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Old December 17th, 2017, 18:24
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replaced my massively cracked header, welded up the catalytic converter mount leak, new orings and screens in the injectors. that took me from 10 mpg up to 15 mpg. hopefully in the next two weeks I can get started ok sound deadning the cab



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Old July 13th, 2018, 18:09
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Towed it down to a job I had in Idaho with plans of going to moab afterwards. Turns out it doesn't like the heat. New t-stat, rad cap, fluid didn't help. Figure the tripple fans aren't pulling enough air? So here shortly I'll go back to a mechanical fan. As of now it's gutted and I'm thinning out a new wiring harness. Something I've wanted to do for the last 5 years or more but have been dreading. Fixed the heater core metal on the fire wall for 97+, put on the tranny computer bracket as well as c200 bracket. If all goes well things should be a lot cleaner. Also put on a oem firewall mat, hopefully that'll quite things down and keep some heat out of the cab.

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Old July 24th, 2018, 15:11
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Wiring is complete. Everything is soddered and shrink wrapped, tallights/haz/running lights all work as they should. Oem dash sound barrier put back in. I now have keyless entry and a dome light. Temporarily fixing some left over water leaks after seam sealing the back of th cab, now the glass is leaking. Well see how long silicone holds up. Hopefully I'll get the interior in tonight and tomorrow some new goodies show up. Next step is tackling the mechanical fan. Since the wj fan is ran off the water pump, it's smack in the middle of the radiator. So I have to make a diy shroud. Currently running a 95 Dakota fan clutch since the wj one wobbled and was loud

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Old July 24th, 2018, 15:14
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This is what the po's rear harness was with some trailer brake controller grafted in. Next time this goes up for sale the price is going to be quite a bit more.

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Old July 24th, 2018, 20:56
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Got a decent start on the shroud. Need to enclose/secure the bottom and then I'll see if it'll work

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Old October 14th, 2018, 20:11
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After 8 years of no cruise control and intermittent crappy idle I robbed a clock spring from a spare xj and all is good now. Ended going for about a 200 mile spur of the moment road test up to Naches trail where once on top I realized I was nearly our of fuel. Hopped on a main logging road and ended up coasting about 15 miles down. Cruise works great, no idle issue and coming up the pass on the way home everything stayed cool. Still need a little work on the shroud for low speed cooling.

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Old November 4th, 2018, 18:46
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I use to have to compreesor/locker switches up in the dash vent, after the re-wire I just left it out since it was a pain and I didn't like to crappy wiring the spec fab did. Today I atleast wired up the compressor to the rear defogger switch. I plan on trying to add a diode or something and using the same switch for the locker but for the time being I'm content since I use the air much more than the locker

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Old December 28th, 2018, 20:18
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Went out Christmas to play in the snow. Aired down to about 12 psi and on the way home I had a nasty resonace I could hear and feal over 30 mph. The tcase ran very low on fluid a few years ago and the front output bearing had play giving me a vibration at 65+. Tore it apart and found apparently red rtv doesn't jive with atf fluid. Replaced both output bearings and swapped in a new planatery gear/sprockets from a spare case since the rtv had plugged up the lube galleys and created a little wear. I'll find out tomorrow if what I thought was a old tire howl was the transfer case.

As for the rtv, when I did the sye 8 years ago, the screen looked the same. Figured the previous owner used too much, so I made sure to use just enough so it wouldn't seep inside, so I was suprised to see that. By the time I rebuild it and was installing I got to thinking of how the screen plugged and the rtv was the culprit not how much was used. I had already used locktite 598 black and eventually found its compatible with atf. In my searching I found permanent makes a specific atf sealant that I'll be keeping in mind.

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Old January 1st, 2019, 11:32
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Re: My Mild MJ

Happy new year Cody, and nice build.
Question, do you go out alone 4x4? Wife and I are new to the 4x4 world and I'm afraid to go out alone in case we get stuck. No one to pull us out. This past summer my xj blew a radiator on the trail but luckily we were able to drive it out of the trail and back home.
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Old January 1st, 2019, 15:44
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Yep, I'm pretty much a loaner and don't schedule things so I'm always out alone. Accidents can happen and curiosity of "I'm pretty sure I can make it thru that" gets the best of me sometimes but I mostly just drive forest roads and easy trails. A few times I've met another rig out by them self and we tag along. Last year I was following a set of fresh tracks in the snow and came up on a stock colorado making way but struggling. Told home I'd break trail and if he got stuck I'd pull him out. Suprisingly he followed me til I turned around not wanting to get stuck lol. My most pitiful stuck ever was at Elbe trails, literally 1 truck length off the road. Spent about 1.5 hrs trying to get out of that nasty mud til someone drove by and I begged for a small pull out lol

2 years ago the stupid jeep left me stranded ontop of a mountin 15 miles down a jeep trail during hunting season. As the crow flies I hiked about 5 miles down and just happened to see 2 other hunters I'd met a a bar the night before and they helped me recover it. That was from a cam position sensor. I always have at least a few spare bottles of water and an O-meal or two in all my rigs and some fire starting material but I could defiantly go a bit more prepared.

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Old January 1st, 2019, 20:10
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Re: My Mild MJ

Have you thought about joining a orv clubs? Was thinking about it so I can learn from seasoned veterans out there that knows the 4x4 world. Maybe we can join together and wheel on weekends?
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Old January 1st, 2019, 20:11
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Have you thought about joining a orv clubs? Was thinking about it so I can learn from seasoned veterans out there that knows the 4x4 world. Maybe we can join together and wheel on weekends?



Also Elby hills is where i blew my radiator.
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Old January 1st, 2019, 21:19
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I was on a Bayou tour quite a few years ago and the crazy guide has us shooting rooster tails of mud and driving over downed trees in this 20' aluminum boat. I forget what I said but his response was good, either it'll go or it won't go. I'm far from a veteran in the 4x4 area, I just use his motto from time to time. We might be able to go out to Elbe sometime, alder loop is my favorite trail and can be done mostly in 2low. For the most part I just enjoy driving out where nobody else is so I'm not a real or hardcore wheeler. The Comanche is back up for sale, doubt it'll sell quick. Do you have a stock xj or a bit done to it?

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Old January 2nd, 2019, 06:01
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Didn't know you were selling the comanche. Do you have another 4x4?
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Old January 3rd, 2019, 23:27
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Re: My Mild MJ

Been absent from the internet for a while. Probably won't any replies for another couple months.

Passed Cody years back traveling out 507. Beautiful truck.

Not sure how the presence of the locals have been on this forum. We used to have a large group throughout the NW to get out to wheel with.
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