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

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

How many miles on your jeeps

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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

Clunking, grinding and or rattle noise problem…

Hi, everyone…can someone please help with this noise problem for my automatic 2008 4 door Rubicon. Can someone identify it and please tell me now to fix it. Thank you! Here is a link…


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Getting a new Big Bear 4×4, rustproofing?

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Looking at a 2012 JK Rubicon, need some help

I would also examine the wiring for a winch. May give you an idea of a half assed shade tree mechanic.

With 35s on the rear door, it’s only a matter of time before the stock tire carrier peels away.

I believe dealers stick a paint pen on parts and bolts they inspect and install. You could look at one of their showroom “built” Jeeps to see if what color they use.

Crawl under and take a peak at the skid plates. They’ll let you know if it was wheeled or not, while under there check the driveshaft boots.

Automatic Rubicon’s are NOT guaranteed 4.10 it’s possible it has 3.73s

Inspect ball joints for wear, tires for uneven wear.

Make sure he tries that rear wiper. Looks broken to me. In two pictures they left it hanging down.

Inspect the install of those rock sliders and body panels. A crap install on the tub stiffeners is going to cause a MAJoR rust issue. Especially in the salt belt. Not to mention if he decides to go boat sliders, or decides the powdercoating sucks on those and wants a different brand, the damage to the tub is done, and installing a different option may not be possible

In all honesty. Tell your friend to BE patient. There are, and will be much better deals than this thing. Two years ago I scored a 2012 Bone Stock Rubicon 2 door, with a manual transmission, 7k miles on the clock. All the right packages added. For 24k OTD

Article source: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f274/looking-at-a-2012-jk-rubicon-need-some-help-2066889.html

Turner Falls/Disney Trip

Hey guys!

I’m making a road trip down to Disney in a few weeks for Crawl for Christ (first time) and I want to get my feet wet in some moderate trails in my JKUR. Still pretty new off-road driver.

We thought about heading down to Turner Falls as well.

Are there any places nearby we should stop and explore and do any of you know if Turner Falls has some Jeep trails?

Just trying to make the most out of the Trip. I have a few days after the event to do some exploring

Article source: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f54/turner-falls-disney-trip-jeep-trails-2066305.html