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Cptpackrat's 01 build "EMMA"

Cptpackrat Jan 18, 2015

  1. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Need to see if it's suspension related or rotational. Jack up one corner at a time and spin the wheel. Make sure that your front driveline isn't spinning.
     
  2. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    It sounds rotational as I turn the wheel. Not sure if its my brake lines rubbing or my CVs spinning and going out. I also have worn to hell bushings so some of the clunking is front that at least going over bumps and such. Replacing the shocks and UCAs next weekend when I do my lift. I will regrease everything and replace the ball joints and such too. Hopefully that eliminates some of the strange noises.

    On another note. Im Pre-Registered for Gone2016.

    Trails
    Mon- TOTW
    Tues- Metal Masher/ Fins Night run
    Wens- Strike Ravine
    Thurs- Seven Mile Rim
    Fri-Hells Revenge

    Depending on how things work out, I might head down a few days early and stay with some family friends at their summer home there until folks arrive for the event. We shall see
     
  3. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    ANNNNDDDDD

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    These will be going on this weekend most likely. 5160s in the rear and 5100s up front... what a great way to spend $650
     
  4. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Wow. Those are shiny.
     
  5. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Well Im pretty sick and didnt make it down to Colorado to go wheeling this weekend. I did manage to get the new Bilstein 5160s installed in the rear and went to flex them out some. So far Im quite happy with the ride, and they provide a little more articulation than the 5125s did.

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  6. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Well today I tackled the front 5100s. They went on pretty easy and uneventful. Did possibly find my source of strange rotational noise on the passenger front. Seems as though the wheel bearing is either going out, or isnt adjusted properly. Gonna order manual hubs and pull everything apart and check when I install those. I also removed the front bar, the bushings were shot so it effectively was useless.


    Went up to the rock pit on the ranch and checked to see if I gained any travel up front. It feels like I did but who knows.
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  7. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Truck looks good!
     
  8. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Very nice. Wish I had the $$ for those rear shocks... :sure:
     
  9. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Thanks guys!

    I think I have narrowed my strange noises down even further to the passenger front wheel bearings. I am going to replace both sides as well as install manual hubs to aleiviate some stress on my CVs. All this should be going down this next week as I had to order the parts in.

    Also in the works is a set of DT long tube headers and full exhaust. Not sure what diameter would be best. Im kinda leaning towards a full catless 2.5" setup with my thrush muffler. Any input would be awesome
     
  10. ThompsonXterra

    ThompsonXterra First Fill-Up (of many)

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    I have 2.5" piping with my magnaflow and it sounds great, thats the size I'd go with for sure.
     
  11. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Today after work I decided to check my front passenger wheel bearings. I pulled everything off, and found that the adjustment ring was quite backed off. I tightened it 3 full turns and everything was back tight and spinning as needed.

    I still have not received a tracking number from Calmini for my UCAs which is now 3.5 weeks since I placed my order.
    I have Warn hubs ordered from NISSTEC and hopefully expecting a tracking number for those this week.
    Scored BRAND NEW DT headers with O2 elbows for $380 shipped, expecting those at my door friday.
    Gorilla Offroad is backordered on my set of LUX rock lighting needed for the night fins run Gone2016.

    Other than the things listed, I did find that my centerlink is fairly worn out and I will proababky need one in the coming future.
     
  12. SRStaff

    SRStaff Bought an X

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    Calmini has been alot more hit or miss lately in following through with their orders lately. Be best to call and see what is going on.
     
  13. Muadeeb

    Muadeeb Bastard Admin from Hell Admin

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    Where'd you get the headers?
     
  14. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    This. I've always called my orders to them and I've never had an issue.
     
  15. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Someome on on of the Xterra FB pages had them for sale.

    I broke my cell the other day so im behind with calling. But I may run home and call on lunch.
     
  16. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Called Calmini about my UCAs. They told me they had run out of bushings but got them in monday and should have my UCAs shipped tommorow. tommorowif I dont get a tracking number I will be calling them again.
     
  17. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Ok, so small update on the Calmini UCAs, I called for the 4th time today. I talked to the same gentlemen that had helped me when I called earlier this week. His response was "the warehouse guys are on lunch, but I will go light a fire under their ass and you WILL have these shipped today" shortly after I received a tracking number. So my UCAs should be here next week.

    The Manual hubs shipped from nisstec and im expecting those probably tuesday or wensday. The Lux rock lights I ordered from Offroad Gorilla are still back ordered however I did received an email this morning stating that they are expecting them to be back in stock this coming week. +1 for Offroad Gorilla and their awesome service.

    Big news is, I received my Doug Thorley headers today. Im quite excited to get them in, however I really dont want to do the work. I will scheduel a day for the local exhaust shop to install and run new 2.5" piping.

