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Unread 08-05-2014, 12:47 AM   #99076
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Although I have not purchased them yet, I like A to Z Fabrication. USA made and seem like the right stuff!!!
I absolutely love mine. They have taken a serious beating and still are in great shape. I went with the wheel well to wheel well version. image-354143626.jpg

OT: replaced my battery over the weekend only to have my alternator give up the ghost today... It seized on my way to work. Smoke pouring from the hood as the belt shredded. Had to get my wife to wake up the kids and bring her Saturn to tow me home. Stole her car for the day to get to work. Picked up a new alternator and belt on the way home. Surprisingly, my 5yr old son actually helped this time. Normally he "helps" for a max of 5 minutes until a neighborhood kid asks him to come play. He helped route the belt and tighten down the alternator. Went for a quick test drive to return the core and we are back in business.

While at the store my son repeatedly asked the sales rep if they had winches that would fit his power wheels truck... I may have to rig something up for him.

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Unread 08-05-2014, 06:38 AM   #99077
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I absolutely love mine. They have taken a serious beating and still are in great shape. I went with the wheel well to wheel well version. Attachment 1524394

OT: replaced my battery over the weekend only to have my alternator give up the ghost today... It seized on my way to work. Smoke pouring from the hood as the belt shredded. Had to get my wife to wake up the kids and bring her Saturn to tow me home. Stole her car for the day to get to work. Picked up a new alternator and belt on the way home. Surprisingly, my 5yr old son actually helped this time. Normally he "helps" for a max of 5 minutes until a neighborhood kid asks him to come play. He helped route the belt and tighten down the alternator. Went for a quick test drive to return the core and we are back in business.

While at the store my son repeatedly asked the sales rep if they had winches that would fit his power wheels truck... I may have to rig something up for him.
Pics of the Saturn towing the Jeep? Lol!
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Unread 08-05-2014, 08:18 AM   #99078
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Swapped my 7 year old 3" Full Traction springs for some Savvy/Currie 3" ones. Whilst performing the swap, I discovered the following:

Air tools are still awesome.

Spring compressors still give me the willies.

For a quick trail repair, JB Weld does a nice job of holding a front lower bumpstop puck on the spring perch after you somehow break the bolt.

A front spring is kind of a pain in the *** to remove if you can't get the JB Weld to let go of your bumpstop puck.

It's probably not a good idea to JB Weld your bumpstops to your axle.
Took her for a drive and definitely could tell a difference in ride. Made as much if not more of a difference as swapping my Bilstein 5100s for Zone hydros recently. I always heard most of your ride harshness is from your shocks but these springs really helped a lot. They measure out to be right at 3" of lift in the front and probably 3" to 3.5" in the rear (kind of hard to measure the length of a banana... do you measure to the highest point?) STILL have 2.5" of rake as measured from the tires to the flares. I'm blaming higher perches on my 8.8, but it is a little annoying lol.

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Unread 08-05-2014, 10:36 AM   #99079
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Got the death wobble again today. I don't get it, my Jeep has been fine ever since I put a class 12.9 screw in my track bar a few days ago. And then driving to the freeway on my way to work today my steering wheel started oscillating, then when I got on I5 the speed wobbles came back very randomly at 60-65. I need some serious help, I've tried everything!!!!
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Unread 08-05-2014, 11:38 AM   #99080
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Got the death wobble again today. I don't get it, my Jeep has been fine ever since I put a class 12.9 screw in my track bar a few days ago. And then driving I the freeway on my way to work today my steering wheel started oscillating, then when I got on I5 the speed wobbles came back very randomly at 60-65. I need some serious help, I've tried everything!!!!
I have had the DW a couple times from various worn components, and each time I learned that the best way to diagnose is to ignore newer / replaced parts, and start diagnosis from the beginning- dry steer test, check each connection/pivot point list and eliminate as you go. I have, at different times, had to replace a ball joint, a trackbar, and a tie-rod-end. The next part for me to go will be my CA bushings, and I am going to do those before the DW starts again. I find that doing a dry steer test with my iphone on a bucket watching the front suspension is a great method.

Regarding the new TB bolt that you installed- did it fit tight? Was the hole wallowed in any way? If you tightened up one end of the TB, is it now stressing the other end?
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Unread 08-05-2014, 11:50 AM   #99081
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Regarding the new TB bolt that you installed- did it fit tight? Was the hole wallowed in any way? If you tightened up one end of the TB, is it now stressing the other end?
Yeah, it was just a normal m10x1.5 screw - I'm still using the stock weld nut even.

What do you mean "wallowed?"
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Unread 08-05-2014, 11:51 AM   #99082
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Yeah, it was just a normal m10x1.5 screw - I'm still using the stock weld nut even.

What do you mean "wallowed?"
Egg shaped hole that that bolt went through

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Unread 08-05-2014, 11:53 AM   #99083
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Egg shaped hole that that bolt went through Sent from my Galaxy Note 2 using my thumb
I didn't specifically check that, but I'm 90% sure that the hole was good, and it's a brand new track bar so the bushing should also be OK.

I'll do another dry steering test when I get home and see if it reviles anything.
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Unread 08-05-2014, 11:55 AM   #99084
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Egg shaped hole that that bolt went through

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Unread 08-05-2014, 12:20 PM   #99085
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I didn't specifically check that, but I'm 90% sure that the hole was good, and it's a brand new track bar so the bushing should also be OK.

I'll do another dry steering test when I get home and see if it reviles anything.
The bushing might be fine, but the hole on the mount might be damaged-in my case it was both, but the PO had installed a TB lowering bracket, and that was the one that was damaged. removed that, replaced with an adjustable TB into the original mount, and voila- no more shimmy on the TB. Also, the movement was diagnosed on a dry steer test showing the lower TB mount shifting.
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Unread 08-05-2014, 06:10 PM   #99086
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Just bought a cargo net and safari top for the jeep. So I can roll almost with no top but still beable to trust the dog in the back seat and be safe from the sun.

Also picked out the new "paint" and paint scheme for the jeep. Going with monstaliner all the way around, from the top of the flares on down will be black and up including hood, grill, and windshield will be predator green. Then later on I will paint the hard top black, and paint the interior to match with the green and black, as well as steering components and stuff like that later on.
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Unread 08-05-2014, 06:22 PM   #99087
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I fixed the cause of my previous DW by getting my tires rebalanced yesterday (although technically it was rear roughness since I had rotated the bad tires to the back). DT agreed they were out, although when I first talked to the manager, he stated out-of-balance wouldn't cause DW. I laughed.
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Unread 08-05-2014, 06:35 PM   #99088
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Unread 08-05-2014, 08:02 PM   #99089
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Gave my wife's TJ and my TJ an much needed bath, now it will rain tonight.
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Unread 08-05-2014, 08:08 PM   #99090
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I fixed the cause of my previous DW by getting my tires rebalanced yesterday (although technically it was rear roughness since I had rotated the bad tires to the back). DT agreed they were out, although when I first talked to the manager, he stated out-of-balance wouldn't cause DW. I laughed.
Im sure he doesn't drive a Jeep
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