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Old 12-25-2012, 01:31 PM   #4301
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I really want to get back into an old CJ5, something between 1960-69 with the 225ci V6. I had a '60 built pretty nicely and now, 20 years later, I miss it. Thoughts on this one - http://www.barrett-jackson.com/appli...ln=349&aid=466 Is that actually a 4.3 or is it an older motor? I'm pretty sure they have some of the details wrong on the drive train but it appears to be pretty well done.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:30 AM   #4302
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neat lil' read on how the wrangler rubicon came to be...

http://www.jpmagazine.com/featuredve...y/viewall.html
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:42 AM   #4303
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took the wife and daughter for a ride in the travelall on christmas. They both approved, after initially saying they didn't like it because the paint is rough lol.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:10 PM   #4304
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mile pile of parts currently getting 60s links and air shocks

before the parts started coming off, 4 inchs of lift 33s with beadlocks caged ect


as it sits now
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:52 PM   #4305
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Just brought this home:



Pretty stoked! Part of me wishes I had gone with an LJ, but this one was clean enough to not pass up. I've already got a Trail Gear front bumper sitting in my living room waiting to be put on once I'm home from vacation.


How hard is it to install an SYE by yourself? It's really the only thing the Jeep needs (and UCA's) but local shops are all ~$900-1000 for parts/labor. Seems like I can get a Tom Woods SYE/Shaft for ~$600, is it doable alone?
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:03 PM   #4306
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Just brought this home:



Pretty stoked! Part of me wishes I had gone with an LJ, but this one was clean enough to not pass up. I've already got a Trail Gear front bumper sitting in my living room waiting to be put on once I'm home from vacation.


How hard is it to install an SYE by yourself? It's really the only thing the Jeep needs (and UCA's) but local shops are all ~$900-1000 for parts/labor. Seems like I can get a Tom Woods SYE/Shaft for ~$600, is it doable alone?
It's doable, if you're comfortable taking your t-case apart. Get a new chain and a rebuild kit - may as well while you have it apart.

You'll have to cut the back of the shaft, too. Measure carefully. If you don't take enough off, you won't be able to get it into 4-wheel, and you'll have to take the whole thing apart again. Ask me how I know. Clamp it together and make sure it shifts into all positions before sealing and bolting it together.

One more thing: get rid of the bolt/strap setup on the rear axle pinion. It's crap. It's 20 minutes to convert it to u-bolts.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:11 AM   #4307
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:02 AM   #4308
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Well I got the gear box replaced on the ZJ finally. Lucked out and found a junkyard unit that must have been recently replaced before the vehicle was totalled. Steering feels great now with very little play in the wheel, definitely the best $16 I've spent on that Jeep so far.

Bad news is it looks like it has a pretty significant power draw, battery dies after sitting a couple of days. My multimeter showed a stable 213 mA draw over a three minute period. Started pulling fuses and got the draw down to 13 mA after pulling fuse #7.

So tomorrow I plan on finding out if there's something wrong with the BCM, door lock modules, auto headlight switch, or any one of the door jamb switches.

Yay
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:45 AM   #4309
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Sooo

to chop my frame horns or not?

Front bumper that is bolt on:


Front bumper that requires "frame horn trimming":


I like the approach angle of the "trimming required", but i am not completely sold on the whole "trimming required" bit. I also am not stoked that it looks like both are not going to handle a winch, which unfortunately would come in handy.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:58 AM   #4310
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Sooo.. to chop my frame horns or not?
Soooo don't do it!
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:15 AM   #4311
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I wouldn't mess with the crash structure if you want to maintain resale value and insurability.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:23 AM   #4312
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Agreed. Plus it sounds like you don't even love the bumper.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:25 AM   #4313
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there's nothing wrong with the bolt-on one, minus a few degrees of approach.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:58 AM   #4314
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cut that frame up.

like other said, you would possibly lose some resale, but anyone wanting to buy your truck from you if you sold with an aftermarket front end wouldnt care about the useless frame ends cut off anyway.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:56 PM   #4315
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there's nothing wrong with the bolt-on one, minus a few degrees of approach.

Those few degrees matter!

The bumper i end up with will probably be directly correlated with its ability to stash a winch behind the skid plate. Since as you know they come in handy around here.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:03 PM   #4316
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My old YJ... Sold it last year since I barely drove it and had time to offroad it.





Was a 95 YJ Sahara edition. I purchased it with 100k on the clock, bone stock. Ended up with 4"~ of lift, 33's, MetalCloak tube fenders, etc.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:47 PM   #4317
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I want half doors.

That is all.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:33 PM   #4318
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I want half doors.

That is all.
I was thinking about them as well, I just don't want to deal with the zipper windows.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:08 PM   #4319
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I was thinking about them as well, I just don't want to deal with the zipper windows.
Just the lower door -- I want it for the summer when I take the hardtop off.
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:18 AM   #4320
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I want half doors.

That is all.
ditto.
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:40 PM   #4321
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Do you really want to drive around with half doors, or do you want to make it easier to go doorless?

I had the Bestop Element half doors and uppers on my jku... for the price, they worked well. if you take the time to bend the uppers to match the curves of the jk, then they are relatively leak free. I did not have an issue with the uppers flapping on the highway. OEM half doors are way nicer, but they are ridiculously expensive.

In the end, i prefer being doorless as opposed to half doors so i sold the elements. The Element lowers were too heavy and clunky to quickly take off and throw in the back of the jku. Even removing the uppers was kind of a pain. This fall i picked up a pair of used Bestop front soft doors. it takes about 10 seconds to pull the front doors off and stuff them in the back of my jeep. I need to find a good deal on some rear doors for this spring.
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:53 PM   #4322
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I want half doors.

That is all.
I had several YJ's, TJ's, etc both with and without.

IMHO, they are useless. Full doors on or doors fully off is all I need. What is with the half door craze lately? What do you want them for?
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:20 PM   #4323
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Do you really want to drive around with half doors, or do you want to make it easier to go doorless?

I had the Bestop Element half doors and uppers on my jku... for the price, they worked well. if you take the time to bend the uppers to match the curves of the jk, then they are relatively leak free. I did not have an issue with the uppers flapping on the highway. OEM half doors are way nicer, but they are ridiculously expensive.

In the end, i prefer being doorless as opposed to half doors so i sold the elements. The Element lowers were too heavy and clunky to quickly take off and throw in the back of the jku. Even removing the uppers was kind of a pain. This fall i picked up a pair of used Bestop front soft doors. it takes about 10 seconds to pull the front doors off and stuff them in the back of my jeep. I need to find a good deal on some rear doors for this spring.
I do not want to go doorless and I think that the aftermarket half door options are hideous. On my list of items to purchase/obtain for my Jeep, this is way down at the bottom.
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:27 PM   #4324
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I do not want to go doorless.
Problem found.

Why is that? Doorless is the ONLY way to roll in the summer.
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:49 PM   #4325
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Problem found.

Why is that? Doorless is the ONLY way to roll in the summer.
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In the summer, if I'm not doorless I have the half-doors on. When I drop the soft top, the top halves come off the doors.
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