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post #46 of 202 Old 01-18-2012, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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@bbusch what wheels are you running in post #39? I like the rings with the black accents. Thanks.

They are American Eagle wheels built by OMF with black rock domes.

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post #47 of 202 Old 01-27-2012, 05:59 PM
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What Hesco parts did you use? I have a Hesco'ized 4.0 myself..... Working with them was an interesting experience to say the least.

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post #48 of 202 Old 01-27-2012, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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What Hesco parts did you use? I have a Hesco'ized 4.0 myself..... Working with them was an interesting experience to say the least.

Replaced parts:

HP oil pump

http://www.hesco.us/shop.asp?action=...025&catId=7950


Cam Kit

http://www.hesco.us/shop.asp?action=...958&catId=7758


Intake Valves

http://www.hesco.us/shop.asp?action=...053&catId=7758


Exhaust Valves

http://www.hesco.us/shop.asp?action=...052&catId=7758


Push Rods

http://www.hesco.us/shop.asp?action=...604&catId=7758


New timing set

http://www.hesco.us/shop.asp?action=...264&catId=7758



And a few other random parts from them. I had some machine work done to fit the Hesco parts so it was not cheap vs the other option of sticking with Mopar replacement parts. I am disappointed with the power output and Benny mentioned it should add 30 HP to the rear wheels, my particular build did not yield any noticeable power gain.

Robert... what Hesco parts did you change over to?
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post #49 of 202 Old 10-27-2012, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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Upgrades this week

Time to update...

Well I am working on the interior and have done a few much needed upgrades. New soft top, Line X interior (going in Wednesday), catch all floor mats, LED Headlights, interior storage (Springtail Solutions), tuffy conceal carry lock box, Medical Pack and recently upgraded speakers to Focal Performance 165s. Just documenting the upgrades.


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I'll post some more pics up after everything is installed and the Line X had been applied. Looking for ideas on Carpet vs. less carpet over the Line X.
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post #50 of 202 Old 10-28-2012, 09:16 AM
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I'll post some more pics up after everything is installed and the Line X had been applied. Looking for ideas on Carpet vs. less carpet over the Line X.
I have LineX and I like the durability and easy clean up . The only negative is that the stock carpet and jute backing knock down a lot of heat . For now I have the stock floor mats to help keep my feet from getting too hot . Sometime in the near future I plan on making some fitted mats out of the stock carpet . I hope that they will do a little better job knocking down the heat .

Great picture , thats what this is all about .

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post #51 of 202 Old 10-28-2012, 11:52 AM
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Your Jeep looks great. Nice parts too. How is the X Factor steering treating you? Does it do well on the road at highway speeds? Did you need to do anything special to make it road friendly?

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post #52 of 202 Old 10-28-2012, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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I have LineX and I like the durability and easy clean up . The only negative is that the stock carpet and jute backing knock down a lot of heat . For now I have the stock floor mats to help keep my feet from getting too hot . Sometime in the near future I plan on making some fitted mats out of the stock carpet . I hope that they will do a little better job knocking down the heat .
Thanks for the warning, I am thinking the front carpet stays along with the Nifty Catch All mats then lighten the carpet load in the back. I know how hot the tub is capable of getting, it's amazing the carpet does such a great job of keeping down that heat. I was checking your rig out on the build page all I can say is nice job on the fab work! Rig looks retro... lol.
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post #53 of 202 Old 10-28-2012, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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Your Jeep looks great. Nice parts too. How is the X Factor steering treating you? Does it do well on the road at highway speeds? Did you need to do anything special to make it road friendly?

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Thanks!

I am not really sure which steering setup the X Factor is? Who makes it? I am running the HD Currie setup and have been fairly happy. Other than the notorious dead spot the setup has been very reliable and never failed me.
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post #54 of 202 Old 10-29-2012, 08:25 AM
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Thanks for the warning, I am thinking the front carpet stays along with the Nifty Catch All mats then lighten the carpet load in the back. I know how hot the tub is capable of getting, it's amazing the carpet does such a great job of keeping down that heat. I was checking your rig out on the build page all I can say is nice job on the fab work! Rig looks retro... lol.
Thanks , the retro look just sort of happened over time . Theres a few more old school things I will do to it as time and money allow . Back to the carpet ,there is one positive as it is much warmer in the winter

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Other than the notorious dead spot the setup has been very reliable and never failed me.
Have you had the dead spot all along or did it develop as time went by ?

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Whoops...sorry. I got your build confused with another. Apologies.

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post #56 of 202 Old 10-29-2012, 10:19 AM
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Other than the notorious dead spot the setup has been very reliable and never failed me.
What dead spot are you referring to? You should have none.

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post #57 of 202 Old 10-29-2012, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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The dead spot... when you turn the wheel then change direction of the wheel and get a small bit of play in the steering. Nothing really too concerning but enough that it's noticed. Lifted SWB rigs already tend to drift back and forth in the lane but then the steering has a sort of slop spot where the wheel starts to turn over when changing the direction of the steering wheel. Most probably wouldn't notice it because my rig drives fairly well but I do notice it especially when I take her for a long road trip. Any ideas on how to eliminate the "slack" please let me know, I'm all ears.
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post #58 of 202 Old 10-30-2012, 07:19 PM
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That slack is purely the cause of wear or looseness somewhere in the steering system and has nothing to do with the design of the linkage or height of the vehicle. Perform a dry steering test to help expose the culprit and fix it. There should literally be no delay between input and output. Your drag link is directly connected to the passenger side knuckle and the tie rod directly connects the knuckles. No slop should be present in a properly working system.

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post #59 of 202 Old 10-31-2012, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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That slack is purely the cause of wear or looseness somewhere in the steering system and has nothing to do with the design of the linkage or height of the vehicle. Perform a dry steering test to help expose the culprit and fix it. There should literally be no delay between input and output. Your drag link is directly connected to the passenger side knuckle and the tie rod directly connects the knuckles. No slop should be present in a properly working system.
I don't know, I have had several shops (two of which are very well regarded in the 4WD community) look into the issue and they all say the same thing... that it's just part of the steering setup on Jeeps and there is nothing I can really do without changing the complete steering setup. Recently had the joints and all looked over and everything is well maintained and seemingly working properly (very recently what I was just told by a Tires Plus when I got my steering alignment). If it turns out there is something that can be tightened or fixed I will not be too happy with my shop down in Sac., sometimes it's not as simple as explaining a problem to a shop and them actually fixing or correcting the issue. Very frustrating.



As for the rig.. she's down in Reno getting a Line X job, should be available for pickup later today.






My Springtail bags showed up, can't wait to get everything installed including my MPAC rack.




More pics to come.
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I don't know, I have had several shops (two of which are very well regarded in the 4WD community) look into the issue and they all say the same thing... that it's just part of the steering setup on Jeeps and there is nothing I can really do without changing the complete steering setup.
You can listen to me or them, up to you. They're wrong, though.

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