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Old 05-12-2015, 10:12 PM
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Old 05-12-2015, 10:21 PM
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Re: A Teen at Work!

You may have noticed my sweet new door handles in my last post! My bud got me a new set for all of my doors since they were all broken!





It took a little bit to get them to sit flush, but when they did, they ended up perfect!



Just feeling the higher tension spring when opening the door is enough to bring a smile to my face!
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Old 05-12-2015, 10:30 PM
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Re: A Teen at Work!

One thing I was really stoked to pick up was a new sandblaster. I find myself stalling days on a project when it comes to painting because I don't want to do simple prep. I ended up picking up a Craftsman sandblaster (Craftsman.com) for just $50 to my door.



I have used this a few times already and I can't see how I ever lived without it. I will be redoing my wheels with it, CAI with it, grille, and the small crevices when I paint my Jeep.
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Old 05-12-2015, 10:49 PM
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Re: A Teen at Work!

A little while back, I was doing the daily Craigslist search and stumbled upon an Airaid cold air intake kit from a guy claiming to have gotten it a while back from a friend. He had no need for it and was selling it for $100. I don't need this, but why not? So, I met the guy locally and he had a sweet Comanche. He was also very nice too. That's about it for the good parts. The CAI was in rough condition. The housing was rusted to bits, even after someone decided to spray black paint over it disregarding prep work. The filter was black, there were spider webs in the intake tube, and the couplers were dry rotted.







This is where my amazement for Airaid's customer care started and I spoke with Jared both times I inquired. I began by emailing about the filter. It was a mess, would a cleaning kit truly do the job? Airaid's answer? Give us your mailing address, we'll have a brand new one sent your way... No questions, no pictures needed, no what was your order number, when did you purchase this, and from where? It was a simple, 'here ya go.' I was amazed, What more... it got to me the next day. I had later installed a larger 90mm throttle body. This caused the coupler to not fit well. I emailed asking if they have a reducer for this. They're answer? Give us the outer diameter of the TB and we'll have a new one out to you same day. Why can't all companies work like this?

With the new couplers and filter, it was ready. I had used my new sandblaster to rid the rust off of the housing, primed and painted it, and gave it the final touch with a complimentary Airaid sticker from Jared. It fit nicely and looks the part!



The kit sounds great (is this why people buy them?) especially when I reach the higher RPMs. My MPGs did not change much, if anything they went down ~.2MPG, but maybe that is me 'testing' my new CAI. I also wish my Superchips tuner could tune the Jeep for the added flow. As for performance gains, maybe I would notice it more if I weren't running the 285/70s, but I am no bull sh*tter and won't go saying I dropped a second off of my quarter mile... Still love it and have become a forever supporter of Airaid!
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Old 05-12-2015, 10:59 PM
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Re: A Teen at Work!

My intake improvements are not done yet! I mentioned getting a 90mm throttle body and thought I would make a separate post about this. I noticed a while back that my idle just wouldn't stay consistent. I tried many things, but ended up going with a BBK Power Plus 90mm Throttle Body (http://www.bbkperformance.com/products/2003-12-dodge-hemi-57l61l64l-85mm-and-90mm-power-plus-throttle-body.html?car_motor_key[]=1632&car_motor_key[]=1631)



The TB really takes a bite out of your wallet, but anything for performance, right? Anyhow, I installed it and immediately, I hated it. My idle was worse than ever, it wouldn't stay consistent, and my throttle lag made me wonder if my engine stalled. It ended up getting better and I took it to Rausch Creek and soon realized it wasn't okay. I had to have one foot on the brakes and one on the gas at all times when going up a hill because I would start rolling backwards before my engine could react...

SOOO, I wen't home, was just about to take it off when I noticed a big red flag: the throttle body was so big it tore my original coupler that I had on at the time right in half. I was driving with one whopping vacuum leak. A brand new Airaid coupler came to the rescue and the Jeep drove like new! Still, I was hoping for better throttle response, but my MPG DID GO UP ~.5MPG! This amazed me, it is the opposite from what I expected. Less time at the pump, more money for Jeep parts. I did, however, notice that my throttle response >4KRPM has greatly improved.
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Old 05-19-2015, 11:41 PM
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Re: A Teen at Work!

