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Old 08-10-2018, 09:01 AM
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Well tightening up the bolts obviously didnt help, since the leak is worse now...... I guess i know what im doing this weekend. Ugh.



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Old 08-10-2018, 02:25 PM
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Well upon further inspection on lunch, I found that i have a cracked front diff breather tube..... Its directly above the front driveshaft, and thats why it only leaks when its warm after shooting down the highway.

So i guess ill be looking at what size hose that is, and picking some up on my way home tonight.

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Well upon further inspection on lunch, I found that i have a cracked front diff breather tube..... Its directly above the front driveshaft, and thats why it only leaks when its warm after shooting down the highway.

So i guess ill be looking at what size hose that is, and picking some up on my way home tonight.
Mine was torn about there too when I got my '00. But was not pissing out diff fluid like that. I used 3/8" hose. But I cut out the bad part of the factory hose and ran the new hose up in the engine compartment. Used one of those barbed air line fittings to splice the new line and the factory line together.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Freeman-...MMBC/203518338

Couple hose clamps. Then put something like this around the areas that I felt was necessary to not have this happen again. Secured with some zip ties.

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Also was missing the top hat part of my breather so I just bought another one. Probably did not matter but it bothered me. I might have had an issue getting the breather into the hose, can't remember for sure, but if I did I just used the brake cleaner trick to squeeze it in. Since then have moved all my breathers to the engine compartment.
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Old 08-10-2018, 10:39 PM
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Well I replaced that hose tonight, and I’m not convinced that was the issue. It was soaked on the drivers front, at the bottom of the firewall, but the hose I took off was in good shape, and other than a small cut in the outer layer, was in good shape. And it passed the blow test. I did drain about a cup of fluid from the front diff, since I pulled the fill plug and it was pouring out... I guess I’ll keep an eye on it and see what happens now that the hose is new, and the fluid is at the proper level.
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Old 08-13-2018, 09:20 AM
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It might be a pinion seal, but its hard to say. It only seems to leak on longer trips, or when im going 75 down the highway. I did find that the SOLID brand diff covers have a fill plug that is like 2" higher than the factory one, so I may drain out a little fluid and see what happens...






In other news, I got my new winch all mounted and set up yesterday. Its the Smittybilt 9500.







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Old 08-16-2018, 09:22 AM
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Well I drained about 3/4 of a quart out of the front diff last night. I believe its still overfull slightly, but its closer to the factory fill hole height.

I drove it in to work today 34 miles on the highway and it didnt seem to leak at all. Fingers crossed!

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Old 08-16-2018, 11:58 AM
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Nice find, I would think more oil, to a certain point, would be fine.
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Old 08-23-2018, 09:08 AM
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Well i have put on a few hundred miles since then without an issue, so Im calling that a win :-)

I also got the Jeep all loaded up last night for the Iron Rock Offroad Customer Appreciation Days this weekend in Northern MN. It should be a great time, and im really excited to see what this ol girl is capable of, since its the first time ill have it on the trails!



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Gotta love the mall rated badge, where did you get that?
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Old 08-24-2018, 08:57 AM
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Gotta love the mall rated badge, where did you get that?
I ordered those from JCR. I have another set coming for my moms new Mojito Green JLU Rubicon as well :-)
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LOL... definitely a funny buy
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Old 08-27-2018, 09:41 AM
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Well we went out to the Iron Rock Customer Appreciation Event this weekend, and what a blast as always! The new jeep took everything like a champ! Its really a night and day difference between that and my old one. I ran into a slight issue, as I found out that the rock rails need to be wider, and i had a rock bite my passenger rear door. Other than that everything was great, and it made it a lot more fun being able to take it on trails that I would not even try to take my old one on.

So my next order of business is to figure out if i want to cut the rockers out, or just build some kickers off of the rock sliders that I currently have, and just angle the kickers up a little so that I can avoid having that happen again.































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Old 08-27-2018, 09:46 AM
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Old 10-03-2018, 09:52 AM
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Not much new here. Took it out a few times with no more damage. Trying to prepare myself for storing it for the impending winter. Mom picked up a new JLU Rubicon yesterday, so ill probably get some small goodies for that, since as soon as shes sick of it, it will be mine lol!









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Again congrats on the new whip! Still love that color
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