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Unread 08-13-2013, 02:13 PM   #23536
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Put a mopar hitch on my wj. $70 total. Took about two hours by myself.

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Unread 08-13-2013, 02:14 PM   #23537
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I started to attach a piece of sheet metal to my roof rack cross rails for an antenna mount this afternoon but a storm blew in. That's fine, it gives me more time to think about it. I'm planning on using rivets. Anybody know the wall thickness of the rails and whether there is any internal structure to them?
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Unread 08-13-2013, 02:23 PM   #23538
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Got the new RC front LCA's in yesterday. Huge difference. No move weird vibrations through the steering wheel, no shuddering when braking hard at highways speeds. Feels like a whole new truck. The other thing is the whole front feels really tight now, and can feel the road like my old XJ used to do.

The flipside, is the steering is definitely a little off. Have to straighten the steering wheel as it's slightly turned to the left. There is a little bit of play, and when you turn the wheel just a small bit left or right it starts to turn considerably. I know something is off but not sure what. Everything we checked seems tight without play? Maybe should just start replacing the TRE's regardless and start there? Any ideas? At least it's not wandering like it did though, especially at higher speeds and in windy conditions. Now to track down the last which is the steeriing not being quite right. Definitely not the pump as it was replaced in december and have another steering pump (I believe it works) and intermediate shaft, just in case.



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Unread 08-13-2013, 02:35 PM   #23539
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Do you have a pic of what you have in the grill? I want to do the same thing I just do not want to melt them.

Will have to try and add a good night shot with this if I can, but you get the idea...







Have a set of 90w strobes. Just haven't installed, but kept from my ZJ when it got totalled. Should see about getting them in the WJ.


And my gas mileage is really bad today. Twice as much as I usually do coming home this morning. The roof rack doesn't make much of a difference per say. Just the wind was so bad and of course coming home I go against it the whole way.
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Unread 08-13-2013, 02:51 PM   #23540
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The flipside, is the steering is definitely a little off. Have to straighten the steering wheel as it's slightly turned to the left. There is a little bit of play, and when you turn the wheel just a small bit left or right it starts to turn considerably. I know something is off but not sure what. Everything we checked seems tight without play? Maybe should just start replacing the TRE's regardless and start there? Any ideas? At least it's not wandering like it did though, especially at higher speeds and in windy conditions. Now to track down the last which is the steeriing not being quite right. Definitely not the pump as it was replaced in december and have another steering pump (I believe it works) and intermediate shaft, just in case.
Track bar and TREs would be a good place to start checking.
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Unread 08-13-2013, 03:24 PM   #23541
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That's what I was thinking. We can't find any play in the trackbar though, and TRE's seem good, but might just replace them anyways. Rule them out as an issue. Two were replaced a year ago, but with the problems due to the LCA's, very easily could be play. Ball joints and wheel bearing (again) was replaced as they were worn because of them. More or less the jeep is tracking pretty straight now. Just this last issue to track down.
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Unread 08-13-2013, 03:48 PM   #23542
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Got the new RC front LCA's in yesterday. Huge difference. No move weird vibrations through the steering wheel, no shuddering when braking hard at highways speeds. Feels like a whole new truck. The other thing is the whole front feels really tight now, and can feel the road like my old XJ used to do.

The flipside, is the steering is definitely a little off. Have to straighten the steering wheel as it's slightly turned to the left. There is a little bit of play, and when you turn the wheel just a small bit left or right it starts to turn considerably. I know something is off but not sure what. Everything we checked seems tight without play? Maybe should just start replacing the TRE's regardless and start there? Any ideas? At least it's not wandering like it did though, especially at higher speeds and in windy conditions. Now to track down the last which is the steeriing not being quite right. Definitely not the pump as it was replaced in december and have another steering pump (I believe it works) and intermediate shaft, just in case.




Damn, those look pretty beefy, I'm glad she's riding better. My brother had play in his steering and he said it was his steering box. He sold the Jeep before he replaced it. I think it was his pitman arm, though. Good luck and let us know what you find.
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Unread 08-13-2013, 03:49 PM   #23543
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Put a mopar hitch on my wj. $70 total. Took about two hours by myself.
Nice job, did you sand and paint the hitch?
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Unread 08-13-2013, 05:37 PM   #23544
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First post but long time following. I've been trying to do more work on the Jeep myself, a nice change from sitting in a cubicle all day long. On Sunday I wasn't planning on doing anything but the weather was so nice I could pass up getting a couple of things done. I changed the transfer case fluid, the old stuff came out a very dark shade of brown, and also re-installed my front drive shaft after taking it out a few months ago chasing a rattle that ended up being a loose O2 sensor. I ended up replacing the CV-Joint because the rubber boot was ripped and installed a new U-Joint. The weekend before I installed new front calipers and brake hoses, I never realized how bad my old calipers were sticking until I started driving with the new calipers installed.
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Unread 08-13-2013, 05:54 PM   #23545
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Damn, those look pretty beefy, I'm glad she's riding better. My brother had play in his steering and he said it was his steering box. He sold the Jeep before he replaced it. I think it was his pitman arm, though. Good luck and let us know what you find.
The TRE at the pitman will be the first to change out. Then drivers side TRE but probably try to do them all of the same time once I have some money saved. Just catching up finally with everything and trying to stay there. Box for putting back my steering wheel controls should be in tomorrow (ordered today) so that will finally be working. Have replacement rear springs so thinking wait and get new isolators as well when I do it.
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Unread 08-13-2013, 05:55 PM   #23546
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First post but long time following. I've been trying to do more work on the Jeep myself, a nice change from sitting in a cubicle all day long. On Sunday I wasn't planning on doing anything but the weather was so nice I could pass up getting a couple of things done. I changed the transfer case fluid, the old stuff came out a very dark shade of brown, and also re-installed my front drive shaft after taking it out a few months ago chasing a rattle that ended up being a loose O2 sensor. I ended up replacing the CV-Joint because the rubber boot was ripped and installed a new U-Joint. The weekend before I installed new front calipers and brake hoses, I never realized how bad my old calipers were sticking until I started driving with the new calipers installed.
Once the bug bites, you'll do more yourself as much as you can. Sounds like your off to a good start! And welcome!
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Unread 08-13-2013, 06:13 PM   #23547
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Took her into some trails here on ft bragg, not too bad with street tires and stock suspension..




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Unread 08-13-2013, 06:46 PM   #23548
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Will have to try and add a good night shot with this if I can, but you get the idea...


Have a set of 90w strobes. Just haven't installed, but kept from my ZJ when it got totalled. Should see about getting them in the WJ.


And my gas mileage is really bad today. Twice as much as I usually do coming home this morning. The roof rack doesn't make much of a difference per say. Just the wind was so bad and of course coming home I go against it the whole way.
Looks really good. I will be doing mine very soon thanks.
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Unread 08-13-2013, 07:01 PM   #23549
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Took her into some trails here on ft bragg, not too bad with street tires and stock suspension..
It may get pinned as a comfy road warrior, but it is still a Jeep and a darn good one at that.
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Unread 08-13-2013, 07:46 PM   #23550
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Nice job, did you sand and paint the hitch?
Nope it was basically new looking from the junk yard.
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