Some of you are familiar with Papa Smurf, our YJ R&D mule and trail rig. It actually belongs to a good friend of the shop, who bought it from Larry, the owner of Poison Spyder, a while back. But its still one of our flagships so we thought it was due for a little freshening up. I can already hear the leaf spring purists groaning LOL...
Anyhow for those who don't know Papa Smurf, you may have noticed it on the cover of the current issue of 4WDSU:
We've used it quite a bit in our own YJ product development, product photography, etc.
Alright so I'm a newbie....I love my YJ & just have a 2" body lift (was already installed when purchased) on mine but eventually want to take it off & go with all suspension lift. What's the pros/cons of switching to coils vs a SOA or even a non SOA lift?
The upper rear link mounts are located on top of the frame rail, right under where the cage B-pillar tube bolts in. During this round of upgrades we're also removing the body lift Papa Smurf had, so this created a problem at this spot. No worries, just cut a hole in the floor to clear for the link mount, then fabricate a raised foot plate for the cage pillar out of 3/16" plate....
Also while we were at it we fabricated some heavy duty body mount perches, as the stock ones were pretty beat. These may become a production item. We designed them primarily for the TJ, since it will be a bigger market, but they worked on the YJ with a little extra tuning.
And here it is with the suspension links done, sitting on its new set of 40" BFG Krawlers. In this photo its just sitting on stilts where the coilovers should be, as we haven't added the upper coilover mounts/towers yet. We'll get to that soon.
those weeks are beautiful...... I've done welding for 11 years and those are great... is this upgrade going to be a kit
Thanks for the feedback fellas. nicks_yj, some of these pieces may make it into production. I'm not sure if we're going to do a complete suspension kit--there's just too much that needs to be figured out by the installer, so providing tech support for it and a claim that its a complete kit would be a nightmare. But we may make some of the brackets and tabs available as builder parts for those who might want to DIY it. We haven't shown the upper coilover towers yet, but they will be nearly identical to what we did on our LJ, Daddy Longlegs. I think we have a build thread for that one here on this site somewhere if you want to take a look at it.
That is some serious beef built into the steering. Your craftsmanship is top notch...well it better be. You guys are professionals aren't you. The pics are great, but a few details might be nice. How much travel do you have in the coil overs, what did you use for the sway bar?