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Well I've finally decided to post some pictures of my XK. I've got some pretty big plans for it when I get the funds to do so, but here she is now.

When I first brought it home;


Got new tires as part of the deal when I bought it. I just washed it in these next pictures.




It needs a lift bad, it just doesn't look right without a lift.
 

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I ordered some Monroe Sensa-trac Load Leveling shocks. Will install this weekend, and I'll add some pictures. Also ordered the 2" RC lift.
 

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yeah just puting on the load levelers will make the frint end look even lower
 

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yeah just puting on the load levelers will make the frint end look even lower
That's what I was afraid of. I absolutely hate the rake of it right now, but I'll be able to deal with it until the lift gets here I think.


Your going to love the look of the 2" lift man. Did you get the direct OEM replacement or the longer ones?
OEM replacement. I don't know how much wheeling I'll be doing so stock length shocks are fine for now. I'm also only going to be running stock tires since they basically have <3000 miles on them.
 

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See something wrong? The driver's side shock was completely destroyed. I decided to get the Monroe Sensa-Trac Load Leveling Shocks to replace them. Well the shocks showed up while I was taking a nap yesterday. Put them on in the dark. Wasn't too bad, took me about 40 minutes. I haven't really noticed much of a difference in the ride. Occasionally it seems a bit stiffer, but it also feels much smoother. I also took some measurements before and after I changed the shocks.

Stock Rear Height: 33 7/8"
Stock Front Height: 32"
After Shock Rear Height: 34 5/8"
After Shock Front Height: 32"

I gained 3/4" of an inch just by installing these shocks. I haven't looked to see how noticeable it is in the rake just yet. Also, the RC lift should be here Wednesday! I'm getting antsy.
 

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Well the RC lift arrived last week. My brother and I will be installing it on the 30th. I can't wait. I also just ordered a new thermostat since I got a P0128 code, and the temp gauge isn't going past 1/4. Will be installing that tomorrow morning. Will hopefully be able to add pictures of that. I'll try to get pictures of the lift as we're installing it.
 

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Changed out the thermostat today. Decided I'll post a little how to guide. You'll need a new thermostat, a 10mm socket, a 1/2" socket, an extension, a slotheaded screwdriver, about 1/2 gallon of the correct antifreeze, and about 20-30 minutes. Sorry about the cellphone pictures. It's all I had on me at the time.

This is the coolant you can use.


First off you'll need to remove the oil filler cap so you can remove the plastic Hemi shroud. Once you've gotten that out of the way, you'll need to remove a 10mm bolt, loosen two hose clamps, and disconnect a hose to move the giant box out of the way from the front of the engine.

This is the box I'm talking about.


This is the 10mm bolt and one hoseclamp on the back of the box.


Here is the other hoseclamp that goes to where the air filter is.


Here is the hose you'll need to disconnect.


You'll need to pull the box forward to remove it as there is a small post/support that it slides onto. You can see it right below the throttle body.

Next you'll be left with this.


Remove the two 1/2" bolts that connect the upper radiator hose to the engine. The back one is kind of a pain since you can't move the socket wrench too much. Make sure you have a bucket underneath the engine because coolant will start pouring out.

Once you have that removed you'll see the thermostat.


Pry it out with a slot headed screwdriver. There will be more coolant pouring out.

Here's a couple of pictures of my ruined thermostat, and one comparing it to the new one.
Ruined one.


The new one.


Comparison between the two.


Now it's time to put the new thermostat into place. Press it into the hole, it's a snug fit so make sure you get it in there. Next do everything in reverse order. Be careful not to overtighten the bolts when you connect the radiator hose back to the engine. Clear your codes and you should be good to go!
 
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