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Today 12:13 AM
Dougzin
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rock Kicker View Post

I've had that armrest pad in my cart for about 4 months but wanted to Raptor line the interior first, then my XJ needed Ujoints, then needed the same Ujoints on my Rubi, now I got a rear axle seal leak...fk it, I'm ordering the armrest. I deserve an easy job for once!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00GU0...I199IVPNOFOA9F
I love that arm rest!
Yesterday 11:16 PM
Rock Kicker
Quote:
Originally Posted by raif281 View Post
hahaa I like that! where'd ya get it? an I hear ya I do my 12oz curls everyday after work lol
I've had that armrest pad in my cart for about 4 months but wanted to Raptor line the interior first, then my XJ needed Ujoints, then needed the same Ujoints on my Rubi, now I got a rear axle seal leak...fk it, I'm ordering the armrest. I deserve an easy job for once!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00GU0...I199IVPNOFOA9F
Yesterday 09:58 PM
thedawgshow Found this in the kitchen when I got home from work today......





Time to finish this project!!!!
Yesterday 09:06 PM
Ben133 Went wheeling

Attachment 1509961



Attachment 1509977

Heard a clunk on the trail and this happened but auto zone had one so I got a new one

Attachment 1509985



Attachment 1509993
Yesterday 09:05 PM
Driftrage25 Just ordered a new soft top now the wait....
Yesterday 08:49 PM
thedawgshow
Quote:
Originally Posted by AJ_IOOF View Post
Put it up for sale...
Yesterday 08:45 PM
thedawgshow
Quote:
Originally Posted by Holton345 View Post
Finally getting my Metalcloak lift ready for installation. Today we broke loose all the bolts we could using Kroil and a breaker bar. And some just would not come loose, even with a 4' snipe slipped over the breaker bar. So I Kroiled the snot out of them a second time and will do it again tomorrow after I have heated them with my acetylene torch.

I was successful on the first try with all the upper LCA bolts and one of the lowers on the passenger rear. I cannot get to the driver side one because of the brake hose port. I will try again tomorrow from behind the jeep.

I also got all four upper UCA bolts free. The front lowers just spin as the flag nuts do not engage anything. They bump up over the edge of the arm and rotate on around. Irritating design. Irritating. I did not get to the rear, lower bolts before I ran out of light.

The rear track bar did not get sprayed down with Kroil as I ran out of light, the mosquitoes were eating me alive, and it is on a tower with several bolts that have to be removed. I need to look at it for a bit to see what I need to do.

The front track bar bolt snapped off at the flag nut. The flag is trapped in the box since the bolt stub is sticking out and the flat doglegs in the other direction; with the bolt stub rusted in there it is too wide for the hole to be dropped out or even pulled out with large Vicegrips.

I can get to the stub with my Dremel, so that will get done tomorrow. The bolt is free and out about a quarter inch, but in enough so that nothing shifts on me while I am doing the install. I did not attempt the TRE on the track bar. I Kroiled it and will pull the cotter pin and try to break the castle nut free tomorrow, too.

I have one front shock pulled and one OME already installed. When I drop the axle for the springs I will remove the one front shock. I bought all new shock hardware from the dealer. Mine is so rusted that most of the threads are rotted off. New bolts are good bolts.

So about 75% of my prep work is done. I need to break several stubborn nuts free and get to the rear track bar to remove the tower. I need to decide what to do with the stock front lower track bar mount as the PO decided to use the stock bar on a 4" lift, so there is another hole that is currently in use that will need to be patched, or maybe the whole bracket needs to be cut out and a new one welded in.

Any suggestions for a front passenger side track bar mounting bracket?

I hope the Kroil works better than the PB B'laster I have been using. The PB does nothing on this rust, even after weeks. Only heat has worked on anything that is truly stuck on this Jeep. I will apply heat and more Kroil tomorrow to all frozen stuff to see if I can break it loose.

