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post #26401 of 26418 Old 02-12-2020, 07:21 PM
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Just picked up ours after regear to 4.56 w/Yukon ZIP air lockers and ARB compressor. 35” Ridge Grapplers and Terraflex spare tire mount.


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post #26402 of 26418 Old 02-13-2020, 03:48 PM
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New Amateur Radio installed. I had a Kenwood TM281A. Swapped it out for a Yaesu FTM-400xdr.
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What did you do to your JK today?


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post #26404 of 26418 Old 02-22-2020, 07:32 PM
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New front driveshaft

Installed an Adams front driveshaft today. Rzeppa was throwing grease at 38,000 miles and starting to vibrate.

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post #26405 of 26418 Old 03-01-2020, 04:59 PM
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Had AEV dualsport wheels installed.

Two weeks will regear from 3.21 to 4.56
Then AEV 2.5" lift + Cloak fenders.
All for Baja ATZ 35s.
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post #26406 of 26418 Old 03-01-2020, 06:45 PM
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Changed my gear oil today and replaced my rear differential cover. The old was rusted up.
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Have a compass again!!! No more — —

Lost my EVIC compass after installing the Alpine i207-WRA head unit and backup camera.

Ordered the Mopar compass module, pulled passenger airbag, plugged in module and worked as designed. Calibrated right away.
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Yesterday, I installed Rugged Ridge hood latches. Tested at >80 mph and ZERO hood flutter!







Installation Note:

Getting to the retaining nut on the lower latch is a little bit of a PITA. You can do it with a ratchet and a couple of short extensions with a u-joint in between them, but what I found easiest was to pop the 6 plastic body fasteners out and lean the top of the grill forward about 30 degrees. This allows you to insert your ratchet and normal socket down below the headlight, slide it up into place and you're in business.
Thanks. Probably going to be my first addition.
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post #26409 of 26418 Old 03-15-2020, 06:42 AM
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This all happened yesterday but I was a bit tired to post.

In an effort to solve my flighty/wandering steering, which I have lived with for about 10 months, I decided to install some AEV front geometry correction brackets. I only have a 2" lift on 35s but I figured that since my front end alignment was still out a bit and they couldn't correct it any further that I would try it out of some kind of sick desperation. Turns out that those brackets are hard to install when you don't have a hoist.

Anyway, success. The steering is night and day now. The brackets did the trick.

Well, maybe. It might not actually been fixed by the brackets.

While under there I found some problems related to previous installs by my former mechanic, though not all were his fault.

1. The toe on the front wheels was out by about 1/2-inch. We managed to get that resolved fairly well.

2. The previous mechanic to work on the Jeep installed several parts and then decided having a front axle 3/4s to an inch over to one side was good practice. That was solved.

3. The Bilstein 5100 steering stabilizer, ironically part of the game of parts darts I've been playing trying to fix the steering issue, was either or has become defective since being installed less than a year ago. Part removed. Sold and installed by mechanic who shall remain nameless though I don't necessarily blame him since it is a "known issue" with the 5100s.

4. The tie rod assembly he installed wasn't adjusted for length to compensate for the Jeep's lift. Again, mechanic who shall remain nameless. Problem solved.

The road isn't completed yet. I have to get a new steering stabilizer because the steering now is a bit loosey goosey. I didn't get to the ball joints because of all the other issues. Next weekend I will hopefully install the new stabilizer, the ball joints if necessary and retorque everything.

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I put on an unused premium fabric spring assisted soft top. It was 40 degrees. Is it unusual for it to have been ridiculously hard to put on and super tight. Will it stretch over time?


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Not unusual for the first time; sunlight and a heated shop are your friend, and yes, it will get easier each time,

Hoss

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Not unusual for the first time; sunlight and a heated shop are your friend, and yes, it will get easier each time,

Hoss



It looks really nice,though. I picked up the top for $700


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post #26413 of 26418 Old 03-16-2020, 11:22 PM
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This all happened yesterday but I was a bit tired to post.

In an effort to solve my flighty/wandering steering, which I have lived with for about 10 months, I decided to install some AEV front geometry correction brackets. I only have a 2" lift on 35s but I figured that since my front end alignment was still out a bit and they couldn't correct it any further that I would try it out of some kind of sick desperation. Turns out that those brackets are hard to install when you don't have a hoist.

Anyway, success. The steering is night and day now. The brackets did the trick.

Well, maybe. It might not actually been fixed by the brackets.

While under there I found some problems related to previous installs by my former mechanic, though not all were his fault.

1. The toe on the front wheels was out by about 1/2-inch. We managed to get that resolved fairly well.

2. The previous mechanic to work on the Jeep installed several parts and then decided having a front axle 3/4s to an inch over to one side was good practice. That was solved.

3. The Bilstein 5100 steering stabilizer, ironically part of the game of parts darts I've been playing trying to fix the steering issue, was either or has become defective since being installed less than a year ago. Part removed. Sold and installed by mechanic who shall remain nameless though I don't necessarily blame him since it is a "known issue" with the 5100s.

4. The tie rod assembly he installed wasn't adjusted for length to compensate for the Jeep's lift. Again, mechanic who shall remain nameless. Problem solved.

The road isn't completed yet. I have to get a new steering stabilizer because the steering now is a bit loosey goosey. I didn't get to the ball joints because of all the other issues. Next weekend I will hopefully install the new stabilizer, the ball joints if necessary and retorque everything.
I had flighty steering for almost a year and changed all sorts of parts (tie rod, drag link, steering stabilizer etc). Then I finally realized the power steering fluid was low, fixed everything with a bottle from Autozone! Worth checking...
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I had flighty steering for almost a year and changed all sorts of parts (tie rod, drag link, steering stabilizer etc). Then I finally realized the power steering fluid was low, fixed everything with a bottle from Autozone! Worth checking...
Absolutely, unfortunately not the issue in my case. That would have been a cheap and easy fix :-)

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post #26415 of 26418 Old 03-22-2020, 10:28 PM
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I finally put an end to the wonky steering issue that I've been experiencing over the last 10 months. Last week's events that led to today are chronicled a few posts up. Today I installed a steering stabilizer, I've been driving without one for the past week, and it now drives just like the day it came out of Toledo South.

Now I can resume the fun upgrades. Next up new shocks, rims (to get rid of the Trail FX spacers), and hopefully this year a locker on the rear axle -- available money dependent, of course.

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