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mrblaine (Blaine) recommended Mopar coolant when I was discussing cooling system issues with him I was having. It's a bit expensive but I pay attention to Blain's opinions.
Same when it comes to Mr Blaine and his input on things involving Jeeps. I was looking through the user manual and it shows Mopar HOAT engine coolant. I'll likely just order that.
 

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Da Ruby Heep is all back together and running great! New water pump, thermostat, and high flow thermostat housing. Refilled everything with Mopar antifreeze mixed with distilled water. Also got a new fan shroud too and modified it properly so the fan blades don't contact the bottom of it.

Didn't get any pictures while putting it all back together but here's some with it all buttoned up.

Took the Jeep for a spin and the temp would get up to 210° and then drop to just the left side of the white circle. Looks like the 195° thermostat and fresh coolant is doing their job. No leaks either!!!
 

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Pulled the trigger and ordered new gears for the Heep. Getting a set of Revolution 4.56 with Timken bearings to help with the drive to Colorado this summer. Will be dropping the Jeep off next week to Dave at BRAVE Motorsports for the install. Still boggles my mind how my 04 Rubicon can feel so sluggish with 255x85r16 and 4.10 gears compared to my 97 with 33x10.5r15 with 4.10 gears ?.
 

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I swung by BRAVE Motorsports to see how the Jeep was coming along with the new gears and well ... found some carnage in the rear ...

It looks like the bearings were eating themselves and one of the rear axles has a chunk broken off on one of the splines. So all new seals and bearings will be going in along with a set of Revolution Chromoly 30spline axles.

I am dumbfounded how with only 83k miles the stock bearings and axles look this bad. Oh well out with the weak in with the strong.
 

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Great thread,thanks for sharing
 

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Are you planning on keeping the stock rear locker with your regear? The teeth for the gear-driven LS are known to shatter. Since everything is apart, this would be a good time to upgrade to an ARB.
 

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Are you planning on keeping the stock rear locker with your regear? The teeth for the gear-driven LS are known to shatter. Since everything is apart, this would be a good time to upgrade to an ARB.
Yes I am keeping the stock locker with LS. That all looked fine and right now I can't afford a set of ARB lockers.
 
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