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Today 10:56 AM
TheBoogieman
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Originally Posted by XJ-Buzz View Post
Thank You for the ideas and tech knowledge, based on removing the fasteners on the x-member, I'll try some thick stainless fender washers and see what happens this weekend. Been spraying with PB Blaster, and hopefully I don;t need some heat to break the stud fasteners loose.

Regarding the rear new leaf pack, can I expect to see some " break in" or leveling. Tired out old leafs had a sag and now it seems I gained 3+ inches in the rear.
Quality leaf packs lift Jeeps within an inch of the advertised height and should settle about 1/2" over time. My stock leafs were 20 years old (150,000 miles) and measured exactly what they should. Same with the front coils. People assume mileage and age = sag. It doesn't. The shocks don't usually hold up as well.

p.s. XJ trans cross members (kinda sounds like Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner) bolts don't usually rust up like TJ ones do. How much did the 3" leafs lift it?
Today 05:47 AM
XJ-Buzz
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Originally Posted by TheBoogieman View Post
You can drop it with some thick washer just enough to get rid of any vibes. I dropped mine 1" with a 5" lift and no vibes. Driveline angles are good too.
Thank You for the ideas and tech knowledge, based on removing the fasteners on the x-member, I'll try some thick stainless fender washers and see what happens this weekend. Been spraying with PB Blaster, and hopefully I don;t need some heat to break the stud fasteners loose.

Regarding the rear new leaf pack, can I expect to see some " break in" or leveling. Tired out old leafs had a sag and now it seems I gained 3+ inches in the rear.
11-18-2019 06:13 PM
chris87xj
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Originally Posted by RedJeepster1 View Post
1.25" is a lot for a transfer case drop. I would be willing to bet you don't need to drop the crossmember that far. Also, don't forget to check your U joints for wear. They may have been ok ride height, but now that the angle changed they are not happy.
Well said.
11-18-2019 04:06 PM
TheBoogieman
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Originally Posted by XJ-Buzz View Post
vibration, so 1.25 transfer case drop ordered.
You can drop it with some thick washer just enough to get rid of any vibes. I dropped mine 1" with a 5" lift and no vibes. Driveline angles are good too.
11-18-2019 09:54 AM
bluejunior
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Originally Posted by RedJeepster1 View Post
1.25" is a lot for a transfer case drop. I would be willing to bet you don't need to drop the crossmember that far. Also, don't forget to check your U joints for wear. They may have been ok ride height, but now that the angle changed they are not happy.

Seconded on both counts. I had about 1/2 that much drop at 3" and at least a couple driveline joints or steering components nearly always start complaining when they're pushed out of their worn-in geometry.
11-18-2019 06:22 AM
RedJeepster1
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Originally Posted by XJ-Buzz View Post
Well, it's done.....Rough Country 3" installed by KC Custom's, had a local FAB shop take care of some frame corrosion, plate reinforcement. Jeep rides great, new rear springs and Shackles, vibration, so 1.25 transfer case drop ordered. Wheels and tire search, next.
1.25" is a lot for a transfer case drop. I would be willing to bet you don't need to drop the crossmember that far. Also, don't forget to check your U joints for wear. They may have been ok ride height, but now that the angle changed they are not happy.
11-18-2019 04:41 AM
Ralph77
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Originally Posted by TheBoogieman View Post
Used a Sawzall to cut off the rear shock bottom mount stud that snapped. I couldn't believe how easy a cheap Harbor Freight drill bit went through the metal mount. I used a grade 8 bolt and all is good again. Now I can test out the new Rancho rs5000x shocks off road. They are so much better than the old shocks (under a year old) on the road and really soak up the small stuff. That's the only reason I bought them. Thanks again to Kolak for the great deal.
And to think how worried and upset you were about this. LOL
11-18-2019 04:38 AM
TheBoogieman Used a Sawzall to cut off the rear shock bottom mount stud that snapped. I couldn't believe how easy a cheap Harbor Freight drill bit went through the metal mount. I used a grade 8 bolt and all is good again. Now I can test out the new Rancho rs5000x shocks off road. They are so much better than the old shocks (under a year old) on the road and really soak up the small stuff. That's the only reason I bought them. Thanks again to Kolak for the great deal.
11-17-2019 06:14 PM
Luke95 I pushed my shell out aide and pulled apart a chevy 2500 for my buddy the motor was junk it snapped a cam lobe off and destroyed the bearing surface. It can be fixed with machining but that is more than I want to deal with. So the hunt for a good 4.8/nv3550 Carrie's onward.

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11-17-2019 05:35 PM
TheBoogieman
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Originally Posted by XJ-Buzz View Post
I can't figure out how to load the pic....unless you look at my profile gallery.
Looks really good. Now it's time to paint those flares with some Krylon Fusion black satin.
11-17-2019 03:50 PM
XJ-Buzz [quote=TheBoogieman;40795975]Pics or it never happened.

I can't figure out how to load the pic....unless you look at my profile gallery.
11-17-2019 03:36 PM
Ralph77
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Originally Posted by TheBoogieman View Post
Very nice story and really sad too.
Thank you.
I figure just cause I am going to be miserable on Christmas (LOL) why should some poor kid be.

