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Unread 07-10-2012, 02:49 PM   #301
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Yeah, definitely not the best year. Not reliable at all but it's still been a fun and educational build.

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Unread 07-11-2012, 11:32 AM   #302
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I hear ya... we never even really wheeled the thing other than some beach cruising in Carova and Island Beach NJ, and it's falling apart. Not a week goes by where I am not fixing something on that Jeep (a 4 letter word in my house)
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Unread 07-12-2012, 12:22 AM   #303
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Had a half-dozen bouts with death wobble this morning. Got an alignment this afternoon. Unfortunately, nothing was out of spec or showing wear. I'm eyeing a Moog steering stabilizer and a RC adjustable track bar.
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Unread 07-12-2012, 08:00 AM   #304
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Had a half-dozen bouts with death wobble this morning. Got an alignment this afternoon. Unfortunately, nothing was out of spec or showing wear. I'm eyeing a Moog steering stabilizer and a RC adjustable track bar.
Best of luck! Death wobble is always frustrating. My red 99 had it until I swapped to aftermarket LCA's. Jeep is looking good! Love the simple DD friendly approach
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Unread 07-12-2012, 11:40 AM   #305
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Thanks man! Stepping up to adjustable LCAs would be an awful idea for me. Then I'd be ready to make the jump to 33s!
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Unread 07-12-2012, 03:14 PM   #306
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Thanks man! Stepping up to adjustable LCAs would be an awful idea for me. Then I'd be ready to make the jump to 33s!
I see no problem here
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Unread 07-12-2012, 06:25 PM   #307
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I think 3.55s would hate 33s and I am way, way not ready to do gears as I'm still suffering the results of the lift and pending 31s. Slow down, Ghandi, you're killin' me!
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Unread 07-12-2012, 10:01 PM   #308
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Haha i understand. Its easy to get carried away!
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Unread 07-13-2012, 11:13 AM   #309
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For sure. I did that already to the truck on page 1. Trying to be smarter now.
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Unread 07-16-2012, 06:24 PM   #310
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I installed a new steering stabilizer today to try and get some instant relief on the death wobble. I was going to order a nice Moog but driving has proven so hazardous, I wanted something on it NOW so I just went with a NAPA model. It's definitely an upgrade over the stock model, which had started leaking past the seals and had about 1/2" of play before it offered any resistance. I'm still going to order an adjustable track bar but everything feels MUCH better already. Once I add the new track bar, I should have a happy Jeep.
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Unread 07-17-2012, 10:48 PM   #311
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Reinstalled my 31s. They're officially in better shape than my 235s. When I bought my XJ, it had dry-rotted Michelins with good tread. July 20th, I will have owned it for 3 years exactly. I've put around 20,000 miles on it in that time. The Michelins are now even MORE dry-rotted and still have okay tread. No more than I drive now, I will never again pay a premium for longer-lasting tires. I can't wear down the tread before the sidewall is no longer safe! Guess I'll stick with TreadWrights and see how that goes.
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Unread 07-18-2012, 12:32 AM   #312
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Good looking XJ Kev and a great thread documenting your build. You have really learned a lot about these rigs. Not much you haven't seen at this point.
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Unread 07-18-2012, 11:05 PM   #313
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Thanks man! I've really enjoyed doing these little write-ups and taking pictures. Learning these things has been fun. Nothing like being a greasy geek!
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Unread 07-19-2012, 09:31 AM   #314
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3.55s with 33s isn't too bad. The worse part of it is big hills or having to accelerate very quickly. Oh and Kevin, are you keeping those rims on the two treadwrights? They look like they'd match my four rims and then I could paint them all and not have rusty rims! lol If you are that's fine too, I'd actually like to get totally different ones.
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Unread 07-19-2012, 11:38 AM   #315
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They are off an S-10 Blazer so they're the wrong bolt pattern for us. I have a set of chrome rims at Dad's house. I haven't checked them over yet to see how well they might clean up yet but I'd part with them.
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