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Old 03-11-2017, 09:36 AM   #21
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those are the ones that are tough to adjust well... I found I had to adjust them way over to keep from spewing light left.. and had to adjust down pretty far to not push light out high.. if you dont care about other drivers much they are easy to adjust..
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Old 03-11-2017, 11:17 AM   #22
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Not really worried. I can always swap out the E code AutoPals from my Jeep. I think I like the color output better on the Jeep.
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Old 03-11-2017, 11:32 AM   #23
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I had good luck adjusting the ones that I got which were separate housings and then bulbs that shape the light... , both busses arent together or id snap a pic from each one.. I noticed I still lit the overhead street signs a little with the better set.. but i didnt light them up like I do with these. i will say they would make awesome off-road or maybe driving lights you would use as a supplemental on-with-high-beam type.. they do have a nice color and definitely high output..

and of course 10X better than stock square school bus lights!!!!
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Old 07-05-2017, 06:35 PM   #24
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(I'm not really going to be doing much "converting" to this thing as its mainly a tow rig, trailer & camper all rolled into one package. But...)

The LED headlights adjusted great.

Now for my next issue.
I had a rear caliper occasionally lock up. Now I have a front one doing it. I bought 4 remaned calipers for $400 ($155 are for the cores).
I have never owned a vehicle this size & tried to find a article or video to help me out. Anyone have a link?
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Old 07-08-2017, 01:04 AM   #25
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I like your design alot, one of mine will be very similar!
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Old 07-08-2017, 09:44 AM   #26
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Thank you. I stumbled across it on a off-road website. All I've done so far is get new front tires & wheels. I went from 20s to 22.5s. I plan on swapping out the back at some point.
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Old 07-08-2017, 02:49 PM   #27
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I'm from Chattanooga and have an XJ as well. Two sets of tires, 31 ATs for the road and 32 MT swampers. Nothing crazy but it does well on a lot of the local trails. Planning to flat tow with the bus which I'm doing an RV conversion on - about a month into the process now. Hoping to have all ready for a trip up the west coast next summer.
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Old 07-08-2017, 03:47 PM   #28
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Thank you. I stumbled across it on a off-road website. All I've done so far is get new front tires & wheels. I went from 20s to 22.5s. I plan on swapping out the back at some point.
sweet, 22.5s will give you a bit better fuel economy too. mine came with 11R22.5s 14 and 16 ply
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Old 07-08-2017, 05:35 PM   #29
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I'm from Chattanooga and have an XJ as well. Two sets of tires, 31 ATs for the road and 32 MT swampers. Nothing crazy but it does well on a lot of the local trails. Planning to flat tow with the bus which I'm doing an RV conversion on - about a month into the process now. Hoping to have all ready for a trip up the west coast next summer.
I really like a XJ. This is my 5th one. We love going to AOP. Beautiful place. Went go Aetna years ago but haven't been back due to the controversy about the legality.

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sweet, 22.5s will give you a bit better fuel economy too. mine came with 11R22.5s 14 and 16 ply
Nice!!
My mpg seems to fluctuate between 6 & 11.7. I'm going to blame the calipers sticking. Really don't care about mpgs cause the thing is such a blast to drive.
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Old 07-08-2017, 05:56 PM   #30
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My mpg seems to fluctuate between 6 & 11.7. I'm going to blame the calipers sticking. Really don't care about mpgs cause the thing is such a blast to drive.
said like a TRUE Jeeper! its all about FPG not MPG!!

I have had a number of wranglers from YJ's to TJs, JKs, JKUs.. and had an old 1976 cherokee chief.. (that thing weas a beast).

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Old 07-08-2017, 08:44 PM   #31
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I bet that thing drank the gas.
I have Jeep running thru my veins. I daily drove some sort of Jeep for the past 20 years up until 2 years ago. It all started with a $1300 CJ7 with the I6, 3 speed manual, 33s with stock, saggy springs & hardtop. Then...
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Old 07-08-2017, 09:17 PM   #32
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as far as hardtop jeeps XJ's are by far my favorites. we ran them as company vehicles for many years.. its the only thing that telecom techs driving in all kinds of weather couldnt destroy.. the 4.0 was the best.. thirsty and probably not real powerful in the grand scheme.. but we never had to crack one open.. now A/C compressors in the XJ's - different story..

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Old 07-08-2017, 09:46 PM   #33
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Old 07-08-2017, 10:13 PM   #34
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OUr family had an early 4.0 AMC Cherokee that is still someone's trail rig. Had 390k miles on its original engine and still ran and drove when we sold it to a friend. AFAIK its still in use!
We had a mildly customized J20 that came with Levi's interior! What a great truck that thing was.
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Old 07-08-2017, 10:20 PM   #35
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The Cherokee is very underrated.

As far as the a.c. systems. Both of the '89 I had blew cold air when purchased. I got one of them 15 years ago for $300. It had a XJ Dana 44. I sold the 44 for $350 & threw in a 8.25 I had.
I got one for $150 & drove it home. I had to put new brakes all around, a fender & drivers seat in after the p.o. wrecked it.

All of the XJs were 4.0, auto & 4x4.
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Old 07-08-2017, 10:26 PM   #36
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OUr family had an early 4.0 AMC Cherokee that is still someone's trail rig. Had 390k miles on its original engine and still ran and drove when we sold it to a friend. AFAIK its still in use!
We had a mildly customized J20 that came with Levi's interior! What a great truck that thing was.
That's what my current XJ is, the first gen 4.0. It has 275k on it & beat on it every time we go to a off-road park. My last XJ was a '98. I got it with 240k on it. At 305k, the engine slung apart on my way to work 4 days after a off road trip. That is when I inherited my current daily driver from my wife. Drove that XJ for 6 years.
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Old 07-09-2017, 10:22 AM   #37
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300K is about right for a 4.0 it seems, one of the guys bought one of our company XJ's,, we ran typically 50K a year on them.. he lost the head (crack) at 302K and the oil pressure would go to about 6 at idle so he rebuilt it, I lost track of it.. the company only kept them for 4 or 5 years.. once no more new XJ's (and used ones were going at ridiculous prices).. we started getting escapes.. we were lucky to get 180k out of one of those before the trans or transfer case or motor popped..

I never knew there were different gens of 4.0, other than from carbed to EFI at some point. what were the differences? my YJ and all my TJ;s were 4.0, I hated the 3.8 in the JK;s.. *NO* low end torque.. you *HAD* to get a rubicon just to be able to crawl anything with any torque..
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Old 07-09-2017, 05:53 PM   #38
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I hope my wife next "new" car is either a 2 door JK Rubicon or LJ Rubicon. I seem to always get her old car when she upgrades.
The 4.0 came out in 1987. It had 175 hp. In 1991 they improved the head ever so slightly & the exhaust header. This bumped the hp up to 190.
No much different in power but they also switched from Remix injection to Multi Port Fuel Injection. Much better quality.
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Old 07-09-2017, 05:56 PM   #39
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all my 4.0's were 2nd gen then.. as my YJ was I think a 93 or 94.. I remember that one I had to add A/C to as not a single one on the lot had it used or new...
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Old 07-09-2017, 06:03 PM   #40
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