Well the saga continues to improve the Jeep. My plan with this Jeep is to slowly rebuild/restore it. One day I'd like to actually separate the tub from frame. Rust repair and coat the frame, while have the tub repainted a different colour perhaps. But this is still far away.
I've picked up a couple of things over the last little course to swap.
I've actually installed the shocks I' picked up from a fellow member on the local Jeep club.
The rears are BDS Suspension shocks. While the fronts are Skyjacker Hydro 7000, these are not fully installed as I am waiting from Skyjacker for some missing pieces to be mailed to me but should be installed within a week.
Extended Length: 22.95"
Collapsed Length: 14.67"
Extended Length: 22.75"
Collapsed Length: 13.54"
I had the banging issue previously, turns out that it was in fact my stock shocks were too short after I had installed the spacers on the Jeep. Once I installed these BDS shocks the ride became a lot smoother as well as the banging was completely gone. My previous shocks were over extending on big dips in the road. Once I removed the stock shocks I compared how compressed they were upon removal straight from the Jeep and they might of had about .5" of extending left before they would be maxed so no wonder what was going on previously.
I hope I have the correct order of these bushings/washers on the front shocks. (Nut - Metal washer - rubber bushing - frame mount - rubber bushing - metal washer). I torqued the lower bolts to spec but I am not sure how I could torque the upper nut due to space and not being able to fit the socket up there.
Also my exhaust is gone and I've been looking into options recently to replace it. Well I picked up a Stainless steel Magnaflow muffler #14325 (2.25" IN/OUT piping) - reading some reviews on this I guess the is quite a nice sounding muffler. And matches pipe diameter wise for stock jeep exhaust.
Due to my tailpipe being in extremely rough shape (see pictures below) I also picked up a brand new pre-bent Walker tailpipe that I plan to install when the Magnaflow goes on.
However here you can see my exhaust the current state its in. I just created a thread (Exhaust Replacement, How to tackle job?
) to see how I can go about attaching the muffler to the CAT side as my current muffler has a longer spout coming out of it than the Magnaflow its almost 2" shorter. Also the muffler leaks around its own seams so its time to dump this puppy and put in the Magnaflow