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42RLE Transmission – Part 1

OK, so the late model Jeep TJ/LJ’s that had automatic transmissions came with the 42RLE which some consider marginal, while most consider plain trash.  I’m somewhere in the middle, it seems to be OK, but I too have had issues.

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Finally a trail run!

Did my first ‘official’ trail run with the Mile High Jeep Club.  It was a bit ‘green’ for what I was capable of, and it kinda reminded me of one of those slow horseback trailrides where the trail boss doesn’t

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Destroyed Shocks, POR15, and a visit to the ER

Well, it’s been an interesting week!  When I installed the new driveshaft, it required the pinion to be rotated up so that it’s inline with the lower part of the shaft (behind the double cardan).  Well, it turns out that

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Rear Driveshaft

Ever since putting in the lift, my rear U-joints have been taking a beating.  It was to the point where the joints were just rattling away, especially when I would first step on the gas, or just let off of

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Replacing the Tie Rod Bar and Drag Link

So last week I went wheeling with some guys in a MUCH more modified rig and thought I could follow them over some rocks.  I was wrong.  Ended up getting stuck, high centering and scraping up the underside a bit.

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Finishing the Control Arms – 3 Link

Finally got around to installing the 3-link system that replaces the upper rear control arms.  This thing is BEEFY!  As you saw above, the stock control arms are just flimsy sheet-metal U-channels that allow the suspension to pivot in one

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Sway Bar Quick Disconnects

As I mentioned in the post about my suspension lift, I ended up having to cut out one of the sway bar links in order to get everything to work.  Well, this morning the Rubicon Express Quick Disconnects showed up

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Rear Swing Arm Bumper and Tire Carrier

So while I was at 4WheelParts today ordering a set of the Rubicon Express Sway bar Quick Disconnects, I noticed they had one of the SmittyBilt SRC Classic Swing Arm Bumpers in their ‘deals’ section.  Basically, these are customer returns

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Suspension Lift

The last 2 days have been super productive.  I installed a secondhand 2.5″ lift I got for free from a buddy who upgraded.  I joined ClubWorkshop here in Denver, so I now have access to an auto lift and all

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Control Arms

One of the major weaknesses in the Jeep suspension are the VERY FLIMSY control arms that essentially hold the axles in place.  The stock arms are basically a thin metal C channel with some rubber bushings and metal sleeves around

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