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Old January 13th, 2014, 11:04
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Project "The Gray Goose"

Ok so Ive been on here for a while now but will finally get around to posting my "build" thread. This will be mainly copied from Cherokeeforum but I will try to update pieces a little bit.

So without further adieu, the build thread of my Jeep finally.
Bought her 11-18-10 and I'm loving every bit of it. I'm from Bakersfield, CA and I drove all the way up to Napa, CA to buy her. She was priced at $3000 on craigslist. The day before I head up, the cl owner changed his price to $2500 so that's what i got her for.

She got her name because the first time i took her out locally, my buddy talked me into jumping her. So because she flew and shes gray, I came up with the name "The Gray Goose".

So here she is when I first met her.





little blurb from the CL ad
-5.5 Inch Rough Country Short Arm Lift with sway bar quick disconnects.
-33 in all terrain tires with 70% tread left.
-Logan offroad front bumper
-JCR stage 3 rear bumper (First Gen)
-NEW brakes all around with NEW rotors and drums (brakes have less than 1000 miles on them)
-NEWLY Rebuilt Rear DANA 44 rear end. Geared to 4.56 with rare DANA Powerlok Positraction. Less than 1000 miles on the rebuild. All new seals, ring and pinion, and fully rebuilt posi. Armored.
-NEWLY Rebuilt front DANA 30 front end. New seals, NEW 4.56 ring and pinion. (less than 1000 miles on the rebuilt front end) Armored.
-NEW 1995 brake power booster and master cylinder (less than 1000 miles on the booster and master). It brakes very well.
-Newly rebuilt motor from S&J engines (about 2500 miles on the motor)
-Rusty's steering track bar
-Rubicon express cut and tap SYE kit.
-Rubicon express rear drive shaft
-Rubicon express steering box brace
-New polyurethane bushings all around
-Sony explode 6 speaker sound system
-Audiobahn 8 inch sub woofer with remote mounted in console
-NEW aluminum 3 core radiator
-NEW aluminum transmission cooler
-NEW fan clutch
-Passes CA smog. Just smogged in July.
-Champion 8000lb winch
-JCR stage 2 rock sliders
-New high-lift jack
Other technical specs:
Engine - Jeep 4.0 (Renix)
Transmission - Aisin-Warner AW4
Transfer case - NP-242
Although it drives just fine, there is some work that needs done to make this a great jeep. Here's what it needs:
- New Throttle position sensor (or it needs adjusting)
- It has a cracked flex plate (hairline crack) Knocks at warmer temps because of this
- The bearings in the transfer case need replacing
- It has a high-flow Flowcooler water pump that makes it great for off-roading but it pumps water at such a high volume that it runs kinda warm on the freeway. It runs very cool at slow and 4x4 speeds. If you intend to do a lot of highway driving I would recommend a stock water pump.
- Tranny cooler return line needs to be replaced as it leaks a bit

A little over 3 year later i still have yet to replace the tc bearings, flex plate, or the tranny cooler line. Shes not a regular DD...I think that Ive put 11k miles total on her in the three years that Ive owned her



Almost forgot my plans for her for now. Going to keep her looking stock and create enough cargo room for four to go on a camping trip. (planning ahead for a family camping vehicle, only 23 right now). Original plan was be kept clean and be more of a dd and camping/expedition rig than a rock crawler. I was planning on getting a second one, hopefully super clean white '93 which will take over this ones' job as the camping/easy wheeler so this thing can become the rock crawler.. Either that or just find a beater to make the purpose built crawler.

5.5" or 6.5" Rubicon express Springs up front that i got on cherokeeforum
5.5" big offroad leafs (Thanks BenH)
12" bilstein 7100 front
10" bilstein setup rear
Frolich offroad Long Arm upgrade
NP231 with SYE and all new goodies when I find a good deal on one when i have $$
Uniden Pro 520XL cb for xmas (2012) to replace my broken Pro 500D when it was broken into (story later)
rustys center skid *free (Thanks BenH)
15" black D-window steelies with 33"X12.50 or 11.50 Toyo mud country
roof rack with light bar
pre-runner hoop for lights on front bumper
black door handles
97+ side mirrors
black grill/header pannel
bed liner lower quarter pannels
703 injectors
cubby mounted sub
cargo area rack/storage
hybrid cage at some point
lockers front and rear
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Old January 13th, 2014, 11:51
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Re: Project "The Gray Goose"

nice looking rig!
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Old January 13th, 2014, 19:51
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Re: Project "The Gray Goose"

