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10-05-2012 01:54 PM
CaptainV45 Update: Did the rear differential. It proves to me even further why I will stay away from Pep Boys in the future. The bolts were all loose. I didn't even need a wrench to remove all of them. No wonder it was leaking. Haven't stepped foot into pep boys since.
04-30-2012 11:52 AM
CaptainV45
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Originally Posted by bittercritter View Post
I wouldn't let a mechanic from pepboys work on my sons tricycle, don't put too much stock in what they told you
Thanks.
04-18-2012 12:11 PM
bittercritter I wouldn't let a mechanic from pepboys work on my sons tricycle, don't put too much stock in what they told you
04-18-2012 10:04 AM
Jerry Bransford
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Originally Posted by jgreen View Post
Today I removed my track bars on a 89 YJ. I have a 4 inch lift and am running 33's. There's debate over removing or keeping track bars there's more than a few threads on here. I didn't see any more body sway than before and the ride is a little smoother, but hey its a jeep.
What the two other replies neglected to tell you is this... that your YJ has a leaf spring suspension which does fine after the track bars are removed. The TJ's suspension uses coil springs which are unstable without the trackbars and antiswaybars. If you remove the track bars on a TJ, you will lose steering (since they are what holds the front axle from moving side-to-side) and the rear axle will move side-to-side and allow the tires to rub on the coil spring buckets.
04-18-2012 09:35 AM
CaptainV45
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Originally Posted by UnlimitedLJ04 View Post
check to see if the track bar is loose.....crawl under there and watch it while somebody turns the wheel side to side. if either end wiggles or makes noise, you should replace the track bar...
Had my wife turn the wheel. No wiggles, no noise. Just once I would like to find a place with honest mechanics.
04-12-2012 11:31 AM
CaptainV45
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Originally Posted by CMA_Rider View Post
^^x3
They cut my dads serpentine belt off to replace his water pump and then charged him for a new one.
And that is why I will be doing the "suggested" work myself.
04-12-2012 11:29 AM
CaptainV45
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Originally Posted by 530ktm View Post
I would not trust anything that Pep Boys says needs to be done. I know they have tried to rip off some friends of mine in the past saying they needed things that weren't. I am sure there are some quality people who work there but I don't trust the mechanics and never will. It is funny how you can take a vehicle in for an oil change and the next thing you know they want to rebuild the whole thing.
That's why I'm asking on this forum first before I do anything. I knew the rear diff was leaking a bit before the trip to Pep Boys (already have the supplies to change it and hoping the sunny and 70 predicted weather for Saturday holds true) And I looked at the shocks and steering damper and can see they are leaking too. Looking at my sway bar, all it looks like it will need is some Por-15 and I have been looking for an excuse to get the links changed to quick disconnects. The only thing I wasn't too sure about is that track bar.
04-12-2012 11:15 AM
CMA_Rider ^^x3
They cut my dads serpentine belt off to replace his water pump and then charged him for a new one.
04-12-2012 11:13 AM
CaptainV45
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Originally Posted by UnlimitedLJ04 View Post
check to see if the track bar is loose.....crawl under there and watch it while somebody turns the wheel side to side. if either end wiggles or makes noise, you should replace the track bar...stick with a stock replacement track bar, available at any auto parts store or RockAuto.
I will have to do that tonight and see if it is doing anything.
04-12-2012 11:00 AM
bcpaddler
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Originally Posted by 530ktm View Post
i would not trust anything that pep boys says needs to be done. I know they have tried to rip off some friends of mine in the past saying they needed things that weren't. I am sure there are some quality people who work there but i don't trust the mechanics and never will. It is funny how you can take a vehicle in for an oil change and the next thing you know they want to rebuild the whole thing.
^^ x2
04-12-2012 10:13 AM
530ktm I would not trust anything that Pep Boys says needs to be done. I know they have tried to rip off some friends of mine in the past saying they needed things that weren't. I am sure there are some quality people who work there but I don't trust the mechanics and never will. It is funny how you can take a vehicle in for an oil change and the next thing you know they want to rebuild the whole thing.
04-11-2012 07:50 PM
Imped
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Originally Posted by jgreen View Post
Today I removed my track bars on a 89 YJ. I have a 4 inch lift and am running 33's. There's debate over removing or keeping track bars there's more than a few threads on here. I didn't see any more body sway than before and the ride is a little smoother, but hey its a jeep.
Learn a few things about link suspension before you make another similar recommendation.
04-11-2012 07:15 PM
GoldenSahara00
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Originally Posted by jgreen
Today I removed my track bars on a 89 YJ. I have a 4 inch lift and am running 33's. There's debate over removing or keeping track bars there's more than a few threads on here. I didn't see any more body sway than before and the ride is a little smoother, but hey its a jeep.
Big difference between your yj and his Tj though. Your alot better off!
04-11-2012 07:14 PM
jgreen Today I removed my track bars on a 89 YJ. I have a 4 inch lift and am running 33's. There's debate over removing or keeping track bars there's more than a few threads on here. I didn't see any more body sway than before and the ride is a little smoother, but hey its a jeep.
04-11-2012 04:41 PM
UnlimitedLJ04 check to see if the track bar is loose.....crawl under there and watch it while somebody turns the wheel side to side. if either end wiggles or makes noise, you should replace the track bar...stick with a stock replacement track bar, available at any auto parts store or RockAuto.

the sway bar links can be replaced cheap using stock replacements, or if you want the discos, get the JKS quicker discos. They're the best, and will work fine with stock or 2" of lift if you get the 0-2" lift versions.
04-11-2012 04:21 PM
CaptainV45
Track bar and sway bar.

Hello! Recently I had to take my 98TJ SE to Pep Boys for an oil change (every-time I tried to do it at home, it would be raining and I don't have a garage). Well, when I went to pick it up the mechanic on duty (who claims to be nuts for Jeeps) told me that I need to replace my rear diff gasket, all four shocks and my steering damper. I declined the extra service (seemed like all things I could do at home when the weather is nice). I looked over the paperwork of everything they planned to do and noticed that it listed to remove and replace the sway-bar, sway bar links and the track bar as well as the things I mentioned above. Now since I one day plan to take this Jeep off road, I planned to replace the links with quick disconnects at some point anyways. But I am not sure about the sway bar and track bar. The sway bar looks fine, it has a bit of peeling paint and is a bit rusty where it comes outside the plastic cover, but otherwise looks fine. The track bar looks fine too besides some grime built up on it near the bolts on either end.
My first question is: Should I replace the track and sway bars? Does the mechanic likely see something I do not?
Now my second question is: Since I am replacing the shocks anyways, should I go ahead and get a 2" econo-boost (spacers and shocks)? I am currently still running smaller tires that still have a lot of life left in them, but plan on getting bigger ones. But I'm not sure how far down the road (trail) that may be. I will likely get the 31's when I do get bigger tires. Will a 2" lift just look goofy with stock wheels?
I appreciate any answers, thanks!

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