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ZuksOffRoad Sponsorship Section => Renee Olson and Zukie => Topic started by: zorproducts on September 23, 2018, 09:26:24 AM

Title: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: zorproducts on September 23, 2018, 09:26:24 AM
Hello people.
If you don’t have anything supportive to say, zip it. What we have here is successful communication between a young lady and her Samurai. The Samurai is therapeutic and a way for the community to help in Renee’s adventure in what we hope will be a normal life someday. This is not your normal young person. She has proven to be talented and hard working. 2 virtues often missing in the youth of today. So as she asks for technical support and advice, show her we sincerely care and with little effort on our part we can make a big difference in one persons life.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: zorproducts on September 23, 2018, 09:32:45 AM
Her recent 1995 geo metro valve cover conversion.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: The PHLOOP on September 23, 2018, 06:27:44 PM
Hers looks a hell of a lot better than mine does.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: PeeWee on September 23, 2018, 08:05:00 PM
Hers looks a hell of a lot better than mine does.

Exactly what I was thinking.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: gribble on September 24, 2018, 12:40:07 PM
Pardon my ignorance, but what is the advantage to a Metro valve cover?
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: The PHLOOP on September 24, 2018, 06:39:48 PM
Ten horse power and unlimited beautiful women fawning over you.


Actually, its just for looks really. Have to admit it makes the stock tin one look like butt.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: zorproducts on September 24, 2018, 08:43:41 PM
It’s main feature is that it’s gonna deal much better with the O-ring seal than the ancient cork gasket technology. 

Odds to have a Samurai tin valve cover leak oil: High
Odds for aluminum cast Metro valve cover to leak: Low
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: zorproducts on September 27, 2018, 10:25:30 PM
Victories should be appreciated, small or large.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: gribble on September 28, 2018, 08:32:36 AM
I'm admiring how clean the engine bay looks. Wish mine was that clean.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on September 28, 2018, 09:25:09 AM
Thank you :) It was a mega labor of love to do, heh. The layers of caked on oil were, in a way, facinating. I didn't know some of the parts in there should be silver, hahaha :)
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: zorproducts on September 28, 2018, 06:45:41 PM
Working conditions are not the best either over in that part of the country. Wish that they were closer to this side of the country.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on September 29, 2018, 04:29:53 PM
Luckily, Zukie survived <3
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on September 29, 2018, 04:38:16 PM
Today was clear and cool, so after all the weekend errands, I installed a new PCV valve and fixed the rat's nest of vacuum lines, with the help of Ack's FAQ. Zukie has never ran and idled so smooth before. My dog Lucas and I celebrate. :)
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: zorproducts on September 30, 2018, 03:41:16 AM
I think Lucas was telling you that you need a ZOR t-shirt. He is your dog so you probably can understand it better than I can by looking at one picture. Sure seems to me that’s what he is saying. Just because you are on the sponsor program doesn’t mean you are not allowed to post in the free product giveaway. Time to start a good daily habit of saying hello in the first thread of the ZORum
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: The PHLOOP on September 30, 2018, 05:12:21 AM
What MY said, post up.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on September 30, 2018, 08:40:07 AM
Okay :) I just felt like it was maybe unfair... And yes, I do need a Zuks shirt, or hoodie, or both. That's kind of how fall, winter, and spring are up here in the mountains :) we may be down south, but we're also 2-3k above sealevel :D
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on October 02, 2018, 05:19:30 PM
Oh, right! :)
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: zorproducts on October 03, 2018, 06:26:52 PM
We are missing a few pieces to complete kits but people have donated enough to send you a myside1 and a new Harley carb kit.

