Since purchasing the Jeep we have had a dreaded heat shield vibration at around 3500 rpm. It’s quite annoying and makes you assume something is wrong mechanically. After a trip to Crossbar Ranch in Oklahoma I decided it was time to find the cause. I started with the exhaust header heat shield. That seemed to make sense being attached to the block and subjected to any rpm changes. Upon removal is when all the trouble began. This post has moved to https://ourjeepadventures.com/jeep-exhaust-manifold/
A completely unplanned for upgrade took place last week. We had to get new tires on the Jeep.
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The final upgrade on this last round we did was to install heavier ball joints. When we purchased the Jeep it was still running the stock ball joints. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but since someone had put larger tires on and did hardly any mechanical upgrades to handle the extra rotational mass and weight we decided an upgrade was in order.
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This weeks topic on our upgrade is axle shafts. This was not a planned upgrade but one we made anyway.
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Last post we covered the initial upgrades we decided to make as a result of some of the off roading we have been doing. In this post we will continue with other upgrade decisions we made. This post has moved to https://ourjeepadventures.com/mudbug-adventure-jeep-upgrades-part-ii/
Hot Springs ORV Park was a blast. It did however push us to make some more upgrades to the Jeep.
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It’s spring break time and that meant Margaret was out of school for a week! It also meant we wanted to do something fun! That led us to Hot Springs ORV Park in Arkansas! This post has moved to https://ourjeepadventures.com/hot-springs-orv-park-march-2020/
Two weeks back we rolled into Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area in Gilmer, TX to do some wheeling with North Texas Jeep Club. We’ve been putting the Jeep through different scenarios to determine what type of driving and level of off-roading we want to do with it. At this point I have to admit my pride may have been a decisive factor in the upgrades we have the Jeep in the shop for right now. This post has moved to https://ourjeepadventures.com/barnwell-mountain-recreation-area-march-2020/
While moving around our Jeep checking for mechanical issues we discovered a problem with the spark plug wires. We wanted to pull a plug and check the burn on a cylinder. Ray tried to pull the boot off and it ripped. When the boot ripped the wire came out of the boot as well. This forced us into changing the plugs and wires. This post has moved to https://ourjeepadventures.com/replacing-the-spark-plugs-and-wires-on-our-jeep-wrangler/
The Decision to Change Our Jeep Lift
As we adventure forth on our adventures in the Jeep we decided it was time to change the type of lift that is currently on our Jeep. When we purchased the Jeep it had a spacer lift on it. This is also sometimes referred to as a budget boost lift. It lifts the Jeep but doesn’t provide any extra suspension or flex capabilities. The spacer lift uses the stock coil springs that come with the vehicle. We were also concerned about how well those rubber spacers would hold up. Would they slowly collapse or dry out leaving us lower in some areas of the Jeep than others? Would they fall out under a heavy suspension flex situation? These were questions and concerns we had so the conclusion was to just replace them with a proper coil spring suspension lift. This post has moved to https://ourjeepadventures.com/changing-the-type-of-lift-on-our-jeep-wrangler/