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Unread 12-15-2008, 08:02 PM   #31
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Oh, and also my RE parts for the control arms came today.



Got the bushings for the uppers put together, just need to tear out the old ones and put them in, but ran into a problem with the superflex joints on the lowers that need replacing.

The joints that are broken, are rusted in at an angle, so the SF joint tool won't fit onto the joint to take it apart.


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Tool on the joint:




Not really sure what to do there, it's too rusted to grease up and turn, so I guess i'll be grinding that part off? We'll see.

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Unread 12-16-2008, 09:36 AM   #32
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If the joint is already screwed up - use flame-heat (cutting torch would work great, small propane torch might get warm enough) to heat up the steel around the joint - while very hot hit it with WD-40 a few times - re-heat - re-hit with WD-40 ... and once it is cool enough to touch (still warm) try to remove the dead-joint.
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Unread 12-16-2008, 10:04 AM   #33
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So, i've been thinking about exhaust, even though i don't know crap about it. With the help from my brother, i'm leaning towards a Rusty's exhaust with a Flowmaster 50. I don't want anything too loud or obnoxious. If anyone has any advice or suggestions or anything, let me know.
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Unread 12-16-2008, 04:09 PM   #34
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Get a Banks monster exhaust system. Thats what I got and it sounds great. Highly recommended.
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Unread 12-16-2008, 08:08 PM   #35
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We ended up getting his exhaust worked out today. Cut off the mangled part and cleaned it up. It now ends right past the rear axle in front of the gas tank. It worked out well b/c the exhaust is angled to the side so it has a clear path to exit the car. No more dragging or possibilities of getting it caught from the back. Ill have some pictures up and a video of the Jeep running w/o the muffler, ending just after the cat.
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Unread 12-16-2008, 08:22 PM   #36
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Friend took my "offroading" for my first time...Or just driving through mud pits over and over. Never doing that again.

Than the second time out, just some trails, through a little river, you know.
And again back to that same spot:
THATS MEEE^^^^
hey logan,,, i was just skimming... I cant wait to get my lift and junk on. Im to embarrased to start my build thread just yet... maybe we can do some offroading no it any big mud holes.... I miss that cj-7... these little 6 cylinders are killing me... I dont want to imagine what its going to be like with 35's... keep it up bro... we shall take my jeeps off virginity together as I have taken yours.... (not yours as in virginity, but your jeep's on my old trails that we cant use any more....)
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Unread 12-16-2008, 08:51 PM   #37
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What's next. Liking the build, good use of money to rebuild some old arms. Also wish my brothers could get into helping me install my stuff.. not really into jeeps... or cars..
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Unread 12-18-2008, 07:01 PM   #38
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First i still have to rebuild the arms which is becoming more of pain than i ever thought it would be. After that, maybe a trip to rausch in january, and as for new parts probably either a heavy duty steering system, or some track bars. But we'll see. And yeah tom, your jeep should be sick soon, let me know how it's coming. and i also heard that you/your dad can weld real well so we should get together and weld me up a front bumper.
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Unread 12-18-2008, 08:03 PM   #39
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Lookin good


Where you located in Md?
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Unread 12-18-2008, 08:11 PM   #40
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Unread 12-18-2008, 08:47 PM   #41
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What he said^ (Balt. County)
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Unread 12-19-2008, 10:07 AM   #42
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Ok cool im in montgomery county
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Unread 12-19-2008, 07:49 PM   #43
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monktons close to jarrettsville in harco right?
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Unread 12-20-2008, 08:31 AM   #44
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Yeah, it's not toooo far
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Unread 12-22-2008, 09:40 PM   #45
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So tonight I finally got the joints on the lower arms apart and rebuilt. Such a pain in the butt. After two days soaking in PB blaster, using the SF joint key, the one last piece of the joint wouldn't budge and nearly destroyed the key. With the help of my dad and brother we had to cut the part out with a dremel than wire wheel the threads. Put the new joints together tonight and tomorrow i'll grease them up so come christmas I can put them on. As for the uppers, I drilled the bushings out but need to cut out the ring that was around them and take it somewhere to have the new ring with the new bushing in it pressed into the arms. Once that's done i'll have a nice set of RE upper and lower control arms, hopefully in time for some 4wheeling this Sunday and maybe Rausch on the
3rd.

If I get around to it, i'll put up some pictures of the arms tomorrow.
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