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Life has been very busy and complicated the last 6 months.
In the final stages of completing a redo of the suspension. Some may have noticed I just listed a lot of take off parts in the classified section?!? IKR.
I was happy with the original build until I had the pleasure of driving a coilovered JLUR with triple by pass front. Plus I needed more lift running 40’s off-road (42’s are next). I changed the rear springs once, realizing a matched set of springs is very important plus I truly liked the versatility of a coilover set up.
The new suspension is about 2” taller. Overall about 5/6” above factory with about 2” of play in the coilovers up/down. The roof is taller (81”) than the garage door. A down slope in front of garage just allows me to fit. I just need to miss the opener.
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Added an oil bypass filter and oil cooler. Never had an oil temp derate. I did have a few wire harnesses get hot and cause multiple sensor issues causing derating. I posted the detailed results in one of the many derating threads.

The cliff notes are:
Air circulation under the hood is important with the ED. My suspension modes have had an effect on the overall temp under the hood, not so much the engine itself. Everything around the engine is absorbing the engine temps with reduced airflow. My specific problem areas are fuse/relay box, power steering pump and firewall harness near EGR.
To help I rerouted wire harnesses and added heat shield.
I added heat shield between the power steering pump and wire harnesses leaving fuse box.
I have relocated the windshield washer bottle to the truck bed.
I added the oil bypass filter and cooler.
I added Water Wetter to the coolant system.
Overall I’m seeing peek oil temps of 235* before I would see 248*.

Future plans of relocating the batteries and power steering pump to the bed of the truck. Upgrade the PS cooler from what I have now.

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Just added an aluminum bed rack. It’s made for a Toyota. The bed width is the same. Cut a little of the rack to get as close as possible to the cab.

I’ll be doing a dual battery set up centered on the rack.

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Why not get a Wrangler if you're going to eat up about the entire bed with 1 tire? At least with the Wrangler you'd still have the storage space in the tailgate.
 
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Why not get a Wrangler if you're going to eat up about the entire bed with 1 tire? At least with the Wrangler you'd still have the storage space in the tailgate.
I hear ya.
That is mentioned in the first post. I did not want a Gladiator. Had a JLURD first.

I’ve never liked the idea of off-roading with a tire hanging off the back. Always ended up in the cargo area of the Jeep. A 40/42 tire doesn’t fit so well in a JLU without major modes. A tire hanging off the back of a JLU is about the same amount of overhang as a JT.

I will in the future bobtail the JT. Currently I have 18x48x18 of open space with a 40/42 spare in the bed. The weight of the spare (#150) is well distributed over the axle, not behind.

I have grown to like the Gladiator vs the JLUR.
 

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Added 42’s with 20x10 Race line wheels. Plus Aux Diesel tank with huge Fuel filter.
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