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 #361510  by LUNAT1C
 
Cans. If I like it, I might look into a sprayer for easier application.

I don't have close ups of the foglights. Not much to them. Black bezels and a rectangular lens.

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 #361564  by sparky99
 
man, that jeep sure would look neat with the fenders/flares off, trimmed out the back a little and stuffed with 36 inch pitbull rockers, and a full cage... just saying....

ok, maybe 2 inches of lift.....
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 #361577  by LUNAT1C
 
sparky99 wrote:man, that jeep sure would look neat with the fenders/flares off, trimmed out the back a little and stuffed with 36 inch pitbull rockers, and a full cage... just saying....

ok, maybe 2 inches of lift.....
Lol! I'm not cutting the flares. The plan is to maybe get a set of plastic textured flares to slap on for wheeling adventures and keep my painted ones pristine. It will eventually get a 2.5" lift and 33s or 35s, and either ARB or AEV bumpers, depending on available funds when the time comes. Couple years away for all of that. Need to figure out buying a house first. Adulting sucks...

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 #361583  by beespecial
 
LUNAT1C wrote:... depending on available funds when the time comes. Couple years away for all of that. Need to figure out buying a house first. Adulting sucks...
Ah, welcome to adulthood. :lol:
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 #361590  by sparky99
 
LUNAT1C wrote:
sparky99 wrote:man, that jeep sure would look neat with the fenders/flares off, trimmed out the back a little and stuffed with 36 inch pitbull rockers, and a full cage... just saying....

ok, maybe 2 inches of lift.....
Lol! I'm not cutting the flares. The plan is to maybe get a set of plastic textured flares to slap on for wheeling adventures and keep my painted ones pristine. It will eventually get a 2.5" lift and 33s or 35s, and either ARB or AEV bumpers, depending on available funds when the time comes. Couple years away for all of that. Need to figure out buying a house first. Adulting sucks...

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Oh, the fenders/flares would be gone.... I'm talking body trimming... Lol
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 #362686  by LUNAT1C
 
Been a bit busy with the Jeep. New parts, new trips, new memories.

I added ACE Sliders in place of the factory running boards to have some protection against wayward rocks on the trails. I also switched out the painted wheel flares for black plastic ones to keep them from getting terribly scratched. Went to the Huron National Forest in St. Helen, MI and had a blast getting Big Blue dirty.

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It was great seeing what the Jeep can do with stock tires and suspension, but I decided afterward to go ahead and give it some growth pills. This weekend installed the 2.5" lift and geometry correction brackets from American Expedition Vehicles. I also have a Teraflex HD tire carrier hinge waiting to be installed in anticipation of 35" tires. The lift was needed to get the tires to clear in the Jeep. The geo brackets help bring the steering back into factory spec. And the carrier takes the weight is the spare off of the tailgate, very necessary for the heavy new tires. Once the wheels are in stock and delivered to me, I'll get the tires. For now I'll stick to factory.

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Since I don't have heavy steel bumpers, a winch, or other heavy accessories, I probably got around 3" of lift. Back to West Branch this coming weekend!

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 #363238  by LUNAT1C
 
Speaking of 35s... I did a thing last Tuesday while still on vacation.

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315/70/17 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs on AEV Pintlers in Argent. The wheels are discontinued, so to find them with nearly new 35" tires and tpms sensors for the price of the tires alone is a unicorn. They were only 3 hours away.

Yesterday we went to dinner with a friend on mainstreet in town and I had to parallel park. Someone watching from a nearby bench called it a Tonka truck squeezing between two close together cars lol.

Tonight I should have the adjustable carrier and third brake light bracket to go with the HD hinge I installed for the tailgate, then the spare can go on and clear my bumper instead of riding in the back. Then I'll be done modding for a while until my wallet can breathe. I also have a set of front splash guards on order to protect the body from chips and might order some grille mesh to protect the radiator from salt rocks on the highway. With some fluid film applied, I'll be ready for winter. Hoping to go wheeling in a couple weeks to see how much improvement the tires provide.

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 #370115  by LUNAT1C
 
I should probably update this. I wouldn't necessarily say a lot has changed, but it never hurts.

The latest mods are as such:
- Katzkin leather interior - Amaretto Tuscany from the Red Rock edition Jeeps (swapped out "Red Rock" front seat backs for just "JEEP" embroidery)
- DirtyDog 4x4 Pet Barrier for JK Unlimited (military-style net wall)
- Teraflex adjustible tire carrier with 3rd brake light extension and CB radio antenna mount
- Tail light guards (unknown brand, picked up at Carlisle swap meet)
- CB Antenna spring
- Rubicon Hard Rock factory stamped-steel bumpers, front and rear with signature red tow hooks and tow hitch (different from my factory hitch)
- Rubicon Hard Rock front skid plate
- Full set of AEV all-weather and cargo mats

The bumpers came with Mopar LED fog lights, however my TIPM makes them into epilepsy machines. I could have the 5SX sales code flashed into it, and add anti-flicker harnesses, but it's cheaper to buy Hard Rock brackets and swap in my Morimoto LED foglights, then sell the Mopar fogs for more than the brackets cost. That's the plan.

In the future, sooner or later, the radio will be done. Looking at Kenwood satnavs equipped with Android auto, or without satnav and will get a cheap Garmin to keep when cell service is slim. Very possible in an overlanding build! Also looking at the Sony XAV-AX200, which can have two additional cameras above and beyond the dedicated reverse cam, and is very cheap at $500.

This year also had a surprise at Carlisle. This year and last year my Jeep attended only to serve as a support vehicle for Luna and the Club. This year, Big Blue must have made an impression, as it won 2nd place in the JK class!

