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post #31 of 217 Old 01-04-2013, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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How did u take the arms and the plastic part off?
The arms have a cap, then a 15MM nut holding them on under that cap. Take the nut off and the arm should pop right off with a little prying action. The plastic has 6 plastic clips that hold it in place. Pull them out and disconnect the wiper fluid hose and you'll be golden.

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post #32 of 217 Old 01-19-2013, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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The last of the Rough Country stuff has been removed and my new Iron Rock stuff is here. Took the suspension out to do some painting of the undercarriage. Zero rust on the Jeep, just some paint chips from rocks and normal driving. Figured now would be the best time to paint to prevent rust. I'm also painting the front and rear axles with POR15 and a semi-gloss top coat. The undercarriage was sanded down, degreased and pressure washed. I'll be hitting it with Rustoleum semi-gloss black.





Degreased and cleaned the engine bay:



And threw a new set of replacement head lights from Rock Auto in:



The one thing that I desperately needed were new coil spring isolators. The old ones were rotted and falling apart. I picked up the whole set of 8 from Morris 4x4 for about $100 shipped. I did find some rust under the isolator on the front axle though. It will be cut out and a new coil bucket will be fabricated.



Tomorrow I'm going to paint the undercarriage. I have a new set of 4" IRO springs and a set of Bilstein 5125's to complete the suspension. Just sucks it will be in the 20's all week here in NJ!
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post #33 of 217 Old 01-19-2013, 03:36 PM
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Nice WJ man!

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post #34 of 217 Old 01-19-2013, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Nice WJ man!
Thank you, beautiful XJ!
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post #35 of 217 Old 01-19-2013, 03:46 PM
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post #36 of 217 Old 01-20-2013, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Man, I can't catch a break! In the 50's today. Perfect for painting. Did one coat on my rear wheel well and decided it wasn't too smart to be spray painting during 20-30 mph winds. Now it's going to be in the 20's all week. Great... I just want to hit the trails already!!
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post #37 of 217 Old 01-21-2013, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Made some new coil spring cups for the front axle out of some stainless pipe.

Knocked off the old ones:



Grinded the perch nice and flat:



Cupped the pipe:



Welded them in place:



Ready for POR-15!
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post #38 of 217 Old 01-22-2013, 07:46 AM
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Those headlights are so nice and clean! New springs cups look awesome too
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post #39 of 217 Old 01-22-2013, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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POR15 on the axle, top coat tomorrow!

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Officially following this thread!

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I have been on the fence wheather to do POR15 or some other variant, but seeing that axle just sold me on doing that when I finish up my axles.

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post #42 of 217 Old 01-23-2013, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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It came out good. I have one more coat to go. I bought the POR15 in semi gloss black and the chassis top coat in semi gloss black. You need a top coat to protect against UV rays, even though the axles are under the Jeep, it will still see sunlight. If you skip the top coat, the POR15 will fail after awhile.

I sprayed the entire axle down with 50/50 purple power degreaser, scrubbed it good with a wire brush and blasted it with the pressure washer. Let it air dry overnight.

Then I hung it up, sprayed it down with brake clean and ran over the whole thing with a MAP torch. This is a trick my buddy taught me. Even though the metal looks dry, like human skin it has pores. Run the torch on the metal and chase out all the moisture. This goes for any kind of painting.

After it was bone dry, I brushed the base coat on with a cheap 2" paint brush. Let it dry until you get slight finger drag, then apply a second coat. Wait about 24 hours and apply two top coats.

It's not perfect, you will have runs and won't get to every section of the axle unless you break it down completely. Sure beats the rusted old Dana though.
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post #43 of 217 Old 01-29-2013, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Finished up the front axle today.

Cover off and housing cleaned for new sealant:



POR15 wouldn't take to the painted differential cover, so had to grind it down to bare metal, prime and paint. I used Rustoleum primer and Rustoleum semi-gloss black paint:









Got some 5/16"x3/4" stainless steel button head bolts to finish off the look:





Now on to the rear axle!
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post #44 of 217 Old 01-29-2013, 12:41 PM
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Aw man that's one sexy Dana!

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How are you liking the KM2's so far? I've been debating whether to get those next in the same size you've got, or staying @ 255/75/17 and getting Nitto Trail Grapplers.

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4.7L Powertech V8 l Iron Rock Offroad 3" Suspension Lift l Bilstein 5125 Shocks l Bilstein 5100 Steering Stabilizer l 17x8 Unique Steel Wheels l LT255/75R17 BFGoodrich Mud Terrain KM l Kevins Offroad Transfer Case Skid l Kevins Offroad Roof Rack Tire Carrier l Hella 500 Black Magic

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