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Old 05-30-2010, 02:28 AM   #276
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One of these days I'll post some pics of my new Jeep.

'94 XJ 2-door, 4.0/AW4/NP231 on 30x9.50, no lift, rattle canned black, it's got potential.

I already removed the hack job someone did installing the stereo - they used wire nuts and duct tape.
Oh, and I swapped the dash bezel from my MJ in, as whoever owned this XJ had removed the stereo/HVAC portion and replaced it with real wood.
Then I replaced the valve cover gasket.
Did I already say this stuff? I cannot remember.
Oh well. I chucked a new JY rear seat into it, picked up a receiver hitch and wired it in, tossed some fog lights on the back bumper, and I've got to install the front skid plate soon.
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Old 05-30-2010, 09:06 AM   #277
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But... but... it's an auto.

Who wants the auto? That's the 904 3-speed still, right? Oh, sorry, 32rh.


I just bought an 89 Comanche for $250.



apparently someone appreciates the auto. We had a bunch of people come look at it, it sold 2 days ago.

Now we need to find a Saabaru for my ladyfriend.
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Old 05-30-2010, 11:26 AM   #278
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Well TJ unlimited Rubicons seem to be commanding quite the premium. They range from $17k for high mileage 05s, to $24k (ask) for low mileage 06's - which were $28k new IIRC.

A lot more automatics out there than I expected too. (I want a stick.)
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Old 05-30-2010, 12:15 PM   #279
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Anyone in the South East area want to go wheeling some time?
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Old 05-30-2010, 01:03 PM   #280
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17's, hence the 255/75/17.
Didn't catch that.
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Old 05-30-2010, 01:19 PM   #281
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No biggie, awilson. I thought about going with the 16 inchers for the cheaper tire selection, but I liked the look of the 17's spokes better.


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Anyone in the South East area want to go wheeling some time?
Where are you at?
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Old 05-30-2010, 01:36 PM   #282
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Jacksonville, FL

Obviously nothing good here, so I'd be happy to drive a few hours somewhere
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Old 05-30-2010, 02:25 PM   #283
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Well TJ unlimited Rubicons seem to be commanding quite the premium. They range from $17k for high mileage 05s, to $24k (ask) for low mileage 06's - which were $28k new IIRC.

A lot more automatics out there than I expected too. (I want a stick.)


Here: http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...r_id=278063865

It's a bit of coin, and never-you-mind the fact that the seller is questionably literate, but it ought to make it around the back 40 fairly well
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Old 05-30-2010, 02:26 PM   #284
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Jacksonville, FL

Obviously nothing good here, so I'd be happy to drive a few hours somewhere
You're what, an hour from Ocala?
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Old 05-30-2010, 02:38 PM   #285
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Old 05-30-2010, 03:07 PM   #286
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You're what, an hour from Ocala?
Just about. Is there good wheeling to be had in Ocala?

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Old 05-30-2010, 04:37 PM   #287
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http://www.forums.claycounty4x4.com/

From what I have read, don't venture off-trail or it could cost you thousands in fines, but if you stick to the trails designated for ORVs, you're golden.

I don't live in the area, but I'm planning on moving there this summer if I can get my house sold.
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:11 AM   #288
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Update on my '89 Wrangler 4.5 stroker project:

From my alternator help thread, I followed the advice on the voltage regulator and it worked like a charm. It took about 10 minutes to install and wire, and it was good!

I took it for a test-spin from my parents' place to the lady's place and it was simply beautiful. More torque than I knew what to do with! Hell, I started heavy in second from a stop and left 2 feet of rubber! From her place to mine, however, the Jeep got testy. I should have upgraded the clutch. It started making a clunking noise and making a rubbing noise between gears. I'm dropping the tranny tomorrow to have a look-see and am preparing myself for the worst.

So far, here's the rundown on parts:
'02 4.0L Grand Cherokee block
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:34 AM   #289
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Sweet news about the torque. I was really surprised at how peppy the stock 4.0 is in the xj.
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:16 AM   #290
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Well, I think the used parts place that I gave all my leftovers to loves me. Give a place a nearly complete 4.2L and they'll practically kiss ya.

Aside from the free pistons, lights and brackets, they just let me have a heavy-duty barely-used clutch for my 4.2L flywheel for $30. That's going in this evening, weather permitting.

Yesterday was a mess. I redid the headgasket, and made a serious mistake - I rushed the reassembly and forgot to do a final double-check. I forgot to reconnect the switched wire to the electric choke, and after a mile, it grounded-out on the fuel pump. After picking-up the clutch this morning, I had to replace two wires on the PDC block, and the wires to the fuel pump and electric choke. Got it back home uneventfully from the parking lot it sat in overnight.

