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Mike's Cherokee Build - The Green PoS
02-09-2016, 07:57 PM
Post: #31
RE: Mike's Cherokee Build - The Green PoS
(02-09-2016 05:57 PM)AlvarezMetalWorks Wrote:  
(02-07-2016 09:27 AM)Miller88 Wrote:  Well I think it can be called the mountain goat. I think with the skinny tires and front locker and the front biased weight distribution in the Cherokee, it's dialed in pretty well.

Really impressed with how it performed. The bypass on the Tacoma trail would not have happened if I didn't have the front locker. Even the Millertime trail would have been a struggle.

I was wondering how it did. I was pretty sure you were going to see a major improvement lol.

I was not expecting that much , though.

(02-09-2016 07:46 PM)Dmiller Wrote:  Which ones the millertime trail?

They cut that over the summer. It runs along the back end of the property.

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02-14-2016, 09:15 PM
Post: #32
RE: Mike's Cherokee Build - The Green PoS
Decided to drive it last night to see how it did in the snow.

Two of my mud tires won't hold air, so I'm riding on a brand new but 16 year old HT tread tire from 2000 (32'' tall) and 3 mud tires with no sipes.

It won't move in 2WD, I can't turn in 4WD. Tried making a left turn in 4wd and it understeered until the right tire caught some pavement then it spun itself around.

Also the locker makes funny ratcheting noises when I lock up the left front (apparently there is only one functional brake on the whole vehicle). Then it makes banging noises when the locker locks the right front up and the right front catches dry pavement.

Oi!

Still need to fix the one valve stem and the other tire's bead for next week.

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02-14-2016, 10:37 PM
Post: #33
RE: Mike's Cherokee Build - The Green PoS
Gotta love mechanical lockers.

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02-14-2016, 10:44 PM
Post: #34
RE: Mike's Cherokee Build - The Green PoS
There is a lot of if going on here here. Tongue

If I had more than one working brake
If I had tires that were good in the snow

haha. Oh well. I have a car with snow tires and that does just as great as this does poorly.

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02-15-2016, 08:21 PM
Post: #35
RE: Mike's Cherokee Build - The Green PoS
haha welcome to auto lockers.

Just ignore the clicks and bangs..
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03-03-2016, 12:29 PM
Post: #36
RE: Mike's Cherokee Build - The Green PoS
Did some research on the issues I'm having with the drum brakes. Apparently a lot of the cheaper hardware kits have the WRONG adjuster wheel and cable ... they include the parts for the 10'' brakes.

So I will be buying the right one from Napa.

Also ordered the rear weld-in frame. Should cover up the hole nicely.

But before I do that I need to order a fuel pump and gas tank straps.

I'd like to get some of the 4 port composite Ford injectors for it. The heat soak on this with the metal injectors is asinine. Getting tired of always having a P0303 code.

And finished it off by buying a new rear main seal. It doesn't leak, but since I have to take the oil pan off to replace the gasket (which is really leaking), I might as well replace the rear main seal.

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03-14-2016, 12:21 PM
Post: #37
RE: Mike's Cherokee Build - The Green PoS
Well, in the typical Miller fashion ... something simple turned into a real cluster.

Decided I would change the rear diff fluid. But, instead of just pumping it out and back in through the fill hole, I would remove the cover and spray down the inside of the diff with brake cleaner.

That logic was sound. Got a lot of crap out.

However, my Jeep is now sitting in the parking lot with a dry differential.

To start, someone at the Chrysler factory jiffy-lube'd® the living daylights out of the bolts. Snapped the head off of one trying to break it free, and another had the threads pulled and the only thing holding it in was the ridiculous amount of orange RTV.

Retapped one and drilled out the broken bolt on the other and got everything back together.

When I got home, the diff cover was covered in gear oil and there was none left inside.

Since there wasn't any actual RTV at Autozone, I bought Permatex #2. Which ... doesn't cure, ever. So once the diff got heated up, it all ran out of the diff.

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03-14-2016, 10:20 PM
Post: #38
RE: Mike's Cherokee Build - The Green PoS
That's strange that you couldn't find any actual RTV at the auto parts store...

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03-14-2016, 10:21 PM
Post: #39
RE: Mike's Cherokee Build - The Green PoS
I'm pretty sure the Ace hardware in the plaza across the street from me has it.

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03-14-2016, 10:22 PM
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RE: Mike's Cherokee Build - The Green PoS
The Autozone on Taft had it. Walked right in and picked up the ultra black RTV

The must have been sold out on Erie.

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