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  • #46
    Looks like a good upgrade. Nothing will take the fun out of hitting the trails quicker than having to constantly watch a temperature gauge.
    2001 TJ 4.0, 32Rh auto tranny, Dana 44 Detroit Truetrac 3.73 rear, Dana 30 Detroit Truetrac 3.73 front, Rancho adjustable lower control arms, 2 inch lift, BFG mud terrain 31/10.50/15 tires

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    • sjlplat
      sjlplat commented
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      I'd been putting this one off, assuming the closed system just needed to be well-maintained. That might be true, but I'm too damn lazy for the amount of maintenance it seems to need.

  • #47
    Open Cooling System Conversion (Continued)

    It was a tight fit for the 4.0L open cooling system overflow bottle, so I opted to install one from the 2.5L model. This one fit neatly in the space next to the air intake box by moving the fuel pump ballast resistor, auxiliary fan relay, and EGR solenoid.

    Now, if only I could find a cap that fits!

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    Last edited by sjlplat; 10-15-2018, 07:03 PM.
    - 1988 XJ Base - I don't actually drive it. It just sits in the driveway while I throw parts at it.

    - 1990 XJ Laredo - Old and busted, but it'll get the job done!

    - 1994 XJ Base 2-door - Where'd the other doors go?

    - 1996 XJ Sport - It's red. What else can I say?

    - 1997 XJ Country - My wife wanted something "pretty".

    - 1998 XJ Limited - Cheap and leathery.

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    • 2001TJ
      2001TJ commented
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      I was going to suggest the flap style like the TJ uses if it was too tall and if it would fit. I saw a direct replacement on Rock Auto for about eight dollars but that sounds kinda high just for a cap.

    • sjlplat
      sjlplat commented
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      Yep, that's what the 4.0L XJ uses...doesn't make any sense to be smaller, but I guess that's just the way it is!

    • sjlplat
      sjlplat commented
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      Turns out the one on Rockauto is only for the 4.0L and 2.1L diesel. It won't fit the 2.5L. Apparently, nobody makes the cap for the 2.5L anymore.

  • #48
    Open Cooling System Conversion (Part 3)

    Success! After running into roadblock after roadblock searching for a coolant bottle cap, I started rummaging through my parts rigs. As I perused over my most recent aquisition (a wrecked '98 Limited), something in the mangled driver-side fender caught my eye.

    The washer reservoir in the '98 was gone, but the filler and cap were hanging there. I thought it looked like a close match, so I pulled the cap and went over to to check. Sure enough, the washer cap from the '98 XJ snapped right on the coolant bottle from the '87-90 XJ 2.5L.

    I'll probably grind down the raised letters on this cap, and add a coolant decal to finish it off. For now, it's 100% functional. While I was at it, I also replaced the old fan shroud. It was riveted together with sheetmetal, and while it was functional, it was damn ugly!


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    I pulled the trigger today and ordered a custom decal for the cap. Details are everything!

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    - 1988 XJ Base - I don't actually drive it. It just sits in the driveway while I throw parts at it.

    - 1990 XJ Laredo - Old and busted, but it'll get the job done!

    - 1994 XJ Base 2-door - Where'd the other doors go?

    - 1996 XJ Sport - It's red. What else can I say?

    - 1997 XJ Country - My wife wanted something "pretty".

    - 1998 XJ Limited - Cheap and leathery.

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    • #49
      Rockhard 4×4 Bolt-In Roll Cage

      This was another impulse buy. I wasn't planning on a cage at this stage, but this popped up on Facebook, and it was priced at nearly half retail. Here's the disassembled cage being prepped for crating. I'll follow-up with more detail once it arrives.

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      Last edited by sjlplat; 10-13-2018, 01:29 PM.
      - 1988 XJ Base - I don't actually drive it. It just sits in the driveway while I throw parts at it.

      - 1990 XJ Laredo - Old and busted, but it'll get the job done!

