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Unread 05-27-2011, 12:29 PM   #16
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I highly recomend you put that fron t sway bar back on. And everyone here in there right mind will tell you so also. It is very dangerous to drive with out it.

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Unread 05-27-2011, 02:15 PM   #17
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I highly recomend you put that fron t sway bar back on. And everyone here in there right mind will tell you so also. It is very dangerous to drive with out it.

If the rear sway bar is still in it is fine. I run no sway bar in the front and I am on Long arms and it drives great. I will admit that I cant toss it in a corner like a sports car but it is a Jeep and I have no desire to do that. Plus no more getting out to un hook my discos
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Unread 05-27-2011, 04:09 PM   #18
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It would be better if you put that front back in, and ditched the rear
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Unread 05-28-2011, 01:21 AM   #19
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If the rear sway bar is still in it is fine. I run no sway bar in the front and I am on Long arms and it drives great. I will admit that I cant toss it in a corner like a sports car but it is a Jeep and I have no desire to do that. Plus no more getting out to un hook my discos
glad someone sees it from my point of view, i bought my xj without sway bars on the damn thing and i'll admit it took a week or so to get used to but it wasn't that bad. it had no sway bars period, at least i still have a back one on my zj. and it helps me to add a better mod to my jeep removing it and just as you said i don't have to get in and out to hook/unhook discos anymore, which reminds me anyone wanna buy some roughly used jks quick discos????
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Unread 05-31-2011, 08:32 PM   #20
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ok so today i started tearing down my front end to replace the hubs and uppper/lower balls joints. i borrowed this bad boy to break my axle nuts loose with.



so then the fun began. the passenger side hub is the worst i've ever seen, it took about 10 mins with this electric impact on a puller and numerous times of beating it with a hammer just to get it to finally break free. when it finally did this is what it looked like.




yep i think it's broke




so tomorrow i'm gonna pull apart the driver side and pull my diff cover and pray for no damage lol
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Unread 06-01-2011, 09:52 PM   #21
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well i pulled the diff cover off today and the driver side hub,etc. and thankfully didn't find anymore damage to anything. i still have to get the puller/compressor from oreilly's tomorrow and change my ball joints and put everything back together. i also got new axles today with a lifetime warranty, check em out

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Unread 06-01-2011, 10:12 PM   #22
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I had issues with CV shaft replacements before. The only place I could find one where the boot didn't want to rub against the hub assembly was from NAPA. Just a small FYI.
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Unread 06-01-2011, 10:19 PM   #23
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thanks for the input, i'll be sure and check these before i put them in. i got this set from oreilly's, not sure if you tried there or not
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Unread 06-08-2011, 10:30 PM   #24
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so i'm doing quite an update here, put on alot of new parts over the past week. due to some internet issues i wasn't able to update for the past couple days.

i'll pick up where i left off. i pulled the drivers side hub and then both spindles. then it was time to change the ball joints, at first it seemed as if it was going to be a hell of a job since the impact wouldn't even budge my old ones not to mention i wasn't 100% sure which way they came out. but after a little research and grabbing a 1/2" rachet and a cheater bar i finally managed to shove those rotten bastards out of there. the more i did the easier they seemed to get though. i did wind up having to use some sockets rather than the pieces that came in the puller/compressor kit, and this also goes much easier if you remove the top ball joint first because you can then use the top hole to run the tool threw.




and of course the new ones go back in just the opposite of the way the old ones came out


so here it is most of the way back together, new hubs are nice and shiny lol and i decided to go ahead clean up my knuckles and paint them black while they were out



also went ahead and cleaned up and painted my diff cover while i had it off, 3 coats of krylon fusion and 3 coats of clear.


so i also found this throttle body spacer in the classifieds section here on JF for $20 shipped. I thought it was a deal compared to buying one from quadratec for $60-80ish. So big thanks to "italiang4lif89"



so next on the list are some brakes and a HD tie rod from IRO since my stock one is bent like a horseshoe. and then i can align everything and slap on my new(to me) wheels and tires. i was bored and sit one beside it just to get an idea of the look

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90 XJ Laredo--D.D., satin black paint job, 15" ecco's, the redheaded step child of my jeeps
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Unread 06-27-2011, 10:34 PM   #25
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did a little modifying and made this gas tank skid work and got it mounted up today. i will say it's a ***** trying to get the tank and this skid off the ground high enough to get a jack under it all by yourself. i thought i was never gonna get this SOB back up in there and bolted up, but finally after alot of sweating and cursing here she is

yes i know my d35 is leaking a little bit, i didn't help much by spilling some all over it the other day while trying to top it off
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94 ZJ Laredo--lifted 4.5", rocker rails, front end/t-case/gas tank skids, tube doors, wj knuckle/brake swap, soft 8's, 32x10.50 tsl's [URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f197/project-la-re-do-rebuild-thread-1212129/"][COLOR="Blue"]BUILD THREAD[/COLOR][/URL]
87 MJ Comanche--zj d44 rear w/ disc brakes, wj knuckles/brakes w/ drilled & slotted rotors,6" lift in progress [URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f53/zj_flexxxers-manche-build-1349142/"][COLOR="Blue"]BUILD THREAD[/COLOR][/URL]
90 XJ Laredo--D.D., satin black paint job, 15" ecco's, the redheaded step child of my jeeps
87 XJ Wagoneer--R.I.P. =(


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Unread 07-02-2011, 08:47 PM   #26
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put my front bumper back on and i swapped wheels and tires




and today i snatched up some parts for the wj knuckle swap. here's the knuckles and i even got the akebono brake calipers winning!



