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Unread 03-31-2013, 06:02 PM   #181
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Managed to mushroom 2 sockets and round off a rocker arm bolt(apparently it's a common problem with the LS motors) on the rocker arm second closest to the fire wall on the driver side. So tomorrow I get to go find a set of easy outs and hope they do the trick.

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Unread 03-31-2013, 06:56 PM   #182
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How many miles on the motor?
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Unread 03-31-2013, 07:21 PM   #183
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Managed to mushroom 2 sockets and round off a rocker arm bolt(apparently it's a common problem with the LS motors) on the rocker arm second closest to the fire wall on the driver side. So tomorrow I get to go find a set of easy outs and hope they do the trick.
I wouldn't fight with it with the head on the truck at this point. Just get those suckers off. You'll only frustrate yourself.
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Unread 03-31-2013, 07:27 PM   #184
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How many miles on the motor?
Around 130,000. The motor was overheated once or twice by the PO's(A good friend of mine) father while towing at big travel trailer in the mountains. But of coarse it didn't show any real symptoms till I got it.
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Unread 03-31-2013, 07:43 PM   #185
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I wouldn't fight with it with the head on the truck at this point. Just get those suckers off. You'll only frustrate yourself.
That's next, I was try to get to the casting marks under the rocker arms and so I could clean all the sluge out to look for cracks on that side. At this point I'm just going to pull the heads. If there not visibly cracked I'll drop them off at a machine shop to get inspected and if there good, rebuilt.
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Unread 03-31-2013, 08:08 PM   #186
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Oh, I think your beyond quotes.
Sorry I have been MIA! And thank you very much.

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Shiny... That's the brilliance of my evil plan. Unlike bumpers and sliders(Kate), the skids are of immediate benefit considering I'm on 31s and low lift. Oh, and they will be fun. To pound on. Regardless, there might be a GTS in my future since my current one might be beyond recovery.
It is true. 'Specially since I still might have better ground clearance with your new skids...

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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.
I expect a detailed report for my future undertaking

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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.
From someone who's company doesn't do this... yet. That's a very valuable customer service aspect.

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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.
Well, mine are still relatively new. We will find out!

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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.

Honestly the anticipation is killing me. I feel like a kid at Christmas waiting for them.
If you need help on a weekend give me a call. For science!

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Yes.

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Just step up and be done with it....
More yes

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As always the voice of reason in my build thread. Those would be amazing, but I'm not sure if my non-wheeling a** would properly utilize them enough to justify the cost. I do understand what you are saying though, and I agree that if I'm going to buy new rims I might as well go all the way. I've got awhile yet till I get new tires, and the width will determine if I get new rims or not. Now if that's $1100 for 5, a push in the right direction would be appreciated.
We can change that non-wheeling ***

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Haha, sorry I may have over qualified you here and you very honestly pointed that out. 1100 would be for 4. I think they would however be a very FUN purchase and one that unlike a lot of others you actually get to see every time you look at your jeep. For me that matters too.
Always a huge factor in my overall happiness. I'll admit it.

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Thanks for believing in me. You do bring forward a very good point about wheels, one that demands consideration. Although in the end I feel it comes down to cost vs. benefit. Between you and me those are the sexist wheels I have ever seen, and I would love to have them on my Junk. I'll defiantly have to put them on the list as my number one choice, and see whats possible when the time comes. Hopefully I can change the non-wheeling part to kinda wheeling this summer, but it's going to be quite the chore here in CT. I foresee many weekend camping trips to Rausch Creek this summer. Maybe after I actually get out and wheel again I'll feel more comfortable justifying the cost of beadlocks.
...that's what she said.
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Unread 04-01-2013, 08:37 AM   #187
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It is true. 'Specially since I still might have better ground clearance with your new skids...
If I end up getting the new skids we'll have to take some measurements and compare, for science!

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I'll make sure to take plenty of pictures and I might even do a mini write up.

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Well, mine are still relatively new. We will find out!
It will be interesting to compare the two side by side on and off road.

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If you need help on a weekend give me a call. For science!
Well there will be plenty of work to do over the next few weekends, you just need to get Alice back on the road so you can drive down!

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We can change that non-wheeling ***
I sure hope so.
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Unread 04-01-2013, 10:42 AM   #188
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Further investigation has revealed that my trucks heads are in fact the ones from the TSB. So now I get to start the process of tearing the top end down. Yay!
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Unread 04-01-2013, 05:40 PM   #189
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The rest of the parts have been ordered. Only thing I didn't order was the deep transmission pan. Summit was out, so I'll either wait till there back in stock or look else where. It also looks like 2 of the parts from Qtech are on back order. Good thing the Jeep work has been delayed.
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Unread 04-01-2013, 07:43 PM   #190
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You got your hands full now buddy..... See you guys living so far away, I could be so much help!
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Unread 04-01-2013, 08:48 PM   #191
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An updated list of everything ordered so far.

-Spicer ball joints.

-Currie steering.

-Black Magic Brakes kit front and rear.

-Metal Cloak control arms.

-Stock replacement track bars front and rear.

-JKS CV rear TB bracket.

-Zone extended sway bar links front and rear.

-Brown Dog 1" with rubber bushings.

-Daystar 1" body lift.

-33 tooth speedo gear.

-Stock replacement bushings for the front and rear sway bars and upper front control arms.

To be ordered:
-Mopar Extra Capacity Transmission Pan.

-Shocks.

-SYE and DS.

Possible parts order:

-GTS.

-Engine and trans skid.

Installation will commence once the truck is 100%.
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Unread 04-01-2013, 08:53 PM   #192
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You got your hands full now buddy..... See you guys living so far away, I could be so much help!
Some help would be nice, But I'll manage. You know, your just one move away from being alot closer.
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Unread 04-01-2013, 09:19 PM   #193
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Some help would be nice, But I'll manage. You know, your just one move away from being alot closer.
You'll never see me on that side of the country, maybe just for a visit. A brief summer time visit.
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Unread 04-01-2013, 09:32 PM   #194
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You'll never see me on that side of the country, maybe just for a visit. A brief summer time visit.
Believe me, the first chance I get I'm head back out west.
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Unread 04-01-2013, 11:34 PM   #195
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Damn thats a lot of goodies. Better finish in time for Spring... I'm itching to get out to RC. And chill with the CT Posse
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