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Old 06-23-2010, 02:20 PM   #1
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What I did to my TJ today

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Old 06-23-2010, 02:28 PM   #2
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Yesterday changed my rear lower control arm bushings.
Mine were SHOT!
Today, hopefully put pretty new lug nuts on that aren't all rusted up with (dangerously) peeling chrome.

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Old 06-23-2010, 02:35 PM   #3
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I drove an hour away on a highway with the top and doors off, a pretty bad gas leak and no gauges to speak of. it was fun ha ha no idea how fast I was going but I didnt get a ticket and yes I was passing people on the 75 mph highway
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YES, there are reusable gaskets, "Lube Lockers" from 4wd.com
I've been using them for the past 3yrs and change my fluid about every 6mo. depending on how much wheeling I do or if the Jeep sat for a rather long time in the water.

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Drove mine, topless in 95* sunshine to the fabric store.... and the gas station, and the drug store.... Smiled the whole time!
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:10 PM   #6
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yeah we have an excess heat warning here, temps in the 100's already, jeep is ok unless there is a red light ,grr then it gets a tad toasty
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Old 06-23-2010, 06:14 PM   #7
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YES, there are reusable gaskets, "Lube Lockers" from 4wd.com
I've been using them for the past 3yrs and change my fluid about every 6mo. depending on how much wheeling I do or if the Jeep sat for a rather long time in the water.

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Thanks. I just found this Thread on the reusable gaskets. I must check with the Jeep Dealer here to see if they carry one for the rear differential. Space is a bit tight back there.
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Set a beer on the spare as I was changing the radiator in my work van.
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Set a beer on the spare as I was changing the radiator in my work van.
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Getting my new d ring shackles painted and installed on the new rear bumper
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Set a beer on the spare as I was changing the radiator in my work van.
That was a spare beer?
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:21 PM   #12
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Drove mine home from work this AM in the cool morning air. Loved it!
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:22 PM   #13
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I put in a hitch and fixed my ac problem thanks to WF!!
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:25 PM   #14
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Cracked open the windows so it wouldnt get too hot inside while it's sitting in the driveway.
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:25 PM   #15
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Drove to work topless ..for like 8 days in a row or so...made it to the parkin lot to put up the soff top bout 20 sec before the skies opened up....Good day. Got home, lightened "Pepe" by probably 100 lbs simply by turnin the hose on em and rinsin away some mud....hate to do that....but gots to get them mpgs
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Old 06-24-2010, 11:04 PM   #16
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I was back enjoying the the sweet sulpher aroma of hypoid gear oil again today as I replaced the rear differential fluid. Rather than take the cover off this time (which I did for the front), I pumped out the old fluid. Here's what I did:
- cut off some of the hose from a $5.00 squeeze bulb pump as it was too long for my purposes. Length left was about 18" long, including squeeze bulp pump.
- cut off a 12" long piece of 5/16" flexible copper tubing and fitted it through the "fill" hole for the differential so that it would reach the bottom of the differential housing. The copper tubing was easy to bend into the required shape.
- fastened the squeeze bulb pump vinyl tubing to the copper tubing by inserting the copper into the vinyl for a couple of inches and wrapping the fairly loose joint with Magic Wrap Plumber's tape to make the joint secure and air tight.
- reinserted the copper tubing into the differential housing and used the contraption to pump the old fluid out. It worked great.
- partially filled the differential with a quarter of a 1 quart container of some 75W-90 synthetic blend I had on hand and then pumped that out hoping that method would get rid of most of any residual old fluid left inside.
- refilled the differential with Quaker State full synthetic 75W-140 GL-5 synthetic gear lubricant, using a 6" length of rubber hose to help get the fluid in.

All went well. Gave the Jeep a 70 km run this evening so will recheck front and rear differential fluids tomorrow for level and clarity.

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API viscosity ratings for gear oils are not directly comparable with those for motor oil, and they are thinner than the figures suggest. For example, many modern gearboxes use a 75W90 gear oil, which is actually of equivalent viscosity to a 10W40 motor oil.