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 #387308  by LUNAT1C
 
I kind of forgot I had a separate thread for the Jeep, but I do finally have a big update. Today I spent the most important money I possibly could on it (without getting a Hemi crammed into it). The final payment! Paid it off a bit early... 6 year loan that I paid like a 5 year loan, and still paid it off in fewer than 5 years. Nick asked me the other night how long I plan to keep it, and quite honestly I'm not sure. Original plan was to get it to 200,000 miles, but then the torque converter raised the white flag at just under 60,000 miles and I saw some posts that it's not all that uncommon for the A580 to do that. If it goes again at 120,000, I just might send it on its way rather than settle into a 60,000 mile TCCI (torque converter change interval) at $1200+ a pop. We'll see, but at this point I don't even know what I would replace it with, as I'm not thrilled with the cost increase of a JL or a Gladiator, and sometimes I flirt with the idea of a solid bodied off-roady SUV or mid-size pickup. The market doesn't have many options that I like though, so I'm just going to enjoy it as long as I can.

Other than that, changes have been minimal.
- Rebuilt the front driveshaft with a high-angle Rzeppa joint at the TC end
- Replaced leaky radiator December 2019, the day before we drove it over 600 miles to the in-laws for our niece's first birthday and Xmas
- Replaced torque converter Octoberish 2019, at 59,960 miles (60,000 miles powertrain warranty covered it, by the skin of my teeth)
- Replaced tie rod and drag link with Yeti XD heavy duty steering components after the factory set got too much play
- Replaced all ball joints with Dynatrac HD units after the factory set got too much play
- Replaced the cyl 1 fuel injector after it failed
- Replaced the 315/70/17 Duratracs with 285/75/17 BFG KO2s - Slightly smaller, but a true 33" with the weight of the Jeep, and narrower for a more compliant drive and less noise. No more getting the wheel ripped out of my hands when I hit ruts. I got about 50,000 miles from the Duratracs, so I can't complain.
- Warn 9500 CTI-S winch installed with Maximus-3 classic grille hoop and winch and fairlead installation hardware. Winch sits between the framerails
- Northstar battery
- Morimoto Super7 headlights, uses the M-LED bi-LED projectors that are also in the old high beam portion of Luna's headlights
- Replaced door hinge liners with delrin units and sanded down the pins + lithium grease to get them opening and closing like new again. Much easier to remove now, so I may run the Jeep naked a few times this coming summer. The Jeep will be naked. Not me... :shock:

Hasn't been offroad since this weekend last year, when we put in an offer on the house we now own. Currently has 72,500 miles.
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 #389107  by LUNAT1C
 
Not much to report in 7 months (I suppose that's a good thing). No new mods, though I did remove the rusty the ACE sliders and Maximus-3 winch guard hoop. Eventually I will scrape and sand them down and hit them with some kind of durable black textured coating that can take impacts from normal driving.

The Jeep has been on three separate cross country trips this year. Once to Virginia for a funeral, which somehow involved the Jeep going off road with our niece in the backseat to go to a family civil war era cabin and the driver of the Jeep thought 4-low was necessary (it almost never is) and tried to engage it while firmly sitting still on the brake... so guess who had to drive into town stuck in 4-hi to get the transfer case manually knocked back into 2-hi because the transfer case shift cable broke. :roll: That was an interesting phone call while I was back in Michigan.

Second trip was to Ocean City, MD for a family vacation, this time with no off-roading or parts breaking. Then finally we took it to Sabillasville, MD for my cousin's wedding, which as it turns out is next to Camp David. From the house we all stayed in on the farm, literally walk up the road and some Marines will politely, yet firmly, tell you to turn back.

Overall the Jeep has had a good year other than needing to replace the transfer case cable. I also finally got around to replacing two of the yellow AEV Bison logo center caps that had lost their protective coating and faded, since enough miles were put on this year to rotate the tires.

I also finally fixed a knock noise that has been irritating me for a few years. When I put the Rubicon sliders on to protect the pinch welds from rocks and debris, the Jeep developed a solid crack noise when going over bumps, almost always while turning. I checked everything in the suspension and front end. All control arms and the track bars were properly torqued (and had been loosened when lifting it, as required). Geometry brackets were torqued. Sway bar links were fine and tight. Tie rod and drag link ball joints were all worn out, along with the knuckle ball joints, from having the heavy 35s on it. So I replaced those with a Yeti HD tie rod and drag link set, and Teraflex HD serviceable ball joints. The dealer also replaced the front axle u-joints when I was still having trouble with this after replacing the steering components. Still cracking!

Thought maybe it was a broken body captive nut... but removing that body bolt changed nothing. Took off the ACE sliders since it started when I combined them with the Rubi sliders. No change.

Nick said it sounded like it was coming from the upper corner of the windshield. Sport bar tie-ins to the windshield were tight, all components were fine... but the Grab Bars I installed way back in 2016 were loose.

Tightened them up... noise gone! Go figure. Good thing all components that I replaced were actually in need of replacement thanks to the tires, otherwise I'd be awful mad about spending all that money and time on those parts. But just like the tapping noise Luna had that turned out to be a spark plug that worked its way loose, or the whistle noise that turned out to be a clogged IAC valve... it was simple!

Right now it has a whine noise around 3000 RPM when cold. I replaced the idler pulleys and belt, which helped. I think the tensioner might also be due, but I'll wait for the noise to become more pronounced, since that part is $150+.

81,200 miles now, and I still occasionally peruse the Jeep and Ram vehicle configurators, looking at Wranglers, Gladiators, Big Horns, and Laramies. Wish I could swing a Limited. Then I consider what having two car payments would be like and realize I have a perfectly well functioning vehicle and don't need that headache lmao. Would be nice having that bed though, or the 8-speed.