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    Default Project Old Yeller

    I would like to introduce "Old Yeller" AKA "Helga Hufflepuff" as my wife calls it. We went out to dinner Saturday night and met up with my good friend and his wife and daughter, and made it official! He also included a color coded 3 ring binder with everything in it, the stock stereo and speakers, and a box full of spare sensors, gears, diff covers etc.....

    So here she is, along with the details on it, (as much as I know so far anyways...)

    2001 Jeep Xj in Solar Yellow
    Hasnt seen a winter in 9 years
    One owner
    152K miles
    5.5" Rustys lift
    SYE
    Tom woods driveshafts front and rear (With a spare TW driveshaft)
    Front and rear armored bumpers
    HD steering with spare steering parts
    Quick disconnects
    Gas tank/trans/t-case skid plates
    Rock sliders
    All new AC system and heater core, water pump etc...
    CB with magnetic roof antenna
    New door hinges
    Front and rear extended bumpstops


    Stereo:
    6.5" Infinity Kappa Perfect component speakers all around
    Alpine stereo with Imprint module (uses laptop and an external mic to tune the sound)
    Alpine PDX-V9 5-channel amplifier (100x4, and 500x1) with auxilary fan
    JL 10W6 10" subwoofer in a stealthbox


    The first order of business will be new tires this week, and possibly new black wheels. The tires on it are coming up on 10 years old, and its got a decent wobble at 50. I rotated the tires yesterday, and it went away, so im confident that its a bad tire, and it has a pretty decent tire pull as well. Im just debating on keeping the current wheels, or going with black... Either way, im super excited about this thing, and being able to use it as a wheeler, and also as a driver once in a while. Its a relief to not have any engine knock (normal or not), and to know how well its been taken care of since day 1.

    Anyways, on to the pictures






































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    OK, I am properly blinded now. Donning the welding hood so I can look at it. What is up with that dull avatar now. I have to take the hood off to see it. AAUUGH, now I am blinded again
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
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    Default Re: Project Old Yeller

    Well ive driven it to work the last 2 days, and everything is going well (other than the tires). I also noticed that its got a misfire when its warm, after i drive it for a while, then shut it off and start it again. I believe this is due to the heat soak(?) issue, and i will be looking into heat wrapping the injector rails to hopefully resolve it.

    Im also still debating tires. I was looking at the Toyo Open Country M/Ts last night, and those are looking pretty decent.

    I also got prime jeep parking at the kiddos soccer game last night. I cant wait to see how well this thing drives with new shoes on it!



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    Those look like decent KM2s. How come you want new shoes?
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
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    30 gal gas tank
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4.3LXJ View Post
    Those look like decent KM2s. How come you want new shoes?
    These ones have lots of tread, but they are 10 years old, and weather checked pretty bad. Also, one had a mean wobble to it, I had to throw it on the rear for now, and now i have a nasty tire pull..... This one is going to be a driver (except in winter), so i need some good shoes on it for hauling the wife and little man around.

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    Gotcha. Been looking at the Toyos myself. Getting hard to find good load range C tires now that are very tall
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    Default Re: Project Old Yeller

    Well i got some new shoes mounted up yesterday. 33x12.5x15 Cooper STT Pros, and man they are nice! The road noise is minimal, and the ride is fantastic! I had a local company come out to my house and install them while the little man and I observed. Im excited to see how these do on a 3 hour road trip followed with trail rides at the end of the month










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    Looks good. I wish they had those in larger sizes
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    30 gal gas tank
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    Default Re: Project Old Yeller

    looks good!

    you gonna stiffen the "frame"?
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    Default Re: Project Old Yeller

    Quote Originally Posted by denverd1 View Post
    looks good!

    you gonna stiffen the "frame"?
    Im not sure on that yet. Id like to get to that eventually. I also need to work on getting those bolt on rock sliders off and welding in some 2x6....

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    Default Re: Project Old Yeller

    factory yellow!!!!!




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    Default Re: Project Old Yeller

    I had my first issue the other day. On my way to work i noticed a burning oil smell, and saw a small puff of smoke from the corner of the hood. I inspected it when I got home, and there was oil all over, so i cleaned it up, and took it for literally a 3 minute drive, and then I got under it and saw this... Looks like the oil pan gasket needs replacement. I tightened up the bolt (less than 1/4 turn) and it slowed it dramatically, so at least I can drive it now without the leaking/burning oil off the exhaust.

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    Default Re: Project Old Yeller

    Love that badge
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    Default Re: Project Old Yeller

    Well tightening up the bolts obviously didnt help, since the leak is worse now...... I guess i know what im doing this weekend. Ugh.




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    Default Re: Project Old Yeller

    Well, those things happen. It is after all a few years old. I will put my leak up against yours and see which is worse.
    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
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