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Old 12-22-2012, 04:27 PM   #121
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Couple of flex shots for ya'll. Front tire was off the ground 23", rear 27".
When we lifted the left rear tire, there was still plenty of clearance between the right front tire and the inside of the fender. So much that I could probably even run 37's with no problem. The metalcloaks are expensive, however, they are worth every penny! LOVE THEM!

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Old 12-26-2012, 08:17 PM   #122
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Nothing really picture worthy to post today but I did make some progress. All pedals installed. Clutch slave cylinder installed. Air cleaner bracket and air cleaner installed. Also got the under dash AC/Heater duct installed and more of the under good wire loom ran. Something I found out right before Christmas, one of my guys dropped my hood on the right front corner and bent it in. Good thing I have a back up. I figure I will be ready to fire it up for the first time middle to end of January. Hopefully, maybe, if the Jeep Gods will smile on me sooner than that.

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Old 12-26-2012, 11:43 PM   #123
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Wow!!!!!!

I've been watching your build for some time now. I have an 88 yj myself and hope to start my build in the next few weeks. So far I've just been buying parts. I'm going to build it in my garage at home so I'll be with out a lift. Keep up the great work and your posts have really motivated me!!! I look forward to seeing more.
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Getting closer. Oil in motor, primed motor. Fluids in trans and t-case. Almost done with the wire looms. Need to install radiator and get all that done. May break in the motor next Saturday.
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What did you use to sand the bottom before you sprayed it with the liner? I was thinking maybe a right angle grinder to get in all the tight spots?
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:17 PM   #126
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hey buddy, first thanks for all of the updates and details. I know that having the right tools makes a HUGE difference! Keep it up!
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:08 PM   #127
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Nice build!
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:26 PM   #128
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What did you use to sand the bottom before you sprayed it with the liner? I was thinking maybe a right angle grinder to get in all the tight spots?
At first I was going to use a sand blaster. Did not work at all and made a hell of a mess. I then went with paint stripper and putty knives to get the top layer of grime off. Then we went with a combination of scotchbrite pads on a die grinder, wire wheel in a drill and regular red scotchbrite pads. Just a whole lot of elbow grease and time. Like another poster said, having the right tools made a horrible job a lot better.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:31 PM   #129
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Nice build!
Thank you very much. Made some progress today. Got the plug wires on, brackets painted and all the belt driven accessories painted as well. The fuel tank was sitting to low in the skid plate so I found an old rubber bed mat and cut it to size to raise the tank up. Now I can install my filler tube. Should be able to fire the new motor up end of next week. Maybe even send it off to paint by the third week of January.
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At first I was going to use a sand blaster. Did not work at all and made a hell of a mess. I then went with paint stripper and putty knives to get the top layer of grime off. Then we went with a combination of scotchbrite pads on a die grinder, wire wheel in a drill and regular red scotchbrite pads. Just a whole lot of elbow grease and time. Like another poster said, having the right tools made a horrible job a lot better.
Ok thanks. What brand of paint stripper? Is one better than the other? I'm going to have to go that route with mine soon too. Oh yeah, I noticed you sprayed the firewall as well. When you put the front end back on did the thickness of the liner affect the line-up of the front fenders in any way?
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I'll look tomorrow and see what brand we used but I really don't think it matters. I used the rafter liner which is not as thick as say some of the more popular, rubber type of liners you see in truck beds. When I did the firewall I did not hit the area were the fenders bolt up that heavy. Mainly just enough to give it a good covering. Since I am going with the metalcloaks and did not have them before doing the coating I can not honestly answer if it changed the fit, but I am pretty sure it would not have.
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Ok cool and thanks for the help. I'm sure there's alot of us that need it and appreciate it!!! You should be teaching this stuff in a classroom somewhere. I'd pay for that kind of knowledge!!
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I pretty much did what you and others on this forum did when they first got their jeep. Asked a lot of questions and read a lot of threads. I am just lucky that my job allows me to do this sort of stuf.
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Well today could very well be the day. Making a strong push to fire the 4.6 up this afternoon. I'll keep everyone posted.
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Well first attempt to fire my motor up did not go well at all. I am missing a wiring harness that goes to the back up light switch off the transmission that also connects the wires for the ignition switch to the starter. Finally figured out what two wires needed jumped and did that so the starter would work. We did get it running but it runs like crap. Seems like the timing is way to retarded so tonight I will be trying to fix that. Hopefully will have better luck this time
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Well today could very well be the day. Making a strong push to fire the 4.6 up this afternoon. I'll keep everyone posted.
Hey rykemc...where have you been the past few days?...too much New Years Cheer!!haha...any more progress on the build? Waiting to see what you've been working on. And Happy New Year...Gunny Out!!
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Well first attempt to fire my motor up did not go well at all. I am missing a wiring harness that goes to the back up light switch off the transmission that also connects the wires for the ignition switch to the starter. Finally figured out what two wires needed jumped and did that so the starter would work. We did get it running but it runs like crap. Seems like the timing is way to retarded so tonight I will be trying to fix that. Hopefully will have better luck this time
Sounds like the neutral cut out switch? Is yours an automatic? That little switch made me pull my hair out for hours, until it was pointed out to me by a somewhat condescending father that it runs on negative polarity.
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:54 PM   #138
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Happy new year to you too Gunny. Just been working on trying to get everything ready to start it and break the cam in.

