For those interested, check out my write up on the Overhead CB Bar mount here.
Did the Fluid Film/ Wool Wax for corrosion protection- we'll have to see how that holds up against the salt.
No wheeling because life/ work. We did have some snow though (See the new avatar). Again, plowed over a 3ft snowbank to park the Jeep after a long night shift. Winter is fun sometimes, I guess, but I'd still rather be cruising along the ocean with the top down or wheeling in the slickrock. /shrug
Quick update: a couple people asked to see my ammo can set up in another thread. 2 Fat 50’s from Harbor Freight: one holding tools and the other holding a compressor. They’re secured with a ratchet strap to the seat frame/ seatbelt anchor mount. No rattling and they fit well. It’s clean and out of the way, and I have kids so the rear seat hardly ever folds down. When it does, I just have to slide the cans forward and they stay braced between the front and rear seats.
also: Sticker update for my tailgate table!
Pre-baby Quarantine is in full effect, so... I’ve got some projects coming up! Will hopefully get some pics
Well, we are on full Pre-baby quarantine per the Doctor, so I figured now was as good a time as any to knock out some Jeep work.
10k mi update/ maintenance:
Day 1: Standard maintenance
-Oil& filter change
-Full 5 tire rotation
Pretty straight forward, no real issues here. Oil filler is in kind of an awkward location. I noticed some wear on the tires, I think I’m running my tire pressure too high (see: notes)
Day 2: Preventative/ Corrective maintenance
- Remove, Strip, POR-15, and paint front bumper
I might have mentioned it before, but I did a real poor job painting my Motobilt Bumper last year. I painted it In my driveway after work one morning (so I was half asleep and also pretty sure I got brain damage from the paint fumes). It was kinda cold, and damp and in the shadow of my west facing building. I used the Gloss black rattle can stuff which was ok, but I was in a rush to get it done so I could get it installed Before vacation. We took it to the ocean ~2 months later. When we got home I noticed little rust spots forming. Things being what they were, I wasn’t able to strip and paint again. After an entire winter, it looked gross. Surface rust, chipping and flaking paint, etc. of course, I shot the inside with Fluid film so that was mostly fine, but the outside was haggard.
It took me 3 full hours of swapping between my angle grinder with a Coarse wire wheel on it and My drill with a more fine wire wheel. Once it was cleaned up, I wiped it down with 91% IPA, and foam brushed a coat of gloss black POR-15, then let it sit in the sun to dry. It’s looking pretty good, I will probably do another coat of POR15, then scuff it up and rattle can it black, as my buddy who studied Autobody and has used this stuff before told me it can break down over time with UV exposure. It will also be easier to touch up as well.
Before: Gross, Rusty, scaly
After: This is what 3 hours of wire wheel will get you
shiny, stripped and ready for paint
First coat of POR-15 (took 6+ hours to dry)
Adding another POR-15 coat in the morning, then scuffing and painting when ready, before reinstalling. Will have pictures of the finished
- I noticed some wear on the outer lugs of my KO2’s. I think my tire pressure is too high. I usually run it around 35psi according to the VIC, however after the rotation they were reading stupid high (39psi). I double checked with my manual gauge and that said 29psi, but I think that might be bad too (Wouldn’t hold pressure). I will have to do some research and double check with another tire gauge.
-Fluid film applied in November and everything seems to be holding up well, despite bi-weekly car washes since, including a monthly undercarriage wash.
-I would 100% pay for sandblasting next time I have to strip and paint something stupid rusty. Swapping between a wire wheel Grinder and drill sucks and is exhausting.
-Bettet yet, next time when I get something bare steel I think I’m going to go straight to POR-15 (Gloss black) for an undercoat and then hit it with rattle can black for the top coat for ease of touch up.
-Considering holding off doing the HD Motobilt Diff cover install until 2yr/20k mi, which will be the suggested gear oil change. I have been driving a lot but have not been wheeling at all.
-Thinking about getting some new synthetic winch cable. My cable has been active duty since 2014(ish), and while it’s looking OK, the huge hook that can’t be removed is a pain in the ass.
-I noticed my Seven Sparta winch cover seems to be fading from black to blue as it’s exposed to UV. It was ~$15 from Amazon, so it doesn’t bother me. I know it does some people though. Otherwise It works fantastic for Protecting my winch from the elements/ exposure.
-no issues thus far outside of CarPlay being a bit wonky as mentioned in other threads.
Totally forgot to post a finished picture. It looks good from 50ft but I think I may have to hit it with more rattle can to even out the coat.
Jeep is going in for the Clutch recall inspection and the UConnect/ CarPlay issues on 6/11/20. I’ll have a Wrangler for a rental thanks to the JeepWave Program. Hopefully this gets sorted out quick. When I get it back, I want to swap the soft top on. Once that’s complete, I’m probably going to revisit my window storage solution.
Also: Re: Window Storage:
Found this, which is ~$50 cheaper than this. May take a chance, dimensions are the same.
Whenever I get my Jeep back I will probably doing a DIY tub mounted Hi-Lift mount in the rear cargo area. I've planned it out, just waiting to buy the components. Also considering the wireless Bluetooth mod in this thread.
FINALLY got my Jeep back. See previous post to read up on that Saga. 3 Things:
1). My dealership was great through the entire thing. They did as much as they could despite getting nothing in the way of updates from corporate (And I verified this when I called corporate, too)
2). clutch definitely feels different, so, something was not right.
3). After driving the loaner vehicle with the 8 speed auto- I will say: I would consider an Auto trans at this point as long as it is the same auto trans. It felt very responsive and comfortable to drive. Time will tell if I'd actually buy a Jeep with that trans for myself long term; I think I'd need something a little sexier attached to it to move me, like a Diesel or Hemi, but I'd think more seriously about it if I was unable to find a Jeep that met my specs now. I guess it's a good thing that Punk'n Orange was discontinued shortly after the Diesel was released....
Parts and supplies are in.
Swapped out the regular antenna for a 7” Stubby from Amazon.
Also: got this finally. 5 minute set up. Tested it out on the ride to work, and it was flawless. Can’t wait to get this fully installed.
need to Get to work. Rausch Creek at the end of the month.
-Finish and install Jack rack
-Slap together/ fix DIY Window Storage
-Paint F/R Diff covers and locker guard
-Change fear oil
-Install F/R Diff covers and locker guard
-F/R Diff skids
-Wireless CarPlay Mod
possibly more. The race is on! Stoked to finally get out on the trail.