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Old 09-24-2019, 05:25 PM   #94921
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JKS JSPEC1000 Steering Stabilizer

Managed to find 30 minutes to install the new steering stabilizer this weekend. The JSPEC1000 is a big improvement over the OEM SS. I only have 25K on my jeep but started experiencing more and more bump steer and a death wobble. This SS finished off the lift upgrade that went on after the steering issues presented. There was some minor bumpsteer after the lift and don't even notice any now with the upgraded SS. The JSPEC1000 is a straight forward install except that it is a little under 2" shorter than OEM at full extension causing reduced wheel turn to the left. Had to move the steering damper mount a little closer to center line to get full steering back.

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Managed to find 30 minutes to install the new steering stabilizer this weekend. The JSPEC1000 is a big improvement over the OEM SS. I only have 25K on my jeep but started experiencing more and more bump steer and a death wobble. This SS finished off the lift upgrade that went on after the steering issues presented. There was some minor bumpsteer after the lift and don't even notice any now with the upgraded SS. The JSPEC1000 is a straight forward install except that it is a little under 2" shorter than OEM at full extension causing reduced wheel turn to the left. Had to move the steering damper mount a little closer to center line to get full steering back.
If you got death wobble, there must be an underlying problem that you'll need to address.
The SS doesn't fix it, it just masks the issue.
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Old 09-24-2019, 08:29 PM   #94923
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Rotated the tires, 5 tire rotation
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Rotated the tires, 5 tire rotation
I need to look into replacing the tire on my curent spare tire.....and possibly do a 5 tire rotation soon anyways......
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Old 09-25-2019, 06:19 AM   #94925
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Not ‘What I did to my JK today’, but what my JK, well the dealer, did for me… Received my first birthday card that came from them.
Not all dealerships are stealerships; it pays to have a 20+ year relationship with a small, family owned, outfit.
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Old 09-25-2019, 08:58 AM   #94926
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How's the reception? I tried a stubby antenna and the reception was terrible. I live outside city limits about 50 miles. I'm wondering if just being closer you don't notice so much.
Stories like yours are why I put shrink tubing over my stock antenna. I think it looks just as good as the stubby antennas and no reduction in reception.
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Old 09-25-2019, 09:04 AM   #94927
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Well I added a new $31 gas cap from the local dealership because my engine light came on about 2 weeks ago and won't go away. When I tried to get my inspection sticker yesterday, due in September, the young lad said he would have to fail me due to the light. Since I have known the owner for years, he was told to not fail the Jeep and give me the opportunity to remedy the situation first.

Hence the trip to the dealer for the $31 new gas cap. Unfortunately the light is still present and I may have to pursue other causes. When scanned a few weeks back, it says that I have a small evap leak so that's why I was hoping that the cap would cure the problem.

So today I will most likely check the valves at both ends of the system and see if they might be to blame. The one at the tank is supposed to be a bitch to get at however the one in the engine compartment is easy so I'll probably start there.

It would sure be more fun to just go for a ride rather than having to chase issues or install my new 52" light bar that brown Santa brought but I guess that's what I signed up for when I bought a Jeep.
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Old 09-25-2019, 09:06 AM   #94928
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Stories like yours are why I put shrink tubing over my stock antenna. I think it looks just as good.
Where did you get the long tubing? All I ever see is short pieces whereas yours looks like one continuous piece.
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Named the jeep.... 'merica & have a few parts showing up today and tomorrow
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Old 09-25-2019, 10:27 AM   #94931
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Well I added a new $31 gas cap from the local dealership because my engine light came on about 2 weeks ago and won't go away. When I tried to get my inspection sticker yesterday, due in September, the young lad said he would have to fail me due to the light. Since I have known the owner for years, he was told to not fail the Jeep and give me the opportunity to remedy the situation first.

Hence the trip to the dealer for the $31 new gas cap. Unfortunately the light is still present and I may have to pursue other causes. When scanned a few weeks back, it says that I have a small evap leak so that's why I was hoping that the cap would cure the problem.