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94 ZJ Laredo--lifted 4.5", rocker rails, front end/t-case/gas tank skids, tube doors, wj knuckle/brake swap, soft 8's, 32x10.50 tsl's [URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f197/project-la-re-do-rebuild-thread-1212129/"][COLOR="Blue"]BUILD THREAD[/COLOR][/URL]
87 MJ Comanche--zj d44 rear w/ disc brakes, wj knuckles/brakes w/ drilled & slotted rotors,6" lift in progress [URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f53/zj_flexxxers-manche-build-1349142/"][COLOR="Blue"]BUILD THREAD[/COLOR][/URL]
90 XJ Laredo--D.D., satin black paint job, 15" ecco's, the redheaded step child of my jeeps
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Unread 07-02-2011, 08:55 PM   #27
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Looking good.
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Unread 07-05-2011, 09:47 PM   #28
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got the wj spindles wire wheeled and painted. also got the brakes wire wheeled and painted but it started to sprinkle rain outside so i'll finish up the last coat on those tomorrow.







also i went to work and made my own knuckle flange spacers. i took one look at the jks website and told myself there was no way i was paying $20 each for them. i used an old peice of 1/4" metal i had lying around and with my jigsaw,drill, and about 45 mins i saved $40.


just test fitting here, i'm aware that they have to be welded to the knuckle
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94 ZJ Laredo--lifted 4.5", rocker rails, front end/t-case/gas tank skids, tube doors, wj knuckle/brake swap, soft 8's, 32x10.50 tsl's [URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f197/project-la-re-do-rebuild-thread-1212129/"][COLOR="Blue"]BUILD THREAD[/COLOR][/URL]
87 MJ Comanche--zj d44 rear w/ disc brakes, wj knuckles/brakes w/ drilled & slotted rotors,6" lift in progress [URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f53/zj_flexxxers-manche-build-1349142/"][COLOR="Blue"]BUILD THREAD[/COLOR][/URL]
90 XJ Laredo--D.D., satin black paint job, 15" ecco's, the redheaded step child of my jeeps
87 XJ Wagoneer--R.I.P. =(


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Unread 07-08-2011, 04:27 PM   #29
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got some parts ordered from IRO.



i started the teardown for the wj knuckles yesterday. snapped a quick pic of my front end to get a before and after shot. if your wondering why my jackstand are on stepping stones it's to keep them from sinking on the hot asphalt. i had one start sinking and almost fall one day not to mention leave about a 3" hole in the blacktop.


so here's an idea of the difference in the wj knuckles and the tab for the drag link. an easy 3 inches or more of clearance is gained. i'm not going to use the lower tab for the tie rod, i'm going to use the IRO heavy duty tie rod over to the drag link and i'm using the tapered sleeves to go over the knuckle on the tie rod and possibly the drag link if it's not too much work.
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94 ZJ Laredo--lifted 4.5", rocker rails, front end/t-case/gas tank skids, tube doors, wj knuckle/brake swap, soft 8's, 32x10.50 tsl's [URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f197/project-la-re-do-rebuild-thread-1212129/"][COLOR="Blue"]BUILD THREAD[/COLOR][/URL]
87 MJ Comanche--zj d44 rear w/ disc brakes, wj knuckles/brakes w/ drilled & slotted rotors,6" lift in progress [URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f53/zj_flexxxers-manche-build-1349142/"][COLOR="Blue"]BUILD THREAD[/COLOR][/URL]
90 XJ Laredo--D.D., satin black paint job, 15" ecco's, the redheaded step child of my jeeps
87 XJ Wagoneer--R.I.P. =(


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Unread 07-21-2011, 11:08 PM   #30
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well got alot more stuff done here lately, figured it was time for an update.

got all my parts in from IRO and it was a rainy day so i got bored and sat in the house putting my tracking arm bushings in haha. i had my little sidekick trying to help me too


also have to give props to IRO for helping me out with these bushings. i had bought these adjustable tracking arms used without knowing the brand so it was a little hard for me to know what size bushings i needed. sent my OD and ID measurements to the guys at IRO and they confirmed that their bushings would work. big thanks for the help



now for some comparsion pics
stock 4.0 zj tie rod vs IRO tie rod


here's the stock brakes vs wj rotors and akebono calipers


my stock setup vs wj knuckles/IRO tie rod/over the knuckle. i wanted to put my drag link on the higher tab of the wj knuckles but evidently the wj drag link must be a bit shorter because i couldn't get it in alignment with my drag link on the higher tab. still a better setup none the less.
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87 MJ Comanche--zj d44 rear w/ disc brakes, wj knuckles/brakes w/ drilled & slotted rotors,6" lift in progress [URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f53/zj_flexxxers-manche-build-1349142/"][COLOR="Blue"]BUILD THREAD[/COLOR][/URL]
90 XJ Laredo--D.D., satin black paint job, 15" ecco's, the redheaded step child of my jeeps
87 XJ Wagoneer--R.I.P. =(


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