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The Big-A 01-09-2012 11:35 PM

Upgrades and eye catchers less then $125
 
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So I'm on winter brake and I did not want to sit on my butt the hole time. So I went out and worked on the jeep. Well first I had to change the water pump but I'm sure most of you have. My steering box had a supper bad leak and I did not have the money for a new one. I found out that a 99 Durango steering box bolts right up, the steering shaft just slide on and so does the pitmen arm the only thing is that the stock bumper (I'm not sure about after market ones) hits the box so you have to bend the bumper in. And the box off the Durango is bigger by a good half inches and yes this will help a lot with bigger tires. When I say bigger I mean the piston inside is bigger.

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And there's the box after I put it on, if you have 31 inches tires after putting this box on it will steer like your on ice but it works perfect!


Next: I like to go off road and hit the gas when I'm off road so you know where that can lead to?! Hahah! No it had nothing to do with mpg, this is all about the tie rod and tie rod ends. I got supper board one day and was looking at all kinds of jeep and found out that the 99 Grand Cherokee Laredo has a tie rod thats 7 times bigger then what I have. I got lucky and found a tie rod and tie rod ends for $10 off the Grand Cherokee Laredo. I droped my tie rod and checked to see if the ends are the same and you know what, they are! But the rod itself is a little to long so I took 14 inches out, and I put a 3inches slug in the middle where I took the 14 inches out. And left some incase I lifted the jeep more. And for the eye catcher here, since my jeeps yellow I painted the tie rod and ends Cat Yellow, they POOP out!

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Next: I put a 4 inches lift kit on it about a year ago. I got everything with the lift. Well like I said my jeeps yellow and my springs I got were black. So I pulled both the front and back of the jeep apart and painted the springs Cat Yellow. Some people say is that little bit of paint really worth all that work? Well pulling the springs out was not hard and putting them back on is still easy. Nothing really to it if you know what you'll doing ;)

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That's only one spring I did not think to get a picture of all of them and after I put them back on but you know there catching your eye now!


Next: air horn, and air compressor (sorry no pictures) the horns are under the hood right behind the air intake and the compressor is behind the driver seat on the finder hump. When I hit the horn people for miles turn there heads just to see what's coming! Hahaha

jeepercowboy 01-09-2012 11:50 PM

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Originally Posted by The Big-A
So I'm on winter brake and I did not want to sit on my butt the hole time. So I went out and worked on the jeep. Well first I had to change the water pump but I'm sure most of you have. My steering box had a supper bad leak and I did not have the money for a new one. I found out that a 99 Durango steering box bolts right up, the steering shaft just slide on and so does the pitmen arm the only thing is that the stock bumper (I'm not sure about after market ones) hits the box so you have to bend the bumper in. And the box off the Durango is bigger by a good half inches and yes this will help a lot with bigger tires. When I say bigger I mean the piston inside is bigger.

And there's the box after I put it on, if you have 31 inches tires after putting this box on it will steer like your on ice but it works perfect!

Next: I like to go off road and hit the gas when I'm off road so you know where that can lead to?! Hahah! No it had nothing to do with mpg, this is all about the tie rod and tie rod ends. I got supper board one day and was looking at all kinds of jeep and found out that the 99 Grand Cherokee Laredo has a tie rod thats 7 times bigger then what I have. I got lucky and found a tie rod and tie rod ends for $10 off the Grand Cherokee Laredo. I droped my tie rod and checked to see if the ends are the same and you know what, they are! But the rod itself is a little to long so I took 14 inches out, and I put a 3inches slug in the middle where I took the 14 inches out. And left some incase I lifted the jeep more. And for the eye catcher here, since my jeeps yellow I painted the tie rod and ends Cat Yellow, they POOP out!

I have not got it on the jeep yet

Next: I put a 4 inches lift kit on it about a year ago. I got everything with the lift. Well like I said my jeeps yellow and my springs I got were black. So I pulled both the front and back of the jeep apart and painted the springs Cat Yellow. Some people say is that little bit of paint really worth all that work? Well pulling the springs out was not hard and putting them back on is still easy. Nothing really to it if you know what you'll doing ;)

That's only one spring I did not think to get a picture of all of them and after I put them back on but you know there catching your eye now!

Next: air horn, and air compressor (sorry no pictures) the horns are under the hood right behind the air intake and the compressor is behind the driver seat on the finder hump. When I hit the horn people for miles turn there heads just to see what's coming! Hahaha

Dude you're good at using what you can get. Gotta hand it to ya.

billytheyj 01-10-2012 12:25 AM

Good use of time and money sir but my favorite part of the whole story is.... well...... read what I have quoted below!

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Originally Posted by The Big-A
And for the eye catcher here, since my jeeps yellow I painted the tie rod and ends Cat Yellow, they POOP out!


mikes05unlimited 01-10-2012 12:36 AM

may want to go back early so you can maybe spell check this on one of the school's computers :crash: JK man, good job, good use of time. :thumb: Search on here and you will find a ton of mods like these and more. On a student's budget there are a lot of things you will find at the JY

The Big-A 01-10-2012 01:01 AM

Thanks, being in school and only working part time money is a little tight, but I found good ways to spend it! I posted about the 6 1/2 speakers I put in the dash. And It did not cost a penny! Had everything I need at the house.

JeepCreeper 01-10-2012 12:21 PM

Every Jeep owner needs a tie rod that POOPS out. :rofl:

Powertrip 01-10-2012 04:42 PM

We need pics of it all put back together!! :thumb:

jskinn27 01-10-2012 05:49 PM

x2 on the pics!

1jeeplvr 01-10-2012 06:05 PM

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Originally Posted by JeepCreeper (Post 1907052)
Every Jeep owner needs a tie rod that POOPS out. :rofl:

Lol I laughed out.
I prefer mine to NOT poop out.Could be dangerous!!!

4wheelin 01-10-2012 06:13 PM

I just had to wonder who's poop is that color. :rofl:

Thanks for the good laugh, and keep at it (work on the jeep, that is).

GitRDone!

The Big-A 01-10-2012 06:15 PM

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I'll post pictures of the whole front end after I get the tie rid on, for not I just have springs. When I get the rod on your see everything B)

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I have a good idea of what I want to do for my sway bar disconnect, but I was wanting to see other ideas ad how you guys did them. If you could post pictures and tell what you did and what you used that would be good!

Powertrip 01-10-2012 06:53 PM

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I have a good idea of what I want to do for my sway bar disconnect, but I was wanting to see other ideas ad how you guys did them. If you could post pictures and tell what you did and what you used that would be good!

I used a couple clevis pins, washers and lock pins from ACE Hardware. Altogether, cost about $8. Then I acquired some pins from work to pin them up out of the way, into holes I drilled in the frame rail, when disconnected.

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TBrownSTL 01-10-2012 06:57 PM

Poop poop poop.

The Big-A 01-10-2012 07:05 PM

Hummmm I never thought of using the farm to hold the bars after discounting them, not bad I like that.


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