Today was a very busy day for the FJ!
1. I did an oil change by myself for the first time ever. I usually just take it to a shop but I felt ambitious today.
I put STP in there as well as the Lucas High Mileage oil conditioner/additive to see if it makes a noticeable difference. Hoping it does!
2. I replaced the cabin air filter (there was a special deal where you get it at a discounted price if you buy oil and an oil filter which I was already getting).
3. I installed my new RESZ Fab rear upper and lower links with the new Duroflex joints.They are powder coated red
of course! And I actually now understand the struggle of the driver's side rear upper link. Haha. What a pain!
4. I installed the quick disconnect rear swaybar links I got from
as well! The old ones I took off were actually from a Rough Country 6" lift one of the previous owners had installed. They later went down to a 3" lift but left a couple 6" lift parts on it including the rear panhard bar and the rear swaybar links. The top bolt for the Rough Country links actually broke off due to their rusted condition and one of them was shockingly so bad that the ball in the ball-joint popped right out and was extremely rusted! I'm sure this explains the weird metal sound I was hearing from the rear end while going over bumps and stuff.
5. And the biggest pain in the butt I tackled today was replacing my rear panhard barwith my new RESZ Fab one. With this suspension component being a left over part from the former Rough Country 6" lift installed by the first owner, it seems as though no anti-seize was ever used when installing and the passenger-side bolt for the panhard bar had rusted solid to the bushing's metal sleeve therefore rendering it impossible to remove the panhard traditionally. So after hours of cutting, bending, twisting, and struggling, I finally got the the Rough Country panhard out. And then it took a while to get the panhard mounts open enough to accept the larger bushings used on the RESZ Fab panhard bar as well as line up the holes for the bolts to go through, but now that it is in, it's IN.
Looking forward to seeing how it all works as I run it in the future, the preliminary test drive felt great, and I especially want to get my new long travel rear shocks, coils, and extended rear brake lines installed so I can truly rock LONG TRAVEL!