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Old 05-30-2013, 01:22 PM   #1
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Im aggrivated to say the least. I have 4 jeep people who aive met or spoke with who all say I dont need bumpstop extensions including the certain respected individual on another forum.

Know what i had to do last night since I cant find any help around my area...12am sneak out to my jeep to finally install my rear bumpstop extensions, spent 3hrs dealing with those things and didnt even get to the front!!

Now I have read way too many threads over the last month about way too many topics on these forums.

1. Finally figured out how to lift back end of jeep and support it with stands on frame
2. Couldnt get one coil out even though i jacked up the other side, had sway disconnected and of course shocks and sure as hell couldnt figure out this coil compressor. Even tried removing bolt for rear trackbar, that didnt want to come out.
3. Then it came time to assemble everything, couldnt figure out how the heck I was to line up the lower shock mounts with the bracket. Took me 25min of grunting and smacking my head.

Finally did it...the hell with pushing it to full bump. I just had to install a 2.5" spacers up top and leave it that way. I dont have a garage, dont have friends with knowledge or live remotely close for their driveway.

14.63" collapsed length
12.25" is what stock fits so Ive read
So just went with 2.5"

Im supposed to tackle front tonight (cant wait...NOT) have to get it aligned asap and thats tomorrow. I want to enjoy this thing and supposed to hit trails with a group on Sunday.

Im putting in 2" bumpstop ext on spring perch bc I have jks adj trackbar but then I have zj tierod as well, so I might not need as much. But its a process just for me to figure out the whole full bump, droop stuff let alone sneaking around doing it.

im about to just give up. Im not enjoying it bc im trying to save money and just dropped $3500 on it in first month to get it how i wanted it to look.


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Old 05-30-2013, 01:27 PM   #2
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UnlimitedLJ04 would be proud of you! Some veterans never mention bumpstops, but maybe because it's a given. I've seen pics of fenders bent from lack of BS extension. So far he's been right about the crappy Daystar bumpstops and aftermarket diff covers I installed. Give yourself a pat on the back for doing it yourself!

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Old 05-30-2013, 02:23 PM   #3
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One idea for the front, that works well is to RTV or glue 1 or 2 hockey pucks to the bottom perch. Sure I prefer to have them mounted to the lower perch via a bolt, but it works just fine to glue them in place.

I ran my TJ like that for a year while I fiddled with different suspension setups. I never had a puck come loose, I just pried them off when it was time to change things around.
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Old 05-30-2013, 03:13 PM   #4
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I'll second Arch, at least you're doing it! Just a tip, I read that you don't have friends who are close, is there a neighbor that can come lend you a hand at all? They don't have to be knowledgeable; one trick to getting the coils out is to put the frame on jackstands like you have done, and then put the jack under the axle on the opposite side that you are getting ready to pull the coil out of. Jack it up, and it will lower the axle on the side you are trying to get the coil off of. Then, have someone push down on top of the caliper/drum while you pull on the coil. It will usually give an extra inch or two with someone pushing down on it, allowing you to pull the coil off. HTH
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:02 PM   #5
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Congrats doing that kind of stuff without a helper can be a nighmare!

Here's my take on Bumpstops even though No One Asked.

All you need a bumpstop for is to keep your springs from going into coil bind. Thats when the spring is compressed so far that each coil is contacting the next. When you coil bind a spring it ruins it normaly by mashing the smaller diameter coils inside the larger diameter coils, suddenly you have a shorter spring and a Jeep that leans to one side.

I have a wallmounted spring compressor but if carefully used you can do this with a handheld spring compressor, make sure you run a safety chain through the spring and attach it to something solid!
Simply compress the spring and measure its compressed height then with the spring still out of your jeep install a bumpstop that will limit your up travel to one inch More than your compressed spring height trim it or extend it if needed. At the same time make sure your shocks are not bottomed out and see what you need to trim/remove/adjust/modify to keep your tire from rubbing.
You now have the Ultimate amount of Uptravel that your combination can handle. Downtravel is the next project.
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:16 PM   #6
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This method took about 15 minutes to do, worked extremely well. Never loosened.

I removed it when I installed the 4.25" Combo kit, but I would do it again as a quick, effective way to get bumpstops in the springs without taking the springs out.
'99 Chili Pepper TJ - I4 PowerTech motor
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:31 PM   #7
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Thanks guys...hopefully it wont be too bad. Worse comes to worse I'll cut my fancy Performance Accessories 2" body puck in half to slide the 2 pieces through the spring and silicon them things down lol

Then stare at my pretty grade 8 bolts & washers and the new tap & die set I purchased to do this install haha

I do have extra set of hands but I swear people down here in Tampa dont work on their own cars and havent met enough jeep peeps yet.
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:04 PM   #8
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Come on Up to Hardrock in Ocala: Hardrock Cycle Park - Cycles, ATV's, and 4X4's next weekend June 8th it's a special event $15 to wheel in some interesting terrain you don't normaly find in Florida. Jeepers will be there Sat and Sun and there's talk of a Night Ride Sat night! Fun Stuff!
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:41 AM   #9
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Well I did it...mission COMPLETE!!

Got the front 2" bumpstops installed and adjusted a few other things, went over every bolt since Ive already driven 600 miles on the new suspension, bl & mml.

I did need to use the spring compressor to get the front springs in due to them being the zj ome springs and didnt have quite enough droop in the axle. I was able to tap a 1/2-13 thread for my grade 8 bolts for extensions.

Thanks to unlimited04 for all his thorough posts and encouraging me to read through every last page and understand it.

Ive learned so much about my jeep in this first month of ownership working on it, tearing it apart a few different times that Im so proud to say That I did these upgrades.

Now to take her out this weekend and wheel it!!
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:43 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by flflash View Post
Come on Up to Hardrock in Ocala: Hardrock Cycle Park - Cycles, ATV's, and 4X4's next weekend June 8th it's a special event $15 to wheel in some interesting terrain you don't normaly find in Florida. Jeepers will be there Sat and Sun and there's talk of a Night Ride Sat night! Fun Stuff!
I'll definitely look into it and see if I can clear up my schedule! I missed out on a hardrock trip last weekend with local group because I wanted to button this up first.

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