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It was yesterday but...

Nite-Shaded turn signals, side markers and taillights
Sprayed ugly chrome Jeep letters on grille flat black
Rotated tires
Did first oil change
Ran to target for cat liter to clean oil spill :shaking:
 

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Took a few minutes and installed Rugged Ridge grab handles in the front and back. :D
 

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I have had the jeep for 1 month yesterday. This weekend I painted the vent rings silver, installed quadratech floor mats and put on the ACE Rock sliders. I am thinking about new wheels and tires in the next 60-90 days.
 

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Drilled my holes for my PSC Rocker Knockers on the pinch seams. One side went smoothly, the other required elongating the holes a bit. Now to get the underneath drilled, then a final paint to the knockers and then on to the body armor and the 44 holes/rivnuts to go! :beer:
 

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Blacked out my turn signals last night. Think I went a lil too black tho...shouldn't have done it in the dark... Can barely see the light thru them. Whoops.:shaking:
i did the same thing, but in the daytime! my signals show through just fine, but side markers are pretty much useless now from more than a foot away, and my tail lights are rather dark now too when only using the running lights. brakes and turn signals show through just fine. i did leave my third brake light not tinted, so ppl will at least be able to still clearly see that i am stopping. plus, maybe a cop will be forgiving if i use this defense, but most likely not. im gonna run them until it becomes a problem. they still look fine at night.

i may get off my ass and go paint my chrome jeep letters today...
 

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Dragging this thread back from the dead to see if we can keep it going.
I'm doing a bunch of little things here an there to prepare my four-door for a 4,000mi road trip in a few weeks.

Last night, I put the tire carrier back on so I can carry a full size spare. Yuck but functional.
I rotated tires and swapped another valve for a colby valve.
Mounted my license plate inside the wheel. I'll work on getting a third brake / plate light going later.
In case you are wondering about the clamp, it's because I squirted the NMO 90* full of silicone and sandwiched the cover on. Just keeps water out.

Edit: Updated + photo

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On my 4dr, I tore apart the tail lights. I needed to wire up running lights + 3rd brake lights to the spare. I have a cheapo license plate running light with integrated 3rd brake light. In case anyone cares what I did:

  • The tailgate has a harness for the brake light and ground
  • I ran a wire (yellow) from the same area in the tailgate, through the wire sleeve, into plastic conduit and routed it down across the floor sub pan, up to the other corner of the tub. I then spliced it into the running light wire on the old license plate frame harness.
  • I label wires so subsequent owners know where they go.

Also while I was in there, I was reminded that I just left the resistance capacitors dangling. They melted a bunch of stuff, so I needed to fix that. Lesson learned.
Now I just need to mount them against the internal sheet so they don't cause any more trouble. My plan is to drill two small holes in the internal sheet and use a steel zip tie to hold them against the sheet. Should have done that originally.
 

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On my 4dr, I tore apart the tail lights. I needed to wire up running lights + 3rd brake lights to the spare. I have a cheapo license plate running light with integrated 3rd brake light. In case anyone cares what I did:

  • The tailgate has a harness for the brake light and ground
  • I ran a wire (yellow) from the same area in the tailgate, through the wire sleeve, into plastic conduit and routed it down across the floor sub pan, up to the other corner of the tub. I then spliced it into the running light wire on the old license plate frame harness.
  • I label wires so subsequent owners know where they go.

Also while I was in there, I was reminded that I just left the resistance capacitors dangling. They melted a bunch of stuff, so I needed to fix that. Lesson learned.
Now I just need to mount them against the internal sheet so they don't cause any more trouble. My plan is to drill two small holes in the internal sheet and use a steel zip tie to hold them against the sheet. Should have done that originally.
Wow I got in the middle Of hydraulic lifters rocker arms gaskets and I'm good need a top 1975CJ5
 

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On my 4dr, I tore apart the tail lights. I needed to wire up running lights + 3rd brake lights to the spare. I have a cheapo license plate running light with integrated 3rd brake light. In case anyone cares what I did:

  • The tailgate has a harness for the brake light and ground
  • I ran a wire (yellow) from the same area in the tailgate, through the wire sleeve, into plastic conduit and routed it down across the floor sub pan, up to the other corner of the tub. I then spliced it into the running light wire on the old license plate frame harness.
  • I label wires so subsequent owners know where they go.

