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Old 12-12-2013, 08:11 PM   #91
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Nice build. Love the color!


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great looking rig, really liking that rear bumper!

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Nice build. Love the color!
Thanks, Tob. Ha! I see you are a bit biased about Anvil! Gotta luv it!

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great looking rig, really liking that rear bumper!
Thanks, cam nut! I see you're from the Great White North as well…where about?
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Decided to install the Teraflex 1.5" Performance Leveling Kit tonight but with 4 door springs. Also replaced the shocks with Rancho9000xl.

I am a complete noob at this and have never been under the front end other than to change a flat. Used write-ups from others and a great diagram of front end parts to help be able to follow directions. Wow, what a project for a noob. Was able to get the front done but took way much longer and was more challenging than expected. The passenger shock is an incredible PITA. Fortunately, a couple folks rescued me in the "lift" thread or I probably would have rag in the gas filler and made a Jeep Molotov Cocktail.

Will move to the rear tomorrow and am praying it will be easier technically and now that I have a little better idea of what to do. Will post pics when done and what the end result lift is.
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Good luck! Can't wait to see pictures when it's all done!

I am DYING to get my 2.5 and Ranchos installed.

You're making me jealous!
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Decided to install the Teraflex 1.5" Performance Leveling Kit tonight but with 4 door springs. Also replaced the shocks with Rancho9000xl. I am a complete noob at this and have never been under the front end other than to change a flat. Used write-ups from others and a great diagram of front end parts to help be able to follow directions. Wow, what a project for a noob. Was able to get the front done but took way much longer and was more challenging than expected. The passenger shock is an incredible PITA. Fortunately, a couple folks rescued me in the "lift" thread or I probably would have rag in the gas filler and made a Jeep Molotov Cocktail. Will move to the rear tomorrow and am praying it will be easier technically and now that I have a little better idea of what to do. Will post pics when done and what the end result lift is.
Congrats on attempting yourself. Your doing great for your first time no doubt. Yes the passenger shock is a pain in the ass for sure. Sounds like your on the home stretch though. It's the best feeling when you can stand back and see what you have done. It makes the time and effort all worth it. I can't wait to see pics. Good luck and if you have any questions you can PM me. I can even give you my number if you want. Sometimes it's easier than looking around on the forums when your in a jam. I think you will make out fine though.
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Thanks, cam nut! I see you're from the Great White North as well…where about?
im in the Forest Lake area. Good luck with the lift install, hopefully your going to be in a very warm place Looking forward to the pics!
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I am impressed, looking forward to the pics.
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Ok, the rear coil/shock replacement was like butter compared to the front. Part of it was just having a better sense of what I was doing and what parts to remove and the other is that the shocks were much, much easier to remove/install. Here's a great front suspension pic with labels that was priceless. Jeep Wrangler Front End Diagram

The Teraflex directions are terrible so I used a Project JK write-up for a different lift (great pics, socket/wrench size details), the Teraflex directions to what to remove, etc and the above diagram to makes sure I was removing the right parts.

Ran a couple errands this afternoon and no death wobble or odd noises…so far so good! Here are pre (no snow)/post (snow) pics. Total lift is 3" but previously lost about 1/2" to 3/4" from stock height after installing the aftermarket bumpers. So, net lift was 2.25" - 2.5" using the 1.5" Performance Leveling Kit for a 4 door (rather than a 2 door)….and it turned out perfectly level!
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Good luck! Can't wait to see pictures when it's all done!

I am DYING to get my 2.5 and Ranchos installed.

You're making me jealous!
Pics posted. Ended up with more lift that I expected. Good thing for rock rails and Oh Sh*t Handles! Added a pic of the old/new front springs.

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Congrats on attempting yourself. Your doing great for your first time no doubt. Yes the passenger shock is a pain in the ass for sure. Sounds like your on the home stretch though. It's the best feeling when you can stand back and see what you have done. It makes the time and effort all worth it. I can't wait to see pics. Good luck and if you have any questions you can PM me. I can even give you my number if you want. Sometimes it's easier than looking around on the forums when your in a jam. I think you will make out fine though.
Yes, definitely have a sense of accomplishment…especially after a successful ride and alleviated the fear of hearing some horrible clunk from something not re-tightened or attached incorrectly! Very thankful for the folks that have posted detailed instructions and pics. Never would have attempted this without the write-ups.

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I am impressed, looking forward to the pics.
Hey Turch! I knew I'd be fumbling around and taking way to many hours to figure this out so didn't want to waste your time. Be thankful I didn't call…it was NOT pretty yesterday!! However, if you end up putting a lift on, don't hesitate to give me a shout as it should be much faster the second time around! I'd advise waiting for warmer weather!

