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Unread 06-13-2012, 07:32 PM   #166
ChitwnGrnJP
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Tonight I got the locker installed up front and the axle reassembled. I also rotated the tires and picked up the garage a bit. I'm almost done though! Two weeks of work is almost complete. here's what I have left to do tomorrow:

1) tighten bolts on front lower control arms
2) fill front diff with fluid
3) put on front wheels/tires
4) TEST DRIVE!!!!

I'm pretty nervous about the front axle. I've never taken one apart like that before so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it works without any problems,

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Unread 06-14-2012, 07:52 AM   #167
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Dustin,props to ya something i wont do.along with trans or engine rebuilds,good luck
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Unread 06-14-2012, 08:15 AM   #168
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Dustin,props to ya something i wont do.along with trans or engine rebuilds,good luck
Thanks!
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Unread 06-14-2012, 09:09 PM   #169
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The Jeep is done! After work today I got the lower control arm bolts tightened back up (which was a pain because I mangled one up with a hammer trying to remove it). Then I put some fluid in the front diff, put on the tires and adjusted the steering. The end result is sooooo nice! The new bushings is the control arms fixed the pull to the left I was getting when I hit the brakes.

The ride is noticeably better too. there aren't any more knocks or rattles either...which I believe was coming from my tailpipe making contact with a shock, the rear bumper, and the loose joints in the control arms. The 4x4 still shifts smoothly even with the locker. I took it up a into a short offroad area in my parents neighborhood today to try the locker a bit. it seems to work just fine! I can tell its there when in 4x4 because it's a bit tougher to turn the wheel than before. No wheel spin at all when crawling up and around some gravel piles and over some waned out crevices in the ground.

All in all, I'm stoked that everything seems to look and function great. I can't wait for Saturday! Tomorrow's to-do list:

1) wash the jeep (yeah yeah, I know I'm just gonna get it dirty again)
2) pack a cooler
3) finish cleaning up the garage. woohoo!
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Unread 06-15-2012, 05:04 AM   #170
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Everything looks good Dustin, that was a lot of work you got done this week! my hats off to you, I tried to get out and do a little something to my jeep last night and ended up fix two bikes instead! didn't get much done on the jeep Maybe this weekend. We'll see everyone tomorrow! can't wait to hit some trails!!!
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Unread 06-15-2012, 10:35 AM   #171
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Have a great time at the Cliff's, looks to be a great weekend for it.
Wish i could make it, but lets see some pic's when you guy get back.
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Unread 06-16-2012, 04:07 PM   #172
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I had a GREAT time at the Cliffs with several of our members!! Thanks to everyone who went for being so helpful and making it a fun and memorable first club trip!
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Unread 06-16-2012, 04:38 PM   #173
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dustin,damn youre quick guess i shouldnt have grabbed a beer out of the fridge. today was a blast and its a lot more fun as a group than by youreself thats for sure. wish i would have gotten into this years ago
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Unread 06-16-2012, 08:36 PM   #174
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dustin,damn youre quick guess i shouldnt have grabbed a beer out of the fridge. today was a blast and its a lot more fun as a group than by youreself thats for sure. wish i would have gotten into this years ago
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I had a GREAT time at the Cliffs with several of our members!! Thanks to everyone who went for being so helpful and making it a fun and memorable first club trip!
AS stated before, I had a dam good time today, the weather was great! Dusty and dry (dry is good at the Cliffs). We only had one set back (one flat tire) I'll get some photos posted Real soon!
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Unread 06-16-2012, 08:51 PM   #175
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Wish i could have joined you guys
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Unread 06-16-2012, 09:24 PM   #176
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Glad to hear all had a fun and safe trip. Many more to come for sure! Nice photos on the club facebook page too
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Unread 06-17-2012, 07:03 AM   #177
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alright i give.how do i find the facebook page?
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Unread 06-17-2012, 08:52 AM   #178
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Yeah I have been having trouble finding it too
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Unread 06-17-2012, 09:34 AM   #179
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I'm in Westchester and there's atleast one other from Lyons. its all good, just finding good guys with similar interests and experience

My mom lives in Westchester. I'm by her house all the time. Never seen your Jeep.. You must on southern end of Westchester?
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Unread 06-17-2012, 09:39 AM   #180
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It went alright. I had some trouble finding the right bolts for the bumper but other than that, things went pretty easy. Here's what I managed to get done:

1) I bought a used spare and got that mounted it's rim
2) Painted the rear bumper after its mods and installed it (it still needs the gas tank dropped so I can add 4 more bolts for strength)
3) Installed the front springs with some leveling pucks
4) Pressed new bushings into the front control arms
5) Installed new track bar
6) Installed steering box skid
7) Greased all the joints up front
Want to help me install some parts for my Jeep
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