Pulls right after lift

I just solved this problem on my Jeep and wanted to document the fix since it’s been discussed on a lot of threads.

I’ve got a JK with Metalcloak 2.5 game changer and Toyo Open Country 35s. After the lift the Jeep pulled pretty hard to the right. A couple of trips into the alignment shop, some flexing and loosening and re-torqueing, double checking thrust angle and caster, rotating tires, etc. nothing worked…although all of that is probably necessary to eliminate other potential issues.

Yesterday I swapped out the stock steering dampener with a Fox adventure series replacement. It was a pretty cheap and quick upgrade and completely solved the problem.

In my reading on the forums about this problem, this solution did pop up from time to time, but there was also a pretty prevalent opinion that Toyos just pull right and you might as well accept it. There is also the opinion that there’s no reason to upgrade steering stabilizers. In this case at least the upgrade solved a problem. I don’t know if the stock dampener could have been adjusted somehow, perhaps by shifting one of the mount locations to neutralize the pull that was evidently being exerted by the stock dampener, saving the expense of the upgrade.

If you’re dealing with pull after a lift and you’ve exhausted all the other possibilities, you might want to give this a try. My shop was willing to take it back if it didn’t work.

Article source: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f202/pulls-right-after-lift-2071905.html

Daytona Beach Landshark Bar & Grill to break ground soon

From the Daytona Beach News Journal: “Jimmy Buffett Daytona restaurant project to break ground

Jimmy Buffett fans will soon have more than one reason to flock to the World’s Most Famous Beach.

Along with the Buffett-inspired Latitude Margaritaville active adult community being developed along LPGA Boulevard, just west of Interstate 95, a new oceanfront development set to break ground 10:30 a.m. July 12 will include a Landshark Bar Grill, one of the restaurant concepts owned by Buffett’s Margaritaville Holdings company.

Site work on the oceanfront project, which will include a separately owned Tex-Mex eatery called Cocina 214 Restaurant Bar, is set to begin this week.

The dual-restaurant complex is being built on a 6-acre lot at 451 S. Atlantic Ave., just north of the Volusia County lifeguard headquarters and SunSplash Park, in Daytona Beach.

The developer is Daytona Beach-based Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co., which bought the vacant lot last year from a New York investment fund.

John Albright, Consolidated-Tomoka CEO, said the target date for completing the two restaurants is December. The buildings will then be turned over to the tenants with a goal of having the eateries open before the annual Rolex 24 at Daytona race in late January.

Albright said Margaritaville Holdings committed to opening a Landshark restaurant there at roughly the same time as when it signed on as a partner with developer Minto Communities to create the planned 6,900-home Latitude Margaritaville 55-and-older community along LPGA Boulevard.


Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2017/06/28/26941/

Replacing the hub bearing assembly

Here is a write-up with pics on replacing the hub bearing assembly. This is a fairly easy job, and takes no time to do.

Note: this is my first write-up, so if Im leaving something out please feel free to chime in. I also didnt know the right way at first, gave up, then tackled it again so this is a mix of pics.

First, jack up the Jeep, remove the tire, place the frame down on jack stands and remove the jack. Then remove the rotor, and hang the brake calipers up and out of the way, I just used a coat hanger.

Next, I removed the cotter pin, cap and compression washer.

This is where I highly recommend spraying some PB Blaster on the axle nut, and the 3 bolts in the back that hold it on. Or else it will start to call you names…..

These are the 3 bolts in the back holding it on (I circled 2 you can see in the picture). They are 12 point, a 6 point will not work if you have any rust erosion. I think it was a 13mm socket.

I jammed a crowbar in between the hub bolts so the hub would not spin (see later pic). You’ll need a 36mm socket to remove the axle nut. I had a hard time finding this at first, but Advance Auto carried it in a separate section from the normal sockets. I also used a 4 foot breaker bar over my wrench to help break it free.

After that if should come right out. If not, give it a lil tap, it may be stuck on. Dont forget how your brake shield goes. At this time, you could also pull the axle shaft out, and replace the U-joint if need be. Before I installed the new hub, I also scraped and cleaned up the mating surface around the area.

Reinstall brake shield. Hub slides right on. Reinstall the 3 bolts in the back, torque to 75lbs. Then slide on the washer and axle nut.

I jammed the hub bolts again with a crowbar, but this time I didnt want to damage the threads, so I put thick plastic tubing over the bolts. You could prolly use rubber too. Torque your axle nut to 175lbs.

Put your compression washer back on, then the cap and cotter pin.

Thats it! Put your rotor and pads back on, jack it up, put the tire back on, remove the stands, lower, and you’re good to go

Article source: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f282/replacing-the-hub-bearing-assembly-2071321.html

Margaritaville set to open in Cleveland Flats

From Cleveland.com “First look: Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville set to open in Cleveland Flats

There was no wasting away in Margaritaville. There were floors to buff, tables to move and, of course, fishing rods to hang and a boat to set sail.

Adding to the urgency of the workers bustling about Jimmy Buffett-themed venue was a deadline. Margaritaville will open to the public on July 3 in the Cleveland Flats. A grand opening will take place on July 11.

The menu echoes that theme with entrées such as beach tacos, jambalaya, fried chicken and steaks with tropical elixirs and, of course, a wide range of margaritas. And, yes, it will also serve the “Cheeseburger in Paradise” – Margaritaville’s signature burger named after Buffett’s 1978 hit.

