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Old 05 Dec 2018, 10:57 am
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Old 05 Dec 2018, 09:35 pm
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Its like a matte black house paint, it looks like it was brushed on. Does kinda look like a vinyl roof, but its terrible.
I've once stripped off an awful paint job from a fairing without damaging the original paint. Risky. Using a paint brush I swirled citrus safe stripper til the offensive finish liquefied and squeegeed off. Small areas. Don't leave any stripper.

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Old 06 Dec 2018, 12:53 pm
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I've once stripped off an awful paint job from a fairing without damaging the original paint. Risky. Using a paint brush I swirled citrus safe stripper til the offensive finish liquefied and squeegeed off. Small areas. Don't leave any stripper.
I'm just gonna sand it, prime it, and re-spray it.
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Old 02 Jan 2019, 03:45 pm
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Have not had much time to work on the Slug. I did swap in new headlight and taillight assemblies, I will post pics when I get home. I need to swap in my new inner fender liners and change out all the plastic plugs/inserts/fasteners see if I can correct some of the saggyness to the sides of the bumper.

I want to add a small splitter or lip to the front end as I think it could use some "sportyness", but I'm afraid it'll look ricey.............. thoughts? opinions? judgements?
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Old 10 Jan 2019, 01:59 pm
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Today/This Weekend is hopefully gonna be productive, early shift at work today so I'm off at 12:30pm, home by 1pm. As long as the rain stays gone I should be able to get a fair amount done

Current list of things to do:
Front Sway Bar Bushings/Links
Front Lower Control Arm Bushings
Rear Sway Bar Bushings/Links
*hopefully that all fixes the "clunk"*
Replace Inner Fender Liners/Hardware
"Aim" New Headlight Housings
Trim out the gaps in the New Taillights
Clean off the waterspots on the passenger side
Strip the weird "paint" off the roof

Then once it starts warming up in a couple months, deal with the paint issues.
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Current list of things to do:
Front Sway Bar Bushings/Links
Just got done quieting my ft sway bar mounts. Might as well after fixing the major clunks from the rear. Broke off every mounting bolt.... After a few XXX words I ground the nubs flush and welded on new studs. Had to enlarge the mounting clamp bolt holes to encircle the welds but it worked. Another clunk bites the dust.
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Old 13 Jan 2019, 06:51 pm
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Just got done quieting my ft sway bar mounts. Might as well after fixing the major clunks from the rear. Broke off every mounting bolt.... After a few XXX words I ground the nubs flush and welded on new studs. Had to enlarge the mounting clamp bolt holes to encircle the welds but it worked. Another clunk bites the dust.
Nicely done, I got lucky with mine and didn't break any bolts. Did front and read bar bushings and end links with Energy Suspension black Poly.

I have a new issue now though, I noticed the brace for the lower torque mount is missing.



I don't think the dealership put it back on when they did the timing.

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Nicely done, I got luck with my and didn't break any bolts. Did front and read bar bushings and end links with Energy Suspension black Poly.

I have a new issue now though, I noticed the brace for the lower torque mount is missing.



I don't think the dealership put it back on when they did the timing.
What is missing is called the Pencil Strut.

How long ago did the dealership do the timing belt work?

If still within their warranty period, you should certainly go back as that item is described in the Service Manual to be removed and reinstalled. If it was not present when they did the work, then I think they had an obligation to tell you that it was missing and to buy a new one while they were working in the area.
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Old 13 Jan 2019, 08:07 pm
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What is missing is called the Pencil Strut.

How long ago did the dealership do the timing belt work?

If still within their warranty period, you should certainly go back as that item is described in the Service Manual to be removed and reinstalled. If it was not present when they did the work, then I think they had an obligation to tell you that it was missing and to buy a new one while they were working in the area.
It was more than 6 months ago, which was the warranty they gave me. I just spent 15 minutes and made my own.



16mm solid bar and a couple of grade 8 nuts that I drilled the threads out of. Bar was from the rear sway bar on my Cherokee. Cut it to size and made sure to use part of the curved section for the lower end. Welded the nuts on the ends and ground everything smooth. I guarantee it is stronger than the stock strut.
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Old 17 Jan 2019, 01:41 pm
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Man am I glad I did the poly bushing swap on the sway bars, ride is much tighter now, still a bit of body roll but can't help that with how much these beasts weigh. Once the rain clears up I'll do the control arms, thinking of doing the trailing arm bushings as well. But that looks to be a big job.
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