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Old 01-14-2018, 12:02 PM
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so kinda bummed cause the locker didnt come in yesterday...once again USPS only delivering false expectations on time

we made due with what we had so i helped the gf as i walked her through how to change the transmission filter and shift solenoids.


got the trans pan off easier than expected
(was reading about how the 2 piece dip stick tube can be a pain to get off)



walking her through what we would be doing



old solenoids






new solenoids on



random RTV pic





the job was really simple and took maybe an hour from start to finish.
truck certainly shifts much smoother and now we know it will be set for quite some time.
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Old 01-15-2018, 08:45 PM
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todays project was changing out the old u joints for some new spicer ones

old ones out


new ones in








buttoning everything back up



pretty quick job. walked the gf through the whole thing and done in about an hour.
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Old 01-16-2018, 10:23 AM
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I have people help me with work on my XJ from time to time. They're never anywhere near that cute.
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Old 01-16-2018, 08:37 PM
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If she's a jeeper, she's a keeper, lol

Especially when she doesn't mind getting down on the ground, and getting dirty (pun intended, lol)

BTW walker, I got your PM, I'll answer in a bit, just got home from a brutal day at work, haha
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Originally Posted by roninofako View Post
If she's a jeeper, she's a keeper, lol

Especially when she doesn't mind getting down on the ground, and getting dirty (pun intended, lol)

BTW walker, I got your PM, I'll answer in a bit, just got home from a brutal day at work, haha
A big X2 on that one!
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hope you guys are ready for a huge photo dump from this past weekend

thursday before we left for Death Valley we did some service work to the jeep...and of course i made sure the GF got her hands dirty

-rear wheel bearings/seals
-spartan locker
-pick up coil/cam position sensor
-distributor cap and rotor





















anyway now on to the fun stuff

we left long beach thursday nite and rolled into Ballarat.
this time we went with another couple and their brand new GC


waking up friday morning in Ballarat


planning the route for the day




from what i read i believe this was one of the two power wagons the manson family used to get back to Barker Ranch


heading down to Goler Wash


Goler Wash pics (locker certainly came in handy in a few parts)










stopped at what looked to be an old mining camp






finally made it to the ranch


where they found a certain someone hiding under a bathroom sink




found the other power wagon...


and the junkyard!


stopped to plink off a few rounds with the winchester


entering DVNP


Dantes View at sunset


Badwater Basin


notice the sea level sign...




Ubehebe Crater


and after hiking up from the bottom we needed a bit of a break


heading to the racetrack we of course had to get a pic at teakettle junction


looking out from the grandstand at the racetrack


set up camp that nite a few miles south at a backcountry dry camp


morning view


made it back to the racetrack for sunrise


a few drone shots on the long "road" back to pavement







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Old 02-12-2018, 02:58 PM
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so havent updated this in a while...

found a deal on spark plugs and wires so pulled out the plugs that were in the jeep and saw that they were all gapped around .060 (YIKES!)
so went with the spec'd Champion plugs and proper gap of .035

before the Death Valley trip we experienced a strange no start and a code for pick up coil/crank position but before that trip nobody had a crank sensor in stock so i just changed the pick up coil and its been fine....
HOWEVER im OCD so i also picked up a new crank position sensor but have yet to install because in addition to being OCD i am also LAZY

so thats the ignition side...

on to the fun stuff.(SARCASM)
we kept getting this strange vibration under lockup around 45mph.
i was exploring the possibility of it being anything but transmission issues.
because of course that just sucks the wind out of anyone's sails.
Of course after a trip to a transmission shop...and to another for a second opinion it was confirmed that it was the torque converter lock up causing a shuddering and in addition to that every shop wanted to do a full rebuild of the AW4 ...PASS on that idea
so after calling a billion local shops i found one that would change out the converter for a reasonable labor price ($350)
new converter and new front pump seal and the truck has been driving fabulous since.

well kinda...
when we picked it up from the shop we noticed a strange rattle at idle in D when at a stop light/sign
after hunting it down i saw the drivers side motor mount broken...prob just a casualty of not properly bracing the engine when dropping the trans but whatever it was a $15 part so i order up 2 new mounts and a new trans mount

trans mount went in really quick with no issues...then on to tackle the broken drivers side
after about an hour of cursing, trying to get the bolts back in and getting mud & 20 years of road grime on my face (somehow all of it ends up behind my glasses falling into my eyes or in my mount/nose) the mount is done, blah.

ask me if i have done the passenger side mount yet? ...

see told ya LAZY!
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I guess you've probably figured this out on your own by now, but OCD and laziness are a poor combination...

Glad you got that vibration sorted!

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Old 02-12-2018, 04:21 PM
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lol yeah i try and fight through the laziness

what actually ends up happening more often than not is i will get so frustrated with trying to replace/repair something ill have to walk away for like 10 min then come back to it
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lol yeah i try and fight through the laziness

what actually ends up happening more often than not is i will get so frustrated with trying to replace/repair something ill have to walk away for like 10 min then come back to it
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I have to do that sometimes as well. Better to walk away and regroup than to give in to the frustration and start breaking things!
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went on a quick trip to Los Padres National Forest area last thursday and friday (the GF just started a new job and those are her days off...kind of a bummer but we are making it work)

first stop was Chumash Painted Cave State Park







looking out at the Pacific just past San Marcos (you can see the Channel Island NP in the distance)




Next stop was Knapps Castle which is just an abandoned Castle in the LPNF










after that we headed over to the Davy Brown Campground in LPNF where we would be spending the night.
thankfully it was pretty much deserted and we had a nice choice of sites available to us.











the next morning we took Figueroa Mountain Rd out of the park and headed into Solvang for lunch (didnt take any pictures but its certainly a tourist trap. google it if you arent familiar)





our final stop was Nojoqui Falls State Park
pretty neat little waterfall but nothing more than a little tickle right now but i bet after a decent rain it gets flowing pretty good
lots of weird hollow trees leading up to the falls...big enough for a tiny korean








overall it was a nice relaxing trip...until the drive home on the 101.
ughhhhhhhhhhhhh

this weekend i may actually do the other motor mount and crank position sensor i have been neglecting.
i also have to order a new radiator since ours cracked slightly at the overflow junction and JB weld isnt sealing it.
Autozone has a lifetime warranty radiator for $106 and once they come back with the save $25 on $100 coupon ill prob order that up.

also i know i know the rear leafs are sagging HARD but i think this stuff is more important than the rear susp at the moment.
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Old 02-20-2018, 11:42 AM
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Looks like a nice trip. Thanks for sharing the great pics!

I would agree that the suspension can wait. I put a $100 lifetime O'Reilly radiator (Murray brand) in mine early last year and I haven't regretted it.

Is your CPS acting up, or are you just doing preventative maintenance? I bought a Mopar one several months ago for preventative and I've been slacking on installing it as well.
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before our DV trip it did a strange no start then threw a code for the pickup coil/CPS

at the time the parts house only had the pick up coil (cam position sensor) in stock so i changed that and it seemed to be cured.

ended up buying the CPS just in case and havent got around to it
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its been awhile since ive updated this thread but ill just do a mass post dump if anyone was interested in following whats been going on with it
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