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HeepSpeed
August 4th, 2009, 14:21
Hi Everyone,

Pretty new to the forum, but have decided to take the plunge into the world of off-roading. I've had a Jeep XJ for 8 or 9 years now and I recently was given the opportunity to fix a 1997 XJ and keep it...for free.

Can't argue with that. So here's how she sits after cleaning her up:

http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs158.snc1/5888_750233803317_3610222_43467759_607146_n.jpg

So far I've cleaned out the engine compartment, tracked down a wire short that turned out to be the dome light wires, put in a CD player, changed out necessary fluids, ditched the idiot gauges for some informative ones like temp, oil pressure and fuel.

On Monday I ordered a Rubicon Express 6300 kit. The 5.5'' Long Arm Heavy Duty suspension. This will be matched with some Cragar soft 8 steelies at 15x8 and some 33x10.5 BFG All-Terrains.

Then I will be adding a custom front tube winch bumper with D-rings and light tabs. A custom rear tube bumper with receiver hitch and 2 D-ring tabs. Rock sliders on the side. Finally (in a few more months) I'll add on an exo cage since I plan to sometimes run some Jeepspeed speeds..:wave:

...and let's not forget to add on skid plates wherever possible when my bank account recovers LOL

I'll post up soon with the results of the lift and bumpers/sliders/tires/rims combo before adding lights and more body armor.

AllmeXJeep
August 4th, 2009, 14:43
looks like its gonna be fun...

You should get some bumper/trim paint from Autozone and freshin up those flares and the buper aswell if youre gonna have it for a while.

HeepSpeed
August 4th, 2009, 14:58
Ditching the bumper in a few weeks and the flares...I'm gonna have to remove them because RE said I'd probably break them... :D

boostamante
August 4th, 2009, 15:21
Nice dude! gonna be a bitching ride once its done. see you on the trails!

jeeperjohn
August 4th, 2009, 15:51
Not bad at all for free. Can't wait to see it lifted and with tires etc. Congrats.

HeepSpeed
August 4th, 2009, 15:53
yea! KE Tire Warehouse in the valley up in LA has a smokin deal on 33's! $137 per tire for 33x10.5 and $15 to mount plus tax...not bad at all. Way better than any of my local guys!

4xSanta
August 4th, 2009, 16:40
Great start!.....SANTA

XJ4Christ
August 4th, 2009, 16:49
Keep us posted! :).

HeepSpeed
August 5th, 2009, 16:44
4.56 gears added to pile of stuff... this whole "do it right the first time or don't do it" mantra is killing my bank account!

HeepSpeed
August 5th, 2009, 16:50
I am however looking for places and quotes for installing all this stuff. So far

4wheel parts: $1900 for lift, SYE, shaft & gears
MeandDadoffroad: $600 for lift + $100 for SYE & Shaft (no word yet on gears)
WellbiltKustoms: waiting to hear back
Zach's fab and welding: $30/hr for everything BUT gears (on my own for gears).

any ideas? Dare I even mention a "wrenching party"....we do them for my motorcycle club so it's worth a shot.

Johnnie Walker
August 5th, 2009, 19:51
If you havent already ordered the soft 8 s and you arent set on em, I got a set of AR alum wheels.

J Money
August 5th, 2009, 20:00
If you havent already ordered the soft 8 s and you arent set on em, I got a set of AR alum wheels.

Which ones? If nobody claims them I might be interested...

jeeperjohn
August 5th, 2009, 20:50
Garret, bring your gears to me and I will put your lift and SYE on for some carne asada and newcastle.

HeepSpeed
August 5th, 2009, 22:47
If you havent already ordered the soft 8 s and you arent set on em, I got a set of AR alum wheels.

bummer - I ordered 5 off of Summit Racing for $40 per wheel...not a bad deal with free shipping!

Garret, bring your gears to me and I will put your lift and SYE on for some carne asada and newcastle.

I'll email you ;) I like carne asade and Newcastle even more!

toyotawrench
August 6th, 2009, 00:12
:repair::cheers:mmm Will work for newcastle

HeepSpeed
August 6th, 2009, 08:16
gosh, if we had a big bbq, we could get it all done in a day! lol, just kiddin' as I have no idea...

jeeperjohn
August 6th, 2009, 08:25
There's nothing wrong with having a big BBQ. Lift party at Jeeperjohn's!!

boostamante
August 6th, 2009, 10:02
There's nothing wrong with having a big BBQ. Lift party at Jeeperjohn's!!

Ill bring the guacamole!

