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post #196 of 313 Old 07-19-2012, 08:35 AM
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Let the carnage begin! I can't wait to see you lead the group!


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post #197 of 313 Old 07-19-2012, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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I don't lead... I watch other people's lines... I don't like breaking things!!!

... I guess I'm gonna have to fix that too…….

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post #198 of 313 Old 08-04-2012, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Well, back from vacation a day early so I thought I'd take advantage of the time…

As for correcting the speedo, in with the knew 42 tooth…



Out with the old (no wonder the speedo was way off!!!)



And also wired up the E-Lockers--



I'm hoping to get to the Rubicon next week!!! DARN WORK!!!!!

... I guess I'm gonna have to fix that too…….

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post #199 of 313 Old 08-04-2012, 03:21 PM
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Ready to rip and tear things up huh? Have a good time Bill.
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post #200 of 313 Old 08-05-2012, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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I'm hoping Jim, got a call on vacation from my Sgt. she said that the district attorney was wondering when I'd be back from vacation because of a case… I had court scheduled while I was gone, now it seems they want to schedule it on the date of the rubicon run… AAARRRGGGHHHH!!!!! All the work in the last year… if I have to miss it, I will not be happy!!!!!!!

... I guess I'm gonna have to fix that too…….

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post #201 of 313 Old 08-05-2012, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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OK, I've been trying to track down a vibe, well, more like a growl at freeway speeds… I assume it's driveline, but my angles aren't that bad, maybe 5 degrees off…





But I guess the input offset and that angle really is a lot. I guess I got to work that out… I got some room to push the entire thing back, maybe an inch…



Although, it might be closer than it looks when it actually flexes.

... I guess I'm gonna have to fix that too…….

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post #202 of 313 Old 08-06-2012, 02:17 PM
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Have you tried adjusting your arms to get rid of the angle gap? I think ideally you want to be within 2 degrees of each other.

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post #203 of 313 Old 08-06-2012, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Barcus, not yet, but when I get some time I will. Maybe Friday... The vibes on my last jeep were a lot worse, so hopefully I just need a small adjustment!

... I guess I'm gonna have to fix that too…….

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post #204 of 313 Old 08-11-2012, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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Spent the last couple days getting ready... Adjusted the control arms... Thought I had it just about perfect with the angles, but there seems to be a little vibe... I couldn't really tell because the top was off, but I could kind of feel it. Anyway, my stereo face plate had a short so I replaced it. I put the rear sway bar on, forgot to put it on when I put the axle in... Wow what a differance... Anyway...




RUBICON, HERE WE COME!!!

... I guess I'm gonna have to fix that too…….

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post #205 of 313 Old 08-11-2012, 11:23 PM
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Take plenty of pictures! I'd love to run the Rubicon some day. Have fun!
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post #206 of 313 Old 08-13-2012, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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All week I had the top off the Jeep in preparation for the Rubicon trip. On Saturday before I left, I checked weather.com and found that Sunday afternoon there was supposed to be thunder showers in Tahoe, so I threw the top in the truck (since the Jeep was already on the trailer). Once we got to Tahoe, I pulled the Jeep off the trailer and put the top on. We drove the Jeep around town. We had a great weekend, wondering if I was ever going to need the top… Sunday afternoon, the clouds opened and dumped on us for about an hour. SO GLAD I BROUGHT THE TOP!!! (More about the top later)

Anyway, 4 Jeeps made it (Thanks again for the invite MVigo!!!) Here we are in the staging area.



We ended up leaving the top on the Jeep, because weather.com, again, made us aware that there was supposed to be thunderstorms in the area.

So, You know, I brought two cameras, and hardly took any pics!!! We actually mae great time, since we weren't posing at every rock!

I grabbed the camera at lunch when the kids rousted a grumpy old crawdad from it's resting place…



While we were at lunch a few clouds flew over and decided to leave us like 5 drops of water, only making us all wonder if that was it for the storm, or was the bigger cloud on it's way. WE packed up and started back out.

Here is the place that gave me the most headache last time… Cadillac Hill



It's a wonder what a strong axle and lockers can do for you… oh yeah, and the friends of the Rubicon… or someone… It seems that the spot was too tight (for someone of some importance) so they moved a giant bolder out of that obstacle. Affectively turning a nice crack into a highway.

This was the next obstacle that I wanted vindication on…



Last time I ripped my stock sway bar from it's balljoints by jolting a little too hard. I probably blew up the Dana 30 carrier here too, but who knows. Anyway, I started doing the same thing. My wife got a little freaked out, so I locked the front and rear, put it in low and crawled up the rocks in 1st gear… oh, that's how it is done. Actually, a few times I got cocky and relied to heavily on the lockers to get me through instead of spotting my lines. I even had to winch out once!!!

Just about then, it started raining hard. Lightening and Thunder everywhere. We began a sprint to the staging area. It was actually fun. The rain killed the dust, and it made the trip a lot different!!! But once back at the staging area, being that I was the only one with a top, everyone else split in a hurry to get to a dry place. So not many pics.

As for the 8.8, dang it took some abuse. The lockers worked great!!! I think I have an issue somewhere in my steering, but nothing is broken, so I can't tell the easy way. As a matter of fact, I'm almost bummed nothing is broken, what am I gonna fix now???

Here is a cool pic my wife took towards the beginning of the day of Mvigo…



Nice articulation for a leaf sprung jeep!!! At least it has round headlights!!!

... I guess I'm gonna have to fix that too…….

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post #207 of 313 Old 08-14-2012, 11:05 AM
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Awesome trip! I just realized we have same front bumper xD

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Nice trip Bill! What are you going to fix? Well buddie come right on over and help me!!!

Face it Bill the whole time you were wishing you were in the old CJ
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Bill, we all had great time and thanks for bringing your family, I love how all the kids enjoyed themselves...I look forward to next year!
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Well, today I went out to clean up the Jeep and survey the damages. I have a clunk under the body near the tranny… it's not there all the time. I also have a clunk that is associated with my transfer case shifter. I usually take the bracket out when I know I'm not going to need four wheel drive, but that is just not the right solution… maybe cable shifter or some other idea I haven't thought of yet… I don't know. Anyway, I couldn't find the clunk. I did find the reason for a steering clunk… the spacers in the rod end have a little play, so I got to figure out what to do about that too.

Anyway, the only real carnage was the gas tank skid…



You can't really tell from the photo, but there are three pretty good dents. I have a body lift… maybe a savvy low profile tank skid…

My front upper control arms are stock, they kind of looked like they might of had some flexing going on, so that is on the agenda to replace.

Jim, a CJ is definitely on the list of wants… trying to get the boys to love Jeeps so I have an excuse to get one more!!! I have a few more years before I can truly justify it, but I think I can convince one of them by then!!!

... I guess I'm gonna have to fix that too…….

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