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So, the differential shop was a flop on Wednesday.  I showed up at the scheduled early morning appointment and the owner was missing.  I did get to test towing it though.

 

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An idea of how much wire had to be removed to shorten the power accessory harness.

 

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Finally... a spray in bed liner!

 

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On 3/12/2019 at 7:03 PM, JMO413 said:

Wow what a build! Definitely a good read.

 

Thank you!

 

Update: I just replaced the AEM Wideband controller and sensor with a brand matching Haltech Widebrand controller and sensor.  Immediately the engine is running great and stock like.  However, now the transmission keeps trying to hold third gear.

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Hey Alexia, did you ever test the CAN to CCD box in the vehicle?  I didn't see an update to that. If so, how'd the testing go? (I assume no news means it probably went great).

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I am done with this truck.  The replacement transmission was acting up I assume due to the valve body modifications I made for harder shifts.  So I just swapped in the spare stock valve body I have.  Now it only has first and third gear.  Well, it had second and fourth until I got to the intersection to block everyone.  I have put less than 10,000 miles on this project since starting it seven years ago.  I could not just leave it alone after it was running fine before going the Haltech route and I ruined it.

 

On 7/5/2019 at 11:25 AM, thecodemonk said:

Hey Alexia, did you ever test the CAN to CCD box in the vehicle?  I didn't see an update to that. If so, how'd the testing go? (I assume no news means it probably went great).

 

The code is not finished(fuel and odometer), but it works fine.

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that bites. :(   all that work and then a little hiccup gets in the way to prevent the joy that should follow such an endeavor.  :(  

 

 

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No way! That hurts because you are a role model with what you have done with her. You have done an amazing job on the truck!

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That's really sad to hear Alexia.  I know how the frustrations can make a truck sit for a while.  Hopefully, a break from it for a bit will help to bring back that initial excitement for it.  Any way to go back and undo some of the frustration and get it back to the way it was when you were having more fun?

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Alexia, don't give up. I know you have a ton of time and money in this project. Maybe a step away will clear the mind. I was feeling frustrated when I put the fuel injection and distributor on and was having problems. One day good next bad. GRRRRR. I still have to adjust my IAC about once a month for some stupid reason (just did it last night) but then it runs great again. I need to take the fuse box apart and clean it real good because I think that was the problem with the distributor. But it's running good so maybe later. When you are innovating you are learning for the next guy to try what you did. Good luck.

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On 8/9/2019 at 3:37 PM, thecodemonk said:

That's really sad to hear Alexia.  I know how the frustrations can make a truck sit for a while.  Hopefully, a break from it for a bit will help to bring back that initial excitement for it.  Any way to go back and undo some of the frustration and get it back to the way it was when you were having more fun?

 

The easiest would be to grab a 1997 engine and body wiring harness to toss in.  It would be back to normal in a day minus the transmission problems.

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Wow what an incredible build.  

The kind of wiring work you did is way over my head. 

 

I was considering 4.6 stroked supercharged engine with Boostec side mount but doesn't seem there is any options to properly tune OBD1.

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The transmission works fine now?  Maybe?  Question mark?

 

I just drove it around the neighborhood to work it a bit and it shifted into second gear without hesitating.  I am going to go for a drive after dinner and see if I get stranded.

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I drove it around a few miles and put gas in it.  It managed to keep forward gears this time, but it is clear that one or both of the clutch packs are slipping.

 

I am going to see if I can get it rebuilt for a reasonable price.

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Poll, sort of: I am super frustrated with the AW4, it will cost way too much to rebuild it, and I am close to just parting out this truck over a transmission issue.

 

So, time for a manual transmission swap?  I would have to collect a clutch pedal again since I believe I sold that.  New/modified driveshafts.  Relocate the wiring harness that is using the clutch hole in the firewall.

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For a daily truck, my vote goes to a manual everyday of the week.

 

Killer build. :popcorn:

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7 minutes ago, neohic said:

For a daily truck, my vote goes to a manual everyday of the week.

 

Killer build. :popcorn:

 

It has done maybe twenty miles in the past two years.  :(

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what about just another aw4?  I mean, a second one can't possibly have the same issue, can it?  or do we think the problem is somewhere else in the Jeep? 

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2 hours ago, Pete M said:

what about just another aw4?  I mean, a second one can't possibly have the same issue, can it?  or do we think the problem is somewhere else in the Jeep? 

 

This is the second one and third torque converter.  I keep breaking them.  Also, the 1997 AW4 is an oddly specific transmission year.  I can get an earlier transmission, but I would also need to make wiring harness modifications.

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I would say a manual every time. But I just like driving a stick. I feel more in control.

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dang.  so much for them being like legos.  :mad:  

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Manual swap it!  Keep it up, you do great work and you know you'll regret it if you give up on it.  

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It looks like a remanufactured AX15 plus the additional parts I would need are around $1,000.(Not including driveshafts.)  That is much better than $2,000+ for rebuilding an AW4 to take the abuse.

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10 minutes ago, Minuit said:

Will the AX-15 hold up behind the stroker?

I believe it’s stronger than an AW4 so should be fine. One of my friends has had an AX-15 with his LS motor for about 3 years and hasn’t had any issues. 

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On 2/8/2020 at 11:21 AM, Ls2xjcomanche said:

I believe it’s stronger than an AW4 so should be fine. One of my friends has had an AX-15 with his LS motor for about 3 years and hasn’t had any issues. 

 

I believe the strength progression goes Built AW4 > Stock AX15 > Stock AW4.

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