|Today 07:05 PM|
I am running the Cooler that they advertise on the PSC site, can't remember the brand name though. To be honest though, between now and before I had the cooler I can't tell a difference. Not sure about your inconsistency in the steering feel. At all RPMs including idle my steering feels the same, which is super easy. I could see how the flow can have an effect on that.
I developed a slight push to the left that I need to eventually address. I think I'm just not quite centered right with my ram. But as you said, it works so well off road and locked that it's really easy for me to forgive the tiny inconveniences.
|Today 06:05 PM|
|Yesterday 11:24 PM|
|jagerhelix||Nice setup Spieg! It also took me a little while to get used to the PSC system, with the steering and the antirock the jeep is definitely a different animal. I ran my PSC Ram on the supplied bracket for a while, but after hard use I would find myself having to tighten the bolt because it would eventually run itself loose. So now I have the tab for the bolt welded straight to my trackbar bracket and I haven't had a problem since. Can't tell by your pics if that's what you did as well. Just food for thought if that problem arises. Keep up the great build!|
|Yesterday 09:24 PM|
|StarBrite||Looking good, spieg!|
|Yesterday 08:46 PM|
Ive got my soft doors ready to go on if we would ever get some decent weather. I think ill probably pick up a mopar sun bonnet to run with those and see if I like that setup enough to run without the soft top this summer. I may have to come up with a duster window solution or something to work with that setup as well. Anyone have suggestions for something that works well with the sun bonnet?
Next up after that, the full traction CRC link should be on the way, I ordered the shock reservoir brackets from AEV to relocated those, I need to settle on some skid plates, I need to replace the rear brake pads (I think im going with Hawk LTS's), I need to clean out the bearing on the Ace tire carrier in hopes of making that work a little easier/smoother, I need to cut out the crash guard, and I need to address bump stops and come up with a better solution for that (im thinking teraflex speed bumps or the king air bumps). It seems like theres always something...
|Yesterday 08:39 PM|
|spieg||I got the tuffy security deck installed tonight. It left a little to be desired for me. For the price, I had higher expectations. I had to bend the lid to make everything fit right, which in Tuffy's defense was likely the result of it getting dented in shipping. That aside, it all just isnt quite as perfect of a fit, smooth of a function, or nice in general as I had expected given its price. Im sure ill end up keeping it, and maybe ill like it more as time goes on, but I wouldnt rank this as one of my best/favorite mods.|
|Yesterday 08:36 PM|
|spieg||I finally had a chance to give the recent mods a good shake down run. All in all im pretty happy with how its all working. The antirocks are great and made for a much more stable feel in off camber situations and when a wheel came off the ground in the rocks. The metalcloak springs are more predictable all around. They feel firmer and dont get bouncy like the AEV springs had a tendency to. The hydro assist has been a little bit heavier of a feel on the road than I expected, but I have to say off road and aired down, it felt exactly the same. Its just about the perfect feel off road. I think I still may need to do a little tweaking, but its working good so far. Its coming along!|
|04-13-2014 11:53 AM|
|spieg||I polished up all of the Antirock arms with some Mothers Billet Polish today. Definitely glad I went with the aluminum arms. Theyre just so purdy.|
|04-03-2014 06:02 PM|
|04-02-2014 08:58 PM|
|PTFBrian||Man that looks great|
|04-02-2014 04:18 PM|
|04-02-2014 07:45 AM|
|n3tfury||Great build, sir.|
|03-31-2014 09:47 PM|
The 4.88's have dropped my mileage a tad. Im averaging about 15.5 on the 4.88's vs about 17 on the 4.10's. That said, the 4.88's seem way more driveable. Im turning around 2700 on the highway at 70 and it can hold OD without any issues unless there is a decent hill or strong head wind. With the 4.10's it didnt take much of a breeze at all to kick it out of OD. Around town the 4.88's seem much happier, too. In spite of the drop in mileage, this was a great upgrade.
As for the metalcloak springs, the initial feel on them was that they were very stiff, even a little harsh. Im happy to say that after a couple of days, theyve mellowed out. It feels to me like they ride a tad higher than the AEV's. They are definitely a more sporty feel on the road, but also are softer on the small bumps. All around they feel more stable and the sportier feel is welcome to me. The AEV's feel more plush and floaty but small bumps like highway expansion joints, speed bumps, end of the driveway, etc were harsher with the AEV's as well. Im really liking the metalcloaks more and more each day.
The rear antirock isnt as pronounced as the front and at this point im happy with how the front and rear antirocks feel together. I dont think ill have to worry about sway on or off road again unless I end up with a CRC link in the rear and that changes something dramatically.
The hydro assist has taken a little getting used to. Its a little more sensitive on the highway than before and there is a bit of lag off idle. The install ended up using a few short 90's to get the hose routed properly and I think I may end up swapping them for some full flow 90s to see if that helps. Im hoping to improve the low rpm perfomance a bit. Im also making contact with the tie rod at full passenger lock, so there may need to be some adjustments made.
Either the springs, the antirocks, the hydro assist, or the combination of all have resulted in a dramatic improvement in handling in high winds on the highway. In the past a strong side wind would cause some body roll and push my jk pretty good. Today we had some pretty high winds and while I could feel the wind, the jeep barely budged. Its the most stable its ever felt in that scenario. Much better than stock even.
|03-30-2014 08:02 PM|
Finally made some significant progress!
