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Unread 03-04-2012, 05:33 PM   #46
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Got my ball joints (driver's side) replaced today. Interestingly enough, they were apparently the source of my shimmy around 60 MPH, as that issue seems to be gone up to 80 MPH (not going faster than that, ever). The upper was tight, but the lower was movable by hand with no effort. All in all, a lot easier than expected.

For those of you that want to do such a project yourselves, I recommend looking at all three of of these videos from youtube and view stuoffroad.com's writeup. If you're creative (like the youtube guy) the AutoZone/Oreilly's press works fine. FYI, I didn't need the flat metal piece lie the youtube guy. . . . the parts in the kit worked fine for my axle.

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http://www.stu-offroad.com/axle/ball...alljoint-1.htm

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Unread 03-04-2012, 07:09 PM   #47
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With Uwharrie only four weeks away, I'm contemplating pulling the trigger on a Iron Rock Offroad tie rod. Anybody have any opinions about this rod or know of any similarily-priced alternatives?
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Unread 03-04-2012, 07:22 PM   #48
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Looks like a fair price for what it is, but first you should try pricing a V8 ZJ tie rod at your local auto parts store. Stu-offroad has a good write-up about the ZJ tie rod. Most people on here would just tell you to get the ZJ tie rod, but if the price is better on the IRO I say go for it.

Still no flex pictures?
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Unread 03-07-2012, 04:37 AM   #49
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Hahaha Flex pics should be on today's to-do while the boss is out list

I may very well go for the IRO tie rod. My local junkyard had a ZJ rod but they wanted $42 for it, which I think makes the IRO rod look good.

We both know that stock rod's days would be limited if I kept running that with my tires.

By the way, I may be able to do URE in May as well. Thanks for the heads-up
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Unread 03-07-2012, 05:17 PM   #50
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Bought the IRO rod today

Now I wait
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Unread 03-09-2012, 05:26 PM   #51
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As promised. Could have pushed it farther probably, but I'm happy
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Unread 03-09-2012, 05:47 PM   #52
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About time you put up some new pictures!

Looks great man!

I bet you can't wait to get it out to URE with the new suspension. Only 3 weeks left! Hopefully the trails won't be too backed up on opening weekend.
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Unread 03-09-2012, 05:55 PM   #53
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About time you put up some new pictures!

Looks great man!

I bet you can't wait to get it out to URE with the new suspension. Only 3 weeks left! Hopefully the trails won't be too backed up on opening weekend.
Thanks a lot! I'm happy with how it flexes out now, and it rides SO much better.

3 weeks isn't long till I get to test it out Say, what did mod did that extra cash from the arms buy?
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Unread 03-09-2012, 06:09 PM   #54
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Thanks a lot! I'm happy with how it flexes out now, and it rides SO much better.

3 weeks isn't long till I get to test it out Say, what did mod did that extra cash from the arms buy?
Still holding on to it actually. I'm about to start building another TJ as a daily driver so it will probably go towards that. Since I'm on Spring break next week I'm going to try and get it built pretty quick. Expect to see a build thread in the next couple days. If I'm dilligent you might even see it at URE in 3 weeks!
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Unread 03-09-2012, 06:18 PM   #55
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You're gonna be wheeling the TJ? Hell of a way to break in a "daily driver"

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Unread 03-09-2012, 06:23 PM   #56
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You're gonna be wheeling the TJ? Hell of a way to break in a "daily driver"

I didn't say it's gonna be stock.

BTW, both of our avatar pics were taken at the same exact place.
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Unread 03-09-2012, 06:32 PM   #57
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Yep, except in my pic I'm mashing the gas like a newb
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Unread 03-14-2012, 08:36 PM   #58
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IRO tie rod's installed, along with the new Moog rod ends. This thing is the real deal. I didn't realize how ****ty the OEM rod was until I got this bad boy on

I'll snap some pics as soon as possible
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Unread 03-14-2012, 08:45 PM   #59
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I didn't realize how ****ty the OEM rod was until I got this bad boy on
Told ya.

Oh, and my new build is up.
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Unread 03-15-2012, 06:56 PM   #60
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Here are some pictures to compare the new rod to the old, and my nifty new sticker:
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