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Unread 07-09-2013, 01:34 PM   #1486
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Did you replace the lower XJ balljoints for WJ balljoints and is there a reason your not using the WJ style steering setup?

Also can't really tell from the pics, but you did weld the spacer on right?

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Unread 07-10-2013, 11:27 AM   #1487
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Did you replace the lower XJ balljoints for WJ balljoints and is there a reason your not using the WJ style steering setup?

Also can't really tell from the pics, but you did weld the spacer on right?
I used both upper/lower wj ball joints. And I'm running stock steering for now cause I'm not made of money haha

As for the spacers they aren't welded on. They cannot move or anything as long as bolts are tight. Its not mandatory to weld em.
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Unread 07-10-2013, 11:59 AM   #1488
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I used both upper/lower wj ball joints. And I'm running stock steering for now cause I'm not made of money haha

As for the spacers they aren't welded on. They cannot move or anything as long as bolts are tight. Its not mandatory to weld em.
I have to disagree, without welding the spacers on part of the vehicle weight is now on the hub bolts instead of all of it being on the knuckle directly.
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Unread 07-10-2013, 12:09 PM   #1489
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I used both upper/lower wj ball joints. And I'm running stock steering for now cause I'm not made of money haha

As for the spacers they aren't welded on. They cannot move or anything as long as bolts are tight. Its not mandatory to weld em.
I never considered using stock steering! I just started getting parts for the swap, but haven't been in a hurry because I won't start til I have it all. This would be a good solution temporarily, so I can at least get the upgraded brakes. Let me know how it works out!

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Unread 07-10-2013, 12:20 PM   #1490
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I'd weld them, chance are you'll be fine without welding them but hey do ya really wanna do this all over again?
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Unread 07-10-2013, 12:29 PM   #1491
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They must be welded on! In stock form the hub drops into the knuckle and the bolts are in tension holding it all together. With the spacer, now the hub drops into it and without it welded to the knuckle your putting the 3 bolts in shear load to hold it all together...

You are asking for a bad failure by not welding the spacer on.... like when you run without a stub shaft in......
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Unread 07-10-2013, 12:45 PM   #1492
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They must be welded on! In stock form the hub drops into the knuckle and the bolts are in tension holding it all together. With the spacer, now the hub drops into it and without it welded to the knuckle your putting the 3 bolts in shear load to hold it all together...

You are asking for a bad failure by not welding the spacer on.... like when you run without a stub shaft in......
True. Honestly it probably would be fine but for extra strength I'll weld em.
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Unread 07-11-2013, 12:48 PM   #1493
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A to z fabrication welded em up for me. Good to go now. Just need to get rotors back!

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Unread 07-14-2013, 07:45 PM   #1494
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Unread 07-14-2013, 08:44 PM   #1495
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Unread 07-14-2013, 09:30 PM   #1496
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Looks great man! Hope those calipers don't get packed with mud too bad. How does it drive with the steering setup?

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Unread 07-15-2013, 05:37 AM   #1497
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What is the point of the WJ swap anyways?
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Unread 07-15-2013, 07:30 AM   #1498
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Looks great man! Hope those calipers don't get packed with mud too bad. How does it drive with the steering setup?

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Thanks! I'm not to worried about mud getting in there or at least staying since I wash my jeep every time I wheel it. So that SHOULD be a non issue. As for the steering the alignment is so far off its hard to tell. I'm going to get an alignment today and I'll post back.


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What is the point of the WJ swap anyways?
Bigger rotors with dual piston calipers and u can run crossover steering for better steering angles
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Unread 07-15-2013, 08:32 PM   #1499
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Update on the brakes... THEY KICK ***!!!! THE JEEP STOPS ON A DIME!!! NO MORE OH **** PUSH TO THE FLOOR!!!! anyone considering this i highly recommend it!! the steering is also good. no worse than before. i went to get it aligned and i guess from the impact of the road the TRE busted so it had slop so i replaced 3 TRE, everything but the one on driver side knuckle. so litterally everything under the front end is brand new. jeep is tight like a virgin again haha drove it about 150 miles today and it drove awesome! now time for cross over steering and gears!!!

Also had to replace upper rad hose, wore through from rubbing the hard coolant line by the thermostat, simple fix and in the process pulled the drain plug from rad and drained the system and flush it with the hose, some nasty stuff came out, gold flake looking stuff maybe the brass coating off the thermostat? guess the fluid i flush out 2 months ago didnt flush everything, but the jeep should hopefully run a little cooler now
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Unread 07-15-2013, 11:12 PM   #1500
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That nasty stuff is probably from your heater core. All the crap from the cooling system tends to build up there and clog it. Thats why my Jeep had no heat when I bought it, haha. Those WJ knuckles look sweet!
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