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Old March 8th, 2020, 15:51
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Front stretch without moving anything is 2Ē max for sure. I found the pitman arm to be the first thing in the way after the trac bar.


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Thanks! I appreciate the input!

Took the Jeep out today did some pretty light wheeling as I was alone. All was fine till a couple hours later Iím driving to the next town to pick up a welder, and while driving up a hill I heard a pop and grinding for a moment then I had no power to the wheels. Thought the clutch was toast because putting the Jeep in gear would not hold it in place on the edge of the road. Then we the tow truck the wheels locked up and this confused me because I had to take it out of gear. Got it to a friends house and it is stuck in 4 low now with the shifter in 2hi. Tried to shift it out but no luck, will shift to 4hi position but nothing happens, still in 4low. Looked at the linkage and it appears to be in the correct alignment. Iím thinking I might need to crack the case and see whatís going on.


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Old March 8th, 2020, 21:45
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Did you check to make sure the linkage was all tight. If it slipped on the rod it wouldnt shift out of 4low properly.
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Old March 9th, 2020, 21:25
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Did you check to make sure the linkage was all tight. If it slipped on the rod it wouldnt shift out of 4low properly.


I did, and that was good. I tried to shift it manually at the Tcase and it would not shift through all the gears. Tried shifting it and rocking the Jeep but that didnít work. Also found that it was in 2 low lol. No connection to the front axle. Iím not sure whatís going on but I have a feeling the shift fork may have failed. I donít have the tools to crack it open where the Jeep is currently parked, but I will tomorrow.
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Old March 10th, 2020, 23:11
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I did, and that was good. I tried to shift it manually at the Tcase and it would not shift through all the gears. Tried shifting it and rocking the Jeep but that didnít work. Also found that it was in 2 low lol. No connection to the front axle. Iím not sure whatís going on but I have a feeling the shift fork may have failed. I donít have the tools to crack it open where the Jeep is currently parked, but I will tomorrow.
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Definitely the fork failed. Thats a bummer.
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Old March 11th, 2020, 19:12
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What is left of my shift fork. Had a small leak that I keep trying to fix and didnít realize how low my fluid got. Guess Iím lucky it wasnít worse.


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Old March 12th, 2020, 07:33
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Bingo. Glad you found it when you did man.
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Old March 16th, 2020, 22:12
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Bingo. Glad you found it when you did man.


Yes! Lucky for sure! I ended up ordering the wrong shift fork and so I wonít have the right one till Wednesday. So it will get done eventually.

What do you guys think about off-road sway bars? The Currie antirocks look nice but theyíre pretty expensive. Found a place that makes them for hot rods but I think they would still work. Hereís the link

https://welderseries.com/Sway-Bar-Ki...RoCKlcQAvD_BwE


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Old March 17th, 2020, 10:11
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Yes! Lucky for sure! I ended up ordering the wrong shift fork and so I wonít have the right one till Wednesday. So it will get done eventually.

What do you guys think about off-road sway bars? The Currie antirocks look nice but theyíre pretty expensive. Found a place that makes them for hot rods but I think they would still work. Hereís the link

https://welderseries.com/Sway-Bar-Ki...RoCKlcQAvD_BwE


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I dont even use one on the road. If you still have leafs in the rear, they do a pretty good job stopping sway. I personally use stiffer springs up front to make the rear work more.
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Old March 17th, 2020, 11:25
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Iíd just accept the body roll and realize at some point itís 75% toy and 25% daily driver.

I have the factory sway bars with my 1 tons. I donít expect to use them when itís all done.
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Old March 17th, 2020, 21:01
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Iíd just accept the body roll and realize at some point itís 75% toy and 25% daily driver.

I have the factory sway bars with my 1 tons. I donít expect to use them when itís all done.

I agree. Ill be keeping the front on my camping rig because ill have weight up high sometimes.
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Old March 18th, 2020, 10:40
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Re: XJ axle swap/build

I have an Anti-Rock and love it. Gives you the luxury of some sway bar all the time. Well worth the money in my opinion.
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Old March 19th, 2020, 09:19
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Iím conflicted on the sway bar, it sounds like itís a nice to have but not a need to have. I donít plan on doing a roof top tent or having too much weight up high so i provably will hold off and see how it rides one the axle swap is done.
Thank you guys for the advice!


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if you're doing a 4 link with stiffer shocks and or stiffer coils you wont need one. I did not run a sway bar for like 10 years on any rig.

I recently went to an antirock and it did help alot on and off road , but im on 1tons, 3 link , really heavy and I drive it everywhere so I needed some stability. I wouldn't bother with a stock sway bar, if you have the budget, do an antiRock.Like Lou said its some sway bar all of the time Its nice to have .
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I love my antirock keeps the body roll tolerable on road but really helps it offroad and being able to adjust it is nice too. I ran sierra fest without it and really noticed the increased body roll on the trail.
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Old March 27th, 2020, 21:48
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Sounds like it might not be a bad idea to do an Antirock, as I would like to drive my xj to the trails and take it camping etc. What do you all think about not going name brand with the sway bar? I found a place that does them for hot rods and they are almost half the price.


Paint my steering knuckles and the inside of my frame stiffeners so they donít rust. Also have been working on rebuilding the hubs for the Sterling and the D44.
I have a question for those of you who have Ford D44s, do you need a very large hammer or press to seat the wheel studs all the way? I canít seem to get them to seat with a 3lb hammer and the rotors are still pretty loose on the hub. Bought new wheel studs just in case too.
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