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  1. Thanks for that info. I'm sure whatever part had a recall doesn't even exist anymore!
  2. When we got back from Moab, the Jeep sat for about a week. When I drove it the next time, it had a misfire in cylinder 6 (disappointing considering the work we had just completed). A compression test showed that cylinder 6 had about half the compression of the rest of the cylinders. I broke down and took it to a shop, which is where it currently sits as of December. It didn't get driven from September on. Huge disappointment, but hopefully it gets fixed proper this time. Here's a side bar. Because every vehicle I own had a major issue at one point this year, I had
  3. It's definitely the best time I've ever had wheeling. There's enough rigs that you don't have to do the difficult trails, and there's enough wheeling and wrenching experience that you don't really have to worry about much. Thank you for the compliment!
  4. On the last wheeling day of Moab, a small group of us decided to run Poison Spider. I was a little worried about the difficulty of it, but my Jeep killed it! Honestly, peak performance. Photo credits to Ruben Campos.
  5. The next day was the classic Hells Revenge run. Always a good time with all of the MJ's. Photo credits to Ruben Campos and Robyn Livermore.
  6. On the first full day of Moab this year, we met up with the mild half of the group to run Gemini Bridges again (the big guys were doing Pritchett Canyon). There were a lot more attendee's this year, which is awesome! Photo credits to Ruben Campos.
  7. To continue on with the terrible 2020 year in the Comanche, I ordered a new, fully assembled head from Clearwater Cylinder Heads. Because the same exhaust valve had broken twice, I didn't want to take any chances. My girlfriend and I slapped it on in a weekend, and ended up having to carpool across Denver for a week in it because our other cars were out of commission. It was running so well that we decided to attend the 2020 MJ Takeover (we considered it impossible after the St. George incident). Once again, it ran super well, maybe better than ever, from Denver to Moab. We aver
  8. Ah, that must be a problem. I thought I was copying the actual photo from my Google Photos account, instead of downloading them and then uploading them. When I get time, I will go back and fix them. Thanks for pointing that out guys!
  9. Pete, I have just been copy/pasting my photos into my text here. I wonder why they suddenly stopped working?
  10. After a day or two in the St. George area, we headed east on our way to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Right as we crossed the AZ border, the truck started misfiring and lost a significant amount of power. Assuming it was another O2 sensor fuse, I hopped out with a replacement, only to find that it hadn't blown. After checking codes, I discovered a misfire on cylinder 3. While freaking out about what to do, I checked the easy things (plug, wire, injector) which all seemed to be fine. We made the decision to turn back to St. George and find a shop. We found a really reput
  11. Ok, time for some more updates! I decided to swap out my steering gear because it had gotten really sloppy in the last year. However, I ended up replacing the gearbox twice, and the pump five times before I had functioning power steering. Every time I bled the system, it would work just fine. Every pump died after a day or so (you could see the fluid in the reservoir stop flowing under load). I had a big rush to finish this because the gf and I were planning on taking a road trip from Denver to St. George, UT, then through Arizona, totalling ~1600 miles. The truck
  12. Thank you very much! I actually just updated my build thread yesterday! I promise I'll try to be better about updating it haha
  13. Thank you for that! Because I purchased the Jeep post-97+ swap, I had no idea how it came from the factory. It's a much different Jeep now!
  14. And that brings us to the current projects. I drove the MJ all winter and it performed flawlessly. It handles really well in the snow with the rear locker and the full time 4x4. I've been trying to figure out how to protect the bottom of it better. My main concern is the gas tank that hangs below the frame rails. I'm still working on the design for that. A couple of days ago I decided to clock my NP242 to use the IRO belly skid (that technically only works on the smaller NP231). I used the IRO jig that they sell, and it was super easy. For referenc
  15. On the last day, we ran Fins n Things with one of the other group members. We took it nice and slow, and had a great time! We also saw a bunch of the JCR guys out there, which was pretty cool (I didn't get any pictures). That LSX LJ they have is absolutely beautiful in person!
  16. On the next day, the group split into two parties. We decided to go on the milder run because I was having some mechanical issues. First off, I was running a stock upper control arm bushing with the 3 link, which was a huge mistake. I ended up blowing through 3 control arm bushings; we even changed one on the trail. This caused the upper link to contact the driveshaft under any sort of flex. By the time we left for home, the day-old bushing had blown out, which caused the axle to rotate and we drove it from Moab to Denver with 0 degrees of caster. Not the worst, but pretty b
  17. At some point I installed an Iron Rock Offroad 3 link, but I don't have many pics of that. The worst part, by far, was cutting the control arm brackets off. I left the stock upper mount on the passenger side and carry the old short upper link for emergencies (I have no idea if this would work, but i'm sure I could limp off a trail with it). The biggest Jeep thing of 2019 was attending the Moab MJ Takeover. It was the coolest experience! We all ran Hells Revenge together. It was really cool to see all of these MJ's in the same place!
  18. I didn't do too much wheeling in 2019 as the Jeep was in pieces more often than not. But the GF and I did get out for a couple of "overlanding" trips. Here's some random shots from our trips.
  19. Man, it has been WAAAY too long since the last update. I have been constantly working on the MJ for the last 2 years, so I'll try to go through all of the updates. Last summer I changed the rear axle to SOA, which was quite the experience. I also switched to rear discs at the same time, which was a huge pain. The original Powertrax No-Slip had somehow malfunctioned and prevented the C-Clip from coming out of the carrier. I eventually had to take it to High Country 4X4 here in Denver, where they had to cut the carrier in half! I also picked up some JK Rubi wheels (fo
  20. 1991 Jeep Comanche SWB Picture from date of purchase (July 18, 2017, Mesa, AZ): Current setup: 1998 Jeep 4.0, AW4 Auto, NP242, Dana 30 and Chrysler 8.25 with 4.88 gears and rear Aussie locker, SWB Originally a 2WD 4 cylinder with manual transmission (sold at Galloway Motors of Tucson, AZ) Build date: 11-90 Current Location: Denver, CO Current status: Well driving multi-purpose machine, but also an ongoing project Notes: Full 1998 swap, Dodge Dakota 22 gallon gas tank, XJ bu
  21. I was definitely considering an Aussie. I think that's the route I'm going to take. I'm not sure why I'm having so many problems; most people really like the Powertrax. I do appreciate the suggestion! Thank you!
  22. After rebuilding the Powertrax No-Slip last night in the rain, I took the MJ out to do Red Cone. Nothing was broken in the locker, but putting new springs in it didn't fix it. I've had so many problems with it, I think i'm going to pull it out and put something else in.
  23. Took a camping trip last weekend, and the MJ did pretty well. It started sucking down gas faster than normal, and I think it's running rich. I need to look into it more.
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