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Old 05-26-2018, 06:53 PM   #17111
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wear one of those super tall winter hats with the ear flaps.



incidentally a friend has one that was russian army surplus and he wears it in eastern oregon on the farm. he said its actually too warm, so imagine how cold it is in the permafrost of "moth-ar-raw-shaw"
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Old 05-27-2018, 01:09 AM   #17112
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wear one of those super tall winter hats with the ear flaps.

incidentally a friend has one that was russian army surplus and he wears it in eastern oregon on the farm. he said its actually too warm, so imagine how cold it is in the permafrost of "moth-ar-raw-shaw"
You wear one of those hats, and then maybe a movie talent scout comes up to you.

Says, "We're casting for the remake of Fargo...want to try out for a part?"
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Old 05-27-2018, 01:40 AM   #17113
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I'd rock one and an AK in the winter! Cold ears suck!
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Old 05-27-2018, 01:58 AM   #17114
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Hell yeah! Keep those ears warm!

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Old 05-27-2018, 02:23 AM   #17115
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Changed out the rear differential, also found a clean set of leaf-springs off a 93 4X4 and installed those as well. I bought new seals and bearings but decided to roll the dice and just install the replacement differential as is. I'm tired of working on my rear-bearing issue.

Got everything buttoned back up and heard no noises during a long test drive. WOOHOO! I'll keep the new parts just in case.

Now I get to start working on the interior.

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Old 05-27-2018, 02:52 AM   #17116
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Tried to replace the front shocks today... PB Blaster and still could not get the bolts off... So I cranked on by torsion bars instead and dropped the front... backed the nut off about 1/2" and it only dropped a 1/4"... will take the wheels off again tomorrow and get it about another 1/2" lower to level out.

I can see these shocks wont want to cooperate at all.
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Old 05-27-2018, 03:07 AM   #17117
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Tried to replace the front shocks today... PB Blaster and still could not get the bolts off... So I cranked on by torsion bars instead and dropped the front... backed the nut off about 1/2" and it only dropped a 1/4"... will take the wheels off again tomorrow and get it about another 1/2" lower to level out.

I can see these shocks wont want to cooperate at all.
Which ones are you having trouble with? The one on the bottom where it bolts to the control arm or the stud and nut on the top?
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Old 05-27-2018, 10:51 AM   #17118
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if i had to guess, i would assume that the top shaft of the shock is spinning. mine did the same thing. i jacked the front up to extend the shock and took the wheel off. then i clamped a set of vice grips to the exposed inner shaft to keep it from spinning.
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Old 05-27-2018, 04:44 PM   #17119
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if i had to guess, i would assume that the top shaft of the shock is spinning. mine did the same thing. i jacked the front up to extend the shock and took the wheel off. then i clamped a set of vice grips to the exposed inner shaft to keep it from spinning.
Yes! I have done shocks twice in the last year. On the front shocks, you MUST hold shock shaft separately with a vise grip to get off the top nut, or the shaft will spin on you until doomsday.

Back shocks are easy. You can change those out in twenty minutes.
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Old 05-27-2018, 05:10 PM   #17120
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I think Foul Mouth put out a good video a while back on how to change them. If I remember correctly he used a pipe wrench to keep it from turning.

I was completely spoiled when I did mine, a little spritz of PB blaster the day before and I was actually able to put use the open end of a wrench on that little nub at the top of the stud to hold it still while I broke the nut loose. I had the cutoff wheel ready and everything thinking it would be stuck.
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