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post #151 of 732 Old 03-29-2013, 03:12 PM
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Awesome!!!!

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post #152 of 732 Old 03-29-2013, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Awesome!!!!
Getting the parts, yes. Spending the money, not so much.

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Just got a call from Metal Cloak. Their waiting for parts to come back from being coated, so the arms should ship late next week or early the week after. Kinda of sucks for my timeline, but I really appreciate the communication and honesty. They've defiantly earned some bonus points in my book.
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post #153 of 732 Old 03-29-2013, 04:42 PM
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You'll be impressed with their CA's. I was! Great customer service too. I have a pic of the uppers side by side to the factory CA's. Beefy!

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post #154 of 732 Old 03-29-2013, 07:39 PM
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Alright, Control arms and brakes are on order and everything else minus shocks and SYE/DS will get ordered Monday. I'll probably start tearing the jeep apart on Monday to begin rust removal and painting. It's going to be a long week.
Dont be a tease , what did you order ? And I feel for you on the rust removal, that alone is reason for moving south .

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post #155 of 732 Old 03-29-2013, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Dont be a tease , what did you order ?
A full set of Metal Cloak CAs and a Black Magic brake kit with front brake pads, calipers, rotors and rear drums, and all the hardware to rebuild the rear brakes. Tomorrow I'll order the rest of the odds and ends.

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And I feel for you on the rust removal, that alone is reason for moving south .
South would be nice, South West would be even better.
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post #156 of 732 Old 03-29-2013, 08:32 PM
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A full set of Metal Cloak CAs and a Black Magic brake kit with front brake pads, calipers, rotors and rear drums, and all the hardware to rebuild the rear brakes. Tomorrow I'll order the rest of the odds and ends.
Nice parts list . I love my black magic pads .But I am not sold on the MC arms yet .The reports are great , but its hard to not consider the JJ arms as they are so proven . What was the deciding factor for you ?

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South would be nice, South West would be even better.
You will get no argument from me on this one . Wish I lived somewhere between Durango and Moab .

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post #157 of 732 Old 03-29-2013, 08:39 PM
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Came up with a new saying under my username based on your comment..... haha.
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Came up with a new saying under my username based on your comment..... haha.
And you say I am the funny one ! That brings the funnay !

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post #159 of 732 Old 03-29-2013, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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But I am not sold on the MC arms yet. The reports are great, but its hard to not consider the JJ arms as they are so proven. What was the deciding factor for you?
Honestly my curiosity got the better of me. That and I find something more appealing about the Duroflex compared to the JJ. However, it was extremely difficult to not go with a quality JJ arm. Considering how proven they are. I guess only time will tell if I made poor choice or not.
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Came up with a new saying under my username based on your comment..... haha.
Glad I could be of creative assistance.
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Just learned that one or both of the heads on my truck might be cracked, which would explain the mysterious loss of coolant and oil I've been experiencing. I'll know more tomorrow when I can pull the valve covers and inspect the heads. Depending on the results the work on the Jeep might get pushed back.
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post #162 of 732 Old 03-30-2013, 05:43 PM
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Hmmm.... is it overheating? What motor is it? 5.3? You sure it's not just a blown upper intake manifold gasket? I've seen that before on some chevy's. Not your specific motor, but on some older 4.3's, that caused the loss of coolant into the oil and into the combustion chambers. Initially we thought blown head gaskets. I don't think it's very easy or very common to crack the heads on a stock chevy LS series V8.
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post #163 of 732 Old 03-30-2013, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Hmmm.... is it overheating? What motor is it? 5.3? You sure it's not just a blown upper intake manifold gasket? I've seen that before on some chevy's. Not your specific motor, but on some older 4.3's, that caused the loss of coolant into the oil and into the combustion chambers. Initially we thought blown head gaskets. I don't think it's very easy or very common to crack the heads on a stock chevy LS series V8.
I've got the 4.8. It doesn't overheat but if I run it for a while on the highway the coolant gets low and it starts to eat alittle oil. I searched around on Google and found a thread on another forum describing the exact same problem. Apparently there's a TSB out for my motor and model year, and it states that the castings from a certain manufacture are prone to hairline cracks and cause coolant and oil consumption. So tomorrow I get to pull my valve covers and see if I have the castings in question and if they are cracked. I actually hope they are cracked, because I'm tired of trying to figure out what the hell is going on.
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post #164 of 732 Old 03-30-2013, 07:44 PM
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Sorry to hear about the truck. But you're gonna dig the new arms!

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Sorry to hear about the truck.
Thanks. It is what it is. Thankfully if I need to swap the heads it should cost me less than $500, so it won't cut too deep into the Jeep fund.

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But you're gonna dig the new arms!
Honestly the anticipation is killing me. I feel like a kid at Christmas waiting for them.
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