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Remember someone suggested export Sports had skid plates? I wonder if that was a SA/Oz spec thing.

I was thinking of something more modest, just to span the front X-member & diff.

I suspect mine needs new rear shox (it's a bit twitchy on the M-way) which could've led me towards lifting it but I share your reservations.
Never thought of the benefit in deep water but as yours is a deezel I suspect you'd be more adventurous in floods than I.
I successfully had my key cloned by 'thecarkeyguy', he does cover the Riviera btw. Have also developed an intermittent clicking sound, that one that sounds like a stone in the tyre but isn't. I'm assuming its a dry bearing at the back end somewhere?
 

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I successfully had my key cloned by 'thecarkeyguy', he does cover the Riviera btw. Have also developed an intermittent clicking sound, that one that sounds like a stone in the tyre but isn't. I'm assuming its a dry bearing at the back end somewhere?
You did well to find someone to clone your key; I tried to get one for my XJ when I was in America & while I could get a key cut, that's as far as it went.

With the KJ, I'm not sure it's not only having one fob that worries me more than one key.

That clicking noise sounds like early warning of a failing CVJ, although that's usually when turning at parking speeds.
 

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That clicking noise sounds like early warning of a failing CVJ, although that's usually when turning at parking speeds.
It's making the noise intermitently in a straight line at low speed. Rear disks and pads are pretty well shagged so it may be that. Am ordering a set of Brembos to replace. Main worry is a leak from the cooling line 'quick connectors' on the autobox. Can't seem to find out anything about them other than they are hated.
 

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It's making the noise intermitently in a straight line at low speed. Rear disks and pads are pretty well shagged so it may be that. Am ordering a set of Brembos to replace. Main worry is a leak from the cooling line 'quick connectors' on the autobox. Can't seem to find out anything about them other than they are hated.
It's not a noise I associate with brake wear but if they need doing anyway, at least, if it doesn't cure it, at least it'll eliminate that possible cause.

If you're doing rear discs, I'd advise being prepared to replace the handbrake shoes.

Not familiar with the particular connectors on this trans. but generally they're useless as, almost without exception, they're well nigh impossible to disconnect. If your leak is where the cooler lines go into the trans, the answer is probably to discard them altogether & replace the fittings in the case with some that will enable cut a bit offthe ends of the metal pipes & join them with a short length of suitable rubber hose.
 

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There is a special plastic tool to get the transmission lines disconnected. It fits around the line and pushes in toward the connection releasing fingers that hold the connection together. An o-ring seals the connection. The tool comes in a pack of different sizes, cheap.

That's my understanding. I have the little tool but I haven't messed around with my lines yet so I'm not an expert on the subject. Designed for quick snap together assembly.
 

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There is a special plastic tool to get the transmission lines disconnected. It fits around the line and pushes in toward the connection releasing fingers that hold the connection together. An o-ring seals the connection. The tool comes in a pack of different sizes, cheap.

That's my understanding. I have the little tool but I haven't messed around with my lines yet so I'm not an expert on the subject. Designed for quick snap together assembly.
Thank you! It seems the internet knows more about the surface of Mars than these bloody connectors. Much appreciated. I assume the o-rings could be found in a multi-box.
 

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Thank you! It seems the internet knows more about the surface of Mars than these bloody connectors. Much appreciated. I assume the o-rings could be found in a multi-box.
Best source of info. is any XJ related forum, their owners have been living with this problem for best part of 40 years. I was going to have a look at mine to see how they compared with the XJ's (given it's a different trans) - but it was too damn hot these last few days.

If the road surface is a bearable temperature next weekend I will need to crawl under my KJ anyway, so if that's any help I'll see what I can find.

As for the special tool, they come in a variety of designs, materials, colours & sizes, the last being manufacturer specific rather than application - & Jeep doesn't get a mention. How do you know if you've got the right one? No idea, but it doesn't matter - because they're all useless, just like the fittings they're designed for!
 

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If the tool specs mention other Chrysler products that might let you narrow the range of choices.
 

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I thought of that - but can all Mopars really be the same?

In fact the assistant in Napa told me it was the Ford one I needed - so that's what I got. Does it work? Dunno, couldn't find it when I wanted it.

Meanwhile, I've established that the KJ & XJ ones are completely different - except for sharing the same fault (an all too common Jeep trait) but the same delete option would still work, just a matter of identifying what plumbing fitting will fit the trans body.
 

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