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    Default Added a WJ to the fleet!

    Yes, I know I posted some of this elsewhere....but I figured the GC section needed something.

    I was in need of a daily driver, something that could haul my tools and equipment for work, but was nice enough the wife and I could run to dinner in it. Nice XJ's were hard to find and , so I started looking at WJ's. Sold a GMC conversion van we no longer needed, and came home with a WJ one Thursday night.









    Since this will be a DD vehicle, going through all the quirks is first on the list.
    2003 WJ Daily Adventuremobile
    1985 MF 250 Tractor (Fixed!!!)
    1999 XJ (in pieces in the driveway)
    1991 Explorer (Cracked Heads)(Stock, for now )
    1989 F150 (In progress-Blown freeze plugs)
    2003 Explorer 1.5" body lift, F150 towhooks, rare OEM skidplates, 265/70-16 Cooper Discoverer AT3's
    1979 K20, (in pieces in the yard) 350, NP465, NP205, Custom Rust Patches
    1970 C30 (tires tore open by bushhog)

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    Default Re: Added a WJ to the fleet!

    Okay, first things first.

    Today, 06/26/2016, front and rear brakes, parking brakes adjusted. Changed oil with my "flush the engine" version....cheap Walmart oil and a Fram TG filter. I'll change it again in a month, and move to an extended life conventional oil, or a blend. Full synthetic just finds all your oil seals.

    Tires are good for another month, then rotate.

    Getting a new windshield installed 06/27.

    Need to solve the need for a washer reservoir bottle, low coolant sensor, ambient air temp sensor, and blend door repair.

    Replace headlights, lousy polishing job by PO looks stupid.
    Last edited by Dredwolf; 06-26-2016 at 09:41 PM.
    2003 WJ Daily Adventuremobile
    1985 MF 250 Tractor (Fixed!!!)
    1999 XJ (in pieces in the driveway)
    1991 Explorer (Cracked Heads)(Stock, for now )
    1989 F150 (In progress-Blown freeze plugs)
    2003 Explorer 1.5" body lift, F150 towhooks, rare OEM skidplates, 265/70-16 Cooper Discoverer AT3's
    1979 K20, (in pieces in the yard) 350, NP465, NP205, Custom Rust Patches
    1970 C30 (tires tore open by bushhog)

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    Default Re: Added a WJ to the fleet!

    Looks clean John...Was thinking about finding a decent shape WJ once I get back down to SC.. Was actually looking for one, when I had to give up my 98 XJ due to divorce... but was unable to find one that wasn't either trashed, a 4.0, or apparently made out of solid gold.... But yeah, wouldn't mind finding one and do a decent small lift... wouldn't be looking to go over 33's, or do any hardcore wheeling or anything with the WJ.. What plans you got for it once you take care of the quirks??
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    Default Re: Added a WJ to the fleet!

    Quote Originally Posted by bluedragon436 View Post
    Looks clean John...Was thinking about finding a decent shape WJ once I get back down to SC.. Was actually looking for one, when I had to give up my 98 XJ due to divorce... but was unable to find one that wasn't either trashed, a 4.0, or apparently made out of solid gold.... But yeah, wouldn't mind finding one and do a decent small lift... wouldn't be looking to go over 33's, or do any hardcore wheeling or anything with the WJ.. What plans you got for it once you take care of the quirks??
    The wife and I want to make another trip out west, but unless we win the lottery, we are not towing my XJ out there, and her Explorer is nudging 215K miles. We need another vehicle to make another trip.

    By this WJ being "what Dad needs to pay the bills", I might get more cooperation in being left alone to work on it, but any improvements have to possible to complete between Friday and Monday, and not kill my ability to use it as a daily driver.

    So a mild lift, some underbody armor, recovery points, trans cooling, subtle auxiliary lighting, and tires 1-2 sizes over stock, and I think we'll be done.

