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Old 11-21-2013, 08:05 PM   #61
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Final comments on the Mopar lift install and instructions. Front shock reservoir mounts were completely different then the instructions or video showed so I had to figure out where they should go on my own. Drilling the holes SUCKS because of the differential on the front being offset and the bump stop landing pads welded to the axle in the rears making drilling and bolt install difficult. Rear brake likes rub on the shock body so I will still have to fiddle with them. Torquing down the rear axle side upper control arm bolts sucked. Compressing the rear shocks with the lower mount bolt installed but not tight and then letting them "grow" up into the upper mounts was the best way but still was very difficult to get the shock to fully compress to clear the exhaust fast enough to get them up. The rear speed bump cup things did NOT install with a simple tap tap of a dead blow as Dennis suggests on the install video. I had to get Medival on them with a BFH complete with grunting and loud curse words for them to go on.

All in all I have to say I'm pretty happy so far. VERY smooth ride, not harsh like I was concerned about. I would say there is a little more body roll then I expected as it seemed everyone says there is "no" body roll although to me any body roll is a lot coming from a Subaru STI on full coilovers and high rate springs. I love the gaps and height, absolutely perfect for the Unlimited with 35's. Looks like the 10A with it's aggressive MT tires and very slight factory lift grew up to be a man!

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Old 11-21-2013, 08:19 PM   #62
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That thing looks killer, I like all the choices you made there. Now it's time to get it dirty and flexed out a bit!

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Old 11-21-2013, 09:25 PM   #63
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Congrats Doc! Your set up is pretty much what I plan to do one day. I decided to do some lights first (Rigid's on pillars so far),connected to a SPOD, and just completed a cool CB set-up (connected to SPOD). What tire carrier are you using, not stock right? My dealer offered me $700 OTD to install the lift, probably not that bad! Need better pictures of shocks, etc.!!!
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:35 PM   #64
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Congrats Doc! Your set up is pretty much what I plan to do one day. I decided to do some lights first (Rigid's on pillars so far),connected to a SPOD, and just completed a cool CB set-up (connected to SPOD). What tire carrier are you using, not stock right? My dealer offered me $700 OTD to install the lift, probably not that bad! Need better pictures of shocks, etc.!!!
Teraflex carrier and hinge.

Seriously after doing it myself I would have paid $600-700 to have it done. Took me around 20 hours all told. Figure in my hourly worth at work I got a BAD deal.
The only thing I would say is by doing it myself I could make sure each and every step was completed very carefully and correctly. I would be dubious that a shop would take the time to really fiddle with everything to get it all sorted with all bolts torqued to factory specs and not just "gun tight." You have to figure in that as well I suppose.



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Old 11-21-2013, 10:32 PM   #65
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Looks real good; congrats!
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Old 11-22-2013, 04:35 AM   #66
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Now that's what i'm talking!!! awesome Jeep Doc, i'm be looking at these photo's quite often until I go for it.
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Old 11-22-2013, 04:49 AM   #67
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Doc, how did you work out the 3rd brake light with your set=up?
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Old 11-22-2013, 01:09 PM   #68
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Doc, how did you work out the 3rd brake light with your set=up?
Teraflex bracket, its newer and smaller so no spot for the license plate.
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Old 11-22-2013, 01:13 PM   #69
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looks incredible!
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:46 AM   #71
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I did attach my reservoir to the base of the shock; why did you attach yours to the frame? Is there a benefit to doing it this way.
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Old 11-23-2013, 11:19 AM   #72
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I did attach my reservoir to the base of the shock; why did you attach yours to the frame? Is there a benefit to doing it this way.
It's just what the instructions stated. It came with brackets to screw on to the frame but the brackets I got were smaller and did not go where they stated in the instructions they should go so I had to just figure out a good spot. It's probably only slightly off where they would be with the other bracket but it's fine with me. I have no idea why they put them on the frame as opposed to the shock body but they do. I'm buying the anodized aluminum clamps for the rear shock reservoirs to replace the pipe clamps because I don't like them at all, looks cobbled together to me. The fronts however will likely stay this way.

Do you have pictures of how yours are installed?
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Old 11-23-2013, 01:15 PM   #73
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here are a couple of pictures; agree about getting the clamps but they are pretty expensive ($50 each). I wish they had the blue fox ones but I can't seem to find any.



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here are a couple of pictures; agree about getting the clamps but they are pretty expensive ($50 each). I wish they had the blue fox ones but I can't seem to find any.