USMC. Mine is the AX15 but it does have this little jumper wire that has to be there for the ignition to work the starter. Ibuildembig is sending my that harness. I have no idea what the hell I did with it.
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Well after 3 days of fighting with this motor, Today I noticed a jeep flywheel laying on a roll around in the shop. Looked at it for a moment and the bells went off and the lights came on. "Holy crap that is a jeep flywheel" Yes ladies and gentlemen I put the wrong damn flywheel on him. Changed flywheels out and he cranked right up. Broke the cam in with no problems and he idles great and has great throttle response. Could not be happier. No if I could just get my axles back I would be in business.
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Hey Man...glad to hear the motor cranked up and runs good...let me ask you a question anout axels...I'm going with a 4" lift with 31x10.5's...when they wear out I think I'll bump up to 32's or maybe 33's for tires...I heard the stock gears might not work so well with that setup...what do you think...i'm only going to run from here to Topsail Island in NC to surf fish with it so I'll be driving on the beach alot... about 300 miles from where I live mostly on the interstate...what gears do you think would work best?
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Wife's TJ has 33's with 3.73's. 5th gear is pretty much uselesss. I am running 35's with 4.56. I ran 31's with 3.07 for 2 years. 5th gear useless. So with all that said, after I finish my jeep I will be installing 4.56 gears in the wife's jeep. My honest opinion is this, the single best upgrade to your jeep is to install a set of gears that works with your tire size to get back to the power band of your jeeps engine.
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Wife's TJ has 33's with 3.73's. 5th gear is pretty much uselesss. I am running 35's with 4.56. I ran 31's with 3.07 for 2 years. 5th gear useless. So with all that said, after I finish my jeep I will be installing 4.56 gears in the wife's jeep. My honest opinion is this, the single best upgrade to your jeep is to install a set of gears that works with your tire size to get back to the power band of your jeeps engine.
I have been contemplating this same thing. Is there a rule of thumb to determine the best gears to get per size of the tires?
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Not a lot of pictures to post be because right now it's just a lot of little things being done. Got both shifters installed. Speed sensor installed. Oh, and I am going to need to do some repair to the wire loom going back to the trans and fuel pump. Seems like last night during the break in period that wire look was laying on the exhaust pipe and melted a bunch of wires. Thank goodness I caught it before it caught on fire. Tested the transmission and t-case. Clutch is working good and if I would have had my axles done and in I could have drove him for the first time since last September.
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Good Morning. I have a question for you. I see that you had the motor in your jeep made into a stroker motor. What are you mainly using the jeep for? Rock crawling, mudding or is it a daily driver and you just wanted some more power for. I'm going to be using mine to run up and down the beach while surf fishing. The thing is I live in Northern Virginia and I fish the Outer Banks and Topsail Island a little further down in NC. So most of the trip down there is on the interstate. I'll never have tires bigger that 33's. So my concern is to build a motor that will run 70 mph on the highway, do well in the sand and not lose 5th gear. I know we've talked about gears in the diff as well. Just trying to get some advice on whether a stroker is the way to go or maybe a small block ford. Just looking for your thoughts on this. Thanks for listening....Gunny Out
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I have been contemplating this same thing. Is there a rule of thumb to determine the best gears to get per size of the tires?
I'm not sure if this will help you Finn... but I found it useful for me to determine what I wanted.

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Sorry Finn. Didn't see your question.
4WD.com and Quadratec.com both have charts in their catalogs and possibly on line also.
But rule of thumb could go like this.

31's- 3.73-4.10
33's- 4.10-4.56
35's- 4.56-4.88

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I didn't want to do a V8 swap even though I have plenty of them here at the yard. Matter of fact I have about 5 5.3/4L60E 4x4 combo's still siting in vehicles right now. I wanted to keep it true drive train wise that's why I went with the 4.6. I already had the 4.2 crank and rods so I thought, "why not just build a stroker motor?" So I did
I plan on doing the Jeep Jamboree at Palo Doro Canyon near Amarillo TX this year and also want to go to Moab. We also vacation up in Colorado near Wolf Creek and there a a lot of nice trails up there. Black Bear pass is one I really want to do. I will also use it as a DD but I also have my F350 to drive.
I built it to be as much and off road vehicle as a highway vehicle. One I can comfortably drive to the trails, wheel on what ever terrain I want to, an drive it home. I think the 4.6, 4.0- t-case, and 4.56 gears will do both trail and highway driving just fine
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Thanks!!

Ok that makes perfect sense. The motor in my YJ is the 4.2 inline 6. Not sure which tranny or transfer case. Whats the easiest way to determine which ones they are if the build tags are missing? I can't seem to find them. Probably just looking in the wrong place. But then again I don't know how many other owners it's had and if they messed with them. Any suggestions where to look?
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Yours is an 88? If so then it is the BA10/peugoet trans unless the PO changed it.
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Could not be happier with the way things are going with this engine swap. Motor cranks up about the 1 1/2 turn mark, idles at 800-850 rpm, oil pressure at idle cold is about 55psi dropping to 40-45 psi when warm. Temp is right at 195. But the best thing about all of this is, NO CHECK ENGINE LIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Hey Gunny. If you can take a picture of your trans and post it here, or PM me and I'll give you my email/phone number and send it to me I can tell you for sure what trans is in it.

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