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Old 09-15-2013, 05:50 PM   #1
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Newb here...Identify these things please

I have quite a few things under the hood that I'm not certain about. I took several pictures so any input would be greatly appreciated. Also the suspension under the front end I was told was a Rancho 4.5" spring lift. Some of the U bolts barely catch a thread (see pictures) is this normal?
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Old 09-15-2013, 05:53 PM   #2
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more wires/hose
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Old 09-15-2013, 05:56 PM   #3
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and the front suspension...
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:11 PM   #4
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I have quite a few things under the hood that I'm not certain about. I took several pictures so any input would be greatly appreciated. Also the suspension under the front end I was told was a Rancho 4.5" spring lift. Some of the U bolts barely catch a thread (see pictures) is this normal?
Diagnostic plugs, just disregard these.
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:12 PM   #5
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more wires/hose
Hoses are the air breathers for the front diff and transfer case. The elec plug is either for A/C or cruise control.
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:17 PM   #6
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To fix the u-bolts, simply loosen them and then re-tighten them evenly so that each nut has a good bite on the threads. The way it sits would make me nervous to drive it very far. Good luck and welcome to the forum.

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Old 09-15-2013, 06:23 PM   #7
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and the front suspension...
From left to right:
#1 In the foreground that's the centerlink/and TRE's. and the back ground is the sway bar.

#2 center of the pic is the track bar (this is not needed on leaf spring suspensions) below it is the draglink that comes off the steering gear box. Below it is the centerlink again. Below it is the steering stabilizer.

#3 attached to the gear box is the pitman arm. The drag link is attached to it, and the the centerlink again.

#4 at the top is the sway bar again and the other end of the draglink that's attached to the centerlink.

#5 is the ubolts and unbolt mounting plates.
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hey, thanks I really appreciate it. Do I need to just support the axle with a floor jack when I unbolt the springs to tighten them up. I'm trying to find all the things the PO left for me to complete. Looks like quite a bit was rigged with zip ties and duck tape by a shade tree mechanic.
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and on the sway bar it has a bolt with a nut that has a cotter pin through the bolt...is this the PO's disconnect or did the Rancho lift come this way?
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You can tighten the ubolts on the ground. The sway bar setup you have might be the Rancho setup. If I remember correctly( its been 9 yrs since I've had a sway bar) the stock sway bar link was just a nut and bolt no cotter pin.

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