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08/20/2008
Installing factory rear bumper, and aftermarket trailer receiver hitch. I posted this at some time, before.. last year. and I didn't post in correct area to try to make it a write-up... I am wanting to repost here and see if it is good enough to go live. My subscription is about to run out and I don't want to lose my pictures. so that's another reason why I'm doing this now. On a rainy Saturday I went about removing this damaged Bumper, it was deforming and preventing my rear hatch from opening. Also It was not sealed against the weatherstripping. and Installing these goodies. I used the box that the receiving hitch came in, to lay on, due to the it had just rained and began my task of removing my damaged bumper. I ran into problems early on with the upper mounting bracke
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08/20/2008
Lower Control Arm Bracket Reinforcing CONTENTS 1) Vehicle Setup 2) Overview / Performance Review 3) Installation 1) VEHICLE SETUP No other modifications are necessary to perform this procedure and installation. It will work with stock or modified Jeeps. 2) OVERVIEW / PERFORMANCE REVIEW Overview: After 4 years and 50+ offroad outings the control arms and mounting brackets on my Jeep needed repair. The control arms were bent and one smacked by a rock so badly the pressed in bushing came loose. The bracket ears on the frame were dented and crushed to the point they interfered with the control arm movement. All this resulted in wonky and vague handling and disconcerting clanking and creeking noises from the suspension. Solution: In addition to replacing the contr
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08/20/2008
This easy connection will allow you to lock your Rubicons axels in 4WD High, 4WD Low, and even lock your rear axle in 2WD. Tools: Phillips Screwdriver Flat-head Screwdriver Pliers Materials: Vampire Clip Steps: 1. Begin by removing the 44" plastic defroster vent trim cover. This is held in place by 5 metal spring clips under the cover. To remove: Use the flat-head screwdriver and gently pry up the cover starting near the VIN # plate. Work your way across the cover until all 5 spring clips are free. Set this cover aside. 2. Now you have access to the 2 phillips screws at the top center of the dash. Remove these two screws and be careful not to loose them down the defroster vent. Now the center heater/radio cover can now be removed. It is held in place by the 2 screws remove
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08/19/2008
Contico Tuff Bin installed in Unlimited w/ rear seat As we all know the Wrangler is the perfect vehicle. That said even the perfect vehicle has its flaw, which for the wrangler is a secure storage space large enough to fit all our toys that go along with the Jeep. I wanted something I could lock up, as well as easily remove for when I needed to take full advantage of the Unlimitedís trunk area. After looking at different option$ I decided to give the Contico Tuff Bin a try. It looked to be just the right size to fit behind my Unlimitedís rear seat, and it was much more affordable than the alternatives. I stopped by Lowes and picked one up. This seemed to be the perfect solution I was looking for. Tuff, lockable, easy to remove, and affordable! Well as luck would ha
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07/29/2008
The good folks at Jeep have lent us some Jeep Engineers for the night to answer any questions you might have about the Patriot and Compass. The event starts tonight at 5:00PM EST and usually lasts for about an hour or two. At 5:00PM EST they will create a thread in the following forum that you can post in; http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=144
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07/14/2008
I have always been fond of the CJ7 since I was a child. I owned a CJ5 and then two different Wranglers but the CJ7 never lost its appeal. So when it came time to decide on which platform to use for the JeepForum Promotional Jeep Project I knew it had to be the CJ7. Texas isnít kind on Jeep prices but after looking for several months and a half dozen CJís later I finally found a 1982 CJ7 in my small neighborhood of all places. It came with exactly what I wanted; 258 engine, T5 5 speed manual transmission, Dana 300 transfer case and best of all no rust. It was a bargain as well, granted it needed instant work to get running. We bought it and after extensive maintenance including replacing the entire brake system the Jeep is now good to go and the real build-up has begun. Ou
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04/23/2008
Finally got around to swapping in my durango steering box today. Overall I'm impressed but it could be because my other one was junk. It bolts up without a hitch. Same bolt pattern just a wider box. 3 full turns lock to lock. To do this you will need... A steering gear box from a 99 Durango 5.2L Pitman arm puller 5/8 socket 1 and 5/16" socket 13mm socket 17mm wrench ft/lbs torque wrench power steering fluid Pickle fork Drain pan Jack and stands --------- Torque settings Steering gear to frame: 65 ft/lbs Pitman arms to shaft: 185 ft/lbs Stabilizer bar to frame: 55 ft/lbs Stabilizer bar to link: 27 ft/lbs Center link to pitman arms: 55 ft lbs ---------Start by Jacking up the front axle and getting the wheels off of the ground. Then secure jackstands under the vehicle. T
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04/23/2008
Don't know if it belongs here, or if it should just go out on the main forum...but it is worth a shot. When I bought my LJ, it had the stock stereo installed with the single cd player. I had XM installed in my previous car, and I wanted it in my Jeep. My mechanical skills are slightly above my labrador retriever, but only because I have opposable thumbs. Anyone can do this install with the following tools. I installed mine with the cigar charger at this time, but I will be purchasing a power cord that wires directly into the ignition at a later time. Phillips head screwdriver Seriously, that is it.Location, location, location After I had spent a few minutes deciding where to install the receiver, I decided that the top of the windshield would be the best option. I placed it in se
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04/23/2008
Weber 32/36 Carburetor Install - Kit # K551 / K551-S* *Note this kit is the K551-S, all the steps are the same, and there is only an extra step at the end to reconnect the stock air cleaner. If you are using the square cleaner that comes with the K551, then stop following these instructions when the stock cleaner adapter is installed and bolt on the one in your kit. I purchased this kit from Carbs Unlimited and it did not come with very good instructions. So I combined instructions I found on the web and the poor ones that came in the kit. I decided to write up how I completed the install and include pictures so that I could try to help some people out when they install their Weber. My rig: 1990 YJ, Colorado Red with Laredo markings The engine is a 1999 re-built 4.2L with the st
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04/23/2008
Let me start off by saying that this absolutly cost free mod is one of my favorites. Heres what was used- - Skinny plastic object (I used a plastic light cover) - Duck Tape - Clear Box tape - Soapy water - Muscle Power - Salvanise, To get off the little tiny bits of glue left behind (not necessary)I started of by just pealing off the molding by hand. No heat gun was needed as the trim came off fairly easy. Here's what was left after pealing the molding off by hand.I then used the soapy water and just cleaned the area off, there was alot of dust and dirt under the moldings. This also loosened up the 3M adhesive still left on the car. I put togather the item i was going to use to very easily push the adhesive off with. It was the skinny plastic peice with 1 layer of duck tape over
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