well it's been awhile...not much has changed except for fixing things I broke.
went out wheelin with some friends and ended up flexing the front coil spring out of the mount. Not really a big deal at the time until I was at work the following week and came around the corner and heard a loud bang and boom no steering..the extreme flex musta took it's toll on the steering box
here are some really bad photos since it was so dark
all three bolts that run through the frame and mount the steering box sheared off and also broke one of the mounting ears off the gear box
called AAA for a lift home
that was a few weeks ago and I never got around to fixing it until this past week since I have the ****box Jetta.
I will say that this was the worst thing that I've ever had to fix..mainly because I did it in my driveway with no air tools and I thought a rusty pitman arm nut was going to be the death of me.
After almost two days of PB blaster, lots of heat from a butane torch and one electric impact purchase I finally got the nut off
then while I was removing the drag link from the other end of the pitman arm, it fell off and landed threads down so I had to buy a new end link since the threads were so fubar'd
so then finally the box came out
heres a close up of the broken box and bolts
new box installed
I was finally excited to get back on the road and out of the Jetta for awhile and then bang more problems
pulled up at the gym after work and shut it off only to have the radiator explode and blow coolant all over the place.
I'm assuming having the bottom portion of the radiator covered in mud didn't help and it looked pretty old.
it put about a 5 inch crack down the side of the end cap area
after pulling out the old rad I noticed that the serp belt was about toast too so I through one of those on too
seems to be running better than ever now