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Old 05-30-2013, 03:33 AM   #1
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Ok I have compiled a list of parts needed for my lift and want to know what I am overlooking...

So far my list is...
2"BDS Lift w/Fox Shocks
JKS Adjustable Front Trackbar (Do I need an adjustable Rear Trackbar?)
Full Set of Metal Cloak Control Arms
PB Blaster
Bribes for some local assistance (Beer and BBQ)

I have a good amount of tools, any special tools needed?

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Old 05-30-2013, 05:50 AM   #2
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You don't need a rear track bar but should acquire a track bar bracket. I would also buy a rechargeable impact wrench.

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Old 05-30-2013, 10:14 AM   #3
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I also run 2 inch BDS springs. You will love the ride. You might think about think about front sway bar disconnects. Mine popped out of the sockets on me soon after installing the lift. I run Rubicon Express. Took all of an hour to install.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:16 AM   #4
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The sixth item on that list is most important!
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:32 AM   #5
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Patience. Do not get over excited when installing, it leads to mistakes I know from experience.
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:57 AM   #6
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Ok I have compiled a list of parts needed for my lift and want to know what I am overlooking...

So far my list is...
2"BDS Lift w/Fox Shocks
JKS Adjustable Front Trackbar (Do I need an adjustable Rear Trackbar?)
Full Set of Metal Cloak Control Arms
PB Blaster
Bribes for some local assistance (Beer and BBQ)

I have a good amount of tools, any special tools needed?
you will need bumpstop extensions. 2" in front if you plan to keep the stock tie-rod & diff cover, so the track bar doesn't hit it....or you can go down to about 1"-1.25" if you use a V8 ZJ tie-rod & stock diff cover. take a look at the Metalcloak front track bar....looks to have the best clearance at full bump w/stock diff cover, and there are some no bumpstop extension pics floating around on JeepForum. fwiw, stock diff cover has the best clearance for this stuff.

rear bumpstop extensions will depend on your shock length, and if you use a rear relocation bracket. ballpark 1.25-1.5" rear bumpstop extension.

don't forget to check brake line length, and get longer sway bar links.
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Old 05-30-2013, 12:31 PM   #7
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I too have the BDS springs but with OME shocks. How do you like the Fox shocks?
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Old 05-30-2013, 12:33 PM   #8
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What do you think of the MC TB being adjustable on the frame side?
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you will need bumpstop extensions. 2" in front if you plan to keep the stock tie-rod & diff cover, so the track bar doesn't hit it....or you can go down to about 1"-1.25" if you use a V8 ZJ tie-rod & stock diff cover. take a look at the Metalcloak front track bar....looks to have the best clearance at full bump w/stock diff cover, and there are some no bumpstop extension pics floating around on JeepForum. fwiw, stock diff cover has the best clearance for this stuff.

rear bumpstop extensions will depend on your shock length, and if you use a rear relocation bracket. ballpark 1.25-1.5" rear bumpstop extension.

don't forget to check brake line length, and get longer sway bar links.
Pay attention to UnlimitedLJ04. He schooled me recently on proper bumpstops and there is actually more to it than I thought.
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What do you think of the MC TB being adjustable on the frame side?
personally, i think the adjustment should be at the axle side....and I'm not a fan of heim's for DD's. But the MC TB appears to be the only aftermarket adjustable to clear stock full bump...but we've only seen pics of one rig so far. Will be good to get more data w/ different control arm lengths & different rigs to account for variances...cautiously optimistic?
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personally, i think the adjustment should be at the axle side....and I'm not a fan of heim's for DD's. But the MC TB appears to be the only aftermarket adjustable to clear stock full bump...but we've only seen pics of one rig so far. Will be good to get more data w/ different control arm lengths & different rigs to account for variances...cautiously optimistic?
Thanks! I'm going to get rid of the aftermarket diff cover and put one of these or a JKS.
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I haven't ordered yet, want to make sure to get all my ducks in a row before I order everything. I really want to do it right the first time

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I too have the BDS springs but with OME shocks. How do you like the Fox shocks?
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So the bumpstop extensions are for the tie-rod to diff cover clearance? Just want to make sure I am understanding you. I'll check out the MC TB. What's the best way to check for the break line length?

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you will need bumpstop extensions. 2" in front if you plan to keep the stock tie-rod & diff cover, so the track bar doesn't hit it....or you can go down to about 1"-1.25" if you use a V8 ZJ tie-rod & stock diff cover. take a look at the Metalcloak front track bar....looks to have the best clearance at full bump w/stock diff cover, and there are some no bumpstop extension pics floating around on JeepForum. fwiw, stock diff cover has the best clearance for this stuff.

rear bumpstop extensions will depend on your shock length, and if you use a rear relocation bracket. ballpark 1.25-1.5" rear bumpstop extension.

don't forget to check brake line length, and get longer sway bar links.
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So the bumpstop extensions are for the tie-rod to diff cover clearance? Just want to make sure I am understanding you. I'll check out the MC TB. What's the best way to check for the break line length?
Actually the bump stop extensions are necessary to limit axle up travel before any interference between parts occurs. This includes TB to diff, TB to steering, shocks bottoming out, binding, and tire rub.
To check brake line length:
Support Jeep frame with jack stands.
With new shocks installed, lower axle to full droop while watching for tension on lines.
At full droop turn steering wheel from lock to lock. If any tension is present lines must be either relocated or lengthened.
In my build thread I detail setting bump stops and brake lines on my rig. Though I have a 4" lift the process is the same.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/marc...-221479-2.html
Also UnlimitedLJ04 is very knowledgeable, when I got stuck on something, I asked him.
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:59 AM   #15
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Awesome thanks! I'll read up on it and ask questions if I get stuck. This place can be a great wealth of knowledge.

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Actually the bump stop extensions are necessary to limit axle up travel before any interference between parts occurs. This includes TB to diff, TB to steering, shocks bottoming out, binding, and tire rub.
To check brake line length:
Support Jeep frame with jack stands.
With new shocks installed, lower axle to full droop while watching for tension on lines.
At full droop turn steering wheel from lock to lock. If any tension is present lines must be either relocated or lengthened.
In my build thread I detail setting bump stops and brake lines on my rig. Though I have a 4" lift the process is the same.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/marc...-221479-2.html
Also UnlimitedLJ04 is very knowledgeable, when I got stuck on something, I asked him.

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