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post #106 of 487 Old 12-31-2012, 02:16 AM Thread Starter
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Not a whole lot going on with the XJ right now but I am making progress. I installed a RC 2in lift kit on a 07' Jeep Commander the other day and made a few bucks for the Cherokee.

The front strut spacer-

Rough Country says to grind the unthreaded portion of the stock strut studs in order for the new spacer to clear. I found that this was not needed because there was clearance after fulling tightening the spacer onto the strut.

Also put 2in wheel spacers on the Commander

Back to the Cherokee, I started experimenting with homemade fender flares

I replaced my stock lower control arms with Rough Country fixed arms good for 3-4.5in of lift. In order to get the axle to rotate to where I could get the lower control arms in I took one of the control arm mount bolts and simply slid it through the axle end mount for the driver side control arm, with the bolt in place I slid a cheater bar between the axle and the bolt. When you pull up on the end of the bar, looking at the axle from the driver side you would notice it rotates clockwise. I put a floor jack on the end of the bar, after a minute of prying the bar up it moved the axle to where I was able to slide the passenger side lower control arm into place. Once you bolt that up the other control arm is ready to bolt in as well.

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Going to align the Jeep myself tomorrow. Going to set toe and center the steering wheel.

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post #107 of 487 Old 12-31-2012, 11:55 PM
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Happy new year man

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Happy new year man
Thanks bud you to Have fun in the snow
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Thanks bud you to Have fun in the snow
Oh I am. Traction control off. Atv tires fixed Saturday and I'm doin donuts erwhere

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Oh I am. Traction control off. Atv tires fixed Saturday and I'm doin donuts erwhere
Thats what I just came back from doing! Rear locker + 2wd =
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Thats what I just came back from doing! Rear locker + 2wd =
Haha the gravel roads out here don't get plowed so I just take as many as I can

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Its been a good day for the Cherokee even though it sits on jack stands with no wheels. I complained and was able to return my tires for a full refund. They were weak in the snow, clumped mud horrible, and were wearing fast. They had almost 2/32nds of tread loss in 1500 miles with a fresh alignment. I actually aligned the jeep a total of 5 times on the alignment rack at school (with my ase certified master tech instructor), and a 6th time in my garage with a tape measure just to check toe. At this rate the 50,000 mile tire would of been needed replacement around 20,000mi. I ordered a set of 31/10.5/15 Good Year Wrangler MT/R Kevlar tires that will be here Monday morning. Im installing a lift on an xj in the morning then Il have the tires put on my rims shortly after. Stay tuned for pictures and videos eventually.
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My front differential has been droning a little bit so I went ahead and changed the fluid with 80-90 weight gear oil. With the cover off, I cleaned out the diff with brake parts cleaner and while that dried, I painted the cover with rust tough enamel. After resealing the diff cover with rtv ultra black and topping it off with fluid, the noise is a lot better and almost nonexistent. (There wasn't any metal shavings however the diff fluid was thick and nasty)


The new tires came in this morning, I had them mounted and balanced then I bolted them up to the Cherokee. 31x10.5x15 Goodyear Wrangler MT/R w/ Kevlar



Going back to tinker on the Jeep, thanks for tuning in.
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My front differential has been droning a little bit so I went ahead and changed the fluid with 80-90 weight gear oil. With the cover off, I cleaned out the diff with brake parts cleaner and while that dried, I painted the cover with rust tough enamel. After resealing the diff cover with rtv ultra black and topping it off with fluid, the noise is a lot better and almost nonexistent. (There wasn't any metal shavings however the diff fluid was thick and nasty)

The new tires came in this morning, I had them mounted and balanced then I bolted them up to the Cherokee. 31x10.5x15 Goodyear Wrangler MT/R w/ Kevlar

Going back to tinker on the Jeep, thanks for tuning in.
Your Passenger side tire look to be on backwards.

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Your Passenger side tire look to be on backwards.
They look funny at first but they are actually asymmetrical tires. The guy at the tire shop tried to put one on backwards before I stopped him.
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They look funny at first but they are actually asymmetrical tires. The guy at the tire shop tried to put one on backwards before I stopped him.
Looks wrong to me

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They look funny at first but they are actually asymmetrical tires. The guy at the tire shop tried to put one on backwards before I stopped him.
Oh haha I didn't know that.
How much were they

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Looks wrong to me

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Look it up. On the tire itself theres an inner and outer marking.

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Oh haha I didn't know that.
How much were they
Enough.
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Look it up. On the tire itself theres an inner and outer marking.

Enough.
That's understandable. So yesterday I got approval to lift my Jk

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That's understandable. So yesterday I got approval to lift my Jk
About time! 3in? 6in? a foot?
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