Thought you might like some good news
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on October 04, 2018, 08:19:55 AM
Oh wow, thank you everyone!!! I again still don't know what to say.... thank you so much.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on October 11, 2018, 07:44:51 AM
Replacing the entirety Zukie's front breaks tomorrow. When Zukie got her state inspection, the mechanic said they'd pass it, but the right caliper is on it's way out. It's just started to get a bit iffy after our drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway, so decided to bite the bullet before it starts really being winter up here. Following the rule of pairs, and the fact that the middle run previous owners definitly did not do proper matinance, guna do both. We luckily started saving after the inspection, got one caliper and then the second and the rotors when I started getting donations from friends. Nervous, but not too much. Pretty self explanatory, just slightly concerned the mounting bolts may be toast. Stay tuned for pictures, and maybe a vid full of cursing, haha ;)
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: gribble on October 11, 2018, 08:50:56 AM
Did you already get the calipers? I don't know if it'd be  cost effective, but you could probably rebuild the calipers you have, or even use 4 door Sidekick rotors and  calipers. I think they're a bolt on and would offer a little more braking for when you run bigger tires/wheels.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on October 11, 2018, 09:09:36 AM
Yeah, I did. Have had them for a while, back when I was pretty anxious about doing stuff like that. Once I get my core charge back, they wont have been that expensive. It's been alot of 'live and learn' with Zukie, but now more 'learn and live' with ZOR by my side :)
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: The PHLOOP on October 11, 2018, 06:34:16 PM
The good thing is you can use those new disk's and pads on the rear in a rear disk swap. When you do that, put the track/kick stuff up front. Same goes with the calipers.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on October 12, 2018, 07:13:03 AM
OH YEAH, good point, Phloop! I do want to do that at some point!..... yes, I totally meant to do this is what I meant to say...yes... thumbs up
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on October 13, 2018, 07:41:15 AM
A whole lotta rust in here, but luckily doesn't feel like it's any worse than just on the surface. Cleaning time after I get the calipers off.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on October 13, 2018, 08:44:32 AM
Photo proof, heh. Lol, y'all like my original shock/strut right here? Jeeze...
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on October 15, 2018, 07:14:42 AM
Cleaning time turned into cleaning weekend. So many seized bolts, rust welding, and more gooped on oil that I missed when I cleaned Zukie last. But it's done! Pretty proud, I know it was just the break calipers, rotors, and rubber lines that I replaced, but it was the biggest overhaul I've done by myself since probably cleaning and painting the engine bay, except this time I was alot more terrified to do it.
Hubby played errand boy when we couldn't find a tool here and there. :) Oh! The garage is not ours, it's my in-law's, heh.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on October 18, 2018, 07:42:17 AM
Next mission: Project Coolant Leak

This time, it's not as easy. Heh. Last time there was a leak, I just needed to tighten the clamps up. This time, it's sneeky. I finally got a glimps of one leaky spot right at the thermostat gasket, but I feel like there has to be one more. There is coolant all down the underside of the transfercase (along with some kind of oil... that's another leak I need to find). A friend of ours is guna let us borrow that tool you can put on the radiator cap to create pressure on the system without running the engine, but in the meantime, it's that gasket for sure. It's also about time I flushed the system anyway.
Any tips, tricks, and absolute stay aways would be welcome :). Oh, and the radiator is brand new.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: gribble on October 18, 2018, 09:07:43 AM
That pressure test kit is the best way to go. You don't have to worry about moving parts, getting burned, ect. Keep it pressurized, find a leak, fix that leak. Then run it to take the air out of the system. Let it cool off, pressure test it again to find the next leak. Unless you can find more than one leak at a time, of course.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: The PHLOOP on October 18, 2018, 07:59:29 PM
There shouldn't be any coolant on the transfer case as it is a divorced set up. The only way you could have coolant on the TC is a hole in the floor and a leaky heater core. Maybe. If you mean transmission, check the coolant log that comes off the back of the water pump, I have heard they spring leaks at times.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on October 19, 2018, 12:57:46 PM
Whoops, embarrassed. I meant transmission  bang :( But, thank you, Phloop. I will check that log, I wouldn't doubt it is one of the problems. Lol, if it looks like sh*t, it probably is :p
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on October 24, 2018, 02:46:59 PM
It arrived today!!! SO SHINEY :D Definitly need to do this this weekend, been wanting too since August :)
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: The PHLOOP on October 24, 2018, 04:20:28 PM
Whats that flattened dull looking thing just after the header?


Take that POS part to an exhaust shop and have them make you a pipe to replace that thing. Keep that thing for later when you move to where you may need it. I like cats but not those kinds.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: zorproducts on October 24, 2018, 08:56:08 PM
EPA rule violations are federal offenses not State. Removing a catalytic converter is something most shops are not willing to deal with. ZuksOffRoad will not remove a cat on any vehicle that is at our shop. We have had to install exhaust tubing in its place after someone unknown stole it.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on November 06, 2018, 08:48:28 AM
I forgot to post my recent progress pictures. With all the parts finally in hand, I did the full exhaust replacement. Compared to the breaks or the massive radiator leak, this was nothing, heh. Oh yeah, the radiator leak. I went ahead and replaced every single bit of tubing on the line (save for what I already had) and discovered that there was an entire part missing, the heater control valve, now known as the sweat my butt off reducer or what the hell is that wire right there's answer(this summer was extra special). Haven't put it in on the line yet, but I plan to. But thankfully, the leak was the old tubes, not anything else.
 I need to get the pictures of Roadless Gear's 2in stainless on Zukie, but here are the header ones :) And her fiberglass face lift :p I think she maybe needs an agressive bumper now to match her new growl :D But, that was the tail end of my gofundme donations, so might be a while.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: The PHLOOP on November 06, 2018, 04:50:59 PM
EPA rule violations are federal offenses not State.

