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Unread 03-07-2013, 10:53 PM   #586
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They all use the same actual bearings. "National" brand from China. Get whatever's cheapest and be prepared for warranty claims.

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Unread 03-07-2013, 11:00 PM   #587
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They all use the same actual bearings. "National" brand from China. Get whatever's cheapest and be prepared for warranty claims.
Exactly, I buy mine from advance auto and they have a 1 year no questions asked warranty. With 3.75 backspaced wheels I have to replace them every year or so. It works out good. I get two years worth of bearings for the price of one
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Unread 03-09-2013, 08:54 AM   #588
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They all use the same actual bearings. "National" brand from China. Get whatever's cheapest and be prepared for warranty claims.
I think TRW and other oem use china stuff but crown and moog use better quality parts
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Unread 03-13-2013, 08:40 PM   #589
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I bought the GMB. $37.xx each from Amazon with free 2-day shipping (Amazon Prime) I already have brand new hub bolts that I bought at the dealer more than a year ago when I did this last time. They've been waiting in the tool box for the bearings to fail.
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Unread 03-14-2013, 07:32 PM   #590
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I still need to grab some bolts for the front of the large side pieces, so I can straighten those up. I'm also going to have to pick up longer bolts for the brackets before anyone tugs on it. We used the existing hitch bolts, which didn't engage enough threads into the frame-welded nuts for my liking.

I really like how the side pieces are separate from the bumper itself, that way if I land on one, the whole setup doesn't get damaged. :bigthumb:







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i have the same one too and its awesome but heavy

anyways, how'd you get the tire to tilt up? mine is just a vertical hookup to the swing arm.

and do you have any sag on that swing arm? my tends to sag when i open it up and i have to lift it up to look the swing arm.
Which causes the locking mechanism to get Really tough to close.

im wondering if mine was just F'd up by the PO lol
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Unread 03-14-2013, 09:25 PM   #591
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the tilt= the bottom part of the tire bracket is bent slightly, but that would make it tilt down. Maybe the original owner changed it. This weekend, I have to take it off and put different lug nuts on it (current ones don't fit in the factory wheel wrench). I'll snap a picture of it so you can see how it's made/angled.
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Unread 03-14-2013, 09:31 PM   #592
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also--no sag in the arm whatsoever. How tight is your bottom bolt? (the one that goes up through the inside of the bumper)

My lock is tough, but that only happened after I tightened it.

It's possible our locking mechanisms and swing arm-mounts are slightly different. (since the bumpers are made to order)

I've had the cash in my Jeep Fund account to pickup their front bumper for a while now. I need to go ahead and pull the trigger, but I've been spending cash on needed parts. I'm replacing all the worn parts on the outside of my front axle. (bushings, hubs, u-joints on the front DS) I should go ahead and order the bumper, so in a couple weeks I can get my sliders and tcase skid.
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Unread 03-14-2013, 09:59 PM   #593
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also--no sag in the arm whatsoever. How tight is your bottom bolt? (the one that goes up through the inside of the bumper)

My lock is tough, but that only happened after I tightened it.

It's possible our locking mechanisms and swing arm-mounts are slightly different. (since the bumpers are made to order)
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Ill get pics tomorrow of my setup,
My tire actually leans out instead of back like yours!
And I'm gonna try and tighten the crap out of the bottom one this weekend, although I do remember having it pretty tight already

Also is it just me or are your fenders really low and not tight to the body? Mine is pretty well aligned with the body lines
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Unread 03-17-2013, 08:05 PM   #594
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SKI_VT--if your tire leans out, either the arm is way off, or the upper part of the tire mount needs shortened/re-bent. I meant to get pictures of mine for you this weekend, but worked on the Tracker all day (60 degrees), and it snowed all day today (34 degrees). And, yes, my fenders are really low. I think my Jeep was rear-ended at some point in it's life. It was <40 degrees when we put it on (after the last meet n greet), so we didn't tweak at all. When it gets warmer, I'm going to pull them off, bedliner underneath them (on the gold), and realign them. I also need to wire up the licence plate light, but have been putting that off by not driving the Jeep at night.

I dipped into my armor fund Saturday morning and bought a new air compressor. I had to tear down the Tracker that I'm going to DD again. Apparently the reason it's had no power since the second timing set was put on is that all aftermarket companies paint the links backwards from what the manual says on the bottom chain. It runs great now (air compressor made the job way quicker), and a buddy helped me weld new rockers on it (rusted out, lost some pieces on the interstate on the way to his house). Once it has the brake proportioning valve replaced, it will be road-worthy enough for me to DD and save $3-400+ a month in fuel costs. I put a $65-70 per tank fill up in the Jeep every 2 1/2 days, 3 days tops.

Back on topic, I have new unit bearings, axle-side upper control arm bushings, and 4x ball joints waiting to go on. I planned on doing it today, but it snowed. Maybe one evening this week. That's why I'm anxious to get it off the street, so I can wrench on it without being rushed to get it done before I need it to drive to work.
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Unread 03-29-2013, 05:21 PM   #595
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Still haven't put on the mountain of parts I have here for the WJ.

On a lighter note-- I'm moving! We're moving into a MUCH larger house, with a 1-door, 2-car garage that the Jeep can fit in! (The garage I use now is ~5 miles away at my parent's house, and the Jeep is too big to fit in it)
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Unread 03-30-2013, 07:46 PM   #596
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Still haven't put on the mountain of parts I have here for the WJ.

On a lighter note-- I'm moving! We're moving into a MUCH larger house, with a 1-door, 2-car garage that the Jeep can fit in! (The garage I use now is ~5 miles away at my parent's house, and the Jeep is too big to fit in it)
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Unread 04-03-2013, 08:04 PM   #597
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Test fitting the WJ today before we start moving in. Looks like I'll have about 12" of clearance to allow the Jeep to grow, since it didn't knock down my cellular phone booster antenna there on the right rear of the WJs roof.



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Unread 04-03-2013, 08:15 PM   #598
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Test fitting the WJ today before we start moving in. Looks like I'll have about 12" of clearance to allow the Jeep to grow, since it didn't knock down my cellular phone booster antenna there on the right rear of the WJs roof.

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Unread 04-03-2013, 08:23 PM   #599
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nah. I thought it was a 2 car garage. 2 could squeeze in there, but it'd be tight. I guess it's a 1 1/2 car garage. Still, no complaints. Room for all my tools, tool boxes, some storage, and a place to work on the Heep.

It's longer than it is wide. I could easily fit my 4 wheeler in front of the Jeep, with room to spare.

The plan will be to park the Jeep and my Tracker outside, and let the wife keep her Mazda inside, until something needs worked on.

As soon as we move in, the Jeep takes precedence in the garage, so I can put the mountain of parts on it I've had laying in the back of it for some time now. (hubs, bushings, etc...)
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Block garage - nice. That will help keep the garage fairly comfortable in the extreme weather!
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