Alright so now that the TC Drop is removed. Time to get the MML installed.
This is a Rubicon Express 1” MML Kit for the TJ.
A quick note. I was careful not get pics of my lifting method. It wasn’t the best and not the cleanest way to do it. It was a secure and it was safe- for me. Don’t need a ninja to tell me I should done x or y when I did dun got it done already.
I got prepared and got out all the sizes of wrenches and ratchets and sockets and screw drivers I would need(I walked around the jeep trying out the bolts and nuts). This is so once I started all the “stuff I think I’m gonna use” isn’t down in the bottom of the linen closet with all the white towels.(laugh- it’s happened and the wife was pissed for a week, but she got new towels out of the deal
I got my lifting method ironed out and got some tension placed on the Motor to support it.
I went ahead and started breaking TQ on everything I would be working on(yeah we will address this so called everything later- you know where I’m going with this).
I immediately found that I had some clearance issues with the engine bar on the driver’s side. I went ahead and popped it off.
13 MM for the bar bolts
The MM Through Bolt and nut were 18MM
Motor Mount Bracket Bolt and Nut were 15 MM
Nut is visible behind the socket
I Loosened the MM Bracket Bolts from the top and the Nuts on bottom- like really loose.
I then jacked the engine up a bit more to but some “upward” force on the brackets to make sure they were not frozen on and to “wiggle” the through bolt going through the mount a little.
This was to make sure everything would come apart without hammers haha
Removed the MM Bracket Nuts from the Bracket studs on both sides(only one pic sorry)
Got the through bolt really loose by taking my breaker bar off and just using the ratchet, once the resistance got a bit easier
Pulled the Passenger MM
Jacked up the engine a bit more and heard a very loud “SNAP!”
My heart stopped
I didn’t breathe
Did not fall
I broke the ****ing Fan shroud
Went ahead and removed the bolts- just so I wouldn’t screw the fan up too bad if I needed to jack it up more.
Can’t find the bolt size pic- oops!
Now this is just me getting forgetful while going at this. I had even set out the hardware to remove the frackin thing and just didn’t do it after removing the Engine Bar and breaking TQ’s. I just plumb forgot. UGH. so looks like I’ll be acquiring a new fan shroud and either making a bracket to bring it up and inch off the factory mounting holes, or make some new ones. I haven’t looked into anything aftermarket yet.
Yeah this part sucked. But then I remembered the engine was still in place- the world can have a bit of rain and still be a bright place haha!
Passenger side 1” MML mocked into place. I got it seated and loosely installed mount bracket hardware(top bolt and bottom nut). This is so there was a little wiggle room to adjust to get the through bolt in.
Got the Through bolt in! Man this was easy! Not even sweating yet!
Now onto that easy assed driver side
Wait what? The freaking bolt won’t fit out?! The stupid AC System is in my way!! What the heck. Man……
Look seriously. Manufacturer. Joe Shmoe. IDGAFFYR who the heck does this? I am offended by how stupid this was!
Cuss. Walk away and breathe. Cuss. Notice that the Engine Mount Bracket has a Bracket that bolts to the Engine…. Hmmm.
“ hey guys remove the stupid mount bracket”
So I loosened the Bracket(no pics cause my happy mode was not back yet). Used a 16 MM IIRC.
Woot Woot in business!
Now onto more fun!
I got the old MM out and got the new one in there. It was a tight fit and I did the same as the other side- got it semi held into place with the mounting hardware then used the jack to adjust the engine alignment to the new MM.
Ugh. Yep screwed myself again!
If you look up about 9 lines up you’ll see that I loosened the motor bracket to get the Through Bolt out- Welllllll I never tightened it back up. So now it was “twisted” a bit in relation to the frame mount. Nice!
So I did stop at this point and tighten that back up and TQ it.
Now, I skipped a bunch of pics that would have come out to look exactly the same.
This was the best one of the bunch
Basically I am trying to show that bracket is not A. Centered over the Frame Mount and B. the two arms of the MM Bracket are no longer squared to the new MM. Awesome. I know the pic sucks, my bad, I’ll turn in my Photographer’s License at the end of this post - not.