I thought there was an eclipse time on that rule as in age of vehicle. As well as where you are in a state under their rules and regulations. Or is it if it had it, it shall always have it? No worries though, I got a big hammer and a long steel rod. Those cat innards don't stand a chance.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on November 10, 2018, 01:37:22 PM
When I lived in (near) DC, my Jeep had to get checked every two years. When I moved south west down here in blacksburg, never had to get checked again, and neither has Zukie. Maybe a city smog thing? ::shrug::
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on November 10, 2018, 01:41:32 PM
Going on week 3 of no issues! Drove 400 miles twice. First time not scrambling to fix something since I got her. Fingers crossed! :D Maybe I can finally save something to start building her up for fun. Drained my friend's donations doing all the fixes :(
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: The PHLOOP on November 10, 2018, 04:20:53 PM
But it's fixed so you can't really complain about that. If you can do 400 miles at a time in a sami thats a good thing.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on November 11, 2018, 06:34:03 AM
True :)
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: zorproducts on November 11, 2018, 09:00:04 AM
My limit for a Samurai is 50 miles on way after that it’s going on trailer. Good job. The Grand Vitara drove highway speeds 150 miles each way and rock crawled most of Lower Woodpecker on Friday night.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: The PHLOOP on November 11, 2018, 09:12:44 AM
I agree on that MY. One reason I have a stretcher. When the Sami is drivable it rides on it instead of being driven. But then again, the Sami isn't my only means of transportation. Heck, I wouldn't want to go over 50 miles in the sidekick I DD.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on November 23, 2018, 01:37:23 PM
Sorry for no updates. With the exhaust replacement, that was the last I was able to gather from my Gofundme after having to also for the breaks. Feeling kind of down about it, I did gather some footage to use, but I just haven't been feeling it. This time of year is pretty hard for me emotionally with all the holidays.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: zorproducts on November 23, 2018, 08:33:44 PM
Holidays do something like that to me also.  I bury myself in projects and am grateful for a few hours of no text, fax, email, private messages, CRM alerts, FB notifcications, Instragram pop-ups, walk-ins, or phone activity.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on November 28, 2018, 12:04:57 PM
Yeah...I just wish I had a project to do. Well, other than change the oil. Heh.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: The PHLOOP on November 28, 2018, 11:39:37 PM
Wanna change a head gasket on a a 16v sidekick?  That will keep you busy for a while lo.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on November 29, 2018, 10:05:30 PM
Heh, sure, bring it over. See you in 5 days lol. :) Thanks for the smile.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on January 24, 2019, 02:32:56 PM
Picked up some mirror brackets from a CJ at the scrap yard for a buck. Thought it might be a fun side project to give Zukie beefier mirrors that are also not on the doors. But they are ruuuuusty. Put on some pb blaster to get those bolts off... or I might just cut them. Not like they will be reused.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on January 30, 2019, 01:28:41 PM
Nothing fancy, but considering the night/day difference in Zukie's steering, it feels kinda fancy, lol. Old Man Emu Steering Stabilizer installed, also known right now as the 'banana', lol.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on February 01, 2019, 06:49:25 PM
I'm sorry that my build and my ability to use it has been boring. I wish I had a bit more to say or to share or charisma to keep this thread alive.

 Today was my one month anniversary of being able to drive Zukie alone and without a panic attack. It's a pretty big accomplishment for me, I havent since I lost the JK in March of 2017, even though I've been working on her since then as well. I just couldn't do it. Both drive and drive manual. I've been embarassed to admit it, but yeah.  loser
Not sure if anyone even reads these... but I just thought I would share.
   My build has been a little stalled since my gofundme also did, as well as because of a bunch of break/fixes that MY has been ever vigilant of my messages to help me, which sadly some more are about to come my way. But, if things turn around, I might be able to make one Sammie or 4x4 event this year. It's the small dream I have for my little 4x4 which also happens to be our only vehicle, but if not this year, perhaps next. I also have not been out of the house or property line much since the begining of my treatment because of heavy anxiety around large groups of people, but this has started to fade and I really just want to be myself again.
   If you are reading, thanks for staying with me, even though this is all boring as dog shit. I might be taking a break from the internet and social media for a while, I haven't fully decided, but some things haven't been healthy for my recovery. But, I promise I wont just disappear, I'll give a heads up.
   Anyways, thanks for reading, and best wishes to ya.
   
