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04-02-2010 08:46 AM
thaduke2003 Yep^ Just installed mine- easy install, and they have good tech support for my newbie questions on driveshaft installs No extra NVH from the shaft, although it's a bit heavier, so a little worse fuel economy again Mark W.
03-25-2010 07:09 AM
yj-genral sounds awesome. and btw tom woods driveshafts are awesome. got two in my YJ
03-24-2010 05:24 PM
thaduke2003 So, an update- the front driveshaft has let out its magic smoke. The t-case angle was rather huge, and with no way to adjust it, I pulled the trigger on a Tom Woods driveshaft. My measurement was 37.1-2", for reference. I spoke to Tom directly- he seems like a straight shooter. It should be on its way to me by Tuesday. Goodbye sanity, and budget

Also, an update. Bilstein 5100's are crack. They make me speed more than I should. EVIL! BUT AWESOME! Amazing handling, great ride. This is what God's JK rolls on Still very pleased with everything I've installed.

On the downside, found out that the softtop that I got a "deal" on when I bought the JK that I put on for this summer is for an '07-08, not an '09. So it leaks like a seive when it rains. YAAY! Going to be selling it soon, and just pulled the trigger on a Bestop bikini top, wrap-around windjammer, and duster cover. Reports to follow. Also going to Herculine this beast Mark W.
03-19-2010 10:51 PM
thaduke2003 OSU- try page 1, amigo
And yeah- gotta remember how to change the avatar now Mark W.
03-18-2010 11:37 AM
yj-genral theduke, i think its time to change your avatar and get that beast in there.
03-18-2010 11:36 AM
OSUJEEPER Pics Man I need Pics. I'm a visual kind of learner
03-18-2010 10:49 AM
thaduke2003 Thanks dude- and you bet your butt! Went on a light trail ride yesterday through some mud and light rocks- the KM2's are insane! Stopped in the middle of a fairly deep mud puddle to test them, in 2WD, and just drove out like nothing! The RK kit flexes nicely, and still handles BETTER than stock ever could. So very pleased and impressed! (Damn well better be after I dropped way more $$ than I should have )

2 side notes on the kit:
1. If you run the RK extended brake lines (NECESSARY with this kit- trust me!), wrap some electrical tape around them, especially on the rears where they hit the swaybar or frame- this will get rid of an annoying clinking sound.
2. Speaking of clinking sounds, if you get a strange one from the front at random times, it's very likely your swaybar disco's- you CAN run a 1/2" washer in there in addition to the provided shims to quiet this down, or just deal with it Either way, rock on Mark W.
03-17-2010 05:56 PM
jgano23 looks good mark. i bet you are looking forward to testing it out up at RC.
03-17-2010 05:48 PM
thaduke2003 It ended up being just over 4.5" front and 4.25" rear, but that's including going up to 35's. It's closer to 4" just from the springs, since I'm about as light as a JK/LK can get- base model, manual trans, softtop- only lighter is mine with half doors (sniff- if only!) Mark W.
03-16-2010 06:44 PM
WranglerX2009 looking good! That lift sure looks higher than 3.5 but a friend of mine has a 2 on his and I thought it looked taller too.
03-16-2010 12:44 PM
yj-genral sweet dude. looks real good! atleast we got a before and after shot! thats what really counts, and you will enjoy having them in the future.
03-16-2010 11:41 AM
J.B. Great Job Bud!
03-16-2010 11:13 AM
thaduke2003 Ok- she is DONE! Got the alignment yesterday at the dealership, then headed up to Rock Krawler. Picked up their front swaybar disco's, and installed the extended brake lines (front and rear- thanks, Justin!).
So, finally, pics: (note: originally, this was going to be a walkthrough, but as stated, my digicam crapped out mid-lift- not cool!)

Pre-lift, 35's on:


Front end off the ground:


Front LCA's out:


Kit with shocks: (the bottom right is a reflection off the shocks, and yes, I know the springs are reversed! )


Front spring clips installed:


And finally, the finished product:


Again, apologies for the wait, crappy image quality, and lack of a middle to the story. I did my best

