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Old March 6th, 2022, 21:19
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I can't recall exactly what the issues are, but I know that when I converted my tail lights to LEDs I had to install a trailer wiring converter and change out my turn signal relay. I think part of that was the fact that I ditched the factory arrangement involving amber turn signals. IOW, I wasn't just changing out my bulbs for LEDs. At any rate, I have been happily running my LED tail lights for something on the order of five years now.

It is possible that the LEDs that you bought were simply defective. Between the popularity of them and the supply chain issues that everyone is dealing with there is a reasonable chance that they simply weren't up to snuff.

Very well could be the issue. I installed another one of the same brand/pack to replace it, well see what happens. Swapped the bad bulb over to the driver side to test and the problem followed. The IC driver inside the bulb probably failed...Ive used these Auxito brand canbus leds in the past with no issues, but they are made in china.

One thing i will say i dont like about them is that with full LED conversion, i can see the signal and high beam indicators dimly lit up on the cluster when im driving. I suspect its because they are lower current than the halogen bulbs that came factory. Could also be due to one side having halogen and one side having LED, causing an imbalance in the circuitry. I do need to install a resistor on the headlights, they run dim when the switch is off, like an underpowered daytime running lamp. Minor annoyance really...ill eventually install a custom built relayed headlight harness at some point, so i dont burn out a headlamp switch harness. Low priority at the moment.


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Old March 7th, 2022, 06:12
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I have the same issue with the dimly lit turn signal indicators. No issue with high beam however. Might be a difference between '96 and the late model. It hasn't been worth bothering over.
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Old March 7th, 2022, 06:23
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I have the same issue with the dimly lit turn signal indicators. No issue with high beam however. Might be a difference between '96 and the late model. It hasn't been worth bothering over.

Very well could be. I figure its most likely due to current draw of the LED headlights 🤷🏼*♂️ minor annoyance really. Daylight hours its not noticeable, and at night from the driver seat its not really noticeable either (lights being on). Just the high beam indicator on the dash.

Afaik this jeep never came with DRL but the capacity for it is there in the fuse blocks. May play around with it in the future if i get curious enough, wouldnt mind having that function


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Old March 14th, 2022, 14:43
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Picked up energy suspension poly 9.8107G shock eye bushings for front and rear shocks (6x total) and 9.8101G shock tower bushings (4 pack) today in prep for the bar pin eliminators to go on before end of the month.

Also snagged a Cherry Bomb 85710CB 2.25 in/out 23L muffler to have welded in. For $25 ill deal with a little more noise...thats what the volume knob and pandora exist for 😉

From here shell get the 2-3 lift after i move west anf im done for awhile. Eventually ill build another junkyard ling block in the living room to have dropped in down the line, and get a junkyard aw4 to rebuild and drop in. Gotta have some goals 😉🤣


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Old March 15th, 2022, 14:54
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Investigated the ticking noise i get at cold idle. Its not the flex plate bolts as far as i can tell. Very well could be the issue but i can only verify 3/4 bolts are tight. It could be a cracked flex plate too i suppose 🤷🏼*♂️

Most likely a lifter. Goes away once warmed up and doesnt change speed as rpms go up.

Chalk it up to a 193k mile 4.0. Still runs fine, good oil pressure and power, no overheating.


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Old March 19th, 2022, 09:08
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Next oil change i need to address the o ring on the filter housing. Im tired of getting ridiculously oil covered when im under the car 🤣 also tired of seeing an oil soaked starter.

Anyone have specs/pn for the o ring?


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Old March 19th, 2022, 19:13
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Get the kit. It is something like this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I don't know how much those vary by year. That particular one was the right one for my '96 XJ and for The Varmints' "97 ZJ.

Be prepared for a bit of battle with that monster Torx bolt. It was no problem on my "96, but the ZJ was tight. You will want leverage. The socket won't fit, but you can take the insert out of the socket and use a doubled up wrench on that. Or you can get the L-shapted Torx wrench (like an allen wrench) and add a cheater pipe on that.
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Old March 19th, 2022, 19:45
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Get the kit. It is something like this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I don't know how much those vary by year. That particular one was the right one for my '96 XJ and for The Varmints' "97 ZJ.

