Noob Needing Advice so He Can Play

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Noob Needing Advice so He Can Play

Postby paul0731 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:46 pm

So, I finally made it to a meeting, but had to run off sooner than I'd like. I'd like to go on a run with you guys but my poser jeep isn't up to it atm and I really don't have a clue what I'm doing anyway (off road driving).

I have an 02 tj, with a dana 44, 3.73 gears, 33 in duratracs, and a 2 in bb, and a 32rh. I went to 33's a little earlier than i wanted do to a blowout.

Stuff that's wrong or want to fix no matter what.
Rear main seal
4 low can't engage due to crappy shifter linkage that i've been unable to fix. (Have novak cable shifter to install)
Not enough room for any atriculation and 33's
Tranny runs hot on any long trip. Want to add another cooler and a deep pan.
Crank case ventilation appears to need to be replaced (stupid plastic appears to leak)
Small coolant leak I haven't been able to find.

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Dana 44
centric rotors with black magic pads
Just paid it off.

So, my short term plan to get ready for a noob friendly event and to learn what the heck I'm doing.
Install novak shifter cable
Install new shocks, replace bb with some 2 in lift bds springs I have.
Buy and install some quick disco's
Buy and install 1 in body lift and mm lift.
Proper bump stops
cb and antenna.
bumper with tire carrier

Long term plan if I like off roading on more than fire roads:
Savvy lift or screw it and sawzall my finders
Rear selectable locker, front aussie.
winch and other recovery gear
regear to 4.10's

So, I suppose I have 2 questions:
1) Anyone have a spare seat available for the buzzard canyon trip? I can/will help buy gas, food, etc...
2) Am I missing anything in my short term plan or anything I should change?

I'd wheel it as is, but my fenders would be toast. Might be an excuse to get some metal cloaks though. Also, I'd rather just ask and learn from other peoples mistakes.

Thanks ahead of time.

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Re: Noob Needing Advice so He Can Play

Postby Bugeater » Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:18 pm

Paul,

Nice to meet you at the meeting, welcome. Looks like you have a good plan. Here is an idea on how to do highline fenders on the cheap. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFAeK8kCjow

Not the best how to I have seen, but it will get you the basic idea. Do some searching on Pirate or other Jeep forums and you will find some write ups with more info.
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Re: Noob Needing Advice so He Can Play

Postby jjstasen » Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:18 am

don't worry about your "problem" list, its ready to go wheelin' now.

remember its a Jeep
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Re: Noob Needing Advice so He Can Play

Postby fatty » Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:06 pm

Thats a lot of things to fix. Get after it. I may have an empty seat but won't know for sure until the weekend before (I am also king of the bypasses). Will keep you posted on that. I suggest looking at some fenders on the front and simply cut the rear since the fender flares will cover it up and stay with 2" lift and 1" body lift. Not sure you will need a MM lift with this little lift. As far as the tranny, I think you can add an external tranny cooler and will be fine. Better check with some automatic jeepers though to be sure.
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Re: Noob Needing Advice so He Can Play

Postby soonermatt » Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:02 pm

I'm not sure if my wife is riding along or not. If not you can ride with me.
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Re: Noob Needing Advice so He Can Play

Postby paul0731 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:28 pm

Anyone know how to get the stupid ccv elbows out? I've tried prying, pliers, they just keep breaking as they are so brittle.
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Re: Noob Needing Advice so He Can Play

Postby soonermatt » Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:42 pm

PCV elbow on valve cover? I just break it off and replace. It's $2 at the parts store. It's normally too brittle to save.
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Re: Noob Needing Advice so He Can Play

Postby paul0731 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:29 pm

I'm trying to replace them. I can't get them out. I guess I'll pull the valve cover tomorrow.
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Re: Noob Needing Advice so He Can Play

Postby paul0731 » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:45 am

Threw on a new valve cover as I could never get the oem one to seal again. I can't tell if I still have a small leak at the rear or if its residual oil. I don't think I'd recommend the crown aluminum cover because it has a lame press fit oil cap.
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Re: Noob Needing Advice so He Can Play

Postby dilleywhopper » Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:13 pm

Thanks for the feedback on parts.
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