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Old 02-19-2019, 06:37 PM
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Put on some LED reverse light bulbs. Hopefully will improve things until I buy full LED tail lights and a rear bumper with 4” lights.

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Old 03-31-2019, 09:19 PM
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Spring maintenance. Engine, transmission and transfer case oil changes those last few weekends, and today finished a full coolant flush.

My heater is working at bit better, but not perfect, despite the reverse flush. I'll plan on reversing the heater core hoses. Temp control is really good, on the highway at 70+ temps stay between 204 and 206, and with spirited driving up and down hills between 200 and 215 or so (it's 41F outside.) And at least I know what's really in my engine (the stuff that came out was suspiciously orange, it's supposed to be pink OAT)

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Old 04-06-2019, 03:23 PM
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Finally got rid of the Rubi rails!

I had to take the ACE rock sliders off to recondition them, and since I have metal flares I didn't need protection near the wheel wells anymore. I also didn't need that extra 52 Lbs.



The ACE rails needed some TLC:


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Old 04-11-2019, 07:04 PM
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MORryde HD tailgate hinges, reinforcement and tire carrier.

Some rust to deal with under the old hinges (no paint there!)









Had to trim the AEV corner armor with an angle grinder to accommodate the bigger hinges:




The final product (will have to adjust the brake light, and I also need some new rubber bumpers)

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Old 04-14-2019, 02:55 PM
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On-board air's going in. Now I have to decide how to wire it, whether to get a SPOD or similar, and where to install an air line to an outside fitting.

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Old 04-16-2019, 05:26 PM
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So I went for the ApolloIntech, 6-switch Pro model. Not a bad deal at $190.

Good product, easy installation, about 3 hours taking my time and that includes removing and remounting the compressor. All that remains is connecting the compressor, I'll trim and reuse the ARB harness for that purpose tomorrow.






Fishing for wire as I have a manual transmission and can't use the more common passage:



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Old 04-20-2019, 06:24 PM
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Leave it to me to organize the club's first ride of the season on a rainy day before all the snow has melted in Vermont.

A buddy and his green '07 Sahara showed up.



Unfortunately the trails still had some spots with deep snow, compacted by snowmobiles but melting from below, and we kept getting stuck or high-centered.



Me seeking an alternate line after getting stuck really bad:



Just as we decided we had enough, my friend grenaded his front D30 so we had to do some trailside work, then I had to help him out as with no lockers he was a 1-wheel-driver...







We both had all the needed tools and he's done it before, so it only took 25 minutes, in the snow and the rain.

Overall not a fun day but good recovery and repair practice.

Luckily for my buddy he's got a D44 at home ready to gear and install; he's on 35's with a front 30 and 3.21's, not an ideal combo.
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Old 04-22-2019, 12:25 PM
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Added a Warn power interrupt kit to control power to the winch via my ApolloIntech system. Now there's only power going to the front bumper when needed.

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Old 05-04-2019, 02:42 PM
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Added some $20 Chinese LED lights (Nilights) to the rear bumper. Will be helpful with the trailer, on the trail and to warn off tailgaters.

Wired to the ApolloIntech switch, they do not come on automatically with the reverse lights (for legality reasons) but reverse lights will come on when the LEDs are switched on once I plug in a new relay.

Long term goal is a Poison Spyder metal bumper with holes for lights, at which point I'll get some Rigid lights but I have other priorities and this will do for now.

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Now that the Rubi rails are gone, I installed some Poison Spyder lower body armor.

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Looking good!! Iím in Vermont also
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Old 05-24-2019, 12:27 PM
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Looking good!! Iím in Vermont also
Where? I have a house in Eden.
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Old 06-22-2019, 01:17 PM
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Added a 1/2" spacer to my right rear spring, it was sagging a bit. Rear suspension was bottoming out a lot and with the Rugged Ridge bump stops being so stiff that was quite uncomfortable. Looks and drives much better now.




And yes, my spring is rusty. EVERYTHING rusts here with all the salt they put on the roads.
I'll probably swap the RK 2.5" springs with 3.5" in a year or two anyway.
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Added a 1/2" spacer to my right rear spring, it was sagging a bit. Rear suspension was bottoming out a lot and with the Rugged Ridge bump stops being so stiff that was quite uncomfortable. Looks and drives much better now.




And yes, my spring is rusty. EVERYTHING rusts here with all the salt they put on the roads.
I'll probably swap the RK 2.5" springs with 3.5" in a year or two anyway.
I have a 2.5Ē RK lift and my left rear spring is sagging a little also it was installed a little over 4 yrs ago. I was told their older designed spring had sag issues! All my lift components are rusty do to our salt. I just talked to the previous owner of my ride and was told he swapped out all the knuckles with Ballistic joints so no worries about rust. Iíll have to look into adding a spacer. Iím slowly POR 15 as much as I can.
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Old 06-23-2019, 11:47 AM
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I have a 2.5Ē RK lift and my left rear spring is sagging a little also it was installed a little over 4 yrs ago. I was told their older designed spring had sag issues! All my lift components are rusty do to our salt. I just talked to the previous owner of my ride and was told he swapped out all the knuckles with Ballistic joints so no worries about rust. Iíll have to look into adding a spacer. Iím slowly POR 15 as much as I can.
My control arms are rusty but it's only surface rust. I spray WD-40 on all the joints, they are rust free.
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VJA's annual Dan Smith Memorial Ride

Our club's big annual ride in New Hampshire yesterday.

It's held in memory our a too-soon-departed club member on his family's land.




We had 17 vehicles (15 Wranglers)



Someone even brought a boat!




There were rocks.




Sometimes the rocks were too much.




WAY too much! (9-foot drop behind that Jeep, and a broken transmission mount underneath)




The rocks took their toll.




But we took our toll on the rocks!




My Jeep got a little dirty.




And a little scratched underneath.




But my only carnage was a ruined tire.





Videos to follow.
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Independence Day parade with our club in Morrisville, VT





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I'm club president BTW. Several members from your area.
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Longish video taken on Axle Alley in Waterville, Vermont yesterday.

Shows the difference between an older Jeep with open diffs and worn tires trying to climb a set of muddy ledges (16 minutes with some winching) and my JKUR with lockers (26 seconds!) Timestamp is all wrong.

And yes, I'm the fat bloke in the orange T-shirt with receding graying hair...


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