HeepSpeed
August 6th, 2009, 22:09
ooooooh - just got home and unwrapped 5 of these!!!

http://expeditionportal.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=31079&d=1249621619

1xfloppy
August 6th, 2009, 22:30
just stay away from the brakes!!!:repair::cheers:mmm Will work for newcastle

toyotawrench
August 7th, 2009, 11:11
just stay away from the brakes!!!

LOL! HastaHasta

HeepSpeed
August 18th, 2009, 11:38
the 33'' BFG All-Terrains have been fitted to the tires and they are HUGE! Perfect for airing down or highway chomping!

Also: I've finally accumulated all lift pieces and just need to install it on September 12 at the lift party we're having in Temecula, CA!

HeepSpeed
August 26th, 2009, 18:37
hee hee hee, and you can see the lift kit boxes in the back!!!

http://www.jeep-xj.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2&stc=1&d=1251336941

http://www.jeep-xj.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=3&stc=1&d=1251336941

homebrew
August 26th, 2009, 18:41
not ah just red x's

HeepSpeed
August 26th, 2009, 18:48
as in you can't see the photos?
http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs158.snc1/5888_760038215197_3610222_43923563_2176043_n.jpg

HeepSpeed
August 28th, 2009, 13:41
Rear Aussie Locker added to the mix.

terryg
August 28th, 2009, 14:09
this looks like a fun time - might not be able to spend ALL day at johns, but will help as much as i can - 9:00AM? - lets do it

tharlanjr
August 28th, 2009, 14:44
looking good! Sounds like it will be fun when its finished...

jeeperjohn
August 28th, 2009, 15:04
This is gonna be an awesome rig when we're done with it. It will be a testament to the strength of the brother and sisterhood of NAXJA!

HeepSpeed
August 28th, 2009, 15:47
haha - I just hope I can afford GAS to put in it when I'm done buying parts! :)

jeeperjohn
August 29th, 2009, 08:01
haha - I just hope I can afford GAS to put in it when I'm done buying parts! :)
"you want fries with that" :roflmao:

HeepSpeed
September 14th, 2009, 14:05
Everything was awesome! John is amazingly knowledgable - when I was staring at the :3-piece crossmember that had 5 pieces...

THANK YOU JOHN!!!! SYE and driveshaft are being shipped today

http://jeep-xj.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=30&stc=1&d=1252961602

Terry!!! BIG THANKS to you for getting the Jeep broken down and ready for new parts. For "not being mechanical", you sure know what's up!!!

http://jeep-xj.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=27&stc=1&d=1252961602


Boostamante - man, thanks for coming all the way down to Temecula from my neck of the woods for this and staying late Sunday . I'll definitely be available when you build yours

http://jeep-xj.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=32&stc=1&d=1252961882

And Dylan, you and your plastic toolkit are welcome anytime!!

http://jeep-xj.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=28&stc=1&d=1252961922

I'm a happy BUILT Jeep owner! :cheers: :woohoo:

http://jeep-xj.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=31&stc=1&d=1252961602

HeepSpeed
September 14th, 2009, 15:33
Everything was awesome! John is amazingly knowledgable - when I was staring at the :3-piece crossmember that had 5 pieces...

John is here doing some grinding and cutting so that the long arms will fit.

http://www.fz6-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=21756&stc=1&d=1252967117

Terry and my gf are working hard to take off the old suspension bits...luckily no bolts broke!

http://www.fz6-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=21753&stc=1&d=1252967117

A new friend local to my area came down and helped out. Boostamante!

http://www.fz6-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=21758&stc=1&d=1252967117

And Dylan, John's son, can already turn wrenches with the best of them...even if they are plastic.

http://www.fz6-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=21754&stc=1&d=1252967117

I'm a happy BUILT Jeep owner! :rockon: :ban:

http://www.fz6-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=21757&stc=1&d=1252967117

SlimsXJ
September 14th, 2009, 15:53
pics no worky!!!!

HeepSpeed
September 14th, 2009, 16:16
http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs226.snc1/7327_766335610167_3610222_44216228_7857114_n.jpg
http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs226.snc1/7327_766336887607_3610222_44216366_8279108_n.jpg
http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs226.snc1/7327_766337216947_3610222_44216385_3185455_n.jpg

How's that?

boostamante
September 14th, 2009, 20:20
glad i could help. ill be working on mine some time this week so ill post up for some extra hands.

