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Spooky's Jeep Thread

#77
(February 1st, 2022 at 2:18 AM)SpookyZalost Wrote: ......

thank goodness I had a pair of ramps to push the jeep up onto so I had more room under there, 2.5ft isn't enough room without feeling claustrophobic.

Big Grin That's right, I hate it when it gets too tight
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#78
@tc4me plus I'm not exactly svelte lol

I'm hoping to do the windshield in the near future, maybe put in a more powerful alternator.

but the biggest change I want to make before I go changing up the interior is a pretty cool series of mods to the engine bay.

Starting with hood vents:
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A cold air intake:
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to help the engine run more efficiently and prevent overheating better than just the bigger radiator, mostly because I'm going to throw an AC condenser on eventually and better airflow is good.

but also to make room for an auxiliary battery in the engine bay:
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with a solar panel to charge both on the roof.

once that's all done I'll sit down and get a double din center dash panel so I can mount my cassette deck under the radio Tongue

and after that, install a winch setup for the front with a modular winch that I can lock up in the back when not in use.
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#79
Great, that's what I call a great project! TOP
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#80
So the jeep died again  Confused Turns out this time the battery wasn't making a good connection so I had to replace the battery terminals.

ended up getting some Boat/RV style ones that are modular and easier to modify/replace in the future.

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also brass so they don't corrode.

just had to cut off the old battery connectors, strip the wires, and put some wire lugs on the ends.

so now it's running without issues.

though I'm concerned about the power output of the alternator sitting at around 13.8 to 14.2 watts depending on what's running.

Might need to replace that in the next month or so with that alternator upgrade I talked about.
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#81
When the battery is being charged (the batteries in the car are only in the remote control), the controller interrupts charging when the battery voltage exceeds 14.4 volts. The charging interruption works thousands of times every second: charge 14.4 volts - interrupt 13.8 volts - charge 14.4 volts ............

how many amps is your alternator?
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#82
Fits for JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE II (WJ, WG) 4.0 4x4

voltage
12v
generator charging current
130A
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#83
@tc4me so it's a Jeep Cherokee (XJ) not a grand Cherokee WJ or WG. (probably for the best, I don't like the WJ or the WG, not boxy enough, look like an XJ with tumors.)

same engine though 4.0L inline 6 4x4.

and yeah it's a 130A Generator (non us term?)/Alternator.

what's cool is, I can upgrade it to a Dodge Durango 160A Alternator/Generator but right now it's fine, I've just been on edge because of all the issues.

new battery posts work like a dream, though the battery cables might need replacing in the future, there was corrosion dust in the cables when I stripped them that I tried my best to clean out, so far good contact though, voltmeter shows consistent about 14V on the dash when running with heater at full blast (4in of snow at time of this post, expecting 6 to 10 inches tonight).

honestly I really hope there won't be any sudden problems for a while, had enough the last few days lol.
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#84
So my next big fix is kinda overdue....

it's a cheap one, and the only reason I haven't done it is because i had trouble finding the information.

when I fixed the radiator I lost a couple nuts that keep it on straight, over time the headlight housing has shifted upward and that simply will not do.

so In the next couple days I need to go to home depot and get a couple 6mm flange nuts Tongue

after that, maybe I'll upgrade the headlight wiring harness to fix a known defect by disconnecting the switches from having headlight voltage through them and putting relays in circuit with them instead.

this will also allow me to swap the current bulbs with halogen in the future and will be incredibly easy with those new battery connectors.

there's two reasons for this and is a known flaw.

First, because jeep cherokee XJ headlights are known to be under powered, just swapping the harness gives you better headlights.

and Second, there's a known issue where headlights overdraw and burn out the headlight switches! Confused

but it's an easy fix if you know how to solder, strip, crimp, and cut wire to terminals and such.

I'll do a guide on it when I complete the setup.
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#85
super sensible improvement Top!
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#86
So here's the wiring diagram for the new harness.

Doesn't seem too complicated really, especially with the new battery connectors where I can just put the cables on and tighten them down with the wingnuts.

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Source: Pulled from an old thread on cherokee forums.
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#87
Great guide, shouldn't be a problem for you.
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#88
So minor update. Transmission cooler got replaced because it started leaking. Ended up with a different setup and a larger cooler. swapping the radiator out on monday because it also formed a leak... though that one is my fault due to an accident trying to modify the radiator bracket to better fit the fan modifications I made.

I've decided to custom fabricate a new one after that whole mess but for now at least the major leaks are getting fixed and I can get back to focusing on projects again.
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#89
Great job, done! Wink
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#90
glad, to hear your stay working hard on the jeep !
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#91
So, the radiator came a day early. I'm letting it cool because I went down to the auto parts store to get some final parts I need. Unfortunately one won't be in until 17:00 but I don't need it to do the radiator swap. in about an hour I'm going to swap the radiator and do all the final prep I need to run the transmission cooler through it. then the leaks will be fixed and I can focus on the windshield rust next.
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#92
yes radiators can run hot !
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#93
So I ended up having to burp the engine after putting the new radiator on. but everything works great now! even better, I managed to get my 4 wheel drive low range gears to engage. turns out they were just stiff from lack of use but work after I shifted them in and out a few times to loosen them up. Now I just need to fix the rust above the windshield and then swap the windshield and the jeep will be worth at least 3x what I paid for it Tongue
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#94
(May 17th, 2022 at 2:10 AM)SpookyZalost Wrote: So I ended up having to burp the engine after putting the new radiator on.  but everything works great now!  even better, I managed to get my 4 wheel drive low range gears to engage.  turns out they were just stiff from lack of use but work after I shifted them in and out a few times to loosen them up.  Now I just need to fix the rust above the windshield and then swap the windshield and the jeep will be worth at least 3x what I paid for it Tongue

PERFEKT ! Job Done  Big Grin
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