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« Reply #885 on: April 03, 2016, 12:13:56 PM »

Was finally able to drive the Jeep around and I think the exhaust is finally fixed.  No move noises.  I ended up cutting about 1/4" off the end of the mufflers output pipe which points up.  This made it possible to bring the tailpipe down and forward so it's not touching the floor or the rear cross member.

Now I have to figure out where the leak is.  The rain season is almost over but I want ti fixed.  Them maybe I can take it all apart and then put my dash back together.
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« Reply #886 on: June 11, 2016, 06:51:24 PM »



It's that time of the year again.  I always dread the bi-yearly emissions tests since you never know with an older vehicle when something is going to go wrong and that CEL will appear.  Although, last year I replaced a lot of the basics and the engine has been running really strong since.  It's still a time to worry though.  They will fail you for the dumbest thing these days.  The Jeep failed a bout 3 years ago, not because it was a gross polluter but because a rubber fitting was cracked.  It still passed the sniffer test but it didn't pass the visual.  That's one og my biggest issues with the emissions tests.  As long as you're not polluting, why should it matter what engine modifications have been done?  The actual answer is of course money.  To be legal in California mfg's of parts need to have them tested and they pass if without a doubt they don't cause higher emissions and of course they pay the state for the certification.  It's an extortion racket.

My other complaint with the state is with the actual fees charged by the stations.  It's completely up to each owner how much they want to charge.  Before the state would set a price.  At the time I think it was around $19.  Okay, the state made a deal with owners so the owners would buy the equipment instead of the state helping them.  If you have a car less then 1999 then you can find places charging around $39.  If you have a SUV, they charge more.  If you have a car older then 1999 then they charge more.  If you own a SUV that is older then 1999, then you can easily be paying $150.  The certificate has a set price of $8.25.  Some charge for the phone call the computer makes to upload the certificate, too.  Older vehicles have to do what's called an EVAP test where they pressurize your gas tank with NOx and test for leaks.

So, what's the best way to get the lowest price.  Yelp or Craigslist.  Yelp is better since a negative post has more weight.  With a few email, the highest price was around $83 and the lowest was $68.  Still seems crazy high for what amounts to about 10 minutes of work.  by work, they look under the hood to make sure it's all kosher.  Law on the ground to check the cats.  Tun the vehicle on the dyno at 15 and 25 mph.  Then if it's older the 1999, they test the gas cap and pressurize the gas tank with the evap. canister clamped off.

Oh yeah, it passed.

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« Reply #887 on: November 06, 2016, 04:54:12 PM »

I've had my jeep fall into a rough idle and stall out seconds after the emissions guy finished the test and unplugged his sensor. He said i was lucky he had finished, had it occurred while he was testing i would have failed.
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« Reply #888 on: November 06, 2016, 08:07:45 PM »

Parked next to this Bro--Jeep the other day. I don't think it's ever been off-road.
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« Reply #889 on: November 07, 2016, 10:36:24 AM »

It looks impressive!
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« Reply #890 on: January 11, 2017, 04:51:32 PM »

Here''s a little update on the Jeep...  The little things.

We've had several days worth of heavy rain.  Lots of flooding and trees falling down.  Jeep leaks a little.  I sealed the dash with RTV and without the plastic, I can somewhat localize the issue.  I think it's coming in from where the windshield hinge bolts to the body.  I'm guessing the sealant is dried up and is now bringing the water in directly from the outside.  The problem is those bolts are passing though some enlarged holes which help them align the windshield frame at the factory.  They spray a bunch of sealant into that area from the backside but I think it's leaking in where it's a little thin.  Might have to try that can of spray-on sealant since there isn't much I can do.  It's a PITA to remove the bolts with the factory sealant still on there and it will probably make a bigger mess then what's already there.  So yeah, it's leaking in the same place I took pictures of before.

In other news, I finally got around to reinstalling my front driveshaft.  It's been in and out a few times in the last 2 years.  I first removed it when I was trying to fix a pinion seal leak.  I've had this leak for many years and thought it might have been the yoke that was causing the leak.  I ended up smearing  RTV where the pinion seal holds onto the housing and the leak disappeared.  This was also the second time I replaced the seal.  Both times it leaked.  Note to self, add RTV to the seal and not rely on what crusty sealent is used from the factory.  It's not enough.



Also, it's the first time I've really had the driveshaft in since taking out the 1" motor mount lift so the driveshaft angles should be stock.  I did run into some vibrations.  They would appear around 45 mph and stop around 55 mph.  Typical out of ballance issue.  The temps are in the 40's so the grease in the sleeve wasn't distributing itself properly.  Taking the Jeep up to highway speeds and driving around like that seems to have cleared that up though.  Angles are pretty flat for still having a SOA front.