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on February 07, 2019, 05:31:37 PM
Craigslist sale was a success! Watch now as I magically turn a sewing machine into all around OME Nitrocharger shocks! Yes, it was that good of a machine. :p
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: PeeWee on February 07, 2019, 05:52:02 PM
Very nice!!
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on February 07, 2019, 06:27:08 PM
Thanks! I'm excited :D
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on February 15, 2019, 08:15:58 AM
I am still sore today from installing all four OME shocks, heh. Going from original shocks to these is like night and day, lol. The rear ones were a bitch to install, I scratched them a little bit, but they're in there. Next will be replacing the shackles and bushings on the leaf springs, bushings courtesy of ZOR, so I can get new, larger tires. If I had another sewing machine, I could have probably also replaced the stock leaf springs, heh. But, that will be for another day. :)
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: PeeWee on February 15, 2019, 09:30:00 AM
Great job. Has to be so much better than the old tired shocks.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on February 16, 2019, 04:12:06 PM
Great job. Has to be so much better than the old tired shocks.
Yes, so much better. Definitly very noticeable, both offroad and onroad. Mega happy with this replacement. Thanks for the encouragement!
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: PeeWee on February 16, 2019, 09:50:33 PM
That's nice. I bet it put a big smile on your face. Who woulda thought that sewing machine could do that for you.😎😎
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: The PHLOOP on February 21, 2019, 09:53:52 AM
It’s a surger not a sewing machine. There is a difference.

Ask me how I know...
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on February 22, 2019, 08:45:07 AM
How do you know, Phloop? Heh
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on March 07, 2019, 11:36:47 AM
Sales, store credit, and some donations came through. Leaf springs and their accoutrements are here! MY is sending me the bushings and then project pass inspection is almost complete! :D Then maybe on to like some fun stuff, finally. Though, the radiator is threatening to change that... Really wanted to powder coat the original steel wheels, not replace the radiator for the third time :(
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on March 08, 2019, 12:20:12 PM
While we wait, here's some recent pictures of Zukie. Going to look even better with the new springs and larger tires :)
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: The PHLOOP on March 09, 2019, 02:11:30 PM
How do you know, Phloop? Heh

I have a mom lol  She had wanted a serger years ago. And yes, I speeld serger wrong before lol
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on March 09, 2019, 03:50:23 PM
How do you know, Phloop? Heh

I have a mom lol  She had wanted a serger years ago. And yes, I speeld serger wrong before lol
I mean, surger serger, who cares, it sounds the same in my head, it's not like this forum is a dissertation or something :p
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: The PHLOOP on March 09, 2019, 05:07:31 PM
LOL
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on March 11, 2019, 07:32:01 AM
Excited, working with Dan the Sticker Man to design a decal for Zukie and any day now should be getting my first package from ZOR. Things have been a little rough for me lately, so all this good news is a welcomed respite. Thanks for following me in my journey, and stay tuned for some fun updates.

Some unfun updates is my second in 2 years radiator is on it's way out, so I'm back to scrounging up funds for that, but, I have a cool swap idea for it. This should also be fun, stay tuned :D
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on March 12, 2019, 02:47:44 PM
Ahhhh!!!! :D I have my official tracking numbers from ZOR! I'm beyond excited for these packages to get here. I am going to try to both photo and video document my build projects, but they will be as follows:

-Project Pass Inspection: Install 1.5 OME Leaf Springs, .5 longer shackles, and new bushings thanks to ZOR, to come to a total of 2in lift. This will allow for larger tires (29's) which for some stupid reason are cheaper than anything smaller. Zukie's current 10, going on 11 year old tires that I was tricked into thinking were new (I didn't know how to read the code yet) will finally be a thing of the past, and I wont get a rejection sticker. Our town mechanic was generous in letting her pass last year, with a list of what I would need to do to pass this year. The front breaks were the first of this project.

-Radiator Replacement, with bonus radiator carnage, as I plan to crush my old radiator with a sledgehammer for all it has put me through, lol. I am attempting my own swap idea, as the radiator will be a new one, but made for a Honda Civic (1992-2000). A local shop in town is going to help me weld the mounts from my old radiator (after I cut the welds off) onto the new one, and by size, it should be a near drop in fit. I'm pretty excited to see my own mod idea come to be.

-MYside1 Install with 44 Harley Carb. I am beyond excited about this opportunity courtesy of ZOR. This will be a project I might cry before I get to do... happy cry of course. I would not have such an amazing opritunity without ZOR's sponsorship and support.

-Pacifica Seat Swap. This one was a complete suprise to me. A joke here on the Zorum turned into a real thing. I will also be able to confirm or deny if they will fit with the Tuffy Center console. Another cry first project, courtesy of ZOR.

Thanks to everyone for following me on this journey. I still really don't know what to say, other than thank you. Thank you so much. And stay tuned. :)
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: The PHLOOP on March 12, 2019, 05:34:18 PM
Ren, you will have a PM here in a bit.
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on March 13, 2019, 05:55:19 PM
My MYside showed up today!!! It of course is orange now. :)
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: ZukieRen on March 14, 2019, 08:34:45 AM
Super excited, it is now go time! Wish me luck!
Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
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Title: Re: Build thread for Renee’s work-Read POST#1
Post by: zorproducts on August 26, 2019, 11:32:24 PM
Depends if you have Suzuki or just a internet troll?