New shoes and bushings

Posted: February 7, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Rescue Green has new shoes. They are the same size as the last ones, but look about a size bigger. They are Goodyear Wrangler MTR with Kevlar. Those tires were pricey, but from the reviews I read (in JP magazine, for example-their latest edition has an article featuring tire comparisons and ratings), they are great. So far they are great on the road in dry weather and in rain. They really make the XJ look complete…almost…

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Goodyear Wrangler MTR with Kevlar…

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White walls out…wasn’t quite sure about that, but I like it now…

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Looks great!

Another thing I did was replace the front sway bar bushings. I bought polyurethane ones at NAPA for just over $20 a pair, and installed them in 15 minutes. Easy work. When I initially tried to remove the four bolts, they would NOT budge. I remembered I had bought PB Blaster and dug it out of the back. Five minutes after I sprayed it on at the base of the bolts, they came right off. That stuff is amazing. Anyway, new bushings on; I went for a test drive. The difference was AMAZING! I kick myself for not having done that earlier. My cavity fillings don’t fall out of my teeth when I hit a bump anymore. Rescue really is a pleasure to drive now.

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Polyurethane sway bar bushings from NAPA…

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These are the old ones I removed. They are probably the original. They are distorted and worn…

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26mm bushings installed…

CAUTION: if you have an XJ and you want to change your front sway bar bushings, make sure you measure the width of your sway bar first…in millimeters. Apparently, they come in various widths…even for the same year XJ. Seems like Chrysler had a pile of extras laying around from various models of other Jeeps, and decided to install all those on the XJ.

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