My Jeep mod's

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Re: My Jeep mod's

Unread post by DGREER62 » September 15th, 2015, 10:39 am

Good looking Jeep. Some good mods happening on her too. One thought.....I have never been a big fan of drilled discs on 4 x 4's. In mud and sand they can clog up and push dirt into the rotors causing premature wear. Slotted is good as I have slotted discs on my fj62 landcruiser and have not had any issues. Probably me just being anal about this stuff but I built mine for more off road than on. But I certainly like where you are going with your jeep. Keep up the good work.

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Re: My Jeep mod's

Unread post by Clarkey16 » September 15th, 2015, 7:20 pm

No problem with the disks so far but if I do I will post it here so others can avoid the same issues.

I just noticed I have no Mt Airly pic's here & since it will be gated at the end of the year I will put some up. I plan on one last trip before Xmas.
http://caperteevalleyalliance.blogspot. ... ogist.html

http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/publi ... -draft.htm

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Re: My Jeep mod's

Unread post by Clarkey16 » October 22nd, 2015, 11:10 pm

Latest upgrade, double cardan front drive shaft. Spat the original CV style one at 110kph just east of Wilcannia, once removed I only had drive in low range so I crawled 50km for an hour before I could get phone reception. Nice way to end a few weeks in the Northern Territory.
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Holiday pics
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Rainbow Valley NT
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Re: My Jeep mod's

Unread post by BigDutchy » October 26th, 2015, 9:19 pm

Really nice mate. Awesome pictures!

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Re: My Jeep mod's

Unread post by Clarkey16 » February 5th, 2016, 4:20 pm

New diff's :D
Front diff is starting to howl (pinion bearing on its way out after 210,000km) so I'm using the opportunity to change out the ratios.
Stock CRD ratio is 3.55:1 & the V8's have 3.73:1. I have purchased another set of Quadra Drive 2 diffs (with only 100,000 km on them) from a V8 & will be fitting them shortly.
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I have been asked why I choose the 3.73 over 4.11? 2 reasons.
1. 3.73 is a factory ratio & can be purchased here in Oz without to much hassle, 4.11 are after market USA only items.
2. At the most I will only go to 33" tyres (currently 32") & 3.73 will return me to factory shift points & cruising rpm at 100/110 kph
Hay! if I ever do want to go 35's I have spare diffs to do the conversion with :cool:
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Re: My Jeep mod's

Unread post by BigDutchy » February 7th, 2016, 8:35 am

Great photo's mate. We have a school in Alice Springs. I really hope to get the green light to do a road trip from Brissie to AS with some students. I have to stick to good roads (kinda good) as I will be taking the school bus....

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Re: My Jeep mod's

Unread post by Peter Aawen » February 7th, 2016, 10:15 am

Just tell 'em you will use The Plenty & Donohue Highways Big D, that should sound like they are good enough roads - but as always out there, do take it easy; check & manage tyre pressures frequently; & take extra food, water, a comprehensive tyre repair kit that you know how to use; & spare tyres!

Noice Jeep Clarkey, & a good idea to keep the diffs so you can upgrade later! ;)
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Re: My Jeep mod's

Unread post by Clarkey16 » February 7th, 2016, 4:13 pm

Half way through the upgrade, no pics because nothing looks different :chimp:
Heading to the Brindabella's next month so some update pics & a review then ;)
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Re: My Jeep mod's

Unread post by Clarkey16 » April 3rd, 2016, 10:02 am

Job done! :D
All bolted back together, had to replace a CV that was on its way & replaced both lower control arms as bushes were worn & lower ball joints had a lot of play (200,000km on them).
Had to fit a re-calibrated Transmission Control Module , what a real Pr!# to get to. It was up under the drivers side dash to the left behind the aircon ducts just below the radio.

Cleared the fault codes (20 of them) reconnected the abs sensor & went for a drive.
The Good
No more limp mode! Cruse control works again & speedo is spot on.

The undecided
Being this TCM was programed & set up in a 1000HP SRT8 there is a few things I will have to get used to. If I hold the accelerator flat it won't change up gears - hits red line & no up shift. If I'm gentle on the throttle it up shifts at about 3000rpm. I am hoping the adaptive learning nature of the TCM/Nag1 will settle in to my driving style.

