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Chit-Chat / Re: 4x4 friendly car washes in the NW
« Last post by fug on Today at 07:45:04 AM »
I went to the place in Hawkwood and it worked out well.  Paid probably $25 or so but that was around 25 mins of straight pressure washing.  I tried to wash a lot of the mud out of the stall... even pulled out and asked the attendant if he had a shovel or broom to clean up a bit more.  He just said that was his job and not to worry about it.  I totally recommend Susdy's U wash on Hawksbrow Drive.
Chit-Chat / Re: 4x4 friendly car washes in the NW
« Last post by Vinman on Yesterday at 09:46:24 PM »
I have never been turned away from a self serve car wash. I do always spend an extra buck or two and wash the mud down the drain before I leave though.
I once cleaned the heep at the Riverbend Shell carwash after a wheeling trip and made sure I didn't leave a mess, the attendent watched me cleaning the heep then the bay and sent me on my way without charging me a cent👍
Chit-Chat / Re: 4x4 friendly car washes in the NW
« Last post by MattMan on Yesterday at 08:34:23 PM »
Good luck. That's why I broke down and bought a gas powered pressure sprayer from Costco. 😂
If you find one that will take you it probably won't have enough pressure to actually get it clean for less than $15...

If you had a good place in Airdrie it can't really be that far to go back there from NW Calgary.
Jeep Stuff Wanted / Re: JK Rubicon Dana 44 front shafts
« Last post by Vinman on Yesterday at 07:20:02 PM »
I have a set I could loan you
Jeep Stuff Wanted / JK Rubicon Dana 44 front shafts
« Last post by w squared on Yesterday at 06:19:04 PM »
I'm looking for a pair of factory take-offs. They don't have to be factory - but most folks who own cromoly shafts tend to have them IN their axles, right?

Specifically the complete left and right front axle shifts (inner, outer, u-joint) from a JK Rubicon. I'm going to send my current shafts to RCV for a rebuild because they deserve a treat after six years of lovin', and I'd like to have something other than rags stuffed into my front axle while that's happening.

I'm even okay with someone who just wants to loan 'em to me....because there's no way that could possibly go bad, right?
Tech Talk / CJ Overheating
« Last post by FLJager on Yesterday at 04:39:01 PM »
My new to me 82 CJ with a 258 is overheating. We recently replaced the original radiator because a previous owner must have patched a crack on the upper hose neck with JB Weld and it wasn't holding so well. After replacing the radiator, a short drive of only 2-3 kilometers and the coolant would start boiling over into the overflow bottle and we'd leave most of the coolant on the street, because it would overflow from the bottle.

We replaced the radiator cap with a new one, swapped out the thermostat and the water pump, all without any change in the symptoms.

An interesting thing though, with the radiator cap off, while the engine is running, if you pump the throttle a little, instead of the coolant level dropping, it gushes out after a moment. Normally, I'm accustomed to seeing the level drop a little.

So, we're thinking that the pump may be turning the wrong way. We've ordered a new one that turns in the opposite direction, to see if that helps but the impeller on the new pump turns in the same direction as the one it replaced. We're assuming that maybe it was the wrong pump to begin with, that maybe a previous owner had installed the wrong pump. The fan and pump turn clockwise but it appears by looking at the impeller that this is the wrong direction.

If a different water pump doesn't solve the problem, then we'll get a combustion gas tester, to see if there are combustion gases in the radiator, which may indicate a blown head gasket. We've not seen any white smoke coming out of the tail pipe, nor are we seeing any changes to the new coolant. Mind you, the coolant hasn't been staying in too long and we keep having to replace what ends up on the street. Also, when we filled the coolant system with a vacuum system, we didn't detect any symptoms that might have lead us to believe that there was a problem with head gasket or the block. A pressure tester at the radiator cap shows that the pressure gets up to 20psi within a few minutes and this pressure just pushes all of the coolant out of the system and into the overflow bottle, which then overflows onto the street.

So, suggestions, words of wisdom?
Chit-Chat / 4x4 friendly car washes in the NW
« Last post by fug on Yesterday at 09:45:41 AM »
The downside of moving back into town after living in Airdrie for close to 20 years is that I have to find new "go to" places for certain things.  Just wondering if there are any NW car washes that won't lose their minds when I roll in with the ZJ covered in 100lbs of McLean's finest muck.
Tech Talk / Re: Mods, what should I start with
« Last post by w squared on September 16, 2017, 07:21:02 PM »
By the way...a JK Rubicon is already capable of doing a LOT. I just finished wheeling Black Bear and Imogene passes in Colorado with a couple of inexperienced guys from Missouri. They were both driving stock JKU Rubicons - and they didn't encounter a single situation that their rigs couldn't handle with ease.

The M8000 is a good suggestion for the winch - And you can even look at just getting a winch plate instead of a bumper at first.

A leveling kit is not a bad idea - And a leveling kit with flat fenders will let you fit 33's easily, and maybe even 35's with trimming. I am running about 2.5" of lift on a long travel setup and 35's, and I have zero issues with rub.
Tech Talk / Re: Mods, what should I start with
« Last post by hps4evr on September 16, 2017, 11:26:58 AM »
Good place to start is a good Warn winch, the M8000-S has a lot of pulling power in a fairly light package. Match it with a good front bumper that isn't too heavy.
A 6" lift is way too much for a jk. A 2" lift can clear 35" tires on the proper rims. Some High clearance fenders can give you room for 37" tires without any suspension lift. There are lot of cheap options that perform terribly. A good set of 2" lift foil springs with good shocks makes a big difference. Adjustable track bars help to keep it all lined up properly, these really make a big difference in handling on and off-road. This amount of lift will give you room for a 34-35" tire.
Tire choice is up to you and how you want to use your jeep. A good AT works good in a lot of places, but not so well in mud. A good mud tire works well off-road but not as well on the street. There are aggressive all terrain tire's now that are a happy medium between both that work very well too. Rim style is up to you but a 17" rim gives you the most tire options.
Don't jump in too quickly, plan this properly and you'll be happier in the end. I've driven too many poorly built jeeps where people didn't plan properly. Do it right the first time.
Tech Talk / Mods, what should I start with
« Last post by Kanueh on September 16, 2017, 07:03:39 AM »
Winch and front bumper first for sure but once you hang that winch on there the front will drop a bunch so you should get at least a leveling kit for the front at the same time. Leveling kit or a budget boost is pretty cheap so that when you decided to go a bit higher you won't be into the lift too much yet.

I agree with buy a great winch the first time, cheap winches work ok until they don't. Unfortunately that usually happens when you need it most.
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