|10-13-2014 02:53 PM|
Leaving Farmington, the back of the Jeep looked just like this!
Farmington - going after "that look" with 33s and lots of lift
New Mexico - near 4 Corners at KFC
New Mexico - outside Gallup
I made some new friends as we talked about Jeeps and Broncos with some really nice locals.
Grand Canyon photobomb!
The Jeep did great over 3,000 miles of roads and dirt trails. No shimmy problems to speak of thanks to the new parts and advice here on Wrangler Forum.
|10-13-2014 02:38 PM|
The Jeep made it around the Southwest without a single (steering-related) problem. Cooling became an issue with the 'CHECK GAUGES' light illuminating in temperatures above 80 degrees.
Arizona (near the New Mexico stateline along I-10)
Shimmy-free along the Rio Grande river (Las Cruces, NM)
Here, the oil pressure began dipping, but after changing to a Mopar Oil Sending Unit, it still did the same thing. Of course, this kept me on my toes throughout the entire trip.
Henryetta, Oklahoma at the Wal-Mart parking lot
No steering-related problems - good times on the road! Parked next to a local Jeep!
New Mexico - Sante Fe (land of the Subarus)
New Mexico - Farmington (parked next to a really-lifted JKU on 35s)
Farmington - driving past Harold Off's "Off Again" 4WD Jeep shop!
Jeep wave - on the Navajo reservation
|06-02-2014 11:51 PM|
This stabilizer is SUPER STIFF! Installation to follow
|06-01-2014 11:07 PM|
The shimmies have returned!
Just purchased: Rancho 7000 MT Steering stabilizer, Rubicon Express lower track bar bushing kit. Let's hope this keeps my steering happy as I drive with the Mrs. across the American Southwest this summer! Should be a big adventure! ::Stay tuned::
The Mrs. standing next to all of the latest modifications
|05-20-2014 12:39 AM|
New Unit Bearings - 5% shimmy reduction
New Ball Joints - 15% shimmy reduction
New Currectlync Currie Steering - 10% shimmy reduction
New Rubicon Express Track Bar - 5% shimmy reduction
New Track Bar Bolt - 15% shimmy reduction
New REINFORCED Track Bar Mount - 10% shimmy reduction/accepts greater torque
New Synergy Ball Joints - 20% shimmy reduction
New Rubicon Express Gen 2 Disconnects - 0% shimmy reduction/improved ride on the street
New Stock Pitman Arm - 0% shimmy reduction/improved steering response
Cut/Modified MileMarker Winch Plate Mounts (so OEM Swaybar bolts could do their job) - 10% shimmy reduction
New Upper (and lower) Metal Cloak Control Arms - 10% shimmy reduction (the upper arm bushings were ground down from 130K mi. of heavy use.
Friends shouldn't let friends run stock upper control arms
|05-06-2014 12:45 AM|
While getting the axle seals taken care of, Martin the local Fabricator/Welder brought his rig over to the shop and for $100, fabbed and welded on this nice track bar bracket.
|05-02-2014 12:45 AM|
The All-Terrains are great tires for the street, but I really pushed them in ways that they were not engineered. So, I elected for a new set of KM2s.
The neighbors prerunner in the background is running Yokohamas
|04-28-2014 12:29 AM|
|TheDesertOutlaw||So far, so good! 55 mph road test - with the Wife as a passenger, and no shimmy. One of my tires is egg-shaped, but I plan on getting the front tires changed out soon and sold as spares. Next: Axle seal job and my Jeep is ready for the trails!|
|04-18-2014 09:16 PM|
Technology to the rescue!
Screen shots of my alignment - Darrel at Goodyear (on Indiana Ave. Riverside, CA) set up the Metal Cloak Aluminum arms by simply leaving them 'loose', and turning the arms, making small adjustments until the steering was within spec. The results spoke for themselves.
Darrel adjusting the aluminum Metal Cloak arms with patience and accuracy.
'Green' means "On the money" when aligning with this particular software. Darrel made adjustments with very accurate results.
When finished, Darrel took the Jeep on a test drive.
|04-18-2014 09:05 PM|
Road test with Double Adjustable Arms
The possible source of my endless steering problems - a damaged upper control arm bushing.
New upper Metal Cloak double adjustable control arms (TJ) next to the stamped OEM TJ control arms.
The Metal Cloak aluminum control arm is one beefy arm! Getting set up...
The Pro Comp control arm served its' purpose well, but after the coil spring spacers and 35" tires, its time for replacement had come.
New (2013 and 2014) parts installed:
|04-18-2014 12:01 PM|
The frontend still has a shimmy. When driving down the I-215 near the March Air Museum, I noticed the front end had a speed-sensitive shimmy. The rear also wiggled under the force of my BFGoodrich AT/KOs - all 4 tires were recently balanced by America's Tire. It is most definitely the tires.
Later today, the front upper and lower Metal Cloak arms get installed, and not a day too soon. Let's see how much better these control the front BFGs which are constantly fighting for control when pushed above 50 mph.
|04-16-2014 11:50 PM|
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.
Setting up the Rubicon Express Gen 2 swaybar disconnects took some time and plenty of patience.
|04-16-2014 04:44 PM|
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 11:56 PM|
The Metalcloak arms arrive this Friday!! Not in "2 weeks" like Will originally said...
Buildup thread begins on Sunday -- STAY TUNED!
|04-09-2014 12:02 AM|
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 11:29 PM|
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 12:34 PM|
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 12:27 PM|
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 12:20 PM|
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 11:44 AM|
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 10:37 AM|
|04-05-2014 12:20 AM|
My father in law just grabbed #796 tomb raider lol...he's super excited...
Like the build....
|03-16-2014 11:06 PM|
OEM-style Radiator bites the dust!!
|02-17-2014 02:38 AM|
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.
|02-11-2014 12:27 AM|
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 10:35 PM|
|01-29-2014 08:34 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!|
|01-29-2014 12:00 AM|
|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 08:58 PM|
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 07:07 PM|
|Zombiekiller||Why was it on the tow truck?|
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