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Old 02-07-2014, 06:38 PM   #1
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Since I bought my jeep in October, I hadn't had it really thoroughly checked out by a good jeep mechanic. It was making some crunching sounds in tight turns, the steering was horrible and there was a horrible whistling sound coming from the engine once it warmed up. Turns out the ball joints were shot, all of them. The track bar linkage was bent badly, the front differential was dry and the seal was basically non existent, huge intake manifold gasket leak and some other smaller things needed replaced. Since it's freezing out and there's an inch of ice covering my parking spot I decided it would be more comfortable to just get the work done by a pro. This is my daily driver till it's safe to be back on the bike so I needed to make sure I didn't screw it up.

Brought it to Planet Auto near me and boy am I glad I did. All the work done in 2 days and it was much less expensive than if I would have brought it anywhere else. Another great thing is that my field of employment is in firearms instruction and the guys there are avid shooters so they knocked off a huge chunk of money in exchange for some training opportunities. What they don't know yet is that because of their generosity I'm going to comp a weekend premium training package for them which includes some high end gear they will get to take home.

Hopefully next month it will warm up a bit so I can do my genright fenders and a monstaliner paint job. Also have to do the shocks all around which I am ordering tomorrow.

As of right now, this is what the jeep is running:
Rubicon express 3" lift suspension lift
2 inch budget boost
Driver side safari snorkel
Every conceivable undercarriage skid plate
A to Z fabrications front bumper with stubby
Warn 1200 winch (I think it's 1200, PO sprayed it black)
A to Z fabrications tire carrier
Warn 3.5 wireless fogs on the bumper
Warn 6.5 wireless driving lights on the windshield
Led flush mount round brake lights
Rear side led dot marker lights.
Craeger soft 8's
33" General grabber AT2's

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Old 02-07-2014, 07:25 PM   #2
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You have a 3 inch suspension lift AND a 2 inch budget booster ontop of that?

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Old 02-07-2014, 07:48 PM   #3
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You have a 3 inch suspension lift AND a 2 inch budget booster ontop of that?
Yes, I didn't do it but I'm gonna fix it. Just not sure what I want. I may just get rid of the BB or I may get rid of it AND put a larger lift on it. Not sure how I want it yet but the BB is going away.
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:55 PM   #4
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Ya i would do that like now. Thats probably what caused a lot of your problems. Your running a 5 inch lift on 3 inch lift components which is not good at all. The price jump from 3 inch to 4 inch is quite a bit due to a lot needing new parts like control arms. Brake lines. Driveshaft. The list goes on and you have a 5 in. If i were you id be doing that like tomorrow haha
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Old 02-16-2014, 04:14 PM   #5
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These are the wireless Warn fogs and driving lights. Finally remembered to get picture of them at night.

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Old 02-16-2014, 04:16 PM   #6
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Also, she is running VERY well now that the intake is fixed. I am going to order fenders for her this week, either genright or metalcloak but haven't decided yet.
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Ya i would do that like now. Thats probably what caused a lot of your problems. Your running a 5 inch lift on 3 inch lift components which is not good at all. The price jump from 3 inch to 4 inch is quite a bit due to a lot needing new parts like control arms. Brake lines. Driveshaft. The list goes on and you have a 5 in. If i were you id be doing that like tomorrow haha
After checking it out a bit more on the lift, it seems that the PO did all the required parts changes for a 5-6 inch lift like the MML, control arms etc. which is why there is no driveline issues with the geometry but went the cheap route for some reason with the BB. I don't know why he did it like that but I don't think it will line up right taking the BB out. I def have to check into it more.
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After checking it out a bit more on the lift, it seems that the PO did all the required parts changes for a 5-6 inch lift like the MML, control arms etc. which is why there is no driveline issues with the geometry but went the cheap route for some reason with the BB. I don't know why he did it like that but I don't think it will line up right taking the BB out. I def have to check into it more.
Ok i was just warning ya since thats frowned upon but if he went the extra mile to make it fit its strange he didnt buy the correct coils. Couldnt be much cheaper but oh well.
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Old 03-01-2014, 09:40 AM   #9
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Today I'm doing the tie rod end cause it's trashed and last night I installed a sub and amp that fell into my lap.

Ordering fenders this week and maybe a new front bumper and tire carrier.......spending too much $$$$$$$
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Old 03-01-2014, 01:30 PM   #10
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surprise surprise!

so I'm doing my tie rod end and it is not matching up where the old one was. I start looking closer instead of just blasting through what I think needs to be done and apparently the PO went with Currie for the whole front end so not I have to order the currie correctlync tie rod end. the bitch of it is that I had to heat this thing up to get it out so I'm hoping I didn't screw it up at all and cant put it back in.

Good news - I have a complete Currie front end!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!
Bad news - wont be fixed till I get the parts from California .......BOO......
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Those Warn lights look awesome. Was just looking at those online and thinking about ordering!
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If you do get them, you will be happy. Literally a 20 install and they are super bright.
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20 minute..........did a pub crawl today, not thinking straight
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Old 04-01-2014, 08:53 PM   #14
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Ok so it's been an eventful week. Got new bilstein 5100's all around and had to replace the coils because there was some serious issues.

Replaced them with BDS 3 inch lift coils and removed the budget boost completely. In an interesting turn of events it actually only lost about 1.5 inches of lift but I'm sure it will settle a bit more as it gets driven and wheeled.

New smitybilt tube fenders installed and put the marker lights on the grill (think JK). It looks great and if this app ever stops crashing I'll post up all the pics.
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