SUCCESS!!! I got the tires aired up to around 30psi (can't find my nice tire gauge), lug nuts torgued to 100-110 ft/lbs, and took it for a spin arond the neighborhood. WOW! With the shocks in place and the new steering it feels GREAT! I'm so frickin excited. The mini spool in the rear is obvious in slow tight turns, but with the miniscule street time the XJ is going to see it won't be an issue. It doesn't bother me at all it is just very noticeable. The steering is excellent. Solid as a rock and no play at all. A little bit of body roll with any speed in the corners, but that is to be expected. I'll take it easy and that won't be an issue. No more bouncing or being "pushed through the corners". I DO hear a bit of a noise up front, but I'm hoping that my brakes are just dragging a little bit. I need to bleed them again. They are working great, but the peddle is too soft and goes too far to the floor when applied.
One thing that needs addressed is the rear shock mounting. Since I have low quality RC shocks I am not able to mount them upside down and the shock body is hitting the corner of the mount if I tighten it the whole way. Not sure if I should attempt to grind down that corner of the shock mount and maybe weld it a bit to strengthen it or if I should just put a spacer on the mounting bolt to stand the shock off a bit further. Thoughts?
Then I will attempt to fab up a tailpipe since the new shock mounting location doesn't work with the old one.
So, the short list is that I plan on knocking out on my two days off (wed/thurs).....
- shock mounts
- remove steering to paint and then reinstall (just rattle can bedliner like I do everything or metallic red? OR metallic red with bedliner over it, so when I scrape the bedliner it looks like it is bleeding?)
- final adjustment of steering/alignment
- bleed the brakes again
and the extended list....
- adjust suspension
- find some place to test the flex and see how I need to bumpstop
- bumpstop and limit staps
- front wheel adapters (sourced, but need to purchase)
- rear bumper/tire carrier (sourced, but need to purchase)
- adjust emergency brake
- address small issues needed to pass inspection (fender flares, windshield wipers...)
- repaint just about everything when it warms up. I will probably keep the top part grey, but I may go with a metallic grey. Then I'm not sure if I should keep the whole bottom just black bedliner like it is now or if I should paint over the bedliner to match the top. Or even do bedliner all over the entire Jeep and then over it with grey in some areas and keep other areas like the rear quarter panels and lower doors just black? I did a motorcycle tank with bedliner and then metallic silver over top of it and I dig the look. Eh, I'll throw up a poll when I get closer to making that decision to see what you guys think.
and I'm sure the list will just grow loonger and longer as I continue. It IS getting shorter though. Slowly....but progress is being made.
Sorry for the rambling, but I tend to do this when I'm excited