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Unread 05-28-2009, 07:33 PM   #14251
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maybe if you dont know what you're doing......i have worked in industrialized maint for many years though as a mechanic (and now run a rather large dept) and this has always been a good method of approach when all else fails. the key is to use the proper hardware. IE: large nuts that cover most all of the thread and lock them good and tight to each other. however, pickle fork is prefered

whats up with the threads on that thing anyways? they look somewhat stripped out already....or maybe its a bad camera angle??? hard to tell as its a bit fuzzy

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Unread 05-28-2009, 08:10 PM   #14252
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Finally

Found a TJ. '99 4.0 sport, reasonably priced, original owner, all records since new, really nice shape. Picking it up tomorrow. Sacrificed on the diff - it's a 5 speed with the D35. Hopefully won't regret that. But got everything else i wanted and it all looks good.

In addition to swapping out all fluids, i'm thinking about swapping hoses, belts, plugs, plug wires (if they look sketchy). But i'm not sure about whether these generally a good idea to do or whether I should go case by case (like only replace hoses that look sketchy). Who knows. I'm just stoked to finally be getting a TJ.
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Unread 05-28-2009, 08:24 PM   #14253
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Found a TJ. '99 4.0 sport, reasonably priced, original owner, all records since new, really nice shape. Picking it up tomorrow. Sacrificed on the diff - it's a 5 speed with the D35. Hopefully won't regret that. But got everything else i wanted and it all looks good.

In addition to swapping out all fluids, i'm thinking about swapping hoses, belts, plugs, plug wires (if they look sketchy). But i'm not sure about whether these generally a good idea to do or whether I should go case by case (like only replace hoses that look sketchy). Who knows. I'm just stoked to finally be getting a TJ.
If the previous owner has all the records and continual maintenance then you shoud not have to change out all that stuff. Case by case basis...
as for the Dana 35 -- It will depend on how hard you push it and what size tires you want to run. There are things that you can do the the D35 to make it stronger.
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Unread 05-28-2009, 08:26 PM   #14254
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maybe if you dont know what you're doing......i have worked in industrialized maint for many years though as a mechanic (and now run a rather large dept) and this has always been a good method of approach when all else fails. the key is to use the proper hardware. IE: large nuts that cover most all of the thread and lock them good and tight to each other. however, pickle fork is prefered

whats up with the threads on that thing anyways? they look somewhat stripped out already....or maybe its a bad camera angle??? hard to tell as its a bit fuzzy
I have been working in mechanic maintenance for many a year too and have seen some of the best mushroom bolts over. I agree the proper tool is required.
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Unread 05-28-2009, 09:17 PM   #14255
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This is the best picture ever!! Soooo Fitting. They do make a puller to fit that end, but I didn't have much luck with it.

So Jeebs, you said you are buying a CJ frame?? Is the one on your "new" Jeep in bad shape??
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Unread 05-28-2009, 09:20 PM   #14256
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I'm headed back up to Eastern Wa to help my mom out for a bit.
Sorry to see you go. I hope all works out for you!!

We will all have the memories of the Squeeze.
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Unread 05-28-2009, 10:14 PM   #14257
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while prying down smack the side of the pitman, right next to the bolt with a bfh. A real hammer, not a rubber hammer.
tap, tap, tap it's off. no problem.



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Unread 05-28-2009, 10:34 PM   #14258
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If the previous owner has all the records and continual maintenance then you shoud not have to change out all that stuff. Case by case basis...
as for the Dana 35 -- It will depend on how hard you push it and what size tires you want to run. There are things that you can do the the D35 to make it stronger.
Just got an email with the maint docs. Looks like he had all the fluids changed a year and a half ago (about 7k miles) at EZ lube... So now I'm thinking no on pretty much everything unless is looks dicey.

Not going over the top (at least not immediately) on tires/lift. Planning on 2.5" and BFG AT 31". Been debating the actual lift. Was just about to commit to the RC, but some recent posts about shock size and bottoming have me second guessing. Also planning some rocker protection - haven't decided on tubes vs. flat metal. And down the road I'll plan on getting elec locking diffs - probably way down the road unless I really start "needing" them.
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Unread 05-29-2009, 12:41 AM   #14259
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Anyone know a trick to separating the drag link from the pitman arm?
Simple method is to run down to Home Depot, say something like "¿mecánico?" and hand the guy a bfh

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Found a TJ.
Cool, bring it over so we can drink beer and offer wise advice on how to spend your money

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Sorry to see you go. I hope all works out for you!!

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Unread 05-29-2009, 12:52 AM   #14260
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So Jeebs, you said you are buying a CJ frame?? Is the one on your "new" Jeep in bad shape??
The frame was cracked, broken and repaired in many many places. It was at the point where I could repair it but would prefer to replace it if I found one under $500. Well, I found one in excellent condition for $75 today and it now resides in my garage. It is going to get sandblasted tomorrow and painted this weekend.

Old frame being cut and removed from the garage





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Unread 05-29-2009, 01:01 AM   #14261
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It appears that is an important part of this process

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Unread 05-29-2009, 01:15 AM   #14262
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Yes, we preach only the highest of safety rules when cutting large pieces of metal at my house.
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Unread 05-29-2009, 01:23 AM   #14263
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Disturbing news:

Governor is proposing placing as many as 48 state parks in "caretaker" status, a move that would essentially close the parks to most public use. Included in the list are several San Diego County parks including most of Anza-Borreo Desert State Park.

Union-Tribune Article on Proposed Closures
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Unread 05-29-2009, 01:38 AM   #14264
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Just got an email with the maint docs. Looks like he had all the fluids changed a year and a half ago (about 7k miles) at EZ lube... So now I'm thinking no on pretty much everything unless is looks dicey.

Not going over the top (at least not immediately) on tires/lift. Planning on 2.5" and BFG AT 31". Been debating the actual lift. Was just about to commit to the RC, but some recent posts about shock size and bottoming have me second guessing. Also planning some rocker protection - haven't decided on tubes vs. flat metal. And down the road I'll plan on getting elec locking diffs - probably way down the road unless I really start "needing" them.
this is a good starting plan. I would recommend going with the flat type sliders because the tubes don't always last. The pic is of my Jeep at Corral Canyon after a run (3A)
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Unread 05-29-2009, 01:48 AM   #14265
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Disturbing news:

Governor is proposing placing as many as 48 state parks in "caretaker" status, a move that would essentially close the parks to most public use. Included in the list are several San Diego County parks including most of Anza-Borreo Desert State Park.

Union-Tribune Article on Proposed Closures
That dirt bag has suggested all kinds of stupid crap lately. Selling Del Mar, selling San Quinton, eliminating welfare, closing state landmarks, etc, etc. He is just fear mongering.
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