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Dual OEM (LHD/ RHD) XJ fans installed. They sit nice and tight against the radiator. Power to the primary fan comes via a temperature switch Renix style in the radiator through a relay. I've yet to fire it up and test things, but keeping my fingers crossed. Still have a transfer case to install and lots of suspension work to do.

 

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That looks really good G. Going to drop a RHD fan in mine too to replace the trimmed LHD fan I have now. Can I still use the same mounting slots and holes that I did for the LHD fan on the right side? Don't want to cut any more holes/slots if possible. 

 

Also is that the stock FPR vacuum hose you have hooked up above? And do you have the Hesco adjustable FPR?

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You should be able to drop the RHD right where you have your LHD primary now. I chose to drill a hole and mount my primary fan (RHD) closer to the auxiliary fan. I felt it was more centered to the engine.  As far as that vacuum hose, it's something I cobbled together from some new Renix harnesses. There's quite a few vacuum hoses I cobbled from a Renix harness so the lines flowed neatly. And yes, that's A Hesco adjustable fuel pressure regulator.

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15 minutes ago, HOrnbrod said:

That looks really good G. Going to drop a RHD fan in mine too to replace the trimmed LHD fan I have now. Can I still use the same mounting slots and holes that I did for the LHD fan on the right side? Don't want to cut any more holes/slots if possible. 

 

As far as that vacuum hose, it's something I cobbled together from some new Renix harnesses. There's quite a few vacuum hoses I cobbled from a Renix harness so the lines flowed neatly.

 

Thanks - it sure does look like I can use the same mounting points for the RHD fan.

 

I cobbled up the FPR vacuum hose too. Thought there might be a vac hose from an XJ with the newer intake I could use.

 

 

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Awesome work.  What is your goal/purpose for the vehicle?  It looks like you are making a 'What jeep should have built' model.  I mean to say the untrained eye would mistake it for a factory original vehicle.  What do you plan on using it for?  Putting around town?  Show car?  

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That's probably the best way to put it -- 'what Jeep should have built' model.  More than likely once I paint/ finish it up it will be my twice a week driver along side my '01 XJ.

My '89 MJ is the one I'm aiming to be the show-ish truck as it's a complete resto/ stripped down to nothing. The '92 is kind of a testing ground for that one. 

 

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Didn't get a whole lot done this weekend outside of filling fluids and beginning the install of the Teraflex rear disk kit. I'm using PowerStop cross Drilled/ Slotted rotors to match what I'm running in front.

 

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Had fun this weekend bending new rear brake lines to accommodate the Teraflex soft lines. Also needed to modify the MJ parking brake lines a bit, and drill-out/ notch the Ford Explorer clevis to connect the parking brake lines to the Teraflex back plates. Not too bad, but time-consuming attention to detail things.

 

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Attached the Borla downpipe, MagnaFlow catalytic converter, and muffler.

 

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All the suspension on the front end is loose and needs final adjustments, but the MJ is now standing on its own 4 tires. Filled and checked the fluids and fired it up for the first time. And first time it didn’t start…was using the Hesco crank CPS kit and nada. Just kept cranking. I had a failover CPS at the flywheel and it fired right up. Will talk to Hesco this week to figure out the issue. The MJ sounded good, though it chugged a bit because I forgot to attach the vacuum football behind the front bumper…also, the primary electric fan didn't come on when it should have, so I need to look in to why.

 

Also, the dash mounted on/off and in/out switch for the winch worked as they were supposed to. I’m using factory pods with a XJ/MJ fog light switch for the on/off and a SJ (Grand Wagoneer) tailgate power window switch for the in/out.

 

Hoping to drive it around the block before the end of the month.

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Gjeep said:

Had fun this weekend bending new rear brake lines to accommodate the Teraflex soft lines. Also needed to modify the MJ parking brake lines a bit, and drill-out/ notch the Ford Explorer clevis to connect the parking brake lines to the Teraflex back plates. Not too bad, but time-consuming attention to detail things.

 

Did you cut a slot in the Ford clevis for the cable then squeeze it shut G? I didn't particularly care for that method when I did mine, but it's all I could think of at the time and has been working well for a number of years now. Also did you fab a return spring on the ebrake cable? Never did that, but ebrake returns fine with the eternal spring in the hat.

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Yes, I do have return springs between the Explorer clevis and the mounting tab of the parking brake cable on the backing plate.

