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Old 06-02-2018, 09:12 PM
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[QUOTE=Basslicks;3491901]Whew! That's quite a list, man! Best of luck to you for sure!

Now... this may sound patronizing, but please don't take it that way if it does... I don't know if you've ever done the RMS on these motors before so here's a little bit of advice:

1) Get yourself one of these:



Cut the "hook" end off of it so that there's only the sweeping curve and the straight piece. Grind and polish the end smooth so there's no chance of marring the crank or block. You can use this as a pusher to push out a stubborn seal. I tried everything short of completely dropping the crank before I came up with this handy little solution. It's the perfect diameter and size to fit in that hole and around the crank and it works GREAT!

WOW! Wished Id seen this when doin mine. I tried everything over a couple days of tryin ( not all the time, tryin then leavin it for a while, then sleepin on it which helps sometimes ) before I ended up takin the new seal and pushin the old one out. Of course, I had to buy another new seal to install then.
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Old 06-02-2018, 11:40 PM
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I tapped mine right out, then chewed up the first one, putting it back in !!! So now, I guess I'm officially a member of the two-top half RMS club !!!
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Old 06-03-2018, 10:40 PM
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Wow man! That's a helluva a list! Way to spoil that XJ man... spoil it ROTTEN! lol

Glad to see you're making progress on it. I for one, love being able to do all that work to 'em. It's a labor of love, that's for sure.

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WOW! Wished Id seen this when doin mine. I tried everything over a couple days of tryin ( not all the time, tryin then leavin it for a while, then sleepin on it which helps sometimes ) before I ended up takin the new seal and pushin the old one out. Of course, I had to buy another new seal to install then.
Haha.... well, now you know if you ever have to do another one.
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Old 06-06-2018, 02:06 AM
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Didn't get a lot done. I finally got my stubby torx sockets in. Pulled the OFA. That dude was in there ! Had to use a two foot cheater bar to get it to break ! The new Felpro gasket, the big one, looks smaller than the flat OEM ? Now I just have to clean it up and stick it back in. I finished cleaning the starter and some of the bolts. Tomorrow I should have it mostly back together. Still have to install the OFA, oil pan gasket, starter and front shocks. Once the pan is in, should breeze right thru the rest !
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Old 06-06-2018, 05:46 PM
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Ok, so I got caught up in the cleaning again ! The passengers side of the block was caked in 1/8th" of grease and grime ! I still don't have it the way I want it. So, I cleaned up the oil filter adapter back to clean silver metal. Then I cleaned the seal area good. The Fel-Pro gaskets are not really the best fit IMHO. I would much rather had new Mopars instead. The big OEM old gasket was toast, brittle. The main source of the leak. The other two smaller O-rings were fine, still great shape. In fact, I had to reuse the smaller on, as the new Fel-Pro was too big ? I did replace the larger O-ring. I packed the gasket seats with grease, installed the new gaskets and smoothed out the excess with my finger. It was a good solid fit when I put the main bolt back into the adapter. I just tightened it up till it felt good. I have everything else ready to go, should have it done tomorrow.
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Old 06-06-2018, 11:20 PM
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I really gotta admire your patience and perseverance with all this cleaning and degreasing you're doing. I did SOME cleaning, but threw in the towel and chalked it up to "Good enough" quite soon.
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Old 06-07-2018, 08:39 PM
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I really gotta admire your patience and perseverance with all this cleaning and degreasing you're doing. I did SOME cleaning, but threw in the towel and chalked it up to "Good enough" quite soon.
Well, I still have a lot more to do. I was basically trying to clean a path, so I wouldnt get as dirty ! I cleaned today, till my arms were bout spent ! I got the oil pan put back on. Just couldn't remember the exact combination of twists and turns that I used to pull the pan out, so I cheated and unhooked the top of the dampener, made it a breeze to get back on. I have zero lift ! Even using zipties, and a line up tool, had a rougher time getting the bolts started! Maybe my zipties won't be as tight next time ? So, then I put the starter back in and hooked it up after cleaning the wire terminals. Next, I installed the front shocks. Got the bolts all started. And decided to just quit for the day ! All I have to do tomorrow is tighten up the shocks, put the wheels back on and fill the oil ! I wanted to let what little RTV that I used, cure for 24hrs before adding the oil. I'll prime it good, hook up the battery and cross my fingers for no leaks !!! For some reason I have little faith in the front seal ! I checked the slack on the timing chain and had nearly an inch ! If the front seal leaks, I'll get the chain then too ! I'll be surprised if any of what I just fixed does leak. I prepped all of the surfaces with acetone to clean it good. Torqued the bolts across from the middle to both ends. I'm beginning to wonder if I should clean the under unibody. I took a picture to show how clean it was under the oil and grime. I was thinking of maybe under coating the entire unibody ? Clean grey steel !!! That's the drive shaft on the left !
Check out my crossmember !!! Hardly any scratches !!! You could wax it !!!
Starter, oil pan, oil filter adapter with new over-sized Purolator !!!
One more shot !!!
My goal is to have the entire jeep like this ! Next project,,, not sure ? I have the Euro-lights and wiring harness upgrades in. The new Spicer ball joints, front axle u-joints and ZJ tie rod upgrades are in. Got a set of struts and brackets for my hood to do yet. Upgraded battery cables coming from XJWONDERS. Got the rear shocks to do too ! Don't bother buying a Z-creeper,,, junk !!! I only weigh a modest 260lb. It's supposed to be rated for up to 300lbs !!! Plus the wheels were too soft and are all chewed up !!! Think I'm going to rest for a few days. Maybe get a new creeper ! Dying to get those upper broken shock bolts outta the way !!!

