post #61 of Old 03-19-2009, 09:40 AM
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I love the jeeps that you work on. All your jeeps look great. Thank you for doing this work and putting jeeps back on the road that would have prob just sat there and wasted away to nothing.

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This "Jeep thing" is like dating a really really hot chick, who is crazy! Its alot of fun, you spend too much money, your up all night ending up sweaty & greasy from it, your friends are jealous, you get admission into some sort of weird club... but it gets mad at your for no reason, throws fits seemingly randomly, has unexplained issues which it somehow solves on its own only after you try a bunch of different things (and spend a bunch of money) to solve it... and yet you can't resist getting in it every chance you can.
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sell me the d44s with the 4.88s
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Only have a rear 8.8 e-locker in 4.88 that I put in the LJ. D44s in 4.10 out of my 2004 but the front is bent just needs a new housing.

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Funy thing happen. The Jeep was pulling to the left. I had did a quick alignment so we could at least drive it down the road. I though I was around 1/8 - 1/4 toe-in which should have been fine.

Since the only real change was I adjusted the toe during the alignment and I finally installed the adjustable upper control arms, the problem had to be there.

We set the caster via the upper control arms and no luck. Still pulled hard to the left. So double checked the toe and it seemed OK but the Jeep still was pulling so Nik preceeded to set the the toe-out until he got it perfect. Now the Jeep tracks straight with no hands on the steering wheel and stops on a dime. What a great day!

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post #66 of Old 03-21-2009, 02:26 AM
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Man, my Jeep pulls to the right so much, if I need to change lanes all I do is let go of the steering wheel.

i need to get that fixed... somewhere I thought I heard that it isnt ajustable?

Anyways, again, I really Like your Jeep thanks for keeping one on the road

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Man, my Jeep pulls to the right so much, if I need to change lanes all I do is let go of the steering wheel.

i need to get that fixed... somewhere I thought I heard that it isnt ajustable?

Anyways, again, I really Like your Jeep thanks for keeping one on the road
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I would deffinately check you toe-in first. It is really easily. You only need 10 minutes and two 13mm wrenches to lossen the two bolts and turn the tie rod. Iwould try three tuns on way and if tha starts to solve the pulling do an alignment. There are many good toe in write ups.

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There was a steering wheel shimmy between 45-55 mph. It has been there for a while but I didn't want to do anything until I put the new front end in. I knew it was tires because everything is tight up front. So, I took it to my local tire shop and had them balance the tires and shimmy is gone. It is important to make sure the tire shop understands that the balance is done 0/0. A couple of the tires are far out of balance (they went on the back) so we picked the best two for the front. As I have had shop go 0/xx and the shimmy will not go away.

I really like driving the LJ but my days driving it are coming to an end as my son gets his license very soon!

Thanks guys for the props!

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...It is important to make sure the tire shop understands that the balance is done 0/0...
Last time I told the tire guy that I wanted 0/0, he looked at me like I was challenging his ability and professionalism. But, I could tell that he took it as a personal challenge to get it right. Since we run the Vanco 16" BBK on 15" wheels it had to be done with all clamp weights as there is almost no wheel to caliper clearance.

One advantage to buying our 35" MT/R's at Sam's Club is the free lifetime rebalance.

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Frontline,

I would deffinately check you toe-in first. It is really easily. You only need 10 minutes and two 13mm wrenches to lossen the two bolts and turn the tie rod. Iwould try three tuns on way and if tha starts to solve the pulling do an alignment. There are many good toe in write ups.

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Is this what your talking about? http://www.4x4xplor.com/alignment.html
Yeah, I have been wanting to do that, but my brother "97TJosh" (whom I share the Jeep with) is afraid to do it and he dosen't even want me to attempt it.

Anyways thanks for the help, I will just have to try and convince him.

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Is this what your talking about? http://www.4x4xplor.com/alignment.html
Yeah, I have been wanting to do that, but my brother "97TJosh" (whom I share the Jeep with) is afraid to do it and he dosen't even want me to attempt it.

Anyways thanks for the help, I will just have to try and convince him.
That will work! Just go do it and show your brother how good your are! What's the worse thing that can happen. You mess it up and then have to go get an alignment.

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This weekend I decide to change the 4.88s to 4.56s for the 6 speed DD. I like the 4.88s but 1st gear is basically useless on the street. I had a Hi Pinon 9" with 4.56s sitting around that I was planning to put in the 04 Rubi but decided the 4.88s or 5.13s would be better in it since it is an auto.

Stock TJ bolt up except I needed to get a new flange adapter for my 1330 u-joints and move my rear sway bar mounts. Since I was adding the flange to the non CV drive shaft I had it balanced while it was at Drivelines. He is also rebuilding my shafts for the 03.

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Provelogear, did you ever get the Sniper Fab corners on? Curious how they look.

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Actually, i'm building aluminum corners seeing the weights of built up LJs with steel tubes fenders and corners. Also, I'm having a hard time drilling into the tub of this one as it is in pristine condition now. Back to the corners, on my 03 TJ the steel corners were over 50 lbs per side. The aluminum ones on there now are 8 lbs.

My LJ corners will have a twist so keep an eye out for them.

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Actually, i'm building aluminum corners seeing the weights of built up LJs with steel tubes fenders and corners. Also, I'm having a hard time drilling into the tub of this one as it is in pristine condition now. Back to the corners, on my 03 TJ the steel corners were over 50 lbs per side. The aluminum ones on there now are 8 lbs.

My LJ corners will have a twist so keep an eye out for them.
l I knew that was coming after hour phone conversation on the D44. I hadn't seen a response yet and absolutely knew that's what you were going to tell me. lol Glad you can weld aluminum. I sure can't.

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