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    Chris got new updates.........................?
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    Quote Originally Posted by macka View Post
    best read in a long time
    Thanks dude - it was fun documenting everything and sharing the experience with everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PRIORITY 4 View Post
    Chris got new updates.........................?
    Hey Bernie - I've got lots of updates... at some point in time over the fall/early winter, tapatalk went paperweight and it became a real pain to post pictures and keep up with everything.

    But I can't keep my fans hungry - so here she goes!!
    (pardon the crappy pics... I just saved them all from my instagram account)

    I was jamming on trying to finish my basement, so the first part of the winter was finishing up the drywall and building this 11' wide 8' high honkin' mofo.

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    That was 2 months of my life I'll never get back... but the Mrs is happy - big win!

    When I finally got back out to the shop, I thought I'd tackle the easiest thing first - the tailgate.
    I think tailgates should flip down... and I don't plan on mounting the tire back on mine - so I went to work in converting the old YJ unit into a flipdown.
    I had the tailgate sandblasted last summer, so it was ready to go. The first order of business was to fill in the holes where the tailgate hinges used to bolt in.

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    Then drill some holes so I could mount the tailgate on some old Stainless door hinges I had.

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    Then I had to figure out how I was going to have it latch on the passenger side - if you recall, I bought a slam latch... but I didn't want it relying on only the thin lip of the tub. So whipped up this beauty looking space-aged back scratcher that not only is the mount for the tailgate strap, but also the latch point for the slam latch.

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    Here you can see it in place with the latch

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    I also made up another bracket that bolts onto the back of the latch plate, and then over to the two top bolts for the corner armor on the inside of the tub... the whole assembly is bulletproof.

    So then I needed to prep the tailgate, so I welded on a piece that would hold the strap on the tailgate side.

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    - some sweet chrome caterpillar action.

    Then I needed to address the location of the license plate. I hate the stupid YJ flip down thing... and I don't like plates that stick out from the back of the tub, I think it ruins the lines... so I wanted to mount it to the tailgate. I ended up going to TSC and picking up some allthread couplers and welding them into the depression on the back of the tailgate.

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    Jim dandy..

    So from there I was basically paint everything and install it.

    You can sort of see the tailgate strap - I only went with one... the huge latch on the driver side makes adding one there a little tough.. and I don't want to sit on it, so who cares. It will probably hold abou 60 or 70 lbs quite comfortably, and I can't see putting much more up on there. I really only need a spot to set up the hibachi for some eats on the trail.

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    I also replaced the gasket - I read somewhere once that if you want to eliminate fluids from entering your caboose, you need a good rubber.

    Side note - I got the gasket from amazon dot com (not dot ca). The have a ton of OMIX AIDA stuff, and amazon stocks it... so it's cheap, and they ship it across the border.

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    So then I just needed to put the license plate and plate light on.

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    But something was missing.....

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    That's better!

    Once the tailgate was done I moved on to the rock rails / sidesteps that I got from Trailhead last year. I built them, but then I was so amped to just drive the jeep they were put on the back-burner.

    I didn't take too many pictures of that process.. but basically I mounted them with 6 5/16 grade 6 bolts, and they both through the tub, and through a 3/16 strap on the inside, as well as bolt into two body mounts underneath. Needless to say they are strong as FAWK, and I can lift the Jeep up with a hi-lift in the middle of the step on either side.

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    In order to do that, I had to take of the corner armor and do some trimming - I had Trevor (Trailhead) make the rails go right from wheel well to wheel well, so they needed to go under the armor at the back. I thought installing the 17 bolts per-side was a pain when I put them on in the first place, but taking them off and putting them back on again was worse.

    I also re-painted the corner armor the rustoleum hammered black finish that my fenders and grill already were, and I painted the rock rails that color so everything matches.

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    The next order of business was to deal with the fact that my Jeep (like most others) enjoyed marking it's territory.

    When I put everything back together, I replaced the oil pan gasket, but I didn't realize that you should always add some RTV to the little spot where the timing chain cover meets the block.
    So I had a slow drip... nothing terrible.. but it made it so I was afraid to park in anyone's driveway (well... people I liked anyway).

