Jeep Repairs

This weekend I helped Jenny change the transmission mount on her XJ. While we had the cross member out we decided to remove the transfer case lowering blocks. This drop was put in to match the tapered lift blocks that came with her lift kit.

We removed the spacers and replaced the tapered blocks with flat blocks.

A test drive showed that the drive shaft vibes were back. I guess the drop is necessary for the 92. I have the same lift on my 88 with no transfer case drop and no drive line vibes.

We spent Sunday afternoon putting the transfer case spacers back in and replacing the flat blocks with the tapered blocks.

The drive line is now smooth again.

My Dog Smash

My dog Smash is funny dog.  Sometimes he wants to have lots of petting and attention and other times he is aloof and independent. 

For the past few nights he has wanted to come in the house for a while and get petted.  Then he will go back  outside to sleep.  It has been very cold, but he still prefers to sleep outside.

He does expect me to walk with him to the creek each morning.  It does not matter if it is cold or raining or whatever, when I walk out the door, he runs toward the creek.  If I don’t follow, he turns around and pouts.

Lately, since it has been so cold, I have begin cranking my Jeep first and letting it warm up while we walk to the creek.  This confuses Smash.

When I go to the Jeep, he gets that sad look and then when I turn around to go to the creek, he hesitates a moment as if questioning whether I am serious or not.

For more stories about Smash see his Dog Behavior Blog.

Jeep Cherokees

On of my passions is Jeep Cherokees.  All my family drives XJs.  Mine is a 91 four door with over 300,000 miles.  My ex rally racer now turned off road Jeep is an 88 two door with a 4.7L stroker engine.  Now with a three inch lift and 33 inch Maxxis Buckshot tires.

My older son drives an 88 XJ Wagoneer with a 4.7L Stroker motor.  A real surprise at stoplights when this wood grain sided, white wall tired monster walks off and leaves muscle cars!  His wife drives a 96 Cherokee Country.

My younger son has a 91 like mine except his is green.

My Wife drives a 99 Cherokee Classic.  Our friend and business partner has a 92 XJ with a 3 inch lift and 31 inch Maxxis Buckshots.

To read more about our Jeeps, see: http://mikestrawbridge.com/jeep-cherokee-off-road.shtml

Installing WordPress 2.7

I am adding Word Press to my web site today.  My plan will be to convert the whole site into Word Press blog posts.  This may take a while.

I will start by adding new articles directly as Word Press blog posts.  I will also start to convert the old stuff as I add the categories.

I am adding adsense ads as well.