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« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2018, 07:24:42 PM »

Congrats!  Thumbs Up

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« Reply #16 on: March 06, 2018, 08:14:35 PM »

Wow. You really could not resist could you. There is not much time between your posts

You’re correct. I haven’t heard back from him so it may have been for nothing. May be for the best; the Jeep is far from roadworthy so the tires would just sit for a good month anyways.

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« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2018, 09:43:56 PM »

I always liked the Ravines and knew these were close to you 😎
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« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2018, 07:35:20 AM »

I always liked yhe ravines and knew thise were vlose to you 😎

Yeah I'm a sucker for those as well.  I haven't heard anything back...haha, maybe I offended them? Oh well.

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« Reply #19 on: March 07, 2018, 10:24:54 AM »

Damn my FFS typing on the little phone buttons...  Shocked

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« Reply #20 on: March 19, 2018, 09:58:26 AM »

Had hardly any time this weekend to get things done but really wanted to get the TJ off jack stands and get the top on it...especially with the winter weather coming tomorrow and Wednesday.  Wheels and tires look great and the top is nice and snug.  Also gave the outgoing Dana 30 a second coating of PB blaster.  With the good matching wheels and tires on, you can really see the severity of the axle damage.  It's pretty darn good and bent.  Good news is that it does look like I'll actually be able to salvage the existing control arms.

Starting to look like a Jeep again!




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« Reply #21 on: March 19, 2018, 10:01:06 AM »

Do you have a new front axle already?  I just swapped mine out and would sell it cheap.  3.73 gears and comes with an aftermaket diff cover.

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« Reply #22 on: March 19, 2018, 10:05:07 AM »

Do you have a new front axle already?  I just swapped mine out and would sell it cheap.  3.73 gears and comes with an aftermaket diff cover.

Yeah, a new matching front was one of the first things I snapped up.  I considered/wrestled with moving to 3.73 but decided to stick with the OEM 3.07 for now.  I'm dying to get this back on the road and just start driving it, and as soon as I add a task like moving to 3.73 I'm only delaying the process.  I'm sure I will eventually be moving to something like a 33"/4.56 combination but for now I have plenty of other repairs to take care of.

But thanks!

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« Reply #23 on: March 19, 2018, 10:19:29 AM »

Do you have a new front axle already?  I just swapped mine out and would sell it cheap.  3.73 gears and comes with an aftermaket diff cover.

Yeah, a new matching front was one of the first things I snapped up.  I considered/wrestled with moving to 3.73 but decided to stick with the OEM 3.07 for now.  I'm dying to get this back on the road and just start driving it, and as soon as I add a task like moving to 3.73 I'm only delaying the process.  I'm sure I will eventually be moving to something like a 33"/4.56 combination but for now I have plenty of other repairs to take care of.

But thanks!

Good deal!

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« Reply #24 on: March 19, 2018, 10:24:02 AM »

rockauto has stock control arms for like $20 with bushings, don't reuse the fronts, it's easier to just swap them

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« Reply #25 on: March 19, 2018, 02:19:04 PM »

rockauto has stock control arms for like $20 with bushings, don't reuse the fronts, it's easier to just swap them

Easier as in one less thing to come back to and replace later on?

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« Reply #26 on: March 19, 2018, 02:22:59 PM »

rockauto has stock control arms for like $20 with bushings, don't reuse the fronts, it's easier to just swap them

Easier as in one less thing to come back to and replace later on?

yes. You're looking at stuff that's at least 12 years old now, potentially seized bushings that's been hit hard enough to twist an axle but it's just opened c channel. save yourself the headach and replace them. and the track bar. You'll chase issues with it down the way especially with the stock ones being so cheap. you're talking $60, $100 shipped including the track bar.

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The only thing about a Yj that's reliable is its mechanic.

Joey to Mike- That's more like it! Never done.....just outta money at the moment.

atjeep-Every time a YJ passes inspection, an angel gets it's wings.
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« Reply #27 on: March 19, 2018, 02:24:53 PM »

rockauto has stock control arms for like $20 with bushings, don't reuse the fronts, it's easier to just swap them

Easier as in one less thing to come back to and replace later on?

yes. You're looking at stuff that's at least 12 years old now, potentially seized bushings that's been hit hard enough to twist an axle but it's just opened c channel. save yourself the headach and replace them. and the track bar. You'll chase issues with it down the way especially with the stock ones being so cheap. you're talking $60, $100 shipped including the track bar.

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« Reply #28 on: March 19, 2018, 02:36:42 PM »

rockauto has stock control arms for like $20 with bushings, don't reuse the fronts, it's easier to just swap them

Easier as in one less thing to come back to and replace later on?

yes. You're looking at stuff that's at least 12 years old now, potentially seized bushings that's been hit hard enough to twist an axle but it's just opened c channel. save yourself the headach and replace them. and the track bar. You'll chase issues with it down the way especially with the stock ones being so cheap. you're talking $60, $100 shipped including the track bar.

 Cheers

Yeah as someone who just replaced their control arms, don't even bother fixing them up.  The rubber will be beyond shot, and the bolts will be rusted in. Find some fresh 14mm grade 8 (I know 10.9 for metric technically) bolts and just cut the old ones out.  I ordered a fresh set from fastenal for like $30 and got them zinc coated so they don't rust as bad.  It might even be easier to drill them out a couple thousandths to 9/16ths and use standard bolts from Home Depot, as the 14mm ones were a pain in the butt to find and I had to pay extra for a special order.

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« Reply #29 on: March 19, 2018, 04:41:56 PM »

THIS THREAD IS AWESOME!  Man I wish I had garage space and more time for another jeep project.  I have 2 on my hands now(one's my DD) plus finally got around to doing the house reno...so...time is well..something I don't have very often right now.  I am lovin this thread though.  Good solid frame, running engine and tranny with only 72k on it.  Hot damn that's a good find.

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