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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-23-2005, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Cheap and easy upgrades....

Okay...there's a list a mile long of things I wanna do to my jeep, but w/o forking over a bunch of money for replacement parts and/or new parts.....what are some of your favorite upgrades that you did to your jeep that didn't cost you your left kidney?
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Re: Cheap and easy upgrades....

My favorite cheapie is a hand throttle that didn't cost anything but time. A friend who works at a Beechcraft dealer got a prop governor control that was worn beyond spec, but still excellent. It's a vernier control - twisting the knob screws the cable in or out. Pushing the button in the end allows it to be pushed or pulled like a plain flex cable. The brackets and linkage were made from pieces of scrap and junk around the shop.

It's so accurate that I threw out the idle speed screw on the carb and set the idle speed with the hand throttle. I can pull it out to an approximate setting and then rotate the knob to get exactly the engine speed I want.

Another is the fuel filler. It didn't cost anything either. I made one similar to the stock CJ filler except with more down-angle on it. That allows it to be mounted flush with the body instead of recessed in the plastic pocket. Now a jerry can spout can reach it and drain the can.

It cost several hundred bucks for instruments, but I REALLY like my instrument panel. It's good to see the instruments just below the normal line of vision, instead of down near the floor. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Cheap and easy upgrades....

Perfect!!! These are good ideas on what I'm looking for. I really like the throttle idea! I've actually thought about that before, but never thought about using your type of setup. Seems very practical too!

Anyone else? Time to brag about your ingenious upgrades, tips&tricks, or simple fixes that greatly improved the quality and/or performance of your jeep. This is good for rookies like myself to hear these things, I'm sure most would agree. I know everytime I start dink'n around w/ my jeep, I'm constantly wondering "How can I do that?" or "Can that be done?"
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Re: Cheap and easy upgrades....

My favorite is a $.35 welding rod on the rear spider gears.
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Re: Cheap and easy upgrades....

do a search for thr teamrush upgrade, duraspark upgrade or tfi upgrade. It helped me on stuff ya have to replace anyway.
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Re: Cheap and easy upgrades....

One of my favorite cheapys was the heater upgrade. A little cutting, drilling and 20 dollar bill to Napa will get you a toasty warm jeep and defrosters that work! I also like the near free hand throttle on the shifter upgrade. Mine works but its not as fancy as the one above. I'm also fond of the twin stick shifters on the clocked 300 T-case. Another freebie made from parts laying around the shop.
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Another favorite is the cotton clothesline rope wrapped around the steering wheel. It makes the skinny rim nice and fat, and gives a good grip no matter how much mud gets on it.
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Mine is the paper clamp from the office....you know, those black steel clamps that are used to hold more than 30 sheets of paper together? Clip that on the solder seat belt with a little slack built in and you don't get your shoulder beat up on the trail....more than once (before using the clip), I've had the shoulder strap get so tight from the bouncing that I couldn't reach the shifter...

$1.00 for the springs to hold my front longer brake lines up so they don't flop around.

$.02 For my advice to never use poly bushings. I now use stock rubber on both vehicles. Transmitts a lot less vibration.
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LOL, I guess that paper clip idea would look a little better than the clothes pins I keep in the Jeep and the wifes car.
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Re: Cheap and easy upgrades....

I would like to see more ideas myself on this thread. Seems like everything costs big $$$: PS, Disc, Fuel Inject, lifts, cages, winches, lockers, 4:1 kits, Alcans, Axle & gear swaps, etc.
Some low dollar (less than $100 + my time) items I've done or bought:
Fire extingsher
brake speed bleaders at http://speedbleeder.zoovy.com
OBA (using air ride compressor '80's Lincoln)
High lift jack (yard sale)
First aid kit
HEI conversion (future item)
Under the hood light (from 88 chev truck)
Motorcraft 2100 carb (E-bay, dump that Carter)
Homemade bumpers (made from scrap --- free + time)
Homemade reciever hitches (ft & rear)
Homemade spare tire carrier
Homemade rear lift shackles, 1" lift
Cherokee front shackles, 1" lift
Shock extention mounts (e-bay)
Tire chains for 33's (yard sale)
Driving lights (wreaking yard)
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