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theksmith last won the day on February 29

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  1. Mark your calendars if you wanna do some rock-crawling! This is another Rubicon trip practice run as well. Click here for details & to RSVP... Note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options →
  2. happy birthday @4x4tographer - thanks for all you do around here!
  3. well, after several test drives - nothing is spewing or burning, so i guess good? ;) i noticed 2 differences right away... first, it doesn't rattle like crazy on startup for a few seconds anymore! not sure what that was about. i didn't find any sloppy rocker arms in the old engine. i read somewhere it might have been the timing chain until the hydraulic tensioners came up to pressure? second, there's a bit more vibration now in cab. i don't know if that is because the motor mounts are just new or because i went with a random brand instead of OEM. it's not horrible, i'd still choose some vibes over the additional $300 for the OEM mounts in an offroad rig. oh and seems like it fires up slightly faster. it's not like the old one cranked for a long time, but the new one just seems to start a split second faster. otherwise there's no noticeable difference in power that i can tell. i mean the old engine seemed to run OK too, it was just a time bomb.
  4. well the "lost" motor mounts decided to show up late last night! i was able to get the engine in and put everything mostly back together today. probably need a couple more hours in the morning to wrap up and then hopefully it runs!
  5. Amazon shipping apparently lost my new motor mounts! the replacements are supposed to arrive Saturday. :( i took a few minutes yesterday to clean up the OEM wiring harness. all of the loom had cracked off - i guess due to heat, time, and having moved it around to work on the top-end so many times before. i re-wrapped all the exposed wire sections with Tesa 51036 tape.
  6. Sunday was spent swapping everything over to the reman engine, including plenty of time cleaning parts. this "abrasive filament" die grinder cup works well to remove RTV after an initial scraping. i use carb/choke cleaner rather than brake cleaner for a final wipe-down as it seems to be less harsh on any surrounding plastic parts. it's a good idea to check all the block bolt holes before putting the engine back in. sometimes a few will get gunked up during the reman engine cleaning process and it's a lot easier to fix them up with a tap before anything is back in the engine bay. i had one motor mount bolt hole and this bellhousing mounting hole that needed a little love. i'm just waiting on my new engine mounts, there was a delay in shipping but hopefully they show up today. as far as the reman engine, it's all put together now except the rear main seal and flexplate which i can do once it's off the stand and on the hoist.
  7. thanks Mike! i do have jack stands of various sizes, i just had to get everything lower than any of them could - that was the reason for using the 2x4's. it's just a 6' x 1" Keeper brand sling from Amazon (it is rated for overhead lifting): https://amzn.to/3OKGdnD
  8. i got mine, along with an inexpensive filter for my binoculars from https://bhphotovideo.com - the binocs were very helpful and gave a different appreciation of the annular eclipse that we recently saw in UT.
  9. great day, perfect weather! everyone conquered this trail - no straps or winches deployed - woot! everyone did a great job of helping spot each other too. thanks @gearhead for leading, and thank you @4x4tographer for letting me ride along. as our fearless leader, Mike got the honor of going first through the tippy section of Chevy Hill. then it was Ryan's turn. here's Glen's well built rig climbing one of the several long, loose, steep hills: Mike coming down the "hill of many ledges", followed by Ryan as second-victim again... apparently i only took photos of red Jeeps yesterday, lol! it was really cool to see you all taking on something a bit more challenging than you might be used to and kicking its ass!
  10. well i did manage to extract the old engine on Friday... yes, those are 2x4's supporting the axle. no, it's not a great idea to support a vehicle with wood. just don't get under it while doing so! had a couple bummers while doing this. found that the driver's side motor mount is pretty trashed. passenger side not horrible, but might as well do them both i guess. a set of Mopar ones is $500, which is ridiculous, IMO. so i went aftermarket on those for $190. second issue was as soon as i moved the a/c compressor, one of the rubber lines sprung a leak and started spewing all the 1234YF refrigerant out. one of the reasons i didn't remove the front clip was so i wouldn't need to have the a/c system evacuated and then re-charged. but now i need a new line AND will need to have it filled. at least it was the shorter/cheaper discharge line that leaked - Mopar part # 68214489AB.
  11. i had one many years ago and sold it when i moved, then had to borrow one to do the engine in my WJ... figured it was time to own one again. not sure exactly where i'll be storing it yet though! ;)
  12. received the new engine yesterday and got it mounted to the engine stand. i needed to work so that was the only progress made toward this project!
  13. had not heard of the "Shocker Hitch" before - that's a neat little contraption. did you add the angled frame pieces forming the triangle at the the tongue? i'm surprised they are only bolted-on.
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