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Old September 10th, 2012, 02:36 PM   #21
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Old September 10th, 2012, 04:52 PM   #22
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where are the boggin pictures!!!
Too busy having fun to snap pics, and the view from the inside wasn't much....I'm sure some will turn up.
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Old September 30th, 2012, 09:09 AM   #23
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Put the 37" MT/R's back on and ran in the local Optimist club's obstacle course...came in second behind a rockwell'd buggy on 43's...the only two rigs in the 36" and over class....good enough for the front page of the Alpena News (slow news day).....painfully slow youtube video:


A bunch of XJ's ran the 36" and under class...my run starts at 12:47 and PROVES that I need more seat time in this thing....and I need to fix the exhaust leak. The Jeep outperformed the driver for sure.
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Old September 30th, 2012, 09:29 AM   #24
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Managed to get the 15 year old soft top from my 4Bangler (that's been in storage for over 10 years) to fit on the new Jeep with a little coaxing...had to file the lead-ins on the zippers and generally fawk around for a couple hours to get it to go on...but it works.



Been driving it back and forth to work the last couple weeks trying to run it out of gas so I can drop the leaky tank and try to fix the gas gauge sender...apparently it gets pretty good mileage because the fawker kept going all week...I filled it for the first shake down run and haven't put a drop in it since....two hours of crawling and leaking heavily, five hours of mud bog/hill climbing, obstacle course, 9-10 days of daily commute (okay, it 1.5 miles one way, but I drive home for lunch). Even took the POS grocery shopping...



I took it back to the obstacle course last night to brainstorm about toughening up the course, got it to run out of gas climing a hill, put a little splash in and it's still going....probably just got the fuel away from the pickup...

By my rough measurements and math it's about a 16 gallon tank....either way, it's coming out today, empty or not.
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Its 16, and ya at 1/4 tank you run out when it leans
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Old September 30th, 2012, 09:39 AM   #26
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Its 16, and ya at 1/4 tank you run out when it leans
Thanks, maybe I'll try to put a weighted pickup on it....or maybe I'll just JBWeld the cracks, fix the guage sender, and wheel it.
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Old September 30th, 2012, 07:27 PM   #28
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Mounted my trail tools...



...and check clearence at the tank with the rear springs out...



...not much. My driving style (think Helen Keller in low range) dictates some heavy duty diff covers, but I don't think I have enough room in the back....I may try to fab up a notch in the tank this winter but for now it's just getting leak-free as easy as possible.

I think I figured out the gas guage issue....no wires hooked up.



Got the tank out an cleaned up, strangely it only seems to leak out of the sender (when it's upside down) and the lightly damaged corner closest to the sender...



.the really fawked up corner at the other end doesn't seem to leak at all....wierd.

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Decided to JB weld the crack to minimize downtime, got the tank all patched up and reassembled today, fixed the gas guage sender and tested it....functional gas gauge...the tank is ready to go back in tomorrow.

I also pulled the speedo gear housing off the t-case and verified that the Dodge NP208 has the lowest possible speedo drive gear on the output shaft...13 teeth....which is a plus, I won't have to pull the rear yoke and output housing to swap to a lower gear. Now I just need to replace the 30 tooth driven gear with a 43 tooth unit and the speedo should be pretty darn close with 5.86 gears and 37" tires. Too bad the only driven gears I have on the shelf are 29, 30, 31, and 34.....and a new one is $40. I'll hit up my favorite transmission shop on Monday and see what they have laying around and what they can get.

I'm going to need to do something about the power steering pump soon....it's leaking pretty steady, but it will do for my trip to Twisted Trails Oct 13th. After that I think I'll swap it out for a new pump for an AWD Astro van, and I might swap in the extra YJ steering box I have on the shelf at the same time, the current one has developed a sector shaft leak.....might send that off to West Texas Offroad to get rebuilt and tapped for hydro assist.
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Put the tank back in today and it appears to be leak free....didn't get a chance to get it up an inclines to check the seal at the sending unit, but the JBWelded corner is dry with a full-ish tank....I put about 3.4-4 gallons in at home and pumped 10 gallons in at the gas station before the pump shut off.

