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Old 03-17-2014, 11:13 AM   #1
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Gusset install issues

I finally got my gussets installed last week. I put it off for awhile because I always do all my own work on my Jeep but due to the fact that I don't have a welder or welding skills I decided to get them done and get Synergy ball joints put on at the same time.

I found what I thought was a good place to get it done and drove 100 miles to get there. Upon leaving to go home I noticed they didn't bother to recenter my steering wheel. No big deal, fixed that when I got home. It was a long drive like that though and at times it caused my traction control to kick on.

While I recentered the steering wheel I took a more thorough look around at the install. I noticed that when they installed the new ball joints they zip tied the speed sensor wire to it but left a big loop of the wire. This caused the sensor wire to rub on the wheel for the drive home and wore through the insulation. I taped it up good and properly secured the wire. Does this wire do anything beside the traction control? Everything is working fine now, but I may just go ahead and replace it if it does other stuff.

On the bright side all the welds on the gussets looked great.

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Old 03-17-2014, 07:01 PM   #2
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I finally got my gussets installed last week. I put it off for awhile because I always do all my own work on my Jeep but due to the fact that I don't have a welder or welding skills I decided to get them done and get Synergy ball joints put on at the same time. I found what I thought was a good place to get it done and drove 100 miles to get there. Upon leaving to go home I noticed they didn't bother to recenter my steering wheel. No big deal, fixed that when I got home. It was a long drive like that though and at times it caused my traction control to kick on. While I recentered the steering wheel I took a more thorough look around at the install. I noticed that when they installed the new ball joints they zip tied the speed sensor wire to it but left a big loop of the wire. This caused the sensor wire to rub on the wheel for the drive home and wore through the insulation. I taped it up good and properly secured the wire. Does this wire do anything beside the traction control? Everything is working fine now, but I may just go ahead and replace it if it does other stuff. On the bright side all the welds on the gussets looked great.
Man, the same thing happened to me. I have a 2001 Sport TJ and when I installed a new suspension, I thought gussets would be a good idea. There's no way I could afford a new axle if it bent. I thought I would attempt to do it myself since I learned some welding tricks from my dad and I needed to save a few bucks. Long story short, that didn't go well. I ended up damaging the front axle. So I took it to a shop in Norfolk that a buddy of mine recommended. The welding was absolutely terrible so I ended up driving all the home to Alabama. My dad is an experienced welder so he did a great job and it was free. I wish I had just let him do it in the first place but I didn't want to take the trip. Your jeep looks great, bro.
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