SJ’s TJ

I'll see how long those RCV's can live with the 38's. And maybe I won't break another ring & pinion in my rear. If I start breaking stuff again I'll have to finally step up to the Dana 60 front & 14 Bolt rear like Jeff.

I hear ya, but then you'll want 40s with the bigger diffs. Hopefully your setup holds up to the 38s!
 
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We're not going there... not interested in another build for a while.

I don’t know what I’ll do when this project is done. It’s like I’m doing 4 major projects all at once. LS swap, 1 ton swap, front stretch/full hydro and all new suspension all the way around. It’s just so much. No wonder I’ve been working on it since May and I’m still a long way off.
 
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I don’t know what I’ll do when this project is done. It’s like I’m doing 4 major projects all at once. LS swap, 1 ton swap, front stretch/full hydro and all new suspension all the way around. It’s just so much. No wonder I’ve been working on it since May and I’m still a long way off.

That's what happens when you go this route. The good news is, once it's done your wheeling it and just fixing little things. At least until 42s! ;)
 
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I’ve been knocking things of my list as I wait for some small parts so I can start bleed the steering system. I’ve got the exhaust built all the way through the muffler:
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I was originally going to just dump it right off the muffler, but I may be able to snake the exhaust close to the CA mounts and run it parallel to frame rail, but that will be for another day. Here are some pictures of the front half of the exhaust:

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I also had previously cleaned up the underdash wiring and added a proper CEL and the attached the OBDII plug on the left side:

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I also got all the hard brake lines and all the calipers/rotors installed. I only took a picture of the drivers front, but you get the idea:


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I got the intake, fan shroud and coolant overflow all hooked up and I started the process of filling the cooling system and the steering system:

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Unfortunately, I ran out of gas before I could get the motor up to temp. The steering is completely bled though. The exhaust sounds good so I’m happy with that. Only things left at this point are:

- Bleed the master cylinder and calipers
- find the right spot for and hook up transmission cooler
- gear shifter and everything that goes with that
- driveshafts
- fluids for both diffs and t-case
- put the wheels on

I think that’s it, but I’m sure I’m missing something. Getting closer.
 
Looking great. Seems like you might be driving yours before I'm driving mine if stuff keeps happening. Can't wait to see it out on the trails.
 
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Looking great. Seems like you might be driving yours before I'm driving mine if stuff keeps happening. Can't wait to see it out on the trails.

I don't know about that, but I appreciate the kind words Rick.

I already forgot a couple things on the list like battery tiedown modification for the Crawltek fenders and modifying the inner fenders to work with my suspension setup. I'm shooting for late winter/early spring first wheeling shakedown run. I still need to buy a trailer to tow this beast which is a 2024 purchase item anyway.
 
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I don't know about that, but I appreciate the kind words Rick.

I already forgot a couple things on the list like battery tiedown modification for the Crawltek fenders and modifying the inner fenders to work with my suspension setup. I'm shooting for late winter/early spring first wheeling shakedown run. I still need to buy a trailer to tow this beast which is a 2024 purchase item anyway.

Every time I look at my Jeep I find things I'd forgotten about or that I want to change.
If I can ever get my engine issues resolved I might actually get to go on a shakedown run.I don't want to be that guy who shows up and then causes everyone to have to wait on me. So I'd like to have most things figured out and corrected prior to any trips.
I've got my trailer I'd bought in 2007 so I've at least got that covered.

You've made some headway on yours. I'm shooting for early spring also. If I'm done sooner then great but I'm not going to rush it either.
 
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Every time I look at my Jeep I find things I'd forgotten about or that I want to change.
If I can ever get my engine issues resolved I might actually get to go on a shakedown run.I don't want to be that guy who shows up and then causes everyone to have to wait on me. So I'd like to have most things figured out and corrected prior to any trips.
I've got my trailer I'd bought in 2007 so I've at least got that covered.

You've made some headway on yours. I'm shooting for early spring also. If I'm done sooner then great but I'm not going to rush it either.

I hear you on not wanting to be burden on the first wheeling trip, but I would hope to go with a small group knowing it's a fresh rig. I'm not in a rush anymore either which seems to make things go quicker.

I'm still chasing an idling issue which I believe is an issue with the computer, so I'll need to try a different one and see what that does.
 
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I hear you on not wanting to be burden on the first wheeling trip, but I would hope to go with a small group knowing it's a fresh rig. I'm not in a rush anymore either which seems to make things go quicker.

I hope when I finally get to take mine out that the group I'm with is OK with me stopping to check out every noise or bump I wasn't expecting. Since it'll most likely be a group of guys from here they all know what I've been through trying to get this rig ready.

I'm still chasing an idling issue which I believe is an issue with the computer, so I'll need to try a different one and see what that does.

On my first V-8 swap I ended up going through 3 PCM's before I finally got a good one. I was chasing my tail trying to figure stuff out. And since it was all new to me it was even more frustrating. And I wasn't the one who had done the swap so there was a huge learning curve.
I hope you can get it figured out soon I know how aggravating it can be trying to figure out those types of issues.
 
I hope when I finally get to take mine out that the group I'm with is OK with me stopping to check out every noise or bump I wasn't expecting. Since it'll most likely be a group of guys from here they all know what I've been through trying to get this rig ready.



On my first V-8 swap I ended up going through 3 PCM's before I finally got a good one. I was chasing my tail trying to figure stuff out. And since it was all new to me it was even more frustrating. And I wasn't the one who had done the swap so there was a huge learning curve.
I hope you can get it figured out soon I know how aggravating it can be trying to figure out those types of issues.

I'm not surprised to hear that about the PCMs. That's what I'm starting to realize when everything else checks out good, that's the thing I can't really test easily. Luckily they aren't terribly expensive so I can try a different one and see how that one works.