Found this today and this one keeps spreading. all the way to the top and bottom, now going across to the drivers side
Found that on one of my PIAA's recently
Sent from my TJ
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
- Samuel Adams
Removed one lca at a time and checked the cartridge joints to make sure they were tight. Did some maintenance on them the other day, and they were barely tighter then "hand tight". According to RE, they need to be checked and torqued, as they will loosen as things wear. Mine were also really dry, with traces of water/moisture. I also noticed score marks on the ball/races from being dry. Ever since then, I was advised to try to tighten them more every few hundred miles, especially since I went almost a year without maintaining them. I was happy to find they were still as tight as they were when I reassembled them a few days ago. So no more abnormal wear. I didn't take any pics today, but I never posted any when I took them apart, so ill post those. My RE arms have been trouble free, and I'd like to keep them that way.
The little grease they did have, wasn't very "grease like"
Pretend this was taken today during my inspection
Btw its damn near impossible to take these apart and put them back together using a punch, and not smack your hand at least 10 times. And yes, my front lowers are adjustable, and rear lowers are fixed(got the fixed ones for $150 from work. Was a non stock order, customer never came back to buy them, and they couldn't be returned to our supplier. So I bought them).
Also tonight, I'll be under the jeep with simple green and a rag, cleaning nasty oil/grime spots from the trans/case/axles. Im hoping to be able to throw a little paint on the frame and axles this weekend. I figured I might as well clean up all the crap from when my trans was leaking. Not looking forward to it...
After trying to diagnose the banging noise my tcase was making in 4wd, I filled it back up with new fluid, put new ujoints in the front driveshaft and buttoned it all up. Took it for a test in 4 low and no more noise!
I didn't take into consideration that you might live somewhere with flat roads or that you had an auto. That definitely changes things. Where I live, it's not very flat at all, and I have 3.07's with a 5-speed. It's awful. I almost never get into 5th gear... but I did notice that when I drive to the beach and the land starts to flatten out, it's not nearly as bad driving at highway speeds and I can sometimes get into 5th gear.
My YJ has 31s and 3.07 gears. I burned out 3rd gear since I never used 5th.
My TJ sport is stock but when I update tires, I'm regearing to 3.73s and 31s maybe 32s