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Rocker Protection

  • Posted on: 14 August 2014
  • By: Nate

Never underestimate the value of good rocker protection!  At the end of August (less than 2 weeks from now) we're taking the JK up to the NCAOAAA off-road park in Northumberland County.  DIYJ is nowhere near ready, it'd be impossible to get it ready for the trip, maybe with unlimited funds..

Tub removal.

  • Posted on: 2 June 2014
  • By: Nate
Well, I figured out how to get the tub off of DIYJ this past weekend. I was fighting with space, the Jeep sits in a pretty confined place, and I wanted to be able to lift the tub up, and roll the frame out from beneath it. I thought I'd use my engine hoist, but that proved to be problematic. I ended up with Ratchet straps, up to the floor joists above the garage. It's working pretty well, you can see it here:

Safety related picture comment turns into a flame battle... Why?

  • Posted on: 25 April 2014
  • By: Nate

So, in case you're not aware, I'm active on a couple of social networks.  Twitter, as @SWBCrawler, and Facebook at SWBCrawler.  I've been around a while, an eternity as online communication goes.  I've also been interested in IT and Computers for most of my life.  I was playing games on my dad's TI before I could read.  I work in IT, as a System Administrator.  Thats how I'm able to run this very web site without spammers and asshat's overrunning it.  The point is, I witnessed the infancy of onl

Dash plate clean-up.

  • Posted on: 30 March 2014
  • By: Nate

Today, I got the rest of the 2.5L Wiring harness out of DIYJ.  I had a little help.

Since I removed the dash plate last time around, I figured today that I'd clean it up, and paint it, so it doesnt rust up again.  I took a wire wheel to the entire surface of the plate, and then wiped it all down with paint thinner.

Computer and Dash Removal.

  • Posted on: 29 March 2014
  • By: Nate

So I took some time to start tearing out what's left of the remnants of the 2.5L from DIYJ.  This meant the computer, and the wiring harness. 

On the 1990 YJ, with the 2.5L TBI, the computer is located inside the cab, behind the glove box.  I had already removed the dash panels, so I could see the computer, but getting it out was a bit of a job. 

The Islander, Reborn.

  • Posted on: 15 March 2014
  • By: Nate

 

I have something of an affinity toward unique Jeeps.  My first YJ was a 1990, plain old white.  I fixed that up by adding some simple store bought decals, botl-on widgets, and through the application of black paint here and there. It made it mine, and helped it stand out from the sea of other white YJ's on the road. 

Score one for the 2013 JK Sport!

  • Posted on: 23 February 2014
  • By: Nate

So, I've driven Jeeps for a long time. When i bought my JK, i was coming from an XJ daily driver, and a YJ crawler. Sold the YJ, and traded in the XJ on my shiney new JK Sport. I have a lot of faith in the Wrangler brand, but the things so comphy and whatnot that I have to admit that I had my doubts. I know its a sound base, but jumping 21 years from my 1992 wrangler to a 2013, i had my misgivings.

Motor Removal.

  • Posted on: 8 November 2013
  • By: Nate

A short time ago, I took an evening and got the old 2.5l out of DIYJ, and now it sits on a tire on my garage floor.

The procedure was about as simple as I'd think engine removal can get. Disconnect.. well, everything, then find a way to support the motor while connected to a hoist, and.. Hoist!

2013 Jeep Wrangler - 10,000 Miles.

  • Posted on: 2 November 2013
  • By: Nate

So, its been a little while since Ive posted. A bit's happened since i sold the Smurf. The week after the smurf left my ownership, I found myself with a couple grand in my pocket, and no Wrangler. I knew this state could not last. I hit up a few Jeep dealers, and found a deal I could live with on a 2013 Wrangler, 2-door. Traded in the XJ. A few weeks later I had a business trip to North Carolina. So I drove, of course, about a thousand miles worth of road trip. On top of that I have about 80 miles round trip commute for work every day.

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