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04/22/2008
After a day of fun you Jeep may look like this:On my Jeep I have aftermarket wheels so I am able to access the main hub nut with the wheel still on. Start by removing the cotter pin:Then the cap:And behind the cap is a spring (shown on left):Next, use your trusty 36mm socket to break that nut before you take off the wheel:With the nut torqued to 175ft/lbs and rust/dirt seizing up the nut, it isn't a surprise that a cheater bar helps In this case it is my old tie rod.Now jack up your axle:And remove the wheel, place it under your sliders if you have them or under your hub in the event your Jeep falls off the jack, it won't crash onto the ground:Next, remove the caliper bracket (2 x 18mm bolts) and hang it from the spring via wire or zip ties:Next, on the back side of the knuckle there ar
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04/21/2008
I have (or will have) 4 sets of aux lighting that I want to control and I'm tired of having stickon switches on the dash. I didn't want to mess with OEM switches as they are pricier and I didn't want to search junkyards for those. Here is what I have got... Parts - Bezel from a TJ - 7.00 or so at a junkyard - 4 ARB switches (Carling manufacturer PN V1D1J66B -7.30 each from www.offroadtoystore.com - 4 ARB actuator (covers) with blue lenses PN VVAYC00-000 - 1.30 each from www.otrattw.com Tools - Phillips screwdriver - Wire stripper - Wire butt splices - Wire spade connectors - Wire cutters - 18 or 16 ga wireCigarette hole is filled with Cobra 75WxST mounting grommet so I can run the CB's connect to this and have it look clean (more in a bit). Installed with all switches (e
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04/21/2008
AW4 TCU SHIFT MOD I wanted a way that would allow me to completely control what gear my transmission will be in on my AW4. Knowing that my XJ had a Transmission Control Unit lead me to belive that it would be possiable to "fool" it into thinking other things. NOTE: This mod works on ALL year XJ's, however on the '97+ it sets off your check engine light on your gauge cluster. This can be easily removed with a code reader or I belive with 50 key on-key offs and it goes away. Parts Needed: - 3 Pole Switch - Wire - Wire Tap After taking out the Transmission Control Unit (TCU) and doing a few test, I figured out what wire did what. The TCU is located under the dash on the passenger side under the glovebox. It's behind the plastic panel there. You'll only be using 2 out of the s
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04/21/2008
CONTENTS 1) Vehicle Setup 2) Performance Review 3) Installation 4) Additional Resources 1) VEHICLE SETUP This modification can be easily installed on Jeeps equipped with factory installed fog lights.* No other modifications are necessary.* No other modifications affect this install. ( For Jeeps WITHOUT factory fog lights, a switch will need to be wired into the dash. ) 2) PERFORMANCE REVIEW Overview: A trail night lighting system consisting of additional driving lights placed along side the frame rail (Fig 1) and pointing outward (to the side) is fired by a relay which is in turned fired by the factory fog light circuit.* By tying into the factory circuit (Fig 2) the system takes advantage of a fused switch already installed in the Jeep to yield a very clean and tidy
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04/21/2008
I began this this past Sunday afternoon and finished the brunt of the work within two hours. As it sits right now, the hoist itself lifts and lowers the hardtop with incredible ease. However, some fine tuning will be done. Some things I'm looking to work on are: cleaning up the hole I cut in the ceiling sheetrock for the cable to drop through (plan to frame the square hole with some door trim), find and mark the exact spot I need to back up to, and add the eye bolts and straps to the ceiling joists for long term storage. Supplies I used: (many substitutions can be made as you see fit) *Chicago Electric 440lb electric hoist from Harbor Frieght - $74 (after tax and extended warranty) *Long (don't recall length) Unistrut - $9.97 *4 x 1/4" x 1.25" lag bolts - $1.00 *4 x 1/4" washers - $
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04/21/2008
I mounted my 48" Hi-Lift Jack behind the rear seat from rollbar to rollbar and used a cheap bike lock to keep it away from thieves. To do this modification you will need the following: 1. 2-4 1/4x3" screws. 2. Corresponding 1" washers (or close too in size, just make the overall diameter fairly large, mine are approximately 1in.) 3. 2-4 1/4" bolts. 4. 2-4 1/4" wing-nuts. 5. 3' metal strap with holes, about 2mm thick. (I wear a size 12 shoe.)All of these were bought at my local Lowes (you could probably find them at Home Depot or any other hardware store) for under 15$. The only metalwork needed will be the process of sawing the metal strap in half: 1.Saw the metal rod in half, getting two 1 1/2' straps. 2.Use your knee to bend them circularly, in the shape of the
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04/21/2008
1-25-07 UPDATE: Since this article was written, Jeep caught on that the $70-$80 price tag for the swaybar was wrong. The new price is $1500-$1800! This is discussed from post 124 on. Also see this thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=366356. SUMMARY The article will tell you how to hook up a JK swaybar with the electric disconnect system to your YJ. This will allow you to disconnect and connect your sway bar by simply flipping a switch! It is very easy and can be done in an afternoon if you work fast. The best part is that the entire project can be done for about $100. No that is not a misprint. A hundred bucks. You can hook it up in two different versions: (1) electrically, or (2) in a manual version that uses a knob (much like the RockLock which uses a Warn hub).
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04/21/2008
This version of DIY snorkel a modified version of the ones found on the internet. So I can not take complete credit for this snorkel setup. This Snorkel setup was designed and fabbed to work with 1988 Jeep Wrangler, but will work with other models with little modification. I know you can use this setup on a 1997 Jeep TJ, for I have done it on my friendís jeep.Now on to the parts list, most pieces can be found at Home Depot, Lowes, or a plumbing supply house (this is where I got all my piece of the puzzle). (1) 1- 8 ft piece of 2" black abs pipe. (2) 1- 2" rubber 90* (3) 1- metal pipe hanger (cooper or steel) (4) 1- metal strap hanger (5) 1- 90* Street 90 elbow (6) 1- 45* elbow (7) 1- 4" to 2" drain adapter (8) 1- 4" drain cover to fit inside the adapter above. (This is where
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