    So I figured I'd replace the rear main seal while I was at it - and here was a pleasant surprise.

    When I first bought my jeep, it hadn't run in at least a year, and the engine was covered in oil and all sorts of other crap because either Stevie Wonder or Ray Charles installed the previous valve cover gasket so oil puked all down the side of the engine. But that leads you to wonder why the valve cover was removed?

    When I separated the trans and the engine I noticed that the frost plugs on the back of the motor were mint - zero rust, this isn't totally uncommon because they are behind the bell housing and somewhat protected from the elements... but normally you get some rust just from moisture in the air and condensation that forms.

    THEN, when I was replacing the valve cover gasket later on, I noticed that the bolts for the spring retainers looked pretty good.. almost new, minimal burnt oil stuck to them... so I thought perhaps someone had the valves adjusted, or maybe had the head freshened up if a head gasket was done or something... but I still wasn't sure.

    THEN when the jeep was at my buddies shop we were trying to figure it was blowing oil through the breather we did a compression test, and all cylenders were at 150 PSI.. which is better than the way it rolled off the assembly line... FSM suggests 120-140 is normal. (turns out the oil was barking out of the breather because I was missing a baffle on the inside of the valve cover.


    So... all of these things led me to believe that the engine had been warmed over at some point... but you never know right??

    So as I was replacing the rear main seal, you have to remove the rear bearing cap and boom!

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    I'm no expert... but to me that doesn't look like a bearing that's had 214,000 km's of use... there is no charring or scoring (which you might expect if someone didn't stay up on their maintenance... or if their valve cover constantly leaked and they may not have topped it up regularly) - but there's not even an oil staining... I would at least expect some bronze/brown colour... but this $hit is mint!
    I then replaced the oil pan gasket and we don't leak anymore!


    So now that all of the 'heavy lifting' was done as far as maintenance, it was time to address some creature comforts. My father-in-law is pretty crafty with making leather things... so he whipped up a mag lite sheath for me that rests behind the drivers seat on the roll bar.

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    Then I needed a place to hold my phone... for those who don't remember, I don't have a head unit in this thing... just my phone is the source of tunes... and not having a place for it was a real PITA... it was too far away in the cubby above the glove box, it got way too warm on top of the dash, it got dirty on the trans tunnel and kept sliding all over the place... it sucked.

    So I had an old camera mount and and the belt clip that came with my otterbox case (I don't like to tuck my t-shirts in, so I don't rock the belt clip... yet)

    So I installed the ball beneath the centre guage cluster and then drilled a hole in the case and caught the 1/4 bolt on the camera mount.

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    Works mint!

    So now that I had a jeep that didn't piss oil everywhere... and a sweet place to put my phone... I had to go for a cruise, so I gave the jeep the first bath it's had in 3 years and went out for a rip.

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    And that's where she sits now.


    I ordered a rear spreader bar from Rockhard 4x4... but it's been backordered for 6 weeks.... they tell me I should see it in another three. So I'll install that and move the speakers up on to that... and then I think that's it really.

    I'm not sure how much wheeling I'll do this year... I still haven't had a chance to replace the front ujoints and ball joints.. and if i'm going to have it all apart I may as well do the wheel bearings too... so that's going to take some dough... until I do that, I don't want to push her too hard and get stuck out in the wilderness as the front u joints are pretty tough and they click a little when turning now.

    So I'll be the lame, homo beach/mall/subdivision cruiser this summer (again)... but it's still cooler than driving a KIA
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    Lookin good! Had mine out the last couple days too for the first cruising of the year. Big smiles!
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    Looking good. I like those tail lights.
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    A tale of two jeeps - the outlaw

    Quote Originally Posted by CTD NUT View Post
    Looking good. I like those tail lights.
    Thanks man, I got them from 4satetrucks.com they are out of Pennsylvania or something, they have a ton of LED light options for 18 wheelers and trailers... And they are priced pretty well, I think I paid $15 each for the lights.

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