Spring is in the air

With 50s and sunny, February is starting to feel like spring! But since this is Michigan, it could be winter tomorrow, so seize the day!

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Got the arrow all aired out, so I could rearrange the garage so I have room to walk and tear open the 5.9L for the jeep.

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That went pretty smooth. Until an intake manifold bolt broke off in the head. But whatever, I’ve got the technology to get that out.

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Looks like the crank has been turned before. I didn’t get to checking the bore yet.

Changed the tie rod

So I had a clunk coming from the front end that went away after I greased all the tie rod ends. Then it came back. I narrowed it down to the Pitman arm tie rod. Thanks to Orly’s, the clunk is now gone. I figured since I got 33s for the jeep, it should have properly working steering.

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The wheels are terrible. I’ll get the soft eights back on there asap. They have a better offset as well as looking better.

The rear end shuffle

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So the 5.9 that I bought must have had some replacements done at one point or another. It had an open Dana 35 in the rear, but the build sheet says locker.
The broke 5.2 had a lsd Dana 44. The results seem obvious.

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Build sheet correct. It seems to have a zj f>r done. And the v8 front springs will lift a 4.0 i6 zj about an inch. Now I need to install the towing package springs for the rear. Or f>r it. Either way.

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I had to take a short break.

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But there’s more to come.

Hitch is hot

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Broke jeep donated its hitch wiring to the black jeep. We’ll see how this 4.0 compares to the 5.9 Cummins in tow capacity. Hah! Anyways.

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The connector got blown up in the accident. Upgrade!

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All the wiring is twisted, soldered, and shrink tube sealed.

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7 and 4 pin connector. I like this style because you don’t need an adapter. I had one on the Cummins, it was nice. This one seems to be wired a little better than the Cummins, but this is an oem wiring harness. I believe the 5.9 jeep has an oem harness as well.
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