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Today 02:37 PM
JNS
Suspension Lift

Install the 2" suspension lift today.

My Rickstop bumper will only be delivered once the Metal Workers Union's so far 4 weeks strike comes to an end

Before
Attachment 1335953

After
Attachment 1335961
Today 01:01 PM
Holton345 I do not like stickers on my jeeps, but I never toss the dang things out. Found some today and decided to improve my TJ and JK by putting them on the back of the chest. I put the tool chest on a dyno and discovered that these stickers had increased MPG by 2 and horsepower by 7. When I find that other stack of stickers I will make this red tool chest even more powerful and efficient.
Today 10:03 AM
Holton345
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Originally Posted by gnater76 View Post
Awesome list! Don't know if you want to break some of that up in case you have mystery vibes to chase down its easier to figure out what the cause may be. Anyway, make sure you set those pads according to Mr. Blaine's directions. You're gonna love the improved stopping power.
Good to know about the pads. I usually follow written instructions very carefully. But sometimes not. Brake pads are brake pads, so I would have probably just slapped them into the calipers. I will read the instructions for sure.

I did the ZJ front end swap. My minor vibes are gone. Because I was having them in the first place and they were from the bad TREs I also replaced my steering damper.

We will do the wheel work today and tomorrow. So U joints, ball joints and unit bearings in one step. Probably the rotors and pads, too.

Then some test driving for a day or so.

After that we will do the axle work (diffs, new Lube Lockers, and rear pinion seal).

After that has been sorted we will then ratchet-strap the tranny and pull the skid. I am hoping that there are no problems with that part. If so, we will fix them as best we can. If not, then we will move on.

The Novak cable shifter will go on first, then the SYE and driveshaft. That will be the next stopping point.

More test driving (or back the the job and life).

Then if everything seems to be okay we will cut out the dead rear shocks and clean up the mounting holes/captured nuts.

Then we can install the lift kit.

Hope I don't end up with any left over parts. I hate when that happens, heh, heh, heh...
Today 09:47 AM
gnater76 Awesome list! Don't know if you want to break some of that up in case you have mystery vibes to chase down its easier to figure out what the cause may be. Anyway, make sure you set those pads according to Mr. Blaine's directions. You're gonna love the improved stopping power.
Yesterday 11:20 PM
Holton345
Quote:
Originally Posted by thedawgshow View Post
AWESOME!!! I have a HD ZJ Tie rod set up, spicer u-joints, and Timken hubs sitting in my garage right now, and soon I will have the spicer ball joints too.

I was planning on just renting a tool like that, but I sure would like to have it for myself, like you. Tell me to mind my own business if needed, but if you would be so kind, what brand and how much did it set you back?
OTC Ball Joint Service Set #7249
OTC Adapter Set #7894 (Dodge/Jeep 4WD Upper and Lower Ball Joints)

The kit tool comes in a nice case, with the C frame, forcing screw, three receiving tubes, an installing adapter and a removing adapter. The Jeep kit comes with four parts to use with the tool set.

I bought them both on Amazon and got them quickly, packed pretty dang well. I paid $182.03 shipped. Took only a few days. It was like over $300 here through O'Reilly's, and NAPA was closer to $400. This was not cheap at all and I will hardly ever use it. But it is there for when I need it for our three other vehicles. And it is very good quality.

http://www.amazon.com/OTC-7249-U-Joi.../dp/B0002SRGXY

Amazon.com: OTC 7894 Ball Joint Service Adapter for Jeep/Dodge: Automotive

I have to change the ball joints in my JK and a car I am about to sell. Then we have two Hondas, one of which will need this soon enough. The newer one is not that old yet and will be fine for some time. So I will use it a few more times and probably sell it on craigslist next year. But it is nice to have for right now.

Here is all I am doing to my TJ over the next month or that I have done recently:

ZJ tie rod swap (done, and excellent!)
Timken unit bearings
Spicer axle U joints
Synergy ball joints
Centric premium rotors
Black Magic pads
Rear D44 pinion seal
Service both diffs and install Lube Lockers
Fel-Pro valve cover gasket
Novak TC shifter cable
Teraflex super short SYE
Tom Woods DC driveshaft
Remove old 4" lift with TC drop
Metalcloak 3.5" lift with double adjustable aluminum UCAs and LCAs
OME Nitrocharger shocks
Discos of some sort

It will be like my 11 year old baby is reborn! HAHAHA!!!

We just put a 2.5" AEV/Bilstein lift on the JK with some JKS discos. It is almost like a real Jeep now. ;-) Now my beat-to-crap TJ finally will get the love it deserves. I am completely stoked, too...

