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post #46 of 118 Old 09-21-2011, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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Won't be able to get to the BL, MML, and GTS until some time next month

But sanded the BL and got it in primer tonight:



I know it's just a body lift and painting it may seem silly. But I don't want the aluminum to be seen under the Jeep, just prefer everything be black and clean.

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post #47 of 118 Old 09-23-2011, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Body lift painted:



At some point I lost one of the rubber "bumpers" that keep the glove box from rattling against the dash. So I had to make a new one:



This is 2 pencil erasers taped together then black shrink wrapped. Tight fit, but once it's in there it's good. Best part is no more rattling glovebox!

Did some basic maintenance the other day, tires rotated, steering greased, all bushings sprayed with lithium grease, and cleaned the inside of the frame rails with WD-40. Really want to get around to ordering the 360 nozzle and can from Eastwood soon so I can start on the frame painting. Defiantly open to tips on this...

The HVAC selector knob broke this week, so ordered 3 new ones from Jeepsareus.com, didn't need 3 but they were cheap and good to have back ups.
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post #48 of 118 Old 09-27-2011, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Jeepsareus.com is a great company to deal with, just as an FYI.

Ordered 3 new HVAC knobs last weekend, they arrived today. Nice to be able to adjust the controls again!
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post #49 of 118 Old 10-20-2011, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Looks like next Saturday will be the day for the body lift, motor mount lift, and gas tank skid install.

Last week I had to take one of the rear shocks out as the bushing slid on the bar pin. Ordered some Teraflex rear upper bar pin eliminators today. Going to put those in while the tank is out also. Will make future shock changes easier, no more bushings sliding causing a squeak or thump, and less headaches.

Can't wait for next Saturday! Been soaking all of the engine mounts, gas tank bolts, body mounts, and rear shocks with penetrating oil. Hope that helps some.
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post #50 of 118 Old 11-06-2011, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Finally able to get around to some wrenching.

After 1" body lift:



MML installed:



More MML, here you can also see the new steering brace M.O.R.E. includes. It moves the steering shafts to the correct location after the MML + BL. Very complete kit.



Didn't get the time to get the Savvy GTS and Teraflex rear BPEs installed. But plan to in the next couple of weekends
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post #51 of 118 Old 11-08-2011, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Impromptu battery replacement today. 2 year old Duralast Gold took a crap, so swapped it out. Also cleaned the battery tray, and sprayed it with Rustolem. During and after below:



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post #52 of 118 Old 11-22-2011, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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One of the bushings in my rear upper shock mounts tore. So ordered these from Summit:

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/SJA-ES34/

Savvy GTS install this weekend, along with shock bushing replacement. Can't wait!
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post #53 of 118 Old 11-26-2011, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Loads of work finished today.

Stock tank out:


Gross factory crap:


Had to make the Teraflex BPE's cylinder work with the SkyJacker bushings:



More crap out:



And the biggest pain in the rear of the day, although 1/4 isn't bad. Used a chisel and hacksaw blade to cut it off.



And finished install of Savvy GTS at it's highest mounting:

Install wasn't bad at all, instructions are good. They include PLENTY of hardware so you are replacing old stuff with all new. Love the extra protection and clearance!!

Also cleaned up the rear crossmember and areas around it then sprayed it all down with Ruseoleum black paint for extra protection.
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post #54 of 118 Old 11-27-2011, 05:46 PM
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Looks good!

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post #55 of 118 Old 11-27-2011, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Looks good!
Thanks!

Getting close to needing new tires, and with winter coming up I plan to get some next month. Think I am going with 33x10.5x15 BFG Mud Terrain KM2s. Really prefer the skinnier look of the 10.5s over the 12.5s.
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The Jeep is looking great! Can't wait to see what is next

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post #57 of 118 Old 11-28-2011, 01:21 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you!

Also growing increasingly frustrated with the poor ride quality of my Rubicon Express shocks. Looking to upgrade to a better overall shock, that performs better on the street. May look into the Rancho 9000s. Open to any feedback on smoother riding shocks that still perform as needed off road. Continuing to search the forum and narrow the list of possible candidates for replacement...
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post #58 of 118 Old 11-28-2011, 06:02 PM
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bilstein 1500s are great their about 80 a piece for 4" lift shocks i run them on on my xj and couldnt be happier
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post #59 of 118 Old 11-28-2011, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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bilstein 1500s are great their about 80 a piece for 4" lift shocks i run them on on my xj and couldnt be happier
Thanks for the feedback. Are they comfortable on the road? Even bumpy roads? How happy are you with them off road also?
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post #60 of 118 Old 12-06-2011, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Ordered a 5th wheel so I will have a matching full size spare when I get new tires next month. I get home and find the below, thinking "??"



For some reason 4wheeparts put my actual order in that stinking box, was happy to see this when I took it to the garage and opened it
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