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Today 04:28 PM
Holton345 Okay. I got after the rear shocks and all the parts that have to come off for the lift kit.

I have worked on the rear, upper bolts for about a year now and they will not come loose.

Today I got one out without damage. The other one snapped off, of course. It was the one on the drive side by the frame rail. Yes, up in the dang gas tank.

HOWEVER -- My wife was observing the process for me. The fender well liner was out, and she had a flashlight on the outer bolt end that you can see from that little notch in the tub.

I knew it would break off as I was starting to get twistiness and the end of the bolt was not turning. And then my wife shouted, "IT'S TURNING! IT'S MOVING!"

Then the head snapped. And it came off flush with the crossmember. But of course.

I am not worried since it had broken free enough to see it moving. I can get in there with some oddly shaped pliers I have and work on it until I can back it out enough to try and vice-grip it out. If not, since is it now turing a little I am betting that an EZ Out will get it. I do not believe I will have to drill it out nor will I have to break off the weld nut on the crossmember.

Then a huge wind and thunderstorm started and we quit for today.

One of the passenger side ones has now popped and creaked twice, so I am sure I can get it out, too. But that fourth one is stuck good. I will use my acetylene torch on it tomorrow.

The shock I got off is, like both front ones, blown. It did not even expand a quarter inch after it dropped out. I can compress or expand it easily.

The new lift kit is going to be a massive upgrade for this TJ!
Today 04:10 PM
Holton345
Quote:
Originally Posted by GeorgiaTJ06 View Post
what does buying an xfer case cable do, and how hard is the install?
It is not physically *hard* to install. It is more of a PITA to install due to the teardown needed to get access to where you have to work.

You have to drop your transfer case skid plate. The six bolts are in nutserts that can break free and spin without ever giving up the damned bolt to you. Also, you can find some scary rust between the frame rails and the skid plate. Be prepared for some upsetting truth if your TJ every lived in an area with salted roads.

However, once you get the skid plate removed (watch several videos and read several good writeup threads on this or you will drop your TC and tranny on the ground!) it is fairly straightforward and simple. Again, the nuts you need to remove could be rusted tight.

The guy above me gave you an excellent link to pore over. Do so.

The benefit is that your TC will go from the stiff, forced feeling of moving from the various settings to one that is firm but very, very smooth. It really improves the tactile sense of the TC shifter and makes the jeep feel like a nicer vehicle. The linkage you would replace is like a Rube Goldberg junkyard creation that was not a good design at all.

Once you get it installed and adjusted your life will become golden, you will become fabulously wealthy, you will become an Adonis and have all the runway models on your arm.

Ask anyone here. We all did this mod and now date hotties. True story.

This --



... will get you THIS --



Okay, that is probably not the complete truth. But you will be very happy with the mod. I promise.
Today 03:34 PM
Jeffk1975
Quote:
Originally Posted by GeorgiaTJ06 View Post
what does buying an xfer case cable do, and how hard is the install?
Novak Cable Shifter NP231
Today 03:17 PM
GeorgiaTJ06
Quote:
Originally Posted by gnater76 View Post
Installed Rokmen gearbox skid and Novak xfer case cable. Holy smooth as butter!!! Wish id done that ages ago. If you only do one mod to your rig, do the cable. Unbelievable how smooth and easy it is now!!!!!
what does buying an xfer case cable do, and how hard is the install?
Today 01:16 PM
MR.CLIFFORD
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scruffy Wilson View Post
is the black one road leagel?
I live in Kansas. We don't have any roads.


I still drive it every where.
Today 12:08 PM
MUDRUNNER AZ Monday spent the day washing everybody up.

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Today 12:07 PM
MUDRUNNER AZ Did our annual club campout/raffle and runs. Only broke a bar pin for rear shock. Good weekend.


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Oh and got one JK high centered. Lol.

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Today 11:39 AM
traveler0197
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Originally Posted by Owen_TJ View Post
Kinda puckers the butthole before you make the first mark, huh lol. Looks great, man...did mine a couple weeks ago.

But for today...i ordered my new UCF tummy tuck and cable shifter!!! Cant wait...
Without a doubt, I was a bit nervous. At least my hood wasn't perfect to begin with so I had a justification. I still would've been sick if I messed it up.
Today 11:36 AM
wwch99tj
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Originally Posted by Jeffk1975 View Post
^ Nice work!
Thanks
Today 10:06 AM
Jeffk1975 ^ Nice work!
Today 09:50 AM
wwch99tj Made some door hanger brackets (total cost $2.50 for washers and lags)

I got some 1" angle iron (for free) and welded them into a box, cut everything up, my brother-in-law had some old wrist pins laying around so we welded them together, cut them in in half and welded a washer to the top for the hinge pins.
Welded everything together

