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Old 08-30-2010, 04:27 PM   #1
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Lift, tires and maybe too much?

This weekend took out the 2" coil spacers that were in the jeep when I got it and put in the RC 3.25" lift (2.5" springs with .75" spacers). I got the front done, and decided I should use the 2" spacer with the 2.5" coils. More is good, right!

Did the job front and back, relocated track rods as per their instructions and supplied brackets. Dropped the t-case 1". The alignment is off and the steeringwheel is crooked, but that'll get fixed tonight. The 4Lo shifter hasn't been adjusted, and 2, 4 and R are -almost- not usable. It still shifts into them all fine, don't need to hold it, etc, but I can feel that neoprene sleeve hitting the console.

I got up to about 30mph going in the neighborhood to check everything out. I didn't feel anything vibrating (what speed would you notice that?) so I'm hoping that's good.

My main question is about the bump-stop and shocks. The shocks they sent were for a 3.25 lift, and this is now 4.5 (2.5 + 2) give or take. The front doesn't seem too bad but the rear i feel like is extended out too far. So I probably need new shocks.

Don't feel like it's pressing as I probably won't be off roading, but I am also wondering about the bump stops. None were supplied in the lift kit and I'm only changing it 1.25". Should those be extended as well?

And if anything else in here seems horrible wrong, please feel free to let me know!

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What's horribly wrong is the lack of pictures!

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Old 08-30-2010, 05:07 PM   #3
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You may need adj control arms with that amount of lift, as well as a front adj track bar. If you just drilled a new hole for the stock one, your asking for trouble.
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:12 PM   #4
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I am very surprised you're not experiencing vibrations with 4.5" total lift between the spacers and springs. VERY surprised. And no amount of vibration (typically felt up through the seat of your pants) can be "lived with". Any drivetrain vibration at all will start taking out seals, bearings, u-joints, etc.
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Jerry is always so happy to explain possible life or death situations of your Jeep! That smile at the end gets me everytime
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Woo! First off, the toe-in is off by like 2 inches, so it wobbles like a bunny. I'll get it aligned (no, not driving it anywhere) after I put the new 33's on.

BUT!

Got it up to 50 mph and felt zero vibration! I'm assuming I should have felt something by that speed, and I got nothing at all. I'm hoping it stays that way, cause the jeep looks super kickin.

I'll throw up some pictures when I put the new shoes on hopefully tomorrow
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Woo! First off, the toe-in is off by like 2 inches, so it wobbles like a Bunny. I'll get it aligned (no, not driving it anywhere) after I put the new 33's on.

BUT!

Got it up to 50 mph and felt zero vibration! I'm assuming I should have felt something by that speed, and I got nothing at all. I'm hoping it stays that way, cause the jeep looks super kickin'.

I'll throw up some pictures when I put the new shoes on hopefully tomorrow
Not necessarily ...Vibes vary case to case speed wise.
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Old 08-30-2010, 09:34 PM   #8
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Dang. What speed should I expect to feel them if they're there? And if they don't show up until say, 75, does that make it an issue still at all speeds under that?
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Wait. Did I read somewhere that you're not going to take it offroad?
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Ya a jeep and its owner can never truly be happy until they are in there natural habitat which is of course offroad. Im with you cavediverjc whats with the no offroading.
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Old 08-30-2010, 11:00 PM   #11
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i would take it down the highway and offroad to see if u notice anything
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Old 08-30-2010, 11:13 PM   #12
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You drove 55mph with 2" of toe in. Thats not a very good Idea
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Old 08-31-2010, 07:26 AM   #13
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By "offroad" i mean what y'all generally consider offroad. I don't have extreme flexy trails around here and such.

In about a year I'll be in Pensa, FL in flight school for the Marine Corps, and a something beach sand capable was "necessary."

I plan on taking it to a trail place once I get the tires on just to see what mischief I can handle. My old CJ I only took mudding, and I was very hard on it. Best summer ever

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