Spent 8 hours yesterday replacing my drivers side ball joints...
9AM - Headed to Advanced Auto to get the Moog ball joints, ball joint press, and torque wrench
9:30AM - went to pepboys to get a couple tools I didnt have.
10AM - Realized I still didnt have all the right tool (mainly sockets) had to go back to pepboys
10:30AM - Disassembled the nuckle
11:30AM - Everything is disassembled but im stuck because ive broken 3 different sockets. I was attempting to use the ball joint press with a 3/4 socket instead of a 1/2...
*Now I have to wait for my wife to get off work*
1:30PM - Wife gets home, BACK to pepboys for another socket
2:30PM - Finally got the ball joints off after an hour of ****ing with the press
3PM - Have the new joints on, but the castle nut wont go on the bottom joint, realize that the bolt on the bottom joint is bent, not allowing the nut to go on
4PM - Back from Advanced Auto with a replacement joint
5PM - Finally have both new ball joints on the Jeep
6PM - I have the Jeep back together, but I broke my 1/2 to 3/4 converter earlier this morning, so I had to go to pepboys, AGAIN!
7PM - After approx 9 hours of ****ing with that joints, I finally get the wheel back on my Jeep
In all reality, it wasnt that bad, I just dont have the proper tools to do the job properly the first time. Just takes alot of trips to the parts store.
But by doing it myself, I learned, and saved myself a couple hundred dollars...
But now my u-joint is squeeking... I hit it with some WD40, and the squeek went away, but now I hear a "rubbing noise" it changes with the speed on the Jeep... dont know what it could be... I dont think its the brakes. I wonder if its the u-joint or the hub bearing... *deep sigh*
My dad has a 2000 White SE, and I put on the rough country 2.5 lift as well. What body lift did you go with? I love the Daystar one!
For a second there I thought you were trading your jeep in for that silver JK!
I went with the Daystar 1" BL.
Funny thing, im actually thinking about trading in my TJ for a JK in about a year. I want the "go anywhere, do anything" aspect of the Wrangler, but the JK's just provide more interior room and comfort for a big guy like me.
JK's are just out of proportion. They need big tires and a lift to look good.
I love my TJ. I was walking out of the gas station last night and it was sitting in front of me, no top, no doors, looking damn good.
I really want a JK, merely for the interior size difference, but the more I look at my TJ, the more I want to keep it. Hell, if it was up to me, Id have two, but money always seems to get in the way of that.