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  1. Eagle

    Issue with the hazards

    Other than using separate, amber-colored turns and hazards, as they did with the XJ? (And as virtually every other car and pickup on the planet from that era.)
  2. Eagle

    Stock suspension height?

    A SOA will generate a minimum of 5 inches above wherever you sit now (not relative to stock height, relative to YOUR height). It can be more, depending on the thickness of your spring pack. Here's what's involved:
  3. Eagle

    Trouble with blinkers

    Check your grounds.
  4. Eagle

    Issue with the hazards

    Correct. On the MJ, the hazards share the same bulbs as the brake lights, whereas on the XJ the turns and hazards have separate bulbs, behind the amber lenses. The MJ is set up so the brake lights have priority over the hazards. I have always considered that to be a mistake, but it is they way they are intended to operate.
  5. I had a clunk like that in my '87 MJ. It was the left lower control arm.
  6. When the heat seems to drop off -- hold your hand over the top of the dashboard and see if heat is coming out of the defroster vents. If so, you have a vacuum leak. The heater controls are operated by vacuum, and the default position when vacuum fails is defrost.
  7. Eagle


    Used only. They are attached with double-stick trim tape, which you can buy at any of the parts chains. Use a thin knife blade to slide under them and peel them off.
  8. Eagle

    3/4 gauge clusters

    I tried the '86 thru '90 parts manual, but that doesn't break it down by model. They're selling replacement parts, so I guess they assume you'd buy whatever was being replaced.
  9. Eagle

    Debt Collection Advice

    It's not just your time and effort. There are costs involved. If your state requires a demand letter (mine does, I had forgotten about that), you should send it registered mail with return receipt requested. Or maybe certified, return receipt. Either one will cost you a few $$. Then there's the filing fee in small claims court. A few more $$. Do you work a regular job? Small claims court hearings are conducted during the court's normal working hours, so if you have a job you'll have to take a day (or at least half a day) off from work to attend. The notice of the suit has to be served in the manner prescribed by the law of your state. That might be registered mail, but it's more likely an agent of the court. Sheriff or marshal, depending on what your state calls for. There's a fee for that service. Then you may win a judgment. But if the defendant blew off your informal requests for payment, then blew off the demand letter, then didn't pay up upon notice of the lawsuit, he/she will more than likely ignore the judgment. Then you have to pay a sheriff/marshal to take the next step, which is to serve a copy of the judgment and either take payment on the spot or impound personal property. That's going to cost you. You're out $500. If it costs you $250 plus however many hours of your time to MAYBE net another $250 out of the process, you have to ask yourself if it's really worth doing.
  10. Eagle

    Debt Collection Advice

    Get the answers to Tim's questions before you do anything else. The entire question of whether or not you can collect from the new owner depends on the answers to those questions. Real life example: I'm an architect. In particular, I'm an expert in building codes and construction contracts and claims, and for many years I was a construction arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. A couple of years ago a client for whom I had done work fifteen years ago called me up and asked me to serve as an expert witness in a lawsuit he was filing against an out-of-state architect. I agreed to meet with him to look at the documents and hear the story. He's a mechanical contractor. He took a job as the mechanical subcontractor for a design-build contractor who had a project to renovate a building at one of our state's National Guard facilities. There were major deficiencies in the construction documents, and it cost my client well over a million dollars in extra work to get things finished to the military specifications. My client was suing the architect to collect the extra costs. I agreed that the documents sucked, and inside of fifteen minutes I identified some major points that supported my client's position. BUT ... I pointed out to him that he didn't have a contract with the architect, he only had a contract with the developer. I told him he needed to be suing the developer, who could then "implead" the architect in a chain of privity of contract. My client said he had already signed a waiver with the developer, and that his (my client's) lawyer said they could sue the architect. So we went through the whole dog and pony show. I spent hours going through the contract documents, and I wrote a lengthy report. A mechanical engineer (a good one, whom I knew) did the same thing. Both the engineer and I sat through full day depositions. Then it went to trial. The judge dismissed the case because my client didn't have a contract with the architect. Exactly what I told him from the outset. So ... you need to know if the new owner bought the outstanding liabilities of the old business. If not -- you should be going after the previous owner rather than the new owner. And the unfortunate reality is that, regardless of which owner you go after, your chances of collecting are small.
  11. Eagle

