Sunday, March 12, 2023

Finally back working on the Jeep!

Last Sunday...garage is a mess. Time to clean up. It's now back into the low 40s, but with the big (but loud) propane heater I was down to a tee shirt for a time:

Splurged on a new off-road rated floor jack. Certainly not much I couldn't fix on the road with this even if I have to crawl my ample girth underneath.

So we're upgrading to Carbon Offroad (Hurricane, UT) chrome molly axles.

Jeep JK Rubicon 2007-2018 4340 Chromoly Front Axle Kit Dana 44 CF155

Uses large 1350 Series Spicer 5-7166X U-Joint
Planning to pickup a couple spare U-Joints -- hopefully won't break one again, but if I do hopefully trail fix it. If I don't need them, they're not greasable so I'm thinking you just treat them as a wear item and replace every few years proactively.

Got back out there this morning (the following Sunday)

Picked up a couple new bearings to replace the existing ones proactively -- literally have all the labor into at this point, as best as I can recall I've never replaced them.

Bearings came with new ABS sensors. Took them off, hopefully I'll put them somewhere I can find them if I need a new sensor in the future :D

Pure decadence is using the Mr. Heater Buddy with the door open :D. Was actually a bit cooler in the garage than outside by the afternoon (mid-40s outside). First time I used that heater, it sure took the chill out of the immediate work area without me running the big one. Originally bought it because when it is cold outside I've noticed it's really cold working on the corners of the Jeep away from the big heater so figured this would help and I think after how much it helped today it'll do well.

I do have a hose kit to use it with a big propane bottle...but I need to go fill up one of my 20# and another is already on the big heater.

Everything is off.

But my shoulder was starting to bark that was enough for today. I really haven't done a lot over the winter in some combination of deliberately resting it and being afraid to aggravate it. Not as bad as I thought it would be.

Somehow the parts are growing...

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