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Old November 16th, 2009, 06:39 PM   #41
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Thank you everybody for the feedback. You made my decision much easier!
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Old November 16th, 2009, 06:51 PM   #42
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Is plan B to burn it to the ground and build a cool jeep?
Quite possible. Know of any nice rigs I can use for a template?
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Old November 27th, 2009, 04:42 PM   #43
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OK, here's an update on my Ballistics. I pulled my lower front link & this is the first joint I found. First, I measured the ball to clarify the previous discussion. It measures 1.722" dia. versus the 1.750" dia. that I came up by laying out the arc.

As 95geo had surmised, the bushings couldn't be adjusted any further. Well, yes, they were wore out to the point that they are "almost" bottoming out.



But, when I put the new ones on, they have the anticipated gap of about 3/16".



Also, as I pointed out earlier, the flat washer on the spiral ring side is deforming. Here it is with a straight edge across it.



And, here's another pic of the spiral ring pushing out. NOTE, it's not coming out on the outer spiral, but rather being pushed out from the force of the washer on the inside.



Although I've been pretty diligent about keeping them greased, I think the soft material of the bushings is pretty sensitive to Michigan sand and mud.
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Old November 28th, 2009, 10:34 AM   #44
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Let us know how the new bushings hold up for you!
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 06:51 PM   #45
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knaffie I have some tube adapters from currie for the 1.25 jj's for sale if you need some.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 09:05 AM   #46
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knaffie I have some tube adapters from currie for the 1.25 jj's for sale if you need some.
x2, 4 tube adapters and jam nuts. Sorry for the high jack
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 05:19 PM   #47
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Thanks for the info on the adapters. I'll holler when I decide what link material I'm going with.
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Old December 7th, 2009, 11:39 AM   #48
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It sounds like you have made up your mind but I might as well throw my vote in for the JJ'ts as well. Been running them on my Jeep since last winter without fail and on a few customers Jeeps since becoming a dealer for them 3 years ago, I have not heard back from those customers with complaints.

I also carry Ballistic, like has been said, customer service and shipping time are less than stellar.

On a side note, I rode with Whiterhino this weekend and the noise from his joints is gone. To early to tell as he just put the new bushings in but at least he now knows that it was the cuase of the "chucking" and "clunking" noises we have been hearing.
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Good to hear the new races made a difference.... that noise has been there since it came out of the shop so it's safe to say those hollow races were shit from the beginning.

I imagine that the new races will not allow such deformation on the washer that Jim had either... I think the races werent rigid enough to distribute the forces evenly and they got concentrated to the inner most ID where the inner ball would be pushing hardest.
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On a side note, I rode with Whiterhino this weekend and the noise from his joints is gone. To early to tell as he just put the new bushings in but at least he now knows that it was the cuase of the "chucking" and "clunking" noises we have been hearing.
You mean you didn't hear the noises in the 100 yards he made it before the driveshaft exploded?
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Yes, indeed, my mind is made up. The guy in the brown truck just dropped off 10 new JJ's. :) Thanks for everybody's help in the decision!
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You mean you didn't hear the noises in the 100 yards he made it before the driveshaft exploded?
It probably doesnt belong here but WTF happened?
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Something came loose in the front driveshaft. I think around the carries bearing or something. Nothing big, I was just giving Jim shit since he's not around today and can't fight back.
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Something came loose in the front driveshaft. I think around the carries bearing or something. Nothing big, I was just giving Jim shit since he's not around today and can't fight back.
fair enough! That bearing HAD sells with their mid-ship shafts is of medeocre quality at best.... to upgrade to a stainless housing it's something like $100 more and for a little bit more than that you can get a truely dynamic misaligning carrier bearing that will probably outlast the rest of the vehicle.
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sorry for the hijack but I had a HAD front 2 piece in my buggy for 4 years with not a single problem
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Knaffie, I still have those tube adapters for sale also.

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you Tab when you know I am out of town.

For clarity, I have one remaining 1310 joint on my entire drivetrain which is the output of the T-case for the front driveshaft. The joint is a conversion joint to a 1350 which is the yoke on the driveshaft. I broke the 1310 ears off of the joint on the most wimpy bump you would think of. I haven't pulled it yet but I don't think there was any damage to the driveshaft. I just unlocked the hubs & left it lying on the skid plate. Oh well, better that I didn't end up in Canada or my first time in 4wd @ snofari. I have a spare & we thought about fixing it but decided to run around R&V in 2wd. Did a whole bunch of the tight & twisties. Was kinda fun.
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