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My $3,500 Jaguar - The 'Mad Jag'

Jim Oaks

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Looked in with a flashlight. Threads don't go deep enough.
 


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In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are different.
That can be fixed, too.
 

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Keep your mind like an umbrella, it only works if its open... Continually learning.
Talk about doing less than the bare minimum for your job...

Hard to believe that a machinist would do that, I tend to believe it was the engineer that stated to only go 1/2" deep on the prints.
 

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Jim Oaks

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Need to find a new boot for the inner tie rod. I noticed the original one has a hole in it. Can't fibd a replacement at the moment.
 

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I finally replaced the right and left front tie rod ends. The TRW 1069 is the only inner tie rod that I found to properly fit.

Lemfoerder W0133-1655737-LEM was the only boot that I could find that fit. I have (3) new boots that don't fit. 🤷‍♂️

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I mounted a new 228 piece first aid kit in the trunk along with a First Alert fire extinguisher. The first aid kit is sitting inside of a elastic strap that was already part of the trunk liner. The fire extinguisher bracket is screwed in to the floor.

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None of the door speakers were working. The only sound seemed to be coming from the 2-inch speakers in the dash.

I ordered these Pioneer TS-A653R 320 Watt 6-1/2 inch speakers. I like that they come with an adapter to help them fit different vehicles.

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The Jaguar XJ8 speaker opening has plastic tabs that I cut off so the Pioneer adapter can sit flush.

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The adapter screws on to the door with the factory screws and mounting holes, and the speaker screws on to the adapter. There's a gap in the adapter so the speaker wire can pass through. No need to buy the Jaguar speaker adapter mount.

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With the new speakers installed, I removed the factory Alpine speaker grill so I could paint/dye the carpet piece behind it black to match the freshly dies carpet.

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The new speakers sound great. I wasn't sure if it was going to be bad speakers, or a bad amplifier. I'm glad it was just the speakers.
 

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The lights on the Jag were upgraded to LED's. They're so bright that the driving lights are a bit pointless. I decided to install yellow LED bulbs in the driving lights for fog and to give the Jag a little different look the stock.

The 7-inch LED 85-watt Nilight off-road lights are pretty damn bright. The LED bulbs I used for my hi-beams seem to be similar in brightness.
 

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1-1/2 inch front leveling
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Dang you do nice work. (y) (y)
 

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How did the girlfriend end up liking the driving lights?
 

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Took the Jaguar and got it aligned Thursday.

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Then took it home and replaced the speakers in the rear doors and dyed the carpet on the door cards to match the carpet.

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Then drove down to my girlfriends.

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In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are different.
I've always enjoyed the long, sleek look of a Jag.
 

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Nice ride, Jim.

Is it just me, or would it look a more lot better with a big gold Trans Am fire chicken decal on the hood?
 

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In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are different.
Nice ride, Jim.

Is it just me, or would it look a more lot better with a big gold Trans Am fire chicken decal on the hood?
It's just you.
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Nice ride, Jim.

Is it just me, or would it look a more lot better with a big gold Trans Am fire chicken decal on the hood?
I've actually wondered the same thing. A Bandit version of the Jag.
 

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