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post #106 of 130 Old 02-12-2013, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Not beyond pinch weld though?
Cut and fold. Showed how I did it earlier in this build

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post #107 of 130 Old 02-12-2013, 06:34 PM
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Found it. Thanks again for the help
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post #109 of 130 Old 04-08-2013, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Well it's been a while since I've had time to give the Jeep some love. Between work, college and a lack of a warm work area, I just haven't been able to do much.

Today was a sunny 75 degrees and I decided to tackle my steering gear box. It had some noticeable slop and was getting quite annoying. I opted to go with the Durango upgrade.

I got the Durango box from NAPA for about $130 with my employee discount. Went ahead and got new pressure and return lines as well.


Here they are side-by-side. Not much difference except the Durango box has a slightly noticeable beef to it.


Also had Mark over at Detours Offroad Hardware fabricate this beefy spacer out of 3/16 plate. I was surprised to see the factory aluminum spacer came out in one piece.

Overall, a MUCH better drive with the new box. Steering is much tighter and has much better response at highway speeds. I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking to upgrade.

In other news, I'm doing some slight customizing to my eBay bumper as well as adding some lights. Should have it done next Monday.

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post #110 of 130 Old 04-08-2013, 07:29 PM
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Durango upgrade is my plan too when my box lets go. Sure was a nice day in good ol Kentucky today, huh?

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Durango upgrade is my plan too when my box lets go. Sure was a nice day in good ol Kentucky today, huh?
Yessir. Hope spring is here to stay

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post #112 of 130 Old 04-12-2013, 04:34 AM Thread Starter
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Decided to go ahead and fix my exhaust manifold this weekend instead of finishing welding the bumper. I'm getting some ticking or light knocking sounds and I want to see if they go away with a new manifold. I'll go ahead and do motor mounts while I'm in there too.

What do you guys think? It sounds like a light rod knock. Goes away with a slight rev. Flexplate bolts are tight.

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post #113 of 130 Old 04-20-2013, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Took care of the dreaded exhaust manifold. Didn't take care of my ticking noise but at least I don't smell like exhaust fumes every time I drive it




It had a pretty significant crack at the bottom




Wasn't too bad of a job. Took me about 2 1/2 hours. Hardest part was the bottom intake bolts. I'll be getting that bumper finished up Monday hopefully as long as the weather cooperates.

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post #114 of 130 Old 04-20-2013, 09:49 AM
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Did your "new" manifold come with the mounting bolts? Good work when I did my 99 I ended up reusing old ones. But then I sold it.

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Did your "new" manifold come with the mounting bolts? Good work when I did my 99 I ended up reusing old ones. But then I sold it.
It came with the two bottom bolts for the donut but I had to buy the manifold bolt kit separately.

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post #116 of 130 Old 04-20-2013, 11:33 AM
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Somthing Imma have too keep in mind, cheers

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Finally finished fixing my eBay bumper today. I didn't like how it ran straight across the front so I made some relief cuts, bent and welded it on both sides. Also added some unibody tie-in mounts and cut off the smaller tubing pieces and just left the bull bar.




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Much better!! Looks real good, nice handywork.

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post #119 of 130 Old 04-23-2013, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks man, I'll be adding some lights to it soon so it should look pretty nice when it's finished

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post #120 of 130 Old 04-26-2013, 11:10 PM
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Good call on cleaning that bumper up. Also really diggin the full black look, Not usually done well but yours looks good man

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