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    1991 YJ
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    Phoenix, AZ

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    Mike
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  1. It can be done, but it is a major PITA. You will have to pull the old bearings and press on the new ones which is no small task. If you count the exact number of turns to take off the pinion nut and tighten with the same number of turns, it could work. I would still recommend checking the backlash with a dial indicator (spec. is ~ .008" to .012" I think) both before and after. The new bearings will seat slightly different than the old worn ones. Google is your friend on this one. There are tons of write ups and Youtube videos. Let me know if you decide to tackle this. I'll assist the best I can.
  2. Trail/Area: Fort Tule / China Dam Night Run (North of Lake Pleasant) Description: Fort Tule / China Dam is a 8.0 mile easy to moderate trail that starts off Cow Creek Road just north of Lake Pleasant. Our destination is the old Fort Tule home stead. It features an old mining cabin and the grave of the miner’s beloved dog. Sign up here
  3. I read through both posts from theksmith and they are both great! Two items I recently added to the Jeep are a fuel pressure gauge ($25) and spark tester ($5) from Harbor Freight: https://www.harborfreight.com/fuel-injection-pump-tester-62623.html?_br_psugg_q=fuel+pressure+tester https://www.harborfreight.com/in-line-spark-checker-63590.html There are some complaints that the fuel pressure gauge leaks, but it worked fine for me when I replaced my fuel pump. You can also use the Harbor Freight coupons to knock another 20 percent off of the advertised prices. Thanks.
  4. Crapshoot Night Run at Table Mesa Area: Sign-up & more info here...
  5. Trail/Area: Crapshoot Night Run at Table Mesa Area Description: Crapshoot is a 7.5 mile moderate trail. It is Trail #40 in the Funtreks book: https://funtreks.com/off-road-trails/crapshoot/ The trail (west to east) starts from the intersection of BLM 9952 and Table Mesa Rd (9997). It runs generally south until it intersects BLM 9954 where we will turn left and begin our trek northeast back to Table Mesa Rd. The trail is generally easy with a few moderate spots (hence the rating). Don't hesitate to ask for a spot if unsure. Requirements: - Driver experience with moderate to difficult trails - 4x4 with low range, aggressive MT or AT tires (32"+), skid plates, and recovery points front & rear - Rig must be road-legal with all necessary safety equipment, current registration & insurance, etc. - CB or ham radio - Social distancing (COVID - 19) Recommendations: - Lift with good flex (2"+) - Over-sized tires (33"+) - Bring water and snacks for you and your passengers. Itinerary: - Meeting location: east side of McDonalds on northeast corner of I-17 and Carefree Highway (next to Albertsons) - Meeting time: Saturday 2020 06 20 at 6:45 PM (depart no later than 7:00 PM) Additional Info: - CB channel 4 - HAM frequency 146.460 - This run should take 4-5 hours. - This run is limited to 5 rigs total (including trip leader) Sign-Up: Trip Leader: - gearhead Attending: 1. theksmith 2. r.barraza 3. Sonoranwanderer 4. CAVU2 __Crapshoot.gpx
  6. You might regret asking that question. It started as replacing the leaking exhaust manifold and valve cover gasket, but of course it didn't stay that way! I figured I would do the crank position sensor also because there is plenty of space with the manifolds out. I then noticed that the lower steering column bearing needed to be replaced and ended up having to replace the lower steering column shaft also. I must of been leaning on the top of the radiator too much because the seam between the top plastic tank and the core started leaking, so I pulled the radiator for replacement. If I have the radiator out I might as well do the water pump, thermostat, and thermostat housing at the same time. Needless to say the Amazon delivery vans have been coming non stop.
  7. Well the wife shot this idea down when I ran it by her, so it looks like we will have to wait until the fall. Sorry about that everyone. I should of checked with her first.
  8. I'm still game as long as at least one other Jeep wants to go. Fuel is cheap right now. Do you have a preference on the weekend? thanks
  9. I am planning to lead a weekend trip to run Charouleau Gap next month, so I am taking a poll to gauge interest for the last three weekends in April 2020 (before it gets too hot). I would describe the trail as somewhere between moderate and difficult, requiring at least 33" tires. 'The Step' and 'Kissing Rock' can both be bypassed, but at least one traction device is definitely required to climb 'The Escalator' (we would run the trail clockwise from Oracle AZ and camp one night) . Write up is here: https://www.jeeptheusa.com/charouleau-gap-35.html Thanks.
  10. Is there any way you can upload the gps .gpx track to this thread? Thanks.
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