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« Reply #150 on: June 18, 2018, 07:58:36 PM »

Were these brand new disks?  If so, did you clean off the coating they are shipped with?  New pads will still have the fresh paint on them and will smell for the first few days until it is baked/burned on.  As for smoke, I can't say I've seen any after just a simple pad replacement.  I'd say drive it NORMAL and see if anything shows up.  No pulling to either side probably means it is just the paint on them burning off.

Yeah, my fiancé complains all the time about the volume of half-empty Brakleen cans sitting around the garage. They were definitely clean.

Must be just the paint or the new materials. Was just making sure I didn’t miss anything unusual...though I know a lot of this crosses over to XJ’s, this is still the first TJ for me!

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« Reply #151 on: July 30, 2018, 08:12:13 PM »

Haven't touched this thing in nearly a month!  Been wedding planning and whatnot and haven't had the time or spare funds to get to this.  Happy to show some good progress from this weekend. 

Removed destroyed front bumper and cleaned up/wheeled/painted the front ends of the frame.



Removed the front fenders...funny how it looks better with NO fenders as opposed to destroyed fenders.



Took some time here to really hose down and clean up the frame and more accessible portions of the engine.  Took some tiny brushes, wire wheels, etc. to every bit of the frame I could reach. I did not go to the trouble of removing front suspension or brake components but think I did a pretty fair job.  I clean up and put 3 coats of paint (2 rust inhibitor, 1 flat black) on the frame back to the T-case skid.  For whatever reason I didn't get pics of this but it looks damn good.  I'll have to come back later on and clean out/spray the inside of the frame rails but for the time being it'll be interesting to see how well it holds up.

Then put on the new fenders and bumper!  Really really pleased with how everything came out. 







A couple hang-ups I ran into...at some point the configuration of the anchor holes for the windshield washer reservoir must have changed because the two holes for mine did not line up with the new fender.  I checked and re-checked to make sure everything was where it should be, and the holes are just different on this new DS fender compared to my old destroyed one.  I tightened one down for now and will have to come back and either drill and nut/bolt or send a speed screw in for the other.  Second issue--one of the four rear-most bolts on the fender which seal the seam at the firewall didn't line up.  In this pic below you can see where the tub is dented in to the left of JEEP...that's where I couldn't get it.  I tried massaging it and bending it around with no luck.  I may just leave it, it's perfectly solid. Just annoyed me a little. 



Aside from that, I think it looks pretty good.  Doesn't look like it was in an accident, it just looks like I dragged it around a tall stump in the woods  Thumbs Up  Needs turn signals but then I'll be legal.  And I've decided I'm going to go full-bore and just get this thing painted.  It deserves it.  Not sure what color. 

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« Reply #152 on: July 30, 2018, 08:21:10 PM »

I like that grey, my Dad changed his from that color to silverof the 05s. I like the grey better.

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« Reply #153 on: July 30, 2018, 09:20:41 PM »

I like that grey, my Dad changed his from that color to silverof the 05s. I like the grey better.

Still plenty of time to consider my options, but of all the possibilities sticking with the same silverstone color would probably yield the best results since it was OEM.

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« Reply #154 on: July 30, 2018, 09:22:55 PM »

I like that grey, my Dad changed his from that color to silverof the 05s. I like the grey better.

Still plenty of time to consider my options, but of all the possibilities sticking with the same silverstone color would probably yield the best results since it was OEM.

Why stay the same at all? Custom color it!!!!

Also genright makes Cowell armor to cover that damage. But here's the kicker you gotta call em it's not on the website.

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« Reply #155 on: July 30, 2018, 09:55:51 PM »

Fenders look great. Are you gonna do any hammering to lessen the impact of the “stump” impact?

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« Reply #156 on: July 31, 2018, 06:10:36 AM »

I like that grey, my Dad changed his from that color to silverof the 05s. I like the grey better.

Still plenty of time to consider my options, but of all the possibilities sticking with the same silverstone color would probably yield the best results since it was OEM.

Why stay the same at all? Custom color it!!!!

Also genright makes Cowell armor to cover that damage. But here's the kicker you gotta call em it's not on the website.

Call them? What, like, with a phone? No thanks...

If I’d had the time I would have sanded and touched up that area a bit. That’ll be next on the list, then I’ll worry about covering it. Unless i cover it up it really can’t be “fixed” unless I replace the entire tub.