I tested the gauge with the sender out of the tank but now it only reads empty....the guage jumps when I turn the ignition on, so I think the wiring is fine, perhaps the float doesn't float or it go hung up when I installed the sending unit. I think when I drop the tank this winter to fix the rear body mounts I'll just put in a new sending unit, Crown makes them but my local parts stores can't/don't want to get one.

I also put a 34 tooth speedo gear in and the speedo is a lot closer than it was before, hopefully the local trans shop can get me a 43-45 tooth one for less than $40.
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Old October 13th, 2012, 08:14 PM   #32
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Hauled it to Twisted Trails today to get some quality seat time....cold and rainy but I still managed to give the old girl a serious beatdown. She did well, but the trans is weak in reverse in high range. Managed to shred my soft top, cave in the tailgate, smash the exhaust, ball up the winch cable, tear off a rear brake line, and rip the shifter cable off the trans.....it was a good day. Oh yeah, the gas guage started working.
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Old October 14th, 2012, 08:38 AM   #33
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Wasn't a real good day for taking pictures, and my phone is a POS, so this is all I have, I'll track down some more off FB...

Some wheels-up on the kiddie crawl...


...and the stump that ended my day early, pulled it out of the ground with my skid, rolled it across my transmission shifter pulling the trans into park, so I jammed the t-case in neutral and winched unil I could get the trans in gear, then winched/drove until the stump was wedged in the rear axle, which tore off a brake line.

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Damn, youre harder on it than i was lol
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Old October 14th, 2012, 09:42 AM   #35
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Old October 14th, 2012, 10:20 AM   #36
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He beat it pretty hard! He forgot to mention the tree that he hit head on too that he " couldnt see" all in all it was a fun trip.
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Old October 14th, 2012, 02:34 PM   #37
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He beat it pretty hard! He forgot to mention the tree that he hit head on too that he " couldnt see" all in all it was a fun trip.
Still "getting to know" this rig...it's surprisingly different than my last YJ....oh yeah, and I drive like a dumb ass.

Thought you guys had video of that little trench run?
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i think we do ill see if i can't get it for you
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Finally made time to work on it yesterday, when I rolled underneath it to replace the broken rear driver's side hard brake line I noticed that the flex line to the frame was also snapped, so I did a little parts store searching and came up with a new one that is a couple inches longer, now the shocks are limiting factor no matter what position the rear axle is in.

I also straightened the shifter cable bracket and noticed that the shifter pawl on the transmission now had a large dead spot in it, allowing more travel than my shifter had so I could not put it in reverse once I put it in drive.....fawk.

Off to the transmission shop at 9:30 last night to drop the skid (can't believe the bolts came right out) and pull the pan on the tired 700R4....wow....she's pretty burnt but not much metal in the fluid, I think there is enough life left to get through the first part of winter...I'll start getting a replacement built up in the mean time.

We replaced the egged out "rooster" shifter pawl with a hardened one out of a Corvette...yeah...only hi-po stuff for this old girl, real 1%-er shit now. Also put a new pan and filter on since the old one was smashed HARD into the filter.

Put her back on the trailer at 12:30 this morning and I'm heading off to St. Helen Motorsports area to go try out the rocks I picked out for GLFWDA a few years back and have yet to drive on. If anyone is in the area stop out, I'll be having lunch at the Peach Pit (support the businesses that support us) and hitting the rocks around 1pm.
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My little trip to St. Helen didn't go so well, first off, I went alone....I know better....but I did it anyway....dumb.

Lined up for my first crawl....



...which went well until my front tires got to the top of the last two rocks...I backed up a bit to try a different angle and shipwrecked on the gas tank skid and rear axle...



...tried to winch but the winch wasn't cooperating, had to swap wires on the motor to get it to spool in....



....winched off, packed the winch away and tried hitting the last two rocks with some real 1% attitude....



....and got smacked right back to 99%-ville where I belong....damn gold anodized Corvette parts making me big-headed....and I left my spare front shaft at home.....dumb.

The winch gave up completely so I had to walk back to the parking lot and get my truck and trailer so I could winch the Jeep out with the trailer winch....suck...



I also manange to shave about a pound of aluminum off of my passenger rear H2 wheel...we'll see if that starts giving me problems.
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