One of the first years that we did this and were still going to Toys "R" Us all we could get was 4 trucks for $100.
Well I hand the kid the $100 bill and tell him he is in charge. So we strike up a conversation with the cashier.
He tells the cashier that these are for a toy drive. Well she gives us 15% off at the register.
So we load the trucks in the Jeep and I say to the kid well now we have about $15 that we didn't have before.
So we go back in and buy a kickball with the movie "Frozen" characters on it.
We drop off the toys and I say to the kid "We did a nice thing today. We made 5 kids happy".
He replies "We made 6 kids happy. 2 kids can play with the kickball".
I thought it was cute.
11-17-2019 02:27 PM
TheBoogieman
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Originally Posted by XJ-Buzz View Post
Well, it's done.....Rough Country 3" installed by KC Custom's, had a local FAB shop take care of some frame corrosion, plate reinforcement. Jeep rides great, new rear springs and Shackles, vibration, so 1.25 transfer case drop ordered. Wheels and tire search, next.
Pics or it never happened.
11-17-2019 02:23 PM
TheBoogieman
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Originally Posted by Ralph77 View Post
A "What I did today and going to do tomorrow" post.
So it is that time of year again.
I loaded up the toys today to deliver to the toy drive tomorrow.
Been doing this every year for about 7 years now.
About a month after last years donation I found a good deal on more. 7 for about the $100 budget that we set.
So I grabbed them and they have been is stock since. LOL.

I am sad though.
Little back story.
I used to deliver for the local Napa. I still work there, part time (kinda retired), but don't deliver anymore.
So there is this church and they I had the signs out front and this is one of those places that you pass by about 15 times a day making deliveries.
This was about 7 years ago. So I guilted myself into making a donation. We had some of the Napa toy S10 pickups in the store so I grabbed 4 and dropped them off. Easy peasy.
Well the following year we did not have any in the store. So not wanting to bail on the toy drive cause things got difficult I figured I would go to Toys "R" Us and buy something.
Thing is I am old and have no idea what a kid would want. I figured Toys "R" Us would have so much stuff that it would make my head spin.
I kinda set some parameters. $100 budget and toys for a kid about 7 years old.
Figured did not want to go to young where all they really want to do is play with the box or to old that all they really want was electronics.
Also nothing with batteries and had to be a stand alone toy. Not a toy that you need accessories to play with.
All of sudden I realize that my store manager/friend has a kid that is about 7 years old.
I had an expert to consult on this. LOL.
So I ask to borrow him. I told him to check with his wife before he said yes. LOL.
So he said sure and I approached the kid explaining what I was trying to do. Told him I would buy him lunch for helping me.
So we go and there was not really as much of a choice as I thought there would be. So we settled on dump trucks.
Well since then it has been a thing. For the last few years I would just buy them online to get as much bang for the $100 budget as possible.
But he helps me drop them off and we still go out to lunch.
Now why I am sad.
A few months ago my friend's kid passed away in an ATV accident.
I want to say that he has been rolling with me on this for the last 6 years. Was about 7 when we started and thinking 13 when we did it last year.
Every year I would tell him that if he wanted to bail on this it was OK. He was getting older and what kid wants to hang out with their father's old *** friend. LOL.
But every year he helped me.
I am going to miss the rotten kid.
Very nice story and really sad too.
11-17-2019 11:34 AM
Ralph77 A "What I did today and going to do tomorrow" post.
So it is that time of year again.
I loaded up the toys today to deliver to the toy drive tomorrow.
Been doing this every year for about 7 years now.
About a month after last years donation I found a good deal on more. 7 for about the $100 budget that we set.
So I grabbed them and they have been is stock since. LOL.

I am sad though.
Little back story.
I used to deliver for the local Napa. I still work there, part time (kinda retired), but don't deliver anymore.
So there is this church and they I had the signs out front and this is one of those places that you pass by about 15 times a day making deliveries.
This was about 7 years ago. So I guilted myself into making a donation. We had some of the Napa toy S10 pickups in the store so I grabbed 4 and dropped them off. Easy peasy.
Well the following year we did not have any in the store. So not wanting to bail on the toy drive cause things got difficult I figured I would go to Toys "R" Us and buy something.
Thing is I am old and have no idea what a kid would want. I figured Toys "R" Us would have so much stuff that it would make my head spin.
I kinda set some parameters. $100 budget and toys for a kid about 7 years old.
Figured did not want to go to young where all they really want to do is play with the box or to old that all they really want was electronics.
Also nothing with batteries and had to be a stand alone toy. Not a toy that you need accessories to play with.
All of sudden I realize that my store manager/friend has a kid that is about 7 years old.
I had an expert to consult on this. LOL.
So I ask to borrow him. I told him to check with his wife before he said yes. LOL.
So he said sure and I approached the kid explaining what I was trying to do. Told him I would buy him lunch for helping me.
So we go and there was not really as much of a choice as I thought there would be. So we settled on dump trucks.
Well since then it has been a thing. For the last few years I would just buy them online to get as much bang for the $100 budget as possible.
But he helps me drop them off and we still go out to lunch.
Now why I am sad.
A few months ago my friend's kid passed away in an ATV accident.
I want to say that he has been rolling with me on this for the last 6 years. Was about 7 when we started and thinking 13 when we did it last year.
Every year I would tell him that if he wanted to bail on this it was OK. He was getting older and what kid wants to hang out with their father's old *** friend. LOL.
But every year he helped me.
I am going to miss the rotten kid.
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