Im running 99 wj tie rod and drag link with the ends shortend they are extremely beefy plus I prefer using parts that I can go to any auto parts store any where in the country and walk in and get replacements
I agree I'm just not a fan of standard ends. That's why I went with Heims to see what everyone is talking about. I'll probably purchase a few extra ends for spares, since they will be the weak link in the setup. The tubing is beefy. I didn't read much into the wj setup but I heard it works really well.
Update: I setup the gears today. Tomorrow will press all the bearings, but I had to order some race installers for the pinion races from harbor freight. After gears are installed I'm at a stand still till after the wheeling trip to Morris mountain on December 15th. Then I can start removing the old axle. May try another go at making some spring plates for the rear again.
So the trip to Morris mountain was great...up until i broke my driver front shackle mount. Thankfully my buddy I went with knew how to temporarily resolve the situation to limp home. We actually kept riding after dropping mine off at camp. It's always fun to be a passenger / spotter. I think I will end up buying some MORE replacement hangers.
Ok so I've been really unmotivated lately with not only repairing the jeep from the spring hanger break but also swapping the front axle. But I have been waiting on parts to come in. Here are some pics of the new MORE spring hangers but also upon inspection I noticed something that has been around since the trip before last to Morris mountain. I inverted my shackle which caused me to replace the fronts with boomerangs, but I didn't notice that the spring I inverted was broken and bent. The military wrap spring had broken off. I've included a rear spring shot to show what's its supposed to look like. So now I have ordered more parts which include two new front rubicon express springs and a bushing kit.
Here is my progress this morning from a few hours in the garage. Got the front axle temporarily removed ( after replacing the springs and the perches I'm going to place it back in to take measurements for the new axle). Also removed the springs and shackles. I also took a picture of the broken perch. Sorry for the quality.
Next step is to grind off the old perches and weld on the new MORE ones. I am also going to cut off the old brackets for the track bar and away bar while I can get to everything. I bought a MORE steering box relocation bracket a while back because I plan move my axle forward an inch. I'm going to install that as well.
Here are some pics of the brackets I plan to get rid of. Tried working on it this evening, but with 100% humidity I couldn't keep my safety glasses from fogging up. Therefore I couldn't grind and cut much off. I took the steering box loose and his held up by a ratchet strap right now. In order to get the driver perch ground completely off I need the space so I can't put the new steering bracket on just yet.
Probably just reinforce the spring hangers on the frame. Maybe make those sliders you spoke of.
Yeah I like the idea of the sliders. I would really like to do that. It would also help to reinforce the hangers themselves. When I removed my front springs, my rear bushings looked as if they were new. The front bushings on the shackles were another story. Need to find you a place where you can pick up scrap metal and tubing cheap. I need to do the same.
Ok, got the new spring hangers welded and painted. Also got the MORE steering box relocation box mounted. They must have missed the lock nuts that were supposed to be included for the 4.5" bolts as seen in one of the pictures. I'll just pick some up at the hardware store. I remember thinking to myself that is odd that there are more bolts than nuts, but figured I was missing something. Also put a picture of the new springs for the front.
Does anyone have any problems with the steering shaft being short with the 1" bracket and a 1" body lift?