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Old 08-25-2013, 08:50 AM   #1
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Billet Silver 10th Anniversary Build

New to the forum and to Jeep, thought I'd contribute to the community with my mods so far to wife's new 10A (yes I said wife!! )

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Old 08-25-2013, 09:23 AM   #2
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Wife wanted red lift components to go well with the red highlights on the car so out of the box options were Skyjacker or Rancho, went with Rancho since it seemed like a nice kit for the money. Yes I know this kit has a drop Pitman Arm, gives me something to upgrade later

Parts Initially Installed:
Lift: Rancho 4" Crawler System RS66104 - $1307 from Amazon
Front Shocks: Rancho 9000XL for 4" lift RS999331 - $95.54 each from Amazon
Rear Shocks: Rancho 9000XL for 4" lift RS999332 - $95.54 each from Amazon
Exhaust Mod: From Rancho to clear front drive shaft RS720003 - $66.59 from Amazon
Wheels: Fuel Revolver 18x9 5x127 ET: -12 Offset D52518902645 - $222 each from RimzOneOnline.com
Tires: Toyo Open Country AT2's 35X1250R18 - $280 each from local 4x4 shop
TPMS: 56029398AB - $20 each from totalpartssolution.com
Parts Total with Tax - $4,200 ($4,600 minus $400 Rancho rebate)

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Old 08-25-2013, 09:28 AM   #3
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Lift Parts

Wheels and Tires
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:33 AM   #4
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Ready to dig in with a little helper


Parts coming off

Bushings were a beatch
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:37 AM   #5
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:44 AM   #6
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I think it took me about 6-8 hours with just me and my wife to get the front 95% done. I do have a compressor and impact which helped a lot. Then I took it over to a local shop to have them help me with the pitman removal/install (didn't have socket that big). Since I was there he also helped me install the rear using a lift, rear was much easier than the front but still took us about 3-4 hours.

Front done and ready to drive to local shop to finish up.
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:49 AM   #7
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:51 AM   #8
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Congrats on the 10a & all the goodies. Looking forward to seeing pics when you are finished. Since you did all the work on your wife's 10a you should be allowed to break it in over the next 5000 miles. Fair is fair!
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Wow that was fast... Looks awesome man!
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:19 AM   #10
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Couple of more recent additions

Smittybilt 2743 Tire Carrier


Rancho RS97356 Steering Stabilizer
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:01 AM   #11
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So question is would I do this again? I'd say I did about 70% of the work on my own and had help with the rest (mainly the rear install). I'm including time spent researching options, buying parts, hauling parts around like rims/tires to tire shop etc. For my efforts I saved $2k compared to the lowest local bid to do the whole project.

It was definitely a headache to pull it all together and get it done but I do think it was worth the $2k savings. Now I know the suspension inside and out which is a great thing.

Here are the few "problems" I found with doing it myself:
Rear Track Bar Bracket - Needed a right angle drill to drill one of the holes for it, luckily I did the rear at local shop who had the drill
Pitman Arm - I'm obviously mechanically inclined but decided not to mess with this on my own
Brakes - Following install of the new brake lines with the kit...the brakes sucked...completely squishy feeling and felt like they barely worked. After multiple additional brake bleed sessions and a trip to Midas for their advice on an ABS module pressure bleed (which we did not end up doing) they feel better. I had only driven the car home from dealer to driveway so didn't have a lot of experience with what JK brakes should feel like. We did the upgrades at 85 miles so part of the problem was the pads/rotors had not broken in at all and now they're starting to break-in and have become a little better. Needless to say the brakes are still not confidence inspiring and need an upgrade.
Install Confidence - I know my wife would have felt better having the job done professionally. She and I both had zero experience driving a lifted 4x4 much less a JK so had no idea what it should feel like on the road. Initially it felt a little "floatly" on bumpy/uneven roads...I tracked that down to a loose front track bar bracket bolt allowing the front axle to move about 1/4" side to side. Once that was fixed it feels much better and we've both gotten used to the feel.

So overall we're very pleased with the outcome and the Rancho kit. On the highway, I've been thoroughly impressed with the ride and comfort. This car won't see much more "rock crawling" than parking lot tire stops so is more of a look cool rig for my wife. Will keep this thread updated with anything new that crops up.
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BTW we've decided we like the Rancho 9000XL's set on "2" up front and "3" in the back, a tad softer than recommended by others. This made the ride on uneven concrete roads (which we have a ton of where we live) much more compliant.
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That's one awesome looking rig!
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:58 AM   #14
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Wow that was fast... Looks awesome man!
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That's one awesome looking rig!
Thanks guys. Need brakes, light bar, soft top for fall, Hemi...
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Love your wife's Jeep, especially the color. Great work man!
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nice! we should all meet up sometime! I'm here in memorial!
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:40 PM   #18
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nice work. cool thread. good choice on red.

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