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post #16 of 143 Old 06-12-2011, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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So I finally got out wheelin' today. We had a good time, didn't push it too hard. I want and SYE, Some boxed rockers or sliders, and one ton steering before I really open it up. Aussie did great and only crushed one rocker.
Pics- All taken with my dads iphone and its an older one that couldn't take video













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post #17 of 143 Old 06-13-2011, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Here are some pics from a real camera.



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So, my JCR steering should be here tomorrow, tonight I'm going to order a reamer, $40 shipped form some tool supplier based in long island, Its a Ace brand reamer. Painting it lime green to match the diff cover.

Did some simple mods, Since I didn't have a jeep thing on the front I thought I would make one. Auto zone was out of J's

And here is the picture never taken, of the wires you must unplug when going doorless on you 97+. This picture is in none of the write-ups.

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post #19 of 143 Old 07-08-2011, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Bam!!!! JCR steering finally here. I ordered a reamer that should be here next week. I have to say I am going to feel much more confident while wheeling now. The stock one is just so flimsy compared to the one ton.
Painting has already began with some, self-etching primer. Its raining so I hope it drys alright, I painted my bumper in the winter 15-20 degrees and that came out ok.


My next mods will start to get cheaper. Taking my doors off with cost $6, 4 bolts and a cut off wheel. Also thinking of some hood vents. I just don't want water dripping down on the engine, not that a lot of water doesn't just splash up while driving in the rain anyway. Did cars that come with them stock like the lebaron, which people usually take the vents from, come with some sort of catch pan.

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And less then 24 hours later the steering is already painted. 3 coats primer, 2 green engine enamel, 1 clear coat just for fun.


Now I ordered a reamer a couple nights ago. While I thought it would ship in 2-3 days like their site said, I got an email saying that they will ship as soon as they get them in, in a week to a week in a half. Not good since need this installed before I go wheeling in 13 days. So I'm probably going to have to barrow one and just cancel that order, if they don't up me to next day shipping or something like that.

And here are my new door pins for taking the doors off. 5/16 bolts cut down and the ends grinded to help them slid in. I think I will be taking them off tomorrow. I have the day off and its not support to rain.

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So today I removed the drivers side door. I did a little adjusting but haven't put it back on to see if it still sags, I think it really needs bushings. its pretty simple really but It will suck if I have to lift to close every time. I'm going to hold off on the passenger side until The drivers side is set.

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post #22 of 143 Old 07-15-2011, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Steering install has began...I got home from work at 8pm. First things first, drink water and bowel movement. Then food and update my Facebook status, check to make sure there are no partys goin on, nowhati'msayin. So 9pm decide to start. 30 minutes later the stock steering in laying on the ground and theres grease on my moms driveway, again....
The steering stabilizer was retarded. For one its dented and stuff, leaked all its oil or something out a while ago, and all its 2 bolts were frozen and took a way more effort then I wanted to put out to get it off finally at the axle side. It will not be missed. Stabilizer= 15 minutes everything else=15 minutes

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Reaming the pitman arm is a pain in the A$$$$$$$$. That's right A money sign(repeating).

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So my reamer wiggled when in the 1/2" drill chuck so I rigged it up with a socket and air ratchet. Worked good but took a while waiting for my little compressor all the time. Anyway here it is.
Tie rod in place.

Drag link in.

All said and done.


Heres a picture of my clearances. it hits at full lock but I never turn that much anyway. I went down a tight street and did a u turn and it I didn't hear any noises. I'm gonna adjust the steering stops anyway.

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post #25 of 143 Old 07-19-2011, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Today I passed emissions. I'm pretty sure I have a bad o2 sensor but really don't want to fix it, has a check engine light (bought the jeep with it on) and have thus far passed emissions by clearing the code, driving 100 miles and then getting tested. Maybe Ill fix it next time I need emission, in 2 years.

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post #26 of 143 Old 07-24-2011, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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I spent this past weekend up at Rausch creek. It was a good time, I'll post some video and pics later. Ran blues and blacks and also into some problems. For those of you who know the place I drove down to lake Christy, down the hill to the lake, through the edge, and then up the other side. We hung out there a while watching some nut who after going around the edge of lake Christy thought the middle wouldn't be much deeper. Anyway then we went down to tomb stone and while doing the easier line out (still a black) my jeep just died. We winched out and towed me back.

We diagnosed the problem as something fuel related, no pressure up at the rail. And since we couldn't hear the pump, in the parking lot we dropped the tank and pulled the pump. Someone from my club actually had a spare because he was swapping tanks in the lot also(burning a hole in it on the way there). So after we got the pump out, we hooked up the wire connection again just to see if anything would happen. And it worked, which was good, but only meant we got lucky. The next day instead of staying to wheel, I decided to head out. After like 3.5 hours and 200 miles, only 30 miles from my house! The jeep just died again going 55 down the highway. And we got a tow home.

So still not starting. Tomorrow I'm going to drop the tank again and replace the pump and check all the wiring, everything fuel related basically. Anyone have any thoughts? I did come down on my stock tank skid, never too hard, but worth mentioning.

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Well I would check to see if you have power to the pump before pulling it again.
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Yea the way it happened just was too perfect though. Guess where the dent is on the skid plate...right under were the pump sits.

Its so simple to drop the tank I was also planning to drop it no matter what and hook up wires directly to the pump form the battery and see if it works.

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Replaced the pump and everything works now. Except the check engine light came back on, and i really don't want it to be for a new reason other then the emission stuff.

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Ok just a little update. On the way home from wheeling in the beginning of august I got death wobble. I welded a washer to the axle mount in case that was the problem, tighten everything up real good, and rotated the tires. There was also this clunk in the middle of the steering curve.That all made it a little less prominent, but was still there. And I basically didn't drive for the next month, i had no were i needed to go, lol.

So, I ordered a Clayton track bar with the bracket and hd bolt for the axle side. Let me say that I am never ordering from another company again. Its just not worth the trouble it might cause. The clunk is gone when turning too. I am very happy. now my only problem is a bent rim.

Here are some pics, I used to have a rough country track bar. And I think I bent it, i think i mentioned that before.




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