Less clank and more of a clink or a high pitched rattling. It's not squeaking, but it almost sounds like it. And only when the suspension cycles quickly. I've been having a hard time telling whether it's from all 4 springs or just the rear. It's nothing I'm *too* concerned about, I'm just trying to at least verify what it is.
In terms of the seal, the plastic part is just a dust slinger, is my understanding. The leaking part itself is the seal between the diff tube and the housing. It's something I should definitely fix, as it keeps leaking on the driveway, but I'm in no special hurry. It's only like a $10 part, it's just a lot of time to get to it.
Another project to put on the list (the list actually does exist, btw):
With all the rain we've been getting, I keep ending up with puddles on the driver's floor pan. I figured it was just the gaps in the soft top, but it was only driver's side, so I did some investigating.
Cowl Seal: fine.
Cowl/windshield mating: fine
Cowl drain tube: fine
No signs of dripping on any of the dash components, it's just appearing under the rug randomly....
So what could it be? I took a flashlight and shoved myself upsidedown under the dash and found a small trickle of water emerging from the tub on the left side. Turns out the tub cracked right where the water runs off the cowl. A little seam sealer from the inside and just some wax or something on the outside should take care of that, right? Or should it be seam sealer on both sides?
Just pulled the trigger! $769, including shipping.
Rockhard4x4 rear swingout bumper!
Time for my poor sagging tailgate to sigh a deep sigh of relief! I can't wait to no longer have to shoulder my tailgate closed every time, and to not worry when I want to put my bikes on the back, and to finally have the option to tow (a proper-sized hitch too, even if I've only got the 2.5L, it'll still be nice to be able to tow a small trailer or the motorcycles) without a DrawTite killing my departure angle, and my passengers will no longer have to sit on a Hi Lift jack.
I still have to order the frame tie-ins and get someone to weld them on the frame side. Ryan, ha ha? Naw, a couple of Jeepers own a Fab Shop down the street from me, I'll probably just pop over there. (Unless you want practice)
Hopefully this will satisfy me for the winter so I can finally save up for my 8.8/ox locker/regear in the spring!
....well, maybe they'll be a dropdown tailgate coversion sometime in the winter, ha ha.
Our HOA sucks and we're only allowed to have two parking "spots", despite it being an open area with plenty of room and no specified "spots". We'd been storing the Mazda at my in-laws, but finally decided it wasn't worth keeping it around for the once-every-three-months we used it, so we sold it to my in-laws (because they sold their around-town car to a friend of mine, ha ha). So the Mazda is no longer ours.
Also, the HOA has decided to start counting the Motorcycles towards that tally, so we might be forced to sell those as well.
F'in-aye, I hate our HOA so freaking much. I don't have a garage, our dogs are supposed to be on leash at all points, I'm not allowed to keep my own things, and I'm PAYING someone for this? Screw that.
I wish I could move, but we're already planning on moving in spring 2013 when my wife's contract is up and she's up for promotion, so I'm not going to move for just a year and a half. Besides, we just finally got settled in. It just sucks is all.
Bottom line: The Jeep is a full-time DD again, especially when winter comes and we put the motorcycles in storage
I'll hopefully get a chance to install it sometime this week.
In the meantime I finally got a change to do some water-damage prevention with a wash/wax, seam sealer (I've now found at least 3 seams that are leaking, including where the fender meets the firewall where the sealer has disintegrated and the firewall has started flaking away.), and WD-40ed the frame and floorboards in preparation for winter.
So I realize I never followed up on the bumper thing! I didn't take any pictures of the bumper installation because it was dark the whole time and I needed both hands, but if you do a search you can find plenty of other people's installations.
It was a decently straightforward install, with good instructions. I did it in 2 or 3 hour sessions over three nights. It's not that difficult or anything, most of that time was setup and cleanup because I hate not having a garage or daylight.
The only really tricky part was removing the 4 bolts that go through the crossmember behind the gas tank that held my bumperetts and hitch on, because they're already a pain to get to, but the jerk who put them in welded a foot long piece of coat hanger on them that prevented a socket going on.
