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Old 03-14-2012, 01:43 PM   #1
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UCA help.

So I installed my SYE last night, got up this morning to do the control arms and get my pinion angle right, only problem is I can't get the passenger side UCA bolts out, the top one hits the muffler (I have the hanger off and still won't wiggle out of my way enough) and the bottom one is hitting the coil spring... Anyone else run into this problem? Have any ideas on how I can get these out?
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:50 PM   #2
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Left pic: Jack up your jeep from the frame and it will release the tension on the spring to move it around to get the bold out.

Right pic: remove the muffler hanger from the rubber cushion and lower the muffler to get to the bolt.

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So I installed my SYE last night, got up this morning to do the control arms and get my pinion angle right, only problem is I can't get the passenger side UCA bolts out, the top one hits the muffler (I have the hanger off and still won't wiggle out of my way enough) and the bottom one is hitting the coil spring... Anyone else run into this problem? Have any ideas on how I can get these out?
Hey Jeep guy

Did you pull the TC when you installed the SYE or did you install it with everything in place? Any problems or advice as I'm about to do the same thing.

Thanks for the info!
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Hey bcpaddler...I just completed mine a week ago with sye, tt, upper UCAs, ds install. I installed mine while on the Jeep. My advice is to make sure you have a nice locking ring pliers and take your time. Good luck on your project.
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Hey bcpaddler...I just completed mine a week ago with sye, tt, upper UCAs, ds install. I installed mine while on the Jeep. My advice is to make sure you have a nice locking ring pliers and take your time. Good luck on your project.
Thanks man... I've been studying it real hard. And I believe that I'm going with the same set up as you.
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Did mine in the Jeep. Jack the rear end up using heavy duty jack stands or drive on ramps. Plenty of room.

X2 on the quality pliers. After breaking two sets of cheapos, I bought some from the Matco tool truck.

As far as the bolts, do what you have to to get them out. Jack the rear up or down to get it through the spring. My muffler was getting swapped, so I didn't have the problem in the front. But, I did put the bolts back in the other way to make it easier next time. Glad I did. I've had them in and out more than a few times dialing in my pinion angle.
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Did my sye in the jeep, took about 3 hrs by myself, had to stop at about 1am last night cuz I totally spaced the fact that in ditching the 1.5" tcase drop I'd have to get new skid plate bolts, I'm gonna go out and get those last bolts out and finish her up.

I dont think you can stress enough how important the snap ring pliers are, I was gonna go ahead and try without and at the last minute decided to buy the nice craftsmans ones, glad I did or I'd still be working on the first snap ring
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Did mine in the Jeep. Jack the rear end up using heavy duty jack stands or drive on ramps. Plenty of room.

X2 on the quality pliers. After breaking two sets of cheapos, I bought some from the Matco tool truck.

As far as the bolts, do what you have to to get them out. Jack the rear up or down to get it through the spring. My muffler was getting swapped, so I didn't have the problem in the front. But, I did put the bolts back in the other way to make it easier next time. Glad I did. I've had them in and out more than a few times dialing in my pinion angle.
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Did my sye in the jeep, took about 3 hrs by myself, had to stop at about 1am last night cuz I totally spaced the fact that in ditching the 1.5" tcase drop I'd have to get new skid plate bolts, I'm gonna go out and get those last bolts out and finish her up.

I dont think you can stress enough how important the snap ring pliers are, I was gonna go ahead and try without and at the last minute decided to buy the nice craftsmans ones, glad I did or I'd still be working on the first snap ring
What set up did you guys use - tom woods? and what Rear UCA's did you wind up getting?

And I just lifted mine and kept the old TC bolts
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:14 PM   #9
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Here is my list for the tummy tuck:

Advance Adapters SYE
UCF Ultra high clearance tc skid (aluminum)
Savvy Offroad upper and lower control arms with JJ (aluminum)
Tom Woods ds
Brown Dog 1"MML
JKS 1.25"BL
Novak cable shifter

A tummy tuck project is kind of expensive route...IMO
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Rubicon so no sye. (would get an AA if I was)

8 Rokmen control arms. (they use currie JJ's but are beefier than savvys)

Tom woods shaft

Savvy aluminum under armor for TT (was getting the UCF super skinny but after reading through the UA thread on JF it's by far best on market)

There's my TT list.

2.6 K installed by myself.
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What set up did you guys use - tom woods? and what Rear UCA's did you wind up getting?

And I just lifted mine and kept the old TC bolts
I went through Adams driveshaft and offroad on eBay, just search "jeep tj sye" and it'll pop up, I got the SYE and driveshaft for $400 shipped, the driveshaft fits amazing, fast shipping too. I think it was 5 days from the time I ordered to the time I got it.

As for control arms I found someone on Craigslist who had a set from Iron Rock offroad that only had like 1000 miles on them and he swapped for a long arm kit, paid $150 for top and bottom, looked pretty much brand new.
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Old 03-14-2012, 05:12 PM   #12
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Tj Dave, thanks for the advise on putting then in backwards, who ever designed that hole in the frame there was thinking ahead.

Took some getting pissed off to do but I got it all done, nailed the pinion angle first attempt too... I need to get an angle finder and double check it but I took it for a spin and was vibe free up to 60mph
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