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JimBill

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This weekend tackled three annoyances with the WJ. Installed 2 row aluminum radiator for cooling improvement, trimmed front bumper for tire clearance, and reconfigured the front sway bar disconnects for hardware clearance. The radiator was a challenge as it was "almost" for a WJ, the discos were about installing as they should be and not how the directions said, and the bumper trim was an exercise in restraint to take "just enough" off.
 

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Saturday morning I spent some time on the XJ. I changed the speedometer gear so it would read correctly. I also installed the correct cables so the parking brakes on the disk conversion would work.
Sunday morning we rolled out about 7 am and put 500 miles on it beating around the back roads of SC.

 
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Took Vannery and the trailer up to a big box parking lot and did as tight a radius turns as I could do in each direction, then same backing up, intentionally jack-knifing the trailer.

I want to fab up a solid platform for two 20lb propane tanks instead of one on the trailer tongue, so needed to check that I actually have the clearance on turns and if having to back the trailer to that sharp of an angle.

It's handy to be able to back the trailer that sharply sometimes, when you're in a too tight spot to turn around with trailer in tow. Easier to jack-knife the trailer, unhook, get your vehicle turned around, hook 'er back up, and take off in the opposite direction.

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I knew how far I could go backing up--to a 90, actually--though never checked the clearance possibilities for a two tank platform on the trailer tongue. I was tickled to see it's possible and will save that much more room in trailer or van from storing the extra 20lb tank.

Can't tell from these images, though on flat ground an extended platform will actually just go over the van bumper if I have to crank the turn even more, though I'll have to watch it more closely if trailer or van is off-camber.

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I've been super glad over the years, too, that when I back up that sharply, my van clears the nose-box so nicely.


THEN...when heading back after doing all this, a guy pulls up next to me at a light and was trying to tell me something.
He yelled "You dropped something, a life jacket or something!"

I turned the corner and pulled over to see if my spare tire trash/recycling bag had come off. That was the only thing I thought it could've been. But no, it was still firmly secured. So I circled back around and finally saw I'd completely forgotten about the rifle case I use to store two pair of traction boards. It had been on my trailer rack in front of the rooftop tent all winter and spring, though not secured, and bounced/slid off. It'd been so long since I hauled the trailer anywhere I forgot about it.

It was none the worse for wear, though, after skidding down the blacktop. I grabbed it and was on my way.

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Took the XJ and the kids and met up with a buddy (Pro4X Frontier) in the Ouachita National Forest after his return from a deployment and spent 4 days/nights tooling around and camping in different spots every night.









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Little Missouri Falls

 

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Took the XJ and the kids and met up with a buddy (Pro4X Frontier) in the Ouachita National Forest after his return from a deployment and spent 4 days/nights tooling around and camping in different spots every night.









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Little Missouri Falls

Wow at least you got out there. Only thing I did was wash the rig in my driveway (again).
 
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I decided that instead of doing the monstaliner to my camper shell, I would hold off just a little bit longer. I thought it would be better if my solar panel mounting brackets were the same color. So today was the day I decided I would figure out how to mount my panels. When I got to the hardware store they had slotted angle iron that looked perfect. Like a cross between angle iron and plumbers tape. Cut to fit. Angled off the sharp corner. As a bonus it is going to be super easy to build a hilift mount from it.
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Added a solar panel to my kit, so needed a way to transport it. I did not want to hard mount it to my teardrop because I don’t always take it.
 

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How’s it holding up? I’ve had them mounted on the cap on my old truck, then took them off to get the cap bed lined and then remounted them on the cap and put it onto my new truck. So all in all have been on there for about a year, no issues.
Finally got my tough guard bug and window deflectors.
How did you attach the Rotopax to your camper shell window?
I built bracket mounts and bolted them through using riv-nuts.
 

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Cleaned up my rear diff cover. It was dirty with road grime. Anyone know how to get the shine back? I used a degreaser and just some car soap and water.

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Cleaned up my rear diff cover. It was dirty with road grime. Anyone know how to get the shine back? I used a degreaser and just some car soap and water.

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The Aluminum has oxidized, so the dullness won't be going anywhere. You could bead blast it and that'd take the surface passivization off, but it'd just look like that again in a few years, depending on where it gets driven at. Personally I'd just leave it...
 
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The Aluminum has oxidized, so the dullness won't be going anywhere. You could bead blast it and that'd take the surface passivization off, but it'd just look like that again in a few years, depending on where it gets driven at. Personally I'd just leave it...
Ah oxidation, ok you're right. It's very hard to clean. Definitely leaving it then. Thank you!
 

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Ah oxidation, ok you're right. It's very hard to clean. Definitely leaving it then. Thank you!
There are ways to get that sheen with AL and to keep it, but it generally involves clearish anodize, and it still ends up being a bit of a different color than bare polished/machined AL. Relatedly, how does the AL cover hold up on the trucks? When we replace the G80 in our truck with something less awful, I was going to swap the cover out as well, but most ones for the trucks seem to be aluminum.
 

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There are ways to get that sheen with AL and to keep it, but it generally involves clearish anodize, and it still ends up being a bit of a different color than bare polished/machined AL. Relatedly, how does the AL cover hold up on the trucks? When we replace the G80 in our truck with something less awful, I was going to swap the cover out as well, but most ones for the trucks seem to be aluminum.
Yeah I was kinda hoping to get the sheen back, but didn't know oxidation would play a part. I'm ok with it getting dingy over time. I keep telling myself, it's an 02, no worries. I believe it's holding up well. I replaced it because it developed a pin hole and fluid was almost near gone by the time I noticed. Apparently it's a know issue and GM has since developed a kit to address the pin hole issue. While it was in the shop I had them replace the really bad looking original cover with this one. This B&M cover is bigger which I guess allows more cooling, etc.
 
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Yeah I was kinda hoping to get the sheen back, but didn't know oxidation would play a part. I'm ok with it getting dingy over time. I keep telling myself, it's an 02, no worries. I believe it's holding up well. I replaced it because it developed a pin hole and fluid was almost near gone by the time I noticed. Apparently it's a know issue and GM has since developed a kit to address the pin hole issue. While it was in the shop I had them replace the really bad looking original cover with this one. This B&M cover is bigger which I guess allows more cooling, etc.
Huh, was the pinhole in the diff cover itself?