      - 1994 XJ Base 2-door - Where'd the other doors go?

      - 1996 XJ Sport - It's red. What else can I say?

      - 1997 XJ Country - My wife wanted something "pretty".

      - 1998 XJ Limited - Cheap and leathery.

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      • WJ_Guy
        WJ_Guy commented
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        Wow! Score!!

      • sjlplat
        sjlplat commented
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        I thought it was a decent deal. There are a few design issues I don't care for, but I think it'll do what it's supposed to do. I'll probably have some extra beef added to the sandwich plates by tying them into frame stiffeners. Shouldn't be an issue to add those when the stiffeners are welded in.

    • #50
      Buy it when you find it right and have the money.
      2016 Wrangler 2 Door Willys
      Current Mods: Daystar Hood Wranglers, Cobra 29 LTD, ARB Stubby Front Bumper, ARB Rear Bumper, MetalCloak 2.5" Dual Rate Springs w/1in Spacers, Rock Krawler Adjustable Control Arms & Bumpstops, Currie AntiRock Front, Synergy Front & Rear Trackbar, Rock Hard Crossmember and Oil/Trans Skid, Teraflex tire carrier, 17x8 4"BS Steel Wheel 295/70/17 General Grabber X3, 4.56 gears, sleeve and gusset front axle.

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      • #51
        Open Cooling System Conversion (Part 4)

        The decals for my coolant bottle cap came in today. The finished product is OK, but certainly not as nice as an embossed cap. Not the most critical detail, but the last thing I need is someone dumping washer fluid in my coolant system!

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        - 1988 XJ Base - I don't actually drive it. It just sits in the driveway while I throw parts at it.

        - 1990 XJ Laredo - Old and busted, but it'll get the job done!

        - 1994 XJ Base 2-door - Where'd the other doors go?

        - 1996 XJ Sport - It's red. What else can I say?

        - 1997 XJ Country - My wife wanted something "pretty".

        - 1998 XJ Limited - Cheap and leathery.

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        • #52
          Tunes Upgrade

          I like to have a little noise in the cab when I'm driving, and the noise coming from the OEM speakers wasn't very pleasant. I found a couple sets of new (used) 5 1/4" Pioneer 2-way speakers on eBay for $18 bucks a set, and ordered some foam speaker baffles to install them in the factory location. It's not going to win any SPL competitions, but it'll work for what I need!

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          - 1988 XJ Base - I don't actually drive it. It just sits in the driveway while I throw parts at it.

          - 1990 XJ Laredo - Old and busted, but it'll get the job done!

          - 1994 XJ Base 2-door - Where'd the other doors go?

          - 1996 XJ Sport - It's red. What else can I say?

          - 1997 XJ Country - My wife wanted something "pretty".

          - 1998 XJ Limited - Cheap and leathery.

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          • #53
            Wagoneer Header Panel

            Tonight I picked up a complete header panel from an '87 XJ Wagoneer. These are pretty rare, so this will make for a truly unique look to my XJ. It needs some cleaning and a fresh coat of paint, but it's in great shape!

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            - 1988 XJ Base - I don't actually drive it. It just sits in the driveway while I throw parts at it.

            - 1990 XJ Laredo - Old and busted, but it'll get the job done!

            - 1994 XJ Base 2-door - Where'd the other doors go?

            - 1996 XJ Sport - It's red. What else can I say?

            - 1997 XJ Country - My wife wanted something "pretty".

            - 1998 XJ Limited - Cheap and leathery.

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            • #54
              Renix Engine Monitor (R.E.M. II) v. 5

              The Renix system is a pre-OBD engine management system developed by Renault and Bendix, and adopted by AMC for the early XJ's in the late 80's. It generally lacks many of the features found in post-'96 OBD2 engine management systems, and has historically required an expensive Snap-On diagnostic tool to access the data.

