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Old 04-23-2017, 01:03 PM   #38971
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Installed a Firestik to hopefully improve reception for my handheld in spite of the less than optimal location. I made the bracket wide enough to hold a nmo I have for my Diamond antenna so I can swap them out, but that will be next weekend.

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Old 04-23-2017, 02:18 PM   #38972
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Not so much TO my TJ but FOR my TJ.

Reinstalled a track bar (yes, a lot like the Jeep ones) on the rear of our 42' RV. It pulls the TJ across the country for us, as we travel. GVRW 29,410 lbs
The axle end had come loose, allowing the rear end to move about 1-1/2" side to side. Had to remove it, clean-up the threads on the 1-1/8" diameter stud, get a new nut and then reinstall. Bar is about 30" long and weighs in at about 30 pounds. Lock washer, nut and loc-tite on and cranked down. All done 1050 miles from home, in a driveway, on my back with typical hand tools and a borrowed thread cleaner. (Back tires up on a curb for access to nut.) $25 in parts and sockets to get it done.

All in all, a good 2-day project.
Makes working ON the Jeep the seem a bit simpler.

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Replaced u joint on driveshaft at front axle today. First time doing a u joint. Overall a very easy job except for removing the bolts at the transfer case. After a hour messing with u joint sockets and extensions I tried a small ratchet and it fit perfectly. Here's one of the end caps.
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Old 04-23-2017, 04:21 PM   #38974
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Added a Transmission Temp Gauge today.
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Old 04-23-2017, 08:56 PM   #38975
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(Yesterday...) - did my axle swap with donor axles from 4cyl TJ meaning 4.10 gears replacing my 3.07 gears - YAY!!! Still a D35, but nice to have the better gears on the cheap (full axle swap front/rear for only $200). Install went great. No seized bolts and no surprises. First time doing an axle swap - took pretty much the afternoon to do it. Results...while still on 31's, I've got more zip now and can actually use 5th gear in town (used to only be able to use on the freeway) 4WD works just fine too and really crawls now. Am now ready to move to 33's!!!!!!
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Old 04-23-2017, 11:26 PM   #38976
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Put non-skid tape on doorsills

I had the typical dinged up nasty doorsills and, from a recommendation from a friend, put some 3M non-skid tape on them. Looks much better and practical, too.
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Old 04-23-2017, 11:43 PM   #38977
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I had the typical dinged up nasty doorsills and, from a recommendation from a friend, put some 3M non-skid tape on them. Looks much better and practical, too.
where did you get the tape?
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Old 04-24-2017, 12:24 PM   #38978
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Bought a factory hard top on CL and washed her up.
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@Jeeplover1 I purchased 2" 3M Safety-Walk from Home Depot. It was with the tapes by the paint section.
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I have a friend who is a mechanic, I think I'm going to set him loose on this one. Any info you can get would be great!
its called a 2 bar map sensor.
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@Jeeplover1 I purchased 2" 3M Safety-Walk from Home Depot. It was with the tapes by the paint section.


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@Jeeplover1 No 'sir' necessary, Army... I was USAF enlisted in a very previous conflict.

You are, of course, most welcome!

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Old 04-24-2017, 09:38 PM   #38983
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Finally fixed my Vanco Big Brake Kit issue. Even during break-in it stops ridiculously well.

Time to put new Adams's front driveshaft in. The mount Rubicon locker compressors, plumb and wire up switches and indicators.

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Old 04-25-2017, 05:22 AM   #38984
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Replaced the plugs. Not sure if ever done before, but gap was probably 1/8 inch, tab part was thin and rounded. either way, it needed done

sprayed the side of the engine down with a grease remover, seeing where the oil is comming from. prev owner stated he replaced valve cover gasket, not sure how good a job he did.
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Old 04-25-2017, 05:32 AM   #38985
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(Yesterday...) - did my axle swap with donor axles from 4cyl TJ meaning 4.10 gears replacing my 3.07 gears - YAY!!! Still a D35, but nice to have the better gears on the cheap (full axle swap front/rear for only $200). Install went great. No seized bolts and no surprises. First time doing an axle swap - took pretty much the afternoon to do it. Results...while still on 31's, I've got more zip now and can actually use 5th gear in town (used to only be able to use on the freeway) 4WD works just fine too and really crawls now. Am now ready to move to 33's!!!!!!
I'm pretty handy but I would be afraid to try this myself. I too have 3.07 gears (puke in my mouth) but now I'm confused about where the numbers come from. Do you mean you swapped the entire axle housing with brakes on them etc?
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I'm pretty handy but I would be afraid to try this myself. I too have 3.07 gears (puke in my mouth) but now I'm confused about where the numbers come from. Do you mean you swapped the entire axle housing with brakes on them etc?
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Yes, he swapped a rotor to rotor/drum to drum axle. It's fairly simple, especially in the rear. A lift affects how difficult the track bar install is, but other than that it's pretty simple. Farther up you can get the frame = lower you can drop axle = easier it is to just remove springs with no tools.

Gear ratio is relation of pinion gear to ring gear inside your diff. More importantly, it is also how many driveshaft rotations are needed to rotate the wheels 360, or a complete rotation (3.07:1, 4.10:1, etc). Diff gearing allows a given amount of power coming from engine, transmitted through driveshaft, to do work on the axle shaft. A higher numerical gear ratio (lower gearing) makes that work able to be performed much easier. Think of gearing down on a bicycle when you go up a hill. Those lower gears means your feet pedal a lot, but it's infinitely easier to get up a big hill. The lower a gear you go on your bicycle, the more the numerical ratio goes up. It's just a number. The important concept is the for the same power, lower gearing results in more work done. After a certain speed, there's diminishing return though. Although our jeeps don't go fast enough for this to be a realistic factor.