API GL-5, oils for severe conditions. They contain up to 6.5% effective antiscuffing additives. The general application of oils in this class are for hypoid gears having significant displacement of axes. They are recommended as universal oils to all other units of mechanical transmission (except gearboxes). Oils in this class, which have special approval of vehicle manufacturers, can be used in synchronized manual gearboxes only. API GL-5 oils can be used in limited slip differentials if they correspond to the requirements of specification MIL-L-2105D or ZF TE-ML-05. In this case the designation of class will be another, for example API GL-5+ or API GL-5 LS.
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Old 06-24-2010, 11:32 PM   #17
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After three days of sitting on jackstands, I finally got my new fuel pump reinstalled and got her back on the road. With new sparkplugs and wires, I can definitely feel a nice little performance improvement. No hesitations starting. And my gas gauge seems spot on!

Plus, I found out how valuable a $15 siphon pump from Advanced Auto will be when I go to change my differentials.


...also I spilled gas all over my fender flares, ruining them yet AGAIN
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Old 06-24-2010, 11:33 PM   #18
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Installed a cigarette lighter in dash so I can charge my iPhone, Garmin, etc.
30 minute job took 3 hours, 2 trips to town. Over time, over budget, drew blood.
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I put a new master cylinder,new fuel pump and plugs today and tried figuring out my carb
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Old 06-24-2010, 11:50 PM   #21
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I fabricated a new piece that snap onto the back bar of my soft top so that I can open the rear window, roll it up, and secure it in place. Since I do a lot of canvas work for my boat I had the stuff in hand and just ended up using velcro for the attachment and then put a snap into it to put it onto the frame of the soft top. I also sewed a box X into the velcro at the attachment point to keep the velcro together in the area that the snap is in. Total cost of the fabrication....$0...I had it all in hand! LOL

Drove to work with the top up and the AC on...It was over 100 degrees here in Eastern VA. BLAH!

This is the first day in a week that I have had the top up. Driving home from work in the morn is nice with the top down though!
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Driving home from work in the morn is nice with the top down though!
X2. I drive in in the dark and home in early morning. Two best times to drive a topless Jeep in the summer.
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I work a 12 hour shift from 6 to 6. I rotate every two weeks from days to nights. On nights driving in to be in at 6 sucks because it is HOT. Going home is nice. On days it is nice to drive in to be in at 6am but sucks driving home after 6pm.
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Installed my new Kenwood stereo from Crutchfield. Talk about easy. Now I am looking for a place to put some subs and my amp.
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Installed my new Kenwood stereo from Crutchfield. Talk about easy. Now I am looking for a place to put some subs and my amp.
I still haven't gotten over your white tops. They look awesome! But yours are the only ones I've ever seen.
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Thanks. I have never seen them either, but I have heard that they do not make them anymore even as a dealer item. It was an option on the Sahara package and the original owner got both tops. They both are in like new condition so I have a long time until they will need replaced.
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Thanks. I just found this Thread on the reusable gaskets. I must check with the Jeep Dealer here to see if they carry one for the rear differential. Space is a bit tight back there.

You can NOT get the Lube Lockers from the dealer... they will give you a B.S. story about them and using them, that's why a stated about getting them from 4wd.com

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You can NOT get the Lube Lockers from the dealer... they will give you a B.S. story about them and using them, that's why a stated about getting them from 4wd.com

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Thanks Chris. I will ask here anyway as I know the parts Guys, in fact I get their "trade price" (the price they sell to other shops for).

There is a repair shop nearby which specializes in Jeeps, I will ask them as well.

I have gotten things from 4WD, JC Whitney and Quadratec before, but customs duties and shipping cost throws the price out of whack, compared to buying locally, unless it's a big order.

For now I'm okay as I pumped the old fluid out of the rear differential and changed it yesterday.
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argg.........just replaced the seal / bearing in my left rear D 44. For the second time...first one leaked bout as bad as the one I was replacin....cross your fingers
Also adjusted my shifter so it wont pop out of 4lo...been doin that ever since I put on my lift
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Bought some herculiner today to do the inside of my jeep. Drove around running errands all day and SWEAT about 13 pounds off!!!!! Damn it's hot out.

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