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Old 06-01-2016, 02:38 PM
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Looks more like your thermostat housing is leaking. Although, changing the water pump is still a good idea. It's a pretty easy job and the thermostat housing has to come off anyway. Just replace the pump, both gaskets, and throw a new thermostat in while you're at it.
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Old 06-01-2016, 11:20 PM
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Thanks for the replies XJWonders and JeremyXJ!

I'll get onto replacing the water pump, thermostat and gaskets! I'm tempted to replace the upper and lower hoses and radiator too while at it
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Originally Posted by adriaanvn99 View Post
Thanks for the replies XJWonders and JeremyXJ!

I'll get onto replacing the water pump, thermostat and gaskets! I'm tempted to replace the upper and lower hoses and radiator too while at it
That wouldn't hurt. I replaced my entire cooling system when I got my Jeep.
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That wouldn't hurt. I replaced my entire cooling system when I got my Jeep.
Yeah sounds good. It's fairly inexpensive and I thought while I'm going to be draining the fluid I might as well start off fresh
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Old 06-02-2016, 01:59 PM
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Some poser pics from a sunny Arizona!






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Old 06-06-2016, 11:26 AM
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So it seems that the summer here in Phoenix is starting to catch up with the Jeep. Its been 115*F + the last few days and even on short trips the needle has been creeping over halfway. My thermostat housing is leaking, but I thought I will rather replace everything, taking into consideration mostly everything has over 250 000 miles on it.

When I flushed my radiator a couple of weeks ago it seemed fairly clean, but my coolant overflow tank was full of thick sludge and deposits, so that was sort of a giveaway.

So here goes my cart that will be ordered Friday:

Spectra Premium CU1193 radiator ($75)
Gates upper hose ($14.90)
Gates lower hose ($11.99)
GMB replacement water pump ($27.58)
Dorman aluminum housing ($10.99)
Stant 195 degree thermostat ($7.13)
FelPro water pump gasket ($3.62)
FelPro thermostat gasket ($2.00)

Total $153.99

My only two "grey zones" on the above is should I rather get a 180*F thermostat (it is mostly hot weather here all year around) and the other thing is is it a smart idea to use an aluminum thermostat housing, instead of the old school cast iron one?

Any suggestions, or past good or bad experiences with the above mentioned are wecome!

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Old 06-07-2016, 10:43 AM
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Decided to see how much room I have when flexed up (this isn't really "flexing", just getting idea of how much room there is). Stock fenders definitely limiting it quite a bit. So a pair of pocket style flares will be put on soon hopefully. Attached are some pics












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Old 06-07-2016, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by adriaanvn99 View Post
Decided to see how much room I have when flexed up. Stock fenders definitely limiting it quite a bit. So a pair of Bushwacker pocket style flares will be put on soon hopefully. Attached are some pics
If you haven't already check out Napier flares, they look alot like the BW but cheaper,stronger, and better looking IMO, also get a 195 oem stat, the engine runs best that way a 180 won't help with cooling
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Old 06-07-2016, 12:00 PM
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If you haven't already check out Napier flares, they look alot like the BW but cheaper,stronger, and better looking IMO, also get a 195 oem stat, the engine runs best that way a 180 won't help with cooling
Yeah I have heard of them and just checked them out - very clean indeed! Thanks for the info, will hopefully be doing all that this weekend
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Old 06-22-2016, 11:23 AM
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So been a bit quiet on the Jeep front for abit, but things will start to pick up soon. I'm looking at possibly buying a engine from a scrapyard and build it into a Stroker, build it up over time and then once finished pop it in. My engine has over 250 000 miles on it so instead of spending money on an old engine rather build up something else. But we will see!

Here's a list of things that'll be done over the next few weeks

Radiator
Upper and lower hose
Thermostat housing
Thermostat (195*)
Water pump
Water pump inlet tube
Water pump gasket
Thermostat housing gasket
Radiator cap
Radiator isolator

Front rotors
Front disc brakes
Rear brake shoes
Rear drums

Oil pan gasket
Drain transmission fluid
Put in new transmission oil filter

Replace steering box brace with IRO
Put in IRO steering box reinforcement
Put in IRO steering box cross brace

Install IRO double shear track bar

Install rear shock bar pin eliminators

Change front diff oil
Put on Solid diff cover
Front diff gasket

I'm planning a camping and wheeling trip for the end of July so hopefully that'll happen!

Attached are some pics of the Jeep on back roads in and around AZ







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Good looking XJ
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Old 06-25-2016, 02:38 AM
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Good looking XJ
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Old 06-26-2016, 08:28 PM
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My brakes arrived yesterday afternoon thanks to Amazon one day shipping. Decided to start early this morning as it has been 110+ this whole week and it gets a little toasty in the garage. All went well except my left front caliper bleeder screw is seized and I can't seem to get it off. So as of now the Jeep is sitting with spongey brakes. Will take it apart tomorrow morning and see if I can get it off else I will have to buy a new caliper. Apparently you can bleed them by unscrewing your brake hose from the caliper so I'll see.

Any advice?

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Old 06-27-2016, 05:09 PM
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Problem solved - bought a new caliper at O'Reilly's for $23.99. Quickly installed and bled again. New brakes made a huge difference


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Took the Jeep out this past weekend on a very light trail. Was nothing serious but very happy with the Jeep's performance.

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