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Unread 05-14-2012, 10:36 AM   #286
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Thanks man!

I haven't been. Had to do quite a bit of work to the ATVs to get them running. That's part of why I've been so quiet around here. My 05 has been beat to hell. It got all new rear bearings, seals, and some other odds and ends. My girl's 09 really didn't like sitting with ethanol in the carb for a year and that took a few tries to sort out. It looks like we're both good to ride again. I've been out a couple times and she's been out with me once. As soon as I get new tires on the XJ, we'll be making another trip down.



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Unread 06-04-2012, 11:12 PM   #287
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Hey man you more or less have inspired my plans for my xj, nothing extreme yet still capable, good lookin' xj btw!
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Unread 06-26-2012, 05:52 AM   #288
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I really appreciate the comment and I'm looking forward to seeing your build progress!

On an unrelated note, I got the renewal e-mail today that my premium account is expiring in two weeks. Forgot to mention that last week I paid off the loan on my XJ. That would give me free reign to get the rest of the parts and accessories I want except...it was also time to replace my fiance's vehicle.

I guess it's 3 weeks ago now we bought a 2012 Escape. I pushed hard for her to look at the Compass but the total lack of reliability from my XJ has her turned off on Jeeps. Ah well, it's a nice ride with great mileage and well-suited for her 40 mile round-trip work commute plus it's "4WD" and will tow our ATVs.



If towing is no longer a concern, maybe I'll finally ditch that rear sway bar on my XJ...
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Unread 06-28-2012, 03:26 PM   #289
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I finally came up with a custom plate for my XJ. It successfully captures my affinity for the outdoors and my antisocial inclinations.

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Unread 06-30-2012, 03:02 PM   #290
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Sweating and swearing but when I'm done, every u-joint will be new. The two on the front axle were in awful shape. No needle bearings left in any of the caps, worsening vibes, etc. so it was mandatory to address them. The rest are a mixture of what I pulled out of the junkyard and new greasable Spicers, depending on which driveshaft you look at.
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Unread 07-03-2012, 05:39 AM   #291
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I have a buddy in the "I buy junk cars" business and he hooked me up. Had a ZJ with a 3" Rusty's kit on it that had brand new Rancho RS5000s on it. I was just going to resell them but after looking at the part numbers, the rears were the same and the fronts came in around 1" longer than ideal, so they should work too. If not, I have a couple other sets of shocks sitting in the garage.



The fronts were simple. Back when I added the 3/4" spacer to the front, I'd already broken and replaced the lower bolts and the upper nuts came off pretty easily.


I also lowered the front brake line about 1". I put the lip of the mount in the threaded factory hole and popped a self-tapper through the original bolt hole. The process could be repeated again if need be to bring them even lower.


For the rear shocks, I followed the write up at http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/s...-heavy-323809/ and there was nothing to it. Took a couple hours to pop the bolts, pull the old shocks, clean and swap some components to my "new" shocks and clean up the tools.

All 4 bolts popped right off with a 1' ratchet and 1/2" socket.


The factory nutserts drove out easily with an air chisel.


On the Ranchos, I had to drive out sleeves in the lower bushings and drive in the dog bones on the uppers. Silicon spray lubricant is your friend for that work!


I used mechanical fingers to maneuver the bolts with washers to the holes. They dropped in easily. It took a little finagling to get nuts started without pushing them back in the hole but it wasn't a bad job at all.
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Unread 07-03-2012, 02:47 PM   #292
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I could understand not getting a compass, but why not a grand? My mom has had.several and they.have all been great. 5.7 Hemi, 4x4 looks killer and is.stupid safe.
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Unread 07-03-2012, 03:25 PM   #293
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She drives at least 40 miles a day for work. We wanted something with better mileage than the Grand.
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Unread 07-07-2012, 07:32 PM   #294
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I finally installed my V8 ZJ front coils today for an extra inch. The ride feels unchanged and, although most people probably wouldn't notice it, it did have a slight rake without the additional lift. Now it's where it should be and I'm closing in on completing this stage of my build!


Most people suggest removing the shocks and track bar for full axle droop. After fighting to get the track bar aligned properly previously, I knew I had no interest in taking it loose again.



With that in mind, I began to experiment and found that this method requires little to no compression for stock length springs and most likely even beyond that. I removed both shocks to give me more room to work. After that, I jacked up the passenger side and worked the bottle jack in between the "frame rail" and upper control arm/axle area. Between the floor jack and bottle jack, you're able to freeze the axle at its maximum point of downward travel, minimizing the amount of spring compression needed for removal and installation. Exact placement will vary by jack model but I will definitely keep this trick in mind for any future work on coil-sprung vehicles.



The sun was setting, so the photo is dark but here it sits at a very comfortable height for the new 31s in the near future. Surprisingly though, even the 235s don't look too small at this height to me.
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Unread 07-09-2012, 03:27 PM   #295
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Took a couple of pics today at work.






And when I got home, my new plates were in the mail.

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Unread 07-09-2012, 04:16 PM   #296
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Looks great Kevin!
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Unread 07-09-2012, 07:15 PM   #297
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Looks good, need some beefy tires!!
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Unread 07-10-2012, 05:05 AM   #298
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Thanks guys! I have two Treadwright Guard Dogs sitting in the garage now. Just need to order the last two and get everything mounted.

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Unread 07-10-2012, 05:15 AM   #299
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Thanks guys! I have two Treadwright Guard Dogs sitting in the garage now. Just need to order the last two and get everything mounted.
Nice, those will look good
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Unread 07-10-2012, 12:01 PM   #300
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LOL at the 2000 XJ reliability.. .my wife finally had enough of hers and now drives my F150 and I have the POS jeep LOL.
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