What did you do to your jeep today?

Discussion in 'KJ General Discussion' started by TheQ, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. Big Al

    Big Al Let's get Cracken

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    Added 3 quarts of oil to the 3.7 gas engine.
    Sure hoping it's the valve stem seals leaking and not the piston rings that are worn out.
    Small puff of blue smoke when I start it up after it has been sitting for a while.
    Owned it for 8 months and never did an oil change as it uses so much oil.
    Thinking of doing the oil filter change on the next oil top up.
    Also, need to get a set of valve stem seals. Anyone bought them before.
    Anyone changed the valve stem seals using the air compressor method or the rope down the spark plug hole.
    Also need a good brand name if you have bought them before.
     
  2. sota

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    you know the crank is easy enough to access, why not just rotate each cylinder to TDC then do the seals? valves can't drop that far then.
     
  3. Big Al

    Big Al Let's get Cracken

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    Yes, that's the plan TDC and then stick a piece of rope in the spark plug hole so the valve stays up to make the keepers.
     
  4. CrazyDrei

    CrazyDrei Space Monkey

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    tommudd,

    I saw your pictures of how you cut it out but the PhotoBucket watermark ruined all the pictures. I followed the lines of the fog lights and it looks good. I did end up taking the under spoiler lip out completely. I have a couple extra aluminum skid plates laying around, might play with bolting it up and possibly trimming off the lower 3 holes too.

    DO you have more pictures of the bumper trimming without the photobucket watermarks?
     
  5. CrazyDrei

    CrazyDrei Space Monkey

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    tommudd,

    True tracks are helical gear driven locking actuation, it's super smooth and virtually unnoticeable when engaged. Daily driving is identical to open or limited slip diffs.

    Regular detroit locker or baby version lunchbox are always locked unlocked true track and only disengage when the wheels are turning in opposite directions.

    It takes a little time to figure out how it behaves and adjust the driving to accordingly, where as a tru track is drop and play as if it's not even there.
     
  6. CrazyDrei

    CrazyDrei Space Monkey

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    tommudd,

    Exactly. So pick your poison. To the OP: how much time/miles do you actually spend in the dirt vs time/miles spent on pavement. If you are close to 50/50% get a detroit or a lunchbox, if its 25% dirt and 75% pavement hands down go with true track.

    Wheel chirp, ratcheting/clunking in corners is annoying as a daily driver if not fully appreciated when driven hard off road.

    Just about every RWD Baja or desert racing truck has a detroit or a full spool in the rear for that extra grip/traction/performance.

    Tom and I are speaking based on our experiences with both, and we tried both, found what we like and dislike about both and use the most appropriate locker for our needs and applications. Unfortunately for you to make the best decision on which one to get based on your vehicle and driving style will also require you to get both, put lots of miles on both and decide for yourself which one best suits your needs.

    One more thing about the detroit, when you put it in park, my Suburban rolls about 6-8" forward on 37" tires with it. Thats a lot of force on the parking pawl in the tranny. Welded differential does not have that roll, neither does tru track.
     
  7. sota

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    picked up the kid with no tach and no speedo. plugged in the scanner and U1110, U1120 codes.
    Hot tip: if you unplug the ABS relay fuse in the PDU and forget you did that during some other testing, the vehicle doesn't like it :D
     
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    Slugger103 Member KJ Supporting Member

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    FINALLY got the suspension finished last week. New springs & shocks all around, new front UCAs with grease fittings on the joints, new lower ball joints, new sway bar links, new tie rod ends, new hubs & bearings, new front CV half axles both sides. New jounces front & rear (figured out a way to get the front ones to pop in very easy!). Replaced the A/C compressor & had the system purged & recharged. Front end alignment done. Runs great! I now have a rear UCA sitting in the garage waiting to be installed.
     
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  9. tommudd

    tommudd Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    New intermediate shaft as well I hope
    and Moog greaseable lower ball joints
     
  10. MarksmanAkula

    MarksmanAkula Akula

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    Jeep is still waiting for her big teardown. OME lift waiting to go in, Timing cover work, valve cover work, front diff work, cooling system/radiator work, list goes on and on.

    Until then, My 01 F-150 needs a new upper arm and valve cover gaskets. Along with some trans seals.
     
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    Brian02KJ New Member

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    Got a link to that post you’re referring to?
     
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  13. tommudd

    tommudd Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    If they were from Photobucket they are very old pictures
     
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    has anyone ever taken apart the junction block under the dash, to bring online any of the 'spare' fuse positions?
    I want to integrate some stuff into that panel if possible.
     
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    Finally found some LIquid Wrench (at Tractor Supply). Sprayed the rear transmission cross-member bolts and nuts. Twice. May spray them for several days and then wire brush all of them before trying to get them moving.

    I'd like to get all those off and then see if I want a new cross-member and what hardware I need. I think I only need the nuts for the transmission mount.

    Also got an 18" 3/8 drive breaker bar and then used a hex socket to break loose the fill hole on the transfer case. Working today so I'll drain and refill transfer case tomorrow, weather permitting.

    Maybe also front differential tomorrow, then it's only the transmission itself left before I can go and get an atv trailer.
    dc
     
  16. tommudd

    tommudd Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Try Kano Aerokroil next time
    Been buying it by the gallons for years
     
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    Curious, has anyone removed the rear seats and replaced them with bucket seats...like a spare set of the front seats?
     
  18. tommudd

    tommudd Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    I looked into it after I had the back seat out to make a bed back there
    But what I found was where the lower part is , its just not low enough or goes back far enough that you would have knee room or have the seats low enough to have headroom, especially if trying to use most any automotive seat
    I had found some boat seats that would sort of work but they cost way more than what I wanted to put into the project
    Just what I found , never seen anyone else do it over the years but who knows ;)
     
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