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Old 04-13-2018, 10:00 PM   #16  
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Today went pretty good, slow but decent progress. A lot of cleaning, checking out other things as I go. Was impressed with the clean condition of the upper valve train after removing the valve cover for the first time. I assumed that the PCV and breather fittings would crack. Didn't matter anyway as the grommets were shot and kreeling. Had to order all four parts. Won't be in till tomorrow, so I just took my time and enjoyed it. Got the Accel tuneup kit installed. I was amazed at how the jeep ran before with the condition of the plugs, rotor and cap ! I was told by the po, that he never did anything to it,,, I believe it too !!! Had to have been the original parts. Good news, all of the plugs were dry! I couldn't reuse the OEM wire looms as the new wires are bigger at 8.5mm, so I removed them. I am anxious to see how it runs now. Will have it finished tomorrow. Next step is to replace the rear main seal and oil pan gasket, then another oil change. At that point I should all of the engine leaks addressed. Still have a lot of cleaning and other smaller jobs to do before any alterations. Probably change the transmission filter,fluid and a new gasket next, followed by the brakes up front. After that , I gotta fix the electrical breaks at the doors and rear hatch. Resolver the main controls at the driver's side. It's starting to come together !
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Still haven't got the correct parts in yet. Suppose to be in today. Now the weather is cold and raining. May not get to finish for a couple of days. Will try to start posting pictures as I go. Both of the rubber grommets on the PCV and breather were shot, not sealing with oil all around. And just like my last jeep, both plastic elbows broke when trying to get them out. Will update when it's back together .
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Ok, got the valve cover gasket done, more cleaning, installed the new Accel ignition kit! Runs smooth as exlax now. Pulled a pretty steep long highway street today, 40mph at 1200rpm. A lot more power. Try to post some pics,,, New Accel ignition tuneup kit.
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Fel-Pro valve cover gasket, new grommets, elbows and rubber hose.
A lot of cleaning !
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New Interstate battery. 750cca.
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I have a cracked exhaust manifold and the whole exhaust system is mounted too low. I believe that the original cat is still on it ! Plus the cat back is hitting in a couple of places and rattling. Was going to do the front brakes next, but they're not really that bad yet. Can't decide wether to lift it yet or fix the exhaust? In the meantime I am going to replace the rear main seal and oil pan gasket and start fixing some electrical breaks. Will update when more progress is made. Anyway, here's a pic of my $800, one owner, rust free 99 XJ
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Nice Jeep! I would recommend changing out those battery terminals. They don't look so good Maybe they work but if you clean them up with some new ones it will be much better.
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Nice Jeep! I would recommend changing out those battery terminals. They don't look so good Maybe they work but if you clean them up with some new ones it will be much better.
Good eye !!! The negative is about to break. I had planned on ordering new ones for when I pull the starter to drop the oil pan for new gaskets. Was thinking of building bigger ones with better wire ?
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Good eye !!! The negative is about to break. I had planned on ordering new ones for when I pull the starter to drop the oil pan for new gaskets. Was thinking of building bigger ones with better wire ?
I think there is someone here who goes by the name of XJWonders who makes them...not that they would be hard to do but I have heard some good things about his. Might want to hit him up and see. Otherwise hit up your local Marine store or online supply and order up some larger cables. Also Amazon does have some Military grade terminals which another member here purchased but I can't recall the name of them or who it was. Just do a search might help not saying you have to go that route.
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Old 04-19-2018, 12:25 PM   #25  
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So Irish, what are your thoughts on doing my exhaust? I want to do a 2-3" lift, shackle relocating brackets and either a bigger HD tank or new skidplate ? I'm thinking of just patching the old exhaust up for now, that way I can route the new one better for clearance. I'm going to sub to your build and finish reading it all. I'm kinda vearing towards the low COG attitude. Interested in pros and cons of 1" motor mounts and clocking the t-case.
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So Irish, what are your thoughts on doing my exhaust? I want to do a 2-3" lift, shackle relocating brackets and either a bigger HD tank or new skidplate ? I'm thinking of just patching the old exhaust up for now, that way I can route the new one better for clearance. I'm going to sub to your build and finish reading it all. I'm kinda vearing towards the low COG attitude. Interested in pros and cons of 1" motor mounts and clocking the t-case.
Okay so first off if your going to replace your exhaust then why? Never really stated why? I would say flowmaster is fine if your going to go with a certain brand but there are others that work too.

2-3" lift will be fine I don't see the need for relocating brackets but that is your choice for a later upgrade if you need to. That is if you decide that you want to go higher in the rear then you will have that done plus it would give you added 1" or so lift. There a few ways to lift the Jeep without breaking budget. Not all that I would recommend but do some research because there are ways to bastard pack your leafs and get the added lift. I would encourage to go a suspension lift all in one kit or buy leafs alone and piece your kit together with quality parts.

I'm actually probably selling the green jeep today Well for a good reason but turns out I have my hands full with my '89 and prefer to just focus on that one. Plus I will make some extra $ on this one for more parts on the '89. So say so long to the LCOG look on green one. Plus the tire shop I was going to trade tires out for wanted another $345 just to upgrade to 31's and I couldn't justify that when I wasn't going to keep Jeep forever and figured might as well cut it short while I was ahead. I'm not going to be rich off the sale but it will help.
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Sorry perhaps earlier in your build you mention the exhaust I didn't remember that. If there is just a hole in I would say if you can weld up the hole. My tail pipe from Muffler back on my '89 was shotty so the other day when I put on my rear bumper I just cut it off right after muffler and sounds much better anyhow. So no more tail pipe! Check with your local state laws before doing that mine is mainly trail jeep anyhow.
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Sorry perhaps earlier in your build you mention the exhaust I didn't remember that. If there is just a hole in I would say if you can weld up the hole. My tail pipe from Muffler back on my '89 was shotty so the other day when I put on my rear bumper I just cut it off right after muffler and sounds much better anyhow. So no more tail pipe! Check with your local state laws before doing that mine is mainly trail jeep anyhow.
Mainly concerned about the routing and clearances. Plus this whole exhaust is Jimmy rigged and too low.
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I think there is someone here who goes by the name of XJWonders who makes them...not that they would be hard to do but I have heard some good things about his. Might want to hit him up and see. Otherwise hit up your local Marine store or online supply and order up some larger cables. Also Amazon does have some Military grade terminals which another member here purchased but I can't recall the name of them or who it was. Just do a search might help not saying you have to go that route.
Thanks, I'll check it out. Really like to have better ones.
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Mainly concerned about the routing and clearances. Plus this whole exhaust is Jimmy rigged and too low.
Well not sure how much money you have to work with but if its that bad just remove old one and slap on a full exhaust new!
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