I never made a post on these, but because I was in my wheel well checking the torque on some bolts, I figured that I would. I have had Rocky Road Outfitters upper control arms installed for some time now (Jeep WK Grand Cherokee, A-arm control arm kit upgrade, 2005-2010). These things have quite the reputation, so here is my opinion. First things first is the price. The only competition (for now) is really the JBA UCAs, but they cost a pretty penny more. Now people make an opposition claiming awful service from RRO, but I have their lift kit, wheel spacers, diff guard, rear track bar, and now their upper control arms. Throughout the many questions I have asked, I have never had issues. Maybe it is just my luck, who knows. Aside from that, the quality of these arms is just right. They are beefy and can stand up to all the trails your WK can run and then some. I do have the new gen version to prevent bushing slippage. The only problem I had is that they were slightly too tight and needed to be widened; nothing a bottle jack couldn't fix. No big deal. Really. Once on, the bushings fit snugly, they did not have play, they were just right! Like I said, maybe I got lucky, but these arms rock and took Rausch Creek with confidence. The only problem is on me; I think I ordered the wrong ball joints as there is just a tad too much room not allowing the dust boot to cover it completely. I will probably end up getting a spacer to fix that.



You can see the cotter pin does not fit into the castle nut, but I am on the fix!
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:33 PM
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I never made a post on these, but because I was in my wheel well checking the torque on some bolts, I figured that I would. I have had Rocky Road Outfitters upper control arms installed for some time now (Jeep WK Grand Cherokee, A-arm control arm kit upgrade, 2005-2010). These things have quite the reputation, so here is my opinion. First things first is the price. The only competition (for now) is really the JBA UCAs, but they cost a pretty penny more. Now people make an opposition claiming awful service from RRO, but I have their lift kit, wheel spacers, diff guard, rear track bar, and now their upper control arms. Throughout the many questions I have asked, I have never had issues. Maybe it is just my luck, who knows. Aside from that, the quality of these arms is just right. They are beefy and can stand up to all the trails your WK can run and then some. I do have the new gen version to prevent bushing slippage. The only problem I had is that they were slightly too tight and needed to be widened; nothing a bottle jack couldn't fix. No big deal. Really. Once on, the bushings fit snugly, they did not have play, they were just right! Like I said, maybe I got lucky, but these arms rock and took Rausch Creek with confidence. The only problem is on me; I think I ordered the wrong ball joints as there is just a tad too much room not allowing the dust boot to cover it completely. I will probably end up getting a spacer to fix that.

You can see the cotter pin does not fit into the castle nut, but I am on the fix!
The JBAs ball joint have the same problem and solve it with a thick washer where your thinking of putting one. Would get you a picture but guess I didn't take one of that. Only when I messed up installing it without it lol.
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Old 06-23-2015, 01:50 PM
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Re: A Teen at Work!

I don't know if anyone has noticed, but I removed the IPF 868 lamps from my windsheild and replaced them with generic LEDs. I did so due to visibility, but I do have other plans for the IPF lights. I wanted to put them behind my grill, and I still will, but when I was doing some inspecting of the area to make sure the lights would clear, I found that the WK has stock light mounts! I mean, holes that just so happen to work perfectly. I have them here until I finish the mounts for behind the grille. But anyhow, here it is! I cut the original harness and soldered it to size, I still have some cleaning up of wires to do, but I'll do that all when I move them to their home behind the grille. They're also wired to just come on with my high beams and the difference is unreal!



The two wires you see hanging are from a PA speaker that is currently disconnected.





The relay is just mounted there, I may make a 'shield' for it in time.



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Old 07-11-2015, 03:01 AM
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Re: A Teen at Work!

Despite how upset I am right now due to a current electrical failure regarding my Jeep, I will just have to look on the brighter side of what I got done today. I have had this mod in mind for a while, since April of 2014 actually. I noticed that the temps in my Hemi like to rise a good deal when I am wheeling. I noticed it first when I went to Rausch Creek a few years back and the same happened recently on the last trip. I always had in the back of my mind hood louvers and I recalled seeing a set on Rocky Road Outfitters website here: Jeep Grand Cherokee Hood Louvers: Hood Louvers for Jeep Grand Cherokee So, I shot Chris at Crawl Offroad an email; my preferred WK parts dealer and bought the louvers through him! After it all, my Jeep is looking like this:



When I got the louvers, I found that they are Run Cool louvers and they have some pretty awesome stuff. If ya wanna check them out, see here: RunCool Hood Louvers - Hood Vents For Your Vehicle - Cool Your Engine Now, back on track. I read the directions meticulously and got my tools; a drill, 1.5" hole cutter, an assortment of tapes, pop riveter, and a good ol' angle grinder to hack away. All that and protective gear as well! I started by pulling my hood latch; it broke. I should have just stopped there and said, 'Pkay, Casey you literally just broke your hood release, sell your Jeep now.' But no, I am persistent. I started off by marking where I wanted them and measured once, twice, three, maybe even four times. I lost track. I ended up with this:



As the directions mentioned, circular corners have more structural integrity than a plain shard corner, so I followed in belief.