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Didn't have a lot of time this weekend to tinker on the MJ, but chipped away at a few things...Installed the front suspension and brake assembly. Finished the D44 Teraflex kit install and rear parking brake cable set up. Got all the new/existing brake lines connected, but have not filled/bled yet. Installed taller rear frame axle stops, and a few other odds and ends.

 

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Pillaged a '89 XJ at the local pick and full for switch pod lighting. The Renix-era Laredo/ Limited XJ's typically had 2 switches to the left and right of the steering column. I needed these little lights for my custom switch pod set up. My '92 MJ only had one of the switch pod lights from the factory (for the fog light option).

 

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I've yet to get that damn temperature switch to work for the primary fan. Did some more research and ordered a couple more online. It's gonna happen. 

 

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20 hours ago, Gjeep said:

Didn't have a lot of time this weekend to tinker on the MJ, but chipped away at a few things...

Man, do I feel like a loser, you consider that just "chipping away"!

It's amazing!!! Have you had the winch switch panels made already, how do they look?

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A$$-ume you will have fog and cargo lamp switches on the left pod, and emergency fan and ???? on the right?

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I got them back a few weeks ago...They looks as I posted somewhere further up this build thread. Came out great! And were cheap!  Left side of column is fog light and aux fan override; right of column will be winch on/off and winch in/out. And the winch works using factory XJ and SJ rocker switches!  Very happy with the outcome.

 

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No photo updates from this past weekend... I've given up on getting the temperature switch at the radiator to work to turn on my primary OEM efan. I'm sure I would have found some switch that worked, but want to get behind the wheel of this thing some time soon....so, using a SPAL controller (similar to Hornbrod) to kick-start the fan at both low and high temperature settings. (For the future, if I don't like what's happening with the SPAL, I've ordered Hesco's high flow thermostat housing with a 1/8" NPT threaded hole for a temperature switch in addition to the factory temperature sensor hole. With that I would install a 1/8" NPT American Volt 180* on/ 165* off temperature switch).

 

Got the stronger Spicer U-bolt yoke kit on my D30 and D44 installed, and completed a front wheel alignment using Longacre LON52-79501 Toe-in Plate -- Made it really easy to get the front end dialed. 

 

I have leaks in my Teraflex bleeder screws to address, the Hesco relocated CPS still doesn't work no matter how I wire it, need to replace my alternator (as it was a turd out of the box) with a just-ordered Nationals 180 amp alternator, install linkage for the transfer case, and still need to go through the suspension and torque all hardware to spec. I think that will get me driveable.

 

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Was away most of the weekend and only had a couple hours to play on the MJ...

 

As I add electrical goodies to the truck (winch, IPF lighting, SPAL fan controller, etc) I have more and more stand alone inline fuses scattered around the engine compartment... Drives my OCD nuts. Since I knew there were unused slots in the PDC, I wired these new fuses into available fuse locations. Not a small task as you have to disassemble the PDC. The BUS bar that runs the stretch of the MAXI fuse section needs to be removed an new fuse terminals/ inserts need to be installed to fill the open slots. These connectors simply pull on/ off the bus bar as needed. The original MJ bus bar was missing 3, so I added those 3 in (making power available to that fuse location). Since the MJ didn't have ABS, those 2 were available, as became the 2 alternator spots (as I will be upgrading the alternator wiring). 

 

I had a spare/ scrap wiring harness I used to scavenge parts I needed. I also needed to harvest the MAXI fuse wire terminals (as they are nothing that can be found online or in local parts houses). Basically, I needed to carefully bend back the wiring strap tabs of the terminal and remove the wiring with out over-bending/ breaking those tabs...then put those terminal ends on my new accessory wiring.

 

This is how my PDC looks now. I still have some MAXI fuse and relay location available for future use.

 

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I'm running factory wiring for my power window/ locks/ mirrors...so there's a couple factory location taps in to the under dash fuse box and relays behind the passenger kick panel. All I needed to change on the ElectricLife power window regulators was the connection plug at the end and it mated up to the OEM wiring.

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Had a few hours and got the PDC wiring done...Still need to wrap the wires in electrical tape, but much neater as I put the IPF, winch in-cab control, and SPAL fan controller wiring in this bundle. So instead of 3 separate looms running up and down the passenger side of my engine compartment I have one, with fuses consolidated in the PDC.

 

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