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Old May 30th, 2014, 05:59 PM   #241
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Washed it up to make it pretty again and took it out for the first time since fall of 2012. It was a little rough at first but quickly smoothed out and was running great. Man I miss driving this thing. Then I was turning onto a street 2 miles from home and it died. I did a little troubleshooting there and found a couple fuses blown. It seems I am not getting the ground from my PCM to my fuel pump and fan relays. I towed it home and will work on it tomorrow. It's my birthday so it's time to eat and drink

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Old May 30th, 2014, 06:07 PM   #242
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Washed it up to make it pretty again and took it out for the first time since fall of 2012. It was a little rough at first but quickly smoothed out and was running great. Man I miss driving this thing. Then I was turning onto a street 2 miles from home and it died. I did a little troubleshooting there and found a couple fuses blown. It seems I am not getting the ground from my PCM to my fuel pump and fan relays. I towed it home and will work on it tomorrow. It's my birthday so it's time to eat and drink




That sucks
I had a similar issue when I swapped motors in my jeep recently I lost ground to the ignition and fuel pump
When I flopped the harness on the hood the two ground wires going to the computer broke
It's frustrating but you'll figure it out
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Old June 1st, 2014, 11:30 AM   #243
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Bad fuel pump = suck. This pump has less than 15 miles and no more than an hour of run time. I put the stock pump back in and it runs fine again. This is the second 255 LPH pump that has failed in a short amount of time. One was a Walbro and the other I can't remember. What could be causing this? Bad luck or some other issue with my setup? Seems like there was a local Walbro dealer on here, anyone remember who it was?

On a good note having the tank in the cargo area with an access panel on top is a dream. It took me longer to get those PITA push-lock fuel line connectors off the Corvette filter/regulator than it did to change the pump, LOL.

On a good-good note, I had the best birthday I have had in a long time. Worked on the Jeep for a while, had some friends over, ate a 2' thick medium ribeye, lots of drinks and cake.
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Old June 1st, 2014, 11:57 AM   #244
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You said cake?!?

I have the tool for those fuel fittings. Common stuff.
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Old June 10th, 2014, 02:43 PM   #245
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Took a good hard look at my fuel system and I think I discovered my issue. Apparently when I set up my pump I didn't extend far enough towards the bottom of the tank. For the past year and a half while building this thing I have only had a couple gallons of gas in the tank. So it has essentually been barely sucking gas with no cooling at all. I haven't driven it but I have let it sit and run for several hours over that time.

Anyway, new pump installed, a couple new lines and connectors too. It is running really well now, just need to put some miles on it the next couple days and then I'm going to hit the dunes Friday to really test it out.
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Old June 11th, 2014, 10:40 PM   #246
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Look for ole blue up in the dunes! K5yota and I are leaving thursday night!
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Old June 13th, 2014, 09:46 PM   #247
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Look for ole blue up in the dunes! K5yota and I are leaving thursday night!
Nice to see you today and thanks for lending me the wrench!
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Old June 13th, 2014, 09:47 PM   #248
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Man, what a great day at the dunes! Luckily I had some extra cash. Friggin state jacked the rates on ORV stickers. It was $16.25 last year and $36.25 this year, WTF?

Anyway, we hit the parking lot at 9:30 and onto the dunes shortly after. Because it was early Friday and cold (50* and windy) we had the place to ourselves. It was pretty flat and I didn't find any good jumps but had plenty of go fast. I can't believe how much of a difference there is with real shocks and progressive bump stops. It was a completely different vehicle and I can't wait to get out there again. The only issue I had was my trans was running really hot. Towards the end it was doing so weird shifting too. I am going to have to look into better transcooling for it before I go again.

Not a lot of pics but here's a couple and some vids. Ignore the wife's commentary on the "iPro" video. I may need to look into a GoPro...


The state taking advantage of us.