Good luck with your stuff, man!
Yesterday 10:21 PM
ptoncannon
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Originally Posted by Muddeprived View Post
You could probably remove a couple inches off the bottom of that bumper for more clearance. It's hanging pretty low IMO, or it could just be the angle of the picture.
I kind of agree with you... It does hang a little low and it think the plate is like 6 inches in width and then there is a 2 inch lip on the bottom at a 45 degree angle. And I considered cutting the bumper down to give me more ground clearance but I figured since the steering box would be there regardless and would rather have a low bumper and have the bumper drag other than the steering box being ripped out from under. I think the smaller width would look better but I need the large face for the mounting of the stinger too, to ensure I have llenty of room and strength to mount it.

Also I worked on more of the design today. Will finish the base of the bumper tomorrow morning, cleaning it up and getting ready to mount the stinger and support bar. It looks funny and is a different but it's my bumper, my design, and I like it and will function how I want. Will post finished pictures of the base tomorrow.
Yesterday 09:52 PM
thedawgshow
Quote:
Originally Posted by Holton345 View Post
I got some upgraded Spicer U joints, Synergy ball joints, Black Magic pads, Centric Premium rotors and Timken unit bearings about a month ago. I have almost all of the needed tools ready to go, save for a good set of snap ring pliers - and this baby that Brown Santa just dropped off.

I now have the very nice (USA-made) OTC Ball Joint Service Set #7249 with the four-piece Jeep adapter kit, which happens to fit in the plastic case with the full set. NICE!

Daddy is going to be hip deep in TJ front end work about a week from today.

~~~AND~~~
AWESOME!!! I have a HD ZJ Tie rod set up, spicer u-joints, and Timken hubs sitting in my garage right now, and soon I will have the spicer ball joints too.

I was planning on just renting a tool like that, but I sure would like to have it for myself, like you. Tell me to mind my own business if needed, but if you would be so kind, what brand and how much did it set you back?
Yesterday 09:03 PM
Mamefreak oh one note of advice, in the back driver side there is a grounding screw, the cover goes under the edge of it, I had to put a long socket extension on the edge and tap it with my dead blow hammer a little. I noticed that my passenger side screws didnt line up well until I did this.
Yesterday 07:57 PM
Mamefreak
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Originally Posted by Holton345 View Post
Two things -- 1. Care to do a short writeup on this? I need to do it soon. 2. Mame as in the famous Broadway musical or M.A.M.E. as in Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator? (I like both. I prefer the latter of the two, however. I used MacMAME for years.)
There are a few write-ups on the forums currently and one that's on.... JeepForum ( not sure if I'm allowed to post a link ) It wasent hard to do just a bit annoying with the bolts in the back. Make sure you have at least one or two universal joints and wobble extensions. My TJ (03) had a plastic piece holding the wires up in the back. I had to cut it and break it off as it would not come loose from the cover. Just be sure to zip tie your wires up after. Also you may need to slide the lock ring for your radiator hose up and out of the way.

I own one of the new goPro +3 black units and I keep forgetting to put it in photo mode and use the remote and take photos so I can Keep my phone clean and away... I promise I'll do write ups on my aftermarket double radiator thermostatically controlled transmission cooling system :-)




And it's M.A.M.E as in the arcade emulator :-) been a fan since the early days and in a previous life I used to contribute board dumps.
Yesterday 07:41 PM
Holton345
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mamefreak
Replaced the badly leaking valve cover gasket with a Fel-Pro one.
Two things --

1. Care to do a short writeup on this? I need to do it soon.

2. Mame as in the famous Broadway musical or M.A.M.E. as in Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator?

(I like both. I prefer the latter of the two, however. I used MacMAME for years.)
Yesterday 07:32 PM
Mamefreak Replaced the badly leaking valve cover gasket with a Fel-Pro one. Took a while and was a pain but it's done and doesn't seem to leak
Yesterday 07:16 PM
Momamac Tightened my track bar on the axle end, appears that the 60mph vibes are gone!
Yesterday 06:19 PM
Holton345 I got some upgraded Spicer U joints, Synergy ball joints, Black Magic pads, Centric Premium rotors and Timken unit bearings about a month ago. I have almost all of the needed tools ready to go, save for a good set of snap ring pliers - and this baby that Brown Santa just dropped off.

I now have the very nice (USA-made) OTC Ball Joint Service Set #7249 with the four-piece Jeep adapter kit, which happens to fit in the plastic case with the full set. NICE!

Daddy is going to be hip deep in TJ front end work about a week from today.