Well a lot of jack up and down. Cussing. Using my extension/breaker bar as a prybar now(it’s got a lot of hats) and I finally got the bolt to go into the cab side of the mount(the correct way to put it in if you ask me). I then re performed the “a lot of jack up and down” in very small increments and slowly beat the bolt to almost being to the other side. When I was pretty much all the way to the other side of the insert the front side of the Mount Bracket(closest to the bumper) was way low. So I just jacked the crap out of the engine(there is a lot of jacking in this post- hope it doesn’t get me reported as a public jacker or something). I eventually got it to where the holes lined up, but there was a lot of pressure on the through bolt on the other side of the insert.. So I broke out the newly christened Pry bar and went to town pushing it through as far as possible.
I got about 8 threads through and wanted to put the nut on the front side(just behind the AC Crap that was in my way earlier) and then to just tighten from there.
Funny story here.
I lost the Through Bolt nut. I looked every freaking where I could! Tool boxes. Parts bins I hadn’t been near at all during this time. Bathroom. Other side of the jeep. Under the tires! It was nowhere to be found. It had turned into a turtle and slowly walked away.
So I stood there and leaned over the driver side of the engine compartment and pondered where in the world I would get one of those stupid things at this time of day!(it had just hit 6 pm I think).
Just standing there. Hating myself. Feeling a failure for my little mistake earlier. Calling everyone names in my head- except my wife, she knows things lol.
Then this thing waved at me
Little bugger! I had specifically thought to myself to make sure not to put anything there, because it was too easy to “set it and forget it”. And that’s what happened. Good times haha.
Finally got it put in and snugged up.
Passenger side again(yeah took so long its dark out now!
Then I went back through and tightened and then re-torqued every bolt I had touched throughout the day- this took 30 minutes of just trying to find the damned things in the FSM before I started, then looked up the extra stuff, like the Engine Bar.
Cleaned up all my tools. Got all the parts and such out of the way. Scrubbed my hands and arms a bit to try and be moderately clean lol.
Time to test! Cross my fingers.
Start the engine: RAATTTLE RATTLE RATTLE BANG CRACK!
You guessed it- stupid broken Fan shroud was just sitting on the fan. I had never secured it. Ugh Well it is a resilient little screwball. Still mostly together but just enough that I couldn’t get it out. I will cut it out tomorrow, not today as I need to button it up enough to drive to work tonight. So I zipped tied the metric ***** out of it! I also took some dykes and pliers and cut and broke off the areas that were no longer cylindrical (on the area on top had damage). (Sorry no pics)
Fire it up and
It just sits there and runs woot woot!
Took it for a spin around the block and that Wobble in the Stick is almost entirely gone! Nice!
What was close to 8 inches of total movement is now less than 2(this is 2 total inches of movement- so ~ 1” left and right movement)! And that is just barely felt wobble. I am very impressed with myself.
I plan on breaking everything back up and re-torqueing in a few days. So it can seat where it wants.
Now- more bad news. I am driving to work and just barely audible over the Radio is a very soft grinding noise. Oh great!
It seems to do it only under power(pressing gas pedal) and it seems to do it in every gear(didn’t take the highway due to my jerry rigged fan shroud). I think it is coming from in front of me but behind and lower than the engine. So I am thinking Tranny or TC. Dernit!
Got to Work(I hate four letter words like that) and did some quick studying for my Google Doctoral Thesis and it seems I should have loosened the Tranny mount?
I am hoping that it is something simple like that. Just need to loosen the mount let it seat where it wants with the new Motor height and then tighten it back up.
I guess it could also be the front TC? I didn’t even think that there would be issues with the alignment of this stuff. I thought that- because I was moving up and inch from below and moving up an inch from above, that they would kind of “cancel” each other out. Guess not.
So gonna very carefully drive it home(like 15 minutes on surface streets) and loosen up the tranny and see if that changes anything. If not, I’ll also get to the DS and turn it by hand and see if I can find anything that feels bad(worst part is, since I am new to this jeep, I have never turned the DS in neutral before so I don’t know that I’ll get much from that lol. Maybe haha.
Well sorry for recreating Genesis here guys. Long day and figured I would share it with you. Had some laughs and sorrows. In the end I survived to fight the demons of noise and broken plastic another day!