The other issue I've been having since taking teh 1.25" body lift off is that whenever I hit a whoop in the road the tires rub against the flares.  This is mainly causes by the greasable shackles allowing the leafs to absorb bumps.  I doubt it would have been a problem with regular shackles.  Anyway, there are a bunch of different ways to cut the flares.  I used tin snips and I think that's the best way.   I've heard of people using jig-saws and such but they cut really easy with the snips and you have total control.  The other option is to use a box cutter but I think that too doesn't give you the control to cut a clean line smoothly in one go.  I jsut snipped off about an inch at the trailing edge.  I don't care if they rub when offroad since it's slow but when going at highway speeds and get you that 'bbbrrrrrtttt' it's a bit unnerving.  I could go with TJ flares and chop the body to clear but I kinda like the YJ flares.  I'm not rockcrawling nearly as much anymore.  Dealing more with flooding and mud now as it's rainy season.



Oh, and here's another thing.  With my dash apart, I decided to try to fix my column.  The locking mechanism isn't engaging all the time.  THe springs either too weak or there's enough friction in the column that the key isn't turning far enough to cause the pin to engage the sprocket.  I also noticed that Acc. doesn't work anymore.  Probably has something to do with the lock cylinder.  The good thing is I don't really use Acc. much.   But the real problem is that when I was taking off the horn button two of the plastic clips broke.   This is a common problem you deal with when working on older cars.  Plastics harden and break over time.  The other problem is that because it's an older vehicle, there is no source for a replacement.  I take that back, there are two replacement from Omix-Ada and Crown Auto but both of these look nothing like the original.  I'm guessing the reason they didn't want to make a replacement was that there is a 'Jeep' badge in the center of it.  Seems kinda stupid to make a replacement part but not bother to make it look like the part it's replacing.

To fix this, I ended up using JB Weld, a cpuple times....  First was some Quick 5 min JB Weld.  The problem with this stuff is that it's flexible.  It flexed too much or else I didn't add enough and the clips broke again.  Did it again and it held better but still broke.  Went a third time and added even more and I think it held.  It's on and it isn't flopping around so I think it's good.  I'd need to take it back off if I wanted to see if it indeed held and that's not going to happen.  I think if I had a 3D printer I could create new pins and then glue the whole thing to the back if the button and have it work.

Here's what it looked like the first time I tried to fix it.



Have you ever noticed that the column shaft has a marking telling you what's up?  Yup, the wheel is off center and had to come off again.



Take two...  Yeah, it broke again.  Not enough JB Weld.



The key is to get as much JB Weld to support the pin but not enough to prevent the clip from clipping onto the metal ring.  If any JB Weld is on the clip side, it needs to be ground off or else the additional JB Weld will force the clip to flex even more and more then likely break again.  Also, make sure you give the JB Weld enough time to cure.  I'd recomend more then a day if it's cold.

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« Reply #891 on: February 21, 2017, 04:46:16 PM »

So the 700 mile trip turned into a 900 mile trip.  Man, driving up 99, I barely made it out of each town as they had flood advisories and Mantica was evacuated right after I left.  The rain was heavy and the wind was fierce.  Ended up getting my AC bracket replaced while in Burbank since there was a yard that specialized in Jeeps.  Got a decent price on the bracket and it was from a '95 so it was the newest one you could get.  They actually had several of the ones I needed and many others.  Cowl seal isn't sealing and was pouring water onto my leg as we headed up Altimont Pass.  So many stupid people flying through the pass.  I think at least one person hydroplaned into the grazzy median.  I think there were around 15 cars total with many small fender benders.




Look how clean the cowl is on this YJ.





The new bracket is so pretty.  All we did was beadblasted it and it looks brand new.



Here's what happened to my second OBA bracket, which is what broke the A/C Bracket.


Welding the new bracket in place this time.


Here's the new bracket.  The deal is, if this one breaks we're going to do an engine swap...  maybe.  lol
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« Reply #892 on: February 23, 2017, 09:21:15 PM »

Was it self pick or did they pull the parts for you?  I am going to visit family in SoCal later this year, may have to take a side trip one day.
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« Reply #893 on: February 24, 2017, 08:33:55 PM »

Jeep part depot or jeeps only?
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« Reply #894 on: February 25, 2017, 04:53:42 PM »

Jeep part depot or jeeps only?
Jeep Parts Depot, IIRC.  It's the one that does PT Cruisers as well?
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« Reply #895 on: February 25, 2017, 09:36:56 PM »

I'm going to have to go check them out one weekend. They are only about an hour from me
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« Reply #896 on: February 25, 2017, 11:10:16 PM »

I'm going to have to go check them out one weekend. They are only about an hour from me
There's another place, Jeep Parts Only on the corner, walking distance from them.
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« Reply #897 on: February 28, 2017, 09:29:14 PM »

Do they pull the parts for you or do I need to take tools?
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« Reply #898 on: February 28, 2017, 09:58:46 PM »

Do they pull the parts for you or do I need to take tools?
It depends.  They have some tools there but you're better off bringing some tools.  What are you looking for?  For the A/C bracket, they had them all on a shelf in the back.  You have to sift through the pile looking for the right part number.  There's a few Jeeps in the back, XJ's, YJ's, TJ's, JK's etc...
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« Reply #899 on: February 28, 2017, 10:02:12 PM »

I'd like to find some drive shafts. I need some electrical connectors. I have some that the locking tab broke off on that I don't want to spend $75 for a new one
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