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Post  dongalonga 4/27/2012, 11:30 pm

I am buying the HF joint press. I'm sick of having to rent one everytime I need it. Its only $60 and seems to have good reviews.

The tires are perfect. I finally got the balanced properly by bead balancing. The shake is not constant on the highway. it come intermittently and will go away all on its own without a change in speed. That is unless I go over 65mph. At that point it shakes and won't stop unless I slow down.

It may be a u joint in the rear shaft but that doesnt make sense. The front end is where all of the shake is coming from. The wheel only moves between 40-50mph and its not nearly as bad as it was.

I really think its the ball joints or axle u joints at this point. it could also be a caster issue as it wasn't able to be dialed in properly where the shop wanted it w/o adjustable arms.

We will see I suppose. I don't mind putting in new parts that will eventually go bad anyways.
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Post  saxmanclay 4/28/2012, 6:52 am

If there is any shake at highway speeds, it's most likely a ball joint. My fiance is going through the same problems you're going through: shake at highway speeds with perfectly balanced tires. We just replaced her front u-joints, and there is only one side left to do ball joints on.

For ball joints, get a nice big breaker bar or an impact gun to get them off. You'll save yourself a lot of hassle.
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Post  dongalonga 4/28/2012, 5:49 pm

I agree it is most likely a ball joint. If it wasn't so intermittent I would have though u joint. I am replacing everything though to be on the safe side. It will all be apart so no reason to skimp.

I love my Mikita electic impact gun. I have had it for years and use it every chance I get.
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Post  dongalonga 4/29/2012, 4:49 am

Ordered my Clayton rear lower shock brackets. Who wants to help me burn them in when they arrive. I don't have a welder and would love to learn.
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Post  dongalonga 5/1/2012, 10:30 am

Just finished up the rear driveshaft u joints. I purchased a HF joint press yesterday and needed an excuse to use it. I will be doing the wheel joints when the weather clears. Clay shock relocation brackets should be in today.

I really wish my parts would get here so I can start the installs. I may prime/paint the under armor components I have thus far. I am thinking of doing them in flat desert sand to match the monstaliner I will be doing soon.
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Post  donnyb373 5/6/2012, 3:51 am

Did you get the mopar adapter set yet? I have to do the same thing as you soon. Also need to order a new rear shaft next wed call me in the morning a buddy and I are goin wheeling tomorrow and you should go. We are hitting every trail we know of in the seacoast including my water hole. Call me when u get up
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Post  dongalonga 5/6/2012, 5:16 am

I am just getting out of work in about 30 mins. I really need to tear the Jeep down and figure out the shake. It is leading to depression at this point.
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Post  dongalonga 5/6/2012, 8:18 am

Looks like I may have found my issues:

UCA Axle side
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I also found a little vertical play in my drivers side ball joints. Once my suspension comes in I will take care of everything.
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Post  dongalonga 5/13/2012, 11:17 pm

Got my rear shock/springs in today. Only had one upper bolt break. Once I got through that, it was a cake walk. Tomorrow will I will install the front shocks/springs.

Then its off to the shop to have ball joints/UCA bushings done. I would take care of them, but I just don't have the time or energy right now.

Savvy UA and the remainder of my suspension parts should be in by the end of the week. I am looking forward to being finished so I can just enjoy the Jeep again.
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Post  donnyb373 5/13/2012, 11:54 pm

dongalonga wrote:Got my rear shock/springs in today. Only had one upper bolt break. Once I got through that, it was a cake walk. Tomorrow will I will install the front shocks/springs.

Then its off to the shop to have ball joints/UCA bushings done. I would take care of them, but I just don't have the time or energy right now.

Savvy UA and the remainder of my suspension parts should be in by the end of the week. I am looking forward to NEVER being finished so I can just enjoy the Jeep again.

FIXED
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Post  dongalonga 5/14/2012, 8:23 pm

I sure hope this is then end. I am honestly sick of the Jeep right now. I just want it to run well for a few weeks lol.

Front shocks and springs are in. The Jeep rides much much better. The old shocks were smoked. They were hydro shocks and when I shook them it sounded like they were half filled with water. No wonder it rode so poorly. My kidneys will thank me!

