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Yesterday 10:50 PM
TheDesertOutlaw Installed: Pro-Comp MX-6 Monotube shocks (vast improvement in ride).
Installed: Rubicon Express Gen 2 Swaybar Disconnects - again, a great improvement. The upper connect section will be drilled and set up when I have more time. Without adequate instructions or on-line photos, these took some time to accurately assemble.
Installed: Synergy Ball Joints - the shimmy and occasional death wobble are gone now.

Next to be installed: Metal Cloak Double Adjustable front upper/front lower control arms.

The whole enchillada - including the Currie Currectlync Steering System.

Passenger side


Drivers side


Setting up the Rubicon Express Gen 2 swaybar disconnects took some time and plenty of patience.

Yesterday 03:44 PM
TheDesertOutlaw Buildup notes

The Synergy ball joints went in - no comments yet, I have to test drive the Jeep.


Look at all of the grit inside of the axle tube. I'll be running an upgraded axle seal kit real soon.


The shocks were old and were replaced. I also replaced the swaybar disconnects with the Rubicon Express Gen 2 discos.


Metal Cloak double adjustable control arms -- getting these installed later today.


Install notes from Metal Cloak for lubricating and installing the Duroflex Joints
Metalcloak's Duroflex Joint Revealed - YouTube
04-09-2014 10:56 PM
TheDesertOutlaw The Metalcloak arms arrive this Friday!! Not in "2 weeks" like Will originally said...

Buildup thread begins on Sunday -- STAY TUNED!

04-08-2014 11:02 PM
TheDesertOutlaw Synergy ball joints and shocks arrived today. This is going to be a fun rebuild!



The double adjustable Metalcloak arms are 2 weeks out.
04-07-2014 10:29 PM
TheDesertOutlaw
Shopping completed -- my Death Wobble Eliminator kit!

I've had death wobble and shimmies ever since I installed the 35" BFG AT/KOs. No fun. I did some shopping recently and I think the Death Wobble will be a distant memory.

Upgrades that I bought:

4 Pro-Comp MX-6 shocks (Buy 3 get 1 Free!) - tuned for soft top application.

Rubicon Express Gen 2 Swaybar Disconnects (the current swaybar links are real short, affecting my ride)

Synergy Ball Joint upgrade kit (w/3 year 4WP warranty)

Metal Cloak double adjustable front upper/front lower Aluminum control arms.

Installation, alignment, and test drive will all take place next week. I'll let everyone know if this knocks out the death wobble and shimmy symptoms once and for all. If not, Stan at JPi will deal the knock out blow to my shimmy problem.

04-06-2014 11:34 AM
TheDesertOutlaw
Need me some good tires...

The 'Deegan #38' tires go on sale tomorrow. They look like a good street/trail tire. I might check these out in lieu of waiting 1 year for the Falkans...

04-06-2014 11:27 AM
TheDesertOutlaw
Future Tire Plans: Replace the BFGs???

Yesterday, the wife (left) weighed in on the BFGs' weak sidewalls, chip and cut prone treads, and difficulty in balancing due to all of the cuts from our last Baja trip. So, yesterday, I went to America's Tire for a set of 34" TrXus MTs. TrXus MTs will be out of production until late 2014, but if some 34's were sitting in a warehouse, it would be nice to have some bolted on later this week.

Anyhow, the Manager told me that their 'vendor' no longer carries Interco products - aside from their ATV tires.



Future Tire plans:
I'll rotate in the new AT/KO spare, and buy 1 replacement tire with the hopes of running the new Falken M/Ts in 2015.

Falken MTs on Gerald's SAAVY race car
04-06-2014 11:20 AM
TheDesertOutlaw
Duralast Wheel Bearings (installed in Feb. 2014)

Half the price of Timken's, but with a 12 month warranty. We'll see how they hold up to 35s.
04-06-2014 10:44 AM
TheDesertOutlaw
Cooling issues solved...for now

Yesterday, I replaced this poorly Chinese-made radiator for an exact replacement. I'll be saving for a nice Griffin. But, in the meantime, here is how the installation/replacement went.

The metal seam bows out, allowing for the coolant loss.




