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Old 04-24-2007, 05:17 PM   #1
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Finished lift with pics

Okay......Lift is finally finished, so I will share my pics and problems. Here goes:

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And yes, those are my jackstands

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After Tires:





Problems:

1) Couldn't get pitman arm off
Solution: Disconnected everything else

2) Broke 3 of 4 rear upper shock bolts
Solution: Took it to a mechanic (didn't trust myself with the drilling)

3) DEATH WOBBLE!
Solution: Don't know!
I had it aligned, got new tires, tightened everything up. I just got my tires this morning and have not experience the death wobble yet BUT you know how if you're driving 40 and you hit the right bump, you can feel that it would have been disasterous had you been going 60. I'm scared to drive my rig over 40! I experienced it twice (once prior to alignment and once after) and it scared the crap out of me. Now if I hit a bump it feels like it wobbles a little and I feel as though its just waiting for the right bump and speed to shake the crap out of me again. I called Rubicon Express and asked them what they think I should do. The told me to call my alignment shop and ask if they set it to maximum toe and minimum caster. The shop said they prob just set it to factory and that if I did what RE said, I would really wear my tires down. What should I do? Do I really need to buy a new adjustable front track bar since RE had me redrill the original location? I am really broke as it is. Any other ideas on what to check?


Next mods:

Gotta rig up the stock spare carrier to fit my new 33". (I know this is not recommended by most but it will have to do for the meantime).

Installing the super bright LED Auxillary lights thanks to erickpl's thread.

Raising the seats (hoping to find a really cheap and safe way around spending $70 or whatever it is that they are going for on the net)

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Old 04-24-2007, 05:18 PM   #2
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How do I make it so that the picture is in the thread instead of just the link?

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Old 04-24-2007, 06:31 PM   #4
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Great job.. lookin good

I made my own seat reisers.. Take a look on the bottom of my page. Use bigger nuts (I would possibly re do mine with bigger nuts.. maybe 1" in diameter or use big washers) to make it safer but so far its working good for me with no seat movement once or ever. http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2512831/3

Note.. one of the screws for the seat was bigger diameter then the rest so dont buy all them being same like i did. 2.5" lenght are my bolts.. look at the stock bolts and add how much you want to reise it

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Old 04-24-2007, 06:33 PM   #5
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Nice jeep by the way!! hope you get that wobble out of it!! only cure i can think of is adjustable front upper control arms? im not 100% positive but i dont think the track bar will create DW it will make you jeep track sideways? if your caster is not at 4.5 or 5 degrees it will wobble?
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How do I make it so that the picture is in the thread instead of just the link?
you go to advance and there is a button that says insert image. Its yellow background with mountains in the center and the sun on top right corner.

Also what you can do is type
[ I M G ] www.myimage.com/blah.jpg and then close with [ / I M G ] Dont put any spaces though so from the first [ to the last ] its no spaces unless there are any in the website if even possible
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Old 04-24-2007, 06:57 PM   #7
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Use bigger nuts (I would possibly re do mine with bigger nuts..
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Looks great!! Love the cinder block jack stands, that's a plus
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Old 04-24-2007, 06:59 PM   #8
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Love your jack stand hahaha!!. Jeep looks real good.
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Old 04-24-2007, 08:21 PM   #9
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Wonderful job ya did there...good luck on the death wooble
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Nice jeep by the way!! hope you get that wobble out of it!! only cure i can think of is adjustable front upper control arms? im not 100% positive but i dont think the track bar will create DW it will make you jeep track sideways? if your caster is not at 4.5 or 5 degrees it will wobble?
loose track bar or bad track bar bushings can definitely lead to DW.

looks great but im not to sure about the cinder block jackstands considering i know a guy who died because the block crumbled and the car fell on him and killed him.
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exactly BigJeep i was assuming that stuff was all tight
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Thanks!

And Thank you everyone who gave me the much needed advice on what to go with. I have learned so much from this forum and plan to learn a lot more. I was thinking that after this lift/tire upgrade, I would be satisfied for a while. But all I can think about is what to do next! Thanks again to everyone.

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looks great but im not to sure about the cinder block jackstands considering i know a guy who died because the block crumbled and the car fell on him and killed him
I admit, not the smartest thing I have ever done.
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Old 04-24-2007, 08:57 PM   #14
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I have put my YJ on cinder blocks many times. I guess it might have to do with how you position them. They make buildings and stuff out of them.....
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Thanks!

And Thank you everyone who gave me the much needed advice on what to go with. I have learned so much from this forum and plan to learn a lot more. I was thinking that after this lift/tire upgrade, I would be satisfied for a while. But all I can think about is what to do next! Thanks again to everyone.



I admit, not the smartest thing I have ever done.
don't worry. i would have done it too until i just recently heard about this. looks great though!

how do you have the spare mounted in the back? or is it just sittin there?
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Old 04-25-2007, 08:54 AM   #16
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It's just sittin there in the picture. I gotta raise the brake light and extend the rubber isolators to hold me over til I can afford something better.
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Great job.. lookin good

I made my own seat reisers.. Take a look on the bottom of my page. Use bigger nuts (I would possibly re do mine with bigger nuts.. maybe 1" in diameter or use big washers) to make it safer but so far its working good for me with no seat movement once or ever. http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2512831/3
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Thanks, I'm gonna try that. I think washers would be perfect except for the fact that I would need like 500 of them. I'm thinkin washers between each nut would make it more stable.
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Old 04-25-2007, 09:58 AM   #18
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On your photo bucket, you can check the pictures you want, and then at the bottom, hit the create IMG tab, and then copy and paste it on here. They do all the work for you.

Are you still using the stock pitman arm? Did your kit come with new, longer, lower control arms? Did they send an extension for you track bar? If so, make darn sure everything is tight, with lock tight on it.

Lift looks really good.

For your seat risers, cut some round stock, to the length you want to rise your seat, and get longer bolts, to go through them. It is a very inexpensive upgrade.
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Are you still using the stock pitman arm? Did your kit come with new, longer, lower control arms? Did they send an extension for you track bar? If so, make darn sure everything is tight, with lock tight on it.



I am still using the stock pitman arm. The kit did come with new control arms.....here is the kit:

TJ/LJ 3.5" STANDARD SYSTEM


No extension for the track bar, had me redrill for the front and use a relocation bracket for the rear.
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My lift came with a relocation bracket for the front axle, as well. That is why I asked. Sounds like the geometry is off.
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Your Jeep's lookin pretty sweet with the top off.
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Old 04-25-2007, 12:42 PM   #22
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Thanks! Winter was killing me! The warm weather is finally here
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Your Jeep's lookin pretty sweet with the top off.
x2! it looks so much better with top off!
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LOL - Almost everything looks better with her...i mean it's top off.

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Old 04-26-2007, 11:26 AM   #25
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Hey your garage looks just like mine, but mine has a gravel floor.
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If I were you I would spend the $50-65 bucks and get a new longer pitman arm. The stock arm is probably not long enough
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Maybe not a longer pitman arm...but maybe a dropped pitman arm will help the situation a bit. It will help with the steering geometery. Also a new steering stablizer might help...the stock one is crap...
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oh no, not again!
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X2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bigjeep
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