Lower gearing is important to jeeps for one main reason: bigger tires.
Lower gearing compensates for larger tires greater moment of inertia, which has to with mass and rotational motion.
Lower gearing helps you to regain your acceleration lost due to bigger tires. More mass is more resistant to motion for a given force. It takes more force to get bigger things moving, it takes more force to get bigger tires spinning. (Sidenote: technically bigger tires get you a higher top speed for a given amount of power, but it takes longer to get there).

I went from 4.10 on 35's to 4.88's and could not be happier with an inline 6. I couldn't imagine 3.07 or 3.55. Horrific. Different engines, trannies and tire sizes will dictate what's best.
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Old 04-25-2017, 10:05 AM   #38987
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I'm pretty handy but I would be afraid to try this myself. I too have 3.07 gears (puke in my mouth) but now I'm confused about where the numbers come from. Do you mean you swapped the entire axle housing with brakes on them etc?
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^^ What Laggy says

Working on Jeeps - especially TJ's (I find) are pretty easy really - just think of it as a puzzle...you take it apart, you put it back together. As long as you take your time and keep track of what you are doing, wrenching isn't really that bad...carbs, heads, suspension - I even did my alignment yesterday.

As to the swap - yes, what Laggy says. The donor axles came off a 4 cyl TJ which means it is a direct bolt on to my 98 4.0 6cyl. The donor axles had:
- axles (of course)
- brakes (disc on front...including calipers, drum on rear)
- track bars
- tie rod
- drag link (so basically, all the steering components)
- upper control arms
- lower control arms

So for me - it really was a 'drop old axle, install donor axle'. and also as Laggy says, and there are several writeups on this, but even with a 2" lift, getting the springs out is not a problem - it does take a little bit of work and muscle, but no spring compressors are needed.

Next big change for me....moving to the Ford 8.8 - with that, I'll probably do a tummy tuck and then all the other drive shaft mods that need to be done along with moving to a 3 or 4" lift. That's down the road a bit though. My immediate 'want' is to move to 33's now that I can handle them with the 4.10's under me.
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its called a 2 bar map sensor.
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Old 04-25-2017, 07:17 PM   #38989
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Added the Quadratec arm rest cover.

Someone tried to break into my center console and cracked the top of it. This covered it up.
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Added a Transmission Temp Gauge today.
Oooooh, I want that. I frequently tow an offroad trailer and think that would keep me safe with my notorious egg-shell tranny.
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Did another break-in cycle on Vanco Big Brake kit. Haven't got them to smoke yet, but I did get a touch of lock up on first couple stops. Brakes fade pretty quick during break-in though.
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Took my milk jugs off ? Much better...
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Had an older bikini top with the dreaded front window channel that never seemed to fit right.....I said screw that 30 minute change over and bought this mesh top.

Much faster and easier to install.

Bought it from Quadratec.

MasterTop™ ShadeMaker Mesh Bimini Top for 97-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ
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Had an older bikini top with the dreaded front window channel that never seemed to fit right.....I said screw that 30 minute change over and bought this mesh top.

Much faster and easier to install.

Bought it from Quadratec.

MasterTop™ ShadeMaker Mesh Bimini Top for 97-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ
What is nice is that you do not need to remove those, ever. Works with hard and soft top.

And air still circulate and sun does not hit you on the body.
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My Jeep is loaded up for some mounting and balancing! Going to the tire shop and putting on new 35"s and new 17" wheels.

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My Jeep is loaded up for some mounting and balancing! Going to the tire shop and putting on new 35"s and new 17" wheels.

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It's over the last couple of days, but I think I found the source of my misfire problems. I pulled the Crankshaft Position Sensor, it was cracked and just generally messed up.





I also cleaned out the throttle body, since it was kinda funky.

Today the turn signals quit working, so I had to replace the relay. This is the 2nd time I had to replace it in a year, so I think the multifunction switch had other problems besides having a broken hazard switch. When I bought the Jeep, The PO had gotten a new steering column with wheel to replace the messed up steering wheel it came with. He gave it to me when I bought the Jeep. I just threw it in the garage and didn't give it much thought. So today I raided it for the switch and put it and the new relay in the Jeep. Everything works the way it should now, including the hazards.







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Got a decent engine stand recently. Purchased the cherry picker today and will pick it up on Monday. That 4.0L is coming out and the tub is coming off. It's restoration time, kids! w00t!!!!1!1!!

I still need the leveler/chains/bolt-down bracket thing.

Any suggestions? What do you have, and can you provide me with a link or at least a brand and part number?

Also, where did YOU attach the chains for the hoist? Photos are best if you have them. Thanks!
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I put my BFG KO2 265/75/16's on Craig's List and ended up with 6 buyers lined up today alone. I guess that means I priced them too low, but its nice to defer the price of the 295's a bit. Hope one of these guys actually show up tomorrow.
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I put new Goodyear Wrangler's 31-10.5-15 on the pretty much stock 04 LJ. Vibrations stopped. Now I will look at Bilstein B6-4600 for the front to handle the gravel road I now live on.

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