~~~AND~~~
Yesterday 06:03 PM
adventure_prone Decided to trim my bumper, works for now
Yesterday 05:47 PM
mikhail2400
Quote:
Originally Posted by ptoncannon View Post
On this bumper I'm building, I need to mount my winch on it, but the frame rails are covered by those boxes i put in yesterday and I posted pics yesterday... The steel is 3/16th inch thick and is mounted very sturdily to the frame. If I were to just mount the winch directly to the bumper, in between the 2 boxes just inside the frame rails would the metal hold up? I was thinking it would just act like a winch plate since it's 3/16th inch but just need to get a second opinion.
Ive got the poison spyder BFH bumper and its made out of 3/16th steel and comes stock with the winch mount holes cut into the bumper. Goes right between the frame rails. All though I think I have to add a plate to mount most hawse or fairleads
Yesterday 05:40 PM
DJs97TJs Decided to pull the trigger on a set of 35x14.5r15 nitto mud grapplers and a ford 8.8. Just out of curiosity the guy wants $200 for the whole 8.8 assembly disk to disk. Is this a good price?
Yesterday 05:15 PM
Muddeprived
Quote:
Originally Posted by ptoncannon View Post
Made some progress on my stinger build today!! Got it fully mounted today and put these boxes on the side for stylistic purposes and to mount the support bar on. Will finish boxing these in tomorrow morning but I'm really liking the way it's turning out.

I think we will put the support bar on next, which we will make out of rectangular tubing and then the stinger will be after that. I just can't wait to finish it!
You could probably remove a couple inches off the bottom of that bumper for more clearance. It's hanging pretty low IMO, or it could just be the angle of the picture.
Yesterday 09:23 AM
seeraedave
Quote:
Originally Posted by DBoat View Post
Those wheels and tires look really nice..
Thanks. I should do a build thread, I've sunk a ton into it since I bought in in January. Actually it would be more of a component list as I didn't really document the process too much, just a few before and after pics. But, I did utilize this forum extensively for ideas/experiences and as a basis for further research.
Yesterday 09:17 AM
DBoat
Quote:
Originally Posted by seeraedave View Post
Tires and wheels.
Those wheels and tires look really nice..
Yesterday 07:12 AM
echo2
Quote:
Originally Posted by mikhail2400 View Post
echo2 does the unit you pictured have any type of relay built into it? It kind of looks like it could have one but im a bit weak on electrical stuff. Also where did you get that? It looks like it would work very well for stuff im going to be installing soon.
No relays.....strictly power distribution.

It uses MIDI fuses.....I have inline fuses on everything coming off it too....just to be safe about it.
Yesterday 06:33 AM
ptoncannon On this bumper I'm building, I need to mount my winch on it, but the frame rails are covered by those boxes i put in yesterday and I posted pics yesterday... The steel is 3/16th inch thick and is mounted very sturdily to the frame. If I were to just mount the winch directly to the bumper, in between the 2 boxes just inside the frame rails would the metal hold up? I was thinking it would just act like a winch plate since it's 3/16th inch but just need to get a second opinion.
Yesterday 01:06 AM
seeraedave Tires and wheels.
Yesterday 12:51 AM
Jasoncwrd Attachment 1332409

Installed couple weeks ago
Yesterday 12:15 AM
WIwrangler
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Originally Posted by WIwrangler View Post
Finished wiring my new light bar and replaced my headlights after one burned out on the way home from work will post pics later
here's the pic of em lit

Attachment 1332337
07-24-2014 11:26 PM
cBill15
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Originally Posted by Ander1219 View Post
Couldn't take the doors off my tj because the light wouldn't turn off and it shot my battery.. What did I do.. Disconnected every damn light and took the doors off
Just unplug the wire off the door switch. If u need the interior lights just turn the light switch knob counterclockwise.
07-24-2014 10:50 PM
mikhail2400
battery terminals

saw where you guys were talking about terminals and ran across a site with some very nice setups I thought yall might be interested in. I havnt tried any of these though
Battery Terminal Block - Positive - WiringProducts
07-24-2014 10:36 PM
mikhail2400
Quote:
Originally Posted by echo2 View Post
echo2 does the unit you pictured have any type of relay built into it? It kind of looks like it could have one but im a bit weak on electrical stuff. Also where did you get that? It looks like it would work very well for stuff im going to be installing soon.
07-24-2014 09:57 PM
WIwrangler Finished wiring my new light bar and replaced my headlights after one burned out on the way home from work will post pics later
07-24-2014 09:15 PM
moose90 Ok so I bought the jeep 4 months ago and I'm slowly getting there, soo on that note just finished wielding in a floor and painting it for now, have monsterliner in the house I will be doing that soon!! Can't wait, attempted the u-joints today and they we're completely seized on! 😭yay, lol hopefully I can finished them tomorrow will post some pics
07-24-2014 08:21 PM
coolhand Finished painting roll bars and added some cammo netting.
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