now for my breakage...
On Saturdays trail ride i started hearing a little clank but finished the day out.
Sunday the clank wasn't there so i figured it must have been something that was in the jeep on saturday that i had taken out for sunday. but that was not the case.
After it becoming a real annoyance to me i took a look under the beast and found my driver side lower control arm jam nut loose. well i cranked it back up tight and all seemed good until i started hearing it again.
so we stop for a quick second to check everything out under the rear again and Nick (paramaniac) notices the jam nut on the track bar had backed it way off. so with a couple turns i get it snug but it then the nut breaks loose. GREAT! so after a few more tries i get it snug to the point of not over tightening it. Nick and i then proceed to apply a couple layers of electrical tape and then a hose clamp on the back side of the jam nut to prevent it from working its way back again.
well we hit the trail again and ALL IS GOOD! no noise no nothing! awesome!
spoke too soon...
i went through a rough puddle with some rocks that shook the jeep resulting in the noise coming back. i quickly stop to check out our quick trail fix and the clamp is still in place but the track bar is now completely separated from the johnny joint and laying on the axle. hmmmmmm sooooooooooooooooo
the johnny joints threads are stripped like crazy!
Nick and I debate the situation and Nick comes up with at plan. we use a ratchet strap and some man power to push and pull the body into place above the axle. then Nick removed the johnny joint while Fklein6768 mixed up some JBweld.
the plan moved forward as some JBweld was then applied to the threads and the johnny joint installed back into the track bar and reinstalled the trackbar into place. we tightened the ratchet strap up and tied all loose ends up with a few knots and the masterpiece was put together.
well it made some noise for the rest of the trail but i was able to limp out and drive back to camp and then later limp back home without any further complications. time to contact Teraflex.
BUT... I HAVE TO SEND MAJOR THANKS TO NICK (paramaniac) FOR JUMPING RIGHT IN AND HELPING OUT WITH THE MACGYVER ROLL.