Replacement Hinge Bushings

The rear doors on the Jeep were getting pretty stiff and not closing properly, due to deteriorating factory hinge bushings.
Found a company in Canada called TMR Customs that machines delrin bushings for the JK for $50 (for a 4 door JK).  They showed up today, and I was anxious to get them installed.
jeep_delrin_door_hinge_bushings_jk
Last weekend I took the doors off for the first time ever (abt 5years), and they were a bear to remove.  I ended up using a floor jack to lift the doors out of the hinges.  While the doors were off, I removed the hinges from the doors, sanded the bubbling factory paint off them, and then repainted using bed-liner.  Looks pretty good I think. Just have to do the bottom half of the hinges next, but that might have to wait til next spring 🙂
Anyway, this time, the doors were much easier to remove – I was able to just lift the doors off without having to resort to the floor jack 🙂
I drilled out the old metal shims and plastic bushings that were jamming up the doors with a 1/2″ drill bit, cleaned up the pins and hinges, and the new bushings pressed into place nicely.
The doors dropped back in nice and smooth, and the doors are working better than ever!

New wheels!

Well, after almost 5 years, the tires that came with my Jeep have been replaced, and along with the new (to me) rubber, I replaced the alloy rims with a set of Pro Comp steel ones – and I’m no longer using the TPMS valve stems that were in the factory rims.
I think TPMS is a pretty nice feature – however, in the Jeep Wrangler, I think the implementation is pretty flawed.

  1. Only a light saying pressure is low – but no indication of which tire is low.  I had a 2005 Jeep Liberty with TPMS, and it told you which tire was low.
  2. Aluminum valve stems that cannot be replaced without replacing the entire TPMS assembly in the tire.  I had one assembly replaced because the stem had corroded to the point where there were only a couple threads of the needle valve keeping air in – the rest of the needle valve was exposed.  Not a comfortable situation to find yourself in when you’re planning a road trip.

corroded valve stem wheels on! Rubi's got new shoes!
Here’s a shot of one of the tires with the new wheels.  The new tires are the same as original equipment tires –  32″ BFG MT’s.  The new steel wheels are Pro Comp Rock Crawler Series 98 rims in flat black.  I also got wheel caps and new lug nuts, in chrome (the shop didn’t have any black ones in stock).  I think they look pretty good!