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post #46 of 640 Old 01-03-2010, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Save the headache.

My aj's sliders are perfect, and the install was super easy.
I can build them for myself* for about half what AJ's cost but for the time, I keep looking at them.

* Building for myself with material I pick up locally removes the cost of labor and shipping. I can't make you a set for half. For the time, materials and shipping, AJ's price is great.

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Are you happy with your tow hooks?
They should have come black like I ordered them. I am not satisfied with that. Nor the fact that the keepers rusted as soon as they were exposed to moisture. As far as the quality of the brackets, the welds looked great the material was beefy. I haven't had to use them so far though.

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Nice Cherokee.
Thanks!


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post #47 of 640 Old 01-03-2010, 08:22 PM
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That is pretty lame with the paint and the keepers rusting But the beefyness is a plus! Thanks man

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That is pretty lame with the paint and the keepers rusting But the beefyness is a plus! Thanks man
The paint on my hooks lasted 2 runs, before I bashed it off.

I understand about the rails. Building anything isn't a simple option for me.

I work on Mopars
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post #49 of 640 Old 01-03-2010, 09:13 PM
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The paint on my hooks lasted 2 runs, before I bashed it off.

I understand about the rails. Building anything isn't a simple option for me.
Sounds as if a couple coats would be recommended before install... Hmm.. And bashed it off

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post #50 of 640 Old 01-04-2010, 05:34 AM Thread Starter
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The paint on my hooks lasted 2 runs, before I bashed it off.

I understand about the rails. Building anything isn't a simple option for me.
I'm a carpenter by trade so most of the skills overlap with metal working. I have never welded anything before so I'll get it stuff tacked together then get a buddy to finish off the bead.

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post #51 of 640 Old 01-04-2010, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Woohoo, I fixed my CEL!

It wasn't on when I got it but shortly afterward the light came up with the code for the evap enviro-BS so I just ignored it. A few days ago poking around under the hood I noticed I had knocked loose a vacuum line under the air box. I plugged it back in and tonight my CEL went off.

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post #52 of 640 Old 01-10-2010, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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Just ordered some Rough Country Jeep XJ Adjustable Shackles to deal with my rear sag. I know it's a stop-gap measure but I'm not interested in messing with spring packs right now.

I'm also ready to order my rear locker. I've got a PM in to Northridge4x4 to see if I can get any help on the price. I missed the 10% discount they had going at the end of 09 but even without that they still have the best price.

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I resubscribed to Sirius the first of the year. My current plans are to drill a small hole in the bottom of the ash tray to run the wires through. That way the unit will be invisible and removable. I'll just have to remember not to put any really small screws loose in there.

I'm also going to make a custom mount that rusts inside the open ash tray. Here's my prototype. The first one I made was flat and you wouldn't read the display. I put an angle on it with a coping saw when I got home, so this looks rough but it works great so far. I do need to test for clearance on the shifter still, so this may not work. More pics when it's finished.




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I'm glad to see that i'm not the only one that fabs stuff up in wood first!
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good stuff man, from a few miles away in vb. will continue watching the transformation.

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I'm glad to see that i'm not the only one that fabs stuff up in wood first!
The finished product will be wood too.






3 screws is overkill but it also helps distribute the force of the button mashing across the thin plastic I countersunk them into. It's been sanded and painted. I'll probably get one more coat on it tonight and hopefully get it installed tomorrow.

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Sirius and the RC 2" lift shackles are installed but our cable modem died so I'm not sure when I'll get pics and info up. Hopefully we'll have a new one today but I don't count my chickens before they're hatched. The Aussie Locker for the rear will be here this week as well.

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Sirius is almost finished. I'm going to add another cigarette lighter plug inside the dash so the power wire is completely invisible. I've already run the wire, so all I have to remove is the center dash panel. The wires are run carefully under the carpet and around all the shifters. Here's the pics of the installation.








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Clean look with the Sirius!

And... PICS! Before and After 2" shackles

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First I want to thank everybody that gave me info in the thread http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/a...4/#post8699116 You guys made this installation a breeze!



Rough Country includes no instructions at all - just a box full of shackles, hardware and other pieces you won't understand until you remove the factory shackle. This kit will leave you with extra parts - two washers and two nuts. It takes longer to get the jack stands setup optimally than it does to actually install the shackles.




Side by side with the factory shackle. The two bushings pushed in by hand and then I used a vice to press in the sleeve although I'm sure you could tap it in easily with a hammer.




Let the PB Blaster do its thing. My bolts weren't too bad.




The upper nut is made into the frame and can be challenging to get a bolt into. It was infinitely easier to have someone else pry on the springs while you lined up the shackles just so to insert the bolts.




If you have a Curt rear hitch, you can't put the bolt in on the drivers' side with the nut on the outside. This results in the nut making contact with the tail pipe and rattling occasionally, especially at idle. The bolt head is thinner than the nylock nut and would likely clear the tail pipe but the hitch blocks you from being able to insert the bolt the opposite way.




My solution was to cut the factory pipe just behind the last hanger and replace it with a bolt-on turn down from the parts store.




The new turn down tapers down in front of the shackle instead of behind it. I hope they don't give me a hard time on this when I get it inspected as even the factory turn down didn't extend beyond the body.

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