I received the tracking number for the remainder of my suspension components. Apparently a few parts were on backorder with JKS. I should have everything by the beginning of next week. The end goal is in sight now!
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Post  dongalonga 5/15/2012, 9:05 am

I also forgot to mention yesterday that the Jeep tried to take off my left index finger. I was being careless installing my trackbar and it slipped off of the jack. Needless to say my finger was wedged between the trackbar and the axle. I had to bearhug the brake rotor/knuckle and lift the Jeep to free my hand. If I wasn't wearing gloves, I would have most likely done much more damage. It turns out I just have a nice gash.

Why was I using a jack to install a trackbar and why was my hand in such a precarious position? Well, mostly because I am slightly retarded. Another reason is my trackbar is unbelievably too short due to the lift and my JKS trackbar isn't here yet. I had the Jeep on jack stands still from the suspension install so I had to jack up the axle to line up the trackbar mounting locations. On top of that I put the frame end in first for some reason so the bushing wasn't lining up. In the end I learned a valuable lesson:

Take your time and use your brain. If you rush your Jeep will take trophies!
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Post  dongalonga 5/16/2012, 1:34 pm

Just picked the Jeep up. The only issue was wheel balance. It rides perfectly now. No more shimmies or shakes. To say I am happy is an understatement.
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Post  dongalonga 5/18/2012, 6:07 pm

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Post  janesy 5/18/2012, 6:20 pm

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Post  dongalonga 5/23/2012, 9:17 pm

OME suspension Pre-JKS
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Goes to Elias4wd tomorrow for alignment and retorque.
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Post  dongalonga 5/24/2012, 2:28 pm

Can anyone spot what I did wrong 5 out of 8 times? Once I did it was a forehead smacking kind of learning moment.

Jeep Lesson of the day: Don't rush to be done before sundown. Unless you want to work until sunup.
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Post  CrawlingForward 5/25/2012, 11:17 am

dongalonga wrote:Can anyone spot what I did wrong 5 out of 8 times? Once I did it was a forehead smacking kind of learning moment.

Jeep Lesson of the day: Don't rush to be done before sundown. Unless you want to work until sunup.

Adjustable end on the wrong side? Bolts in backwards?

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Post  saxmanclay 5/25/2012, 12:23 pm

No rear driveshaft.
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Post  dongalonga 5/25/2012, 1:25 pm

CrawlingForward wrote:
dongalonga wrote:Can anyone spot what I did wrong 5 out of 8 times? Once I did it was a forehead smacking kind of learning moment.

Jeep Lesson of the day: Don't rush to be done before sundown. Unless you want to work until sunup.

Adjustable end on the wrong side? Bolts in backwards?

This is the correct answer.
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Post  dongalonga 5/30/2012, 7:36 pm

Got the Jeep back today. It rides and tracks great. Next order of business MML/BL/Novak/Brakelines.
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Post  Racer38 5/31/2012, 6:42 am

Ryan M wrote:I'll be the first to advocate for another company. Skip the whole Tom Woods/AA hype. I got my CV shaft & SYE from Adams Driveshaft/Ballistic Fab on eBay for $375 SHIPPED both with a lifetime warranty, no questions asked. The turn around time was 4 days and about 5 minutes after clicking "buy it now" on eBay I received a phone call from the shop's owner James asking what the specs on my Jeep were.

I'd recommend them over and over again. And save you $125+ for other things. Also perhaps consider Undercover Fab Works instead of Savvy for the under armor. He also makes VERY high quality aluminum products.

Same here, SYE and DS ! Quality is awesome and the price was better. Installation was pretty easy and my shovel skid is back where it belongs with no leaks or vibrations !
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Post  dongalonga 6/1/2012, 2:31 pm

Rear swaybar is back in with the new JKS links. One of the mounting bracket bushings has some slop. I will replace them this weekend.
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Post  dongalonga 6/12/2012, 12:10 am

One of the many avenues my money travels down. Now back to the Jeep build.

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Post  janesy 6/27/2012, 12:06 pm

Any progress with the rest of your build?
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