HeepSpeed
September 18th, 2009, 10:19
Before:
http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs158.snc1/5888_750233803317_3610222_43467759_607146_n.jpg

After:
http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs226.snc1/7327_767948582757_3610222_44281950_7692991_n.jpg

HeepSpeed
September 28th, 2009, 15:14
Just ordered a FULL HID headlight conversion kit including HID kit, housing, wiring harness...will get both hi/low beam HID...none of that low beam only crap!

night runs will be NO MATCH for the Grape!

www.bajahid.com - Tony is a great guy to work with and we had a deal worked out within an hour of my first email inquiry.

HeepSpeed
October 8th, 2009, 16:06
HID Lights installed. (Baja HID hi/lo lights, housings and wire harness)
http://naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1714&stc=1&d=1255043155

Fire Extinguisher installed
http://naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1715&stc=1&d=1255043155

HeepSpeed
October 8th, 2009, 16:07
Zodiac on the roof for lobster diving (motor inside)!
http://naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1716&stc=1&d=1255043248

boostamante
October 8th, 2009, 16:08
sweet dude! just went to Howards Shop to get an anlignment. Told me only thing he could do is set toe. No charge till i come back with the adjustable uppers. What a good guy! im going back to him for all my alignment needs, both civic and jeep!

HeepSpeed
October 8th, 2009, 16:17
Yea - he's a really nice guy! If there's any problems, you can take it back for no charge...I wonder if that includes after 4wheeling too hard? LOL

boostamante
October 8th, 2009, 20:11
Yea - he's a really nice guy! If there's any problems, you can take it back for no charge...I wonder if that includes after 4wheeling too hard? LOL

that i think would be asking for too much but he has a customer for life. its little things like that, that keep us coming back for more!

HeepSpeed
October 26th, 2009, 09:04
So I installed a Custom 4x4 Fab front winch bumper this weekend so that I'll have tow points for Johnson Valley in November!

http://www.naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1739&stc=1&d=1256573154

HeepSpeed
November 2nd, 2009, 09:03
Over the weekend, I prepped these bad boys from AJ's Offroad Armor:

http://www.naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1757&stc=1&d=1257181410

HeepSpeed
November 4th, 2009, 22:08
Got Rock rail #1 on...totally XXXXed up EVERY hole even though I measured twice!

http://naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1764&stc=1&d=1257401292

boostamante
November 5th, 2009, 06:32
Got Rock rail #1 on...totally XXXXed up EVERY hole even though I measured twice!

http://naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1764&stc=1&d=1257401292


should have measured 5 times... haha!

i can never get holes to line up right... well only the ones that really matter...

jeeperjohn
November 5th, 2009, 07:40
Looking great Garrett! I wish I could be out there to see that lift in action.

HeepSpeed
November 5th, 2009, 08:48
Thanks John! We'll be going soon enough! What are you doing TurkeyDay weekend? Looks like I might be camping or doing some adventure Jeep weekend action!

jeeperjohn
November 6th, 2009, 09:28
Thanks John! We'll be going soon enough! What are you doing TurkeyDay weekend? Looks like I might be camping or doing some adventure Jeep weekend action!
I'm hoping to go to Glamis with my bro but I am having gas money issues.

HeepSpeed
November 6th, 2009, 10:12
glamis, huh? I hear that's a pretty wild time...

jeeperjohn
November 6th, 2009, 12:46
glamis, huh? I hear that's a pretty wild time...
Yeah and I found out my junk does damn well on the whoops and in the sand in general. I was hitting 50 mph floating over the whoops on sand highway at Buttercup a couple weeks ago.

HeepSpeed
November 6th, 2009, 12:54
No wonder you want me wheels...

jeeperjohn
November 6th, 2009, 14:06
No wonder you want me wheels...
Yeah, by the way, about those wheels :D Aren't you coming out this way soon?

HeepSpeed
November 6th, 2009, 14:26
hmmm, not sure, my next big trip is out to Joshua Tree for Turkeyday weekend for a 300+ person desert bash....

i wonder if we should start a parts train? If I had the space, I'd bring them to JV to hand off to someone, but 2 passengers, a dog and gear won't fit 4 extra wheels.

ps: got an offer to buy em, and turned em down. Wheels are sitting waiting for your paws to put sand tires on em. But I wanna see at least video of first flying sand if I'm not there...

jeeperjohn
November 6th, 2009, 22:10
hmmm, not sure, my next big trip is out to Joshua Tree for Turkeyday weekend for a 300+ person desert bash....

i wonder if we should start a parts train? If I had the space, I'd bring them to JV to hand off to someone, but 2 passengers, a dog and gear won't fit 4 extra wheels.

ps: got an offer to buy em, and turned em down. Wheels are sitting waiting for your paws to put sand tires on em. But I wanna see at least video of first flying sand if I'm not there...
Go ahead and sell them, I will find some. I might just re-max out my credit card and buy some new steelies.

