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JKS Quicker Discos and leaf packs.....


 
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Drake69
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2004 4:16 pm    Post subject: JKS Quicker Discos and leaf packs..... Reply with quote

Well, I'll tell 'ya, this was definitely fun.

Starting off, since I didn't have the Torx wrenches/sockets to begin with, when I got the JQDs I had a Jeep guy over at Merchant's Tire-n-Auto pop 'em on for me when I got the 31's. They had been doing great since May, but on the way to the last trail (Big Levels), they decided to "disconnect" from the top, throwing two bolts and a metal sleeve to the four (or is that three?) winds. Since I planned on disco'ing anyway, I continued with the others to the trail, but after we got to the air-up camp, I assessed the damage done. Ole' Vic tried to help with a few quick fixes like additional bolts and such, but without that sleeve the disco would be severely unbalanced, so Steve said to run with them off until I could get proper bolts for them.

I managed to get in contact with JKS to overnight the necessary parts, and with a little bit of fuss (and newly acquired Torx sockets), I was reconnected again, THIS time using Locktite Red to ensure those bolts weren't coming off ever again. Afterwards, noticing I was pulling slightly to the right now due to front-end misalignment, I drove over to said auto place to get realigned. The problem with that was the Jeep guy I usually get to do this was not in that day, and the guy they set me up with began telling me that I must've "bent" something under the chassis, because the front wheels were off by two inches to the right (which I knew was wrong, 'cuz I had been underneath there checking everything out during the reconnect). So, naturally, they couldn't do the alignment without me first "consulting" a specialist shop first (anyone else detect the soft layer of BS rolling through here?!).

I decided to play along with them and drove over to 4-Wheel Drive Specialists and have one of them glance at it for me. Without telling him anything, I let him look the front-end over for awhile, and he naturally couldn't find anything wrong. When I told him what Merchant's told me, he told me they were COMPLETELY full of it. I was quite satisfied with this and decided to check out their shop.

So, after putting in an order for two 3" Superflex Leaf Packs and walking out with a WARN receiver shackle to supplement the receiver tow hook for the rear, I can happily say that at least there are good places around Richmond, VA for this kick-a55 hobby.

Now if I can just fit the leafs into the next wrenching party... Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2004 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How in the heck were you off 2 inches...I mean I know you're off a bit, but what the heck did you do to the front end at Big Levels to make them think that. Did 4-Wheel Drive Specialists say you were mis-aligned?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2004 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

majikxms wrote:
How in the heck were you off 2 inches...I mean I know you're off a bit, but what the heck did you do to the front end at Big Levels to make them think that. Did 4-Wheel Drive Specialists say you were mis-aligned?


Nope, not off one bit. The XJ is naturally that way because it is bowed out a little while lifted, according to the 4-Wheel guy. It's all in how the trackbar adjusts to the position of the steering wheel.

The Merchant guy was trying to tell me that the lift was wrong because the "radius arms" (read: Upper Control Arms) weren't replaced when we did the lift, so something had apparently gotten bent all that time I rode around on it.

We didn't NEED to do anything with the UCAs, the factory ones were fine with the lift. The guy was just a non-knowin' a-hole who didn't want to do my free front-end alignment, that's all.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2004 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The problem is that places like Merchants do not understand how to deal with solid axle, lifted vehicles and/ or are trying to con you into getting work/parts that you do not need. 4WD Specialty Shop is just that...all they do is deal with 4WD vehicles...making them the bomb diggity. I always deal with Casey over there...he's a good guy. They are the guys that I had dial in the t-bars and align the TJ after we lifted it. Good stuff...
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