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Old July 27th, 2016, 21:06
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Re: Project Unicorn - a light duty trail rig

That was the original plan yeah, but i couldn't get motivated to start that direction and then the trans started failing.


Went for a test drive tonight, have some mild vibrations, dunno if its the trans, t-case or driveshaft (or the rear end really is going out?). Didn't want to troubleshoot it in the dark, so probably this weekend.
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Re: Project Unicorn - a light duty trail rig

Sexy lookin rig Cal!

It seems like most XJ owners will spend at least half of their life tracking down vibrations (me included). :P
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Old July 28th, 2016, 15:08
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Re: Project Unicorn - a light duty trail rig

nod. they come on at such low speed that i'm really afraid its the trans and really hoping its the rear end
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Old July 28th, 2016, 15:25
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Project Unicorn - a light duty trail rig

I'm so over these rusted out mid-atlantic jeeps. I've been digging on the powder-blue 97+ xjs(dunno the correct color name or what years other than 97&98--never want an 00 Cali or 01 model) in 2dr, manual, and either 2wd or 4wd(then convert to a 242) to swap my 96's goodies into. That's my unicorn atm.


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Re: Project Unicorn - a light duty trail rig

I believe it may be gun metal blue

Nice Jeep Cal!
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Old July 29th, 2016, 09:29
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I'm so over these rusted out mid-atlantic jeeps. I've been digging on the powder-blue 97+ xjs(dunno the correct color name or what years other than 97&98--never want an 00 Cali or 01 model) in 2dr, manual, and either 2wd or 4wd(then convert to a 242) to swap my 96's goodies into. That's my unicorn atm.


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Yeah it's gun metal blue. I picked a clean 99 2wd with 0 rust to daily drive. I got real lucky this is a north atlantic jeep.

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I believe it may be gun metal blue

Nice Jeep Cal!
I had a 4 door in that color

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Old July 29th, 2016, 18:04
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It's not gunmetal blue. It's a bright powder blue(like chalk-line. sorry Cal):



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How long will this stay mild Cal?

Good looking rig.
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Re: Project Unicorn - a light duty trail rig

Reclocked speedo assembly, worked now.

Found and fixed vibe. Back to commuter duty.



Clearly time for some SFR engine and trans mounts.
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Old July 30th, 2016, 21:01
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Jeep did an easy and vibration free 30 miles. Fluid looks good, no leaks.

Now to commute with it for a couple of weeks while my truck goes down for maintenance, and figure out what I'm doing for axles.

I really wish there were better 35 spline JK Rubicon options.
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Good looking rig Cal. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.
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I just smoged my wife's 2000 Ford Focus. Talking with the smog guy about the new under hood check and scan for codes he said it wasn't as cut and dry as "2000 and newer". You may want to dive a little deeper into that before Russ gets ahold of your motor. My smog guy said that some 01 and 02 vehicles get the sniff still. I didn't ask about the XJ specifically because mine is a 99. But I imagine you could have a smog guy check your vin to find out if your in the clear.


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