So today I will most likely check the valves at both ends of the system and see if they might be to blame. The one at the tank is supposed to be a bitch to get at however the one in the engine compartment is easy so I'll probably start there.

It would sure be more fun to just go for a ride rather than having to chase issues or install my new 52" light bar that brown Santa brought but I guess that's what I signed up for when I bought a Jeep.
I had to replace the exhaust system as I put a large dent in the can and crimped the outlet. Very reputable local Jeep shop did the work as I went with a high-clearance arrangement and needed to do some cutting and welding as well as relocate the evap canister.
All was well for several weeks and then the gas cap light came on. Local O’Riley’s scanned the code and reported a minor emissions system leak, cleared the code and all was well for a few days until the light came back.
Thinking it must be something the installing shop did/didn’t do, I returned to them and they smoke tested the system. Smoke came out of the gas cap so off to the nearest Jeep dealer (not where I purchased the vehicle) where I browbeat the service writer into a warranty replacement on the gas cap and they cleared the code. A few days later, the gas cap light again lit up so back to the Jeep shop I went. They downloaded some instructions for a different brand of high clearance exhaust system and those instructions included a helpful note to ensure the evap canister was not only level (mine was), but that there was a top and a bottom to the canister. Lo and behold, my evap canister was installed upside down. Seems that there is some sort of spring-controlled valve/gate that was not opening due to improper canister orientation and this caused the light.
As to why the gas cap light did not immediately come on following the improper installation, it seems that there is coding in the system to only run that system check at start-up and only if the fuel level is between 12% and 88% and I’d not met those criteria.
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Old 09-25-2019, 11:15 AM   #94932
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Where did you get the long tubing? All I ever see is short pieces whereas yours looks like one continuous piece.
Just buy the 1/4” 10 feet long, then the 1/2” 10 feet long and you’ll have plenty to wrap two layers of 1/4” and one layer of 1/2”.
Mine has been on for over a year. Just be careful with the wrench when reinstalling the antenna so you don’t damage the tubing and it will look great.


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Old 09-25-2019, 02:53 PM   #94933
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5 tire rotation and in doing so found that the shop that did the last tire balance(which was the last rotation) totally f'd up some lug nuts! So after some fighting got the bad ones off and a trip to O'Reillys for replacements; it's all done. Definitely won't be letting that shop near it again! Seems the list of shops I would allow around my Jeep keeps shrinking.

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Old 09-25-2019, 04:03 PM   #94934
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Those lug nuts that come stock on the Jeeps are crap! I had the "covers" come off of two of them - after distorting much like what you show in the photo. I'm not sure if I would blame this on the shop because, in my case, just using an impact wrench was enough to destroy the nuts. I don't remember the name of replacements I bought, but they are solid steel and I don't expect a repeat of this failure.
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Those lug nuts that come stock on the Jeeps are crap! I had the "covers" come off of two of them - after distorting much like what you show in the photo. I'm not sure if I would blame this on the shop because, in my case, just using an impact wrench was enough to destroy the nuts. I don't remember the name of replacements I bought, but they are solid steel and I don't expect a repeat of this failure.
Agreed that it may be cheap lug nuts to blame as well, but I had 2 (which my bad for not mentioning in my original post) more that they had cross threaded and luckily didn't damage the actual lug. So I'm looking to replace them all with something of alot better quality.

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Old 09-25-2019, 09:07 PM   #94936
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When I put new wheel and tires on, I used Mcgard installation kit 65562. It was pricey, but worth it when you put money into wheel and tires. I highly recommend this kit. Comes with 5 lock lugs(one for spare) and spline lugs
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When I put new wheel and tires on, I used Mcgard installation kit 65562. It was pricey, but worth it when you put money into wheel and tires. I highly recommend this kit. Comes with 5 lock lugs(one for spare) and spline lugs
Thanks for the suggestion!

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Old 09-25-2019, 09:35 PM   #94938
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Installing a esp kill switch. Tired of the nanny stability program. Switch going in tomorrow.

