Well an update to get the pics from the last trip out, and a little news on what's coming. Decided to drive the Jeep to work on Friday, checked the tire pressures and topped them off on Wednesday and then noticed this when I came out of work, luckily I have OBA, so pumped it up and got home and ordered me a new set of shoes, hopefully they'll arrive before next weekend and Trailfest.
From the Saturday, when the weather was nice.
and Sunday heading up Greens, when it was a little wetter.
Yeah, it flexes nice, but just having an AR in the rear and nothing in the front means that the front is maxed out before the rear is even close. Oh well it still works quite well, I'll fix that next winter, there is wheeling to do now.
The new shoes are here, but with soccer and scuba no time last night. I'll start mounting them tonight.
Well got all the tires mounted last night, went better than I thought it would. The Super Swampers went on the rims very easily and using my cordless impact screw gun and a 40" v-belt between the beadlock ring and the rim the torquing went very smoothly, still took many hours, but easier than doing it all by hand like last time.
New vs Old
Well it's been a while since any update, but I must say I like these tires offroad, not as nice on the road but livable (not why I bought them). Have a couple of trips on them now and have found they work well at about 7-8 psi, started at 6 but found it was too soft, no bead issues but they sat on the sidewall too easy. After this last trip, I found a few things I want to fix/change. First the Yukon Zip air locker was intermitently leaking, found that I had too much play in the carrier so I'll re-shim the carrier, also found that a couple of the carrier bolt locks had fallen off, Randy's was nice enough to ship me the parts free. Also bent the rear bow on the soft top after a fight with a tree, when I phoned Bestop they were able to get me the entire assembly for about $155 plus shipping. Then I noticed that the steering pump was starting to make noises and the effort was getting harder, especially at idle so I ordered up a PSC steering pump and cooler. Finally I was getting tired of the body lean during certain off camber events and after seeing others with front antirock's I ordered up one of them too. So all the parts should come in next week and then I can get it all installed and be ready before heading out to the Catskills in 2 weeks. So for now I'm just taking everything apart and cleaned up so that when things arrive I just have to install them.
Sounds like a plan and a good list of stuff coming. What sway bar do you run in the rear? Were they both stock? I find that my front AR and rear stock work pretty well, or at least did when I was taller.
Any more details on the catskills trip? Just camping and wheeling?
I'm running the Currie antirock in the back, I was going to use the stock bar, but it didn't fit anymore after the 4 link. Front was/is stock, but I had a set of JKS quicker disconnects, which work great, but there are times I want some swaybar in the front for offroad, especially in off camber situations. What setting do you run your antirock at, of the 5 holes?
Catskills is with the Jeep Jamboree, which is one of the harder Jeep Jamboree trips. So it's hotel and wheeling.
Nice about the jambo. Maybe I will join you one year up there. I plan on going to one a year till complete them all or dont have a jeep. I run the AR on 5. I tried 4 for a month or two to get used to it. But just set it on 5 and forget it. Upgraded to AR after my jks discos broke too.
Well this will be our second, last year it was Penn Woods. I never broke the JKS's, the only issue I ever had was the one rubber stopper split on the pin, I just want an offroad front bar. Which is five the closest (stiffest) to the bar or furthest (weakest), actually assuming you mean the weakest but double checking? How do you like the cornering?
Not sure, but we may try and head out to the Rubicon next year, with or without the Jamboree. OK, well I'll just have to try a few positions and see what works best between on road and off road, the wife doesn't like it when the Jeep body is leaning too much so we'll see.
Last night I didn't get a lot done, but I did manage to take a carbide bit to the inside of the front tube and cleaned up some rust and the weld seam in preparation for the antirock install next week. Also started to pull the steering wheel as mine has chunks coming out of the leather, I've had another one that's in slightly better shape for a while, but didn't get to installing it yet. Found out that my puller wasn't big enough for the bolts, so I borrowed a different one today and I'll get it done tonight.
I'll try tonight, but it's pretty easy, although not sure if yours is the same or not. 2 bolts from the back to pull the air bag, then 2 connectors, horn and airbag, plus one more for the cruise switches if you have that. One bolt or nut depending on year in the middle for the wheel to column and then use a puller to get it off.
Sorry it took so long but here are the steering wheel pics.
Remove these first on the back of the wheel (after disconnecting the battery)
Then disconnect the yellow, green and clear connectors
Then remove the nut/bolt and use a puller to remove the wheel, here you can see how bad the leather was peeling
Got a bunch of parts in last night, so started by putting in the Anti-rock and the power steering pump. Anti-rock was easy, just follow the instructions.
Cleaned up the frame first.
Then hook it all up
Power steering pump was easy, the hard part was getting the reservoir to fit with everything else under the hood.
Still need to do the cooler for the power steering. I had ordered the PSC cooler and mounting bracket, but after looking at the work to get it installed and the fact that it had two relatively small opening that would restrict the A/C condenser and radiator I decided not to use it and instead ordered a heatsink style cooler, that should be plenty with the increase in fluid volume the PSC remote reservoir provides.