Originally Posted by G Beasley
Custom Monkey !
Fixed it for you.
Originally Posted by 84jeepcj7rock
Beasley, you should have had your pinstripe guy do a custom dead monkey on the tailgate.
Originally Posted by awinski
i like this idea
is Officer Thinking; one of these days when Greta gets painted, I may have to make use of this particular suggestion. I also need to think of a name
for the Dead Monkey. Hmmm...
Originally Posted by CEScuzzy
Sundowner, I feel like I had to trek all the way from The Hub to The Capitol Wasteland to get to the end of this thread, but it's been a delightful read. When the conversation drifts into my areas of experience I'll share what I can. In the meantime, I will continue to hang back in the shadows and soak up the wisdom, discussion, and science fiction. If you're still looking for a headlight wiring upgrade though, I just installed a relay harness in my Cherokee. It was well worth the $35 + shipping, everything was plug and play, it improved the brightness of the existing sealed beams, and came with nice heavy gauge wire and 960W relays. I'm quite happy with it.
It's getting to be a long trek, isn't it? I'm glad you're getting some entertainment and information from the thread, because that's what it's here for. Also, I most heartily appreciate the compliments and I hope you stay tuned for whatever craziness is sure to ensue; we're always
up to something, around here...
Originally Posted by CEScuzzy
EDIT: Love the pre-killed monkeys, by the way.
I love a pre-killed monkey, too...but the more I think about it, the more I realize that he really does
need a proper name. I mean, every-f******-thing else
in this thread has a name - including the stuffed crocodile and the folding shovel - so leaving the Dead Monkey without a name just seems crass. I'm going to have to work on this issue!
Originally Posted by 91AzXJ
That's a sexy lookin Tee! Does that mean they are getting closer?
As alluded-to, that's a custom
monkey...but to answer your question directly: yes, they're getting closer. All that's really holding me back is having the extra caps to get them done, and if I'd stop buying things like inner C's and swaybars and projectors and stuff, I'd probably have been able to afford them by now. Speaking of affording parts...Today's Jeeping
revealed an unexpected future expenditure; can anyone guess what I found when I pulled off the front tires to check my alignment?
Pictured: "Uhh...an unexpected future expenditure?"
That, My Pretties, would be the remains of a bumpstop...and since it's literally
falling apart - I poked it and it protested by further disintegrating - it will, indeed, have to be unexpectedly replaced. Now, how this happened...well, I don't really know
how it happened, to be honest, because I don't really know what would have caused the foam portion of the bumpstop to start spontaneously degrading. My best guess is that it took a few stressful hits last November, and sometime during the winter the 14-year-old material finally started to give up the ghost and crumble apart...and after that it was likely only a matter of time until the soft, chewy, semi-granular center was exposed. The coil springs prevent decent images of the trauma, but here's another attempt, nonetheless.
Pictured: The centers of TJ bumpstops are almost entirely unlike the centers of Cadbury eggs.
So, yeah...now I get to replace bumpstops...but since I was mostly set upon getting a 3" spring for the front suspension, anyway - a front suspension that is NOT properly bumpstopped at current, by the way - this is as good a time as any for them to be swapped out. I don't know that I need to go all the way to air bumps, but something a bit better than the factory offering might be useful...and while we're on the subject of things that are useful, "properly aligned steering" is pretty high on that list, right now.
Pictured: She bought me Jeep parts AND she can do a front-end alignment. Flawless Victory.
For anyone that's wondering about what's happening in the above image: Annabelle is measuring the distance between two straightedges, each of which is clamped onto the outside face of the front brake rotors. When the straightedges are properly centered and leveled and the axle is suspended at normal ride height with the rotors pointed straight ahead, a highly accurate alignment is possible; all you have to do is measure the distances between the straightedges at the effective "front" and "rear" of your tire - in my case, about 17" forward/rearward of the axle's centerline - calculate the difference between the measurements, and then adjust the tie rod and drag link as is needed for whatever amount of toe-in is desired. In the preceding photo, Annabelle was measuring at the effective "front" of the tire; in the following one she's setting up to measure the distance at the rear.
Pictured: I was good in a previous life.
As I expected, the toe hadn't remained where I'd previously set it, which was 3/16" in at the front; that's usually a pretty good setting for 35's on a stock-wheelbase TJ. What I didn't expect, though, was finding the toe set to 5/16" out
at the front; I don't know how my tires didn't get more worn on the interior edges than they seem to be, because having the toe a half-inch out of its proper spec is pretty severe. Hell, I don't even know how it got
that bad in the first place; both pinch sleeves were tight and the tie rod showed no
signs of wanting to rotate without the help of a large pipe wrench. I suppose I could have wracked the steering outwards, somehow, but I don't know when it could have happened...but regardless, I'll be happy to no longer have squirrelly-feeling steering at high speed on the interstate. I'm also happy to have gotten Greta's old, faded tie-downs replaced with the new straps that I ordered.
Pictured: Orange hotness.
The old straps held up for a year of constant exposure, so I'm confident that these will do just as well; as previously mentioned, I saved the expensive stainless cam buckles and will sew new webbing onto them when I manage to find some.