundbar across the seat backs to help hold the heat towards the front.

Change your spark plugs & wires, distribitor cap & rotor if it has them. Clean your throttle body, I'd also go along with a seafoam treatment. Make sure your windshield washer fluid is the winter type with a freeze point around -35.

Clothing: Dress in layers. For driving long distance in cold weather in my Jeep, I usually wear regular jeans, but bitter cold I have a couple pairs of flannel lined jeans, long tailed t-shirt (prevents plumbers crack/sunburn/frost bite -a must have) or long sleaved turtle-neck t-shirt, sweat shirt, heavy pull over hoodie. Within easy reach, insulated bibs and heavy hooded winter coat. Adjust accordingly. Cold will sneak up on you in a hurry, and bite you in the a$$ so hard you will not know what hit you!

How many are going on this trip? I hope not more than two. Are you moving to Alaska, or just making a trip? If just making a trip, and only two of you, I would remove the back seat for the extra room.

Good luck, drive safe!
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Insulated bibs- and insulated jacket- I can not say enough about how warm carhart gear is. It is built for one reason and that is to keep you warm when it gets cold. Make sure you have a carhart duck down jacket and the insulated bibs. It will go over your layers and keep you to the point of being toasty.
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If you find snowy weather on the way bring it with you. We could use some more snow up here, winter is off to a slow start. Also if you end up looking poor with all your stuff in the jeep the mounties sometimes require proof that you have enough money to get out of the country. This usually only applies to dread locked burning man goers driving through but I've had friends be required to have cash on hand or do a credit limit check.
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All of the above are necessary. Def pack a decent shovel, jack, check pressure of your spare tire and make sure you have your lug wrench and lock adapter. Nothing worse than blowing a tire and and running into one of these items be MIA. Might also want to bring a handheld GPS that does co-ordinance for rescue purposes. I've never been to Alaska but I'm in the Adirondack mountains in NY all the time and have these items. Take some pictures to post too! good luck
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Okay, son how have we gotten this far and nobody has mentioned perhaps the most important and obvious thing... DUCT TAPE! Come on guys, this is almost embarrassing.

On a more serious note, if you have a soft top, DO NOT try to roll up your windows until they've warmed up. If you do it when they're frozen they will break very easily and you'll be toast. (unless you bring the duct tape)
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Okay, son how have we gotten this far and nobody has mentioned perhaps the most important and obvious thing... DUCT TAPE! Come on guys, this is almost embarrassing.

On a more serious note, if you have a soft top, DO NOT try to roll up your windows until they've warmed up. If you do it when they're frozen they will break very easily and you'll be toast. (unless you bring the duct tape)
WOW good catch. Might throw in some JB weld too?
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WOW good catch. Might throw in some JB weld too?
And bailing wire... another essential!
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All great ideas, I've made a checklist from all of the responses . My girlfriend will be driving her mazdda 3 and I'll be in the TJ pulling a small trailer w/ my MT's and her summer tires on it. I'm feeling pretty good about the trek.

Thank you all for responding. Keep em coming if we missed anything!
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but if you don't mind me asking, why two cars for this?
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but if you don't mind me asking, why two cars for this?
We're moving. It's almost $2k to ship her car so we're going to have to drive em both.
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We are moving from Florida to Colorado in February, so this info is great for me too! Thanks for all the info!
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We are moving from Florida to Colorado in February, so this info is great for me too! Thanks for all the info!
Where in Colorado? I live in CO Springs. You are going to LOVE all the wheeling here.
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We are moving from Florida to Colorado in February, so this info is great for me too! Thanks for all the info!
Last year in February, here in Colorado, it was -20 or more for several days in a row. It was a beautiful day today, hit the 50's. But it was coooold this morning. I'm just warning ya!

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