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Old 04-03-2014, 05:24 PM   #121
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Update:

Over spring break I got the rear 2" BDS springs and 5100's in. Of course that was a PITA and took way longer than planned. Nothing ever goes easy for me.




Wheeled it last weekend at URE. Muddy as all hell. Any trail with a clay hill was all but impassible. Even going down here required a tow, and for me, a winch. The ditch and some ruts kept shooting everyone into the ditch. The YJ got towed over without sliding off (barely) but I wasn't so lucky. Slid off until it was teetering and I had to run a winch line up the hill to get it back on the trail. We ran a snatch block for the next TJ to keep the front end up the hill as it went over the hump.



Only major damage was a 2nd destroyed tie rod (this was a few month old ZJ tie rod, so I had to work to kill it so fast) which we managed to pull back into driveable shape by tying it to a tree with a strap and backing up a few times. Still driving on it (no sense in destroying a 3rd one at the Jamboree) but it will be replaced. I had to power wash it forever to get the ungodly amount of mud off of it. Then washed it.




This week I received and installed new dash and HVAC bulbs from SuperbrightLEDs. Half of the old ones were burnt out or flickering.

This shows one of the old 2 LEDs on the right and the new 1 LED on the left.



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Installed




Soooo much better not having the center of the cluster strobing in my face at night.

Now, I have a very expired tag. I am beyond due for inspection but I've been battling a p0432 code. I finally submitted and ordered a new Magnaflow downpipe from Kolak (of JF fame) which is being shipped from Magnaflow in Cali. Today I went by the DMV office down the street and got myself a 10 day Operation Without Inspection/Registration Permit issued. Now it's street legal again and I can drive to the Jamboree. Once the downpipe comes in, a local muffler shop will be doing the install. Since I had both new upstream sensors (to clear their codes that actually went away on their own with a PCM reset) (the stock B1S1 is currently stuck and semi-stripped, hoping the shop can get it out and the new one in), I decided to throw the shop a bone and order both downstream as well so they wouldn't have to fight getting the old stockers out of the old downpipe.

Finally, I recently won a HiLift from Raleigh 4WP and I received confirmation that the Steinjager quick discos I'll be product testing shipped yesterday.

And just loving this weather:


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Old 04-03-2014, 05:34 PM   #122
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Also, the 10A is now sitting on a 2.5" AEV lift with Bilstein 5100's. He already regrets the tires due to their E rating.




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Old 04-03-2014, 08:50 PM   #123
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I know it was 4 pages ago, but what size hole saw did you use to put your tail lights in?
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:32 PM   #124
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I know it was 4 pages ago, but what size hole saw did you use to put your tail lights in?
More like 2 years ago . But I believe it was a 4.5". Other writeups agree.
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:44 PM   #125
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More like 2 years ago . But I believe it was a 4.5". Other writeups agree.
Sweet, thanks.
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Sweet, thanks.
No prob.
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Old 05-25-2014, 10:27 PM   #127
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So recently, I bought and installed Crown HD steering to last until I swap the Waggy, stripped and retinted my turn signals which look great now, and fixed my homemade 3rd brake light with new SuperbrightLED LEDs.







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Old 06-15-2014, 08:52 PM   #128
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RE trackbar with new Moog bushing and Barnes Heim to fix my death wobble and new tailgate and tramp stamp.



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Old 05-27-2015, 03:05 PM   #129
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Oh wow, long time, no post. Things have changed. No particular order:















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Old 05-27-2015, 03:12 PM   #130
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We have waited...very very patiently...lol

Things are looking great!
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Old 06-01-2015, 04:26 PM   #131
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We have waited...very very patiently...lol

Things are looking great!
Yea I know, I tend to play favorites with forums. Sadly the other builds get neglected. I'm going to try to change that.

Not much news as of late. There is still oil dripping from the rear of the oil pan. It's dripping from the side of the pan, up near where the oil pan, block and rear bearing meet. The starter is covered, although most of the block plate is still clean. I'm hoping this means it is the oil pan gasket leaking where extra RTV was needed. I was careful with the RMS, but the oil pan was frustrating me working alone, and it wouldn't surprise me if it wasn't fully seated on the rear bearing cap or the RTV was smudged away. It's minor enough that it'll get be through the end of Summer Session before I fix it again.

Otherwise, I sort of adapted my broken Bracketron vent phone mount to mount on my GoPro suction base, although I have plans to further modify it to be a bit sturdier, mainly by actually JB Welding some GoPro feet on the mount. It's a far better setup than the vent clips anyways so losing that functionality isn't saying much.





I determined it is pretty easy to pop the chrome backings out of the M/T center caps I don't use, so I am considering painting the backings Rusto yellow and gluing them back in. If I don't like it or think it looks tacky (trust me, I am picky), I'll go back to no caps.



And here's some recent pics. The first is outside the NC Capitol Building a couple days ago (I needed a picture with a US flag for another forum's giveaway) and the second is a random picture that some construction guy working on the building in front of my apartment must have taken. A fellow NC Jeeper saw it on Facebook and told me about it. And to clarify, the other lane is closed for construction. The guy is actually standing in the middle of it. Have yet to find where on Facebook the pic is, but that's me.




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