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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:51 am 
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Looking good! I seen you at least 35 times driving around koh lol!! I think you guys camp near us somewhere


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:08 am 
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POR wrote:
Looking good! I seen you at least 35 times driving around koh lol!! I think you guys camp near us somewhere


Oh really!? I didn't know that! I think I saw one rig in a group near us, looked like it was familiar to the PNW. Next year we need to party with more of our neighbors!

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:54 am 
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POR wrote:
Looking good! I seen you at least 35 times driving around koh lol!! I think you guys camp near us somewhere


Oh really!? I didn't know that! I think I saw one rig in a group near us, looked like it was familiar to the PNW. Next year we need to party with more of our neighbors!


Yes we do!! :cheers:


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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2019 2:23 pm 
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Took the Jeep to the dunes for a relaxing trip to test a few things. Hit 82mph in 4hi on the flats and rollers. Drag raced a few other rigs and the Jeep is still scary fast. I think it has more in it so we'll see when I do for tuning in the future.

Trans temp was showing a steady creep up to 220-230 and has had me scratching my head. I moved the cooler to the driver's side fenderwell area up front and same issue. I had the sensor screwed into the pressure test port on the side of the 4l80e and realized the sensor is reading the case temperature not the fluid temp. Moving the sensor to the input on the cooler and may add one to the output later to monitor how well the cooler is working.

Winters Shifter never quite worked right. The ball joint on the arm didn't clear the pan and the gates didn't line up no matter how I adjusted it and confirmed with the instructions that I had done it correctly. I boiled it down to poor engineering of the angles and placement of the arm. In park, the arm points almost straight down, at about 7 o clock. When in 1st, it's pulled to the 3 o clock position. This is awful for shifting gears individually so I cut and clocked the shift arm. It runs through all the gates properly now and also clears the pan like it's supposed to.

Exhaust is heating up the passenger side floorboard and the 4l80e case. I'm going to try making a shield that bolts to the body or transmission but I have a feeling I'll need to fully ceramic coat the exhaust to bring the temps down. From research I've done this is about a 30% reduction in heat if I do the whole system and about $500. Ouch!

New 2.25 turn lock to lock steering is pretty awesome but I roached the PSC 1200x TC Pump for sure with the 5.5" pulley and 6000rpm passes. Have a CB pump on order and will be using a 6.5" or 7" pulley now. Steering feels good, just need to get a little bit more slack out of it. I think it's in the box and it's really hard to find boxes that aren't worn out! Might have to design something to take the place of the box and act more precise and feel similar to a rack and pinion. I used a Parts Mike beefy pitman arm and a bling bling EMF captured rod end for the high misalignment. High quality shit!

Still rocking the bluetooth gauges and they work well enough to keep using them for a while. Eventually want PRP seats, Switch Pros, and a TerminatorX with 7" dash. Currently looking at making the new rear frame on the bench and hopefully getting it on the June before the next trip in August-Sept.

Short video of a near full throttle drive by. Wish I had the 82mph runs but the girlfriend was too busy fearing for my life instead of filming :laughing:



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The lady also drove finally and even hit 40 mph which is fast for her :laughing:

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:52 am 
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Life has changed for me a bit and the Jeep is up for sale. :( Just don't spend the time on it that I used to.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:10 am 
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We had a great time out at the tiny Sandlake dunes in Oregon. Not too crowded, plenty of space for people. No lifeflight out of there this time so that's nice too. All in all a very good trip with no troubles out of the Jeep. I think the trans temp sensor is heat soaked from the headers and will need to be moved again. I'd also like to angle out the trans cooler and reverse the flow for air from the fan. It's pulling out the engine bay now but when I'm driving it will be the opposite. I plan to move the sensor to the front of the pan like I used to have it on the AW4 and 4L60E. If I end up working on the Jeep this winter I'd like to have the exhaust ceramic coated like I've mentioned and add v band clamps to replace the 3 bolt flanges on the headers. Wish I did that when I made the exhaust! I'll also likely notch the crossmember a bit for the exhaust to give it a bit more room and run it all the way out the back with the new frame if/when I get to that.

This was just the trip I needed to feel good about putting the Jeep in storage while the LS996 project starts. I am even more torn at selling it but some things need to change in life at the moment. Perhaps after I sell my boat and Raptor I'll feel differently, especially since this Jeep now drives better than it ever has.

Enough babbling, here's some great pics from this weekend. I have a few videos I'm editing and will upload.

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skidded to a stop, much fun
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Camp sites are always amazing. I love the open sand and fire pits with enough open sky to enjoy the weather. 70 degrees all weekend!

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The sky out there is always the best we've come across at any dune we've been to. Simply beautiful.

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Dedicated mallcrawler :f2:

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