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08-24-2021 10:59 AM
warrpath4x4 Finally got my Cavfab adjustable control arms after 2 months, apparently they cant get 10MM hardware so they upped it to 1/2" but only after I had to inquire and request the upgrade. I get it, I work in the parts industry and its hard or impossible to get certain things, but I reach out to my customers.
08-02-2021 01:44 PM
warrpath4x4 not jeep related but kid related. He was at rodeo bible camp mon-thur last week riding steers all week, Saturday we go to the Lake Chelan Jr rodeo and he does this





Broke his arm, So he is out for the rest of the rodeo season
07-13-2021 01:38 PM
warrpath4x4 ordered some more parts to add to my "pile of motivation" adjustable control arms from Cavfab and some control arm drop brackets
06-14-2021 01:31 PM
warrpath4x4 Have not done anything on this in a few weeks, had to order some bearings, brakes, and u-joints. Had a death in the family and funeral Friday, also Rodeo's for my son the last 2 weekends. All the parts are in now and nothing planned for this weekend so hopefully I can get something done.

05-24-2021 08:50 AM
warrpath4x4 I'm not going to post a step by step of rebuilding an axle, I'm sure most of us have seen that before. But... here was my issue yesterday an getting the ball joints out, 3 of them were not that hard, add some pressure from the ball joint press, tap the axle C with a hammer a couple times and the ball joint pops loose and can be ratcheted out. This one on the other hand, I couldn't get enough pressure on it because the leverage of the breaker bar just kept trying to knock the jack stands over so I used a small chain hoist to leverage against the other side of the housing, added a little pressure, couple hits of the hammer and popped right out.

could I have used an impact on it... sure, but I don't like to use impacts on press tools like this, it usually just ends up messing the tool up and this is my tool not a rental lol.


and yes I know its a mess, I have 20 pounds of shop ***** in a 5 pound bag.

05-10-2021 10:18 AM
warrpath4x4 Saturday I put a new water pump, coolant pipe, thermostat, and thermostat housing on



I also removed the heater valve and replaced it with heater hoses from a 2006 TJ



Than pulled the front axle so I can get it into the shop and rebuild it (sleeve the tubes, gears, locker, ball joints, hubs, DOM/Heim joint steering )



when I unbolted the steering from the pitman arm, I have never had this happen before.... the tie rod end just fell out of the pitman arm, I have always had to beat on it or use a pickle fork lol.
04-19-2021 11:03 AM
warrpath4x4 Saturday I worked on the XJ a bit, was able to do some welding before the wind started to pick up in the afternoon. welded up all the cracks i could find (and it was a lot), right now the cross member is only tack welded in place but already adds more stability, without the cross member I was able to push the front back and forth.




The center line is dimple died (my kid loves running the shop press lol) the 2 offset holes are for the radiator lower mounts.


04-12-2021 08:36 AM
warrpath4x4 Yesterday would have been a wonderful day to weld outside... if I had gas for the welder.

So being at a stand still on the front I moved to the back, pulled the rear bumper and hitch, while I was under there I noticed this




so now I get to replace the fuel tank, luckily one of the wrecking yards near me has a couple for $57

Then I pulled the carpet out of the rear and started a cut and fold on the rear quarters but I think I got lost somewhere lol






I have done the cut and fold on other Cherokees but this time I decided to just cut it all off with the thoughts of lengthening the rear wheel wells, then I will just plate in what's left.
04-10-2021 11:17 AM
warrpath4x4 I picked up a portable band saw and cut off the front frame flanges, cut out some 3/16" plate, bent the sides and dimpled some 3" holes in it.



its not in its final location, just sitting there, I wrapped it around each side 3 inches, I will weld it, and will also add some L-braces on the inside of the rails, along with a piece over the top. First thought the wind needs to quit so I can weld all the cracks up in the frame rails. Thinking I might run another piece off the bottom under the steering box as a skid.
04-05-2021 01:31 PM
warrpath4x4 is there a way to pull the inner steering box brace from inside the "frame rail" or is it welded in?
04-05-2021 01:29 PM
warrpath4x4 I was supposed to have the whole weekend to myself... ya that didn't happen. But I did get a few hours Saturday.

After pulling the facia off I started noticing just how bad the damage was. you can see the driver side is quite a bit higher than the passenger.


some more pics of before




not only is it broke all the way across it, but it is caved inward also.


At this time I was really contemplating moving onto version 2.0 where I pull all the drivetrain out and put it into my CJ6 after building a new frame but damn it we wanna go wheeling sooner than later and we just plan to beat the crap out of it anyways.

so I beat the crap out of it... with a 15# sledge hammer


hard to tell without setting the radiator back in but it came back down quite a bit




then I moved onto getting rid of some of the bent and badly welded scraps


I am going to build a new crossmember and trying to decide if I want to put the winch behind it, or just in front of it? behind it will give a better approach angle but also make it harder to free spool

and I was super shocked when I unbolted the steering box and this came out in 1 piece with all the damage around it.
03-31-2021 08:48 AM
warrpath4x4 I had been VERY slowly working towards finishing up the charging/electrical upgrades when life and work and weather weren't getting in the way.

I was also being lazy and not wanting to crawl under it and pull the wiring from the starter to re-do it, but good thing I did


I had to buy a replacement plug for the new alternator and of course its just generic white wires, the junkyards around here wont cut a plug from a harness since they want you to buy the whole harness.


When I upgraded the alternator on my TJ I had to re-do the plug on it and if you hooked the wires up wrong the gauge wouldn't work, I have swapped the wires back and forth on this one and the gauge seems to be working either way.


And it runs again by the way.
03-16-2021 09:33 AM
warrpath4x4 Bonus time at work, ordered up 4.88 gears and a new carrier for the dana 30 and a set of Stinkyfab Racing shackle relocation brackets.
03-05-2021 08:02 AM
warrpath4x4
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I planned on getting a new radiator down the road but yesterday I noticed a leak starting so I ordered an aluminum radiator today.

I just want to know where the hell are they shipping this from???
glad I didn't pay the extra $1500 for shipping lol tracking says it will be here Monday.
03-02-2021 01:08 PM
warrpath4x4 I planned on getting a new radiator down the road but yesterday I noticed a leak starting so I ordered an aluminum radiator today.

I just want to know where the hell are they shipping this from???
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