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Ahh, well, I'm actually living in my tent while the diesel conversion is progressing, and swimming in a lake every day doesn't make for the silkiest hair on this earth.

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Well silky or not those curls are crackin' and every dude on here is secretly jealous of this adventure. I don't know shit about the technical aspects of this trip but I will throw this out there...don't skimp on hair product, take interesting facial hair with you to Africa, make sure to jimmy up, and don't embarrass us by paying tolls.

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Just read the whole thread. Freaking amazing journey you are going to embark on. I'm nervous for you and wish you the best.


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I'm sure this heavily travelled man about town would be glad to lend a hand on your trip. He doesn't pay tolls. His jeep, Vex has THREE snatch blocks on the front bumper alone.
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I'm sure this heavily travelled man about town would be glad to lend a hand on your trip. He doesn't pay tolls. His jeep, Vex has THREE snatch blocks on the front bumper alone.
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I'm sure this heavily travelled man about town would be glad to lend a hand on your trip. He doesn't pay tolls. His jeep, Vex has THREE snatch blocks on the front bumper alone.

Have some respect !

he is no longer with us and unable to lend a hand... but just to be guided by the spirit of RAMS would take me to the end of the earth and back, and not pay a single toll either way

although... maybe reach out to the "GENERAL"... he would be one hell of a co pilot !

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I was sort of hoping he would take into consideration mounting 3 snatch blocks on his front bumper and maybe two on the rear.

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Hey Everyone,

I'm extremely proud to announce my Jeep and I are entered into SEMA in Vegas from November 3-6.

Massive thanks to AEV and JPFreek.

Also, here's a test-fit of the Mercedes OM606 3.0 turbo diesel in my JK. Tons of work to go, I can't wait to get this thing back on the road!



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If you are attending SEMA this year, please stop by and say hello.
The Jeep and I will also be at the public event Friday night "Friday Ignited"

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I don't even want to know what that motor cost you, but it looks cool sitting there.
Don't skimp on air filtration, in fact put a lot of thought into it. That sand can get like talc. It can and will get inside everything.

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Don't skimp on air filtration, in fact put a lot of thought into it. That sand can get like talc. It can and will get inside everything.

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The engine has 125,000 miles on it. I took the valve cover and oil pan off today - it looks like new. As with all diesels, people say it's barely broken in at 150k miles.

They are on car-part.com all day long for $2k-$3k.
Keep your eyes on craigslist and they come up for $1k, though usually with 300k miles.

So similar prices to what people are paying for the 4BT.

I'm going to run the AEV snorkel with pre-filter for dust, then the stock air box. Still debating a K&N air filter. Some people swear by them, some people hate them.

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Hey All,

The build is progressing, we're pushing hard now to make SEMA.

I installed an AEV Rear Bumper, Tire Carrier and Hi-Lift Mount.



Then I put a Hi Lift Extreme and a set of MAXTRAX on that mount



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The build is progressing, we're pushing hard now to make SEMA.

I installed an AEV Rear Bumper, Tire Carrier and Hi-Lift Mount.



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Hi All,

Making lots of progress on the build, the Mercedes Diesel swap is really coming together now.

Length has been as issue - Ron from North West Diesel Offroad moved the radiator forward a little:


Intercooler mounted up front:


3 Inch exhaust all the way from turbo outlet to muffler in the rear:


AutoMeter Sport Comp II gauges are a perfect match the for stock gauges:


I've been working on the engine itself, doing maintenance items like water pump, thermostat, oil pump, etc. etc.


We test-fit the AEV Front Premium Bumper and Warn Zeon 10-S winch


Ron from North West Diesel Offroad has amazing fabrication skills, this project is well beyond my abilities as a backyard mechanic.

Tons more pics, details and story on my site: http://theroadchoseme.com/jk-mercede...rsion-progress

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Cool idea. Hopefully your diesel JK can outrun ISIS in their Toyotas. What are you doing for spare tires? Your tires and wheels aren't exactly common sizes in Africa.

Good luck with the YouTube channel. I manage one myself and it's a great way to connect with like-minded enthusiasts. Just don't get in the habit of making content that encourages people to flame you. The negative comments can wear on you.

How are you documenting the trip? What cameras and computers are you bringing? And why did you choose a JK to live out of for two years?

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What are you doing for spare tires? Your tires and wheels aren't exactly common sizes in Africa.

Good luck with the YouTube channel. I manage one myself and it's a great way to connect with like-minded enthusiasts. Just don't get in the habit of making content that encourages people to flame you. The negative comments can wear on you.

How are you documenting the trip? What cameras and computers are you bringing? And why did you choose a JK to live out of for two years?
I'll be running 17" steel rims, and either 33 or 34 inch tires.
I know they are not as common as 16", but talking to people on the ground and who have been there, 17" is by no means impossible to find. All the newer "luxury" land rovers and cruisers have them, so they can be found in the bigger cities.

After much thought, I'm only taking one spare to save on weight, with an ARB plug kit and compressor. Tire repair shops are plentiful, and I found they add to the experience because they are always regular-Joe locals (I had 16 flats Alaska->Argentina)

I've got a DSLR, a GoPro and a laptop for editing. I'm told I'll find fast enough internet in the big cities to upload videos.

I chose the JK because I loved my little TJ, and it had zero problems Alaska->Argentina.
I also like to show other people what's possible, and I think a JK is a great platform because they are plentiful over here, don't cost a lot, and are extremely capable and customizable.
I bet there are more aftermarket parts available for the JK than for any vehicle in history, and the list keeps growing.

The JK also has way more attitude than a boring Troopie or 110

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The diesel conversion on my Jeep is extremely close to finished.

I put an insulated cover on my Dometic CFX-35 fridge to combat the extremely hot temperatures I expect in Africa


I made it official:


I've built a drinking water tank/pump/filtration setup using a Shurflow 12v pump and a PURA UV1 0.5 micron filter and UV lamp



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Hey everyone,

The Diesel conversion in my Jeep has been an enormous amount of work, unfortunately the Jeep wasn't ready for SEMA.
Maybe I'll make it in sometime the future.

Things are coming together really well, I absolutely can not wait to drive my Jeep.



All the details on the Mercedes Diesel conversion and a ton of new photos are now in today's issue of the FREE JPFreek Adventure Magazine

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Hi Everyone,

Here's a curve ball for the plan - the Mercedes Diesel engine sucked leaking diesel and ranaway, revving at 7k for 5-10 seconds. Scary stuff indeed.
We're pretty sure valves met pistons, and the engine is dead.

After all of this, with all of the money and time invested, I've decided to sell the Jeep and cut my losses.

For sale thread here: http://www.jkowners.com/forum/showth...33#post3714033

I'm fighting hard to still get myself and a Jeep Wrangler to Africa.
More to come on that front soon.

Always an adventure, even when unplanned!

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Well I'm sorry to hear that.

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Ah man, don't give up now! You've done so much prep already! Stick it out, it'll be worth it!


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Just get another engine. You said it wasn't that expensive. Cheapest way to go I'd think. Your not going to get much for your Jeep with a bad engine in it.

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Just get another engine. You said it wasn't that expensive. Cheapest way to go I'd think. Your not going to get much for your Jeep with a bad engine in it.

Don't give up. Never, ever give up.
I've considered all the options, and walking away is the best one.

Yes, I'm going to lose a ton of money, and that is what it is.

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