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Old 02-22-2014, 01:24 PM   #1
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2000 tj "time killer"

Well after spending a lot of my time around people who own jeeps and have lots of fun in them I finally broke down and bought one.
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I started with a 2000 sahara hard top with a 4.0. Not sure y but ive always wanted one. Never satisfied with what I have I decided a soft top was a much better idea and had my tops swapped.
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Being a mechanic that brought an end to letting any one else touch and and also an end to the backstory behind my time killer and a begining to my actual build. The first step wasn't really a mod but definatly a pain in my arse. The heater core showed its true colors the day after I tear my carpet out in the form of a puddle of coolant on the passenger floor pan. A quick stop at O'reilly for a new heater core and evap core (why pull the case twice. Grab em both while ur there) and six hours of work later I have problem one solved
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Next on the chopping block was the little bs mods leading up to the bigger ones. A winch plate up front, spare tire spacer and reciever hitch out back a new antenna (I for some reason didn't have one when I bought it) K&N fipk, and B&N short throw shifter finished up day two of prep work.
As we speak my axles are suspended below by frame by ratchet straps as I grudgingly grilnd off my lca mounts to make way for my rough country long arm suspension set up. Who would of thought but the cutting and grinding of those mounts has been the biggest pain in the butt thus far. And that includes having to cut off my pitman arm

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Old 02-23-2014, 11:19 AM   #2
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Well got the lca mounts off yesterday and all the major suspension parts hung. Now its just a matter of making sure every thing lines up right and tightening it all down. Hopefully ill have pics to put up tonight of the install and shifter install

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Old 02-23-2014, 11:30 AM   #3
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It took me 2 days, a side grinder, and an air hammer to get my factory control brackets off. Smooth sailing after that. Did you get the 6 inch long arm ?
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Old 02-23-2014, 12:27 PM   #4
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Kept it simple and did a four inch. Found out that a sawzall and six inch hd grinder made quick work of all the welds. Cutting wheel for seven hours barely finished the front. I changed it up to sawzall amd was done with the rear in 2.5 hours
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:29 PM   #5
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Well a late post but lift is on and picking up tires tomorrow after my alignment. Ill have pictures up shortly there after. Maybe in a day or two ill have pics up of th shifter install
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Old 02-27-2014, 06:44 PM   #6
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Well I would love to give a shout out to rough country..... Id love to say thanks for the kit and the scavenger hunt that came with it free of charge. Lol but seriously some of the things that I have noticed about the kit since I finished the install. 1. Who sells shocks... minus the boots. 2 after hearing horor stories involving rear spring falling out of there mounts it was highly advised to get the spring spacers. 3 you have to get spacers or offset rims to run 12.50 tires. It was fine untill I pullerd my trailer today moving my tool box and discoverd my spring shredding the inside of the passengrr rear tire. 4 the front disconnects are awesome..... the solid rear sway links though..... not so much.
In retrospect I knew this wasn't a pure bolt on "its all there bro" kit. But the rear sway link disconnects, coil spacers, shock boots, and steering stabilizer you think would be included in the kit. Not so much a hassle as it is a headache. Now can u install it minus these thing? Why yes u can but y would u run front disconects and not rears. The factory stabilizer on my tj was in no way in any shape to handle the larger tires. Hell it was blown out befre I bought it. And as for the tire spacing problem... well I was a dipshit and should of caught that when I noticed how tight the clearance was.
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Old 02-27-2014, 06:49 PM   #7
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Oh another issue I ran into involved the rough country spare tire spacer. If anyone does use it (cheap but not recomended) upgrade to wheel studs with a larger shank. The ones the kit came with broke free as soon as my impact started spinning. That was a fun time getting them loose
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:24 PM   #8
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New shiftrr installed from b&n
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After the lift and spacers
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A litle random but my other baby looked jealous
I want to bring the fron end up a little more for clearance but not sure yet
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Old 03-01-2014, 10:25 AM   #9
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New shiftrr installed from b&n After the lift and spacers A litle random but my other baby looked jealous I want to bring the fron end up a little more for clearance but not sure yet
You got some serious rake going on there, something isnt right
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Old 03-01-2014, 01:55 PM   #10
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What's your version of rake? The front end drooping down on the jeep? I did put coil spacers on the rear coils to line them back up at the forewarning of some friends
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Old 03-01-2014, 03:23 PM   #11
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Yeah thats rake. Youre atleast 2.5" higher in the rear than front.
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Old 03-01-2014, 04:23 PM   #12
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Yeah the coil isolator lifts the rear about an inch. Add to that the fact that motor droop is usually around an inch and you get some serious front drop. A coil spacer of an inch or so should fix it
In later news though, I did put an interior kill switch on it so when I have doors off I can trick it into thinking the doors are closed. An easy 30 minute mod that should save my bacon
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Old 03-01-2014, 05:10 PM   #13
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And just got a leveling spacer for the front. Should remedy the rake next week after class
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Old 03-01-2014, 05:19 PM   #14
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I thought this was a brand new lift... Its drooping that much already??? Dude look at yer rear LCA's, too much angle.
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:08 PM   #15
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Used the measurements on the lift. The rear and front measured out but I could shorten the rears an inch or so
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Old 03-05-2014, 02:41 PM   #16
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looks like alot of work

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