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Old November 7th, 2018, 11:57
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Headlights and heater cores

All summer I have known about needing to replace the heater core in my 1994 XJ. I'm dreading that job as everything I have read requires a lot of component removal (dropping the column, removing the dash, disconnecting the A/C, etc.). I never use the air even though the system is pressurized. I'm thinking of just removing all the A/C stuff altogether.

Today I had a headlight out and I stopped to buy a replacement that barely puts out enough light. Josh @ O'Reilly showed me a set of LED headlights and made me a deal. Now to see how much better I can see on the way home.
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Old November 8th, 2018, 06:23
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I like my new headlights! They are much brighter that the old stock stuff. Mark and I adjusted them a bit before my trip home and no one "bright-lighted" me so that is good. I may still have them aimed a bit low but they work good.
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Re: Headlights and heater cores

I'm not sure on the earlier ones, but on late models i've been able to get the dash out without having to remove the column. Lowering it to it's lowest setting was just enough.

The dash also comes out, for the most part, in one large piece. The hardest part is finding all the little screws that hold it to the firewall, and unplugging everything underneath.
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Old November 8th, 2018, 06:55
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Yeah, and it's going to be even more fun with my big, fat hands....LOL.
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Old November 25th, 2018, 14:57
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Re: Headlights and heater cores

Last time I removed the dash in my old xj I didn't have to remove the column just unbolted it from the dash and let it hang down on the seat. UNCC's right the hardest part is finding all the plugs and disconnecting them as well as splitting the through firewall fuse block. Besides that you just have to discharge the a/c and drain the coolant from the heater core to remove the hvac box.
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Old November 25th, 2018, 14:58
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As a side note what led lights did you go with from oreilly's?
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Old November 29th, 2018, 13:53
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The headlights are the ones everyone complains about on Facebook. They work well for me.

They look just like these. I probably paid too much but I needed them that day. And Mark convinced me I needed them.....LOL.

https://www.amazon.com/approved-Rect...+xj+headlights

I really wanted the High Beam Off Road LED's but they are quite a bit higher.
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I really wanted the High Beam Off Road LED's but they are quite a bit higher.
They're worth the difference in price. They were 25% last week. Not sure if they still are.
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Old November 30th, 2018, 12:26
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I know but considering I needed a battery, starter and a set of plugs for my regular vehicle maintenance, they just weren't in the cards right now. I guess I'll have to wait until next year.
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For my 1994, they list an aluminum and a copper/brass heater core. The copper/brass is actually cheaper. Is there a benefit to going with one over the other?
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It looks like I'm buying another battery, this time for the 1994. I got 5 years out of a 500 cca battery.
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It looks like I'll be getting ready to replace my heater core soon. It's starting to get cool out at night and I need to be able to defrost the windshield and interior glass. It's marginal at best now.

I found RockAuto has great prices on either an aluminum or copper/brass heater core. I think I'm going with the copper/brass one made by APDI/PRO For $36.

The AC system is still sealed but doesn't blow cold. I never use the AC. Since I have to open the AC system up, would it be worth reconnecting it? I don't use it but are their any benefits to having it functioning?

I have thought about deleting everything with the AC system to clean up the engine compartment. I would just use a delete pulley in place of the AC compressor. It just seems like the added expense of recharging the system just isn't worth it.

What do you guys think?
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If you don't use it, I see no reason to put it back together after you drain it. KP helped me with my heater core in my '01, and like Tim said in earlier posts, we didn't remove the dashboard. I remember dropping the column as low as it would go and removing the pax side seat so we had more room to work.

One thing we went to the store for was weatherstripping for house doors. We reused the heater box, of course, but the foam seals on that box had decayed to the point we couldn't reuse most of it. Weatherstripping was the closest approximation we could find to what Jeep used OEM, and it was readily available.

Are you going to have a wrenchfest one of these weekends?
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Old September 27th, 2019, 06:21
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Re: Headlights and heater cores

I think it would be fun to do one since they were always a lot of fun and we always got a lot of stuff done. Plus we ate good too. Jack is playing football and it absorbs a ton of my time right now.

It's looking like he won't play Jr Pro basketball and Olivia isn't playing basketball anymore so things may free up in mid-November. I really need to get the heater core done before that though.

I've always seen everyone take the dash loose so it could be pulled back enough to pull the heater HVAC box out. Did you have to undo the dash so it could be maneuvered around?
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Re: Headlights and heater cores

Yes, we pulled the dash loose.

I'd be up for a Wrenchfest. Love having a bunch of guys together tinkering on 3 or 4 Jeeps in a day.
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