Then the fun part of cutting the holes, which was said and done with pretty quickly. I noticed that the hood supports ran just near the bottom of the holes, so I followed the directions and 'Swiss cheesed' them.



Then, with bare metal showing and the possibility to see through the louvers, I decided to paint it all flat black.



And voila! This took about four hours. The hardest most tedious part being drilling every 1/8" hole and riveting the louvers on. It was all so worth it though and I love the look! Not to mention, heat BLOWS out of these things. You'd think I had a fan under there blowing hot air out. The Jeep took considerably more time to reach anywhere near its previous temps and it runs around 15-20 degrees blow what it used to.









If you're wondering where the negative remarks came from, it is because on my way home from work earlier after feeling satisfied from the louvers, I got a CEL. All of a sudden my Jeep was in limp mode stuck in third gear with trouble codes P0700 and p2067. It seems like I will have to drop the trans pan for a third time IN ONE YEAR PLEASE C'MON JEEP TRANS FLUID ISN'T CHEAP AND YOU CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF IT. That AND replace the solenoids above the valve body. Yay. I'll get under the Jeep tomorrow after I pray tonight that I find a loose wire. Wish me luck!
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Old 07-11-2015, 03:50 PM
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Despite how upset I am right now due to a current electrical failure regarding my Jeep, I will just have to look on the brighter side of what I got done today. I have had this mod in mind for a while, since April of 2014 actually. I noticed that the temps in my Hemi like to rise a good deal when I am wheeling. I noticed it first when I went to Rausch Creek a few years back and the same happened recently on the last trip. I always had in the back of my mind hood louvers and I recalled seeing a set on Rocky Road Outfitters website here: Jeep Grand Cherokee Hood Louvers: Hood Louvers for Jeep Grand Cherokee So, I shot Chris at Crawl Offroad an email; my preferred WK parts dealer and bought the louvers through him! After it all, my Jeep is looking like this:



When I got the louvers, I found that they are Run Cool louvers and they have some pretty awesome stuff. If ya wanna check them out, see here: RunCool Hood Louvers - Hood Vents For Your Vehicle - Cool Your Engine Now, back on track. I read the directions meticulously and got my tools; a drill, 1.5" hole cutter, an assortment of tapes, pop riveter, and a good ol' angle grinder to hack away. All that and protective gear as well! I started by pulling my hood latch; it broke. I should have just stopped there and said, 'Pkay, Casey you literally just broke your hood release, sell your Jeep now.' But no, I am persistent. I started off by marking where I wanted them and measured once, twice, three, maybe even four times. I lost track. I ended up with this:



As the directions mentioned, circular corners have more structural integrity than a plain shard corner, so I followed in belief.



Then the fun part of cutting the holes, which was said and done with pretty quickly. I noticed that the hood supports ran just near the bottom of the holes, so I followed the directions and 'Swiss cheesed' them.



Then, with bare metal showing and the possibility to see through the louvers, I decided to paint it all flat black.



And voila! This took about four hours. The hardest most tedious part being drilling every 1/8" hole and riveting the louvers on. It was all so worth it though and I love the look! Not to mention, heat BLOWS out of these things. You'd think I had a fan under there blowing hot air out. The Jeep took considerably more time to reach anywhere near its previous temps and it runs around 15-20 degrees blow what it used to.









If you're wondering where the negative remarks came from, it is because on my way home from work earlier after feeling satisfied from the louvers, I got a CEL. All of a sudden my Jeep was in limp mode stuck in third gear with trouble codes P0700 and p2067. It seems like I will have to drop the trans pan for a third time IN ONE YEAR PLEASE C'MON JEEP TRANS FLUID ISN'T CHEAP AND YOU CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF IT. That AND replace the solenoids above the valve body. Yay. I'll get under the Jeep tomorrow after I pray tonight that I find a loose wire. Wish me luck!

Is it giving you a shift solenoid code? P0700 is just a general transmission fault it should set another one with some driving. It seems p2067 is for the fuel level sensor.


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Is it giving you a shift solenoid code? P0700 is just a general transmission fault it should set another one with some driving. It seems p2067 is for the fuel level sensor.


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I made a mistake, it's P2706 I believe. MS Solenoid error. I'm gonna go ahead and say I need to replace the Solenoid pack above the valve body.
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I made a mistake, it's P2706 I believe. MS Solenoid error. I'm gonna go ahead and say I need to replace the Solenoid pack above the valve body.

Check the wiring for burnt/broken wires first and if not then it's the solenoid pack.


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