CWLONGSHOT Posted January 24, 2010 Share Posted January 24, 2010 Today I put some miles on the MJ. Got going early (7AM) and took a trip to my buddies jeep garage on the shore to dismount, mount and balance a couple sets of tires. From there across the state to drop half of them off at another buddies place. Then back to the homestead. Got home about 4PM. I got out of the MJ and was greeted with a nasty growling rattle. Seems my water pumps bearings are going, going soon to be GONE! :headpop: :headpop: :headpop: I have wanted to upgrade my pressure bottle with one that mechanic buddie recommended to me. It's a HOWE Surge tank. I haven't liked the temps mine has been running for some time. Back a couple years ago I installed this pump, a new heater core, 3 core radiator, 180 T-stat and hoses. http://www.summitracing.com/parts/HRE-3424/ You will only need to drill out one fitting from the .060 opening to casting diameter. (approx 5/8") and find room for a cheap dorman #603-001 overflow bottle. You also get a regular rad cap!! It's smaller tank than the factory bottle so it easily fits in stock location. My friend has been running his for about 6mo and his XJ. He says has never run so constant as far as temperatures. You should know, he is a stickler for factory parts, so his just admitting there was something better then the troublesome factory pressure bottle was something for sure. But after having numerous factory replacements fail he began looking for a better bottle. He discovered the Howe and LOVES IT!! Good enough for me! So I have one on order. Now for the water pump. back then, I purchased a parts store pump. This time I want a better, more efficient HI FLO pump. So I went for this one. http://www.summitracing.com/parts/GMB-110-1080P/ I wanted the Flo-Kooler pump but its not offered for the renix era 4.0. At least its not "recommended" for some reason... :dunno: I have already "massaged" the water neck for better flow and ordered a hi-flo 180 thermostat to go in it. My mechanic also mentioned that the Stant thermostats do not properly fit the factory water neck!! They either bind the housing limiting the movement or touch and allow for electrolysis so the T-stat disintegrates!!! I'm also gonna change all the fittings, radiator and heater hoses at the same time. SO, with some luck, I will have all the parts in a couple days and as long as the weather accomidates, get everything installed for a wheeling trip on the 31st!! Otherwise I'll have to wheel the TJ.. OH DARN :rotf: :rotf: It's a really easy trail, so it kinda silly to drive the TJ. As always, pics of the whole process will follow. Coments always welcome and encouraged. CW Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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