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Yesterday 10:01 PM
JustinAppleseed
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Originally Posted by 41MB-00TJ View Post
How bad was it? I just got mine an will put it on next Saturday
Took me about an hour.. Have a 2X4 & 5lb hammer ready.. It took 4-5 good hits to get the bar seated.. After that it was a few measurements & bolting it all in...

It's definitely worth the money! It transfers the energy to the ground 100X better than stock.. It does have a softer feel than stock even in the stiffest setting.. But even in the softest it's manageable at highway speeds..

Haven't hit the trail or rocks yet.. I'm taking a trip this weekend.. I'll have a better feel of it by then, & I'm excited about seeing how it preforms off-road..
Yesterday 09:41 PM
Holton345 Finally getting my Metalcloak lift ready for installation. Today we broke loose all the bolts we could using Kroil and a breaker bar. And some just would not come loose, even with a 4' snipe slipped over the breaker bar. So I Kroiled the snot out of them a second time and will do it again tomorrow after I have heated them with my acetylene torch.

I was successful on the first try with all the upper LCA bolts and one of the lowers on the passenger rear. I cannot get to the driver side one because of the brake hose port. I will try again tomorrow from behind the jeep.

I also got all four upper UCA bolts free. The front lowers just spin as the flag nuts do not engage anything. They bump up over the edge of the arm and rotate on around. Irritating design. Irritating. I did not get to the rear, lower bolts before I ran out of light.

The rear track bar did not get sprayed down with Kroil as I ran out of light, the mosquitoes were eating me alive, and it is on a tower with several bolts that have to be removed. I need to look at it for a bit to see what I need to do.

The front track bar bolt snapped off at the flag nut. The flag is trapped in the box since the bolt stub is sticking out and the flat doglegs in the other direction; with the bolt stub rusted in there it is too wide for the hole to be dropped out or even pulled out with large Vicegrips.

I can get to the stub with my Dremel, so that will get done tomorrow. The bolt is free and out about a quarter inch, but in enough so that nothing shifts on me while I am doing the install. I did not attempt the TRE on the track bar. I Kroiled it and will pull the cotter pin and try to break the castle nut free tomorrow, too.

I have one front shock pulled and one OME already installed. When I drop the axle for the springs I will remove the one front shock. I bought all new shock hardware from the dealer. Mine is so rusted that most of the threads are rotted off. New bolts are good bolts.

So about 75% of my prep work is done. I need to break several stubborn nuts free and get to the rear track bar to remove the tower. I need to decide what to do with the stock front lower track bar mount as the PO decided to use the stock bar on a 4" lift, so there is another hole that is currently in use that will need to be patched, or maybe the whole bracket needs to be cut out and a new one welded in.

Any suggestions for a front passenger side track bar mounting bracket?

I hope the Kroil works better than the PB B'laster I have been using. The PB does nothing on this rust, even after weeks. Only heat has worked on anything that is truly stuck on this Jeep. I will apply heat and more Kroil tomorrow to all frozen stuff to see if I can break it loose.

Also, two of my upper, rear shock bolts sheared off, as seemingly is the norm on the TJ. Now that I have the Kroil I will torch these two stubs, apply Kroil, wait, and then hit them with the vice grips. One for sure was turing when it broke off. The other might have just started to break loose when it snapped. So maybe this will not be tragicomedy after all...

Once all this old junk is loose the lift goes on in the front as I finish my front axle rebuild. Then I'll do the rear lift after that.

I have been waiting for this for over a year. It has taken a long time to amass all my parts. Nothing was bought on credit. All of it was paid in full at purchase. When I am done I am going to hoist a case of beer, one can at a time! This is going to be great once it is finished!
Yesterday 09:34 PM
RifleGirl
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Originally Posted by thedawgshow View Post
^^^^ That is bad @$$!!!
Hey thanks
Yesterday 09:29 PM
thedawgshow ^^^^ That is bad @$$!!!
Yesterday 09:09 PM
RifleGirl Wrenched all day on my Jeep installing this tire tread console cover. Time for a drink after all that intense labor haha. Attachment 1507705
Yesterday 08:40 PM
1911rocks
Thank you

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Originally Posted by thedawgshow View Post
Cool!!! I am still topless in Central Indiana for at least another week!!!
Do they still have Killer Catfish in Pittsboro?
Yesterday 08:20 PM
thedawgshow
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Originally Posted by 1911rocks View Post
My $751.00 dollar Hardtop is great....but, I like my TJ naked in the Summer and we may have a few "Naked: days in Central Indiana this Fall....answer, build my own Hardtop lift. Total cost, including Worm Gear Hoist from HF......$46.00
Cool!!! I am still topless in Central Indiana for at least another week!!!
Yesterday 08:16 PM
1911rocks
Hardtop Lift

My $751.00 dollar Hardtop is great....but, I like my TJ naked in the Summer and we may have a few "Naked: days in Central Indiana this Fall....answer, build my own Hardtop lift. Total cost, including Worm Gear Hoist from HF......$46.00
Yesterday 06:41 PM
Owen_TJ I got a chisel out and chipped all the rust i could off my frame...then i got a wire wheel out and wire wheeled what i could with a drill...then i got some rust fix and sprayed the whole frame. Currently letting it dry and will then go out and paint it...then undercoat it.

oh, i also adjusted the pinion angle after doing my tummy tuck
Yesterday 06:34 PM
41MB-00TJ
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Originally Posted by JustinAppleseed View Post
Installed the Currie Antirock finally..
How bad was it? I just got mine an will put it on next Saturday
Yesterday 11:51 AM
DBoat
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Originally Posted by JustinAppleseed View Post
I'll been running around with it on the soft setting to get use too it, I'll be going up to Amarillo this week end, going to set it forward in the stiff setting for the drive up there.. It's definitely nice not having to mess with the QD's anymore!
I live in Dallas and mine is a DD.. I just leave mine on the soft or most articulation all the time.. have adjusted without issue..
Yesterday 12:58 AM
Daffy TJ NZ I plasti-dipped my front bumper on the weekend...the steel was starting to look its age a bit....seems to look the part. Tonight's job is fixing the cig lighter and working out how to mount and install a "OOOGAH" klaxon Horn.