Sounds like you got a great deal on it. Looks good.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 19:53
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Re: Project "The Gray Goose"

I totally forgot that it had the windshield visor and hood scoop haha.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 22:10
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Re: Project "The Gray Goose"

I like the color a lot. Looks good.
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Old January 14th, 2014, 10:31
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Re: Project "The Gray Goose"

aahhh. the spruce goose.
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Old January 15th, 2014, 21:12
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aahhh. the spruce goose.
HAHAHA that's a good one. Except this one actually flew.
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Old January 16th, 2014, 17:41
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Re: Project "The Gray Goose"

Ahh I like it, spruce goose.. Been busy the past week or so, will update its first two trips in a few days hopefully.
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Old January 16th, 2014, 18:32
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Re: Project "The Gray Goose"

So the first "mod" was to remove the visor and I liked the look much better. Didnt do much to it but drive it and wheel it for a while.

For a bit, it backfired like crazy (still does at a certain throttle location) and as a result the jeep jerks while accelerating or decelerating..I had replaced the cap and rotor which made the backfireing a little bit better but it was still really bad. Messed with the TPS and replaced it with a spare AJTorris had but the Goose still stumbled at constant 55mph on the freeway and on colder days. Shes actually stumbled so bad a few times that shes killed herself at low speeds but started again after 5 min or so.
Eventually i'll get around to the flex plate, bearings, and cooler line.

took a few trips out local places in Bakersfield to play in the mud and such. few trips to Hollister Hills..Now for the pics.
Dec 2010 in HH

Getting ready to leave early in the morning


the lovely Maroon interior with almost factory looking headliner "mod" by the PO. (not sarcasm, the color has grown on me and I love it now)



Driving



Sitting at the lookout point in HH waiting for my buddies to show up







Having fun flexing my jeep out for the first time in the quarry. Still alone.



not much flex but it was my first flexing pic.. lol



some stuff



the mud pit



after my try at the frame twister, logs side first. Definitely like the darker rims..lol



My friend's Big, Bad FJ after his trip through the mud.

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Old January 16th, 2014, 18:33
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Re: Project "The Gray Goose"

My first "body damage". Never take an over grown, unmarked trail without walking it first. Super scary like 7 point u-turn switchback for me, like 15 point for the FJ. (Location is at the top of the next peak after completing 5 fingers)



Tail light "guard" caught a protruding tree branch and broke the light. (glad it did now, man those were hideous)





The FJ's first "major" damage. There is a dent there, just hard to see.





more flexing







JeepinSeal in his 2WD Tacoma before he owned a 4x4



ballanced..

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Old January 16th, 2014, 18:34
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Re: Project "The Gray Goose"

Idiot in a 2wd truck thought he could get through..went in too hot and went into both ruts and got cross-threaded.







Jeremy to the rescue with the winch.







Trip #1 done...
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Old January 16th, 2014, 21:11
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Re: Project "The Gray Goose"

Man that was a fun trip. I knew that truck was blue. He was funny to watch though hahah. If I remember right that was Jeremy's first pull on that wench. Glad you got rid of the "euro" lights.
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Old January 17th, 2014, 06:57
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I think it was his 4th. One to pull the white jeep off the pipes, one to pull him off the pipes, one to pull me out of the logs and then this one.
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Re: Project "The Gray Goose"

replace your TPS , 02 sensor, and CPS . Adjust TPS properly if its renix.
also, do plugs and plug wires. clean all grounds. check for loose exhaust flange bolts at the manifold and collector.
consider getting injectors cleaned by a local injector cleaning place. Backfiring can be too lean or too rich. My old willys used to back fire when the carb wasn't adjusted right . it could also backfire with a bad enough exhaust leak, but that would be obvious.

do one thing at a time to see what fixes it.
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I dig the old school interior color
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