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    Things are coming together fairly quickly, and Im trying not to have so much rush once Gone 2016 rolls around.
     
  18. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Im impatient and tired of exhaust leaks. Judge me!

    Decided to go ahead and install the headers this weekend. Took all saturday to get the driver side installed, and all sunday for the passenger side. Took for an 11mile test drive and everything sounds really good, no problems, im quite happy.

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  19. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    My Warn manual hubs arrived today from Nisstec. Everything looks good, prob install them later this week.

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  20. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    My Calmini UCAs finally arrived, Im happy with them.

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    Hopefully I can get the manual hubs on this weekend, not sure when I will get the UCAs on, but I would like to wait until I pick up new LCA bushings, LBJ, T-bars, and do everything in a single go
     
  21. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    That's the way to do it. Hell, I'd even wait to do the hubs since you gave to take all that stuff apart in order to do the arms.
     
  22. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Yeah, im lucky this late in the year, we havent had snow at all. This time last year we were 2 months into snow and it was negative temps. Just lets me work in the driveway. I CAN use a shop, but I dont usually have alot of time after work to pull my truck in. Not a huge deal to me either way, as long as its done by April
     
  23. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Well Poo.... wheel bearing that I adjusted feels like it did before I adjusted it. I guess Im going to have to have to replace it. Wasnt planning on having to do it.

    On another note, Dixie1865 wheeled with me in Moab at GONE this past may, but just got around to going through his pictures an found a few from the trip.

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  24. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    I'm not joking. Buy an OE bearing from the dealership. I replaced my fronts two years ago w/ Timken bearings. And now the front of my truck sounds like a freight train.

    I won't be making that mistake again.
     
  25. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    I will have to order them. I dont live anywhere near a dealership. Closest one is at least 3 hours away :/
     
  26. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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  27. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Minor updates-

    I let my manager mess with the wheel bearing, not entirely sure what he did, but it hasn't squeaked, clunked, or vibrated for a few days now. The truck seems fine.

    Also I received an email about my LUX rock lights, they are shipping either today or tomorrow and I should have them this next week. And then I will have to get them installed when I have free time.

    We had a small snow storm come in today, about 3" as of right now, but currently clear skies. I didnt hesitate to go and snap a picture and test the Lokka out.

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  28. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Rock lights showed up today. +1 to Offroad Gorilla for insane fast 3 day shipping and since there was a flub on their end with supply I received an awesome OG magnetic Koozie! Im gonna work on getting things installed over the holiday week and get some pictures up of these lights.

    So 4 blue LED Rock lights and the install kit... oh and a ton of dog hair #Corgishedsalot

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    I also got my XN hoodie from Lifestyle Offroad! Thanks Luke!

    Obligatory selfie of tired dirty afterwork me.
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  29. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Well I got started with the install of the rock lights. I ran the main harness and switch on my lunch today, and then did the 2 front lights after I got home from work. maybe 45-1hour worth of time total. Hopefully if weather holds out I will be able to get the rears install tomorrow night. I also am thinking about picking up 2 more in either White or Blue to mount center of my chassis, mainly to add more light in those areas.

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  30. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    I didnt get the rear rocklights on due to weather, but I did get out and play a little in it.

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  31. bigjim247365

    bigjim247365 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Supporting Member

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    awesome lights.
     
  32. Shadowdragon

    Shadowdragon Bought an X

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    are those Rock Lights purple or UV?
     
  33. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    They are actually blue, the pictures make them seem more purple than they actually are
     
  34. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Got the oil changed today, and also wired in the rear rock lights. I will probably order a few more for mid chassis

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  35. dixie1865

    dixie1865 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    How many rock lights total?
     
  36. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    I have 4 right now, thinking i want 8 total though.
     
  37. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    I got my wheel spacers from rugged rocks today, gonna get them installed tommorow when it warms up.

    Im unabled to post any pics at te moment as my laptop has lost its wifi connectivity for some reason
     
  38. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Well i took this picture while out hunting on the ranch today. I installed the rear wheel spacers and they add a couple inches of anow over the last few days, truck handled the 10+ inches of snow like a boss. Never got stuck even in the drifts
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  39. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Wheeling Supporting Member

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    Well I havent really done a whole lot lately. Alot going on in my life, however I did order a few things today including an ARB compact compressor, snatch strap, and cam bolts so I can maybe finally get my UCAs installed. Also trying to find someone headed to GoneMOAB 2016 from the tacoma area. I have a line on a new Insain rear bumper but shipping is outrageous.
     
  40. SpongeX

    SpongeX Bought an X

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    If you do end up coming to Grand Junction I have a calming winch bumper taking space in my workshop that I bet my wife would let go of cheap. We bought it for her 03 but then that rig ended up going to our daughter before we installed it.
     

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