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Unread 09-22-2012, 07:52 AM   #1
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replacing front suspension and steering

Need some help deciding what order to do this. Everything is going to be replaced but I know issues pertainig to the axle shifting ect have to be taken into account. The only thing I'm keeping is the springs, but I'm replacing the jounce bumpers and upper spring cushions. I just need the best order to proceed. Balljoints, hubs, first. Drop swaybar and trackbar to get droop enough to change the bumpers?

Then control arms one side at a time and then tie rods? Does this sound about right?

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Unread 09-22-2012, 08:22 AM   #2
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You're gonna need a few stands and jacks . You'll want to support the jeep on the frame rail right behind the lower CA mount , also the axle

Pull steering off the jeep , leave it for last to reinstall with new parts .
Starting on one side , remove tire/caliper/rotor/axle lock washer , pin and nut/3 bearing bolts /bearing /axle . Replace ball joints , re-install with new hubs .

Drop the track bar at the axle side , disconnect both end links . Disconnect shock from lower mount . Remove spring retainer . Lower the axle on that side with the jack . You might have to pry down on the axle , but the spring shouldn't take much more that a few prys to get it out from there . I would think now would be the time to replace the CA's . No spring force and you should have decent freedom to reattach things easily .

Pry bars are your friend if you don't have a compressor . With everything dropped as said , the spring will have little pressure on it , it won't fly off anywhere

Soaking the whl bearing bolts with a penetrant is a bonus always .

Some things I'm sure you already have and know . Just thought I'd go into some detail
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Unread 09-22-2012, 09:05 AM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply Newfie. Yeah I have about half the stuff already. I don't feel like shuttling stuff to a welder cause I know the caliper slides are shot so I'm getting new knuckles. Mines a 2wd and I'm kinda slow so I'll ask this again since visualizing it is giving me a problem. On the 2w they use a dummy stub shaft. It just pulls against the hub when drawn in by the hub nut? What does it do in relation to the knuckle? Forgive if this a stupid question but I don't know if I'll have to get the stub shafts as well.
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You probably already know this, but just in case... Borrowing a tierod puller from the auto store will make life a lot easier. Good luck! Please document!
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Got one already. Thanks for the help. Yeah I will probaly post another long a** thread with pics that will bore everyone,lol.
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I've always liked your "long AZZ" posts. You make good sense and make it easy to understand.

Looking forward to it, keep up the good work!!
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I'm humbled,thank you. Coming down with the flu I believe, feel like crap all day.
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