Fenders look great. Are you gonna do any hammering to lessen the impact of the “stump” impact?

Yeah there really isn’t that much that can be hammered out. It’s all isolated to a pretty sealed area of the tub, unfortunately.

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« Reply #157 on: July 31, 2018, 09:57:00 AM »

Looking good.


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« Reply #158 on: July 31, 2018, 10:20:18 AM »

I like that grey, my Dad changed his from that color to silverof the 05s. I like the grey better.

Still plenty of time to consider my options, but of all the possibilities sticking with the same silverstone color would probably yield the best results since it was OEM.

Why stay the same at all? Custom color it!!!!

Also genright makes Cowell armor to cover that damage. But here's the kicker you gotta call em it's not on the website.

Call them? What, like, with a phone? No thanks...

If I’d had the time I would have sanded and touched up that area a bit. That’ll be next on the list, then I’ll worry about covering it. Unless i cover it up it really can’t be “fixed” unless I replace the entire tub.

Fenders look great. Are you gonna do any hammering to lessen the impact of the “stump” impact?

Yeah there really isn’t that much that can be hammered out. It’s all isolated to a pretty sealed area of the tub, unfortunately.

https://genright.com/products/mini-boat-side-rocker-guards-w-bars-tj-yj-cj.html
https://genright.com/products/tj-lj-flak-jacket-tub-panel-guards-aluminum.html



and yeah it's just a phone call, they're cool people...
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« Reply #159 on: July 31, 2018, 10:27:00 AM »

https://genright.com/products/tj-lj-tall-tub-panel-guards-aluminum.html

they'll extend them up and over the cowell if you ask

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« Reply #160 on: July 31, 2018, 11:50:54 AM »

Ahhhh now that's intriguing.  I've never seen those...I wonder how they would line up given that the DS of my Jeep is bashed in like it is.  Then again, maybe mounting these into place would actually draw the mangled portion of the tub back out to where it's supposed to be?

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« Reply #161 on: July 31, 2018, 11:55:56 AM »

Ahhhh now that's intriguing.  I've never seen those...I wonder how they would line up given that the DS of my Jeep is bashed in like it is.  Then again, maybe mounting these into place would actually draw the mangled portion of the tub back out to where it's supposed to be?

they use an inner bar unlike a lot of other competitors, I'm not sure if it's an add on or comes standard but it's available on the website, might help draw it back out from the uh stump...

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« Reply #162 on: July 31, 2018, 03:01:14 PM »

$25, and find someone who can weld.
https://www.quadratec.com/products/12522_0001_07.htm

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« Reply #163 on: November 21, 2018, 08:48:04 AM »

After a couple months of wedding-related chaos, finally finishing up some details on this thing.  Worked my way back through that original to-do list from page one and am making good progress.  Between today and tomorrow I'm up at my folks' place in Maryland and purposely brought no tools, but I'm thinking maybe I could replace the turn signal bezels and wire in new connectors.  Also tentatively planning to haul this thing down to VA officially on Saturday, title it next week, and get it inspected.  Then...on the road? 

Pre-inspection it needs a windshield, E-brake adjustment, and I think they'll fail me unless I have one of these silly lower steering column interior shrouds.  In this diagram --->https://www.morris4x4center.com/wrangler-steering-column-parts.html?find=jeep-wrangler-tj-2002-129070 I need #3.  Mine was all cracked up and had mismatched screws stuck in it.  I had to rip it off, so now there are a few exposed wires and interior bits exposed. 

Also never sorted out my key situation.  Have the key code thanks to some kind folks on here that work at Jeep, but need to go to Jeep, have them made, then re-key my ignition cylinder.

Home stretch! Excited to get this thing home to VA.

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« Reply #164 on: November 21, 2018, 09:02:09 AM »

Another question for everyone...anyone ever use National Drivetrain as a gear supplier?  

http://www.nationaldrivetrain.com/

Looks like a pretty straightforward OEM-replacement parts site, but they're listing front AND rear 4.10 gears for the Jeep at $284 total SHIPPED to Virginia.  Too good to be true?  I'm trying to find some reviews, but everything negative online is some moron who, in ALL CAPS, is complaining about how their gears went full-south in 2-3000 miles...undoubtedly because they put them in themselves under a tree in their backyard. 
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