Overall impressions so far:
Ride quality is better than stock. The shocks are simply epic in motion control. It also handles better, with less squat, dive, pitch, and yaw. The axles don't judder as much over bumps. The KM2's don't track very well, but nothing awful.
Mud impressions to follow soon, I hope Mark W.
03-14-2010 07:28 PM
thaduke2003 Hah- I KNOW! Hopefully they'll be up Tuesday- tomorrow is an alignment, brake lines (hopefully), and a check up at Rock Krawler. We shall see if I have time to upload tomorrow night.
Digicam is totally dead at this point. Also, anyone have a good upload setup or posting site? I am kinda lost at all this- if so, PM me your e-mail and I'll shoot you the pics- thanks! Mark W.
03-14-2010 03:56 PM
yj-genral good to hear things are coming along... i was a bit disappointed when i scrolled down and ... no pics!!!! got me all excited and bam... no pics. hope it finishes out well.
03-14-2010 12:08 PM
thaduke2003 SO- I am 95% done. Everything is back on BUT the brake lines are not. I am rolling solo, again, and need a pardner to bleed the brakes. Also, the OEM rear brake lines will NOT line up without major strain at rest, so I'm working on a set of brackets for the time being until I install the new lines. Otherwise, I must say:
THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL THAT IS ONLY 3.5"!!! Hah- it came out to closer to 4.5" front, 4.25" rear. Giggity The thing barely fits into and out of the garage now Test drive in a bit Mark W.
03-13-2010 11:00 PM
thaduke2003 So in another 4 hours today (solo), got the rear apart, the new track bar bracket drilled and buttoned up, new upper and lower control arms in, the track bar in, springs and rear wedges in, and started on relocating the rear sway bar.
Looks like my total will be 10 hours from start to finish, assuming max 2 hours tomorrow to finish reinstalling the sway bar and end links, installing the shocks, and putting the wheels back on. Sounds reasonable, na?
Since I'm rolling solo, sadly I won't be installing the brake lines myself. Gonna get that done on Monday when I go for an alignment. If not, they can wait. Not going wheeling until next weekend (Maybe), so I'll be good for now without. Otherwise, I have to say, the RK kit has gone in rather easily.
ONE HUGE TIP: If you are doing this yourself, install one rear upper control arm, then do the lower on the other side, then that upper, and then the other lower. This way you SHOULD be able to do this without any ratchet straps (mine are hiding, apparently) or a helper. Figuring this out took me a bit of trial and error. Also, the instructions don't mention it, but to get the new rear springs in, you NEED to disconnect the 10mm bolts that hold on the brake lines on the body, and snip off some of the plastic pieces that hold on the ESP/ABS wires, otherwise you won't be able to drop the axle enough to get it in. Hope this helps somebody
Anyway, bedtime- should be finished tomorrow. HOPEFULLY pics by Monday- no promises Mark W.
03-12-2010 10:42 PM
thaduke2003 So oww... got the front done tonight- 4 hours, plus an hour of setup and pictures, which, sadly, are not that great, as our digicam (again) has crapped out. So I got SOME pics, which I'll post soon, some of which are off my cell.
So the front is NOSE HIGH! Wow. BUT, the 35's are on, and look BEASTLY, although the "3.5"" lift looks to be closer to 5"! Yowza! Hoping it'll settle down a fair bit, as it's looking pretty beast right now- not really my style- I prefer a bit more low-key.
Anyway, everything went pretty much the same as every other time. I have to say- I heart my cheap ACDelco electric (corded) impact gun- paid for itself on this job alone (~$50 from Summit)- getting the track bar and LCA's on and off with it was a BREEZE. So much nicer than a breaker bar
So sit tight, be patient, and we'll see how it goes!

P.S. grinding for the 15's took maybe an hour including set up. I also probably ground a bit more than I had to, but so it goes Mark W.
03-11-2010 08:05 AM
RaiderRUBICON
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Originally Posted by mdnky View Post
Actually the TPMS should be "rebuilt" about every 50K miles or any time you pull the sensor off the rim. It has to do mainly with the black rubber gasket that seals the sensor to the rim. The kits also (most cars) include a new collar and valve core. If you don't replace that each time, you can get a very annoying leak that's next to impossible to find. Even putting it back in the same rim can cause a leak after it's pulled, hence why they offer the kits. Switching rims would be a definite bad idea. I'm sure some have done it, but it's not worth the potential problems IMHO.