Be prepared for a bit of battle with that monster Torx bolt. It was no problem on my "96, but the ZJ was tight. You will want leverage. The socket won't fit, but you can take the insert out of the socket and use a doubled up wrench on that. Or you can get the L-shapted Torx wrench (like an allen wrench) and add a cheater pipe on that.

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I have something in mind for that T60...my serpentine belt wrench should give enough room with a 1/2 t60 socket on the end. If not, there is a volvo specific tool for belt tensioners that i think i still have floating around from my 850T wagon days that should work (similar to the L shaped wrench and used a T60 iirc)


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Old March 24th, 2022, 19:31
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Energy suspension 2.6102G 1.75 front coil spring lift blocks on order. That should level out the front to rear at least, until i pick up the RRO 2 lift kit. Since the crown springs were 1-1.5 shorter than what came off and i doubled up the oem rubber spring isolators, im still 1 low in the front

I suspect ditching 1 OEM rubber spring isolator and installing the ES blocks will bring me in at 2.25-2.5 up front, leveling things out. I also need to adjust the rear shackles and retorque them to make sure they arent binding or causing unwanted lift due to incorrect installation/angles.

Cherry bomb isnt going on just yet, unless i leave it hanging out underneath without a tail pipe welded on. Which i may end up doing just to get it out of trunk. Ill hack the old tailpipe off the oe muffler and take it to the exhaust guy later on to weld in. 🤷🏼*♂️ well see what happens. Doc has me on light duty no lifting over 5lb right now, so not much is getting done


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Nothing new to update. Back to banging around in the ass end again... i need to re-adjust the rear shackles i think. Suspect they are binding and blowing shocks out.

Jeep projects took a back seat for the moment. Pistol league starts up again this month so ive been prepping for that...suppose it could be jeep related since i want to install the JCR molle panels for my favorite banana pill dispenser 😉😅 itll match the camo headliner and dash covers once i finish it up 😋


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Havent done much anything beyond check and top off fluids and drain/refill the brake fluid reservoir. Need ball joints soon-ish, so planning for dual piston brake swap at the same time

Otherwise, shes running great


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Old July 1st, 2022, 17:04
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Got bored today, and it looks like ill be camping in the XJ for the next few months while lawyers settle an insurance case. Took the afternoon today to install the rough country front bar pin eliminators with energy suspensions poly 5/8 hourglass eye bushings and upper bushings. Went pretty easy. Still need to do the rears. Will reset shackle angle when i do that.

Need to investigate a clunk when shifting into drive/reverse. Its not motor mounts, its in the driveline. Goes away when in 4wd, suspect u joints or the slip yoke.

Shes ready for inspection and emissions testing at the end of the month. Tires show barely any wear still, 3500 miles later. Front brakes still look brand new 9k miles later. Need to check the rear shoes or junkyard the rest of the ZJ brake swap parts

No pics, ill drop them later.
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Old July 18th, 2022, 05:50
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Interesting that the clunk goes away when you have it in 4wd. I can't see how that would be u-joints or slip yoke. I would be more concerned that it could be in the transfer case.

And have to camp in the XJ for months while waiting on lawyers? Sounds like there is a story behind that one. Good luck.
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Old July 18th, 2022, 10:32
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Interesting that the clunk goes away when you have it in 4wd. I can't see how that would be u-joints or slip yoke. I would be more concerned that it could be in the transfer case.

And have to camp in the XJ for months while waiting on lawyers? Sounds like there is a story behind that one. Good luck.

4wd works perfect though, so 🤷🏼*♂️🤷🏼*♂️🤷🏼*♂️

Long story short, ive been fighting for long term disability insurance coverage (that i paid for) for the past 2 years. The coverage that is there to keep me from ending up homeless and keep food in my stomachhad neck surgery and am more fd up after than i ever was before, still not allowed to go back to work and the lawyers are fighting jnsurance company as well as soc. Security disability. So end of the month the XJ is my home unless insurance company settles


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Old July 18th, 2022, 10:35
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I suppose its quite possible that the clunk is being caused by a bad trans mount at the crossmember. Its already been replaced, but its possible the new one is bad out of the box. Id like to install a poly mount there eventually, since i have energy suspension poly motor mounts installed


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