Also, two of my upper, rear shock bolts sheared off, as seemingly is the norm on the TJ. Now that I have the Kroil I will torch these two stubs, apply Kroil, wait, and then hit them with the vice grips. One for sure was turing when it broke off. The other might have just started to break loose when it snapped. So maybe this will not be tragicomedy after all...

Once all this old junk is loose the lift goes on in the front as I finish my front axle rebuild. Then I'll do the rear lift after that.

I have been waiting for this for over a year. It has taken a long time to amass all my parts. Nothing was bought on credit. All of it was paid in full at purchase. When I am done I am going to hoist a case of beer, one can at a time! This is going to be great once it is finished!
AWESOME!!! I will be watching for your posts!!!
Yesterday 08:27 PM
RifleGirl
Quote:
Originally Posted by raif281 View Post
hahaa I like that! where'd ya get it? an I hear ya I do my 12oz curls everyday after work lol
Amazon
Yesterday 08:21 PM
Muddeprived
Quote:
Originally Posted by Holton345 View Post
I spent two hours trying to bust loose the front LCA and UCA axle-end nuts. Passenger UCA - nut off. Driver UCA - nut loose but sticking at the end on tons of rust in the threads. I heated it, Kroiled it, and moved on. The two LCA nuts - no love. Not even a creak out of them. I bent my 1/2" breaker bar with a 4' pipe slipped over it on the passenger side LCA axle nut. Holy cow; nothing. WTH???

All four frame bolts are loose.

Damn, this is TJ can be such a major a PITA sometimes, but when all that rusted crap is pulled and all new hardware is installed (with all the cool, new parts) life will again be beautiful. Until then - it's Miller Time...
When in doubt, or you just can't get the sob off, cut it out! You can make a slice in the nut with a dremel so it pops loose easier.
Yesterday 07:38 PM
Holton345 I spent two hours trying to bust loose the front LCA and UCA axle-end nuts. Passenger UCA - nut off. Driver UCA - nut loose but sticking at the end on tons of rust in the threads. I heated it, Kroiled it, and moved on. The two LCA nuts - no love. Not even a creak out of them. I bent my 1/2" breaker bar with a 4' pipe slipped over it on the passenger side LCA axle nut. Holy cow; nothing. WTH???

All four frame bolts are loose.

Damn, this is TJ can be such a major a PITA sometimes, but when all that rusted crap is pulled and all new hardware is installed (with all the cool, new parts) life will again be beautiful. Until then - it's Miller Time...
Yesterday 06:20 PM
raif281
Quote:
Originally Posted by RifleGirl View Post
Wrenched all day on my Jeep installing this tire tread console cover. Time for a drink after all that intense labor haha.
hahaa I like that! where'd ya get it? an I hear ya I do my 12oz curls everyday after work lol
Yesterday 03:54 PM
AJ_IOOF It is a shame the numbers have dwindled down over the years. It used to be the worlds largest fraternal organization. It is still world wide and alive and well in a lot of places but yeah, most conversations about the IOOF seem to start out with "I remember when" LOL.

My lodge is back in northern IL. There are several lodges in that region that are very much alive and well. Unfortunately, there is not much activity out here in the phoenix area. If I had more time I would consider trying to get one up and running. But then again lack of time is why the TJ is up for sale...
Yesterday 03:44 PM
Holton345
Quote:
Originally Posted by AJ_IOOF
Selling mostly because I never get out in the dirt anymore.
That is really too bad, man. Sorry to hear it.

Quote:
Originally Posted by AJ_IOOF
Not enough time and too many hobbies.
I know how that feels. I am up to my neck in hobbies and projects...

Quote:
Originally Posted by AJ_IOOF
Yes. I am an Odd Fellow.
I went to school at the University of North Texas, which is in Denton, TX. I lived in an apartment for two years that overlooked the IOOF cemetery. The complex backed up to IOOF ST. that bordered the main entrance to the cemetery. Because of the interesting name I had to look it up. This was in the late 1980s, so it took some actual research to find what the IOOF is. No Google!