You don't have to buy it from QT though, just about any tire retailer or parts store have them. They're $5.00 to $6.99 each at Sears depending on the vehicle. Autozone, NAPA, O'Riley, Advanced, KOI, etc. all should have them too. Dill is the manufacturer of most (as with valve stems.) Save yourself the hassle and do it when mounting the tires. Most shops will do it then for free or a very small labor charge ($5,) vs. later they'll generally charge that same rebuild labor plus a rebalance and mount fee ($20.)
Good point,I'll just buy the rebuild kits.I don't want the hassle later . Thanks for the info
03-10-2010 09:00 PM
mdnky
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Originally Posted by RaiderRUBICON View Post
Thank you for answering my question before I asked. I was wondering if I needed to buy a tpms rebuild kit,if I put new tires on my Rubicon.But you just answered that,thanks Mark.
Actually the TPMS should be "rebuilt" about every 50K miles or any time you pull the sensor off the rim. It has to do mainly with the black rubber gasket that seals the sensor to the rim. The kits also (most cars) include a new collar and valve core. If you don't replace that each time, you can get a very annoying leak that's next to impossible to find. Even putting it back in the same rim can cause a leak after it's pulled, hence why they offer the kits. Switching rims would be a definite bad idea. I'm sure some have done it, but it's not worth the potential problems IMHO.

You don't have to buy it from QT though, just about any tire retailer or parts store have them. They're $5.00 to $6.99 each at Sears depending on the vehicle. Autozone, NAPA, O'Riley, Advanced, KOI, etc. all should have them too. Dill is the manufacturer of most (as with valve stems.) Save yourself the hassle and do it when mounting the tires. Most shops will do it then for free or a very small labor charge ($5,) vs. later they'll generally charge that same rebuild labor plus a rebalance and mount fee ($20.)
03-10-2010 01:46 PM
yj-genral dont forget to get progress pics... before/after, detail pics, etc.

oh and if you feel like having a little fun with the camera, put the lift on the rear first, put the new tires and wheel on the rear and pull it out and get pics of it in DRAG RACE MODE!!!

of course if you do that you might want to take front driveshaft out so you dont screw up the tcase (not sure if it would or not but i would er on the side of caution), and 15 extra mins to do that BUT the pictures last a life time hehe (or you can just not drive it but let it sit on its own weight and take garage pics of like that )
03-10-2010 01:39 PM
yj-genral sweet dude.
03-10-2010 10:58 AM
thaduke2003 Hah. Just picked up the 35's this morning. Getting mounted on Saturday.
Picking up the rest of the gear tonight from Rock Krawler.

Starting the teardown Friday afternoon, through Saturday. HOPEFULLY will be done by Sunday evening, then an alignment Monday or Tuesday, and I'll be on my way Mark W.
03-09-2010 08:16 AM
yj-genral wheres that "This Thread Is Useless Without Pictures" icon/pic?? hmmm....

hows the progress coming
03-09-2010 08:03 AM
RaiderRUBICON
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Originally Posted by thaduke2003 View Post
Hmm- I'd definitely find out about that. As for the TPMS rebuild, as long as the shop that tears down your wheels knows what the funk they're doing, you shouldn't need it- Mark W.
Thank you for answering my question before I asked. I was wondering if I needed to buy a tpms rebuild kit,if I put new tires on my Rubicon.But you just answered that,thanks Mark.
03-08-2010 06:49 PM
thaduke2003 Sweet! Just got the call- the 35's are in! Going to pick them up on Wednesday morning! Can't wait! Mark W.
03-03-2010 07:33 AM
WranglerX2009
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Originally Posted by WranglerX2009 View Post
Good question. I'll have to ask.
Wheel installation kit ~ $45.00 ~

This is Lug Nuts that match the wheels, including Lock Lugs.


TPMS rebuild kit ~ $45.00 ~

Warranties them for the life of the tire.

03-02-2010 11:56 AM
scopop
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Originally Posted by thaduke2003 View Post
The KM2's were $188 each from Tire Rack, and I'm picking those up to save shipping
Super price on the KM2s!. I often price them and $245 to $270 seems to be the best I can do for 315/75/16s (35s). gona check out the Tire Rack.
03-02-2010 07:23 AM
thaduke2003 Update on the build:
Bilsteins showed up Saturday- they are BEEFY

Soft 8's are due in tomorrow, picking up the rest of the RK stuff either Friday or Monday.

Got an ETA on the 35's- next Friday Hopefully they'll be pick-up-able then. Either way, weekend after next, the lift is going in Mark W.
03-01-2010 08:11 PM
thaduke2003 Hmm- I'd definitely find out about that. As for the TPMS rebuild, as long as the shop that tears down your wheels knows what the funk they're doing, you shouldn't need it- Mark W.
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