HeepSpeed
November 9th, 2009, 09:30
My cragars were pretty cheap on Summit...under $100 for 4 to your door...

jeeperjohn
November 9th, 2009, 11:53
My cragars were pretty cheap on Summit...under $100 for 4 to your door...
I have the Cragars and I have bent them up so I want to get something a little stronger, thanks.

HeepSpeed
November 9th, 2009, 12:42
Do you really need to if they're just rolling sand tires?

jeeperjohn
November 10th, 2009, 08:44
Do you really need to if they're just rolling sand tires?
I will use my bent up cragars for the sand tires and the better ones for my BFG's.

HeepSpeed
November 10th, 2009, 14:44
Johnson Valley was a success. Found out I definitely need to trim the fenders. The problem is that I want to keep my flares...so I need to work on that. I just got a cutting wheel (small) last week which will do the trick...just need to measure and get some balls to start cutting!

HeepSpeed
November 11th, 2009, 18:37
I officially have an on-board air system. I'm a scuba diver, and I picked up an attachment for my regulator to fill tires!

So I'll be using my small high-pressure steel 80 tank to fill tires! It's just as big as a powertank, but it holds 3000psi of air!

HeepSpeed
November 16th, 2009, 11:53
This weekend, the San bernardino Pick a Park had a 50% off sale! Thanks to a friend (Jeeperjohn) who gave a new friend my number, I'm the proud owner of a
1. Gas tank skid plate!!!
2. new dome light assembly and wires!
3. front axle shafts and unit bearings in awesome condition! hello spares!

cal
November 16th, 2009, 12:45
yay. now you can get out on the trail without having to walk :)

jeeperjohn
November 16th, 2009, 13:14
This weekend, the San bernardino Pick a Park had a 50% off sale! Thanks to a friend (Jeeperjohn) who gave a new friend my number, I'm the proud owner of a
1. Gas tank skid plate!!!
2. new dome light assembly and wires!
3. front axle shafts and unit bearings in awesome condition! hello spares!
Sweet dude! Bring that gas tank skid plate to my place with some carne and cervesa and I'll beef it up like I did mine.

Papercut
November 16th, 2009, 13:31
This weekend, the San bernardino Pick a Park had a 50% off sale! Thanks to a friend (Jeeperjohn) who gave a new friend my number, I'm the proud owner of a
1. Gas tank skid plate!!!
2. new dome light assembly and wires!
3. front axle shafts and unit bearings in awesome condition! hello spares!

Was that the gas tank skid that was two bolts away from being pulled off?

HeepSpeed
November 16th, 2009, 13:44
Sweet dude! Bring that gas tank skid plate to my place with some carne and cervesa and I'll beef it up like I did mine.
Hell to the yeah! Pretty sure I'm not busy next Saturday...otherwise it'll have to be in December...:eeks1:

yay. now you can get out on the trail without having to walk :)
You know it!

Was that the gas tank skid that was two bolts away from being pulled off?
Hmmm - honestly, Parker pulled it off for me and I met him in the parking lot since it took me nearly two hours to get out there from Santa Monica, but for $20 I wasn't passing it up. Then I went inside while they went to lunch and I pulled the other stuff...almost went for the full trip computer/overhead consoles (2 were there), but I didn't want that fancy.

cal
November 16th, 2009, 13:45
Count on new years weekend. PM me next month for details. :)

Papercut
November 16th, 2009, 15:22
Hmmm - honestly, Parker pulled it off for me and I met him in the parking lot since it took me nearly two hours to get out there from Santa Monica, but for $20 I wasn't passing it up. Then I went inside while they went to lunch and I pulled the other stuff...almost went for the full trip computer/overhead consoles (2 were there), but I didn't want that fancy.

Yeah I was in line for over an hour.. Pulled some fenders off a 2000 xj a K&N air filter and a center console all under $65

jeeperjohn
November 16th, 2009, 16:07
Hell to the yeah! Pretty sure I'm not busy next Saturday...otherwise it'll have to be in December...:eeks1:

I am not sure about next weekend but I can cut the plates and have them ready to be welded on.

