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Unread 04-29-2013, 10:15 AM   #31
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Thank You!

I got my order from The Fastener Wharehouse.com! New screws, wireing loom retainers, trim panel retainers, spring & clip nuts, rocker & bumper trim retainers, trim screws + more... almost like a mini Christmas! I hate trying to reuse the OE plastic retainers and rusty screws.

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Unread 04-30-2013, 08:35 PM   #32
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A few too many Yuengling Lord Chesterfields and I ordered a header & 3" exhaust system including a cat from SUMMIT..
Kolak does not have a mandrel bent down pipe, or it could be I pissed him off!?.
I'll adapt the stock down pipe for now and order a 2.5/ 3" mandrel tubing kit.
My impact ball joint/ tie rod seperator tool set arrived along with the bulk purchase of K&N oil filters. The transmission pan drain kit alsoo arrived. Looks like my work todo list is piling up!
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Unread 04-30-2013, 09:39 PM   #33
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Nice man! But why would Kolak be pissed at you?
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Unread 05-02-2013, 07:21 AM   #34
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idk, bought the rest of the exhaust elsewhere. I was under the impression he had mandrel bent header to cat pipes..

I ordered the 3" cat backsystem & 3" cat from SUMMIT, 5PM on 4/30, it arrived @ 10AM the next morning. $237 shipped to my door in 17 hours, crazy fast shipping. The OE exhaust has a 1 7/8 tailpipe, makes the 3" look huge! The headers are supposed to be here Monday - Wednesday. I'll have to get moving and clean up the 99+ intake and 703 injectors!
I have her up on stands to do swaybar bushings, control arm & bushing replacement along with the 2" BB and new Bilsteins. I have a bunch of other stuff lined up and it looks like a good time to do the fuel filter and a little rust removal too.
I soaked everything in PB Blaster overnight, I hope it helps!
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Unread 05-02-2013, 07:59 AM   #35
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idk, bought the rest of the exhaust elsewhere. I was under the impression he had mandrel bent header to cat pipes..

I ordered the 3" cat backsystem & 3" cat from SUMMIT, 5PM on 4/30, it arrived @ 10AM the next morning. $237 shipped to my door in 17 hours, crazy fast shipping. The OE exhaust has a 1 7/8 tailpipe, makes the 3" look huge! The headers are supposed to be here Monday - Wednesday. I'll have to get moving and clean up the 99+ intake and 703 injectors!
I have her up on stands to do swaybar bushings, control arm & bushing replacement along with the 2" BB and new Bilsteins. I have a bunch of other stuff lined up and it looks like a good time to do the fuel filter and a little rust removal too.
I soaked everything in PB Blaster overnight, I hope it helps!
Can't wait to see how this will turn out!!! Good luck!
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Unread 05-02-2013, 06:53 PM   #36
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Pretty productive day today all things considered, rear upper & lower control arms replaced on the passenger side, track bar at frame mount disconnected and swaybar half removed. I got a used swaybar from SQUAZZ a month or so ago, good thing 'cause the OE swaybar was almost rusted through!!
On to the left side in the morning. I had sprayed/ juiced all fasteners with blaster yesterday. Biggest issue was the Chinese Lower control arm. The bushing sleeve was 1/4" larger than the bracket. I checked it against the original sleeve and a Prothane bushing sleeve. Horray the bench grinder works! The track bar Torx Cap screw, lubed, heated, and then the cap screw head fell off. I was able to draw the bolt out from the other side by adding washers and tightening the nut as the bolt was rusted tight to the inner metal sleeve. 2 freaking hours between the two. My little sister showed up just in time with Brooklyn Lager!!
I did not get as much done as desired, BUTT, HHHMmmmm tasty beer!! I like hops!
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Unread 05-03-2013, 09:09 PM   #37
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Another productive day!! All rear control arms are now new!! Even the track bar bushings have been replaced! I still have a good bit of work to do, wire brushing of surface rust to prep for POR15, R&R rear sway bar to avoid rubbing on the ABS lines, clean and re-atach P Brake cables & metal brake lines. pics to follow!
I did have "fun" with the track bar fasteners. As mentioned before, the first was drawn through by adding washers, the lower required turning the left over bolt (from grinding/ cutting the head off) with the impact wrench while hammering with the air hammer bit. Why we were we not born with 4 arms I'll never know!! Oh Yeah, WTF torx bit suspension parts??
I did get to play with a lot of tools that had been growing dust! It is awesome to have the tools you need to do a job! It was a PITA to remove both upper & lower track bar bushings, but getting them out of their brackets was the real PITA.
To remove the OE bushings from the track bar, I used a 3/16 drill bit to start the process, drilling a half dozen holes on both sides of the rubber bushing. I used a Mapp Gas plumbing torch to burn out the rubber. Once the rubber part of the bushing was pretty much gone, I used a steel rod to push the inner sleeve out. Once the sleeve was out, I used a flat screw driver to loosen and remove the remaining rubber. I then used a carbide burr to grind a slot in the bushing shell, It was easy at that point to collapse the shell and push it out of the track bar.. I had a 8" C clamp ready to seat the new polyurethane bushings, but they went in nicely with just the supplied silicone grease.
I used new grade 8 fasteners where ever I could fit them, (Tractor Supply), (Side note!! Stock up on these as they are doing away with selling them by weight!!)
BEST PART!! I now have a 2" BB in the rear, complete with Bilstien shocks, poly bushings for both sway & track bars. The rear suspension is now very TIGHT, it was down right sloppy/ floppy when it was first lowered. I am looking forward to a much quieter ride, there was a LOT of slop back there!!
The drivers side upper control arm was SO rusted, you could see light through the flakey rust.
I did take some pics that I will post, but the process is best as described.
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Unread 05-03-2013, 09:22 PM   #38
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Glad to here that it was all do able!!! I absolutely hated the track bar bolts!!! Good job!
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Unread 05-03-2013, 09:27 PM   #39
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Due to time and cash restraints, I bought the "Walker Brand" down/ exhaust pipe so I can get her back on the road ASAP. I'll do a mandrel bent pipe via kit when time allows.
The "wALKER pIPE sUCKS". It is a shame to turn a peice of 2.25 pipe into that monster restrictive crap. They should be ashamed of them selves. I'll post pics of the new pipes vs OE pipes.
SOAP BOX MOMENT --- SUMMIT Racing is awesome!! With a little bit of heads up, their prices can be the cheapest around, shipping is insanely fast and they stand by everything.
I got my stainless steel header today from Ebait. Looks good, install will tell! Though not mentioned, they incuded gaskets & fasteners!
While her rear is still up in the air I'll start hanging the new pipes!
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Unread 05-04-2013, 07:16 PM   #40
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A bit of a "day off".

