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« Reply #150 on: January 28, 2019, 09:30:18 PM »

I installed the Currie Antirock this past weekend.  It's a very easy job and uses a torsion bar in place of the factory bar.  The most difficult part of the install was getting the inserts into the front frame tube.  Beveling the edges on the inserts, and using grease, makes the job much easier.  I took the Jeep out for a test drive and couldn't tell any difference in the ride.  Admittedly, I didn't take it into corners, so we'll see how that goes later.

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« Reply #151 on: March 17, 2019, 11:49:43 AM »

I gave the the LJ a little attention today.  Installed some Metalcloak bling (hopefully functional), in the form of their vented fender panels. Since I have an intermittent locker pump issue, I also installed a new set of front and rear air pumps.

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« Reply #152 on: April 19, 2019, 02:52:12 PM »

Started the annual maintenance on the Jeep, to include:
 - Oil and filter replaced
 - Air filter replaced
 - Suspension and drive shafts greased
 - Front hubs disassembled, two bad inner seals replaced, and bearings repacked with grease
 - All brakes disassembled and cleaned
 - A rear sticking caliper replaced, along with new pads on the rear
 - Cleaned and repainted the frame and underside of the Jeep



I also pulled the 17" Walker Evans beadlocks and 35" Mickey Thompson MTs. They were replaced with a set of 17" Indy 1st generation Bronco wheels, with 35" Duratrac tires for everyday driving. For reference, the Walker Evans beadlocks and Mickey Thompson tires weigh 107.6 lbs each.  The Indy wheels and Duratracs weigh 87.4 lbs. The 20 lb per tire difference is noticeable when driving around.   This also gave me my first major Jeep Bling!

 

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« Reply #153 on: May 20, 2019, 07:17:55 AM »

After having this in the garage for a long time I finally got around to installing the HealTech speedometer calibrator from Blue Monkey Motor sports.  The calibrator plugs into the factory harness for all 97 - 06 TJ and LJs, including either the 231 or 241OR transfer case.  

http://www.bluemonkeymotorsports.com/products_ht.html

The installation was literally this simple:

 - Take the SPEEDOHEALER out of the package
 - Unplug the speedometer wire that goes into the transfer case
 - Plug the SPEEDOHEALER into the transfer case
 - Plug the factory wire into the SPEEDOHEALER pigtail
 - Run the wire over the transfer case and up near the firewall (battery side)
 - Follow the simple programming on the well written instructions
 - Zip tie the SPEEDOHEALER wherever you want it to be
 - Close hood and test drive

Note #1:  Before doing the install make sure that you note, using a GPS, the speed that the speedometer is reading when your actual (i.e. real) speed is 60 MPH.  Once you've done this you look up reading from your speedometer on the chart they provide.  For example, my speedometer read 70 MPH, while my GPS said the actual speed was 60 MPH.  I looked up 70 MPH on the chart, which gave me the "correction value" of 14.3%.  I entered this number into the control unit and it worked perfect.  

http://www.bluemonkeymotorsports.com/downloads/SHV4A_User_Guide.pdf

Note #2: The display on the SPEEDOHEALER control unit, pictured, only shows one number at a time, so you would then have to enter the correction factor in one number at a time.  In my case, 1, then 4, then 3, giving me the needed 14.3% correction

Final Note: The entire install took me 30 minutes from start to finish.  This included adding split loom tubing on the entire length of wire provided by HealTech.  It also included more time than normal for running the wire from the transfer case to the firewall.  It was more difficult in my case, because I have a 241OR case and ultra tummy tuck.  This resulted in me not having much room to easily access running the wire.  The total cost was $120 (I think it's more now!), plus a few feet of 3/8" wire loom tubing.

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« Reply #154 on: June 16, 2019, 09:44:43 PM »

I spent several hours Saturday, thanks to my best friend, installing:

- a like new factory exhaust I picked up from cwkann (several years ago)
- extended brake lines from mojojeep
- Nth Degree Dana 44 skid from Sarkis

The skid was definitely used, but the price was right and it only required some grinding and painting to get it back in shape.  They stopped making these and I've been looking for one for awhile. The big plus for it is that it protects the yoke from getting hit and there's no loss of ground clearance.








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« Reply #155 on: June 17, 2019, 06:40:00 AM »

You brought that skid back to life. Looks fantastic!!

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« Reply #156 on: June 30, 2019, 09:42:35 AM »

I spent four days at Rausch last week and added a few more battle scars to the Jeep.  In spite of two straight days of rain, it was a good time!.












 

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« Reply #157 on: August 18, 2019, 01:26:09 PM »

Replaced a smaller plate and fin transmission cooler with a heavy duty B&M 70264 stacked plate cooler.  I also have a new transmission pan, with drain plug, and a transmission temperature gauge that will get installed at some point.




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« Reply #158 on: August 18, 2019, 01:35:52 PM »

On my last wheeling trip I kept hearing some clunking noises and the rear suspension didn't seem to be working right.  When I got back home I inspected the rear and discovered one of my 6Pak shocks was leaking badly and both were bent.  I'm not even sure what happened, but I sent them back to Metalcloak to be rebuilt.  I'll have to be careful on the reinstall, so I don't have a repeat issue.

 

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« Reply #159 on: August 25, 2019, 07:00:45 PM »

I finally got around to installing a transmission temperature gauge in the LJ.  The install involved replacing the stock transmission pan with one that has a drain plug in it. The process was basically the following:

    Remove the engine skid, if you have one, and support the transmission with a jack stand
    Remove the transfer case skid plate (Make sure step one is done first!!!!)
    Remove the stock transmission pan
    Remove the old filter and install a Mopar replacement filter (don't forget the o-ring)
    Clean up the transmission gasket surface - The factory uses RTV and not a gasket. Instead of using RTV, I use a reusable LubLocker gasket.
    Install the the replacement pan and LubeLocker gasket and torque the bolts to spec (14.5ft lbs). Note: I use  Blue Loctite on the pan bolts to keep them from loosening.
    Install the M14 1.5 to 1/8 brass sensor adapter in the pan
    Install the temperature sensor into the adapter
    Install the Gauge and wiring
    Fill the transmission with ATF 4+
    Start and check for leaks (Address any leaks as needed), and check that the temperature gauge is functioning
    Re-install the transfer case skid plate and remove the jack
    Re-install the engine skid (If you have one)

When doing the wiring I removed the manual transmission block off plate, located on the drivers side next to the brake booster, and used a Daystar Firewall boot to run the wiring through.  To make this happen I drilled a 1.25" hole in the block off plate and pulled the Daystar boot through from the inside out. I ran the wiring from the sending unit, installed 1/4" wire loom, then taped that and pulled it through the firewall boot. Once that was done I connected the wires to the gauge.

The parts list is the following:

Dorman 265-818 Transmission Pan (with drain plug)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Z7O4OVA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Mopar 6805 9549AA, Auto Trans Filter
https://www.amazon.com/Mopar-6805-9549AA-Trans-Filter/dp/B00F6E49UW/ref=sr_1_6?crid=2SEIY1VLV1O15&keywords=42rle+transmission+filter+kit&qid=1566475576&s=automotive&sprefix=42rle+%2Cautomotive%2C153&sr=1-6

Lube Locker LLT-A042 transmission pan gasket
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BOU6UJA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Auto Meter 2267 Oil/Temperature Metric Adapter (M14 1.5 to 1/8)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00062YVOI/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

MaxTow Double Vision 260 F Transmission Temperature Gauge Kit - Includes Electronic Sensor - Black
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MS4HDXC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

1.3 Gallons of Mopar ATF 4+
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HN4GTQK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Daystar Firewall Boot KU20040BK
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004K2285E/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Glowshift single gauge Pod
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UO96ZQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1



















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« Reply #160 on: August 27, 2019, 09:09:51 AM »

Since doing the Antirock install I've noticed a considerable loss in front end flex.  After doing a little research I discovered that the supplied Currie link rods were to long.  To address this problem I shortened them, in stages.  Before I shortened them they were at 18.  After, they're now set at 12.  Also, because the Jeep is now primarily a trail rig, I set the antirock to the softest setting.

Next on the list is to replace the Metalcloak fixed rear extended stabilizer bar links. There's nothing wrong with the links now, but I'm trying to squeeze out every bit of flex I can from the current short arm setup.  To do this I picked up some 1/2-20 Heim joints and all thread.  I'll make a set and get them installed over the next couple weeks.


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« Reply #161 on: September 01, 2019, 09:22:00 AM »

Tested out the new transmission temperature gauge yesterday at Chaos Offroad Park.  With the upgraded cooler the highest temperature I saw all day was 167.  I also tested out the Antirock adjustments and was very happy.









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« Reply #162 on: September 01, 2019, 08:13:31 PM »

Looks awesome Rich! Btw get the redneck ram!

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« Reply #163 on: September 03, 2019, 07:18:17 AM »

Looks awesome Rich! Btw get the redneck ram!

I'm considering it, but have two issues:

 1. I'm not convinced I need a ram assist, since I don't expect to run anything bigger than 35" tires
 2. Rebuilding the stock Mercedes box on the 2003 - 2006 wranglers, required for running the redneck ram, doesn't really address the week steering box issue.

 The only new box available is from PSC.  I don't mind the cost, if it takes care of my problem, but I only want to do this once.  The positive side to PSC is their customer service and that I can upgrade to the ram assist later, should I need it.  Regardless, I'll call West Texas Offroad this week and hear what they have to say.

   

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« Reply #164 on: September 05, 2019, 07:53:01 AM »

A thought on Ram assist.

Yes it takes some of the load off the selector shaft on the steering box that load is now shared by the tie rod and associated equipment.  Was at a Rock Crawling competition at CORP  this past summer and witnessed the ram  mangling the tie rod on one rig and destroying track bar mount on another.  The point is the system does share the load on the box itself, but the forces is  transferred to the wheels thru the links in the system.

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