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Unread 02-27-2012, 11:51 PM   #856
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Well decided to bite the bullet today and make a desision on my headers / manifolds. I returned the Elderbrock Shorties I bought that were the wrong part number a few months ago and had a store credit. Decided go big or go home so I bought a set of Doug Thorly Tri-y's.

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Those are great headers. I'd love to get a set, someday, but I'm a little gunshy. The reason being, is that the current headers on my jeep had to be "modified" at the #1 cylinder, to make clearance for the steering shaft.

I marked the area, and took the steering shaft off. This gave me room to heat the header tube with a torch (cherry red) and hammer a flat spot in that area.

I figured that when the time came for me to buy headers for the CJ5 that I'm building, I'd use some cheaper black, steel Hedmann Hedders, and either hammer a flat spot, or cut out an oval, and weld a flat piece of metal in there, then send the headers out to a place in Conneticut that does creamic coating.

I hope that your Doug Thorleys don't need to be modified...

Rich

P.S. My daughter also highly recommended Act of Valor.

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Unread 02-28-2012, 12:06 AM   #857
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They better not need moding lol. I was promised they would fit and if not refunded total including shipping. We shall see. The place I got them from installed a set on a CJ a month ago w/o any issues. Stay tuned!!
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Unread 02-28-2012, 07:30 AM   #858
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You will be my test pigeon !

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Unread 02-28-2012, 01:55 PM   #859
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Well as much as I love my rubican express lift I HATE their shocks. This is the third shock of theirs to go bad in 2 years 3 months. I had a bad one out the box, then about 9 months ago and now this one just started leaking. Very little wheeling and less than 5000 miles tops. They are not limiting out and breaking that way either... Grrr...
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Unread 02-28-2012, 02:14 PM   #860
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Well should have called them before flapping my gums off. The shocks have a lifetime warranty and they are sending me out new ones. SO.... once again I have nothing but good things to say about them!!
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Unread 02-28-2012, 02:19 PM   #861
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You better change your screen name to LucMoC.

Good news on the shocks.

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Unread 02-28-2012, 02:38 PM   #862
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yeah yeah yeah.. Just another example great customer service from a company that cares. I was really just calling them to grip and was REALLY surprised they had a warranty left on them let alone a lifetime one.
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Unread 02-28-2012, 03:16 PM   #863
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Do those shocks have an up and down? The ones I have from Skyjacker list a top and bottom. In relation to your dust boot, they are on upside down compared to mine. Just wondering because installed that way the oil will be in contact with the shaft seal 100% of the time.
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Unread 02-28-2012, 03:26 PM   #864
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Do those shocks have an up and down? The ones I have from Skyjacker list a top and bottom. In relation to your dust boot, they are on upside down compared to mine. Just wondering because installed that way the oil will be in contact with the seal 100% of the time..
I just checked the install instructions and they did not say anything specific to shock orientation other than "Install shocks." This is the first one that has leaked fluid, the other two that failed never leaked just stopped extending after being compressed. I have always installed my shocks that way under the assumption that it would be harder for dirt / mud to get trapped in the boot around the seal. I might be wrong but wouldn't oil in contact with the seal all the time make it last longer because it would not dry out?
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Unread 02-28-2012, 03:35 PM   #865
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I guess there are two sides to that logic. I just know that mine have "UP" with an arrow stamped right into the metal shock body, that's why I'd thought I would ask. Just looked at my F250 and they are also installed with the rod portion on top.
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Unread 02-28-2012, 03:45 PM   #866
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Hmmm. Just went and looked. The RE shocks dont have a orientation arrow.

I am going to feel really dumb if I find out that I have been installing shocks wrong!!
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Unread 02-28-2012, 06:40 PM   #867
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Well called RE to find out and the are not a directional shock, so either way is fine. Dont feel as bad now. ;-)
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Unread 02-29-2012, 05:47 AM   #868
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Regardless of the lifetime warranty, I would still be mad that they are failing under such limited use
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Unread 02-29-2012, 08:32 AM   #869
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yeah yeah yeah.. Just another example great customer service from a company that cares. I was really just calling them to grip and was REALLY surprised they had a warranty left on them let alone a lifetime one.
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Do those shocks have an up and down? The ones I have from Skyjacker list a top and bottom. In relation to your dust boot, they are on upside down compared to mine. Just wondering because installed that way the oil will be in contact with the shaft seal 100% of the time.
No Mike... these are Louisiana shocks. They go side to side!!

A seal is a seal! It either works or it doesn't, and it definitely has a lifespan. Having the oil against the seal will alert you when the seal goes bad. Although the inside is oil-soaked, the outside will still crack and rot, and depending on where the seal came from??
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Saw this nice looking guy in the yard next door to a house I was working at today, in the rain. Its funny, I see more nice CJ's over the fence while working than I do on the road here. Had a chrome grill. Other than the ugly bumper and blue rims was a clean CJ.

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