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Unread 05-13-2012, 07:10 PM   #10996
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Do any local shops do suspension inspections? I'm sure all shops would charge for an inspection, but are there any you would trust to catch pending issues?
Adam's driveline. They're the most knowledgable local shop I've been around. Second choice would possibly be backcountry offroad. I'm not sure if the shop next door is part of their show room but if so I bet they're just as jeep savvy as the guys at Adams.

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Unread 05-13-2012, 07:20 PM   #10997
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I don't understand how someone that is so broke with cash drives a jeep that probably gets 15mpg at most at $4 a gallon.
Because there aren't many vehicles that I like that can get me to the destinations I enjoy. Civic's, while great on gas, are terrible off road.

Gas isn't even the issue. I don't think I ever mentioned the cost of gas. What is making me consider something else is my headaches are getting worse. I want something a little quieter. If sound deadener in my TJ would help considerably, I'd go that route. While it may help, it wouldn't help enough. Sound wasn't considered much when designing the TJ.

While I would prefer not to, I'm ok paying $4 a gallon. The cost of gas isn't even weighing in this decision, but when I bought it, gas was less than $2.20 a gallon. It's not my Jeep's fault gas costs so much these days.
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Unread 05-13-2012, 07:59 PM   #10998
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I'm afraid something has already happened under there. Not sure what it is, but something just feels different. Not even something specific like a noise, click or vibration. It's just a feeling.

Do any local shops do suspension inspections? I'm sure all shops would charge for an inspection, but are there any you would trust to catch pending issues?
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Unread 05-13-2012, 08:01 PM   #10999
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Typically though when a shock overheats it will fade meaning it will start acting almost like you've got no shock. I will never forget the first time I experienced that. It was amazing how the truck went from normal to like no shocks at all in a matter of seconds. Then we just slowed down and all of a sudden it came back and started working again. Wash board will heat up a shock for sure cause it's a high speed damping control which is where heat builds quickly. Wash board will also lead to all sorts of neat stuff falling off your jeep, possibly developing stress cracks in suspension parts and also excessive wear on tie rods and ball joints. That stuff can be brutal! Low tire pressure is the savior for it IMO.

Bilstein is great! I've never been disappointed by them in any vehicle I've ran. I've said it before I'd do them on my jeep when the time comes to replace my white rockets that are on it now. OME supposedly are pretty amazing too but I have no experience at all with those...

Garza hands down is building the fastest jeep at least in the las vegas thread. It'll be fun I think to have him out on some of our faster truck runs once his is dialed in and ready for sure!

The Bilsteins are a great shock...but tend to be on the stiff side (which I actually prefer.) My 1st set of shocks on my Jeep were OME and are complete opposite IMO than the Bilsteins. They rode good on the street, but I blew out 2 fronts and 1 rear in one summer when I hit the rough stuff.

I'm sure after I re-learn my Jeep again with some seat time, and some shock tuning sessions, the only thing holding back it's capability will be the driver . I think we may go with some Fox 2.5"s after some discussion and my expectations. A few key differences (than the full blown race Jeep) in my build will be motor, gearing, and overall weight. I did not want a stroker or full engine swap right now I chose simplicity and reliability. As far as gearing, I'm sticking with 37"s and really should be using 5.38s with the new transmission, but going to use the 5.13s for now. I will be addressing some areas of weight, but I wanted to keep it a street-able rig that can still throw the top and doors on and cruise down the highway.
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Unread 05-13-2012, 08:13 PM   #11000
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Hey YSB I might trade you I I ever get the zj back on the road. I've been considering selling it to get a tj. It doesn't look like I'll be doing anything other then staring at a pulled motor until we get a house.
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Unread 05-13-2012, 08:13 PM   #11001
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Unread 05-13-2012, 08:21 PM   #11002
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Just get you an FJ already! We won't like you any less then we already do! Haha
I wouldn't mind getting an FJ. That was on my short list, but the timing was better for the TJ. I was renting a car until I found something I wanted. I was checking ads almost every hour looking for something I liked. If an ad for a FJ I liked popped up, there could be one parked in my garage now.

I was recently looking at Commander's. They went out of production, so the prices have come down. They look nice lifted and are confident offroad.
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Unread 05-13-2012, 08:22 PM   #11003
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Unread 05-13-2012, 08:23 PM   #11004
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Hey YSB I might trade you I I ever get the zj back on the road. I've been considering selling it to get a tj. It doesn't look like I'll be doing anything other then staring at a pulled motor until we get a house.
Possibly. Remind me when you get it running again.
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Unread 05-13-2012, 08:33 PM   #11005
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I wouldn't mind getting an FJ. That was on my short list, but the timing was better for the TJ. I was renting a car until I found something I wanted. I was checking ads almost every hour looking for something I liked. If an ad for a FJ I liked popped up, there could be one parked in my garage now.

I was recently looking at Commander's. They went out of production, so the prices have come down. They look nice lifted and are confident offroad.
That is honestly the best looking Commander I've ever seen.
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Unread 05-13-2012, 08:41 PM   #11006
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Isn't it? I think they use the same lifts as newer Cherokee's. That's a 4" lift with 33's. Other than custom, like those, there aren't many bumper options.
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Unread 05-13-2012, 08:42 PM   #11007
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That's actually a pretty sexy looking rig!!!!
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Unread 05-13-2012, 09:02 PM   #11008
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Not too bad of a deal, especially if you habla espanol! haha

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Unread 05-13-2012, 09:07 PM   #11009
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Just get you an FJ already! We won't like you any less then we already do! Haha
We like our FJ.. well, by we, I mean mostly my wife since its hers, but I like it when she lets me drive it
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We like our FJ.. well, by we, I mean mostly my wife since its hers, but I like it when she lets me drive it
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