Over the last week or so the following has been completed:
|03-17-2014 09:15 PM|
|spieg||Feel free to PM about the snorkel or just post here in the thread so everyone can learn from it. The park with the tires is Rocks and Valleys. Its in Harrison and well worth the trip. Rocks and Valleys - Welcome|
|03-17-2014 04:51 PM|
|gobluewayoflife||where is the offraod park with the tires in the ground? i am in Lewiston up north half the year and would love to check that place out. \\thanks|
|03-17-2014 04:48 PM|
I am looking at the same snorkel .. I may PM you for some words of wisdom when it comes install time.
nice looking build
|03-17-2014 05:44 AM|
|03-16-2014 09:51 PM|
I have been thinking about the Ace Pro Series Rear Bumper as well. In order to get the LED's installed will the bumper have to come off to get them in when you decide to install them.
|03-16-2014 08:21 PM|
|spieg||Im sure it still makes contact at full stuff. I havent really changed anything related to that yet. This coming weekend there should be a lot of progress including the Metalcloak springs. Im going to try to push the front axle back a little bit if possible and hopefully that combination will resolve it. If not, I may just ditch the sector shaft brace since the hydro assist should negate the need for it for the most part anyway. Im a lot more concerned about the tires contacting things at this point.|
|03-16-2014 08:08 PM|
|Seeuoffroad||Did you get the spring to stop rubbing the sector shaft brace? If so what did you do?|
|03-16-2014 06:12 PM|
|spieg||I think im officially over winter. Id really like some nicer weather to work on my jeep. Despite the frigid weather, I sold my midwidth and installed my shorty bumper this weekend. My brother in law did a great job filling the seam on the bumper and blending it in. This is how the LOD's should come if they arent going to leave the gap open in my opinion.|
|03-10-2014 10:17 PM|
|spieg||Yea, those are the 37's. Thanks! The front is sitting a little high right now since there isnt any weight on it. Once I toss the stubby and winch on, thatll add 150lbs or so and should lower the front a tad. I need to remember to take some measurements before swapping out the AEV springs for the Metalcloaks, too, to see if there is much difference in lift height between the two.|
|03-10-2014 09:07 PM|
|Seeuoffroad||If this pic is of the 37's I think it looks GREAT! Perfect! It looks like you got more than 3 1/2 inches of lift out of your 3 1/2 inch lift.|
|03-09-2014 02:00 PM|
Got the 37's mounted today, they fill the wheel wells a little better than the 35's did. Im thinking maybe I shouldve gone 38's though... I had to toss the stock bumper on for now until the stubby gets back from powder coat. I ended up putting wheel spacers on but im not sure I really needed to. Once I have a chance to get to a ramp or fork lift and stretch it out, ill see how it looks flexed out.
The other day I popped the top off my intake box to look at my air filter and under the air filter was about 2" of water. In the stock setup that wouldnt be such a concern because the engine would still have to draw it up through the filter. With the river raider setup, the engine side intake gets relocated to the bottom of the airbox and I have to imagine ive fed the engine some amount of water. All I can figure is that the snorkel has been sucking in snow throughout the winter, the snow settles on the air filter, melts and drips through filling up the airbox that I sealed. Needless to say, im working on a new intake box design to solve this issue as well as make room for the PSC steering install.
|03-02-2014 12:44 PM|
|lampatmyfeet||So glad to hear about the service you are getting with AEV. I have their 2.5" lift on my JK and settled on that product after much research. You are confirming what I previously read and further validating my decision. By the way, love your build and thanks for all the detail.|
|03-02-2014 11:35 AM|
|spieg||I finally got my LOD shorty after a bit of a shipping fiasco (it went from Indiana, to Illinois, to Texas, to Ohio, back to Texas, back to Ohio, to Michigan). Im not sure if all of the shorty's are coming this way or not, but the top seam above the fairlead now has three gobs of weld. Ive looked at dozens of pics of this bumper and never seen this on any of them, so im not sure what the deal is. Im having my brother in law fill in the seam with weld and grind it down to try to clean it up a little bit.|
|03-02-2014 11:34 AM|
|spieg||Put in a little work on the jeep this weekend. Shortly after putting on the AEV lift a year ago, I noticed one of the dust caps had come loose on the rear passenger side shock. For a few weeks I would just stuff the dust cap back into the shock body and it would stay there for a day or two. I reached out to AEV at the time, and they said if it got to be an annoyance they would take care of it. It didnt really bother me so I didnt really worry too much about it. A few weeks ago that shock started squeaking really bad. I hate squeaks. I got back in touch with AEV and after exchanging a couple of emails they said they would send me a new shock to replace it with. Since I have about 20,000 miles on the other shocks, I asked if I could buy another rear shock so that I could just replace both rears at the same time. To my surprise, they offered to just ship me two shocks and asked I ship mine back to them. When I removed the rear passenger side upper shock bolts, the whole body instantly fell down the shaft in a heap. So basically, for the last however long, ive only had one rear shock. If anything like this happens again, ill be switching shocks sooner rather than later (probably to Kings since Metalcloak blew me off on the 6paks). Other than some extra body roll and choppiness in curves, which I had mainly attributed to swapping out the stock swaybar with antirock, I hadnt even noticed it while driving. Needless to say, the jeep handles a lot better with four shocks than with three. And the body roll has been greatly improved. I may still swap out the antirock to the stiffer bar, I havent decided for sure yet.|
|02-18-2014 06:33 PM|
|BB1857||Yeah my 37s rub the control arms so I went with wheel spacers as well.|
|02-18-2014 06:15 PM|
|Seeuoffroad||An inch could make all the difference. Also unless your set on a certain tire some 12.50 run a little wider than others. I really like Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ's but if you put a tape measure on them and include the heavy side lugs they are fairly wide and can rub.|
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