$120 for possible headaches is not worth the savings. I'm going to replace this Chinese-made 'Spectra Premium' CU2101 radiator for the '97-06 Wrangler TJ for an American-made aluminum radiator before my next Baja desert foray.



The replacement Spectra Premium CU2101 Jeep Wrangler TJ radiator still in its' box. The metal seams lined up with the plastic, and this one did not leak upon initial setup and driving. The Spectra CU2101 radiator it replaced had under 100 miles and leaked coolant upon startup. No good for my '03 Rubicon which I have garaged since its' purchase.



Can you tell which Spectra Premium CU2101 radiator was made on a Friday in Bejing, China?



My new Spectra Premium CU2101 radiator for my Jeep Wrangler TJ had bent fins inside of the radiator. Yet another sign that this radiator will only be used temporarily, and not for extended Baja desert runs.

04-05-2014 09:37 AM
TheDesertOutlaw
Quote:
Originally Posted by BRUT4CE View Post
My father in law just grabbed #796 tomb raider lol...he's super excited...
Like the build....
Thanks BRUT4CE! It felt like yesterday when I saw the 5 or 6 Tomb Raiders parked at the dealers lot, and I was told, "These are the VERY LAST Rubicons from Daimler Chrysler. Which one do you want??" I was a kid in the candy store that day.
04-04-2014 11:20 PM
BRUT4CE My father in law just grabbed #796 tomb raider lol...he's super excited...
Like the build....
03-16-2014 10:06 PM
TheDesertOutlaw
OEM-style Radiator bites the dust!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by TheDesertOutlaw View Post
New radiator!



The install was a pain, and the new thermostat needs to be pulled and I need to use RVT to help the gasket hold the coolant inside the housing.

I can't believe I bought a radiator with roughly 1 month of usage, but it is leaking at the seam in two places. This needs to get worked out before the summer months arrive. It was 90 degrees today - I'd hate to be stranded on a hot day. No bueno.
02-17-2014 01:38 AM
TheDesertOutlaw
200 mile road test

The radiator, thermostat and gasket held up well under their 200 mile road test along I-15 to San Diego and back. The Jeep rested on Fiesta Island in San Diego's Mission Bay this afternoon. Fiesta Island is one of the only places in Southern California where you can park your Jeep on the beach and have a proper picnic.

02-10-2014 11:27 PM
TheDesertOutlaw New radiator!



The install was a pain, and the new thermostat needs to be pulled and I need to use RVT to help the gasket hold the coolant inside the housing.

01-30-2014 09:35 PM
TheDesertOutlaw
Quote:
Originally Posted by TJK8 View Post
I'm a fan of Autozone or Advance OEM type radiators since they are lifetime warranty. They even warranty them if a stick goes through it!
Lifetime? I'm there!!
01-29-2014 07:34 AM
TJK8 I'm a fan of Autozone or Advance OEM type radiators since they are lifetime warranty. They even warranty them if a stick goes through it!
01-28-2014 11:00 PM
TheDesertOutlaw I just found out (in the driveway) that my 136,000 mile OEM radiator has a leak along the top seam. Either, I'll get a $165.00 Ebay Aluminum radiator, or a $165.00 OEM-type radiator from a local auto parts store this weekend.
01-14-2014 07:58 PM
TheDesertOutlaw
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zombiekiller View Post
Why was it on the tow truck?
I had the Jeep towed to a repair shop - at midnight, because I was real tired and it was too late for me to accurately diagnose the problem - a loose lower track bar bolt and worn track bar bushing.

The Jeep has a shimmy - only at 65+ mph now. This will be fixed with new control arms, new shocks, new Daystar front swaybar body bushings, new wheel bearings and maybe ball joints. This work has been so expensive, that I have had to put some of the repairs on hold. This next round of the buildup should solve my shimmy and DW problems for good.
01-14-2014 06:07 PM
Zombiekiller Why was it on the tow truck?
10-03-2013 10:29 PM
TheDesertOutlaw Steering parts arrived! Install and alignment this weekend. This should be a game-changer..

09-29-2013 02:06 AM
TheDesertOutlaw
Let the buildup continue!