I washed down my work area.
I did get a few of my OE lights polished today, they look like new! I also tried cerium oxide(?) polish for glass on the OE glass fog lights. I used a low speed 3" orbital polisher, kept the lens wet to prevent cracking, it did start getting hot! It did not seem to remove many pits, but after 5 minutes or so I could see that the edges of the deeper pits were being smoothed out. The lens I worked does look brighter.... I'll give them another 15 minutes each then done.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 01:14 PM   #41
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JY trip!

I finally made it out to the JY today! I picked up a few front signal harnesses, some extra vacuum lines, tee & elbows. I also got a '96 style power steering pump with bracket, fasteners, lines and a nice antenna. $35 for all.
I got the '96 PS pump & brackets to do the 99+ intake & 703 injector swap while I am putting the header and new exhaust on.
I had gotten a front drivers door and rear hatch off a '94 at a different JY, I went back today to get the 2 back doors and rear privacy glass. That ZJ had been crushed so I got just the privacy glass from two other doors as well as the rear glass from a '96. That ZJ had a decent hatch, (it has a dent) but with the flipper rear glass! I paid $100 for all the glass and the hatch.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 05:28 PM   #42
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Moving up front!

Well, the rear end is off the jack stands! I finished up the CA, Shock, 2" BB, track bar & sway bar link install. I will need to do more cleaning, rust repair and brake work under the rear, but I'm gettn itchy to do the front lift, exhaust/ intake/ injector up grade and suspension work.
I want to sand blast the Parking Brake bracket, replace brake lines and cables, but it can wait till the fun stuff is done!!
PICS COMING!
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Unread 05-17-2013, 04:03 AM   #43
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Cleaning & Prep

OK, I spent yesterday cleaning the ZJ, I spent a good part of today cleaning again, a lot of it seemed to be on me. However, the control arm replacement front and rear is now done! The LH front was trying to PMO, but 4 sessions of blue wrench followed with PB Blaster, and a 18” extension on my 16” breaker bar… I also replaced the track bar bushing, that was the most time consuming! I really did not want to deal with a broken bolt there! The LH axle bushing was a PITA! I hit the RH axle bushing with some heat and the impact hammer sent the bushing flying!
I hope to finish the 2” BB and shock swap in the AM, exhaust/ intake swap is next!
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Unread 05-19-2013, 09:50 PM   #44
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Moving along!

My project is moving along. I am doing a bit of a write up for each stage of the process. I am taking pics, but a lot are blurry. I need to use a tripod . I will give a step - by - step process that even I can follow!
The 2" BB, CA replacement, track bar bushing, sway bar bushing/ link is almost done. I just need to re-attach the RH caliper, LH upper shock mount, lower track bar mount and sway bar links. Then it will be "torque" time!
Next on tap - - - '99+ Intake, 703 injector & exhaust upgrade!
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Unread 05-20-2013, 08:25 PM   #45
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I got everything buttoned up on the BB, torqued to spec and back on the ground today. I kept a log of tools used and will add them to my write up along with the FSM torque specs.
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