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"Dying to get those upper broken shock bolts outta the way !!! "

Piece of cake.
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"Dying to get those upper broken shock bolts outta the way !!! "

Piece of cake.
EZEARL, I think I'm gonna eat that cake tomorrow!!! Got the oil leaks fixed, gone, kaput, history,,, for now anyway !!! Even smoothed out my lifter peck that I had ! Runs smooth as exlax now, really quiet !!! New JK shocks, just up front, made a world of difference!!! They actually raised the front 3/4" !!! They took a little of my off center steering wheel out, but not all. I'm blaming it on a bad ball joint and inner axle u-joint on the short axle side of the Dana 30. I'll get it taken care of soon. Waiting for parts ! Try to get the rear shocks on tomorrow, remove the rear sway bar, remove the old rotten bump stops and one muffler hanger. It's a gittin there !!!

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Old 06-08-2018, 09:59 PM
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I don't think I've seen the underside of a Jeep so clean lol... .good job, man. As far as the undercoating, it wouldn't be a bad idea. Not sure what area of KY you're in, but I know they still salt the roads in the part that my parents live in.
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Old 06-09-2018, 06:36 AM
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Here's how it sits now with the new JK shocks up front with 235/75/15s. Added 3/4" from center to fender. Now the rear really looks saggy !!! I wonder how long before the shocks start lowering ? Really thinking of just adding an ACOS up front with either OMEs in the rear or Rancho 1.5 leafs and HD relocating brackets and OEM shackles or just JKS boomerangs and the stock shackle pockets ? See my OLD oil leaks !!! 😁

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Old 06-10-2018, 06:53 PM
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Ok so today I decided to tackle the upper mounting bolts that always break on the rear shocks. Why I even bothered spraying them is beyond me ! When the first one broke, I just went on down to Oreally's and got all new hardware ! At that point, I had decided that all four were going to break. Anyway, I was prepared for the worse. All four snapped after one or two cranks. So, knocking them out was relatively easy, especially when you think about one of your ex wives !!! Heck, I was looking for more to knock out just to get me calmed back down ! So the bottom bolts were gravy. Next I went ahead and ripped out the rear sway bar and brackets for the bushings. Let's see, next, attempted to remove the bolts from the mounts of what use to be rear bump stops! 3 of 4 bolts broke ! That's ok, deal with it later ! The uni-frame was rusted near thru under them, with no rust at all under the sway bar brackets just 6" away ??? Be nice to cut those rusted areas out and have new 1/4" stuck in there, along with some plates for the sides, then drill and tap for new bump stops. If you just re-tap the holes, the bump stops would probably just push thru ! All of the sudden a huge thunderstorm moved in and I had to pick up the tools and quit for the day. All in all, not a bad job at all really. A lot cleaner than doing the oil pan and RMS ! Now I just have to press out the lower bushing center sleeves from the JK donors. The top bar pins look to be the same size for the black shocks as the OEMs that I'm replacing. The sleeves in the JKs are 1/2" id., the lower mounting post is 5/8" od !?!? Nothing can be simple !!! I have a plan for that too. Anyways , I should have this checked off my list within an hour or less in the morning. I was surprised to find out that all of the bolts on the springs and shackles look clean ! No visible rust anyway. I been spraying them for awhile. That's going to be my last hurdle. My luck, they're rusted in solid on the back sides !!! Haven't decided what to do next ???

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Old 06-11-2018, 10:38 PM
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Ok, I got to check these off my list. The installation couldn't have gone better ! I had originally bought 5/16 x 1 1/4" bolts and hardware. After I knocked the weld nuts out, I felt that the hole was too large for them. So I decided to go back to Oreally's and switch them out. I went ahead and got grade 8 , 3/8 x 1" hex washer bolts, heavier flat washers, lock washers and flange nuts. This turned out to be an excellent choice for the upper shock bolts. They filled the old holes nicely and also fit the bar pins better with less space. The 1" bolts were about the perfect length, maybe a bit more than 1/4" past the nut when tightened. They also drew up nicely as well. The zinc coating looks great too. The 1" bolts were a bear to get started with the two washers ahead of the flange nuts, but well worth it in the end. Looks like a professional install ! The bottom eye bushing fit perfect on the mounting stud after removing the metal bushing sleeves. One shot of silicone a couple smacks with a big rubber mallet and they went on very snugly! Of the four broken bolts, I could only fish out three, one got wedged somehow ? I'll try to get it out later, maybe it will dislodge on it's own ? The rear shocks also raised the jeep 3/4" as did the fronts. Now I'm sitting at 17 1/4" in the rear and the front is 1" higher. Need new leafs badly ! Probably do my headlight upgrade next. Or the hood struts? I also have upgraded battery cables coming from XJWONDERS . Love to get the lift done, but have to wait for now, got too many irons in the fire at the moment. I'll try to get some pictures tomorrow
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:22 AM
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My black JKs added 3/4" all around. Rides like a dream !
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Looks good, man!
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