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Unread 05-17-2014, 07:12 PM   #32326
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I rotated the tires, did an oil change, and changed my air filter. I also installed my hitch on my Silverado, with the help of a fellow NWIJ member, so I can tow it down to Redbird Memorial Day weekend rather than driving it the 5.5 hours south to wheel.

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Unread 05-17-2014, 07:33 PM   #32327
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Sooooooooooooo --

Wifey sayz - "When I hit the brakes - there's a noise"

"OK - how long has this been going on" ?

"About a month or two"

Next week -- disks
Sounds like my wife
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Unread 05-17-2014, 08:16 PM   #32328
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Sounds like my wife
A few years ago she did the same thing with the 85 Monti

One disk side was worn down completely to the vanes -- when Photobucket comes back up -- I'll post a pic
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Unread 05-17-2014, 08:21 PM   #32329
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Same thing my wife did with our durango on the front. Pass side was metal to metal and eating into the vanes on the back of the rotor.

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Unread 05-17-2014, 08:23 PM   #32330
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I cant find the pic - but it was something I never saw before ---- I dont get out much --
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Unread 05-17-2014, 08:24 PM   #32331
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Installed my lift, it was a pain had to sawzall all of the control arm bolts off. Now im just waiting on extended brake hoses and drop pitman arm.
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Unread 05-17-2014, 08:30 PM   #32332
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Installed my lift, it was a pain had to sawzall all of the control arm bolts off. Now im just waiting on extended brake hoses and drop pitman arm.
You dont need a drop pitman arm. It is just a waste of money just like the tcase drop is.

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Unread 05-17-2014, 08:38 PM   #32333
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I've been pretty busy working on the ZJ lately and things are coming along nicely.

IRO rear long arm sub frame is installed:


Cleaned up and painted my beat up rocker panels, painted plastic window trim, TJ fuel bezel, IRO Almost Alloy u-joint axle shafts, charged AC:


5.2 V8 muffler delete (wouldn't fit with IRO sub frame):

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Unread 05-17-2014, 08:39 PM   #32334
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[QUOTE=big98tnzj;22990921]You dont need a drop pitman arm. It is just a waste of money just like the tcase drop is.

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When I put the Jeep on the hoist and lift it in the air I can watch the tie rod bend down about an inch. because the axle drops down so low. They also said I didnt need extended brake hoses but when its in the air they are pulled tight.
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Unread 05-17-2014, 09:04 PM   #32335
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The brake hoses are very highly recommended with anything 4 inch or bigger. The pitman is not neccesary at all. Im running 6 inches and no drop arm or tcase drop. As long as you have the right setup, they are useless.

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Unread 05-18-2014, 03:18 AM   #32336
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Over the past week I put in a new PS pump (the third one. The past two new ones leaked), a new hub bearing and a front passenger half shaft. Turns out I was chewing through hub bearings because the axle nut was loosening slightly over time. The threads on the old stub shaft were basically worn smooth. Got the new shaft in and it should be good.

Put on Sensa-Trac shocks today to replace my aging Reflexes. Took a couple of hours to do on the garage floor with air tools. Whoever decided to put the ABS and all of its lines right in the way of the Driver's Front shock ought to be beaten with the arm of the guy who located the Crankshaft Sensor on these things.

Just a note on the ride quality, seems to be smoother, but firmer, if that makes sense. Haven't gone over any washboard roads yet to see if the bouncing is gone. I think it was starting to chew up my new Destination LE2s.
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Unread 05-18-2014, 03:31 AM   #32337
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Over the past week I put in a new PS pump (the third one. The past two new ones leaked), a new hub bearing and a front passenger half shaft. Turns out I was chewing through hub bearings because the axle nut was loosening slightly over time. The threads on the old stub shaft were basically worn smooth. Got the new shaft in and it should be good.

Put on Sensa-Trac shocks today to replace my aging Reflexes. Took a couple of hours to do on the garage floor with air tools. Whoever decided to put the ABS and all of its lines right in the way of the Driver's Front shock ought to be beaten with the arm of the guy who located the Crankshaft Sensor on these things.

Just a note on the ride quality, seems to be smoother, but firmer, if that makes sense. Haven't gone over any washboard roads yet to see if the bouncing is gone. I think it was starting to chew up my new Destination LE2s.
That top nut on the driver side shock can be a pain. What I found works really well is either something like the Kobalt or Craftsman pass-through socket set or a ratcheting wrench. You only get a small range of motion with either, but it's better than fighting with it any other way.
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Unread 05-18-2014, 03:56 AM   #32338
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Did a quick trip up to summit racing to get parts for the green one and the shop managers niner. Made it there in only four hours. Had everything except the M1 intake she had ordered.
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Unread 05-18-2014, 04:18 AM   #32339
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That top nut on the driver side shock can be a pain. What I found works really well is either something like the Kobalt or Craftsman pass-through socket set or a ratcheting wrench. You only get a small range of motion with either, but it's better than fighting with it any other way.
PB Blaster and a ratcheting wrench got me through it. Took the intake hose and top of the air box off to get room to work.
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Unread 05-18-2014, 07:58 AM   #32340
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Put on Sensa-Trac shocks today to replace my aging Reflexes. Took a couple of hours to do on the garage floor with air tools. Whoever decided to put the ABS and all of its lines right in the way of the Driver's Front shock ought to be beaten with the arm of the guy who located the Crankshaft Sensor on these things.
That thing was the bane of my existence for the first 8 months of owning my niner. The nut was "gone", so the shock rattled around with every bump. Trying to fit nuts in there was terrible... Anyway, turns out the PO had lost the metal cap that goes between the nut and rubber bushing, and in all of his infinite wisdom, put the nut on without the cap. This and the incredible amount of torque he apparently used to secure the nut made the nut bury itself into the bushing. So when I went to install my Bilstein's, guess what I found? The nut buried in the bushing. Surprise! I lost a little faith in humanity that day.
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