Roll on the better weather... Im hanging out to go topless
09-21-2014 10:40 PM
Cavasar Picked up some Rokmen Hi Lines for my TJ.
09-21-2014 10:02 PM
JoeLentini
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Originally Posted by Ryan Angela View Post
You cannot post something like this without pictures!
its not that bad, but its just annoying , i also lost a diy sway bar disconnect somewhere on the trail today, so i just fully disconnected them. drives fine
09-21-2014 09:59 PM
ptoncannon
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Originally Posted by JoeLentini View Post
i tried flexing up on a tree in my front yard and bent my bumper.... hello chopped bumper
I started to climb a telephone pole at my school with my teacher trying to get measurements for my bumper! Haha, didn't even mean to but my front tires lifted with my custom built bumper! Now how exactly I can't tell you that haha, that's confidential!
09-21-2014 09:51 PM
Ryan Angela
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Originally Posted by JoeLentini View Post
i tried flexing up on a tree in my front yard and bent my bumper.... hello chopped bumper
You cannot post something like this without pictures!
09-21-2014 09:36 PM
j_strength
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Originally Posted by BIGG RADD View Post
There were a few things that were tough but nothing that stopped us for too long. The hardest thing was probably the rear sway bar links, removing because they were seized, and installing because the factory nut plates were shot and had to use new hardware, its a tight space to try and get a nut and washer into, same with the rear track bar relocation bracket. Not hard just tedious. Make sure you PB Blast every bolt and nut that you plan on removing, for like a week before you do anything. Air tools make everything much much easier. I lucked out because my buddy has a hydraulic scissor lift and air tools, and even with the mechanical prowess between the both of us, it took us close to 10 hours to finish.
Awesome. Thanks alot. Beautiful Jeep, BTW!
09-21-2014 09:36 PM
JoeLentini i tried flexing up on a tree in my front yard and bent my bumper.... hello chopped bumper
09-21-2014 09:15 PM
JustinAppleseed
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Originally Posted by Muddeprived View Post
The 5100's are awesome. I've been running them on my cherokee for almost four years now. It rides so smooth. The only issue I've had was the coating corroded from road salt.
So much smoother! My parents are originally from Toledo so ya I understand the salt issue very well! Down here in Texas not so much!
09-21-2014 08:18 PM
Muddeprived
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Originally Posted by JustinAppleseed View Post
Sorry for the multiple post, the new iOS 8 isn't letting me post more than one pic in the msg...

Definitely liking the feel of these 5100's



Attachment 1504745

Also added an ARB AIR UP kit to my compressor, now I don't have to wait till I get back to town after airing down on the trails!
The 5100's are awesome. I've been running them on my cherokee for almost four years now. It rides so smooth.

The only issue I've had was the coating corroded from road salt.
09-21-2014 07:58 PM
JustinAppleseed
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Originally Posted by DBoat View Post
You will love it.. I love mine.
I'll been running around with it on the soft setting to get use too it, I'll be going up to Amarillo this week end, going to set it forward in the stiff setting for the drive up there.. It's definitely nice not having to mess with the QD's anymore!
09-21-2014 06:54 PM
DBoat
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Originally Posted by JustinAppleseed View Post
Installed the Currie Antirock finally..
You will love it.. I love mine.
09-21-2014 06:45 PM
devildog88 Okay. Finished rhino lining the bumper, dash, console, and wheels. I'm pleased with the way it turned out. Attachment 1504849 Before ^ Attachment 1504921 After ^^ It was a fun little project. I'm planning to do the tub soon.
Not sure what happened to flicks got out of order.
09-21-2014 05:58 PM
JustinAppleseed Sorry for the multiple post, the new iOS 8 isn't letting me post more than one pic in the msg...

Definitely liking the feel of these 5100's



Attachment 1504745

Also added an ARB AIR UP kit to my compressor, now I don't have to wait till I get back to town after airing down on the trails!
09-21-2014 05:45 PM
JustinAppleseed Replaced the worn out steering stabilizers..


Attachment 1504729
09-21-2014 05:43 PM
JustinAppleseed Replaced all my shocks with Bilstein 5100's


Attachment 1504721
09-21-2014 05:42 PM
JustinAppleseed Installed the Currie Antirock finally..

Attachment 1504713
09-21-2014 05:06 PM
AVtj03 Replaced clutch slave cylinder. Fairly easy. The only pains where: 1. fitting was seized to slave; 2. I should have left break-away plastic on all the way to the install on the new slave cylinder (not just after bench bleeding). live and learn.
09-21-2014 05:03 PM
AVtj03
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Originally Posted by DBoat View Post
wow, hadnt had one of those in years.
you should indulge...

oh, and i just bought the front springs. I think the front is drooping more than the front (good enough for me). It would be silly for me not to!
09-21-2014 05:01 PM
AVtj03
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Originally Posted by Momamac View Post
Tried Test Hill at Silver Lake Sand Dunes, made it first try! Too windy to get out for pics. Had already been sandblasted once trying get unstuck from being high-centered on one of the other sharp ridges!

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wow, that looks cool. definitely want to head there
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