Should help you out... also visit dailydriventj.com there's a write up in there as well. With pics...
BuTTTTTTT.... If i were you. be prepared to spend some quality time on the project. It took me all evening and the next morning to get the job complete. It didnt help that everything hadn't been touched for 12 years... definitely PB Blast the bolts, nuts, sway bar, track bars, etc. every evening a couple days in advance. G'luck!
ya, definitely spray all of those bolts and nuts!!!! the front bolts to the shocks will probably snap off when you're taking them off. but for $6 you can get new ones at Home Depot. i just threw some 10mmx15mm maybe?( i cant remember) with washers and nuts. just bring one bolt with you to compare. RENT Spring compressors!!! But be careful! VIP will sell them to you for $40, use them and bring them back with the receipt and they'll give you your money back. i had a friend who had 5 stitches put in to his finger b/c the damn spring compressor gave a little while his hand was holding it.
the "dust" shield on the shock should be replaced or the guy in the pic just armor all it ?
you're talking about the black shock booty right? I think thats just the booty that goes with the new shocks. But i do believe that he used some rubberized undercoating from a spray can on the chasis and other parts. with the 98' i'd wait and do that as a seperate job and do the whole body of the jeep over a weekend. thats another one of my projects before winter hits.
its okay, not a big deal. you have two choices. a) just install them w/o the booty's or b) order some offline and wait..... I've heard that some don't like the booty b/c it holds in moisture and dirt with the shock, leading to quicker deterioration of shock life. I guess its just up to you. I decided to throw the boots on anyways. I don't do enough off roading in the dirt for it to make too much of a difference. Living in maine, i feel like the boot could help protect the poor things from the salt and sand during the winters....
I have the budget lift on my 97. I've got Rancho 9000s under it, too. It rides good and I fit 32" Wranglers under it with very little rub in extreme situations. New guy here - dumb question - how do I start a new thread?