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post #916 of 1980 Old 02-01-2012, 04:29 AM Thread Starter
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I always keep checking UPS tracking when I have a package en route. We figured at least 7 days for delivery.
Ended up being 7 days exactly, I called a week ago this afternoon. 7 days total, 6 in transit. Not too bad, considering it's free shipping and I got a great price.

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awesome build
Thank you I've been doing my best.




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Update: they shall arrive today! I smell a wrenchin' party coming up!




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post #917 of 1980 Old 02-01-2012, 02:48 PM
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Did you get the new control arms yet!?!
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Here we go. Photos are worth more than my words. Dirk also sent some great stickers.

Install maybe this weekend? Who's around?







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Great pics, love the stickers.
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Here we go. Photos are worth more than my words. Dirk also sent some great stickers.

Install maybe this weekend? Who's around?

That's the cleanest that they're ever going to look.
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post #921 of 1980 Old 02-02-2012, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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Great pics, love the stickers.
Thanks! And yeah, I had asked for a few stickers. I was mainly referring to Currie ones, but the sales rep sent along a TON of these! I've literally got like 10 K&N stickers. I guess I need to buy some garage toolboxes and start stickering them up with this.

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That's the cleanest that they're ever going to look.
Unfortunately I know you're right
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Where are you planing on doing the install?
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Let me know when the install is planned! My schedule is kind of funky the next couple weekends, but if I'm available, I'm down!

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Where are you planing on doing the install?
In a garage, if the weather is bad. Perhaps Steph's dad's.

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Let me know when the install is planned! My schedule is kind of funky the next couple weekends, but if I'm available, I'm down!
I was thinking maybe Saturday? But I'm open to anything, whenever I can get help from you guys.
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In a garage, if the weather is bad. Perhaps Steph's dad's.

I was thinking maybe Saturday?

Weather looks good for tomorrow. I will probably be around in the afternoon. If Steph's dad wont let you use her garage, or you don't want to do it outside, you can always use mine. Did you come up with a game plan yet?
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Weather looks good for tomorrow. I will probably be around in the afternoon. If Steph's dad wont let you use her garage, or you don't want to do it outside, you can always use mine. Did you come up with a game plan yet?
She's checking with her dad. I was thinking 11/noonish. I've got some work in the morning, then I was going to meet up with Geoff somewhere. Would you be around then?

I'll shoot you a text.
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Yesterday was Currie day. Geoff and I set up shop in Steph's dad's garage again, and went through the paces of installing the new arms. All in all it wasn't too bad, although I'm sure it might have been easier to pull the coils and move the axle as we needed instead of fighting it the entire time.

First LCA - went in easy, no fighting.

Second LCA -We needed to use rachet straps to get the axle re-aligned to the proper wheelbase after removing the stock one. We hooked the rachet straps around the front of his YJ, and around my axle tube and pulled it forward 3/4 of an inch or so. It's VERY nice to have the Johnny Joints that rotate so that there's no stuck bushing to try and get the bolt through.

Uppers - well the instructions say to drill the bushing out for a 7/16" bolt. So I went to Ace (only easily accessible store locally) and spent THIRTEEN ($13!!!) on a 7/16" steel drill bit. No offense, but it's no wonder why they all go out of business. I missed Depot at that moment. Point being, the 7/16" drill bit didn't do squat to allow the bolt through. It would make it, then stop. Unfortunately by that time it was 6 PM, and I didn't have the time to screw around. I re-installed the 10.9 metric bolts and washers to the axle side, frame side having the JJ and greasable 7/16" bolt, and put it all back together. This was also challenging since the rachet straps broke and I needed to use my floor jack on the knuckle to gently rotate it backwards.

All in all, I got the caster angle to about 5-6 degrees (I think..) The 40 MPH roads were smooth, bumps seemed to be less harsh, but unfortunately the highway still was squirmy. I'm not sure if that's due to the caster angle still not being perfect, or whether it's down to my steering box being shot. What I'm going to try and do is loosen my steering box a tiny bit, and see if that makes a difference. At the tension it's at, I have to put a little extra effort into turning the wheel so maybe by the time I put the extra umph into it, it turns too far?

Either way. Suspension in the front is now up to speed with what it should be. Photos....



















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Man, I really need to get myself some adjustable arms. Looks awesome Ryan!
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Man, I really need to get myself some adjustable arms. Looks awesome Ryan!
YOU need to go on a honeymoon!

And thank you Still need to figure out the rest of the steering, but it's certainly an improvement already.
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Just a photo I took last night. I'm really happy with it.

Gorgeous winter sky.

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