HeepSpeed
November 16th, 2009, 16:41
I am not sure about next weekend but I can cut the plates and have them ready to be welded on.
That would be cool! This way when I fall on it, it won't go :explosion. We can figure out how to install it in December sometime and if we need to cut the hitch or can finagle it in somehow...

stockerwithalocker
November 16th, 2009, 19:25
Hmmm - honestly, Parker pulled it off for me and I met him in the parking lot since it took me nearly two hours to get out there from Santa Monica, but for $20 I wasn't passing it up. Then I went inside while they went to lunch and I pulled the other stuff...almost went for the full trip computer/overhead consoles (2 were there), but I didn't want that fancy.[/QUOTE]

It was bolted with all 6 bolts. Glad it worked out ok and sorry we did not stick around to help, we pulled the last tranny with 15 minutes or so before they closed. Total tally: 2 trannys, a t-case, your skid and a tcm it was a busy day.

Parker

jeeperjohn
November 16th, 2009, 21:21
That would be cool! This way when I fall on it, it won't go :explosion. We can figure out how to install it in December sometime and if we need to cut the hitch or can finagle it in somehow...
We will have to cut the hitch off but I don't think it will be too hard, we'll see.

HeepSpeed
November 16th, 2009, 21:51
as parker mentioned to me earlier, I don't know if I have the nutserts or not...

jeeperjohn
November 17th, 2009, 07:48
as parker mentioned to me earlier, I don't know if I have the nutserts or not...
No problem, we can make some quite easily.

HeepSpeed
November 17th, 2009, 08:37
is there anything you can't do?

jeeperjohn
November 17th, 2009, 13:59
is there anything you can't do?
Win the damn lottery!

HeepSpeed
November 20th, 2009, 17:12
Installed my late to arrive JCR Offroad roof rack/tire carrier. It was the best deal out there when I was searching as it is the tire carrier and already comes with 2 rear light tabs, 4 front light tabs and hi-lift holder prewelded.

Fits well and it is secure. I don't have my tire up there yet because I don't have 3 extra lugnuts.

http://naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1792&stc=1&d=1258765925

GSequoia
November 20th, 2009, 17:17
as parker mentioned to me earlier, I don't know if I have the nutserts or not...

Why is Parker so interested in your Nutzerts?

HeepSpeed
February 13th, 2010, 19:20
So I've finally got around to installing the two Hella 500 converted HID auxiliary lights (Thanks for the help WebDog!!!) on my front bumper and WOW - what a night time difference. They are even brighter than my headlights!

I can't wait to get 4 HIDs with internal ballasts running on the roof rack!

I also installed a CB radio which was a gift from my girlfriend (I don't know if I said that yet) and put it in between the sun visors on the roof. Very functional!

oh yea - and I began the carpet/interior detailing process...this Jeep is SO dirty it's unbelievable! and it smells bad too ever since my buddy's dog was in it at Johnson Valley.....ew

HeepSpeed
February 20th, 2010, 12:32
Pics of said installs PLUS I just picked up an Engel fridge to keep things nice and cool since I do more camping trips than day runs...of course a cold one at lunch will be handy ;)
CB Radio placement:
http://www.naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1982&stc=1&d=1266697908

Hella 500 HID lights:
http://www.naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1983&stc=1&d=1266697908

HeepSpeed
February 20th, 2010, 12:33
I also installed a nice little flourescent battery powered cargo light...can't make graperitas in the dark!

http://www.naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1984&stc=1&d=1266697986

HeepSpeed
February 20th, 2010, 12:36
And lastly, I couldn't resist the smokin' deal on an Engel fridge/freezer. So I got this MR040 which is a great little unit...it'll even freeze water! I do more camping trips than day runs so now I don't need a cooler anymore and won't have to deal with soggy messes of leftover food!
http://www.naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1985&stc=1&d=1266698077

and of course, in the desert (like the Mojave Road or Johnson Valley), what good is relaxing for lunch and enjoying a cold one when you're being beaten by the sun? Enter the Kirkham's auto canopy:
http://www.naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1986&stc=1&d=1266698137

I'm now debating on doing a dual battery setup just so that I don't strand myself with the fridge running overnight. It's currently being tested in the vehicle to see just how long my battery can last running the fridge.

skull_black
February 20th, 2010, 13:25
u copied my cb radio and placement lol that the cobra classic right

karstic
February 20th, 2010, 14:11
u copied my cb radio and placement lol that the cobra classic right

No, you and he copied MY radio placement.

Garrett do you have some better pics of the awning setup?

HeepSpeed
February 20th, 2010, 15:28
No, you and he copied MY radio placement.

Garrett do you have some better pics of the awning setup?

Actually I have to give credit to Karstic because I remember posting about it and he posted his photos...so I copied it.

As for more photos - I took it down, but I can take more. If you want more, check this link for how it mounts and options:

http://www.springbar.com/shop/proddetail.php?prod=43990003

jeeperjohn
February 21st, 2010, 16:34
Thongs are really coming along Garrett. I hope I am able to go on one of your camping adventures [cue Mr. T voice]"hey boy, you look mighty cute in that Jeep"! :D

HeepSpeed
February 21st, 2010, 23:02
Thongs are really coming along Garrett. I hope I am able to go on one of your camping adventures [cue Mr. T voice]"hey boy, you look mighty cute in that Jeep"! :D
I know you make great things for your Jeep - but I didn't know you made man THONGS!!! :moon: lastara

HeepSpeed
February 21st, 2010, 23:13
haha - so I decided to test my battery and how long it could support the fridge - went about 20 hours and I was able to start the Jeep, but I only drove it to the market and couldn't get it started again (dead battery).

So basically I'm now going to look into a dual battery system to run my lights, cb, inverter, fridge...and hopefully one day a winch (but time will tell). This will also provide a backup battery for starting in case I ever get a short or leave a dome light on etc.

jeeperjohn
February 22nd, 2010, 08:39
I know you make great things for your Jeep - but I didn't know you made man THONGS!!! :moon: lastara
Not just any man thongs, they're made of 3/16" plate steel with Tig welded joints! :D

HeepSpeed
March 5th, 2010, 10:43
Picked up a whole set of replacement battery cables which are thicker gauge allowing for upgraded alternator in the future. He also hooked me up with the cables needed to do my dual battery setup for running my lights, CB and fridge - and in the future whatever else I bring camping...yea - I bring a lot of gear. Pretty sweet - everything came pre-terminated and labeled for which end goes where and which cable goes where...no guesswork, simple which is what I like/want.
Write up to come probably in April...

selarep
March 5th, 2010, 20:53
Enjoy the cables!

HeepSpeed
March 17th, 2010, 21:44
OK - So I got the National Luna dual battery kit since I'm using my dual battery for a slightly different reason than other folks...I'm not running a winch - yet. But I do have a fridge, lights, cb and probably more to come.

Anyways here are some photos of my install. I went through the hole under the rear driver's quarter panel. There was a grommet there.

http://naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=2029&stc=1&d=1268887361

DON'T DO THAT!!! Most would say...YOU'RE GOING TO SHORT THE WIRES!!! Well, I thought of that, which is why I used the original grommet and ran the wires through it.
http://naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=2028&stc=1&d=1268887361

HeepSpeed
March 17th, 2010, 21:47
Then I routed underneath the car following the fuel/brake lines because I didn't want to be near the exhaust system on the passenger side. I followed the brake line all the way to the engine compartment securing with zip ties along the way. No moving parts will touch the wires.
http://naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=2030&stc=1&d=1268887480

Then I routed from the brake booster thingy area, with the wire harness around to the battery. Secured to the battery posts, everything works great.
http://naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=2031&stc=1&d=1268887491
sorry for the crappy pic on this one!

HeepSpeed
March 17th, 2010, 21:52
Of course, I had to make sure it was working by chilling some beer.

http://naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=2032&stc=1&d=1268887746

So - which system is this? This is the National Luna Portable Power Pack dual battery system. It does everything automatically like when to connect itself to the charging system, when to disconnect, etc. It has lights showing me what the state of my Optima Yellowtop is and how much my vehicle is charging the battery. Pretty nice setup!

I also figured out where my rattling is coming from...3 of 4 tabs holding the rear panel thingy on the outside of the lift gate are broken - causing it to vibrate against the vehicle. I need to get this part either from someone or the dealer...I wonder if it's $$$

http://naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=2033&stc=1&d=1268887766

HeepSpeed
March 20th, 2010, 13:09
Chopping me some fenders...

http://naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=2035&stc=1&d=1269115750

http://naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=2036&stc=1&d=1269115748

HeepSpeed
March 20th, 2010, 19:53
I built a ghetto drawer for all my ish too. It's pretty useful!
http://www.naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=2037&stc=1&d=1269139941

DirtBound
March 21st, 2010, 13:11
how much did the HID conversion run you? thanks.

Nate

HeepSpeed
March 21st, 2010, 22:27
how much did the HID conversion run you? thanks.

Nate
Contact Tony at www.BajaHID.com for pricing. Some vendors don't want prices posted. :D

DirtBound
March 22nd, 2010, 18:01
sure thing man, thanks. do you know if they offer a NAXJA discount? haha (im a cheap, poor, college student).

thanks,
Nate.