Eventually I just dropped the rear edge of the tank 5 inches or so (just loosened the front side bolts and removed the rear bolts and lowered it on a jack) so I could get a giant pair of pliers on there to grip while I undid them.
That's all I really got accomplished the first evening, and then I cleaned up and rustoliumed the crossmember.
The next night I got the bumper itself on, and of course forgot the instructions at work, so I took forever. *Huge* timesaver/trick was to run strings through the bolt holes and then through the washer and then duct taped to the end of the bolts. That way you could just install the bolts from the rear and pull them through and put a nut on them with no problems. A little tricky coordinating everything at once, but definitely possible with one person.
Also, I had ordered frame tie-in brackets from THK fab and even though they weren't welding on yet, I installed them on the bumper side so they could be welded on later in the week. ($40 from AW Fab in Woburn, great guys. Even cleaned it up and painted them)
The final afternoon I put on the swingarm. It's interesting, it's not too complicated, but there a 3 or 4 areas (spindle washers, spindle nut, striker, bumper rubber stop, tailgate rubber stop) that need to be adjusted and fine-tuned to eliminate rattles. That being said, it definitely works. The only part of the install that was a problem was when I dropped the nut welded to a plate that the striker screws in, inside of the bumper....where it promptly disappeared and no amount of magnets or poking could even locate it. No rattling so far, either, so I have no idea where it is.
To fix that, I just bought an appropriate sized flanged nut from Lowes and created/cut a custom socket/wrench out of a window-blind bracket that was small enough to fit in the slot/space, and it snugged down pretty well.
The only other tricky part is that you have to cut down a tailgate bumper to screw onto the tire holder. This is really not the difficult, but it was only after like half an hour of trying hand saws, circular saws, etc. before I realized I cut it so short that the washer to reduces the hole fell out. So then I carved a larger washer hole around the central hole and realized that cutting it down probably would have been easiest with a knife, ha ha.
Overall, very pleased, no rattles at all and much more solid with a bike on the back than with the tailgate (which I could clearly see flexing). "RockHard" is right, as I left it opened 90* by accident one day and drove over 100 feet or so of rough roads and didn't even hear a thing! And as a note for any other cyclists who are considering one, *definitely* get the tie-in brackets. The difference carrying a bike with and without them is immediately noticeable.
So because this thread is incredibly long for having no installation pictures, I'll leave you with a couple photos of the finished product.
And a picture my wife took while trimming the roses, just because I think it's hilarious.
And a preview of the run this weekend! Hopefully I'll be able to post some pictures of that soon!
Some idiot backed into my wife at the Dunkin' Donuts drive-through.
It looks like it's just cosmetic, but she got the insurance info so we can follow through properly (it's under warranty still, so I'm taking no chances). The father evidently owns a body shop and was hoping to do it under the table, but not taking that risk.
Anyone know if you can add an upgraded bumper with insurance money? Or does it need to be OEM?
Im not a 100% on this but I think it all has to do with staying in the right price range. If you need a whole new bumper the insurance guy that comes to look at the jeep will give you a quote as to how much it would cost to replace the exact bumper that just go damaged and then cut you a check. But if you find another bumper you want more that the insurance check will cover I dont see why you couldn't just tell the body shop to order that one instead of the OEM. But then again there might be some different guidelines that go along with the warrantee. Anyways good luck, I hope it gets done quickly(I hate waiting on insurance companies lol) and you get what you want whatever that may be.
Yeah Mass is funny evidently, but it supposedly pretty good with just cutting you a check and letting you go wherever you want with that money, even if it's ordering and fixing it yourself.
I've been looking online at bumpers this morning, though, and honestly...there's no full width bumpers that I like as much as the stock, with the exception of maybe the rockhard4x4, but it costs so much.
Since I'm waiting a while to build her Jeep up, I'll probably just let insurance cover replacing the plastic facade and leave it at that.
If it was the rear bumper.......then I'd have some fun, ha ha.