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Took my xj for a little test drive today. After doing a repair on my steering column. After many years of abuse the backing plate for the tilt steering wheel had loosened up. Driving it became pretty scetchy to say the least. I was pretty intimidated working on the column but other then having to replace a couple of parts (due to just not knowing what I was doing) It's back together and everything is working as it should. Thanks u-tube!
 

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Very clean and nice looking
 

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Yep. Super easy on a XJ.
Now don't forget. Every time you change your oil when you go to remove
the filter make sure you cover it in rags. LOL.
I let the oil protect it from all the mud it's gonna see ;)
 

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I let the oil protect it from all the mud it's gonna see ;)
LOL.
I think that is what killed what I guess was the original starter in my '00.
One day I go to leave from work. Nothing.
Go back into the store, grab a hammer, give it a couple taps, and she started.
Thought to myself that's strike one.
Few day later same thing. Again when leaving work.
Didn't wait for the third strike. LOL.
We sell brand new starters for my '00 so went with that instead of a reman.
Wasn't really that cheap even with my discount. Probably could have saved money buying one online.
But my logic was if there ever was a problem, comes with a lifetime warranty, it is not a problem so. LOL.
I always thought it was weird that while I could buy a brand new starter through my store when it came to the alternator I had to settle for a reman.
Reman also came with a lifetime warranty so......
 

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Well I have been experiencing some popping noises from my front end. With the New Years run coming up this weekend I have been going through the things I feel might be contributing to this noise. While I was watching under the front end I had my wife move the steering back and forth to try and narrow down what is causing this. It seemed that the track bar was binding up inside the upper bracket it was one I bought off e-bay. Had a Johnny joint in that location. Seized up. I hate those joints. They are junk in my opinion, because once you introduce moisture to them they corrod up and ware out to easily. No matter how often I greased it.

Fortunately I found a track bar on Craigslist that was exactly what I was looking for. It is a Rough Country track bar and bracket (seems very stout!). It was a bear to change out because I like to add a level of insurance on this component and weld several one inch welds to make it stay in place, (grinding them away wasn't fun on the old bracket)

While working on this I noticed a couple Of other things that caught my eye. The lower adjustable control arms were twisting loose and would not tighten up. Once on a trail run a guy had the control arm strip out and come apart, was a ordeal that I didn't want to experience in the future. So I installed some solid control arms that were slightly longer. I removed the adjustment spacers in the frame bracket to compensate some for the length.
Also went ahead and drilled out to the same diameter of the control arm bolt, some thick washers welded them to the axle bracket to eliminate the slop in the holes. That was probably contributing to the popping noise as well. (I reinforced my previous axle with side plates and skids to fix the same problem)
I took it for a little test drive and it feels a lot better, but hadn't had the time to reinstall the sway bar, I need to install that and adjust the steering wheel and maybe center the axle a little better this morning so my wife and I can take it for a long drive so I can be sure it's golden. The club is going down to the gulches Saturday, those trails aren't that hard so it should be a good test as a shakedown run.
 

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Nothing, just noted how thick the dust was collecting on it.
 

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Lizard, we both know yours has been sitting much longer, but from that pic I dare say my windshield is worse. I'll have to snap a pic tomorrow. Poor jeeps, stuck in our garages.
 

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Well on the bright side , she ain't aged a bit in 5 yrs. I'll consider it the test of all test for the jack stands though. Harbor Freight 12 tons going strong.
 

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Investigated how bad the cancer is…not terminal yet but I’m gonna have to invest in a welder…I also discovered 1.5-75 spacer on top the coil spring did some measurements and if I throw a 1” block in the back I should be able to get a 245/75/16 maybe a 265 with minor trimming on it…31s are my favorite size tire for this size vehicle. Don’t want to replace rear springs until I repair the rust
 
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