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Old 12-04-2019, 10:33 AM   #151
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It's a lightly used 2017 Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 that was fully decked out with all the options we wanted. We drove two new GC's (a 2019 and 2020 model) as they had some fairly good deals going on, but we couldn't justify spending the extra $25,000 to get something with 20,000 less miles (plus the color scheme my wife wanted would have been a 3-6 week wait).
That's the way to buy them. Let someone else take that $25G hit. Congrats to the Mrs. That is certainly an upgrade to the 05 Outback.

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“I love the look of the fenders, though I may end up painting the inner fenders black (or using some undercoating). The brushed aluminum look is ab it blingy for my tastes...”

Exactly my thoughts, that is why I sent mine to the powder coater out of the gate. Your YJ is looking really good!
I figure I'll have the front end apart in the spring when it's time for the V8 swap, so I'll pull the entire front clip and deal with the inners at that point. I'm thinking I may repaint (or at least wet sand and clear coat) the hood and radiator support too.
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Craigslist deals....

What I did to The Keeper today was drive it, FOR THE THIRD DAY IN A ROW!!! Nice to put some miles on it, get some Jeep waves from other Jeepers.

Also, picked up a couple of my favorite Dana 44’s for YJ conversions, one from an ‘89 XJ with the tow package (Spring Over), and one from an MJ with the Metric Ton option (Spring Under). These things used to be fairly easy to come by, getting rare and far more costly now.

While I was at it, scored an 8.8 with 4.10’s and a Trak Lok for the ‘95 I sold to my friend Mike and we did the 4.0/AX-15 swap to. Getting ready to put some more lift, and more tire on it, so the 8.8 will be a good addition.

FWIW, I miss @JonStevens original “Craigslist Deal of the Week” thread.
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What I did to The Keeper today was drive it, FOR THE THIRD DAY IN A ROW!!! Nice to put some miles on it, get some Jeep waves from other Jeepers.

Also, picked up a couple of my favorite Dana 44’s for YJ conversions, one from an ‘89 XJ with the tow package (Spring Over), and one from an MJ with the Metric Ton option (Spring Under). These things used to be fairly easy to come by, getting rare and far more costly now.

While I was at it, scored an 8.8 with 4.10’s and a Trak Lok for the ‘95 I sold to my friend Mike and we did the 4.0/AX-15 swap to. Getting ready to put some more lift, and more tire on it, so the 8.8 will be a good addition.

FWIW, I miss @JonStevens original “Craigslist Deal of the Week” thread.

Which Keeper? 3 days in a row?! I take my hat off to you fine sir!
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Which Keeper? 3 days in a row?! I take my hat off to you fine sir!
Getting older Jon, but I have a lot of clutching left in me!!
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SoCalC101CJYJTJ, The Craigslist deal of the week was combined with other similar threads in a sticky on the Off Topic sub-forum.

FWIW, I put a piece of wood on my clutch pedal. As an old buzzard, I figure it's just a precaution in case my knee doesn't work.
I figure I still have a lot of clutching to do too.

Good Luck, L.M.

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SoCalC101CJYJTJ, The Craigslist deal of the week was combined with other similar threads in a sticky on the Off Topic sub-forum.

FWIW, I put a piece of wood on my clutch pedal. As an old buzzard, I figure it's just a precaution in case my knee doesn't work.
I figure I still have a lot of clutching to do too.

Good Luck, L.M.

Any perceived puns are unintended.
Nice work Mac! You’re still just a young pup too my friend, and like the old school surfers with the Ford woodies say, “Wood is Good”!
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What I did to The Keeper today was drive it, FOR THE THIRD DAY IN A ROW!!! Nice to put some miles on it, get some Jeep waves from other Jeepers.

Also, picked up a couple of my favorite Dana 44’s for YJ conversions, one from an ‘89 XJ with the tow package (Spring Over), and one from an MJ with the Metric Ton option (Spring Under). These things used to be fairly easy to come by, getting rare and far more costly now.

While I was at it, scored an 8.8 with 4.10’s and a Trak Lok for the ‘95 I sold to my friend Mike and we did the 4.0/AX-15 swap to. Getting ready to put some more lift, and more tire on it, so the 8.8 will be a good addition.

FWIW, I miss @JonStevens original “Craigslist Deal of the Week” thread.
I have a sneaking suspicion that this wasn't meant for my build thread
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The Dave's Custom Unlimited stubby bumper arrived! The build quality, like all the DCU stuff I've used already, is exceptional. I wiped it down with acetone and decided to spray it with some Herculiner Bed Liner spray. It leaves a nice textured finish that matches the rear fairly well...



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I have a sneaking suspicion that this wasn't meant for my build thread
Sorry pc! Not sure how that happened!
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I'm still focusing most of my time and energy on my RamCharger build but am making small changes in preparation of larger changes to come later this year. First up was to take advantage of the new space the MetalCloaks have made.

Here is good example of how much room was created by the MC Overlines. Previously to this, I had my bumpstops set so that I had ~ 1/4" of clearance to the TJ flares at their closest points (recall that my front fenders had already been trimmed to TJ size).

Before readjusting bumpstops:






After reinstalling the original 1/2" bump pads on the RE Extended bumpstops:


I couldn't get the Jeep to hit the front bumps at my "proving grounds" without putting all my weight on the flares (which meant I was unable to get a photo of it)... I'll soon be testing these on the trail, so I'll make sure to double check clearances as I go through the twisties the first few times.



Despite only having 1-1/2" difference in height, the new (old) bump pads have increased travel over 2.5" and I'm guessing it is close to 3-1/4" to 3-1/2" (thanks math!)

Those with a good-eye may have also noticed that my MetalCloak sliders have arrived. These are beefy and help tie the "look" of the front and rear flares much better than I was expecting... The step isn't really a step, but really a kicker to keep the body and flares away from objects better.

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Had a great Facebook Marketplace find - a locking Tuffy center console for $80. It was missing the rear bracket (the angled piece that hangs down to the floorboard) but Tuffy is a USA-made company (good ol' Cortez, CO!) and unlike Bestop, they can sell you any single part needed. I ordered a rear bracket, a finger hook, and 2 spare keys for $21.



I have been using the Gauge Works door panels for about 2 years now and while they work, I was never super impressed. They fit but were loose and squeaked a lot. The pocket, while handy, always hit my leg.



The last straw was that the pocket on the driver side was now beginning to crack and would pinch my leg and/or leg hair all the time - which was both annoying and sometimes painful while on the trails. I found my old factory pair in the back of the garage and even though they were cracked and deteriorating some, I decided to make them work. I lightly sanded the areas on top with the most sun/arm damage and then used my plastic welder to repair a large crack on the passenger side.



After that I grabbed a can of Duplicolor Vinyl and Fabric coating, then gave the panels a good degrease and scrub with a 3M Scotchbrite pad and went to town. They came out well and fit much better than the Gauge Works panels ever did. I'm not missing the pockets anymore since I now have the Tuffy center console to store things in (mainly charging cables and similar were stored in the pockets).





While the door panels were off, I completely degreased both locking mechanisms (with Super Clean at first, then good old oven cleaner they were so bad on the inside). I few minutes of elbow grease at each lock, followed by some Teflon grease and dry-lube and these now open and latch as good as new. I was surprised at how smooth the handle works now and even my daughter asked if I "did something to the door handles".
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