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Unread 05-19-2013, 09:30 PM   #181
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I figured I should update the thread. Not much work has been going on. The most recent thing is shown in this thread:http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/sh...oving-1520281/ Thought I had a cooling issue, which after much testing, turned out to be the just the gauge. That would be next on the list.

Mainly been driving it a few days a week. The wife and I take our dog down to the beach in it almost every weekend. Its been nice enjoying the great weather we've been having with the TOP OFF!!!








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Unread 05-20-2013, 07:55 AM   #182
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Mainly been driving it a few days a week. The wife and I take our dog down to the beach in it almost every weekend...
That's what it's all about... enjoying time with the family and driving the CJ.

I was looking back on your thread and saw the leaf spring install. Were there any major gotchas during that procedure? How did the ride quality change after you got the new springs on?
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Unread 05-20-2013, 09:27 AM   #183
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That's what it's all about... enjoying time with the family and driving the CJ.

I was looking back on your thread and saw the leaf spring install. Were there any major gotchas during that procedure? How did the ride quality change after you got the new springs on?
From what I remember, the install was fairly easy. With the CJ's frame on jack stands, we attached the main eye side of the spring. Then we shifted the axles into place and attached the springs to the axles so we wouldnt have to fight the spring tension when setting them with the centering pins. Our thinking was that the shackles can swing a bit to help meet the other eye allowing for some maneuverability. We then used a floor jack with a piece of 2x6 to push the spring toward and up to the shackle side. You will have to position the jack on the opposite end of the spring from the shackle to do this. While getting closer, you can attach the shocks as well. When we did it, the spring eye was a bit high and wasnt quite close enough to the shackle. So I had pull it down, swing the shackle in to meet it and quickly slide the bolt through. There may be easier ways to do it, but I think it was one of the easier jobs we have done on the CJ. The only thing that I would have done differently is add the degree shims to the front at that point, knowing how a lift will change your caster. The ride quality is greatly improved and I am very happy with the Old Man Emu leafs.
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Unread 05-25-2013, 10:23 PM   #184
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Looks great Turtle. You've done a great job. Wish I had one to drive!
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Unread 05-27-2013, 07:00 PM   #185
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Thanks! It won't be long for you and Clay. Just keep plugging at it.
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Unread 05-27-2013, 09:08 PM   #186
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You mean we're supposed to drive these things? I thought we all had them to work on. The Jeep is looking great dude! I like those tires you're running. Seems to me for every day driving and some off road they can't be beat. They're great in snow and ice too.
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