After returning from a Baja beach campout, my Track bar had worked itself loose. I didn't diagnose my "Wheel Hop" until just a week ago, but the new track bar bushing is doing its job well. On Thursday evening, I swapped out the drag link for a new one - with a Tie Rod End that will hold grease inside of its boot. I aligned the Jeep - not to spec., but good enough. Today, after a pro alignment job, I realized that the Jeep *needs* a better steering setup. Nothing really looked as, "finished" as the Currie Currectlync system. So, I bit the bullet and made the order.

Next, I will show my install of the Currectlync system and review its qualities vs. the OEM-level steering equipment I have run on the Jeep for the past 10 years. This should be good.

Before (on the beach)


After (on the Tow Truck)
08-08-2013 06:41 PM
TheDesertOutlaw Even though, I was able to bolt on a set of 35s, my tires rubbed the big, plastic Pocket Flares that came with my Jeep (as part of the Tomb Raider package).

1 block from the US/Mexico border in the Soler section of Tijuana


2 blocks south of the US/Mexico border lies Reynoso Off-Road. A gentleman named, "Flaco" or 'Skinny' gave my Pocket-flares the 'Tijuana treatment'. Now, flexing won't be the problem it had previously been.

Flaco (on the right)


New fender trim job



06-25-2013 03:08 PM
Walkingstick
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheDesertOutlaw View Post

Thanks, Owen! I'm subscribed on another thread where a guy is pondering a set of TrXus MTs - 35x12.5r15s for only $500. That is the route I had to take due to my credit and just not wanting to get in over my head. Check your local Craigslist ads, because you don't know what might be lurking out there - if the ad is indeed legitimate, and you catch the deal while it is still available.
Nice thread man.
I've got a 2000 TJ. Next set of tires will be 40s :-)
06-25-2013 01:26 PM
TheDesertOutlaw
Quote:
Originally Posted by Owen_TJ View Post
ugh, i want 35's sooo bad!!! Just need like 2500 bucks and i'll get them lol
hopefully by november or december...

looks good, man!
Thanks, Owen! I'm subscribed on another thread where a guy is pondering a set of TrXus MTs - 35x12.5r15s for only $500. That is the route I had to take due to my credit and just not wanting to get in over my head. Check your local Craigslist ads, because you don't know what might be lurking out there - if the ad is indeed legitimate, and you catch the deal while it is still available.
06-25-2013 11:56 AM
Owen_TJ ugh, i want 35's sooo bad!!! Just need like 2500 bucks and i'll get them lol
hopefully by november or december...

looks good, man!
06-24-2013 12:23 PM
TheDesertOutlaw The reoccurring steering problems I was experiencing have gone away thanks to new flange bolts/hardware from AutoZone and nuts/bolts from Home Depot for the front swaybar links. My old hardware had been stripped and would loosen after approximately 100 mi. of driving. Now, I can drive at hwy speeds with much better stability.

Yesterday on the trail in Big Bear, CA


At mid-stuff, the rear fenders could use some trimming, as they rub the tires when the Jeep is loaded down - like it is here.
04-30-2013 07:26 PM
TheDesertOutlaw On the trail, my steering wheel began turning...while I was driving straight down the trail! HELP! The drag link sleeve was not tightened when the Jeep had its' alignment! This was fixed in a hurry, but now that's one more thing I need to check after every alignment job.

04-30-2013 07:19 PM
TheDesertOutlaw The rear shocks were set up for the Baja Trip, and all seemed to be going well...until, I hit the trail.

Field repair


My rear shock pin broke and could not be removed. So, I had to remove the rear passenger shock and drive the trail like a hobbling pirate for 1 full day.

The Jeep made it, but the rear passenger 35" tire RUBBED against the Bushwacker flares.
03-27-2013 01:56 AM
TheDesertOutlaw
Shock bar pin replacement

I had noticed a clunking noise coming from the rear of the Jeep, and decided to perform an inspection.



The bar pin (on the right) had been broken for quite some time. It was now time to replace this broken part with a quality JKS Bar Pin Eliminator.




After the installation, I notice...NO MORE CLUNKING!
03-23-2013 01:51 PM
TheDesertOutlaw
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xodius View Post
Looking good. Didnt realize there was that much to upgrade to slap 35's on for a TJ. JKer here
Looks good
Thanks for the compliment. I am gearing up for a trip to Mexico soon, and the Jeep has to be able to perform AND get my Wife and I back home.
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