    Radesigns Rail Controller

    The TCU shifts by switching solenoids. Back in the days of the old XJ Forum (the predecessor of NAXJA) there was a guy on the board named, IIRC, Frank Sweigert (or close). He had an AMC Hornet into which he had swapped an XJ 4.0L drive train. No TCU -- he controlled it using a 6-position rotary switch that stepped through the solenoid connections in sequence. You could use a rotary switch alone and use the last position to engage the torque converter lock, or you could use the rotary switch to select the gear and use a separate toggle switch to engage the torque converter lock in any gear.
  12. Eagle

    Debt Collection Advice

    In addition to what Tim wrote, consider the cost of collection. The debt is $500. It'll probably cost you $250 to $350 to get a lawyer to write a letter, which the owner of the business will ignore anyway. For a lawyer to take it to court, figure on giving him/her a retainer of at least $5,000. IMHO, the best way to go would be small claims court. The rules vary depending on the state, but you should be able to find the rules and the forms for your state on-line. You don't need (and probably can't have) a lawyer for a small claims action. You'll pay a nominal filing fee (last time I did it the fee was $25, but that was 20 years ago). But whether or not you can even pursue the claim depends on the answer's to Tim's questions. The new owner may or may not have assumed the previous owner's outstanding liabilities. One last thing about small claims court. I've had to take two clients to small claims court over the years. One paid up. One ignored the judgment. The next step is to turn it over to a sheriff (in my state -- possibly some other entity or agency in your state). In my case, the sheriff screwed me. He was supposed to go into the deadbeats office and seize their office equipment. Instead, he negotiated (without any authorization, permission, or legal basis) a repayment schedule. Which the deadbeat signed and then ignored, but the sheriff still wanted his fee ... from me. When I complained to the state agency that supposedly oversees the sheriffs' activities in these matters, they blew me off. What I'm hinting at is that small claims court is probably your best recourse, but don't go into it thinking it's a slam dunk. And get the answers to Tim's questions before doing anything.
  13. I know that's not the image they're aiming for. And that's exactly why this thing is a Scrambler, not a pickup truck -- and certainly not a Gladiator pickup. I live in New England, I have (okay, "had") blond hair and fair skin, so for nine or so months out of the year it's not feasible to run with no top, and on days when the weather permits -- I can't do it because I don't want to deal with sunburn. I want a truck with a fixed roof. Removable roofs are leaks that you paid extra for. To me this is just further proof that Jeep has lost sight of what "Jeep" is all about.
  14. Eagle

    3/4 gauge clusters

    My '88 SporTruck (Base model) has the idiot lights. '88 Chief has the 3/4 instrument cluster. I bought my '88 Cherokee new, ordered in late 1987 and delivered in January of 1988. 3/4 cluster was standard, I paid extra to get the cluster with the tachometer. I'm pretty certain the Comanche option was the same as the Cherokee. My '87 MJ Pioneer has the full instrument cluster, but I bought that used so I don't know what was standard. It has a number of other options, such as tow hooks, front grill guard, and Dana 44 rear axle, so I'm inclined to think the original owner optioned it out much the way I might have. I also once owned an '88 or '89 MJ Pioneer that had the full gauge cluster. I'm pretty certain that idiot lights were standard only on the base models in all years. Somebody posted the MJ sales brochure on here a long time ago. It might have been Pete M. If anyone remembers where that was posted or has a link to it, please post the link.
  15. Eagle

    3/4 gauge clusters

    3/4 cluster was standard on the Chief and Pioneer levels. For the Renix years, I've seen more of those than the full clusters.