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Looking good man
Thanks for your advice on the lift and shocks and for the trouble shooting yesterday. Exactly what I was hoping for and very happy with how it turned out!

Cheers to you!
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Looks great steve! Thank you very much for posting the lift numbers as well. What is the last two of the part numbers (excluding the letters) on the factory coil spring?
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Looks great!!! I'm jealous haha. How is the ride compared to the stock springs/shocks?
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Nice work MnJK. You can definitely see the difference on the front end.
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Looks great steve! Thank you very much for posting the lift numbers as well. What is the last two of the part numbers (excluding the letters) on the factory coil spring?
Hey tab…here you go:
Front: 14
Rear: 56
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Hey tab…here you go: Front: 14 Rear: 56
Thanks! Wanted to see where you stood at before
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Looks great, Steve! Congratulations for installing it yourself!
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Looks great, Steve! Congratulations for installing it yourself!
I am jealous, don't forget you can always call if you need help.
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Looking awesome MnJK! Congrats.
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Looking awesome MnJK! Congrats.
Thanks, man.
Just about done until Spring. Getting tired of the rooster tails and road slush flung up onto the door handles so ordered a set of removable mud flaps for the front fenders (wanted something I could easily take off when wheeling). Also landed on a timber wolf decal…finally!
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Can you link the mud flaps you ordered?
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Can you link the mud flaps you ordered?
Teraflex mudflaps. I think they are kinda pricey I think which is why I ordered just one set and will see how they work out. Looked easy to remove and are flexible rubber which is what I was looking for. Amazon.com: Teraflex 4808401 Removable Mud Flap Kit: Automotive
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That is similar to what I was looking at from Aries. Let us know how they work, I might do the same.
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Looks great!!! I'm jealous haha. How is the ride compared to the stock springs/shocks?
Thought I'd get a few days of driving under my belt before responding. So, overall it seems to soak up the bumps and potholes a bit better - less harsh of a ride. However, I also aired down the tires as the installer put them at 40 psi and I moved them down to 32. Handling, etc is just fine, no issues/complaints. It's a small lift so didn't expect anything drastic. Will play around with the shock settings as well and see. Right not they are set in the middle which, from what I've read is similar to stock.

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That is similar to what I was looking at from Aries. Let us know how they work, I might do the same.
Flaps arrived today so hope to get them on this weekend. Will let ya know!
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A fellow Jeeper sent met this link to an underlayment for rocker panel body armor. 4Wheel Drive Hardware I had searched high and low and couldn't find anything. Hmmm….now I am temped to make use of the armor that's been sitting in my garage for the past few months. Probably will wait until Spring though.
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Mudflap update. Exciting, I know. Best to sit down while reading this.
The problem to solve is keeping the winter slush/mud off the front door handles. The stock fenders/Duratracs are perfectly designed to fling slush right up onto the door handle. Don't remember this issue with my last Wrangler and a PITA as this is my DD. Ordered Teraflex removable mud flaps but once I got 'em I didn't like the look and couldn't land on a good spot for them up front. Decided to switch over to Mopar flaps which, for mud flaps, blend in well and solved the problem. Very easy to install, still get some crap flung onto the rear fender and lower part of the door but it is livable. Hopefully the paint won't get too sandblasted and will keep an eye on that. Plan to take them back off for summer/fall as I like the naked look much better.

My son and I are planning a road trip to Moab, Rubicon Trail ending in San Jose in a couple of summers to visit my nephew for his graduation. Wife/daughter will fly out and meet us in CA. Heading back will likely cruise through the Tetons and Yellowstone. Great father/son bonding time as he likes to say! Will start a thread closer to the time to if others want to meet up in Moab and/or the Rubicon. Would be great to meet a couple experienced folks as this will be our first.

Starting to read up and plan out a few more mods but I don't think too much more will be needed. Some skids, lights, maybe reinforce the c-arms and, of course, accumulate trail gear.

Not much else going on here in the Great White North. Heading down to sub-zero temps the next few days/nights so will be hibernating a bit before New Year's celebration.

Have a GREAT new year all!
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Good looking jeep
What length shocks did you go with? I used 4 door springs with spacers also but used shocks that are 27" long for the extra droop. At first I wasn't sure how they would work but they are perfect.
I did the install myself also as a learning process and got it knocked out in about 4 hours but then spent several days flexing it out to find and correct various issues with rubbing/binding
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Happy new year, Steve!

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