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  1. there's a hole in the fill tube and so it leaks with too much roll or upward pitch. low priority issue! that might not be what leaked on the rock, but it's in the right spot for that. i haven't done a full post-trip underbelly inspection yet though.
  2. got on Metalcloak's CTI trailer at a local shop yesterday. only scored a 770, which is a bit disappointing... with the current level of mods i expected to at least break 800. still better than the last time though! in 2018 Gadget had just a baby lift and tires and scored a 600. i did find it interesting that the JL's consistently out-flexed the JK's (comparing similar tire size and overall rig height, all short-arm lifts).
  3. i've used RockAuto in the past and it is nice that they offer several manufacturers for a lot of parts. i try to stick with OEM most of the time, or Napa as a second choice - unless it's a part that would benefit from an aftermarket upgrade. i looked briefly at some "performance" full aluminum radiators. Mishimoto seemed to be the best rated, but even they had mixed reviews on fitment. i also saw Cold Case offers a heavy duty extruded core version. but since the original factory radiator lasted so long, and i know OEM will fit correctly, i decided to just go with Mopar. do you think the chassis flex from wheeling more difficult trails, coupled with the fact that the body mounts have sagged some, would contribute to a radiator failing?
  4. 4th time's the charm, right? the original radiator lasted like 5 years. then 2 Autozone radiators only lasted 6 months each - their lifetime warranty is only useful if your time has no value! back to OEM this time. at least i've got it down to just over 2 hours now!
  5. come on the run this weekend: or maybe our holiday party the first weekend in Jan:
  6. welcome to the club - i look forward to meeting you and your wife! there's no camping for this event, it's just a day run / party. we're usually done by somewhere around 3pm to 5pm (depending on the turnout) and this year the trailhead is less than 30 minutes from I-17 & Carefree Highway.
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    Join us for an epic overland trip in Utah for the Hole in the Rock Trail. This adventure follows a portion of the historic Mormon Pioneer route on the south side of Lake Powell (note this is different than the easy rated "Hole in the Rock Road" section to the north). Several remnants from the 1879 expedition are still visible, carved into the rugged terrain. Incredibly scenic views will delight any photographer and the Moab-esque slickrock offers plenty of 4x4 wheeling challenges as well. This is truly an overland trifecta! FYI, we'll be visiting the impressive "giant washout" on the original trail before continuing to the end of current 4x4 route (and back out). Note: The first and last days' itineraries do allow for travel to/from Utah but would make for very long days (coming from Central AZ). If you have the time, you may want to add and extra day on each end of the trip for the highway travel. There is a nice first-come, first-serve campground at Hall's Crossing with showers, tables, and fire rings/grills. An RV park with full hookups is situated across the street (those spots can be booked ahead of time). There's also a ton of BLM land in the general area for free primitive camping. Click here for details & to RSVP... Note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options →
  8. actually the 10 plate turned out to get plenty hot. originally i had it plumbed into the heater core lines and later found out those don't flow coolant until the thermostat opens at 190* (and on cold start it actually takes a while to reach that temp if you're just idling). it's now plumbed inline with the oil cooler instead, which always flows coolant. so now even when the engine is just starting to warm up the exchanger works and everything is fine. the only problem i still have is that the water in the tank itself gets hot, especially on a slow crawl type trail in the summer - just from the exhaust and transfer case and everything else shedding heat underneath the rig. so even with the thermostatic mixing valve the water can be a little too hot sometimes. i have only insulated one side of the tank (next to the exhaust), but one day i may get around to trying to insulate the entire tank and see if that helps.
  9. thank you Steve - i hope you guys, and everyone here, had a great day!
