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26 minutes ago, eaglescout526 said:

I hope youll straighten out the rear bumper with those fancy mud flaps.

I know:laugh: 

It hasn’t been top priority but I do eventually want to begin looking for a chrome rear bumper , if I don’t end up finding an oem eventually I’ll probably go with a fey aftermarket. 
 

Still want to finish my front suspension . Next up is installing new tie rods. 

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When I did the Ax15 swap I had originally reused the ba/10-5 crossmember with some nuts between the “frame” and the member. 
   I recently acquired a Ax15 crossmember so I went ahead and cleaned it up and threw a few coats of amc blue on it before I install. :brows:

 

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Installed actual Ax15 crossmember but forgot to take pictures :doh: . Everything lined up beautifully except for

the last hole which was a pia but finally got it through. 
 

  All my new steering parts arrived alongside new front shocks and steering damper. Made a little bit of progress yesterday and got all the old steering linkages knocked out. Thankfully nothing fought back to bad. Took a couple of hits and everything came out nicely. 
 

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I'm going to be upgrading to the v8 zj tie rod while I’m at it. 
 

will update when everything is installed :L:

 

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Sigh.. was under it yesterday and saw that the passenger upper control arm bushing on the axle side worked Itself out. Totally not a job I ever want to redo. Thankfully the steering linkage is out of the way right now which might make it easier.  
    On better news I got the new tie rods painted. :L:

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Got the upper bushing out. Having all the steering linkage out really Helps :L:

 

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steering linkage is all painted up and assembled ready for installation! 
 

v8 zj tie tod Is a big boy compared to the flimsy stock one ! 
 

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Hey, my control arms and the bushings move from time to time and I don't notice anything bad. I put new bushings in my old LCAs and the LCAs kept walking back towards the middle and I had to hammer them every once in a while back to where they needed to.

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17 minutes ago, eaglescout526 said:

Hey, my control arms and the bushings move from time to time and I don't notice anything bad. I put new bushings in my old LCAs and the LCAs kept walking back towards the middle and I had to hammer them every once in a while back to where they needed to.

Well that makes me feel better lol , i just really care about doing this right. My Jeeps

arent the prettiest but i do want them built

right mechanically and I have a tendency of being a perfectionist on certain things :sad2:

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11 minutes ago, Pete M said:

tack it in place?

Based on the research I’ve been doing , this might be the best option..

 

I really need to learn how to weld if I want to keep building old cars :laugh:

 

rest of the suspension and steering is going back on Saturday hopefully! 

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2 minutes ago, Fernando87mj said:

Well that makes me feel better lol , i just really care about doing this right. My Jeeps

arent the prettiest but i do want them built

right mechanically and I have a tendency of being a perfectionist on certain things :sad2:

I feel ya on that. Which is why I ended up ordering new MoPar LCA's and UCA's lol. Course that doesnt mean that my uppers at the axle arent messed up. I know I had to really beat the hell out of the old sleeves for the axle bushing eyes when I had the poly bushings just to get them out. Come to think of it, I think I bent one of the eyes close to each other when pressing out a bushing. 

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2 minutes ago, eaglescout526 said:

I feel ya on that. Which is why I ended up ordering new MoPar LCA's and UCA's lol. Course that doesnt mean that my uppers at the axle arent messed up. I know I had to really beat the hell out of the old sleeves for the axle bushing eyes when I had the poly bushings just to get them out. Come to think of it, I think I bent one of the eyes close to each other when pressing out a bushing. 

Yeah same here, mines fought me a bunch too on the first Round. sucks That they made the brackets So flimsy especially on 2wds. At least on 4wd you only get the flimsy bracket on one side. 
 

 By the way , what’s the difference Between the newer year xj upper control arm and the older years??  Rock auto has a very limited selection for 87-90 but has more selection on 91+ MY.  

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1 minute ago, Fernando87mj said:

By the way , what’s the difference Between the newer year xj upper control arm and the older years??  Rock auto has a very limited selection for 87-90 but has more selection on 91+ MY.  

 

Let me look. I remember something weird about them when I ordered mine and I don't remember what that was.

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