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Installing a esp kill switch. Tired of the nanny stability program. Switch going in tomorrow.

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Do you know where that write up was on how to do this, got the switch but cant find which wire to cut.
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Do you know where that write up was on how to do this, got the switch but cant find which wire to cut.
Purple with the light blue striped wire.. I didn't find a write up on it. Just watched some YouTube videos. Search esp kill switch jk Wrangler and there's about 4 of them. I double triple checked the wires before I snipped.

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Did a MacGyver repair on my airbox. Heated a nail and pushed it through.
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Managed to turn my drag link into a U shape. Oops.



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Old 09-26-2019, 03:05 PM   #94943
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Fixed my bluetooth issue.

I finally figured out why I could not connect Bluetooth or have audio commands for my 2014 JKU with 430 uconnect. I replaced the mic which was in the A pillar molding and relocated the new mic to the right of the steering wheel. All good and connected now.
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I had not noticed any hood flutter problems until I was driving back through the outer winds of Hurricane Dorian a couple of weeks ago. After seeing my hood jump up and down then, I decided to get a set of the Drake Offroad hood latches, and got them installed today. They seem quite sturdy, and I do not anticipate any more hood flutter issues. It took less than an hour to do both sides, including cleaning and waxing under the new latches. Removing the airbox made a huge difference in gaining access to the passenger side lower latch.
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Bought 5 lug nuts to replace the stupid locking ones, tossed them in the recycling box and put the new shiny ones on
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I had not noticed any hood flutter problems until I was driving back through the outer winds of Hurricane Dorian a couple of weeks ago. After seeing my hood jump up and down then, I decided to get a set of the Drake Offroad hood latches, and got them installed today. They seem quite sturdy, and I do not anticipate any more hood flutter issues. It took less than an hour to do both sides, including cleaning and waxing under the new latches. Removing the airbox made a huge difference in gaining access to the passenger side lower latch.
I have these as well, including the black turnbuckles. Great choice! They look awesome and I haven't had a single hood bounce since installing them!
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Just be careful with the wrench when reinstalling the antenna so you don’t damage the tubing and it will look great.
Is it necessary to remove the antenna? I figured to just slide the tubing over from the top and shrink it in place??????
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Just a foot note to my gas cap engine light post. Although the light was still on the day I installed the cap, the next day the light went out and I immediately drove to the inspection shop to see if I could get my September sticker.

The tech warned me that if I had not driven 100 miles that the machine would still fail the Jeep. Joy of joys it passed and when I looked at the inspection sheet it showed that I had driven 272 miles since the last code reset. Since I had only driven about 10 miles since installing the new cap, apparently adding a new cap does not require 100 miles of driving after the light clears.

I believe that when I pulled the battery cables during my ham radio install a few weeks ago, any codes cleared at that time and the mileage clock began again.

So in my unprofessional opinion, installing a new cap can turn the light off and will not require 100 miles of driving before getting inspected.
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Just a foot note to my gas cap engine light post. Although the light was still on the day I installed the cap, the next day the light went out and I immediately drove to the inspection shop to see if I could get my September sticker.

The tech warned me that if I had not driven 100 miles that the machine would still fail the Jeep. Joy of joys it passed and when I looked at the inspection sheet it showed that I had driven 272 miles since the last code reset. Since I had only driven about 10 miles since installing the new cap, apparently adding a new cap does not require 100 miles of driving after the light clears.

I believe that when I pulled the battery cables during my ham radio install a few weeks ago, any codes cleared at that time and the mileage clock began again.

So in my unprofessional opinion, installing a new cap can turn the light off and will not require 100 miles of driving before getting inspected.
Probably set that way because it's so easy to forget the cap after refueling (especially as one gets older!)
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Installed MOPAR LED headlights. But I seem to be having bad luck with headlights. The right has a defective trim ring. Didn’t see it till after install. Ugh. Quadratec is sending a new one so props to them, but I’m concerned about having to pull the new unit out without damaging anything else.

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