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    Trevor? previously posted:
    "in the hope I could get a temporary tag,"

    What amount of time does Colorado allow between bill-of-sale date of purchase to license? Thirty Days? You should be able to drive on that I'd think. But don't trust my mind on what is allowed.

    https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dmv...hicle-services

    Look at the "Unable to renew online" section and the link with it.

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    I appreciate anyone's two cents. I am no lawyer or expert either, but this is what I think I know so far:

    I think one has 36 hours to drive the vehicle from the seller's place of storage to the buyers place of storage without plates... that seems to be a longstanding rule as opposed to a covid related rule. My interpretation is that after that you are not supposed to drive it on the road without registering it and getting plates first. I did see that web page and link, and I submitted scans of the title, bill of sale, and insurance information to that link along with filling out the questions. I think its likely the people going through those requests are swamped. I think the biggest hurdle is the need of an emissions test to register and get plates. I was hoping that I could get a temporary plate or registration until the emissions stations open again but I am not sure if that is something they can do.

    A while back I bought a kit-trailer from harbor freight and I was able to get a temporary (paper) plate for it so I could drive it out to the state police station in Golden to get an inspection and "VIN" tag for it. That makes me think there is a chance they could do something similar for me now, but the big unknown is how the whole emissions laws play into it. I suspect the way they are written ties their hands a bit when it comes to a vehicle with a motor as opposed to a trailer. They seem to allude to emissions laws requirements in these covid-related web pages.

    You'd think it would be somewhat in their interest to do something so they can collect the sales tax... tax revenue is down with all of the business shutdowns and reduction in gas sales. But the name of the game now is "uncertainty".

    Trent, that is a very generous offer. I'm interested but I'm not sure when I would be up in your area next.

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    So it turns out I'm wrong. Called the DMV and they said that all I have to do is fill out the registration extension form (which is linked on the page Jim included above) and print out a copy with the confirmation number on it and carry that with me along with proof of insurance. License plate be damned. When things start opening back up I'll need to bring that along with all of the normal paperwork to the DMV (probably by appointment they way things seem to be going). They said the police have access to all of these extension requests so they can look everything up if you get stopped.

    I filled out that form a week ago, but thought I was supposed to receive some sort of response.

    I'll probably print out the confirmation number in big bold letters and tape it to the license plate holder. Maybe showing the effort would prevent me from getting stopped.

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    Trevor? previously posted:
    "I'll probably print out the confirmation number in big bold letters and tape it to the license plate holder. Maybe showing the effort would prevent me from getting stopped."


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    I rebuilt the trac-lok in the rear end last night. Didn't get any photos, as reassembling the diff required every one of my appendages Getting the spider gears in was the tricky part. It involved balancing the differential on one of the axleshafts, with the wheel studs bound in a piece of angle iron I was standing on. I was then able to twist the case with a prybar wedged between the case, a pin in one of the ring gear bolt holes, and my hip all while guiding the spiders in with my hands.

    There's not a lot of love out there for the trac-lok, but for a $60 set of clutches I figure I'll see what its all about for myself. The rearend has some wear... the carrier bearing preload was nonexistant, but it's not quite so bad to feel play in it when installed. It did make R&R'ing the diff that much easier. The spider gears have a few chips in the teeth but the side gears are fine and I found no pieces of gear teeth in there. Between that and one of the carrier bearing caps being installed backward I suspect someone had been in there recently. The ring and pinion look good. I slapped it all back together and we'll see how it does.

    I also threw in a lubelocker. Man do I hate scraping RTV.

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    Jim previously posted:
    "+1 on in-cab winch wiring.

    (though there is one downfall - it's difficult to monitor winch line stacking / building up)"

    Jim. Someone forgot to update your wheeler badge for 2020. Better get after em.
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    Changed the oil in the diffs, T-case, engine, and flushed the brake system with a half-a-gallon of fluid. I'd like to change the oil in the transmission, but I read AX-15's dont fare well with GL-5 oils, and that's all I find on the local parts store shelves. Anyone have any suggestions?

    After that I installed a budget boost. 1.75". It came with a 1" body lift and I figure I can piece together a 1" motor-mount spacer lift with stuff lying around. I'd like the extra 1nch of fender clearance and getting the oil pan up an inch seems like a good idea. The spacer lift funs smooth, no vibrations and the t-case skid is still in the standard position.

    The lift kit It was a package deal made by daystar for $100, marked down 75% off. IIt was the best price by a decent margin for a new kit. I figured it was collecting dust at some bumper-specialist store in AZ who sold it to me, but it appears from the packaging it was drop-shipped from daystar. Go figure.

    Maybe I'll give the body lift a shot tomorrow... but going for the hat-trick on wrenching this weekend may not go over so well with the family. I think I have my work cut out for me because I suspect the 6 bodymounts under the doors are rusted to their respective sleves. They feel like they move a little on the threads in the body but are still bound up. Its getting a good soak in PB. I guess I will see how many I break.