Ugh.

Why am I going through all this trouble for a beat-up 21-year-old Jeep? Some days, I don't even know.
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:28 PM   #291
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Here: http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...r_id=278063865

It's a bit of coin, and never-you-mind the fact that the seller is questionably literate, but it ought to make it around the back 40 fairly well
Ah, I'm looking for more bone stock, and I'll maybe do a mild wheel/tire/lift upgrade.

I am looking at this one: http://www.jimcogdilldodgeknoxville....b7309fde5.htm#

Other than the price, looks great.
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:47 PM   #292
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Honestly, I'd skip the Rubicon. Sure, they're sweet from the factory, but for the price difference versus what you're going to do with it? It's not like we live near Moab or anywhere that you can actually go rock crawling, so the 4:1 low range is a bit more than you'll likely ever need. If you were getting an auto, then yeah I can understand wanting the 4:1. The front/rear lockers though, well, can you get a regular Unlimited for more than $2k less than a Rubicon?
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:13 AM   #294
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Honestly, I'd skip the Rubicon. Sure, they're sweet from the factory, but for the price difference versus what you're going to do with it? It's not like we live near Moab or anywhere that you can actually go rock crawling, so the 4:1 low range is a bit more than you'll likely ever need. If you were getting an auto, then yeah I can understand wanting the 4:1. The front/rear lockers though, well, can you get a regular Unlimited for more than $2k less than a Rubicon?
Well, the lockers are inside Dana 44's, I'd be pretty surprised if you could get that setup installed for $2k.

I was thinking about joining the local county's volunteer S&R. So the low range is more of a "you never know when you'll need it" kind of thing.

I'm not sure if the 6spd has a different 6th ratio between Rubicon and normal, I think the Rubicons have a different final drive too (tires are slightly taller and wider tho).
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:24 AM   #295
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Well, the lockers are inside Dana 44's, I'd be pretty surprised if you could get that setup installed for $2k.

I was thinking about joining the local county's volunteer S&R. So the low range is more of a "you never know when you'll need it" kind of thing.

I'm not sure if the 6spd has a different 6th ratio between Rubicon and normal, I think the Rubicons have a different final drive too (tires are slightly taller and wider tho).
I think the unlimiteds all came with a rear D44.
I would go with the Rubicon unless you find a hell of a deal on a lower model. I've seen a few broken D35s in my day and if you ever find a good mud puddle or river to cross you'll be thankful for the lockers.
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:07 PM   #296
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The '44 is better than the '35 c-clip rear end, but only marginally better than the '30 front.

There is some confusion in this regard, but the TJ '44 front isn't all that great, and people have been bending the JK 44 fronts. I do know that Mopar is putting out beefier axles though.

Apparently the ring/pinion are better on the '44 versus the '30, but the axle shafts and tubes themselves aren't any stronger/better. It's also the front, which doesn't take as much abuse as the rears do.

I'd look into a regular TJ unlimited, swap the low pinion D30 for an XJ high pinion front '30, regear/lock, and you'll be set.

Honestly though, the D30 front isn't all that bad... people wheel the snot out of ZJ/WJs with the low pinion D30 and they last.

If you're looking for plug and play, the Rubicon is great. I just don't think they really justify the price for the 241OR and selectable lockers.
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Old 06-04-2010, 01:19 AM   #297
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Found an 06 manual 40k mile LWB Rubicon for $19k.... (with hardtop).
Bone stock.
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Old 06-04-2010, 02:03 PM   #298
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That doesn't sound unreasonable.

Especially considering the only TJs I ever see advertised under $10k are scammers. Seems like even high mile '98s are still worth a left testicle for some reason.
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Honestly, I'd skip the Rubicon. Sure, they're sweet from the factory, but for the price difference versus what you're going to do with it? It's not like we live near Moab or anywhere that you can actually go rock crawling, so the 4:1 low range is a bit more than you'll likely ever need. If you were getting an auto, then yeah I can understand wanting the 4:1.
OT's thoughts on automatic Jeeps?

Guys at work saying that autos are better for offroading..... ?
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It depends on how much you like shifting and replacing clutches.

If you are doing the super slow rock crawling sections - shifting and clutching really starts to get annoying. Theres also the no-matter-how-experienced-you-are-at-manual-trans stalling and restarting that I happen constantly.

If you're idea of offroading is Baja 1000 high RPM trail runs - you might prefer manual.
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