Turkey & Tie Rods

Thursday I cooked my 24th annual Thanksgiving turkey on the grill. Delicious. I am contemplating one more next year to make it an even quarter century and then letting someone else do the cooking.

1/2 hour into it.

Grillin da bird.

Today after recuperating from stuffing myself I tackled my tie rod and drag link on the jeep. A total pain but seems well worth it.

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That’s it for now, gonna go make a plate of leftovers for a late lunch.

2″ Higher

WOOOOOOOOOO! I finally got the lift pucks on the jeep. It is a subtle lift but makes it look so much better. It also gives the radiator and gas tank 2″ more clearance. The stance is awesome and I really like the fact that my tires still look proportional, instead of like little donuts.
I’ve got about 90 more miles to drive to set in the pucks and springs and then I will have an alignment done.
Check it out.

After2" vs. Stock

After2″ vs. Stock


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Gotta love the rain in Arizona.

A Week of Wrenchin’ and Some Achin’

Saturday November 1st.
Trips to the tool and auto parts stores. Next the grocery store for some Vino and supplies.
Sunday the 2nd.
Sun is just up and its time to tackle the first axle shaft on the jeep. Jacked the thing up with new rapid lift floor jack and removed the wheels. I am following the instructs on “Youtube” and my Haynes manual. I will let you know a tip here, I have the Chiltons manual too but I find that too generalized due to the fact it covers like 20 years of Cherokees and not to specific for my 1993 model. So after removing all the parts blocking the hub I have to get the damn axle nut off and it was giving me grief. Luckily my neighbor offered his help and I got it removed and hammered/pried the hub off. Long time now, its about an hour before sunset. Installation was pretty easy, buttoned things up, put the wheel back on and took the tools inside. 3 bottles of vino and 7 hours.
Monday the 3rd.
Today went much easier. I knew what I was in for and had the whole thing done in 4 hours and a bottle and a half of vino.
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Painted the calipers with high heat ceramic paint.

Tuesday the 4th.
Today I was going to do the lift and shocks. I removed the front right coil and installed the 2″ riser. I could not get the spring back in without removing the sway bar links even with the new spring compressors. This proved to be to risky due to the nature of the links. 20 year old rust and the stress I would have put on the link arms loosening them made me decide to wait until I could afford new links and sway bar bushings, so I just did the shocks on the front and the steering stabilizer. I greased all the suspension and shafts, then called it a day. Another 6 hrs and 3 bottles of wine.
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I have gotten sore as the dickens now. This getting up and down under the car takes its toll on my 60 year old joints!
Wednesday the 5th.
Rear shocks and done 2 hrs.
Thursday the 6th.
Throttle body and idle control removal, clean, and reinstall. 1 hr. Test drive, it runs better.
Friday the 7th.
Auto parts store for gear oil and a rear differential plug, then grocery store for more vino.
Damn, 1/4 mile out of auto store a weird noise. Had to order the plug from Mesa store and it wont be here until late afternoon.
Saturday the 8th.
Topped off fluid in rear differential. Front fluid was creamy NOT GOOD! It looked just like a chocolat milk shake. I pumped it out and headed back to the store for more fluid. I filled the front differential and jacked up the jeep to find the weird noise from yesterday. BINGO! It was just the right front brake dust guard rubbing on the rotor. I bent it out and all is good, it did score the outer edge of the rotor a little but that wont hurt.
I am Done for a while, sore as hell but the jeep runs good. I took it on a real test drive and rolls really nice with new shocks and full lube job.
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off to the races!

1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited III

I tore the dash apart to get at the air ducts. I also put some white gauge overlays on while I had it apart. I had the dealer put on a 2″ class III hitch receiver under the Chrysler gas tank recall at no cost to me. Then I installed a cheap Wal-mart cargo basket and some nice LED fog lamps.

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Hitch

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Factory Dash

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Overlay Install

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Dash back in place. All vents work and white Gauges, I like em.

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Fog Lamps and cargo rack.