    She's still a little raked. That winch and steel cable are heavy. I don't know if the badlands winch can really pull 12000lbs or if it jut weighs that much.
         

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    It looks nice in the pic!

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    I would run synthetic 10w-30 in your entire drivetrain, engine to axles. Google it. I use 10w 30 Mobil 1 it in everything, it works great and means I just carry one spare oil type. My transfercase shifts like butter since I switched.

    I have a NIB motor mount lift for the 4.0 in my garage you can have for free. I can leave it on my porch for you, you can get it whenever you want.

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    just made sure I still had it, it's JKS 8100, includes bolts and extenders.
          

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    Sure, thanks! I was going to try and replicate that with a couple layers of 1/2" plate and some roll pins, but this would save me a few hours. I could drive up into Denver in the morning if that's cool. Do you want to pm an address to me? Thanks again.

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    sure, I'm pm you now. I'm glad you can use it. I'll put it out tonight, get it whenever is good for you.

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    Trevor? previously posted:
    "Changed the oil in the diffs, T-case, engine, and flushed the brake system with a half-a-gallon of fluid. I'd like to change the oil in the transmission, but I read AX-15's dont fare well with GL-5 oils, and that's all I find on the local parts store shelves. Anyone have any suggestions?
    "

    Not sure what issue you might be referring with Ax15....For those of us with old yellow metal synchros, the new GL5 stuff is kind of hard on it, so I use Sta-Lube from NAPA which comes in a variety of lower/older GL ratings and is a less corrosive....They might make something that works for you. For some newer stuff, I have run what Paul has suggested in synthetic Mobil 10-30, but as its so thin, some older stuff (like 50-70 year old stuff) is designed with higher clearances and needs the thicker viscosity 90wt (or even 120wt in some cases). So, again its depends on the application, and it appears you know what you are doing...
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    Actually 10w 30 is the same "thickness" as 80w gear oil, and 10w 40 and 90w gear oil are the same viscosity, it's just measured differently.

    https://www.gofurthergofs.com/Portal...lent-Chart.pdf

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    Trevor? previously posted:
    "Sure, thanks! I was going to try and replicate that with a couple layers of 1/2" plate and some roll pins, but this would save me a few hours. I could drive up into Denver in the morning if that's cool. Do you want to pm an address to me? Thanks again."

    I also put out a good used steering stabilizer w/ hardware, I think it's a ProComp but I'm not sure. It's got some surface rust but functions well. I'm cleaning up my garage, too much stuff, and was going to keep the hardware and toss the rest; take it if you want it, leave it if you don't.

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    Trevor? previously posted:
    "I read AX-15's dont fare well with GL-5 oils, and that's all I find on the local parts store shelves. Anyone have any suggestions?"

    I'm running ATF - any type - in mine (after 'internet research' some time back).

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    So the body lift and motor mount lift are installed. This was a classic 80-20 principle type of project where I must have spent a whole day trying to get two broken body bolts out. I ended up taking the whole grill out to get the one out of the front of the jeep. Then I ended ordering new body mount sleves as most of them were just too rusted out to make me comfortable reusing them.

    Once I had all the bolts out and other parts in hand the rest when pretty smoothly. I did forget to unbolt the fuel filler neck and broke it, but it wasn't expensive to replace. The motor mount spacers were great. Thanks again, Paul. Once i had a good look at them it became clear that replicating the little stud extensions would have been more of a chore than I had planned for. Between the body lift and the motor mount lift the fan is very well aligned with the shroud and the gearshift is in a good position. I ended up using the little bracket to adjust the body-side t-case shifter bracket but I had to modify it a bit to make sure the mechanism clears the extra bolt heads. I can see why so any people complain about the stock linkage.

    I may put another 3/4" spacer in the front to level it out. When I had the front tore apart had the chance to measure the sag caused by the winch and it is right about 3/4". It looked much more level without the winch. I'll have to see it once i load everything in the back for a day-trip and then make up my mind. Right now it runs down the highway pretty smoothly. I'll probably replace the stock springs and spacers at some point but I doubt i'll lift it any higher. Even if I go with bigger tires in the future i'm thinking id cut the body before lifting the suspension more.

    There are a few odds and ends to figure out next. I picked up a new midland CB radio for $35 on ebay. I think its a discontinued model. I have an old 4' firestik and I ordered some RG-8x to finish that off. I also found some old highlift jack mounts I used to use on my old TJ in a box in the basement. I'll probably use them to mount my highlift to the rear bumper but I appear to have lost the wingnuts that go with them. I also attached a fire extinguisher to the roll bar. I'd like to get it out next weekend for a shakedown run if my schedule permits it, regardless if these last few odds and ends are finished.
          

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    Glad it worked out for you! I have to pass the thanks on the Heather, who gave me that MM lift years ago, also for free.

    I also had to add a 3/4 inch spacer in the front of mine after adding the same winch. It is heavy...

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    Got tested. The jeep passed emissions with a decent amount of margin. I was a little worried. It does have 236K on the clock.

    Now I need to make an appointment with Jeffco DMV to title and register.

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