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post #46 of 70 Old 08-29-2012, 03:13 PM
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Why yes it sure is!
It's my wife's though. Since we're married it's mine too, that and I pay the payment too.
please tell me its stick... i do not like the autos lol 400 hp stock with a 6 speed trans. and yellow. i was thinking about getting one but i would have to sell my ta

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post #47 of 70 Old 08-29-2012, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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It sure is stick!. It's an 04 so it has the Ls1 not the Ls2 so only 350hp not 400. . For now.

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post #48 of 70 Old 08-29-2012, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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I have some plans for it! What year and model trans am you got? Any work done to it?

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post #49 of 70 Old 08-31-2012, 10:13 AM
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I have some plans for it! What year and model trans am you got? Any work done to it?
2000 ws6 ls1 6 speed
1981 trans am olds 403 - which is coming out because i have a worked 350 backed by a 5 speed going in soon
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post #50 of 70 Old 09-01-2012, 08:42 PM
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Awesome! I have a 66 GTO w/a 455 bored and stroked. Im looking at pulling the trigger on an 81 T/A w/ a 455 as well.
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post #51 of 70 Old 09-03-2012, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
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The first thing I gotta do is tear apart the tranny and replace the 1-2 synchro and possible 1st and 2nd gear. Kinda dreading, that car is so low!!

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post #52 of 70 Old 09-04-2012, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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So I'm finally getting around to posting pics of the Rough Country control arm drop bracket install that I did last Wednesday.

Here is what the control arm angle looked like prior.
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Ready to get started!
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Upper control arm removed.
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Lower removed as well.
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Adjustment caster adjustment shoe removed and control arms shortened to proper lengths.
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Drop bracket installed. You can barley see the part for the upper control arm in the back.
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Control arms back in. Had to use a ratcheting strap from the axle to the frame and a lot of wiggling to get the holes to line up.
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Brace installed. Now a little word of advice: when drilling the holes for the self-tapping bolts that secure the brace to the frame, use a drill bit 2 sizes smaller than the instructions tell you to. I should have know better but I used the drill bit they said to use and when I went to thread in te bolts, the holes were to big! So I had to weld the bracket to the frame.
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And here is the control arm angle when all is said and done.
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So when I was putting it back together, the swaybar links were pushing up against the coil springs and the tires were rubbing on bumper end caps at full turn so I realized that the axle had been pushed forward too much. Then I later noticed the pinion angle was too high, so the next day I shortened the upper control arms, and voila! Problem solved! I does seem that the front is a little lower than before. Anyone else have this happen? Overall everything went smooth. Ride is way smoother!!! I need to align the steering wheel I'm guessing maybe because it lowered it a bit?

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post #53 of 70 Old 09-04-2012, 04:52 PM
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Looks good man. It reminds me of mine before I sold it. kinda making me miss it.

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http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/sienna-project-2001-xj-1166775/
http://www.cherokeeforum.com/f46/project-sienna-69316/
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post #54 of 70 Old 09-04-2012, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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I know exactly how u feel! Back in 07 I had 2 sell my 05 Yamaha R1 due to financial reasons now everytime I see an R1 I die a little inside.

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post #55 of 70 Old 09-20-2012, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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So driving on a little trip 2hrs each way with a trailer made me realize two things:
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I need a drop hitch!

I need 2 re-gear!

But the trip was worth it cause I did come back with this!
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post #56 of 70 Old 09-20-2012, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Going on a little trip 2 hours each way pulling a trailer made me realize 2 things.
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1. I need a drop hitch!
And number B. I need 2 re-gear!
But it was worth it cause I came back with this!
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post #57 of 70 Old 09-20-2012, 11:36 AM
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Handler 140.

That's the one I'm looking at getting sooner or later.

1999 XJ - Finally on respectable tires.
1998 ZJ - I'll show you my Niner if you show me yours.
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post #58 of 70 Old 09-21-2012, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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Got some progress done on the basket.

Got me a sheet of mesh to line it with.
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Got the pieces cut out.
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Got 3 outta 5 welded in. Just need to do the 2 small sides.
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post #59 of 70 Old 10-01-2012, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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What have we here!

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Why an IRO double shear track bar and bracket of course!
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Now I know what everybody is talking about! This thing is pure beef like a Hebrew national hot dog! I will post a comparison pic when I do the install.

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post #60 of 70 Old 10-01-2012, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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Handler 140.

That's the one I'm looking at getting sooner or later.
It's not quite as nice as my Lincoln power mig 140C that I have at work, but it get the job done and I got it used at a good price. The thing I don't care for is the current setting, u can only put it on the a,b,c, or d. On my Lincoln you can put it anywhere like between the a and b for more fine tuning.

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