and came up with this



Today 09:08 AM
Ryans Rebel Today I used the TJ to pull the jet ski to the bay.
Today 08:31 AM
Scruffy Wilson
Quote:
Originally Posted by MR.CLIFFORD View Post
Today I put both Jeeps in the garage because of the hail warnings.
is the black one road leagel?
Today 02:12 AM
2JeepsThatRun
Quote:
Originally Posted by Holton345 View Post
My build is on hold until I get my new Alloy USA axles. I am starting to get the heebie-jeebies doing nothing while the TJ is ripped apart. I think tomorrow I will finally snap off those damned upper, rear shock bolts. I have been working on them for over a year now and they will NOT come loose. So I have to man up and get them out. It will not be pretty. Say a little prayer for my TJ. As for me, I will probably have thrown two wrenches and a cat across the yard by noon, tomorrow. But I have no idea how bad this is going to get. How about this? Dremel the bar pins and simply get the damned shocks OUT. Then use my acetylene torch for one last, desperate attempt to crack that rust. I managed to get two of them to creak and snap over about 5║ or 10║ once last Summer, so it is possible... However, I just might precede all this nonsense by using a breaker bar to try and gently yet firmly tighten those two back a tiny bit to get them moving. Then back and forth, over and over until they start to break free. Maybe then the heat? I think I can get those two. But the others? Screw them. They die tomorrow. ;-)
Just break the bolts and pound the nut out with a punch. Then all you need to do is feed a new bolt through with bailing wire it'll take an hour if you already have the bolts.
Today 01:15 AM
Muddeprived Impact gun works wonders for those bolts. Just tap the trigger forward and back and they pop loose.

$50 at harbor freight. Best cheap tool I ever bought.
Today 12:10 AM
Holton345 My build is on hold until I get my new Alloy USA axles. I am starting to get the heebie-jeebies doing nothing while the TJ is ripped apart. I think tomorrow I will finally snap off those damned upper, rear shock bolts. I have been working on them for over a year now and they will NOT come loose. So I have to man up and get them out. It will not be pretty. Say a little prayer for my TJ. As for me, I will probably have thrown two wrenches and a cat across the yard by noon, tomorrow. But I have no idea how bad this is going to get.

How about this?

Dremel the bar pins and simply get the damned shocks OUT. Then use my acetylene torch for one last, desperate attempt to crack that rust.

I managed to get two of them to creak and snap over about 5║ or 10║ once last Summer, so it is possible...

However, I just might precede all this nonsense by using a breaker bar to try and gently yet firmly tighten those two back a tiny bit to get them moving. Then back and forth, over and over until they start to break free. Maybe then the heat?

I think I can get those two.

But the others?

Screw them. They die tomorrow. ;-)
Yesterday 11:16 PM
tsteb
Quote:
Originally Posted by Owen_TJ View Post
New polk dxi651's in the soundbar...dash speakers on order (yes i know the grill is offcenter, i noticed it after the pic and fixed it)
I did this about a month ago, drilled me holes for it and everything but the driver side one rattles. It is just the plastic part because the screw isn't staying tight. How should I fix it?
Yesterday 11:07 PM
WindRider
Quote:
Originally Posted by srad600 View Post
I said that to my wife once and she said "its a catalog not a magazine and you don't read catalogs". I call BS. I read it often annnnnnd you can learn from it.
I had a good laugh at that. I learned that there's a few things I need, and a few more that I want.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mad Mac View Post
A few months ago, a friend of mine bought a Jeep. I ordered a Quadratec catalog to give to him as a gag but made the mistake of reading it. Next thing you know, I went out and bought a Wrangler of my own!
Hahaha that was quite a mistake, but most likely the best one you've ever made.
Yesterday 10:40 PM
Rude Dog Ordered it a new jeep cover as current one is done-gone.
Yesterday 10:23 PM
cBill15 Took mine dove hunting. Had a pretty good day!!!!
Yesterday 09:05 PM
avbk5907
Fabbed up some 1.75" seat risers

Took some scrap stock that would have otherwise been tossed and put it to good use. Made two sets, one for myself, and another for a buddy. Free mods are the best mods. Also took care of some floor pan rust on said buddy's rig.
Yesterday 08:59 PM
Owen_TJ New polk dxi651's in the soundbar...dash speakers on order (yes i know the grill is offcenter, i noticed it after the pic and fixed it)

Yesterday 08:57 PM
MR.CLIFFORD Today I put both Jeeps in the garage because of the hail warnings.
Yesterday 08:56 PM
Mad Mac
Quote:
Originally Posted by WindRider View Post
I, for the first time, read a quadratec magazine from front to back. have more than a few pages dog-eared
Quote:
Originally Posted by srad600 View Post
I said that to my wife once and she said "its a catalog not a magazine and you don't read catalogs". I call BS. I read it often annnnnnd you can learn from it.
A few months ago, a friend of mine bought a Jeep. I ordered a Quadratec catalog to give to him as a gag but made the mistake of reading it. Next thing you know, I went out and bought a Wrangler of my own!
Yesterday 08:45 PM
srad600
Quote:
Originally Posted by WindRider View Post
I, for the first time, read a quadratec magazine from front to back. have more than a few pages dog-eared
I said that to my wife once and she said "its a catalog not a magazine and you don't read catalogs". I call BS. I read it often annnnnnd you can learn from it.
Yesterday 08:30 PM
WindRider I, for the first time, read a quadratec magazine from front to back. have more than a few pages dog-eared
Yesterday 07:17 PM
MyRed88
Quote:
Originally Posted by LKSPIERS View Post
Relocated license plate and hooked my cb up
if I ever run 37s or bigger I'll do this
Yesterday 07:04 PM
srad600 Yeah looks great
Yesterday 07:01 PM
LKSPIERS
Quote:
Originally Posted by srad600 View Post
I like the look of the plate there but can't imagine being with out a spare.
One day I'll put a spare back but for now I like the look
Yesterday 06:33 PM
srad600 I like the look of the plate there but can't imagine being with out a spare.
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