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warrpath4x4

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Saturday I worked on the XJ a bit, was able to do some welding before the wind started to pick up in the afternoon. welded up all the cracks i could find (and it was a lot), right now the cross member is only tack welded in place but already adds more stability, without the cross member I was able to push the front back and forth.


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The center line is dimple died (my kid loves running the shop press lol) the 2 offset holes are for the radiator lower mounts.


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Saturday I put a new water pump, coolant pipe, thermostat, and thermostat housing on

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I also removed the heater valve and replaced it with heater hoses from a 2006 TJ

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Than pulled the front axle so I can get it into the shop and rebuild it (sleeve the tubes, gears, locker, ball joints, hubs, DOM/Heim joint steering )

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when I unbolted the steering from the pitman arm, I have never had this happen before.... the tie rod end just fell out of the pitman arm, I have always had to beat on it or use a pickle fork lol.
 

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I'm not going to post a step by step of rebuilding an axle, I'm sure most of us have seen that before. But... here was my issue yesterday an getting the ball joints out, 3 of them were not that hard, add some pressure from the ball joint press, tap the axle C with a hammer a couple times and the ball joint pops loose and can be ratcheted out. This one on the other hand, I couldn't get enough pressure on it because the leverage of the breaker bar just kept trying to knock the jack stands over so I used a small chain hoist to leverage against the other side of the housing, added a little pressure, couple hits of the hammer and popped right out.

could I have used an impact on it... sure, but I don't like to use impacts on press tools like this, it usually just ends up messing the tool up and this is my tool not a rental lol.


and yes I know its a mess, I have 20 pounds of shop sh!t in a 5 pound bag.

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Have not done anything on this in a few weeks, had to order some bearings, brakes, and u-joints. Had a death in the family and funeral Friday, also Rodeo's for my son the last 2 weekends. All the parts are in now and nothing planned for this weekend so hopefully I can get something done.

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ordered some more parts to add to my "pile of motivation" adjustable control arms from Cavfab and some control arm drop brackets
 

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not jeep related but kid related. He was at rodeo bible camp mon-thur last week riding steers all week, Saturday we go to the Lake Chelan Jr rodeo and he does this

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Broke his arm, So he is out for the rest of the rodeo season
 

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not jeep related but kid related. He was at rodeo bible camp mon-thur last week riding steers all week, Saturday we go to the Lake Chelan Jr rodeo and he does this

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Broke his arm, So he is out for the rest of the rodeo season
That sucks! My kid rode mini-bulls for a little bit til he had a bad fall. I like the XJ/ZJ jeeps. They are not as cheap as they used to be but I've had a few and they can go all over down atv trails and anything you want them to.
 

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Finally got my Cavfab adjustable control arms after 2 months, apparently they cant get 10MM hardware so they upped it to 1/2" but only after I had to inquire and request the upgrade. I get it, I work in the parts industry and its hard or impossible to get certain things, but I reach out to my customers.
 
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