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Unread 05-07-2012, 04:41 PM   #61
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Beginning of day 3 photo. Sadly, it looks pretty similar to the end of day 4 (I hate that there even is a day 4). I got the rear shocks, springs, and control arms off and relocated the track bar. Then spent the rest of the day working off the broken upper shock mount bolts that broke off. HUGE PITA! Anyone about to do their first lift, make that an area where you wanna soak soak soak it in PB Blaster and be careful working it out. All 4 of them broke on me and it took about 6 hours, lots of drill bits, and grind wheels to get through them.

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Unread 05-14-2012, 11:37 AM   #62
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Finally done.
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Unread 05-16-2012, 01:44 PM   #63
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Need help getting rid of vibrations

I have some slight vibrations since installing my lift. I assume it's related to my driveshaft being at an incorrect angle but I'm a little lost to be honest. Here's some pics I took and some info I found on WranglerForum.






"Your rear driveshaft slope should be at no more than a 15 deg. and the engine/tranny slope should be equal to the rear pinion.

Also, the angles between the driveshaft and tranny/rear pinion should be no more than 3 deg., according to Tom Wood, the known leader for driveshafts.

Here is a picture of the proper geometry for a conventional two joint driveshaft.



I have the Zone Combo, installed the MML and the 3/4" TC drop with a few washers. My driveshaft slope is 15 deg now. The only way to make it less than that would be to drop the TC even more. I can run it like this with minor vibes, but it will cause my u-joints to wear out earlier than normal."




I could use some opinions on these pictures I took. How does it look other than some pretty mean rust?
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Unread 05-16-2012, 09:23 PM   #64
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Hard to tell from the pics, but it does look okay compared to the drawing. I would try the MML first, and see what that does for you. They will lift the tranny 1" possible helping the drive line.
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Unread 05-18-2012, 04:13 PM   #65
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1" Brown Dog MML and 1.25" Savvy BL is in the mail.

MML

http://browndogindustries.com/CU2883...ts-Rubber.aspx

$99.95

BL

http://shop.savvyoffroad.com/product...&categoryId=-1

$134
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Unread 05-18-2012, 04:34 PM   #66
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Nice choice on the rubber mml.
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Unread 05-19-2012, 06:21 AM   #67
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They had a nice list of pros and cons on the Brown Dog website. In our neighborhood, I think rubber wins. And also I hate f*cking vibrations. I'll bounce around on brand new stiff springs all day and that's fun, but no vibes.
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Unread 05-19-2012, 07:59 AM   #68
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They had a nice list of pros and cons on the Brown Dog website. In our neighborhood, I think rubber wins. And also I hate f*cking vibrations. I'll bounce around on brand new stiff springs all day and that's fun, but no vibes.
Rubber is the way to go.
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Unread 05-29-2012, 03:21 PM   #69
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Took the Jeep on a trip to Lake Winnipesawkee this weekend then down to the Cape. Ran great other than a little bit of death wobble at 45 mph. The trip ended in my getting towed back from Harwich MA when an idler pulley got depressed and blew it's brains out all over the underside of my hood yesterday. Took a trip to autozone, got a replacement, and threw it in in less than ten minutes. Back on the road.

Next step will be MML and BL which are on backorder from Brown Dog and Savvy respectively.

Then it'll be time to get some 33's, seat risers, a Poison Spyder hood louver, a Brute Force CAI, and change my back window to the tinted window i have waiting (can't get the back window off right now, zipper is stuck).
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Unread 05-31-2012, 02:50 PM   #70
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you can look up death wobble videos on youtube and they will help you find exactly where your problem is comming from, i replaced my steering linkage with a heavy duty one... my steering has been great with 35's and a 4 inch lift ever since. your best bet with the vibrations is going to be to remove your front drive shaft and drive it, if you still have vibrations then you have isolated it to the rear and you will need to go ahead and get a SYE and new rear drive shaft. i recomend doing this anyway. if there are no vibrations when you take the front drive shaft off, then you have to start looking into getting a new front driveshaft.
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Unread 05-31-2012, 06:44 PM   #71
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I've still got a steering stabilizer to install. Would be awesome if that took care of it but I do'nt have my hopes up.
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Unread 06-01-2012, 12:19 PM   #72
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Just got an oil change. The guy talked me into wheel balancing too which I'm wicked happy about because he showed me the machine and they were waay off. And now.....NO MORE DEAATH WOBBLE!!!

Still some vibes in 3rd so I'll work that out next.

Also, traded my stock suspension parts (front and rear shocks, springs, and sway bar links, and front track bar) for brand new shiny parts that some guy was stuck with. I was literally about 3 hours from bringing them to a dumpster when this guy emailed me and I'm now the proud owner of a black fuel door cover, chrome tail lights, and chrome tail light guards. Not a big fan of chrome but I know someone will be and I just like parts.

I'll be doing a little more business with this guy when my steering stabilizer comes off this weekend. See what else he's got.
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Unread 06-01-2012, 01:58 PM   #73
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Beginning of day 3 photo. Sadly, it looks pretty similar to the end of day 4 (I hate that there even is a day 4). I got the rear shocks, springs, and control arms off and relocated the track bar. Then spent the rest of the day working off the broken upper shock mount bolts that broke off. HUGE PITA! Anyone about to do their first lift, make that an area where you wanna soak soak soak it in PB Blaster and be careful working it out. All 4 of them broke on me and it took about 6 hours, lots of drill bits, and grind wheels to get through them.

My upper shock mounts broke off on my TJ when i lifted it too! you arent kidding by saying its a PITA. I had to cut some nice 4" holes in the tub on both sides just to get a cut off wheel in there to cut the mounts off. took a good day just to do that. Then patched it up with some new sheet metal. Gotta love salty michigan roads
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Unread 06-01-2012, 07:54 PM   #74
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My upper shock mounts broke off on my TJ when i lifted it too! you arent kidding by saying its a PITA. I had to cut some nice 4" holes in the tub on both sides just to get a cut off wheel in there to cut the mounts off. took a good day just to do that. Then patched it up with some new sheet metal. Gotta love salty michigan roads
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Unread 06-15-2012, 10:35 AM   #75
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Motor mounts came in the mail. Along with a wicked high tech alarm system for my jeep that makes noise and shoots fire and bees at anyone trying to break in (not really, it's just a blinking red light wired into my ignition Dont tell anybody.)

Sold a spare soft top today to pay for some Rampage Nerf Bars I'm gonna buy tonight.


Also gonna buy a tow receiver on Sunday. I wanna get a rack to plug in for road trips.



Still waiting on the Savvy BL.

Also traded my old suspension parts for new tail lights and guards which I gave to YJ1994 and kept a fuel door cover, also from the trade, for myself.
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