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Old 02-21-2012, 10:27 PM   #31
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So, I had the bumpers and other stuff installed, including the front trackbar bracket. I still wasn't satisfied with how it drove on the street. At the time, I had:

Pro Comp 4" Stage-II Lift Kit with MX-6 Shocks;
J.E. Reel 1350 Front DS;
Rancho Steering Stabilizer;
Synergy Suspension Front Track Bar Bracket;
Synergy Suspension Jeep JK F911 Hardware Kit; and
Teraflex Exhaust Extensions.


So, I took a gamble, and just added:

Synergy Suspension Jeep JK Front Track Bar (replaced ProComp TB);
Synergy Suspension Adjustable Front Lower Control Arms (replaced fixed ProComp LCAs);
Synergy Suspension Chromoly Tie Rod; and
Synergy Suspension High Steer Drag Link (flipped).

Dang! I'm really not kidding: it rides like an independent front suspension Tahoe or something now, but has even more potential articulation than it did before for the fun off-road stuff. It's like night and day. Before, it was fine, and I was used to it. But now, I don't feel the bumps and it drives like a Lincoln Towncar on the highway. Glad I did all that, though it wasn't painless.

Night pics:

And I added a winch:

I'm done for a while, but the installer (High Tech in Chantilly) is going to fabricate for me a permanent metallic fix for the Transfer Case Bushing debacle: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/not...eel-99139.html

He's looking at something metal and removable, but will essentially will be bolted in place.

FWIW, the best the installer could achieve with the previous parts was a caster of 3.36*. It's now set at 5.15* (both averaging left and right).

Thanks to OAD Offroad for the good advice and prompt shipment of the parts.

It drives like a dream now.
Day..... Um

I am saying far away from that beast

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Day..... Um

I am saying far away from that beast
Thing'll eat your children, man.
Or your dog.
Something that's not supposed to be eaten, anyway.

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Thing is it really more comfortable and (dare I say) civilized on the street. Even in slow turns coming out of the parking garage, it just feels much smoother and like you typical weenie IFS SUV. At highway speeds, especiallly over bumps, it's really a night and day difference. If I hadn't added these last mods, I probably would not have noticed what I'm missing. But it just feels safer, more comfortable, and easier to drive. But the mods also give it more potential flex in more fun 4WL stuff. I feel like I got what I wanted--the best of both worlds.

Of course, I have more things I want to do to it (three more underbody skids, rear DS, maybe flat fenders and 37s eventually, etc ...), but I impatiently wanted to get it to where I fortunately got it in terms of handling.

I'm working too hard to offroad it hard until about late March, but I can't wait to take it up to Rausch Creek.

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