  10. Join us for a short trail ride and big time fun with your Offroad Passport friends at our annual Holiday Party! We bring the burgers & dogs for a potluck lunch, plus there's the infamous cut-throat white elephant gift game, and the delicious cookie contest! Note that we have a new location (near Lake Pleasant) and that the optional trail ride is rated moderate this year. Important Details: This is a Potluck event! Please see the sign-up list below and let us know what you can contribute. Subject to cancellation or postponement due to rain. Pets are ok, so long as you follow our Pet Policy. Please also keep them reined in close and no begging while folks are trying to eat. Comms on GMRS channel 20 (462.675 Mhz) Bring cash if you'd like to get one of the new style ORP shirts (or just win the cookie contest)! Meetup / Trail Info: Meetup location (for both groups) Gravel parking lot beside Wild Horse West restaurant. Click here for a map... Please arrive fueled up and ready to go! Note there is a brand new gas station right next door. Option #1 - Moderate trail ride before the party. Meet @theksmith at 9am sharp! This trail is doable by a stock high-clearance 4wd rig with aggressive A/T or M/T tires, such as a Wrangler or Tacoma. Other rigs might need a small 1" or 2" lift. Option #2 - Easy route direct to the party spot. Meet @4x4tographer at 10:30 am. This will be a quick ride down an easy wash. A high clearance vehicle is still required. White Elephant Game: Bring a wrapped gift to participate! $25 suggested gift value. 4x4 or outdoor/travel related gifts, or just something fun, but please bring something you'd actually love ❤️ to win! Take a number for each gift you bring. The highest number goes first by opening any present. The next highest number may steal the first gift or open another one and so on until all the gifts are open. A gift may be stolen no more than 1 time per round, and is completely frozen after it's been stolen twice (i.e. it can't be taken from it's 3rd owner). Enter the Cookie Baking Contest! Bring your homemade cookies! Everyone please try all the cookies and vote for the winner. The cookie with the most votes wins a NEW Offroad Passport T-Shirt! Potluck (items needed): Everyone - please bring a table if you have one! Hamburgers, Hotdogs are provided by @Offroad Passport Grills: @theksmith, @4x4tographer Propane: @Jbjr Paper Plates, Plastic Cutlery, Napkins: @johnpa Trash duty: @lofreqjeff Buns (hamburger and hotdog): @Riddler Condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish, mayo) & Fixins (cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions): @Eugene Cans of soda #1 (in a cooler on ice): @gearhead Cans of soda #2 (in a cooler on ice): @PaJazz Ice Teas: @Arden Helgeson Water bottles (in a cooler on ice): @Curly Chips: @Riddler (chips & salsa) Side dish or appetizer: @Bradywgn71 (meatballs), @mynr1 (baked beans), @AFeiner (vegan desert), @Mick Bowers (coleslaw & ice cream sandwiches), @Lichen, @Jbjr, - And lots of other people bringing sides, I lost count! Attending: Please indicate the total number of people in your party, if you are going on the trail ride, and which potluck item you're bringing! Trail Ride: @theksmith - 3 - (leading) @Bradywgn71 - 2 @johnpa - 2 @mynr1 - 1 @Riddler - 2 @Eugene - 3 @Alexis - 1 @Lichen - 1 @PaJazz - 2 @lofreqjeff - 3 @Jbjr - 2 @Arden Helgeson - 1 @alexshel44 - 1 @Dcoleaz - 2 @Scott and Kim Miller - 2 Easy Route: @4x4tographer - 4 - (leading) @Mick Bowers - 2 @AFeiner - 2 @Jeep XO - 2 @Curly - 2 @gearhead - 1 @JeepUniq - 2 Just reply to this thread to sign-up! There is no rig limit on this run and it is open to anyone with an appropriate vehicle. Have questions? just ask!
  11. some info for when i have to do this next time... part numbers felpro complete intake manifold gaskets: part # MS 97204 oil cooler/filter assembly (includes gaskets & a new filter): part # 68596317AB note the oil cooler no longer comes with the 2 sensors... coolant temp sensor: part # 5149077AB oil pressure sensor: part # 5149062AB spark plugs (sold individually): part # SP149125AF 10 Year coolant: part # 68163848AB i've been getting most of my OEM parts through azwholesalemopar.com lately, which is actually Larry Miller Dodge Peoria. just select free local pickup during checkout. the site seems to have as good or better prices than any other online Mopar place i've seen. torque values oil cooler heat exchanger: 35 in-lbs oil cooler assembly: 106 in-lbs lower intake manifold: 106 in-lbs upper intake manifold: 71 or 89 in-lbs? (conflicting search results) plugs: 13 ft-lbs (156 in-lbs) coils: 71 or 105 in-lbs? plug gap: 0.043" bolt tightening orders oil cooler assembly: lower intake manifold: upper intake manifold:
  12. it appears the actual heat exchanger was separating, which is not a common failure from what i've read. it also seemed to be leaking either from one of the plastic plugs at the front, or that bottom seal. both of which are typical issues.
  13. headed in for the oil cooler again. this time i was smart enough to take off the wheels and drop the Jeep to a more comfortable working height! last time replaced it was around 100k miles. i'm at 161k now, so doing plugs again too while in there.
  14. i have 4 waterproof boxes for sale, $50 each. used but great condition. cash only! buyer must pickup in North Phoenix (almost Anthem). (2) Pelican Storm Case iM2306, both with the foam inserts. these are similar in size to a 18" toolbox. Interior dimensions: 17" x 6.3" x 6.2" Exterior size: 18.2" x 8.4" x 6.7" (2) Seahorse 710, only one has the foam inserts. these are about briefcase size. Interior dimensions: 18.1” x 12.9” x 4.0” Exterior size: 20.1” x 15.5” x 5.5”
  15. they appear to be powder coated steel - pretty thin, but should survive home use. if you're looking for something more heavy duty, these are the ones i kept seeing advertised: https://www.tmrcustoms.com/products/jack-stand-storage-rack-pair
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