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Old 10-03-2015, 10:04 AM   #801 (permalink)
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That came out really nice!
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That came out really nice!
Thank you!

I had to sew the window area around the frame today. To get the window to velcro in, I took 2" loop velcro and sewed it around the inside of the window frame. I then sewed the 1" hook velcro to the clear vinyl. Basically I can no longer remove the canvas from around the window frame. The problem with the way I had the canvas velcro to the frame, is that if I tried to remove the clear vinyl velcro, it would pull the canvas velcro loose.
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Old 10-07-2015, 09:05 PM   #804 (permalink)
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The velco windows are in. The street light make them look way worse, they are actually pretty straight. I also mounted my passenger side reproduction mirror. I used the same 5" convex mirror that I use on my drivers side. It works very well. If I would not have made the windows bigger, I would not have been able to see the mirror.





I also cut way back on all the shit I normally haul with me. I also came up with a new way to load it all, I think I will be much happier with it. What I did, was cut a piece of 3/4" plywood to fit on top of my fender wells. Below the plywood fits 2 sleeping bags & pads, tent, driveline, chairs, bottled waters, and most of our cloths. On top of the plywood has two 10 gal plastic containerswhich one has food the other has all the kitchen and camp stuff, I have a 5 gal water container, ice chest, and my egg crate filled with my oils, tools and fluids. I think I'll like this set up much better, I'll have easy access to tools and food while on the trail.
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How is the view on the inside? Is it too dark without the rear side windows or not a problem?
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It does not bother me to not have windows in the rear area, yet. I have always driven with my mirrors only. It is dark in the rear area, but I undo the sides to access it anyways. I also have the led dome lights. If the weather is bad, I probably couldn't see through the windows even if I had them.
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I would be interested in seeing the various states of your packing and tools before and during the trail. Sound like a decent way to go, but pictures would help me understand a little better. Thanks.
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I would be interested in seeing the various states of your packing and tools before and during the trail. Sound like a decent way to go, but pictures would help me understand a little better. Thanks.
I will get some pics tomorrow for you.


We had a great time on the Rubicon this weekend. It was great meeting Mike and Max, they both did great on the the trail.

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I would be interested in seeing the various states of your packing and tools before and during the trail. Sound like a decent way to go, but pictures would help me understand a little better. Thanks.
I've been gone all day, but I had this one on my phone from before I left. You can see the plywood on the fender wells. I am going to pick up one more plastic tub for my oils and parts.

I turned the tubs 90* from what's in the pic, and they fit better across the back

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Your soft top turned out really nice Rodney! I'm digg'n it. That is one my list for this winter. Good inspiration!
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Your soft top turned out really nice Rodney! I'm digg'n it. That is one my list for this winter. Good inspiration!
Thanks!

Pretty slow day on pirate so I thought I would post a couple pics from our Rubicon trip.
With and without the side. The sides, rear, and doors come off very easy and quickly.




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Do you think there is any reason to Scotch guard/water proof the fabric?
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The material is already treated with canvak for waterproofing, from the factory. I plan on getting another gallon of it and retreating it, just to seal all the stitching holes.


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Tim, from Sly Park Shell, through the con and back to your house took 18 gallons. This left me 8 gallons to spare. Love the 26 gallon tank.
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Tim, from Sly Park Shell, through the con and back to your house took 18 gallons. This left me 8 gallons to spare. Love the 26 gallon tank.
I'm just happy I got back to trailer
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My gage says I still have a 1/4 tank but I think I will put a note on the dash to check the fuel on the next fill up. I used to carry 2 jerry cans on the rear fenders which was raising my center of gravity now with my 24gal. under the rig it's a lot more stable. That was a good call going with the 26gal. tank.
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On your top:
On the back panel is it 3 pieces or do those little pieces attach to the sides?
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Also on the door jam frame ( not sure what it's called ) does the top Velcro around the horizontal bar? Can you remove that bar?
I wished I would have taken better notes when I was standing in front of it. Also has the top stretched much?
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The sides are separate from the rear 3 panels. I originally made the 3 rear panels separate, but then sewd them together at the top, so all 3 pieces come off as one piece now.

The side door jam pieces velcro to the top and around the metal bar. I am at work til Friday, but when I get home I can send you/post any pics you need.
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You going to meet up with me and road trip to EJS?
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I do not know if the ejs time will work for me, due to other arrangements.
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Earlier this year I bought a used flashed computer and wiring harness for my 4.3. I am now going to commit to the tbi swap. I will need to order a few parts, but this will be my January project. The computer and painless harness is setup for the bare minimum. There is no egr, escm, knock sensor, or vss. The only sensors that it has is the O2, temp, oil, map, tps, and iac. I am going to order a tbi rebuild kit, O2 sensor, and distributor from amazon today. I sure hope everything goes well in the end. It all seems pretty simple, as long as it works. I am going to wait until it fires up before ordering a new fuel pump. I want to see if and how it will run with my current fuel pump, to know if I can carry it as a spare.
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Is your current setup not working like you want?

I have a tbi motor and haven't been all that happy with it. Simple yes, but kind of a dog. The gearing is good and I have enough power for most things, but I was just hoping for a little more I guess. I am seriously considering doing a newer model motor and going the multech injector route. Factory rated 160hp tbi vs a computer flash on the vortec head version for 200hp+. Not a huge difference, but that is 25%.

What are your thoughts on your tbi?
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My current setup is working fine and that's why I am hesitant to make the change. I was hoping for a little better perfofmance with the ecm being able to monitor the sensors. I have no complaints about the quadrajet carb, I have been running. I would not be changing it over if I did not get a good deal on the ecm and harness. I had everything else, but will still upgrade or replace a few items like new distributor, o2 sensor, and throttle body rebuild kit. I to was hoping for a little more power too. It might just be the heavy rig and living in the mountains. It does fine the majority of the time, but when I load it down or add the trailer I can feel it.

After doing some searching today, I believe that the harness I bought is from AFI and not painless. Pics from th AFI website match my harness and the wire color / pins match exactly. This is different from the factory harness colors and the relays are different from painless.
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I don't know. Your jeep ran great. The computer is why I don't have a heater. Hiding that takes a lot of space.
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4.3 tbi swap

Well the lung transplant has started. I had some time today, so I got the garage in a workable shape, rebuilt the TBI unit, and started stripping down the top end of the engine.

Here is hopefully the last picture of my carbureted engine.



Tomorrow I need to make a plug for the egr on the intake manifold, a mount for the computer, and then start the reassembly.


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