Ok so here's my story: Back in January I purchased a 98 Wrangler Sport with a 4" short arm and 33's. I thought I was set, this Jeep was already lifted and would be everything I would ever want for a secondary vehicle to play with off road. Boy was I wrong. Once I got into this site and went on a couple of large Jeep rides I had the fever to rebuild it myself. Here is what I have finished up to date:
Ramsey 8500lb winch
Custom fab winch plate
KC Slimlights windshield mounted
Super 35 kit
Front/ rear electric lockers
Speedo gear change
Slip Yoke Eliminator
New cv driveshaft
7" Rock Krawler long arm lift
15x10 Pro Comp wheels
I would have like to post larger pics but they way I was uploading them, it made me resize them even though I took them in low resolution.
A word for everyone inexperienced like me. I really went out of my comfort zone trying an install like this. My experience is limited to replacing altenators and water pumps. But, I did my research and had all the tools I needed when I started and it was suprisingly straightforward. There were times when I was unsure about how the best way to do something was and needed help. Ryan and Joe at Absolute Offroad were great about talking to me and helping me set it up correctly. Joe researched the shocks and got me the exact part #'s I needed even though he could not get them for me. Thanks Joe and Ryan!!!. It took me a while to get it finished working small bits at a time, but definitely worth it. If your consider doing something like this yourself but have reservations about it, go for it!!! There are so many experts out there who are willing to help you out.
Location: where I wheel: N 45║ 36.663' W 123║ 20.935'
Originally Posted by branty
A word for everyone inexperienced like me. I really went out of my comfort zone trying an install like this. My experience is limited to replacing altenators and water pumps. But, I did my research and had all the tools I needed when I started and it was suprisingly straightforward.
I agree, it's difficult and somewhat intimidating to make that jump from changing your brake pads to installing a lift. Sometimes the things you may think would be difficult - like replacing a manifold, turn out to be a straightforward easy process. While sometimes a project you might think as quick and simple turn out to be major pain in the rear (I thought installing a MML would be fairly easy but damn - it was one if not the hardest thing I installed in my Jeep).
Nice walkthough and Jeep brah!
Jeep hard, Jeep safe!
1998 TJ Moss Green Sahara w/ numerous scratches & dents whose playground is on a tropical island that's 33 miles long and 4-12 miles wide, in year-round 82 degree weather
Now for the shocks and springs. I went with the Rancho RS9000XL 9 way adjustable shocks and have been very pleased.
Nice build up! Good job doin' it yourself!
I have the Rancho RS9000XLs and have been very happy with them. I added the in-cab control unit and love being able to adjust them on the fly. When I come off the trail, I like the fact that I can crank the fronts up to 9 and hardly feel that the sway bar is disconnected. I've had to fix leaks in the set-up a few times, but it's just been a hose that has been nicked or pulled out of a fitting. Overall, I think it's well worth the money.