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 Lou's 1990 XJ Build 
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Well, it's finally rolling. Floor is plated, carpet is in, seats are bolted down. Still have to reassemble the console. But I'm driving it.

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Still have some minor stuff to work out but it feels good on the road.


July 27th, 2014, 4:40 pm
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I would be proud to own that jeep. Good job buddy. Looks great.

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July 27th, 2014, 4:56 pm
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Looks really nice. Great work.

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July 27th, 2014, 9:45 pm
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Atta boy! Looks great!

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July 28th, 2014, 7:16 am
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Looks great, it has an awesome stance to it. Those don't even look like full widths, they look "right" on the truck.

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July 28th, 2014, 7:25 am
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that thing looks bitchin

needs a blower stickin threw the hood now i think

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July 28th, 2014, 9:24 am
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Thanks for all the kind words fellas. Means a lot. Haven't touched it since Sunday, been out of town for training all week. Going to spend tomorrow finishing up the small stuff.


August 2nd, 2014, 9:51 pm
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Well, time for an update. Had a major setback on Monday. Drove to San Jose and on the way back, I started getting a nasty gear whine while under throttle. Turns out the USA Standard gear set decided to chew itself up inside of 200 miles. I did an easy break in too. My buddy Kevin who did my gears said he's never seen a gearset do this to itself. It had no heat related markings, just looked like they weren't hardened. So Monday afternoon this is what I had again.

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Ordered a new Richmond Gear ring and pinion from Summit, had it the next day. Kevin did my gears yesterday and I picked up the third member this afternoon. Had it rolling by 7:30. Now out for another easy break in cruise down the El Camino. Poser shot:

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Parked now, letting everything cool off real good. Hoping the gearset lasts!


August 6th, 2014, 7:59 pm
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I had a "cheap" gearset do that to me. Isnt the ford 9" awesome with the easy gear changes! Its one of the very few things ford nailed it on!

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August 6th, 2014, 8:13 pm
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Thats a bummer! Nothing worse than replacing brand new parts that you've mentally told yourself you want touch again for a loooong time. At least you got it fixed quickly.

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August 7th, 2014, 7:57 am
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are you having kevin(1tontractor) with the bad ass scout do your gears? not that it matters but just curious. i had a set of gears do that to me before in a brand new JK rear. not sure why but it seems to happen sometimes

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August 7th, 2014, 9:52 am
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Jeez, just realized I haven't updated this thread in while. After getting the new gears broken in I drove the Heep up to Hermit Valley campground for NAXJA's annual SierraFest. Wheeled Deer Valley in the morning then did Slick Rock at night. I was climbing the stair steps when all of a sudden there was a slight pop from the front end. Turns out I snapped the driver side stub shaft. Winched myself up the last part of the steps and limped it back to camp. I ended up parking it the rest of the weekend and hitched a ride on Saturday, just relaxing and having a good time. Limped it home and didn't touch the Heep for over a month. After working on it for so many hours I ran out of give a shit and just let it sit. Finally ordered up some CTM joints and chromo outers a few weeks ago and put them in. This is what came out of the driver side:

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Worse part is I was taking it easy and wasn't even bound up when it let go. Anyways, the Jeep is rolling again and ready to wheel!


October 8th, 2014, 6:38 pm
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Thats a solid break. Sounds like a good upgrade and good to hear its ready to roll.

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October 8th, 2014, 8:06 pm
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I broke stub shaft once the same exact way. Hopefully with the chro-mo's you won't have any more issues. Glad to hear its back together and ready to go!

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October 9th, 2014, 6:50 am
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Well, it's been a while since I've updated this thread. No real news, just driving the Jeep around town lately, haven't been wheeling since August. I developed a bit of death wobble a while ago, spent some time trying to diagnose it. All I could find was the passenger side wheel bearings were a little loose. I retightned them and threw on my old steering stabilizer for good measure. It still feels a little weird, but all the steering components and track bar heims are in good shape.

And that concludes a no-update update!


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