I got to know some members years ago. Great people!

Sorry about you and your TJ having to part ways...

Yesterday 03:37 PM
AJ_IOOF
Quote:
Originally Posted by Holton345 View Post
Why???

Also, your screen name: You an Odd Fellow? (I am not a brother, I am just curious because you do not see many references to the IOOF these days.)
Selling mostly because I never get out in the dirt anymore. Not enough time and too many hobbies.

Yes. I am an Odd Fellow.
Yesterday 02:53 PM
Holton345
Quote:
Originally Posted by AJ_IOOF View Post
Put it up for sale...
Why???

Also, your screen name: You an Odd Fellow? (I am not a brother, I am just curious because you do not see many references to the IOOF these days.)
Yesterday 02:26 PM
Rewind
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bill Rutz View Post
I will take pictures and maybe a video, but I want to clean it up a bit first. I just kind a threw it together... I had a failed attempt at bass before this with a ported sub box in the trunk space as a result after consulting with a local stereo shop. What a waste of time. This set up is what I wanted!! Nothing to be seen and no lost space!! I will let the secret out in my own thread in General Discussion in the next couple of days.
Please let us know in this thread so we know to go look over there.
Yesterday 01:25 PM
AJ_IOOF Put it up for sale...
Yesterday 01:07 PM
echo2 Put the hard top back on.... Looks as if rain and colder temps are coming my way.

However....this does mean snow is coming....
Yesterday 12:53 PM
Jeffk1975
Quote:
Originally Posted by RifleGirl View Post
Wrenched all day on my Jeep installing this tire tread console cover. Time for a drink after all that intense labor haha. Attachment 1507705
You must be exhausted. LOL
Yesterday 12:32 PM
Bill Rutz
Quote:
Originally Posted by GeorgiaTJ06 View Post
pictures!!
I will take pictures and maybe a video, but I want to clean it up a bit first. I just kind a threw it together... I had a failed attempt at bass before this with a ported sub box in the trunk space as a result after consulting with a local stereo shop. What a waste of time. This set up is what I wanted!! Nothing to be seen and no lost space!! I will let the secret out in my own thread in General Discussion in the next couple of days.
Yesterday 10:23 AM
GeorgiaTJ06
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bill Rutz View Post
Finally figured out how to get bass in my TJ without loosing any space!! My local stereo shop said it could not be done. So the challenge was on at that point forward. With a ton of research and testing, I am VERY happy with the outcome!!
pictures!!
Yesterday 10:15 AM
Bill Rutz Finally figured out how to get bass in my TJ without loosing any space!! My local stereo shop said it could not be done. So the challenge was on at that point forward. With a ton of research and testing, I am VERY happy with the outcome!!
09-22-2014 10:01 PM
JustinAppleseed
Quote:
Originally Posted by 41MB-00TJ View Post
How bad was it? I just got mine an will put it on next Saturday
Took me about an hour.. Have a 2X4 & 5lb hammer ready.. It took 4-5 good hits to get the bar seated.. After that it was a few measurements & bolting it all in...

It's definitely worth the money! It transfers the energy to the ground 100X better than stock.. It does have a softer feel than stock even in the stiffest setting.. But even in the softest it's manageable at highway speeds..

Haven't hit the trail or rocks yet.. I'm taking a trip this weekend.. I'll have a better feel of it by then, & I'm excited about seeing how it preforms off-road..
09-22-2014 09:41 PM
Holton345 Finally getting my Metalcloak lift ready for installation. Today we broke loose all the bolts we could using Kroil and a breaker bar. And some just would not come loose, even with a 4' snipe slipped over the breaker bar. So I Kroiled the snot out of them a second time and will do it again tomorrow after I have heated them with my acetylene torch.

I was successful on the first try with all the upper LCA bolts and one of the lowers on the passenger rear. I cannot get to the driver side one because of the brake hose port. I will try again tomorrow from behind the jeep.

