Back in Boston for a few weeks. Luckily I had time on Sunday to put the Jeep up and replace the track bar. As I described before, the Rough Country (0-6" lift) track bar had stripped out and the heim joint was VERY close to letting go from the DOM tubing. I ordered the JKS one from Jason at Jeepin' Outfitters for a great price and he had it here in under a week. THIS THING IS CRAZY! I really wasn't sure what to expect as I have no JKS products, but the tubing is twice the size of the R.C. one, the heim joint was replaced with a Johnny Joint, and the substantial weight difference left me feeling good about the purchase. The other great thing was the amount of thread on the Johnny Joint portion of the bar, as it reassured me that it would actually make the reach to the axle mount when the RC barely did. This should be a good purchase in the long run.
Also, as of last night, the Jeep is dropped off at my buddy's shop to have the new HD lower steering shaft installed, and the e-brake tightened. I know I could easily do both of these things, but it's cold out and I frankly don't have the time to do it in the next few weeks. Jay is going to spend some time going over my steering and hopefully fix the dead space in the wheel. He's a long-time Jeep guy and was telling me that his YJ has had the same problem before, even after replacing the ball joints/tie rod/drag link/hubs/pitman arm/steering box as I have done. Anyway! Should be good. Frame work is also scheduled to do with a guy in the club during the 3rd week in January. Schedule depending I might try and get the cage in then as well.
Here are a few photos... including one of the new Walker exhaust that I put in with an immediate turndown. Jeep purrs, nothing special or loud. I like it. Installation was easy as the inlet to the muffler was a perfect match for the outlet of the catalytic converter. It's a little bit longer than the Banks Monster muffler, but I purchased one of the cheap exhaust hanger repair parts and mounted it around the tail pipe turndown with that. To hang it, I bent the last half inch of the hanger bracket and bolted it up to the e-brake bracket on the top of the tub. It hangs perfectly and has no contact with the driveshaft which is great! This should stick around until I go with a tummy tuck and then we'll do it all again haha.
Old track bar where it went bad:
New Walker QuietFlow Stainless Steel muffler: