Ownership Verified: BCS repeatedly breaks, fixes, and re-breaks his Jeep

BerserkerCatSplat

Hormone Induced
Joined
Jun 21, 2005
Messages
9,647
Location
Alberta, Canada
Car(s)
The Jeep of Theseus, Angry Wagon
Wow, thanks for all the comment, guys! You rock! :thumbsup:

Hopefully I can get the hooks and plates on this weekend, but midterm exams are making that less and less likely. :(
 

nsx_23

Forum Addict
Joined
May 9, 2009
Messages
7,709
Those lights look powerful enough to light up a battlefield
 

BerserkerCatSplat

Hormone Induced
Joined
Jun 21, 2005
Messages
9,647
Location
Alberta, Canada
Car(s)
The Jeep of Theseus, Angry Wagon
So, I've only been doing small stuff lately, not much in the way of updates.

Installed the front tow hooks:

One of the brackets was a bit bent, ended up doing a lot of whacking with the ol' BFH to get it straightened out but now it mounts perfectly.

Also installed the front skidplate, no pics though. Seen one skidplate, seen 'em all.

Yesterday I also cracked the front and rear diffs open and changed the oil in them, the rear looked to have been done recently but the oil in the front one was pretty black. Much better now.

Finally, got bored and compared my headlight vs lightbar against my house. I think my neighbors love me now.

Identical camera settings.




Transfer case skidplate remains on the to-do list due to Fastenal not being open on weekends, making it difficult to get those stupid nutserts. Also, upon pulling the grille to remove the bumper to install the hooks, I discovered that my radiator is FULL of gunk, so a trip to the ol' dollar carwash is in order.
 

JipJopJones

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 17, 2006
Messages
4,479
Location
North Shore
Car(s)
1979 Cressida Wagon, 1981 Corolla Hardtop
Starting to look more and more trail worthy!

I can't wait untill I get the time to install my towhooks on my cherokee..
 

BerserkerCatSplat

Hormone Induced
Joined
Jun 21, 2005
Messages
9,647
Location
Alberta, Canada
Car(s)
The Jeep of Theseus, Angry Wagon
Yep, she's getting there! I'm looking at a F>R swap lift in the spring with some much better tires, but she'll be OK for some fun in the impending snow for now.
 

NooDle

Ik ben niet alleen lekker met kaas!
Joined
Jul 20, 2005
Messages
9,737
Location
Belgium
Car(s)
VW eGolf, Hyundai Kona 1.0
dammit it's starting to look real badass.
How much did you spend in total in "doing it up". I'm guessing about as much as the car cost itself? :lol:
 

BerserkerCatSplat

Hormone Induced
Joined
Jun 21, 2005
Messages
9,647
Location
Alberta, Canada
Car(s)
The Jeep of Theseus, Angry Wagon
dammit it's starting to look real badass.
How much did you spend in total in "doing it up". I'm guessing about as much as the car cost itself? :lol:


Not as much as you might think. The suspension parts and hooks/plates cost me in the neighborhood of $125 from the boneyard, the lightbar was about $45 worth of components (already had most of the wires and connectors on hand), and everything else has mostly been just the usual maintenance bits like oil, fluids, CCV breather, etc. If I had to total it up, I've only put ~$250 into it so far. I think all that's left to do for this season is the mid skidplate (already have it) and rear skidplate ($15.99 from the boneyard).

Junkyard jeeping, man. :lol:
 

WDWBen

Subaru Killer
Joined
Nov 5, 2007
Messages
1,388
Location
Disney World
Car(s)
2012 MX-5 PRHT
Woo! You're gonna have fun in the snow this winter, that's for sure! I know there's nothing I enjoy more in the winter than finding a nice empty parking lot and going crazy :-D
 

BerserkerCatSplat

Hormone Induced
Joined
Jun 21, 2005
Messages
9,647
Location
Alberta, Canada
Car(s)
The Jeep of Theseus, Angry Wagon
All is not well in Jeepland. I was driving back from my folks' place tonight and the Jeep was making an alarming whunkwhunkwhunking noise that started at like 20kph, varied directly with speed and vibrated the whole vehicle. Upon arriving home I went out with my torque wrench to check the lugnuts and discovered that my right rear wheel smelled like burning.

I think my axle bearing is shot. :(
 
Last edited:

JipJopJones

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 17, 2006
Messages
4,479
Location
North Shore
Car(s)
1979 Cressida Wagon, 1981 Corolla Hardtop
that sucks.

Hopefully it won't be too difficult to fix. Or too much $$$
 

BerserkerCatSplat

Hormone Induced
Joined
Jun 21, 2005
Messages
9,647
Location
Alberta, Canada
Car(s)
The Jeep of Theseus, Angry Wagon
Good news! I got distracted by the burning smell (that I now attribute to adjusting my e-brake the other day), and didn't finish checking my lugs - turns out the lugnuts on my front left wheel were totally loose, some of them weren't even finger-tight. I swear I torqued those things down twice like a month ago, so I'm wondering if someone undid them as a prank, since there's been a bit of car vandalism in my neighborhood lately. :mad:
 

JipJopJones

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 17, 2006
Messages
4,479
Location
North Shore
Car(s)
1979 Cressida Wagon, 1981 Corolla Hardtop
Were you driving when you noticed this?

Or did you just happen upon it. I hope it's the latter. I know someone who's wheel fell off while driving, not fun.
 

BerserkerCatSplat

Hormone Induced
Joined
Jun 21, 2005
Messages
9,647
Location
Alberta, Canada
Car(s)
The Jeep of Theseus, Angry Wagon
It suddenly became noticeable when I was on the highway doing 110 from Airdrie to Calgary. I slowed it down to about 80 for the rest of the trip because I wasn't sure what the hell was making the noise and a look around the vehicle on the dark side of the road didn't give me any clues, I didn't even think to check the lugs until I'd got it back home. I really do consider myself lucky the wheel didn't fall off. Scary stuff.
 
Last edited:

WDWBen

Subaru Killer
Joined
Nov 5, 2007
Messages
1,388
Location
Disney World
Car(s)
2012 MX-5 PRHT
Check for plastic hub rings. It's entirely possibly you torqued down the wheels properly, but an improperly (or not needed) hub ring might have caused them to loosen. It happened to me! Cost me $250 in repairs by the time I had it diagnosed (and has to be towed to a shop, I almost lost my left rear on the highway!).
 

BerserkerCatSplat

Hormone Induced
Joined
Jun 21, 2005
Messages
9,647
Location
Alberta, Canada
Car(s)
The Jeep of Theseus, Angry Wagon
Well, it's winter so there's really no modifying going to happen until the weather warms up. However, that doesn't stop me from preparing!



More or less a clone of the KOR ZJ winch bumper, but anytime I can build something myself for $100 instead of paying $900 plus shipping, I break out the welder!
 
Last edited:

BerserkerCatSplat

Hormone Induced
Joined
Jun 21, 2005
Messages
9,647
Location
Alberta, Canada
Car(s)
The Jeep of Theseus, Angry Wagon
Ah, it's just a screencap from Google Sketchup. I can just export to a DWG file when I need to get the pieces cut.
 

devil500

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 8, 2007
Messages
2,891
Location
State College, PA || NYC
Car(s)
'07 VW Rabbit 2.5 (Golf) MKV, PCR MXK8 Rotax Max
This build is making me consider getting one of these beats once I move to PA..Very nice build!
 
Top