Jeepers Creepers where'd ya get them peepers?
Yeah I know...strange title. Anywhoo... Jeeps are fun this we know. Replacing the suspension on an older rusty one not so much fun.
I bought an OME 2.5" suspension lift(with the heavier duty coils to account for the new rear bumper, front bumper and winch, etc...) for my '97 TJ a few months back. I finally got around to getting it done this past weekend. Of course, as my luck would have it, Murphy followed my every move.
I started off with the front end. I got everything jacked up and sitting on stands and then started stripping stuff out. I got to the steering stabilizer and just about pulled my hair out. My goodness. I tried everything to get that darn thing off the tie rod and it just wouldn't budge. I got the nut off, the darn bolt just wouldn't back out of the hole. I even tried hitting it with a map gas torch for a while and then wailing away on it with a 5lb hammer. Eventually I gave up and took a trip to the nearest auto parts shop and got a pitman arm puller on loan.
It didn't really fit and wasn't meant for this exact job, but it worked! It was like a shotgun when that darn thing finally released and the bolt popped out. The rest of the front end was a non issue. Everything came out and went back in as expected.:rolleyes:
The rear end was a different story. What's worse than shearing off a bolt head in the frame? Shearing off a bolt head in the frame with about 5" of working space and 3" from the gas tank!:blink: There goes the torching it out idea... So after shearing off one of the rear shock mount bolts I spent HOURS drilling out what was left of the original bolt. Darned hardened steel!:mad:
So basically that one bolt turned my 2 day job into a 3 day job. What a PITA. All said and done now and couldn't be happier.
Here's the Before(day 1 purchased)
and the After
I still have a front bumper winch plate and winch and a rear bumper in the basement. Hopefully I can get to those over the next 2 weekends.:image035: