|02-17-2014 01:38 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.
|02-10-2014 11:27 PM|
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|
|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|
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|
Steering parts arrived! Install and alignment this weekend. This should be a game-changer..
|09-29-2013 02:06 AM|
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|
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|
I've got a 2000 TJ. Next set of tires will be 40s :-)
|06-25-2013 01:26 PM|
|06-25-2013 11:56 AM|
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|
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|
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|
The rear shocks were set up for the Baja Trip, and all seemed to be going well...until, I hit the trail.
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|
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|
|03-21-2013 03:11 PM|
Looking good. Didnt realize there was that much to upgrade to slap 35's on for a TJ. JKer here
|03-20-2013 11:12 PM|
The frontend feels way different, now. No binding like with the stock-level track bar. The Jeep feels like it is flexing and crawling - safely, at hwy speeds. Much less jarring ride quality. Next - The Alignment.
|03-18-2013 11:02 PM|
The quest to end my 50 mph shimmy...
I went to 4 Wheel Parts in Riverside, CA and got a KILLER DEAL on a Rubicon Express Track bar - $113 out the door price!
4WD Hardware shipped out this Rubicon Express rear pair of swaybar links. Mine are 10 yrs old, and the bushings were completely shot.
Next, this frontend will lose the 50 mph shimmy it has become notorious for.
|03-03-2013 10:57 PM|
Tierra del Sol
|03-03-2013 07:33 PM|
|htkrph||thats awesome! I cant wait to move to san diego!|
|03-03-2013 04:20 PM|
2013 Tierra del Sol
With 35" All-Terrains, I was able to do more than with 33" Mud-Terrains. Go figure!
I followed this CJ on 39's all day without difficulty.
Next on the list are Cro-moly axles, lower gears, adjustable control arms, and, and...
|02-26-2013 10:27 PM|
The Jeep, lights, suspension and body lifts all just fit inside of the garage.
|02-26-2013 09:42 PM|
It turns out that the springs were not the problem - my body mount placement was. With the new body mounts placed correctly, the Jeep sits level.
Before, with a Jeep that leaned to its' side.
|02-25-2013 11:46 PM|
I complied all of my parts and headed to Mexico on Wednesday for some install work.
Thursday morning Market
Install work began Thursday afternoon
Alignment followed a wild night in Tijuana
|02-19-2013 11:33 AM|
|02-18-2013 10:23 PM|
|02-18-2013 09:43 PM|
I think I have my old springs still sitting in the garage. They are 4.5 inch RE coils. If you would be interested.
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