    Moog makes the front and rear coils that match the Overland package suspension with the v-8, figure those will gain me 1-1.5 of lift. Stock tires are 225/75-16's, I'll see what 245s will look like. Transfer case skids have several options, not so much for the fuel tank. We'll see how it goes.
    2003 WJ Daily Adventuremobile
    1985 MF 250 Tractor (Fixed!!!)
    1999 XJ (in pieces in the driveway)
    1991 Explorer (Cracked Heads)(Stock, for now )
    1989 F150 (In progress-Blown freeze plugs)
    2003 Explorer 1.5" body lift, F150 towhooks, rare OEM skidplates, 265/70-16 Cooper Discoverer AT3's
    1979 K20, (in pieces in the yard) 350, NP465, NP205, Custom Rust Patches
    1970 C30 (tires tore open by bushhog)

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    Default Re: Added a WJ to the fleet!

    For today: 06/27

    Got windshield replaced by small local company, on purpose.

    Only had one key, avoided local Jeep dealer with poor rep and went to local locksmith to have copy of transponder key made...will have same locksmith encode 1st replacement key fob, will try to Amazon the 2nd and program myself.

    Picked up some replacement plastic nuts for the new license plate, and a new oil fill cap, and introduced myself to the weird taillight bulb system on these WJ's changing bulbs.

    Got two that the sockets have gotten too hot, so they'll be replaced.

    Threw the A/C gauges on the WJ, and added about 8-10oz of the "Artic Freeze" R-134a. I know a lot of people consider the "Artic Freeze" stuff a gimmick, but its worked well for me in 4 different vehicles that "regular" 134 would not last the summer, saving me having to tear down and replace O-rings.
    2003 WJ Daily Adventuremobile
    1985 MF 250 Tractor (Fixed!!!)
    1999 XJ (in pieces in the driveway)
    1991 Explorer (Cracked Heads)(Stock, for now )
    1989 F150 (In progress-Blown freeze plugs)
    2003 Explorer 1.5" body lift, F150 towhooks, rare OEM skidplates, 265/70-16 Cooper Discoverer AT3's
    1979 K20, (in pieces in the yard) 350, NP465, NP205, Custom Rust Patches
    1970 C30 (tires tore open by bushhog)

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    Default Re: Added a WJ to the fleet!

    As I posted elsewhere, I replaced the busted header panel, and straightened the metal work under the driver side front fender.

    Tracked down the fasteners and got the driver side cladding secured too. Scored a factory receiver hitch during my last junk yard run, going to try and get that installed soon, already got the replacement plastic rivets to re-install the rear bumper cover.

    The fuel tank "brushguard" has some considerable rust under flaking paint, I'll see how bad when I check things out to install the hitch. I was already planning on removing the brush guard and beefing it up, since the factory actual skid plate is over 400, so it may be repair/reinforce.

    Closer to having the cash ready for the lift, giving serious thought to the OME coils.
    2003 WJ Daily Adventuremobile
    1985 MF 250 Tractor (Fixed!!!)
    1999 XJ (in pieces in the driveway)
    1991 Explorer (Cracked Heads)(Stock, for now )
    1989 F150 (In progress-Blown freeze plugs)
    2003 Explorer 1.5" body lift, F150 towhooks, rare OEM skidplates, 265/70-16 Cooper Discoverer AT3's
    1979 K20, (in pieces in the yard) 350, NP465, NP205, Custom Rust Patches
    1970 C30 (tires tore open by bushhog)

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    Default Re: Added a WJ to the fleet!

    Yeah, I think those need a little height
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    Default Re: Added a WJ to the fleet!

    Quote Originally Posted by 4.3LXJ View Post
    Yeah, I think those need a little height
    From the research, OME coils are the premium pick, with Bilstein 5100 shocks, a good adjustable track bar, extended rear sway bar links, and try to keep it under 3" of lift.

    Like always, want it to do well on the trails, and very good on the highway.
    2003 WJ Daily Adventuremobile
    1985 MF 250 Tractor (Fixed!!!)
    1999 XJ (in pieces in the driveway)
    1991 Explorer (Cracked Heads)(Stock, for now )
    1989 F150 (In progress-Blown freeze plugs)
    2003 Explorer 1.5" body lift, F150 towhooks, rare OEM skidplates, 265/70-16 Cooper Discoverer AT3's
    1979 K20, (in pieces in the yard) 350, NP465, NP205, Custom Rust Patches
    1970 C30 (tires tore open by bushhog)

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    Default Re: Added a WJ to the fleet!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dredwolf View Post
    From the research, OME coils are the premium pick, with Bilstein 5100 shocks, a good adjustable track bar, extended rear sway bar links, and try to keep it under 3" of lift.