HeepSpeed
March 22nd, 2010, 18:11
I'll put it this way - it's a REAL good deal. I think he just did a whole bunch of kits at Ted's lift party (Toyotawrench)

96XJ_4.0
March 22nd, 2010, 23:03
Tweed and a staple gun will fix that ghetto wood box. ;)

love the build. Nice posting on your upgrades....

-Adam

HeepSpeed
March 23rd, 2010, 08:16
hehe...tweed...how about generic gray carpet? I think it'll blend nicer and make "looky loos" have to look twice to see it at a glance.

96XJ_4.0
March 23rd, 2010, 19:22
Hahaa. Yea. I was kidding. Tweed? Can u still buy that since 1985?

HeepSpeed
March 27th, 2010, 18:00
I finally got around to installing my new battery/starting cables. Pics below. The car feels like it starts with more power. The only thing left I want to do in the engine compartment is a "tune-up" with distrubutor cap & rotor, spark plugs and spark plug wires.

http://naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=2068&stc=1&d=1269738017

http://naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=2069&stc=1&d=1269738029

HeepSpeed
March 27th, 2010, 18:01
http://naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=2070&stc=1&d=1269738079

XJ4Christ
March 27th, 2010, 20:28
Looking good :).

HeepSpeed
April 14th, 2010, 15:38
I had to get my AC fixed. There's one thing I don't like - and that's sitting in a HOT jeep especially during summer when it's 90-100 degrees out...lame. That and with my Mojave Road trip and summer desert/baja trips coming up, I'd rather be in climate control :D :patriot:

So I broke down and took my Jeep to Santa Monica Radiator. AMAZING customer service (which the online reviews all raved about, but WOW). Chuck was super nice and helpful and accommodating to my schedule.
Turned out the since the previous owner had the car rewired that he had to call an independent electrician to come out to find a bad relay and then also some other electrical issue with the compressor clutch. Once that was fixed, they found low refrigerant because of a small hole (but couldn't find it). SO - they filled it with a neon dye and before my Mojave trip next weekend I can drop the Jeep off and they'll put it under a black light to find the hole, fix it and return it to me so that I don't roast in the desert.

YAY!

Fix AC - check!

jeeperjohn
April 14th, 2010, 21:43
I had to get my AC fixed. There's one thing I don't like - and that's sitting in a HOT jeep especially during summer when it's 90-100 degrees out...lame. That and with my Mojave Road trip and summer desert/baja trips coming up, I'd rather be in climate control :D :patriot:

So I broke down and took my Jeep to Santa Monica Radiator. AMAZING customer service (which the online reviews all raved about, but WOW). Chuck was super nice and helpful and accommodating to my schedule.
Turned out the since the previous owner had the car rewired that he had to call an independent electrician to come out to find a bad relay and then also some other electrical issue with the compressor clutch. Once that was fixed, they found low refrigerant because of a small hole (but couldn't find it). SO - they filled it with a neon dye and before my Mojave trip next weekend I can drop the Jeep off and they'll put it under a black light to find the hole, fix it and return it to me so that I don't roast in the desert.

YAY!

Fix AC - check!
Nice! Have a great trip dude!

HeepSpeed
May 3rd, 2010, 08:52
So as many of you know already, I bent my axle. Just for completeness of the thread, I thought I'd post the pics here.

So I was able to pick up another D30 housing from Supergoober here on naxja. Thanks, again!

The question now is: should I truss it? I'm not saying that I'll purposely be beating on it, but let's face it, it was an accident, and accidents can happen more than once.

What do you guys think?

http://www.naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=2147&d=1272682872
http://www.naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=2146&d=1272682810

jeeperjohn
May 3rd, 2010, 09:50
A truss is good insurance against future accidents or abuse. It comes down to how liklely you think it is that you will subject your axle to excessive forces in the future. It's cheaper and easier to build up the replacement axle now than to fix another bent axle in the future.

HeepSpeed
May 21st, 2010, 14:25
OK - front axle is back under the car.

Housing sourced from NAXJA.
Shafts from old housing with old unit bearings which were good.
New ball joints
New axle seals
New ring bearings seals etc
4.56 gears & Aussie locker from old housing
Spicer u-joints on shafts
Tom Woods u-joints on DS
same knuckles and brakes
Alignment and pinion angle

Man she drives great now! I haven't done a freeway test yet, which I'll do tonight. The steering is TIGHT. I didn't know I could wiggle the steering wheel and get a reaction from the Jeep!

I'm ready for Memorial Day weekend!

jeeperjohn
May 21st, 2010, 17:36
OK - front axle is back under the car.

