Well my internet was down last night so I didnt get to post pics, but here they are. I had the front end out in the floor in 65 minutes including taking 7 phone calls....its nice working on a rustfree jeep for a change. I will explain every pic at the top of it....
Jacked up showing jackstand placement
Vicegrip brand chain grip, a must for holding a shock with a rusty stud
Swaybar link removal, just get a prybar and put it right here
Disconnect front axle and trackbar
Tie up brake caliper
The only pitman arm puller to buy
Complete front end laying in the floor
4.10 front from my boneyard
If I wouldn't have had company at 7 I woulda had it back in the jeep last night.
Lining up upper perch with lower. I use two protractors for this, starting with one on the bottom set at zero (moving the axle up and down to achieve this)...once its at zero I set the top perch in place and zero it out as well, then tack it, check it, and burn it in
Once the passenger side is done and square, you can line the drivers side up by using both protractors on top. Just line it up on zero again, place the new perch on the drivers side, line it up with zero, and burn it in
Thanks, just get a good maching and helmet and your halfway there. The first couple I did I only used one protractor and it was alot harder and more of a two person job to hold the housing in place, this way is alot easier....especially since they are only 6 bucks to buy one lol
Nice write-up. I didn't even know of this board when I did my SOA. A friend and I did it in a night in his garage. I only kept it like that for 1-2 months. Then I got stupid and went to 4.5"RE leafs and it is to big for the road. I'm just going to keep the 4.5" and go back to spring under. Most of my friends sold their rigs so any wheeling I do is not as extreme as it used to be.
Whoops I guess I forgot to mention that...all the lift parts are from Rough Country, but the wishbone bar I'm gonna make from scratch using ballistic joints. Last night was a crap night, too many calls about a truck I have on ebay, people wanting jeep parts, and people stopping by...so I only got the front end painted, stabilizer put on, and a couple other small things so I didnt take any pics. Hopefully tonight I will be able to get the front done and the rear out.
Actually the new ones are wider and have an overlap on them to go over the housing on the left side, and the intermediate shaft on the passenger side. That being said, they will really only go on one way, all you have to do is make sure they are dead nuts level with the bottom perches so the pinion angle doesn't change and one isn't different from the other.
I had to work a bit late so I didn't get into the shop till around 7 last night, but I did manage to hang the front end and get the new brake lines installed.
Drivers side, notice the use of stock ubolts and the spring plate is the one from the bottom of the passenger side flipped around.
Easiest way to do the drivers side brake line extension. Drill a hole exactly where I did in the airbox bracket so you can get to the bolt holding the stock one down. After you get that bolt out you can carefully pull the line up and over the shock tower so you can get at it easier. The passenger side is alot easier...
I just threw the tires on for a pic and let the weight seat the springs for a day or so. Keep in mind this is how its sitting on the ground right now, no jack stands...just flipping the springs makes this much difference
looks great.i thought about doing this also but i dont know if my little flux core welder has enough to burn in good.also do you have to relocate the trac bar?i would probably also go with 1 1/2 shackles to fit so 33 s.what do ya think? thanks and keep us posted.