Post by warrpath4x4 on Mar 1, 2019 10:22:41 GMT -8
Picked this up 2 weeks ago.
I guess to start off with I did not buy this as a toy but I cant leave well enough alone. We have gotten a bit of snow here in Eastern Washington and the 2006 Jetta TDI I was driving just wasn't cutting it, getting stuck in my own driveway was a hard no, with more snow coming it had to go.
So I looked at a couple of different ads for jeeps, wasn't going to old, didn't want anything with the 3.8 engine, and the 2013+ JK's were out of the price range I was working with. I found a couple that were lifted with 33's+ but none were re-geared so they were gonna suck on my 100 mile a day commute, or it was obvious they were beat on.
so here is what I found, 2005 TJ with the 4.0L, auto transmission, 108K miles, 31" tires. It needs O2 sensors but the car lot is going to fix that on Friday. While it needs to stay daily driverish I do have a synthetic wrapped winch to put on it, I will build bumpers, sliders, storage boxes. down the road when I can re-gear it then I will put bigger tires and maybe instead of lifting it I will go high fenders to keep a low COG. Basically anything i do to it cannot hinder the daily driving aspect.
Post by warrpath4x4 on Mar 1, 2019 10:25:09 GMT -8
Took it into the dealership and had the O2 sensors changed but the CEL was still on, apparently it also needed a fuel pump. I was not very happy about that but they were paying for it so it was nothing from my pocket. Now that the pump is changed out, no more CEL.
Post by warrpath4x4 on Mar 1, 2019 10:28:22 GMT -8
This thing is just a barrel of monkeys.... or atleast that’s what the OPDA (oil pump drive assembly) sounded like the other morning. I got a Dorman unit for it, couldn’t tell if it was an updated one with the oil hole or not but I didn’t have time to order a crown one and wait for it. Since it is my daily driver I had to get it back up and running.
Took about an hour total, had to dig out the tool shed door and deal with the 15 degree temps and the wind, but it’s done and the monkeys all ran away.
I am beginning to think that whoever owned this thing did not keep up on the maintenance very well. I have ordered an A/C Delco air filter (which from the testing results ive seen is the best one for this engine), new Champion spark plugs, I need to do the front brakes and change all the fluids, basically just a good once over.
My wife has an '02 and she loves it. We put a short 2.5" lift on it with 33x12.5 tires, and it didn't really change the mileage that much. The only thing I don't like about driving it is the lack of elbow room. I'm constantly smacking myself on the door. It's a ton of fun in the mud, too.
Post by warrpath4x4 on Mar 11, 2019 15:29:19 GMT -8
I was pretty sure this thing had the 3.07 gears but when I ran the build sheet it says 3.73's
You almost hope when changing the plugs that you find a noticeable issue creating a rough idle, but they looked almost new. Put the new plugs in anyways and it seems to be idling smoother, must have been something there.
Also installed my quick release thumb screws for the top, trying to get the little lock tabs up under the rail was a P.I.T.A. this summer when the top is off I am installing nutserts.
Post by warrpath4x4 on Mar 25, 2019 20:02:21 GMT -8
So yesterday i had to drive over to Sumner for work so Saturday morning before going to my parents i changed the front brakes and calipers, front shocks, and steering stabilizer. still need to change out the rear shocks next weekend and my shock pin eliminators should be here by then.
I knew one of my calipers was hanging up but wow, i was getting 15MPG back and fourth to work on fairly flat ground. Yesterday I got 17.5 MPG coming over Snoqualmie Pass
Post by warrpath4x4 on Apr 9, 2019 11:29:05 GMT -8
Picked up a cheap winch bumper and threw it on today with a Tuff Stuff 12,500 winch with synthetic rope, finally pulled a Cree LED bar out ive had in storage for 4 years. Winch and light are not wired yet, it started raining on me and wind picking up. Maybe Wednesday or this weekend i will get them wired up and my 137 amp alternator installed.
Post by warrpath4x4 on Apr 12, 2019 15:00:38 GMT -8
well i was trying to hold out a bit longer but my tires started to fall apart. stayed with the same size 31x10.50x15 but went with some open country MT's. rides smoother and only sounds louder right as i start rolling, once driving i dont notice any real difference.
Post by warrpath4x4 on Apr 15, 2019 8:19:18 GMT -8
Yesterday I swapped out the stock alternator for a 137 amp one from a 2007 Liberty and before any says why not the 160 amp Durango unit.... I have a wrecked 2007 Liberty sitting here, I did end up having to switch the plugs but other than that it was bolt in.
Post by ClarkGriswold on Apr 30, 2019 6:52:42 GMT -8
You're off to a great start on the build. Sucks about the maintenance stuff, but at least its out of the way and good practice to start as fresh as you can when picking up an older Jeep (well, any vehicle really).
The hardest part is knowing when to stop building when it is your daily driver. That's my biggest challenge.
I was a little worried about the thickness of the bumper center section where the winch mounts so we made a winch reinforcing plate using some dimple dies. My 8yo wants to get in there and do/learn it all, just glad I can teach him more than I was taught.
Post by warrpath4x4 on Aug 8, 2019 14:58:12 GMT -8
Friday night i went to get something out of the jeep, pulled the handle and THWACK internals came loose, it happens i know, its a common issue...... but my passenger door doesn't open from the outside either lol. so i crawled through the back and have been leaving the driver window down when not driving. New door handles (for both doors) showed up last night and its not over 100 today so i plan on doing at least the driver side tonight.