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Polyperfomance has the new style clamp for $25 each. So for the rear it would be 2x$25.
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Old 11-24-2013, 08:12 AM   #75
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Thanks for the tip; I'll order two for the front to see how they work out
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Can I recommend these to protect those beautiful shock body's ?
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Can I recommend these to protect those beautiful shock body's ?
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What does this relocation bracket protect the shock from?
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What does this relocation bracket protect the shock from?
You shock body can rub the frame in certain situations. When I bought my Fox shocks used. One had body damage. These push the stock out
away from the frame. I actually have a set but haven't installed them yet.
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Doc - I'm doing the same lift on my JKURX. I read that you installed the TF Monster track Bar. Did you by any chance take any measurements after the lift was installed but before the tb was installed? I am debating on getting one. I have read they aren't necessary unless you go to 37s. What does your opinion and experience say? I have a line on one of the track bars for a good price, but need to act soon.
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Doc - I'm doing the same lift on my JKURX. I read that you installed the TF Monster track Bar. Did you by any chance take any measurements after the lift was installed but before the tb was installed? I am debating on getting one. I have read they aren't necessary unless you go to 37s. What does your opinion and experience say? I have a line on one of the track bars for a good price, but need to act soon.
A HD track bar like TF will center the axle and firm up the front end/steering. I always recommend the upgrade if you're lifted. 3/8 is about the amount the axle will shift at 2.5"

For the rear a HD raised TB axle bracket. Again TF makes a solid bracket that secures to the factory bolt hole, lower CA, and axle tube (clamp) Roll center correction is often over looked. Without can degrade handling.

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A HD track bar like TF will center the axle and firm up the front end/steering. I always recommend the upgrade if you're lifted. 3/8 is about the amount the axle will shift at 2.5" For the rear a HD raised TB axle bracket. Again TF makes a solid bracket that secures to the factory bolt hole, lower CA, and axle tube (clamp) Roll center correction is often over looked. Without can degrade handling. Sorry DOC... I just had to help this fellow
Thanks for the info.
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Old 04-06-2014, 06:23 PM   #82
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Trektop NX today! Install wasn't too bad since I watched the Bestop video and left all the top parts out in direct noon sun for over an hour before getting them on the Jeep. Getting the windows on was a challenge but nothing a little trial with order of operations wouldn't cure. This pic is before I could get the tub rail in and was letting the fabric relax a little before I tried again. All in all I got it worked out perfect and now that it's on and it cooled down it's SUPER tight, like drum tight!

Features of the NX that drew me to it instead of the cable bikini was the sun rider option and the rear window option for spring and fall. Now the question is: will I ever use my OEM premium top again?

I test fit the Bestop Duster cover and just waiting on the Bestop Windjammer to complete my summer top. I'm going to run top portion of Trektop, windjammer, duster combo along with Bestop 2 piece fabric doors.

I started test fitting and fiddling with the fabric doors today and wow they are going to be a real PITA to adjust to be right. I'm guessing a few hours per door of trial and error along with slight bending of the frames and pins. I think I'm going to be happy with the end product as I will be able to keep all 4 doors in the trunk and put them on if the kids are with me or if it is really going to pour rain.

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Trektop NX today! Install wasn't too bad since I watched the Bestop video and left all the top parts out in direct noon sun for over an hour before getting them on the Jeep. Getting the windows on was a challenge but nothing a little trial with order of operations wouldn't cure. This pic is before I could get the tub rail in and was letting the fabric relax a little before I tried again. All in all I got it worked out perfect and now that it's on and it cooled down it's SUPER tight, like drum tight!

Features of the NX that drew me to it instead of the cable bikini was the sun rider option and the rear window option for spring and fall. Now the question is: will I ever use my OEM premium top again?

I test fit the Bestop Duster cover and just waiting on the Bestop Windjammer to complete my summer top. I'm going to run top portion of Trektop, windjammer, duster combo along with Bestop 2 piece fabric doors.

I started test fitting and fiddling with the fabric doors today and wow they are going to be a real PITA to adjust to be right. I'm guessing a few hours per door of trial and error along with slight bending of the frames and pins. I think I'm going to be happy with the end product as I will be able to keep all 4 doors in the trunk and put them on if the kids are with me or if it is really going to pour rain.

That Looks Great! Well Done!!
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Old 05-27-2014, 05:13 PM   #84
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I've followed your build for a while and am also looking at the stage 3 lift. The one question I have is how much actual lift did you get out of it?
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Old 08-09-2014, 11:25 PM   #85
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Would love an update - how are you finding the lift/ tires?

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