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Old 04-04-2014, 03:50 PM   #1
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Return of Frankenlift: Son of Rancho

Iíve been running my Rancho 2Ē Sport lift for over a year and about 25k miles now both daily commuting and off-roading and I really have no complaints. See this thread which grew way beyond my expectations.
Rancho 2" Sport Lift Installed

But part of the reason that I picked that lift was it seemed to be easily upgradeable, without having to throw away everything and start over. I finally decided itís time to get on with the upgrade. Plan was to try and salvage as much of the Rancho kit, source high quality parts, and maximize articulation while staying within the 2-3 inch realm and keeping the stock control arms.

So hereís the parts list that I came up with. I researched the rear springs and came out with two on top, Synergy and OME. I was all set to go with the Synergy, when I found someone on another forum who had actually run both and had kept the OME springs. The OME were also a tiny bit ($20) cheaper so I figured lets give them a shot.


Description-Manufacturer-Part No.
Rear Coil Springs-Old Man Emu-2618
Rear Track Bar Bracket-Teraflex-1954777
Adjustable Sway Bar Links-JKS-JKS2943
2" Rear Bump Stops-Rubicon Express-RE1387
Adjustable Front Track Bar-JKS-OGS121
0.75" Front Coil Spacer-Rancho-RS70082
Front Control Arm Brackets-Rancho-RS6250B
Exhaust Kit-Rancho-RS72003
Longer Travel Front Shocks (9000xl)-Rancho-RS999329
Front Brake Line Extension Brackets-Rubicon Express-RE15071
High Clearance Steering Stabilizer-Rancho-RS97356


So far the back is complete, and Iíve installed the front drop brackets and moved the rear sway bar links to the front. I still need to add JKS removable front links to my list and order them as well. I drove the Jeep for about a week with just the rear components installed and had no problems.

I was concerned about the Rancho Brackets not working with less than 2.5 inches of lift in the front. My initial plan was to move the .75 rear spacer from the Sport kit to the front, but it doesnít fit over the bump stop. So I have new spacers on the way. I measured my front before I started and it looks like Iím at 1.75 inches over stock after 25k miles of carrying a 95 lb winch, so the new spacers should bring it up to 2.5 inches. I wonít take it off road again until I have the front finished.

Iím about 2.75 inches over stock in the rear, but I think some of that will settle out. Surprisingly the rear OME springs seem to ride a bit softer then the original 59 series springs.

Itíll be over $1,100 (not counting the initial kit) by the time Iím done, but thatís comparable to what it would have cost for a similar kit with all the little pieces. I didnít consciously choose lots of Rancho parts, but much of my decision making was driven by shipping costs to Alaska. Iíve purchased most of this off Amazon with Prime free shipping.

Iím very happy with the way it is turning out, and the ride is great. The brackets made a big difference in how the bumps are transmitted to the driver and the rear OMEís just float.

Only problem Iíve had so far is I had to buy a new drop hitch for my trailer as the trailer jack doesnít go high enough.

Iíll take some pictures later this weekend and add them to the post.

Mike

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Old 04-04-2014, 06:12 PM   #2
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Here's a picture.

Before & After.

It's a pretty subtle difference.

Mike
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:20 PM   #3
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Nice work!

I share your concern with the correction brackets. It's fairly easy to tell if they are working properly or not. Put a level on them. If they are below plane (front higher than rear) than you should consider removing them.

Time will grade your Franken design.
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Old 04-04-2014, 07:21 PM   #4
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Very nice man. Better yet ... Jeep Jk, Caster and lifting.
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:10 PM   #5
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Mike,
I've been following your original thread and doing my own research. At one point in the thread you mentioned that you would of liked to have the 1.75" spacer in the back. Is that because you had more lift in front than back and it was sitting higher in the front? Just looking at this from all angles and its cool to see what you've done since update/upgrade it. I am definitely going to purchase the 2" sport lift, just waiting for some extra funds. I just wondering about the 3/4" spacer in the back and I don't want to end up with the nose sticking up. I don't have the winch as you do so thats also a deciding factor to the overall stance. Thanks for taking the time to post pics and explain in detail what you have done.... it certainly has helped me.
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Jaker,
Glad you are enjoying the threads. I'm happy to share what I know, especially if it'll help others.

My Jeep sat level after installing the 2 inch kit. I'm just one of the minority that likes the look with a slight forward rake. I also suspect that the Jeep engineers put it in for a reason. There may be some aerodynamic benefit to the rake, but that's purely speculation. At the very least, you end up nose high when towing a heavy trailer or with a heavy load in the back if you are level to start.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Jaker,
Glad you are enjoying the threads. I'm happy to share what I know, especially if it'll help others.

My Jeep sat level after installing the 2 inch kit. I'm just one of the minority that likes the look with a slight forward rake. I also suspect that the Jeep engineers put it in for a reason. There may be some aerodynamic benefit to the rake, but that's purely speculation. At the very least, you end up nose high when towing a heavy trailer or with a heavy load in the back if you are level to start.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Mike
Your Jeep sat level after the 2" kit but you also had the winch on, right?

I also like a slight forward rake but I'm ok with a level look knowing that when I add winch and bumper it may sag a bit. Still looking at all my options, taking it slow. Dont want to go higher than 2" so I'm considering many options. I may do 1.5 RK coils in front and spacer in back. Need new shocks though, so the Rancho kit is a good deal.

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Yes, it sat pretty level with the winch. I only ran the Sport Kit without the winch for about a week, so it may have been a little nose high at first.

I've got my Frankenlift almost complete, everything is installed but the new longer front shocks and the exhaust adapter. The shocks seem to be on back order and I'll do the exhaust adapter next week.

The front had sagged down to 1.75 inches over stock with the winch. I added the Rancho 0.75 inch spacer to the front to bring it back up to 2.5 inches over stock.

I still think the Rancho 2" kit is a great way to start. The only things I'm not reusing are the rear spacers and the front shocks. I could keep the front shocks, but wanted the longer travel length of the 29xl.

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