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  1. FishinSam

    How to swap a high amp Dodge Durango alternator into your Jeep Wrangler TJ

    After 40+ years of topless Jeeps, big stereos and working in loud industrial plants, I just got hearing aids. Downside: they're hearing aids. Upside: hearing aids are tuned to my needs AND... wait for it... they're BLUETOOTH. 😁 Removed my amps and stereo from my rusty, trusty TJ. 136 Amp...
  2. FishinSam

    Building and installing my own flush mounted LED tail lights

    Juse thought I'd thank the OP for this thread. Removed the crumbly taillights and found the inside in worse condition. I started sanding the 'surface rust' and found it to be too thin to mount new without a backing plate... until I came across this thread. It popped the light bulb in my brain...
  3. FishinSam

    The Frozen Finger Build

    Build delayed until after Christmas. Wife wrapped all the parts up as a Gift from my son. Cool. He gives the BEST gifts 😁
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    What's on your winter upgrade / TODO list?

    Pull the tub off the frame. Install new shocks. Install new bearings. Install front sway bar 7 new links. Install adjustable LCA & UCAs front and back. Clean out and coat inner frame. Shave off old motor mounts. Install new diff seals front & back. True-Trac LSD for the rear ( no locker choice...
  5. FishinSam

    My Install of the Toyota Light Mod

    Did. All combinations. Maybe I'll try bypassing the inline relays and just run off the switch. My neighbor thinks it's because of daytime running lights but neither my TJ nor the kit has or was meant for vehicles with DRLs. Otherwise, I love these lights.
  6. FishinSam

    Radiator replacement

    Finally caved and drilled a hole in the thermostat... fixed my issue of not coming to temp and bled out the remaining bubbles on it's own. Thanks mrblaine... never doubting or hesitating on anything from you again. Cheers. The 300,000 miler 4.0 loves you
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    My Install of the Toyota Light Mod

    Mounted a set of these on my 99 Sahara. Weird thing happened though - when I turn my lights on, they don't shut off even after turning the Jeep off. I have to unplug the factory plug to the switch, then plug it back in and they stay off until I turn the lights on again. 🤔 Double and triple...
  8. FishinSam

    The Frozen Finger Build

    Great. Cold week up north at work. Come home to pull the tub off and start scrubbing the frame - nope, gotta shovel 3 feet of heavy wet snow off the roofs before the next snow storm and deep freeze gets here. Snow and ice have locked the donor ZJ in an iceberg so I'll be ignoring that this week...
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    The Frozen Finger Build

    The AWD 249 howls and is the most questionable part in the driveline link. I'd keep it if it was in better shape, but it is not so my spare 231 will take its place. Probably way better gas mileage in 2wd on the highway and in town. Hopefully, the console and shifters from the ZJ fit in the TJ...
  10. FishinSam

    The Frozen Finger Build

    98 ZJ. Yep. 44re with OD. I'm hoping it's worth saving. A bare build is going to be expensive enough without major transmission costs. I have a spare NP231 in the garage. Are the differentials on the ZJ worth saving? I've been told they're not a good choice. But the rear disc brakes are worth...
  11. FishinSam

    The Frozen Finger Build

    Brilliant Jade Metallic, so the paint code says. I thought Jade would be more of a greenish tone. I've never seen a TJ this color before
  12. FishinSam

    The Frozen Finger Build

    Your thread was one of the reasons I went for this swap. I am a bit concerned about the transmissions' condition but after reading your thread, I believe the pros outweigh the cons. Thank you for your great write up and your offer. I do plan to tap into that knowledge base often. No better...
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    The Frozen Finger Build

    And so it begins... unheated garage, sub-zero Temps outside. Why not start a TJ build... at the start of a Canadian winter? Seeing as the ZJ in the snowbank, that is my back driveway, has too many problems to fix - it will donate its 5.2L and any other parts I can fit on to the TJ (I wish there...
  14. FishinSam

    AX-15 Transmission Shudder

    It's been damp for 8 years but I'll keep an eye on it
  15. FishinSam

    AX-15 Transmission Shudder

    I'll add it to the list for first thing in the morning. Thanks 🤙
  16. FishinSam

    Finally I own a Jeep!

    Welcome! That's a beauty! I hope you get many decent decades of smiles out of it!
  17. FishinSam

    AX-15 Transmission Shudder

    99 4.0 with an AX-15. Got the transmission rebuilt (new synchros gears) but it sat a lot this summer as I've been away. Last weekend, I hopped in for a rip and when I eased out into traffic from a stop sign, it shuddered after I came out of first and into second. I thought I could feel...
  18. FishinSam

    Sway Bar Links

    Any preferences on front links? Got one that's a little oval... never purchased a set with lifting the Jeep. Bone stock 99 Sahara. No shortage of options, just wanna hear your preferences Thanks ✌️
  19. FishinSam

    What did you do to your TJ today?

    Also sources some body and interior parts for this winter's frame up build...
  20. FishinSam

    What did you do to your TJ today?

    Toyota Land Cruiser headlight wiring harness... easier than stripping the wiring harness looking for the broken wire or twitchy relays in the harness. $100 and 20 mins - comes with headlights too. I'll fix it right in the winter...