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post #226 of 320 Old 07-19-2013, 04:26 AM
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Build has come a long way! How is the new place in Katy treating y'all?


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post #227 of 320 Old 07-19-2013, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Build has come a long way! How is the new place in Katy treating y'all?
There he is, Mr. Ex-Jeep owner himself. Haha. We are loving Katy. It's a great community. Though, Jeep projects have taken a back seat to house projects. That will be changing soon enough though... You'll just have to wait and see.
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Good to hear! I'm finally back in a Jeep, although a 2wd XJ... Still fun!

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post #230 of 320 Old 07-22-2013, 05:59 PM
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Mine just got past 100000 this past week!!!
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post #232 of 320 Old 07-23-2013, 07:25 AM
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^^ word. My TJ has dust older than yours!
I think I'm at 110,000. Bought mine with shy of 80k on the clock.
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post #233 of 320 Old 07-30-2013, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Ordered some parts to throw at a suspension noise I am trying to figure out (Dana/Spicer 5-760X u-joints, Timken Unit-Bearings, Dana 30 Lube Locker). I know, I know... I can hear everyone saying "diagnose the problem, then fix the issue". Well... I CAN"T FIGURE OUT WTH IS MAKING THE NOISE!!!!!!! TXST8tj and I messed with it for over an hour last week. We didn't notice any loose or worn out parts. The only thing we came up with was that the upper axle side control arm bushing on the passenger side looked like it may have worked its way out of the housing a bit (will post pictures tonight). The noise is a popping sound that only happens when I am accelerating hard from a dead stop. It goes away when I get up to speed. I am not experiencing any handling issues and it doesn't seem to be getting any worse.

Here is my game plan.

1. Remove both front coil springs and swap them left to right.
2. Beat the upper control arm bushing back in to place (if it seems loose, I'll replace it with a new factory style bushing)
3. Re-torque all control arm bolts, steering linkages, and body lift bolts.
4. Put the tires back on and go for a drive.
If the noise is gone, I'll call steps 5-8 just general maintenance. If the noise still exists, I'll call it throwing more parts at the problem.
5. Drain diff fluid and inspect the ring and pinion gears.
6. Remove unit bearings and pull axle shafts... inspect for damage
7. Replace axle u-joints and unit bearings
8. Put everything back together, fill the front pumpkin with new dino-juice, and go for a test drive.
If noise is gone, I'll find a giant bald eagle, spray paint it in a patriotic motif, fly on it through the night drinking beer and setting off fireworks. If noise still exists, I'll set the Jeep on fire and buy a 1985 Chrysler Lebaron, I hear those things dominate on 35's.
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post #234 of 320 Old 07-30-2013, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Unit bearings and u-joints shipped today. Rockauto is awesome.
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post #235 of 320 Old 08-04-2013, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Got started on a bit of maintenance/noise diagnosis.

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New diff fluid in the Dana 30 and checked for damage to the gears... No problems there. Changed the upper control arm bushing on the drivers side. Went for a test drive at the noise was the same. Then I grabbed my rubber mallet and slid under the Jeep and started hitting things looking for anything loose. Found 2 issues... One of my skid plate bolts was loose and the washer was rattling bad. Also found that the passenger side upper control arm bushing was completely loose inside the bracket. I could spin it with my fingers. Took a video when I knocked it out with a hammer in 2 light blows.


I replaced it with a new bushing but it went in waaaaay too easy... Looks like its time for the JJ axle housing kit.

Ill order that in the morning. This next weekend i'll change the unit bearings and u-joints.

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post #236 of 320 Old 08-05-2013, 07:18 AM
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......yeah, that's not right.
haha.

Your frontend is going to be in top shape by the end of this adventure!
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post #237 of 320 Old 08-05-2013, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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......yeah, that's not right.
haha.

Your frontend is going to be in top shape by the end of this adventure!
I hope so... just ordered the JJ Housing Kit from Savvy Offroad. I should be able to press the drivers side joint in myself. Just need to find someone in Houston that I trust to burn on the passenger side bracket.
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post #238 of 320 Old 08-07-2013, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Check out Kobalt's air tools. I have been using a 1/2" impact from them for a couple years now and it is a beast. It couldn't be beat for the price and torque....think I paid $70 for 600 ft/lbs. Don't waste your time with the smaller 250-300 ft/lb impacts. you'll find yourself doing as much work by hand as with the impact.

How do you like the Gladiator system? I am considering outfitting the new garage with Gladiator (or the like) components. My wife is insisting that I have a nicer looking garage in the new house. I told her that it is not going to come cheap at all, but I respect her stance on the matter
I've always built my own shelves and work benches, but she doesn't want to see anything more than bikes and a floor jack.
Picked up a 3/8ths inch air ratchet from Sears today. Was on sale for $25 and I had $13 in Craftsman Club Reward Bucks.

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Im sure its cheap quality but figured its probably a good deal at $12 + tax.
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post #239 of 320 Old 08-12-2013, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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Got the Timken unit bearings and new u-joints installed over the weekend. Sorry, no pictures. I didn't notice much change in the way it drives but feel good knowing I have brand new and upgraded parts in there.

This weekend ill work on getting the JJ Housing kit in and will probably change out the transmission fluid.
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post #240 of 320 Old 08-24-2013, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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Added a new Jeep to the family.




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