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Old January 1st, 2011, 08:21 AM   #21
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It's been a slow couple weeks with the Jeep. UPS lost my shocks so I had to wait around for another set. Got them installed and put a few miles on it. It really handles great. I was betting there was going to be a bumpsteer issue because of the short track bar, but it seems okay. Hopefully I will get a chance to stretch it out this week and test the trackbar/steering for binding.

While I was waiting for my shocks to come Santa bought my Christmas present. Shiny new 9000# two post lift Man I should have got one of these years ago.

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Old February 25th, 2011, 07:08 PM   #22
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Hereís an update. I finally saved enough pennies to do the hydro-assist steering. Did a bunch of research on it and although a lot of people say they can do it for anywhere from $100 to $300, I just didnít want to take the time to put it all together and maybe get it right, maybe not.

I started talking to Matt at West Texas Off Road, they sell a ďStage IIĒ kit which includes everything you need and they rebuild your box including tapping the ports on it.

While I was waiting for my box and kit to come back I decided to make my track bar frame mount a little stronger. Seems like every time I go out my steering wheel ends up in a different place because this mount was bending. Should be better now.



Hereís what came in the kit.



I forgot to take a pic of the box before installing it, oh well.



I was trying to think of the best place to mount my ram and I figured since I had the TNT truss there I would try to utilize it.




It seems like most people weld the tabs to the tube between the tie rods, but I canít figure out how you would do an alignment afterwards. I know some people donít care, but I do. My Jeep does a few thousand street miles every summer so I wanted to be able to do an alignment. I decide to use a tube clamp and ordered it Poly Performance. Then welded my mount tabs onto the clamp.



With the high steer set-up it was going to leave the ram vulnerable so I knocked out a little skid using 3/16Ē.





Mounted up the ram and the hoses.



Bled all the air manually, started it up, turned right to the stop, turned left to the stop and it blew the seal on the sector shaft.

I was seriously bummed, especially considering I will be driving to Winterfest at the Badlands in one week! I got on the phone with Matt at West Texas right away and we worked through a few things. In the end the decision was made to send a new box to me overnight ($115 their expense) to knock down the time it would take to send my box back and have it re-worked. I thought that was outrageous and told Matt to send it 2 day (only $50 his expense). So I get the new box Tuesday night and I hope everything works good, I wonít have much time for any more incidents.
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Old February 25th, 2011, 08:04 PM   #23
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Holy crap, how did I miss this?!? Nice job!

I did find a place that has a upgraded front leaf mount if you haven't done much with yours.
http://www.polyperformance.com/shop/...t-p-20685.html
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Old February 28th, 2011, 05:16 PM   #24
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Still waiting for UPS to bring my new steering box, supposed to be here tomorrow. Had a really busy day at work but still managed to get out to the garage. I finally made up the skid for my OX cable. I am pretty happy with how it turned out. Should be more than strong enough to keep the cable out of harms way.




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Old March 2nd, 2011, 05:25 AM   #25
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The new box came last night, got it installed and bled and everything seems to work fine. Going to try to get some testing on it today to check function and clearance. Hope there's no issues, Winterfest in 2 days.
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pure awesomeness!!!!!! we are gonna have to meet up sometime this summer at the dunes i wanna ride in this thing!!!!! And give the gf one to (maybe shell let me spend some money) lol
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 10:05 AM   #27
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Very nice! Watched your 5.3 swap on Naxja, glad to see you over here as well. Bad a$$ ride dude.
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Nice build. I like all the detail and wish I knew about the brake lines a few months ago.
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Old March 10th, 2011, 12:04 PM   #29
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Somehow most everything worked perfect at NAXJA Winterfest last weekend at the Badlands. Only had one issue when a line came loose on my assist ram and dumped my PS fluid. Got it tightened up, poured in more fluid and ran the rest of the day. Sure is a good feeling driving without thinking/worrying about if/when you are going to pop an axle. Time and money well spent.
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