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Old 04-04-2014, 11:47 AM   #1
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Reaper's Journey

After buying my TJ, I immediatly ordered a new Bestop. Black with tented windows. Installation wasn't bad, but should've waited for warmer weather.

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Old 04-04-2014, 11:49 AM   #2
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Next up, the fog light switch. Would not turn off. I found a thread explaining how to take apart the switch and add a little JB Weld to fix the problem. Went smooth.

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Old 04-04-2014, 11:51 AM   #3
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Drivers side parking light didn't work, but turn signal did. After inspecting socket had a broken connector. Easy fix.
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:53 AM   #4
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Death wobble problem. Reaper had a brand new 4 inch Skyjacker lift. Posted pics on forum, was told to replace drop pitman arm with a stock one. Did that plus an alignment, wheel balance and rotation.
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:53 AM   #5
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Heater blower only worked on high, bought a new switch, fixed.
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:57 AM   #6
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Currently replacing engine with a reman from RMI. While engine is out I'm replacing water pump, thermostat, clutch, throw out bearing, pilot bushing, and bought new plugs (platinum Champions), boots, filter and fluids. Also going to have the fly wheel turned.
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:00 PM   #7
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:01 PM   #8
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Also changed front break rotors and pad. No issues, went smooth.
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:03 PM   #9
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While the motor is out, I'm going to replace the leaky steering gear box. Hopefully that helps the death wobble a little more. The stock pitman arm made a difference, but when it's windy, it's almost impossible to drive Reaper at high way speeds.
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Old 04-05-2014, 01:49 PM   #13
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The top transmission bolts were awful. I don't understand the use of torx bolts over hex bolts. Stripped them out, couldn't get an easy out on them. Ended up grinding them off....and then once the motor was out....we unscrewed them by hand!! Even if I hadn't grind them off, they wouldn't have went back in. Going to buy regular hex bolts to go back in.
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Old 04-05-2014, 07:40 PM   #14
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The top transmission bolts were awful. I don't understand the use of torx bolts over hex bolts. Stripped them out, couldn't get an easy out on them. Ended up grinding them off....and then once the motor was out....we unscrewed them by hand!! Even if I hadn't grind them off, they wouldn't have went back in. Going to buy regular hex bolts to go back in.
That and the inverted torx on the starter, are oh so much fun to get out. I really don't get why they use so many torx bolts/screws.
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:12 PM   #15
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That and the inverted torx on the starter, are oh so much fun to get out. I really don't get why they use so many torx bolts/screws.
Whatever ones I come across will be replaced with plain ole hex bolts!
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Steering gear box was pretty easy with the motor out. No more leaky!

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Old 04-05-2014, 09:18 PM   #17
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Also going to have the fly wheel turned.
NOOOO. dont do that.
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NOOOO. dont do that.
Why not?
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Why not?
Because the jeep flywheel has a dome shape to it so that the clutch doesn't grab the flywheel all at once.

Per the factory service manual, if needed run some Emory cloth over the flywheel, but do not machine flat.
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Damn. And it's already at the shop.
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I got a hold of the machine shop before they turning my flywheel. Yay!
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I got a hold of the machine shop before they turning my flywheel. Yay!
Woo!
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Woo!
Thanks for the heads up!
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:58 PM   #24
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Sweet how does it run ?
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:39 AM   #26
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Starting it tonight after work. Finished it late last night. My father in law helped me with the swap, so I felt inclined to have him present at the ceremonial first run.
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Old 04-27-2014, 08:13 PM   #27
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So first start - engine immediately revved wide open. Turned out I didn't have the intake manifold seated correctly. I loosened all the bolts, repositioned it, tightened the bolts down, heard a pop after the bottom front and bottom rear and finished tightening them all down. Engine then started and ran well, but when I took off it would sputter and idle down. We then adjusted the "distributor" to 0 degrees (pointing straight at the fire wall). Fixed it. Runs perfect. Check engine light is on, so it's going to the dealership to be hooked up to the computer. Find out exactly what's wrong.
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