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post #46 of 126 Old 02-22-2019, 11:24 AM
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Wow! Strong work, Ben.

You may find the drag-link flip isn't necessary. I have the 2.5" OME 36R springs on all for corners. When I first installed them, I thought I needed to do the flip. But, after installing my 8274 winch, V8 engine, and a few years of settling, my drag-link is almost parallel (see red line below). Flipping it would actually cause it to be past parallel in the opposite direction. I've decided to leave mine in the stock configuration.

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post #47 of 126 Old 02-22-2019, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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I bet you could sell it here once you are finished with it.



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Thatís a good point. That never even entered my mind.

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You may find the drag-link flip isn't necessary. I have the 2.5" OME 36R springs on all for corners. When I first installed them, I thought I needed to do the flip. But, after installing my 8274 winch, V8 engine, and a few years of settling, my drag-link is almost parallel (see red line below). Flipping it would actually cause it to be past parallel in the opposite direction. I've decided to leave mine in the stock configuration.



Matt

Thanks Matt! I guess the best would be to set it up in the factory configuration and once all the weight is on the Jeep see where it falls. I would really like the steering to be setup nice on this Jeep. I am tired of chasing steering problems on my TJ.

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Need some recommendations on wether to repair or replace. Today I took a straight edge to all the body panels. For the most part the Jeep is pretty straight. With the exception of two panels. It seems that when the previous owner cut the supports out it caused some warpage in the panel. I am sure some of the warpage is from when I transferred the logos to this tub. It appears that there are some high portions in the panel and I am not sure how to pull them in when replacing the braces. Would I be better off cutting my losses and buying replacement panels or try and hammer the original panels in.

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Sanded the front quarter panel with 180 grit. Trying to get an idea if I think I can repair the current panel or replace. I am not sure how to push the panel in because it is bulging out. I am able to press it in to about the correct spot with not much pressure but it pops right back out as soon as a let go.


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Still making progress on the Cj. Prepping the Tj for the spring has taken up most of my time. However, I was able to get one of the rear panels cut out and replaced with one from crown. Overall the fit and finish leaves some to be desired but I am happy how it has come out. I still need to fill a few pin holes and flip the tub to finish a few spot welds.


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You may want to attempt to heat the panel a bit then rapidly cool with a wet rag as you hold it in the correct place. Shrinking may work.......but Iíd attempt it on a practice panel first.
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Removed and installed the drivers side rear panel. Still have a little welding left but that will wait til the body comes off again. I will hopefully order the side panels soon and get the last of the body panels fixed. My Tj has been taking up most of my time getting it ready for state inspection.


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Decided that I should tackle the small hole in the grille.

Only to realize it has spread further then I had initially thought.


After drilling a few spot welds and peeling the first panel back. I started to cut away more of the rust. I need to pick up some small wheels for the dremel to finish cutting away some of the metal and clean up the mess the grinder left behind.

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Finally found some time to finish repairing the holes in the grille. I am very pleased with how it turned out. Now I just need to drill and press in some nutserts to hold the fender since the factory nut cages were non existent.

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Progress has been slow on the Cj. I have been able to finish patching some un-needed holes in the fire wall. Also finished patching the last hole in the floor.




I also made the jump to replace the side panels. I was unhappy with condition of the original.



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More cutting and drilling out spot welds. Finally reach where I plan to stop. I see no need to cut any further. I went further then I really had to but oh well thatís why I got the full side panels.still have lots of trimming to do before the panel will fit properly.
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This is a late reply to the panels bulging out but sometimes the metal is stretched and the only way to get rid of a bulge is to shrink it. Lots on info on this if you need to anywhere on the new ones.


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This is a late reply to the panels bulging out but sometimes the metal is stretched and the only way to get rid of a bulge is to shrink it. Lots on info on this if you need to anywhere on the new ones.


Thanks Jim, hopefully I can keep the heat down on the new panel to prevent the bulging. The original panel was allittle to far gone and I found it easier to replace then to try and repair. The passenger side might be salvageable.

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Sweet build. I am watching closely on your panel replacement. I have a feeling that I may be doing this down the road on mine. As far as the tie rod flip, I did not do it either. My 2.5" lift wasn't enough to justify it.
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Thanks Jim, hopefully I can keep the heat down on the new panel to prevent the bulging. The original panel was allittle to far gone and I found it easier to replace then to try and repair. The passenger side might be salvageable.
You're welcome. Flat panels are just hard to keep flat but it can be done with care and patience. One thing is for sure you'll know more when you're done than you do now or that's what happens to me anyway!

Also if you ever decide to do the tie rod flip I have a reamer you can use anytime.


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