I also got all four upper UCA bolts free. The front lowers just spin as the flag nuts do not engage anything. They bump up over the edge of the arm and rotate on around. Irritating design. Irritating. I did not get to the rear, lower bolts before I ran out of light.

The rear track bar did not get sprayed down with Kroil as I ran out of light, the mosquitoes were eating me alive, and it is on a tower with several bolts that have to be removed. I need to look at it for a bit to see what I need to do.

The front track bar bolt snapped off at the flag nut. The flag is trapped in the box since the bolt stub is sticking out and the flat doglegs in the other direction; with the bolt stub rusted in there it is too wide for the hole to be dropped out or even pulled out with large Vicegrips.

I can get to the stub with my Dremel, so that will get done tomorrow. The bolt is free and out about a quarter inch, but in enough so that nothing shifts on me while I am doing the install. I did not attempt the TRE on the track bar. I Kroiled it and will pull the cotter pin and try to break the castle nut free tomorrow, too.

I have one front shock pulled and one OME already installed. When I drop the axle for the springs I will remove the one front shock. I bought all new shock hardware from the dealer. Mine is so rusted that most of the threads are rotted off. New bolts are good bolts.

So about 75% of my prep work is done. I need to break several stubborn nuts free and get to the rear track bar to remove the tower. I need to decide what to do with the stock front lower track bar mount as the PO decided to use the stock bar on a 4" lift, so there is another hole that is currently in use that will need to be patched, or maybe the whole bracket needs to be cut out and a new one welded in.

Any suggestions for a front passenger side track bar mounting bracket?

I hope the Kroil works better than the PB B'laster I have been using. The PB does nothing on this rust, even after weeks. Only heat has worked on anything that is truly stuck on this Jeep. I will apply heat and more Kroil tomorrow to all frozen stuff to see if I can break it loose.

Also, two of my upper, rear shock bolts sheared off, as seemingly is the norm on the TJ. Now that I have the Kroil I will torch these two stubs, apply Kroil, wait, and then hit them with the vice grips. One for sure was turing when it broke off. The other might have just started to break loose when it snapped. So maybe this will not be tragicomedy after all...

Once all this old junk is loose the lift goes on in the front as I finish my front axle rebuild. Then I'll do the rear lift after that.

I have been waiting for this for over a year. It has taken a long time to amass all my parts. Nothing was bought on credit. All of it was paid in full at purchase. When I am done I am going to hoist a case of beer, one can at a time! This is going to be great once it is finished!
09-22-2014 09:34 PM
RifleGirl
Quote:
Originally Posted by thedawgshow View Post
^^^^ That is bad @$$!!!
Hey thanks
09-22-2014 09:29 PM
thedawgshow ^^^^ That is bad @$$!!!
09-22-2014 09:09 PM
RifleGirl Wrenched all day on my Jeep installing this tire tread console cover. Time for a drink after all that intense labor haha. Attachment 1507705
09-22-2014 08:40 PM
1911rocks
Thank you

Quote:
Originally Posted by thedawgshow View Post
Cool!!! I am still topless in Central Indiana for at least another week!!!
Do they still have Killer Catfish in Pittsboro?
09-22-2014 08:20 PM
thedawgshow
Quote:
Originally Posted by 1911rocks View Post
My $751.00 dollar Hardtop is great....but, I like my TJ naked in the Summer and we may have a few "Naked: days in Central Indiana this Fall....answer, build my own Hardtop lift. Total cost, including Worm Gear Hoist from HF......$46.00
Cool!!! I am still topless in Central Indiana for at least another week!!!
09-22-2014 08:16 PM
1911rocks
Hardtop Lift

My $751.00 dollar Hardtop is great....but, I like my TJ naked in the Summer and we may have a few "Naked: days in Central Indiana this Fall....answer, build my own Hardtop lift. Total cost, including Worm Gear Hoist from HF......$46.00
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