Also while I was in there, I was reminded that I just left the resistance capacitors dangling. They melted a bunch of stuff, so I needed to fix that. Lesson learned.
Now I just need to mount them against the internal sheet so they don't cause any more trouble. My plan is to drill two small holes in the internal sheet and use a steel zip tie to hold them against the sheet. Should have done that originally.
Pics or it didn't happen.
 

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This weekend the weather was beautiful, took that as a sign to get my ass working on Jeeps again. We have a 3 day overland ride coming up late October, it would be nice to have the 4 door axle swap finished as well as a new drawer system for the 2 door.

4 door work:
  • Gutted the interior and gave it a good cleaning
  • Put the console back together, had pulled it to run new emergency brake lines.
  • Put the rear seat back in, had been pulled out for years for a sleeping deck.
  • Fresh layer of anti-seize all over me and the back of the Jeep from installing the seat bolts.....

2 door work:
  • Swapped the Teraflex rotopax fuel can mount from the 4 door to the 2 door. With the smaller tank of the 2 door I should have done it long ago.
  • Pulled the windshield mounted mirror mounts and gave them a fresh coat of paint.
  • Made a cardboard template for a fridge slide and a couple of drawers. (design below) Ordered the slide and some glides for the drawers.

I'll be mounting the fridge and drawers in the 2 door in a week or so, it's basically just a big box. Curious if anyone has suggestions on how to secure it to the Jeep. Was thinking about using the rear seat mounts somehow....???


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Meant to post this a couple of weeks ago. Or maybe did and forgot. Posted elsewhere.

Had the lovely experience of completing my balljoint replacements.

I had done yhe passenger side a couple weeks ago. As they were necessary for a state inspection. As always with a. Few year old Jeep in NE and a ton of miles. Things didn't go as easily as hoped-for. Originally, planned on completing both sides that day. Mind you, I just planned on balljoints. My mistake.

Upon preping both sides by jacking up and removing the brakes. I decided thankfully to complete the passenger side first. As mentioned necessary due to being worn out. Now, I can't complain as the mileage I got out of stockers well exceeded that of most.

Let the job go sideways. Attempting to remove the first bolt off of the still fully functional hub with no signs of wear, it stripped. That's using ac12point socket that was tapped on. At least I had some special sockets that were successful in this bolts removal. The next two bolts, as there's three. I was able to use the standard socket. After some tapping on with a hammer. Guess what! Both snapped near the heads. Now, I know some of you are thinking, it's OK there long bolts with shanks and the threads are on the outs side on the spindle in the hub. Reminder, ton of New Endland driven miles. So lots of PB Blaster, heat, banging and prying finally prevailed. Thankful that the axle shaft pulled easily. I'd have replaced those, but have other plans for later. Just want to be inspectable for now.

So, anyway need a new hub or two. A trip to the local parts store that only had one of any one level of hub. I opted for the best and a set of bolts. Guess drivers side will wait. As I believe in matching opposing parts.

Not the hardest part as of yet. I get the spindle out without much ado. Break out the balljoint tool and tackle the upper balljoint. A little resistance and Kap piw out it came. I feeling pretty good for a moment. Recall my mention of New Englad miles on this jeep! Well the lower balljoint was a PITA. It was as if it had been welded in. No balljoint tool was gonna remove this one. Yes, I tried applying heat, too!

Out comes the angle grinder, drill and Dremel. Getting the ball out. Making relief holes and cuts to relieve pressure. After numerous cuts, holes and some hammering and chiseling. It finally came out. Time consuming. Thankfully, the new ones went back in without to much difficulty. I forgot to mention, got grease-able jounts. The lowers are side angled zerks.. So, I had to grind a little divot in the rear of the spindle to alow for the grease gun access. A few hour job gone way too long..

Oh, Jeep got its mandatory state inspection.

In preparation for the drivers side, I ordered another hub and bolts. Waited for them to be delivered. What I forget to mention, as someone may inquire. I did soak both sides prior with PB. Well the drivers side Thankfully came apartment easier.

Except for the dreaded lower balljoint. Again, cut, drill, hammervand chisel. Followed by balljoint tool. I had a little bit of an easier time. I had more trouble reinstalling the short axle shaft. Wow, the crud built up there that I cleaned out. Another project for another day.

Well at least balljoints and spindles are done. I just need to remind myself that, I need to grease the balljoints periodically.

Wow, a hot shower was welcome after that.

Good day all.




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Not that it helps now, but what I like to do is attach the balljoint press and put load on the BJ. Then hit the C with a MAP or OA torch. Propane is just not hot enough. It will either slide out on its own or you can hit it with a gun or breaker bar and get it to release.
 
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