              Nick Risley of NickInTimeFilms is a fellow XJ enthusiast and Youtube content creator who created an affordable alternative to the pricey Snap-On tool. The R.E.M. II v.5 is the latest iteration of his invention, and provides Renix XJ owners a pretty slick live display of the Renix data streams in a compact package.

              I received my R.E.M. II last week, installed it, and configured a few simple settings. I now have live data from the various sensors in my XJ. This tool is an absolute must-have for any Renix-era XJ owner.

              If you've been keeping up with the thread, you'll remember that I've been fighting a low idle issue for the past year. As soon as I installed the R.E.M. II, I was able to finally solve that problem. As it turns out, the engine is idling perfect; the gauge simply reads too low!

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              Last edited by sjlplat; 11-21-2018, 05:37 PM.
              - 1988 XJ Base - I don't actually drive it. It just sits in the driveway while I throw parts at it.

              - 1990 XJ Laredo - Old and busted, but it'll get the job done!

              - 1994 XJ Base 2-door - Where'd the other doors go?

              - 1996 XJ Sport - It's red. What else can I say?

              - 1997 XJ Country - My wife wanted something "pretty".

              - 1998 XJ Limited - Cheap and leathery.

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              • #55
                Wow. There is some great info here.
                1990 Jeep Yj, 4bt Cummins Turbo Diesel, M5ODR2 5 speed trans, NP205 T-case, Ford 8.8 rear w/ ARB air locker, Waggy D44 front w/ ARB air locker, 35x12.5x15 KM2, Warn winch, 2.5" Rubicon Express lift, DIY highline fenders, TJ Flares, DIY rock sliders and skid plate, ARB dual air compressor.

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                • sjlplat
                  sjlplat commented
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                  It's been a great learning experience for me so far. In the past, I have deferred to friends with a ton of mechanical and fabrication experience. This time around, I'm diving in and trying to do everything myself.

                  I've always felt that I lack mechanical aptitude, but maybe my problem is lack of patience more-so than ability. When I do things, I try to do them right, but some of these things require more time than I'm willing to tolerate. My hope is that with the right tools and a comfortable shop to work in, I won't feel the need to rush things.

              • #56
                Impressive work. Nice insights you got there.

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                • #57
                  Uniden PRO505XL CB, JCR antenna bracket, and 4' Firestik Antenna

                  Most will agree that one of the best things you can add to a trail rig is a CB. It's a simple way to keep in touch with other folks on the trail, and can be a lifesaver when you're in trouble.

                  Though I have a simple portable CB with a magnet-mounted antenna, a more permanent install tends to work best. My awesome niece bought me a basic Uniden PRO505XL CB for Christmas, and I've been itching to get it installed.

                  I'm not a cold-weather person, so I've been gathering parts for the winter and waiting for a nice day to do some work. Today was that day, and I didn't hesitate to take advantage of it.

                  The JCR antenna bracket is a perfect solution to mount an antenna on either the rear driver side or passenger side of an XJ. It comes powder-coated black, and bolts to the factory mounting holes behind the taillight. I opted to install mine on the driver side, running the cable through a plastic plug hidden between the taillight and rear hatch. I opted for the 4' Firestik Firefly antenna and a basic Firestik stud mount. It's cheap, durable, and tunable.

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                  With the cable routed into the cabin, I proceeded to route it along the inside of the lower interior trim, next to the factory wiring harness. The CB mounting bracket fit perfectly under the dash, and I was able to use the existing factory holes to secure it. Power is supplied by the same relay I used to bypass the OEM gauge circuit, so power is only supplied with the ignition, preventing any inadvertent battery drain.

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                  Next step: Tuning
                  Last edited by sjlplat; 03-21-2019, 08:20 PM.
                  - 1988 XJ Base - I don't actually drive it. It just sits in the driveway while I throw parts at it.

                  - 1990 XJ Laredo - Old and busted, but it'll get the job done!

                  - 1994 XJ Base 2-door - Where'd the other doors go?

                  - 1996 XJ Sport - It's red. What else can I say?

