Well, Wednesday I replaced that stupid rear upper ball joint. I went to warranty it out at AAP, and they didn't have one in stock. They called another store and told them that I had a TRW one, and to check their inventory. All they had was a Moog part, and he swapped me out even
I pressed it back into the plate and thought all was well. Thursday on my way home from work, I had some tail wag, and the rattle was back. As I pulled into the driveway, the whole rear end shifted, and I thought the ball joint was trashed already. I went to look, and the ball joint had pressed itself out of the plate :shock: I pulled it all out once again (I'm a pro at this now), and took it to "Night Shift Auto" here in Nitro to have them weld the ball joint into the plate. (it was ~8:30pm, and I don't have a welder, or the skill). $20 later, and it was one piece. Forever.
I wish I would've taken pictures before putting it back in, as these were the nicest welds I've ever seen.
Friday, on my way home from work, I kept smelling brakes. By the time I pulled into the driveway, my rear driver's caliper was seized. I bought one, as well as both rear drum-rotors (they needed replaced anyways, new park brake shoes didn't work, even when adjusted properly). I warranty'd out the rear pads, and just left the shoes as they were replaced when we did the lift a month ago.
Stops on a dime, and no rear rattles anymore.
Maybe if crap will stop falling apart, I can get some more mods done. I really really really want the Iron Rock rear upper arm to fully do away with that stupid ball joint, and the near EOL bushings on the other end of that upper arm. I'd like to also get adjustable rear lowers with that adjustable upper, so I can push the rear axle back about an inch. That way, I won't have to trim the rear quite yet. I'd like adjustable front upper control arms, but I think I'm just going to do front long arms later this summer.
I need to take care of my overheating issue as well. It's fine until the ambient outside temp is ~80* or higher, and running the A/C speeds up the process. I do have air in my system that I can't seem to shake. I hear rushing water in the heater core upon cold start, but bleeding and bleeding the system, it comes back within a week or so. Probably need to replace the heater core and hoses/pipes, as everything else has already been replaced last summer.