I can now select gear ratios all the way up to 5th manually! I have to remember to down shift now if in manual mode. First time I have ever seen 5th illuminated on the dash.

The bad
The only negative will be if I have to send it back to get the shift % changed.
I think when the credit card recovers I will sent my original TCM to the states & get it reprogramed, being OST had never programed a diesel before they believe they can do a more accurate job with the original as they will be able to read the programing on the factory TCM & then know what the shift points were intended to be set at (they didn't know that before).

All up its nice to have no dash lights.

So if your thinking about doing a ratio change in a CRD WH/XH you won't get much change from $4k.

Is it worth it?
Well I don't know yet, I will need to do some towing to find out. Low range crawl in first is just that now, in first gear I actually need to accelerate down steep sections as it holds so well ;)

Would I do it again?
Yes! I'm a sucker for punishment. I love working on my beast, it's therapeutic.
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Re: My Jeep mod's

Unread post by Clarkey16 » April 3rd, 2016, 10:11 am

Almost forgot

Fitted these babies at the same time as the front diff install
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They transfer more vibration than the factory rubber ones (as expected) but I can live with that as I won't have to change these every 12 months as I was with the factory ones. Factory are fine with on road use but don't like the twisting & flexing when used in the rough stuff. :cool:
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Re: My Jeep mod's

Unread post by Clarkey16 » May 2nd, 2016, 8:40 am

Needed new battery so went for an Optima.
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And added a bit of custom bling, new fuel door.
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Re: My Jeep mod's

Unread post by Heisenberg » July 23rd, 2016, 6:29 pm

Your setup is pretty much the kind of thing I'm aiming at.

Where'd you get the front bumper setup from? Also, what 's the story with the transmission cooler? Over heating is an issue is it?

Finally, does the engine have a DPF? Please say no

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Re: My Jeep mod's

Unread post by Clarkey16 » July 24th, 2016, 1:15 pm

The front bumper I imported from the states and is no longer available :(

Factory transmission cooler works just fine, as I do tow a van I wanted to know what the temp was & the B&M pan has a temp sensor bung built in so it made the job of fitting a gauge an all bolt in job (the extra capacity can't hurt thou).

2005 to 2007 do not have a PDF, 2008 to 2010 do.

Some links
Front bars Australian
http://www.uneek4x4.com.au/wh-grand-che ... 2005-2010/

http://www.arb.com.au/jeep-grand-cherok ... 2005-2010/
Imported
http://www.escape4x4.eu/front-bumper-ba ... h/d-74674/

Suspension Australia

IFS
OME
Kings Springs
Dobinsons
Lovells
http://www.murchisonproducts.com.au/cat ... cherokee-0

Overseas parts & suspension
http://cb-engineer.com/

http://www.jeeperf.com/

http://thesteelarmadillo.com/index.php? ... ry&path=61

http://www.crawl-offroad.com/ (owner is currently deployed with the US Navy so site is down)

http://jeepinbyal.com/grand-cherokee-05 ... w/all.html

My lift is OME (Old Man Emu) shocks/struts, Murchison front H/D springs (Made by Kings) & OME medium duty rear springs. HD in the rear was to firm for my liking, towed fantastic but daily drive not so.

Now if I were to do my lift again I would go coilover in the front, probably ICON (P/N 28000).
http://www.socalsupertrucks.com/Icon-20 ... 5QPhH_r2Uk
There are ICON suppliers in Australia but non list for my model.
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Re: My Jeep mod's

Unread post by Clarkey16 » July 24th, 2016, 1:24 pm

And I must add!
Just clicked over 220,000 km
Transmission could do with some TLC (nothing but fluid & filter changes for the 220k), shifts are getting rough. All the rest is still going strong & I service it myself.

If you want to get service done avoid Jeep service, frankly they don't know what the hell they are doing! Mercedes service centres have been more helpful & there parts are cheaper.
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Re: My Jeep mod's

Unread post by Heisenberg » July 25th, 2016, 12:13 am

Thanks.

Just one more question - what's the difference(s) between a Limited and a Laredo. I presume they both have QD2?

BTW I've never met anyone else from Wallerawang - I was born there...

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