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Month: February 2017

FCA Extends Warranty on JK/JKU Clocksprings

FCA Extends Warranty on JK/JKU Clocksprings

Does your airbag light come on and chime at you? Has your horn or steering wheel buttons stopped working?  If you haven’t experienced your clockspring going out, you probably have heard about someone else’s as it is a common failure on JKs/JKUs. Clockspring failures are not an all or none situation. Some of the below symptoms can have other causes if they are occurring by themselves. However, if there are multiple things going on like you have little electrical gremlins….

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Shawnee State (Ohio) Forestry Roads

Shawnee State (Ohio) Forestry Roads

If you are looking for a little backcountry getaway, Ohio’s Shawnee State Forest may be just the right destination. Especially if you are looking for more of a drive than a hike. With the recent cold snap and projects on pause, this is just what we were looking for. The forest itself is nearly 64,000 acres and is nestled between the Scioto and Adams counties. Nicknamed “The Little Smokies of Ohio” there are some similarities, but I personally think this…

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Lots of progress on Ehu this week!

Lots of progress on Ehu this week!

I did my very best to capitalize on the warm weather we had this week and even took a vacation day Friday. The result is a fair amount of progress on our overland trailer. In fact, I almost worked myself out of work until a few more parts arrive. What did I accomplish you ask? Well, for starters I modified the center-cap hole on the wheels to clear the EZ-Grease hub cap. I knew the clearance would be tight, but the…

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The overland trailer starts to take shape

The overland trailer starts to take shape

We were very productive this weekend on our overland trailer “Ehu”. There is still a ton of work to be done in order to have it ready by late spring, but I think we will make it! This week’s warm weather sure is helping progress but part of me worries the cold will return about the time we are ready to paint. 🙄 I’m sure it will all work out… There is plenty of work to be done before that anyway,…

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More Ehu parts arrive!

More Ehu parts arrive!

Well, we rolled into last weekend rather optimistically… Unfortunately, we had a run of funk roll through the whole family that left us under the weather and not fit to work out in the shop. It may have worked out for the best as this weekend’s weather is shaping up to be even better! In spite of the lack of frame progress, we are making headway in other areas. The largest being that we finally pulled the trigger on our axle…

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It’s finally time to throw some sparks!

It’s finally time to throw some sparks!

We finally found a place that would deliver the metal to us and would allow for hand unloading. This said, the truck driver  wasn’t too happy about it… None-the-less, we now have all the structural steel for the frame as well as the aluminum for the box so it’s finally time to begin some actual fabrication. We are still waiting on the aluminum tool box doors to arrive so I am hesitant to do too much in the way of…

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Exploring the Eastern Smokies of TN and NC

Exploring the Eastern Smokies of TN and NC

With the exception of last year because we went on a Caribbean cruise, we always find ourselves in a pretty dark place this time of year. This year hasn’t been much different in spite of the fact it has been a fairly warm winter. Warm or cold, the sun rarely pokes through the clouds over Ohio and there are only so many shows to binge on before the cabin fever is too much and we need to get out. Sensing…

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Metal and hitch system for Ehu finally on order…

Metal and hitch system for Ehu finally on order…

I finally got the final frame design wrapped up and ordered the metal. The frame itself will be steel, but the doors and skin will be aluminum. The aluminum was a tough pill to swallow cost wise but I think it will be worth it in the end. The biggest hurdle was actually finding a metal supplier that would deliver to me. In the past, we have always ordered cuts that could be easily loaded into a vehicle or put…

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