                  - 1997 XJ Country - My wife wanted something "pretty".

                  - 1998 XJ Limited - Cheap and leathery.

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                  • CDE
                    CDE commented
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                    Love my PRO505XL. Simple, small, and works every time.

                  • sjlplat
                    sjlplat commented
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                    Yup, small and simple is all I need.

                • #58
                  Originally posted by sjlplat View Post
                  Renix Engine Monitor (R.E.M. II) v. 5

                  The Renix system is a pre-OBD engine management system developed by Renault and Bendix, and adopted by AMC for the early XJ's in the late 80's. It generally lacks many of the features found in post-'96 OBD2 engine management systems, and has historically required an expensive Snap-On diagnostic tool to access the data.

                  Nick Risley of NickInTimeFilms is a fellow XJ enthusiast and Youtube content creator who created an affordable alternative to the pricey Snap-On tool. The R.E.M. II v.5 is the latest iteration of his invention, and provides Renix XJ owners a pretty slick live display of the Renix data streams in a compact package.

                  I received my R.E.M. II last week, installed it, and configured a few simple settings. I now have live data from the various sensors in my XJ. This tool is an absolute must-have for any Renix-era XJ owner.

                  If you've been keeping up with the thread, you'll remember that I've been fighting a low idle issue for the past year. As soon as I installed the R.E.M. II, I was able to finally solve that problem. As it turns out, the engine is idling perfect; the gauge simply reads too low!

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                  Sweet action!
                  98 XJ 4.5" lift on 33s. bumper w/ 10K winch, lights
                  locked front and rear
                  cowl intake, CB and a lot of skinny pedal

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                  • sjlplat
                    sjlplat commented
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                    The REM is awesome. Nick is working on a new gadget now called the Nifty Shifter, which will convert the useless Power/Comfort switch into a toggle switch that allows full manual shifting of an AW4 with the factory shifter. Really hoping that one comes to fruition.

                • #59
                  Roof Rack

                  I picked up a roof rack on Facebook today for $50 bucks. For a cheap rack, it's surprisingly stout! This one clamps to the factory cross-bars, and won't hold a ton of weight, but it's a great buy for the price! This will probably go to my wife for her build when I upgrade to a better rack.

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                  - 1988 XJ Base - I don't actually drive it. It just sits in the driveway while I throw parts at it.

                  - 1990 XJ Laredo - Old and busted, but it'll get the job done!

                  - 1994 XJ Base 2-door - Where'd the other doors go?

                  - 1996 XJ Sport - It's red. What else can I say?

                  - 1997 XJ Country - My wife wanted something "pretty".

                  - 1998 XJ Limited - Cheap and leathery.

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                  • #60
                    Nice! You will be an Overlander before you know it
                    2004 Solar Yellow TJ : *Down with Transmission Leak
                    3.5" Rock Krawler Springs, Rock Krawler Adj. Control Arms, Fox 2.0 Shocks, 33x12.50R15 MTRs, TeraFlex High Steer System, TeraFlex 2WD Low Range Kit, TeraFlex Extreme Short SYE, Adam's CV Rear Driveshaft, G2 4.10 Gears, Dana 30 front with G2 Chromoly Shafts & Aussie Locker, Rubicon Dana 44 rear with G2 Chromoly Shafts & Detroit Locker, Durango 160A Alternator, Rugged Ridge Nautic 9500lb Winch with Synthetic Rope

                    1998 Flame Red XJ Limited:
                    SkyJacker 3" front lift springs, shocks, steering stabilizer, and adjustable track bar. Rubicon Express 3.5" rear leaf packs. 265/75/16 BFG A/T on TJ Moab Wheels

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                    • sjlplat
                      sjlplat commented
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                      ...except I like prerunners and rock crawlers too. I have a sneaky suspicion my rig is going to turn into a Frankenstein with a little bit of everything.

                      I've been looking at pre-runner fenders and light cages, and 4-link suspension!
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