The 23,000-square-foot Margaritaville boasts seating for 498 (153 outside seats and 345 indoors).


Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2017/06/27/26935/

How many miles on your jeeps

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Kids 2017

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Review: Robert Ledesma

Robert Ledesma – Any Moment
Track Listing:
1.) Right Now
2.) By My Side
3.) Llego el Dia
4.) Give Me Love
5.) Thank You
6.) A Way
7.) Can’t Hold Me Down
8.) Sunny Daze
9.) Running from Your Love
10.) Un Dia Al Reves
11.) Seek the Truth
12.) You Know We All Relate
13.) Knock Down My Door

The Pier Album Rating:

Release Date: March 31st, 2017
Record Label: Dangermuffin Music, LLC
Official Website: Dangermuffin Website

Artist Background:
Originating from Berkeley, Robert Ledesma has been mastering his musical craft for years. Originally contributing to the “island feeling” vibes from reggae hip-hop outfit Clear Conscience, Robert Ledesma has recently branched out to release his debut solo effort entitled Any Moment from his self-owned label Reggae Speaks. In addition to his music, Ledesma offers pro audio services and artist development through his label as well.

Album Review:
Any Moment is an ambitious debut effort from Robert Ledesma, clocking in at around 50 minutes featuring 13 tracks. For the most part, this album flows well featuring a few standout tracks. However, after several listens some of the tracks can start to feel redundant and ordinary.

“Right Now” leads things off with some solid instrumentals and almost feels jazzy at certain parts, moving right into “By My Side” which is featured as one of the top tracks on the album. The song portrays imagery of taking you away somewhere to your own personal paradise on the water, without a care in the world coupled with romantic lyrics and more solid instrumentals. “Give Me Love” is another fun track with some prolific horns on the intro for the track and dub accents throughout.

“Can’t Hold Me Down” was featured as a highlight single for the album -– and rightfully so. Distorted guitars set the tone nicely on this one and Ledesma flows with some added notes of hip-hop. Keys and a mixture of stylistic instrumentals piece together “Running from Your Love” which adds itself to the list of highlighted tracks. For the most part, the remainder of the songs felt one-dimensional at times and struggled to separate themselves from one another.

This highlights for Any Moment are spearheaded by the solid instrumentals throughout the album in its entirety. Fire this one up if you’re out on the water for an afternoon and you’ll definitely get some enjoyment from it. The album doesn’t have too many layers however, so if you’re looking for a musical journey you might not leave completely satisfied. But in summary this is a fun record to jam along to and the release date fits perfectly with the summer.

Written Reviewed By: Brian Glaser

[Editors Note: All reviews are reflective of the album in it’s entirety, from start to finish. These reviews are the honest opinion of each writer/reviewer expressing their feedback as a genuine fan of the music. Each star rating reflects their review of the album, NOT the band. Music is subjective. Regardless of the review or star rating, we encourage you to listen to the music yourself form your own opinion. Spread the awareness of all music in its art contribution]

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Super fun, but my god, you better be in shape to tackle the old Willys

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TACTIK Front + Rear Bumper (never installed)

Front + Rear Bumper – awesome deal for anyone interested.

Installed only the rear last wk and changed my mind. Was only on the vehicle for a day.

Great condition and would say like new, other than a few surface abrasions from the packaging.


$1000- P/U only

Article source: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f770/tactik-front-rear-bumper-never-installed-2069145.html

AutoPumpkin 5.1.1 Android with 2 gig RAM

I had a Pioneer AVH unit for about two years and it died; won’t power up.

Decided to replace it with a low pricepoint Android unit, so I ordered and installed the Volsmart 7″ Lollipop Android unit (Amazon). After a week with no responses from Volsmart support and serious performance issues, I decided to nix that unit (sending back), and replaced it with the Pumpkin 2gig Android 5.1.1 unit:


What a difference!

Note I simply wired this into the PAC Canbus adapter I installed for the switch from OEM two head units ago. As with the previous two units, the Canbus adapter loses the ability to fade the sound; all speakers and the factory subwoofer do work, so it’s not a deal killer for me. Additionally, I do not have steering wheel controls, so cannot comment on that functionality, although it is supported.

The Pumpkin unit starts very fast, around 10-15 seconds from a cold boot, as compared to the last one which took half a minute to boot, and around ten minutes for the unit to be fully operational/usable.

Google Maps is the default nav app, and it loads quickly and has no issue with voice search. Haven’t tried Waze yet.

Since it’s an Android system, it has all the other functionality I would expect or want from this type of unit. I especially like (needed) the av outputs (for the headrest monitors I installed); as well as tethering, wifi connectivity, a 3g SIM slot, two USBs on the back and a micro usb on the front, and a physical volume knob instead of buttons.

I do have a couple issues, and just sent these to Pumpkin’s support…am curious to see how rapidly they respond and if there are solutions and/or firmware updates needed.

the issues so far are:

-cannot change the widgets preconfigured on the home screen (I want to put app icons of my own choosing; the widgets already there take all available space and cannot seem to be deleted)

-The DVR doesn’t seem to have any settings for length of recordings or storage location. (the Volsmart unit’s DVR had the same app and had these settings)

-I cannot seem to enable the DVR to automatically turn on when the unit starts. I would prefer not to have to start the DVR every time I drive.

Otherwise, for a sub-$300 unit, I am really pleased so far~
will take some pics and vids and add to this thread soon.

Article source: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f202/autopumpkin-5-1-1-android-with-2-gig-ram-2068521.html