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« on: August 29, 2015, 12:01:48 PM »

Bought this from another club member in the middle of August. My goal is to make it a reliable DD and get out to the national forest and maybe some greens at Rausch. Feels good to be in a jeep again.

2000 WJ Laredo
V8
QuadraTracII
Tow Package
Leather
Sun roof

Front row hooks
IRO High Clearance Crossmember
IRO Transfer case skid plate
Old Man Emu Shocks

Lots of maintenance items replaced in the last couple years by the PO (radiator, front axle seals, heater core, wheel bearings).







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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2015, 12:03:48 PM »

Did some easy stuff getting it to be a my main vehicle. mounting the ezpass, county dump sticker, bought a 7 to 4 way trailer wiring converter, set the tire pressure and filled it up with gas. Removed the stickers on the back of the jeep.

Also fixed a clunk by spacing down the transfer case skid by a washer. Stopped the Cat from clunking on the skid when going over bumps.




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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2015, 12:05:31 PM »

Hooked up the trailer today and went to the dump for the first time. Used a 4" drop. Towed just fine, obviously plenty of power with the V8.




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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2015, 12:12:56 PM »

Changed out the oil and filter using conventional 5w30 and a Napa Gold Filter. Jeep made it easy on the V8 owners. About as simple as it possibly could be to change the oil and not make a mess. I had a helper, she was on point to provide towels as needed.



Decided to flush the brake fluid as it was black and the brakes seemed to be really lacking.

Pulled two Prego jars full of the nasty fluid out.



Moved to the front passenger side and on the third pump a hiss was heard and on the fourth pump a steady pour started from the hardline going to the rear axle.






Upon close inspection there is about 10" of line that has some rust on it, the pressure when bleeding just was too much and it gave out. Really glad it was in the garage while bleeding vise while towing or driving the family somewhere.


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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2015, 10:04:01 AM »

Well here is the culprit.



It was more like 2 ft of rust on the line. But this tiniest of holes is what has keep the WJ garages for the week.

Glad I went with the prebent line from the dealer. Ended up being $20 with tax, not bad considering i was able to pick it up next day on my way home from work.

I first tried to get the line up from the bottom, this wasn't happening. I was able to put it down through the engine without putting a bend or kink in it.

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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2016, 10:23:01 PM »

Turned wrenches for the first time in a long time, man am I rusty.

WJ has had underwhelming brakes from the test drive, I have always figured the pads and rotors would be super worn when I got to them. I was wrong. Still hoping that throwing new pads and rotors on will make a big difference.

First, what's the trick in getting the Akenbono calipers off the front without a huge struggle? It's as if the Pistons need to be compressed before they can be removed??? The nub on the pad prevented the piston from just gliding off the pad with a normal amount of force. I had to remove the caliper bracket from the knuckle to get the rotor off to get the wiggle room needed. What a pain. I had to be doing it the hardest way possible.

I was able to get the new rotors and pads on.  Went with Gold Wearever pads and Wearever rotors from advanced auto. Everything fit well when reassembled. Lots of wear glides on these calipers.

Rear brakes were removed quickly with no surprises. But got hung up with the divots on the glides. So the jeep stays on jack stands with a dead inspection for a while longer.




Condition of the brakes:
Two pads had chunks missing and two pads had stress cracks down the middle.



Front driver caliper's top piston had a piece of it missing. Little groove cut out. Maybe from past damage from removal previously!!!???


Rear brake caliper bracket glides had big divots.

Pads were barely worn.



After the brakes I cleaned the throttle body. Easy to remove and clean off the vehicle.





More parts inbound and hopefully this thing can be driven to the Chili Cookoff.

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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2016, 12:24:17 PM »

Let me know how your break swap helps. I am underwhelmed with mine too and pretty sure I will be doing the same, full swap even though everything looks virtually new.

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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2016, 06:53:48 PM »

Off the jack stands and rolling under its own power again. I finished up the brakes and did an oil change. I ended up ordering new rear brake caliper brackets from RockAuto.

Getting the caliper clips back on was the only painful part.



Initial seat of the pants results are positive for the new brakes. But I only did one 40 to 0 stop. I need to bed then in and give it some time.

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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2016, 06:55:27 PM »

Side note, some type of oil leak in the engine bay. Either from the oil filter or somewhere on the power steering. Hoping oil filter, cleaned it up the best I could and need to check on it.

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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2016, 04:55:57 PM »

Passed inspection

 

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« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2016, 05:45:03 PM »



Weather was spot on today, windows down and the sun roof open trying to remember that top down feeling.

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« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2016, 06:10:54 PM »



Weather was spot on today, windows down and the sun roof open trying to remember that top down feeling.

I got a sawsall. We can make that thing a convertible. At least once.

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Joey to Mike- That's more like it! Never done.....just outta money at the moment.

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« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2016, 08:27:13 AM »

I got a sawsall. We can make that thing a convertible. At least once.

Not convertible.  Converted.  lol.

Looks good Sean.  I should probably take some pictures of mine, might happen this weekend. I think the wife and I are gonna go for a drive through the woods in the two Jeeps.  Just washed the WJ before we moved, already needs a bath again.  Damn black vehicles.  Should I bother doing it now if it's just going to get dirty again?  Nothing like fresh mud on a clean Jeep. Smile

BTW, I had those same wheels originally but I switched to the 5 spoke JK wheels.  Love the look and they're way easier to clean.  Something to look into, they should be a dime a dozen on CL.

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"He'sa comin' down from the Cumberland Gap to Johson City, Tennessee..."
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« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2016, 08:32:29 AM »



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"He'sa comin' down from the Cumberland Gap to Johson City, Tennessee..."
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« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2016, 03:19:34 PM »

Doing work


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