Housing sourced from NAXJA.
Shafts from old housing with old unit bearings which were good.
New ball joints
New axle seals
New ring bearings seals etc
4.56 gears & Aussie locker from old housing
Spicer u-joints on shafts
Tom Woods u-joints on DS
same knuckles and brakes
Alignment and pinion angle

Man she drives great now! I haven't done a freeway test yet, which I'll do tonight. The steering is TIGHT. I didn't know I could wiggle the steering wheel and get a reaction from the Jeep!

I'm ready for Memorial Day weekend!
Whatcha gonna do with the bent one? Is it too effed up to be straightened?

HeepSpeed
May 21st, 2010, 18:47
Whatcha gonna do with the bent one? Is it too effed up to be straightened?

It's in my trunk with no cover. Yours if you want it. I think it could be done but I don't know any better.do you know how to do it?

jeeperjohn
May 21st, 2010, 22:46
It's in my trunk with no cover. Yours if you want it. I think it could be done but I don't know any better.do you know how to do it?
Well, let's see........I have some bricks and a really heavy Jeep! Actually it's probably not worth trying to straighten out without special equipment. It was just an ambitious thought :D

HeepSpeed
May 22nd, 2010, 13:13
So now what do I do with it? LOL - can I scrap it for $? ha

GrimmJeeper
May 22nd, 2010, 13:22
probably not. put it out on junk day, or see if any local mechanics have a scrap metal pile that they save for any scrap collectors. we have a pile at my shop i would have to check with the owner first but i could see if you can drop it here and the guy that takes out old rotors and junk will take it.

Carol.92124
May 24th, 2010, 09:44
Leave it in front of Cracker's house any day, any time, and it'll be gone in minutes. Seriously. I've seen it happen! But that's off the 605 & I-10, so it might be a bit of a jaunt for you...

HeepSpeed
June 9th, 2010, 08:25
Update:

I added a new-to-me rear bumper. Max and I will be fabbing up a jerry can mount, but other than that, it's a nice unit. Home-made by Max, Webdog, who built a new one for his Jeep so this one was a deal! So the plan now will be to cut off the tire mount you see below on the roof rack so maximize available space (which would have been handy on my last trip of stuffing FIVE people plus camping gear in the XJ).

http://www.naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=2192&stc=1&d=1276096941

I removed the same problem castle nut from a previous adventure (See Mammoth/Sand Canyon Adventure) and I couldn't get the dang thing back on! So I had to do the same fix and then Max ground down the bolt because the threads were messed up! While all this was happening, he decided to sleeve the tie rod because of some misadventures we won't go into that happened that day ha-ha. The rod, it turns out, was already beginning to bend. I've either been hitting some rocks or maybe it bent from the work of pushing the 33's back and forth? More likely is it bent during the Mojave accident when I bent the axle :shhh:

http://www.naxja.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=2193&stc=1&d=1276097361

jeeperjohn
June 9th, 2010, 09:36
Wow, that thing has come a long way in about a year. Looking good Garrett.

boostamante
June 9th, 2010, 09:42
Cool beans! you forgot to mention how the later XJ's have a longer tie rod and we had to find out the hard way. OH and how much did they charge you to fix your A/C? i need mine fixed.

HeepSpeed
September 20th, 2010, 14:58
Wow, that thing has come a long way in about a year. Looking good Garrett.
Thanks John.

I never said that we got the gas tank skid all custom mounted up.

Although, interestingly enough, someone might make an offer to buy it. This got me to wondering:

What do you think this could fetch? :bawl:

I've always dreamed of getting a vehicle that was more self-contained for a trip to alaska or South America. Funds could be used to build something like that. :twak:

jeeperjohn
September 20th, 2010, 16:24
Thanks John.

I never said that we got the gas tank skid all custom mounted up.

Although, interestingly enough, someone might make an offer to buy it. This got me to wondering:

What do you think this could fetch? :bawl:

I've always dreamed of getting a vehicle that was more self-contained for a trip to alaska or South America. Funds could be used to build something like that. :twak:
I forget what we did with the skid on yours :gee:

HeepSpeed
September 20th, 2010, 16:39
I forget what we did with the skid on yours :gee:
haha - Max had to cut it to get it to bolt up to the trailer hitch since it was in the way.. :cool: You ain't crazy~!

WebDog
September 20th, 2010, 17:14
haha - Max had to cut it to get it to bolt up to the trailer hitch since it was in the way.. :cool: You ain't crazy~!

And it was a royal pain in the whoa!