Finally got my Jeep back from the shop last night. It now has the HP30 I built up (XRF ball joints, Currie HD CA mounts, housing end Johnny Joints, Savvy tie rod flip) as well as a set of Superior 4.88 gears. Evidently combined with my lift and the high-pinion axle design, I need a new front driveshaft before I do any heavy offroading; oh well, I'll call Tom Woods when I get some cash.
Everything on the Jeep feels great now. The steering wobble I had above 50mph is gone; I chalk it up to ball joints. As for the gears, it feels so nice to have power back, I had forgotten what it was like!
The guy at the shop (Steve, at Jeeps Xtreme in Fredericksburg - highly recommended, btw) also discovered why my oil seal had been leaking. The idiots at the Jeep dealership had installed the axles on the wrong sides of the Jeep! There's about a 1/2" difference between the right and left side axles, and when they switched them, the driver side was binding, and rubbed on the bearing. That ruined the bearing and the oil seal. Thankfully, he put them the way they should be, and everything's great now. It's going to be fun trying to get money back from the dealership. I'll be damned if I'm going to let them keep the money I paid them to do it wrong.
God, it feels good having my Jeep back!
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2005 TJ Sport, Light Khaki Metallic
RE 3.5" coils, OME shocks, Currie control arms, JKS track bars, JKS 1.25 BL, JKS 1 BMML, 35x12.5x15 Goodyear MT/Rs, American Racing ATX Chamber (Teflon), JB Conversions SS SYE, Tom Woods driveshaft, Savvy Gas Tank Skid, Warn 9.5ti, Viking synthetic winchline w/safety thimble, Metalcloak bumper, Metalcloak steering box skid, Savvy rear bumper, HP30 w/Aussie Locker, Barnett cover, XRF ball joints, Savvy tie rod flip, mini-skids, housing end JJ's, , Currie Steering, OME steering stabiliser, Metalcloak Tube Fenders/rear flares/rocker guards, ORO SwayLOC, Banks Stinger Exhaust, Cobra 75 WX ST with Wilson Silver Load, S-POD, Alpine/MOPAR RB1 Navigation Unit w/MOPAR iPod integration, Superlift Truspeed speedo correction, Lightforce 140 Lance driving lights, OTRATTW switch panel, Tinted UPOL Raptor Liner, Savvy Black Magic brakes, Centric rotors, Superior Evo rear shafts
In the garage: Viking Offroad 350 series Hawse fairlead, ARB compressor, Savvy corner guards, Novak 231 cable shifter, EBC green stuff/Centric rotors (rear), Savvy tub rails, Savvy taillights