    Like always, want it to do well on the trails, and very good on the highway.
    The DubJay's look pretty good even with only 3" of lift and some nice aggressive looking tires... Wish I had been able to find one to build up when I was looking for a new Jeep after loosing the 98 XJ..
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    DOING SOMETHING JUST BECAUSE YOUR BUDDY DOES IT THAT WAY MAKES AS MUCH SENSE AS SHARING TOOTHBRUSHES

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    Default Re: Added a WJ to the fleet!

    I have been happy with what I got for the spent. The WJ is close to the '03 Explorer in room inside for passenger and driver, surprisingly capable off-road with all-season tires, and the 4.0 in this WJ is surprisingly responsive, even on the interstate.

    So many of the v-8 WJ's had lots of engine noise, or severe leaks, or oil dipsticks that looked like they had been dipped in fudge and baked. I know this WJ has the questionable 35 rear axle, but the solutions can be expensive.

    I have a rig to spend on, this one needs to work M-F, and not make me empty every pocket.
    2003 WJ Daily Adventuremobile
    1985 MF 250 Tractor (Fixed!!!)
    1999 XJ (in pieces in the driveway)
    1991 Explorer (Cracked Heads)(Stock, for now )
    1989 F150 (In progress-Blown freeze plugs)
    2003 Explorer 1.5" body lift, F150 towhooks, rare OEM skidplates, 265/70-16 Cooper Discoverer AT3's
    1979 K20, (in pieces in the yard) 350, NP465, NP205, Custom Rust Patches
    1970 C30 (tires tore open by bushhog)

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    Default Re: Added a WJ to the fleet!

    One thing I have picked up on the V8 engines is that they require really good maintenance. They have close tolerances in them and if they get hot or crappy oil they go south quickly
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    Default Re: Added a WJ to the fleet!

    Quote Originally Posted by 4.3LXJ View Post
    One thing I have picked up on the V8 engines is that they require really good maintenance. They have close tolerances in them and if they get hot or crappy oil they go south quickly
    Noticed that as well, and so many of these WJ's got second lives as SUV's for the teenagers, the engines got ruined...

    "I never look at those dash things, I don't know what any of that means..."

    Overheard being said by a college-age male-gendered being....

    Wife has already said that if we can find a solid, clean Limited or Overland, we should get it for her when the '03 Explorer finally runs down.
    2003 WJ Daily Adventuremobile
    1985 MF 250 Tractor (Fixed!!!)
    1999 XJ (in pieces in the driveway)
    1991 Explorer (Cracked Heads)(Stock, for now )
    1989 F150 (In progress-Blown freeze plugs)
    2003 Explorer 1.5" body lift, F150 towhooks, rare OEM skidplates, 265/70-16 Cooper Discoverer AT3's
    1979 K20, (in pieces in the yard) 350, NP465, NP205, Custom Rust Patches
    1970 C30 (tires tore open by bushhog)

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    Default Re: Added a WJ to the fleet!

    I will be looking for one for the wife too
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    Default Re: Added a WJ to the fleet!

    Quote Originally Posted by 4.3LXJ View Post
    I will be looking for one for the wife too
    http://www.wjjeeps.com/

    Solid resource with a lot of data, down to the panel clips needed to attach the door panels to the doors.
    2003 WJ Daily Adventuremobile
    1985 MF 250 Tractor (Fixed!!!)
    1999 XJ (in pieces in the driveway)
    1991 Explorer (Cracked Heads)(Stock, for now )
    1989 F150 (In progress-Blown freeze plugs)
    2003 Explorer 1.5" body lift, F150 towhooks, rare OEM skidplates, 265/70-16 Cooper Discoverer AT3's
    1979 K20, (in pieces in the yard) 350, NP465, NP205, Custom Rust Patches
    1970 C30 (tires tore open by bushhog)

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    Default Re: Added a WJ to the fleet!

    Thanks for the info.
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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