Glamour shot



Sand everywhere :)





Here's a couple vids, nothing spectacular. The video of my wife holder here iphone is pretty funny.

http://s960.photobucket.com/user/joh...ir7g9.mp4.html

http://s960.photobucket.com/user/joh...a66kg.mp4.html

http://s960.photobucket.com/user/joh...1u5df.mp4.html

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Old June 26th, 2014, 10:59 PM   #249
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So, this was my joke of a transmission cooling system.





Not surprisingly I was always fighting over-temp issues. Ordered some some new stuff from Summit.



Just a slight difference.






Looking forward to seeing the difference.

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So, this was my joke of a transmission cooling system.


I see no problems.
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Old September 9th, 2014, 10:20 AM   #251
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Update:
I put about 600 miles on it this summer. I know, that doesn’t seem like much until you consider I only drive it on the weekends when it’s not raining. For me, this is a lot of trips for ice cream. LOL

It turns out my transmission cooler upgrade was just a little too late. After taking it to the dunes in May and overheating the trans I noticed the 2/3 shift was getting weird as well as slipping in the upper end of 2nd. But I was able to drive it all summer without issues.

I took it to the dunes this weekend with my wife, my youngest son and our Spanish exchange student. Our Spanish girl is fully addicted now to Jeeps and I even let her drive. This is the first thing she has ever driven, she’s 14. Anyway, she did really well on a few big climbs and even launched the front wheels over the top of a couple dunes.

The suspension worked perfectly as well as the 5.3L (duh) but 2nd gear complained more and more as the day went on. I was able to keep the trans temp down to a reasonable level but it got harder to do. Eventually it got too bad to manage and the temp went very high. It was the last run anyway so I loaded it up and we went home. I drove it around the block and it slips before hitting 3rd, but I can still drive it. I’m going to try for one run at Rocks & Valleys this fall then pull the trans and rebuild it for a winter project.

A few pics from Saturday:

Paula learning to drive http://youtu.be/9Bnj5fHzZho

Playing in the bowls on the south end by the lake.











I babied it all the way down to the parking lot before it finally dropped far enough to register 250*, whoops!


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Old September 9th, 2014, 08:08 PM   #252
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Glad you got to drive it a lot! Do you usually run high range or low range in the dunes? I've found with anything but a diesel(or I assume a very built V8) I prefer 4 low to take some of the strain off the engine and trans.
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Old October 20th, 2014, 08:22 AM   #253
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Went up to Rocks and Valleys Saturday and had a blast as usual. Everything was working perfectly. Hit a few of the trails and was racing up the hill climbs against a buddy when a piece of wood jammed between my wheel and tire. I made it back to the trailer on one air refill and cleaned it out but couldn't keep air in it very long. I put on my spare, which is really a hunk of junk. It's the right size, but it's about a million years old, hard as a rock and has about 1/16" of tread. I wasn't ready to quit for the day so we headed back out for an attempt at big ugly. If you haven't seen it lately the entrance is getting a little rough, LOl. A couple attempts with my crappy spare and I blew the lockout on the other side. I was basically done after that, but it was still a good day. Anyone in my area that has a decent 37-38” tire for sale I could use as a spare, please send me a PM.

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i have a 38.5x14.50x15 tsl sx that has good tread but it has an inch long cut right next to the bead, so it would need a tube. i live in belding. pm me if you are interested.
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cool pics! glad ya had some fun
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i have a 38.5x14.50x15 tsl sx that has good tread but it has an inch long cut right next to the bead, so it would need a tube. i live in belding. pm me if you are interested.
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 09:36 AM   #257
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i have a 38.5x14.50x15 tsl sx that has good tread but it has an inch long cut right next to the bead, so it would need a tube. i live in belding. pm me if you are interested.
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Thank you so much for your generosity! I appreciate it, and it was nice meeting and talking with you

Next time I lose a tire it won't end my day. Going to get a tube a decent looking wheel next weekend.

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Old November 2nd, 2014, 10:08 AM   #258
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Wade is awesome!
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 01:28 PM   #259
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