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Unread 01-14-2013, 07:01 PM   #181
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My new HD tie rod and drag link came in from OK4WD. I bought the flip kit and will just flip up the drag link which I can tackle later this week as I only had time for the tie rod this afternoon. As you can see in the photo below, my original tie rod is bent out of line to the tune of 1/2" at the very end:



I removed the old tie rod and took a comparison photo of old vs. new:




The new tie rod is beefier and heavier and the install is just a couple of castle nuts torqued down to 50 ft lbs per factory manual...couldn't be easier. I went this route because I have no room to flip both the tie rod and drag link. Since I am leaving the tie rod in the original position at least it can withstand rocks better then the weaker OEM unit. I will be flipping the HD drag link later this week to return the geometry closer to it's original specs prior to my suspension lift. Last photo of it installed:



I was checking my bee hives at one of my bee yards and I came across this:



Vietnam era CJ6? I always come across something new at this particular yard.

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Unread 01-14-2013, 07:42 PM   #182
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I am impressed with the jeep, but you didn't get picks of the tank in the background!?!?!?

Oh, and beefy tie rod!!!
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Unread 01-14-2013, 09:38 PM   #183
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I am impressed with the jeep, but you didn't get picks of the tank in the background!?!?!?
Stay tuned!
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Unread 01-15-2013, 09:54 AM   #184
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Mvigo,

What part of Northern California are you located?

I am in central coast Cali, Santa Maria/Orcutt.
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Unread 01-15-2013, 10:09 AM   #185
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Mvigo,

What part of Northern California are you located?

I am in central coast Cali, Santa Maria/Orcutt.
SF Bay Area...I went to Cal Poly and love your neck of the woods...
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Unread 01-24-2013, 05:52 PM   #186
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SF Bay Area...I went to Cal Poly and love your neck of the woods...
That's neat. I know Cal Poly is one the top engineering schools out west. Are you an engineer mvigo?

That new tie rod is pretty beefy by the way.
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Unread 01-24-2013, 06:31 PM   #187
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That's neat. I know Cal Poly is one the top engineering schools out west. Are you an engineer mvigo?

That new tie rod is pretty beefy by the way.
Nope, far from it, I was an Ag major and am now a beekeeper...

http://www.thebeeranchers.com/
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Unread 01-24-2013, 06:46 PM   #188
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Mike,

Your website is awesome, and I am kinda jealous of your job! I dig it- keep it up!



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Unread 01-24-2013, 06:56 PM   #189
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Nope, far from it, I was an Ag major and am now a beekeeper...

http://www.thebeeranchers.com/
That's neat. My wife's boss' husband (haha) does beekeeping as a hobby and we got some awesome honey.

Interestingly enough, my undergrad was in Ag. Engineering.
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Unread 01-27-2013, 09:47 PM   #190
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I spent the morning and early afternoon helping my pal swap in his new OME 2.5" suspension kit. We will finish it up once his new Crabtree shackles and hangers arrive. We took a break from his CJ to spend some time on mine flipping/installing the new HD drag link I ordered awhile back. Very straigtforward install and I had to grind the bushing down a smidge as it was keeping the TRE from seating in the new tapered hole that I reamed on the knuckle. As I mentioned earlier, there is no room whatsover for me to swap both the drag link and the tie rod without moving my steering box forward an 1" or so. The geometry is right back to factory settings and I will get an alignment done early this week.
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Unread 01-28-2013, 05:23 AM   #191
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Unread 01-28-2013, 10:53 AM   #192
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Mike,

Your website is awesome, and I am kinda jealous of your job! I dig it- keep it up!



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Thanks Chris, we try hard to keep it interesting...

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That's neat. My wife's boss' husband (haha) does beekeeping as a hobby and we got some awesome honey.

Interestingly enough, my undergrad was in Ag. Engineering.
The best part of the hive, IMO, is the wax cappings you get when you extract honey. I will put a big plug of them in my mouth and chew them like tobacco sucking the honey out of the wax...

I was an Ag Business Mgmt...

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Nice!
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woke up to a Jeep that won't start...ruh-roh! It just sputters and dies. Let's hope the easy fix is replacing the fuel filter since it is due for one...
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Unread 01-28-2013, 03:42 PM   #193
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sometimes you get lucky! I replaced the fuel filter and the CJ started right up. It turns out I had a cracked line from the tank going INTO the filter and I would bet that I was sucking dust, dirt and who knows what into filter? I cut into the filter just to see and, as the picture shows, there was caked on gunk at the end of the filter, unless that black "gunk" is supposed to be the latest and greatest filtering media from WIX (they manufacture Napa Gold filters)! Please chime away if you think different.

Also, the cracked line was 5/16" and the filter calls for 3/8" line going into it from tank and 5/16" coming out going towards fuel pump. I swapped in some high pressure 3/8" line I had in my pile of parts. I couldn't find a reason not to so if you know better, please holler...

EDIT: I am now thinking the "gunk" in the picture is some kind of adhesive (RTV type) to hold the filter cartridge to the cannister. No?
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I'm going to guess that is sediment over the years settling into the bottom of the filter. From the tank??

TR and DL look great, Mike. BTW, I was an Ag major too!
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sometimes you get lucky! I replaced the fuel filter and the CJ started right up. It turns out I had a cracked line from the tank going INTO the filter and I would bet that I was sucking dust, dirt and who knows what into filter? I cut into the filter just to see and, as the picture shows, there was caked on gunk at the end of the filter, unless that black "gunk" is supposed to be the latest and greatest filtering media from WIX (they manufacture Napa Gold filters)! Please chime away if you think different.

Also, the cracked line was 5/16" and the filter calls for 3/8" line going into it from tank and 5/16" coming out going towards fuel pump. I swapped in some high pressure 3/8" line I had in my pile of parts. I couldn't find a reason not to so if you know better, please holler...

EDIT: I am now thinking the "gunk" in the picture is some kind of adhesive (RTV type) to hold the filter cartridge to the cannister. No?
That's where they glue it to the outside canister.


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Looks good, nice driveway surface too.

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