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post #31 of 126 Old 10-20-2018, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Spend most of my day sanding and grinding the rust off of the bottom of the tub and transmission skid. Just have the sway bar left to get cleaned up. Hopefully my paint arrives next by next weekend so I can start to make more progress.




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Finally was able to get some paint on the frame and the bottom of the tub. Started by spraying a couple cans of Eastwood’s internal frame coating. Followed by 2 thick coats of Eastwood’s rust encapsulator. I am going to let it cure a few days and finish coating the top of the frame. Hopefully by next weekend I can throw on the the top coat of satin black. I am going to hold off finish painting underneath the tub til spring. I plan to roll or spray monstaliner.






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Frame was finally top coated with satin black.




Now I am onto freshening up the axles. So far I plan to just throw all new seals since the gears/bearings all look to be in great shape. To get caught up I started on the front axle and removed the pinion and Carrier to clean and install inner axle seals and a new pinion seal and nut. Next up is putting new u-joints in the axle shafts and cleaning up and rebuilding the hubs spindles etc. hoping to get the front axle done by the end of the week and start on the rear axle. The goal is to have the suspension in and sitting on wheels and tires by spring.









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Both axles have been fighting me every step of the way. The front axle is just about done just waiting on bearings for the hubs. The rear axle ended up needing completely stripped down and repainted since the POR15 peeled off. It’s probably my fault but still sucks having to do something twice.still debating whether or not to replace the carrier bearings because of the wear on the outside of the race. The inside and the bearing itself look to be in good shape.I also ordered g2 one piece axles to replace my worn out two piece axles.



I have also ordered just about everything needed to put the suspension in the Jeep. I went with OME 36r springs on all 4 corners and crab tree conversion hangers and shackles front and rear. Hopefully in the next couple weeks the Jeep is back on tires!
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Axle repainted and started on my one piece axle install. I got both inner axle seals pressed in and after measuring bearing clearance I assembled the axle shafts. It went smoothly for the first shaft. However, the second shaft I pressed the bearing on to far and damaged it. Live and learn. Hopefully later this week the bearings to finish both front and rear axles will arrive and the rest of my suspension components will come in.


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Had a couple days off work and made some head way on the Jeep. I started by wrapping up the front axle. Installed new hub bearings, rotors and dust shields. I will add calipers later on. All that’s left for the front axle is the locking hub caps which are getting a fresh coat of paint.


Next I moved my efforts to the rear axle. Pinion seal and nut installed and re-installed the carrier. I was only able to install one of the g2 one piece shafts. Waiting to receive a replacement bearing spacer to finish up the other side.


Finally all the components for my OME suspension arrived. I got all the components rust proofed and painted including the sway bar and power steering brackets. I left off by getting the front axle in place and the hangers attached to the frame. Only issue I have run into is the shackles do not fit the OME bushings so i need to figure that out before I can proceed.



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Nice work so far. Are you planning on doing a Tie Rod or Drag Link flip? I did the drag link flip only and never regretted it. Brings the drag link back to parallel with steering arm when a suspension lift is installed. Its a good idea at this portion of your build IMHO.

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Nice work so far. Are you planning on doing a Tie Rod or Drag Link flip? I did the drag link flip only and never regretted it. Brings the drag link back to parallel with steering arm when a suspension lift is installed. Its a good idea at this portion of your build IMHO.


I'll delete the picture later on as I don't want it to interfere with your build photos.


Thanks Keith, I have been looking into replacing the tie rod and drag link. Do you have any kits you would recommend? I would rather make improvements now while its all apart.

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I just used the factory tie rod and drag link parts and bought the insert to do the flip. You need the reamer though to taper the hole.


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Thanks I will look into that. Do you know of a good factory replacement for the tie rod and drag link? Mine are in pretty rough shape.

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Front axle and suspension in! One step closer to a rolling chassis.


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Do you know of a good factory replacement for the tie rod and drag link? Mine are in pretty rough shape.

I think I just used Crown's rod and link, hard to screw that up and they are like OEM but, I imagine Moog brand would be better and probably could get them online or from NAPA.
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Finally managed to get the bearing pressed on the rear axle shaft without breaking it and installed the rear suspension. Now I finally have a rolling chassis! I am still researching the flipped steering that Kieth has recommended just wish the reaming tool wasn’t so expensive.


Next on deck is to finish up the metal work. I am planning on replacing both rear corners due to rust on the inside of the panel and they have been patched by the PO a few times. I am also ordering the floor supports that go behind the Jeep logo. The PO cut them out and this has caused the side panels to pull in a bit.

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I am still researching the flipped steering that Kieth has recommended just wish the reaming tool wasn’t so expensive.
I bet you could sell it here once you are finished with it.

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