If anyone happens to see any great deals on Warn winches please let me know! Might be volunteering as a trail guide at the Cliffs Insane Terrain for their 2nd Annual Jeep Thing on July 12th-14th/2013 and one of the requirements is to have a winch!
Started up the Jeep last night and my "electronic throttle control light" came on along with the "check engine light". Turned the Jeep off and restarted and the electrical throttle control light cleared but not the check engine light. Was driving and I was up at 3/4 of the way to overheating. Pulled into Autozone and grabbed some coolant and topped off my overflow tank which was down at "minimum". Turned the Jeep back over and the check engine light was gone but I was still 3/4 way to overheating. Haven't been through mud recently and didn't see any leaks coming from my water pump. Thinking it is the thermostat. I decided to fix this morning....
Went to go fire my Jeep up this morning to go get a new thermostat and it wouldn't start! I checked all the fuses, reset my computer back to "stock tune" with superchips and tried to pull any codes and there were none. Disconnected the battery and reset the "PCM adaptive memory". No leaking water pump. Tried shifting it from Park to Neutral and starting it with no success and battery was fine. Was at a loss so the Jeep has to take a ride....
Not happy about having to take it to the shop but it's beyond my minor mechanical abilities. Snow storm is coming tonight and I don't get to play now but I'll keep updates on this thread in case someone else has similar issues.
So far the problem seemed to be a coolant temperature sensor. Would make sense, Jeep wouldn't start because it thought it was 1 billion degrees. Hopefully this is the fix. Very mad at myself because it's a 10 dollar part....
Thanks for the concern Kramer and hopefully this helps someone in the future!
Was running into 7-11 really quick and saw an opportunity to goof around a bit so I climbed the hill and stuffed my rear wheel all the way into the wheel well. Made me realize I need flat fenders, I don't need to cut my pinch seam and people really need to get out more. Had a couple people come out from 7-11 asking if it was my Jeep and started taking pictures, since they thought it was so cool I snapped a couple and decided to share
I bought a Tuffy under seat security drawer because last season when I was off-roading something got stolen out of my tent that was very valuable (typically I don't leave anything valuable in my tent but it slipped my mind):
Installation was a breeze and requires you to undo two seat bolts and slide it into place:
I love that the drawer pulls out all the way unlike the Bestop and the Tuffy was made in AMERICA:
As I continue to use the drawer I will update the thread with my thoughts but my first initial impression is that this drawer is stout!
I purchased the AntennaX 13" inch "off-road" antenna because I am tired of my stock antenna bouncing off my snorkel and making it sound as if I have carnage falling off my Jeep. I was extremely disappointed. I listen to the FM radio all the time and that is my constant source of "entertainment" in my vehicle. I installed this antenna without a doubt in my mind and thinking I wouldn't lose a noticeable amount of reception because of all the positive reviews, I was wrong. I immediately lost two of my favorite FM stations.The looks of the antenna are very appealing but the function just isn't there in my situation.
Maybe my snorkel was interfering with the antenna's performance but it is already off my Jeep and on it's way back to it's original home. I included some pictures below for reference of how high the snorkel is above the antenna.
Thanks for the rubicon rails, got them on last weekend with the ace rock rails:
Originally Posted by stoops
As far as your stock antenna issue, I've seen someone that had bent it strategically to form to the windshield frame shape and attached it at the top. Maybe that is an option for you.
Those Rubicon rails with the Ace rails looks awesome! Was all the hardware there? Thanks for the idea about the antenna, I was thinking of contacting Rugged Ridge and suggesting they do some R&D on a snorkel antenna add-on.
Finally got the Jeep back to the Badlands for my first trail run of the season and my first run with all my mods! For those of you familiar with the Badlands my big accomplishment of the weekend was getting up “Axle Breaker”!
Had to make sure the snorkel worked…and it does:
Nothing rubbing or squeaking to badly upon flex:
Ran the rock garden down by Orange trail that goes along the road back to the parking lot…Here’s us entering:
Warmed the tires up:
In the rock quarry and ran up that big cliff and then ran the smaller trails behind it:
Small rock hill in the sand dunes by the hay stacks:
Got stuck, it was like quicksand and a lot deeper than I thought, Drivers side was up to the bottom of the door :
After my offroad extravaganza my heat shield decided it wanted to fall off and rattle the entire ride home (3.5 hours). Decided not to rip it off and to fix it because I believe it's there for a reason...or at least I hope.
In order to get to this heat shield and not have to contort your body into different shapes to even see where it's located I decided to drop off the muffler which can be a pain:
The bolt that attaches the clamp to the exhaust pipe is 9/16 and I hit it with some PB Blaster. After that was off you can twist and turn it a little bit in order to slide those hooks out of that rubber isolator. I also had to use some channel locks and a hell of a lot of force to pop them free.
Here is what these damn bolts look like and I used 7/16 on these bolts (heat shield holes opened up after some time and it fell right past the bolts):
A nice quick fix is just to get some huge washers:
Replace heat shield and run them back down:
Replace your muffler and use the channel locks to your advantage. No more rattle and that should hold for a decent amount of time
I put my ACE Rock Rails to some good use this past weekend and was very happy with them considering they saved my ass on numerous occasions but I did want to mention one thing. When I ran "Axle Breaker" I had the Jeep tipped over on the drivers side rocker rail and it flexed more than I expected and actually damaged the pinch seam upon flex:
Not a huge deal considering how many positive things they did this weekend but for anyone considering grabbing these and putting them to good use just beware. Called ACE and Adam mentioned making sure the bolts were torqued properly (which they were) and also to consider pairing them with the stock Rubicon Rails because it would "strengthen them and cause less flex".
When I was on my last wheeling trip I was having issues with that thin CB antenna bracket I made. It was bending and in time will break off so I had a buddy make something for me out of 1/4 steel he had laying around the shop. I don't think this thing will ever break:
Also I have a Synergy tie rod and Engo 9k synthetic winch sitting in my living room. Now I have to find the time to install it! Stay tuned!
Got my Synergy Tie Rod installed today and I am very pleased with it. The install took about an hour and I am toed in 1/8 of an inch and it drives perfectly. I absolutely LOVED how I could adjust the toe with the tie rod completely on the Jeep and how it came with the TREs over the Rock Krawler Tie Rod.
Here's a side by side of the stock tie rod and the Synergy:
Got my Engo 9k synthetic hooked up and it's operable, sorry but I tossed the cover on because it started to drizzle and snapped a quick picture and then headed out to the off-road park for topless day!
RCV Performance came out and rode co-pilot and after they setup a display table and cooked a ton of food for us! Very nice guys:
I will have a ton more pictures/videos for you guys in the next couple days. Got some awesome shots but here's a teaser shot for now:
Took a nice hit to my new Synergy tie rod this weekend:
Didn't bend the tie rod but it bent my drag link and threw my steering wheel off:
Synergy drag link, Safari straps, and Old Man Emu steering stabilizer and relocation bracket all on the way. Stay tuned for my "Go Topless Day" pictures and more aftermarket crap to empty my pockets :thumbsup: