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Today 01:24 PM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by rubiman1969 View Post
Just got off the phone will my dealer. They said most things done to a wrangler can be done by yourself. But a lift they want professionally done for warranty purposes. They recommended a place here locally to do it. I can get a Rubicon express 2.5 coil kit with monotube shocks alignment and lifetime warranty on the lift for $900
That's not a bad price for everything. I would include front lower control arms. Adjustable or Synergy 23 1/8 fixed arms. Drop brackets are another option.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00E3S...le?pc_redir=T1
Today 01:18 PM
rubiman1969
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Originally Posted by kjeeper10 View Post

Very common question. Depends on the dealer but the answer should be no. Only failures that are effected by the lift itself .. Like driveshafts, ball joints, etc,
Just got off the phone will my dealer. They said most things done to a wrangler can be done by yourself. But a lift they want professionally done for warranty purposes. They recommended a place here locally to do it. I can get a Rubicon express 2.5 coil kit with monotube shocks alignment and lifetime warranty on the lift for $900
Today 01:00 PM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by rubiman1969 View Post
will installing the Teraflex 2.5 Coil lift myself void my factory and lifetime warranty plan? Or do i need a professional shop to do it to maintain it?
Very common question. Depends on the dealer but the answer should be no. Only failures that are effected by the lift itself .. Like driveshafts, ball joints, etc,
Today 12:30 PM
rubiman1969 will installing the Teraflex 2.5 Coil lift myself void my factory and lifetime warranty plan? Or do i need a professional shop to do it to maintain it?
Today 08:51 AM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by rubiman1969 View Post
Want to install TF 2.5 coil kit. Do I need to install a front trackbar as well for this setup
Nope
Today 08:45 AM
rubiman1969 Want to install TF 2.5 coil kit. Do I need to install a front trackbar as well for this setup
Yesterday 10:29 PM
FingerTight
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Originally Posted by scj64 View Post
You can put the stock wheels back on it to have it aligned.
Excellent idea
Yesterday 07:16 PM
scj64 You can put the stock wheels back on it to have it aligned.
Yesterday 05:09 AM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by x1buellist View Post
Installed the lift this weekend. MetalCloak 3.5" ARB GameChanger lift with OME shocks. 17" Mickey Thompson Classic III wheels and 35" MTZ tires. Everything went pretty much as planned. It doesn't pull or wander. It seems to take large bumps and irregularities in the road without any bump steer. I am very happy with the outcome. The thing is, I have never driven a lifted 4x4 before. I may not know the difference between a lift that is set up nicely and a lift that needs to be adjusted. I didn't perform any type of adjustment to the toe in or caster angle when it was done. I wanted to take the suggestion of a couple different threads and get a print out of my current alignment. Than I could go from there. I took it to Firestone today and they put it on the lift. After about 45 minutes they said their equipment couldn't be mounted to the rims. They would be unable to check my alignment. So, I guess I will look around and see if some other place can do it. I think the guy at Firestone was concerned about their tool scratching the black finish on my rims if he tried to get to aggressive with mounting it. They were very apologetic but all the same they couldn't help me. Ever hear of problems like that before? Gratuitous pic of my lifted Jeep.
Yep, been denied alignment before. I've even told the guy not to worry about scratching the wheels .. Still wouldn't do it Toe angle should be ok. It won't change lifting. Caster angle depends where you set the CA's at, Did your kit come with uppers or both ? You can get a general idea where caster is measuring Pinion angle. I described how to read pinion angle below in the caster link.

Edit: I looked at your build. You have both uppers and lowers AND a aftermarket driveshaft.
Be careful with caster. Id say, if the jeep handles good w/ no wandering, you're prob good.
Most manufactures have you shoot for stock caster (3.7-4.7)
Any more almost guarantees vibrations/problems, especially with a double carden shaft.
For comparison, my 07 JK is around 4" up front running a double carden shaft. 3.5-4* is all I can run for caster.
Yesterday 01:36 AM
MrSteve
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Originally Posted by x1buellist View Post

Love the look of those half doors!! :-)
I had to special order it because those half doors were a deal breaker for me. No half doors, no sale. The new car manager told me it has been 4 years since he has ordered a JKU with half doors. The other dealership I shopped at didn't even know that half doors were an option for a JKU. hahaha[/QUOTE]

It was worth it. I ride doors off every chance I get but that look works with the soft top and your color.
Yesterday 01:22 AM
x1buellist
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Originally Posted by MrSteve View Post
Gratuitous pic of my lifted Jeep.
Love the look of those half doors!! :-)[/QUOTE]

I had to special order it because those half doors were a deal breaker for me. No half doors, no sale. The new car manager told me it has been 4 years since he has ordered a JKU with half doors. The other dealership I shopped at didn't even know that half doors were an option for a JKU. hahaha
Yesterday 01:17 AM
MrSteve Gratuitous pic of my lifted Jeep.

[/QUOTE]

Love the look of those half doors!! :-)
Yesterday 01:13 AM
x1buellist Installed the lift this weekend. MetalCloak 3.5" ARB GameChanger lift with OME shocks. 17" Mickey Thompson Classic III wheels and 35" MTZ tires. Everything went pretty much as planned. It doesn't pull or wander. It seems to take large bumps and irregularities in the road without any bump steer. I am very happy with the outcome.
The thing is, I have never driven a lifted 4x4 before. I may not know the difference between a lift that is set up nicely and a lift that needs to be adjusted.
I didn't perform any type of adjustment to the toe in or caster angle when it was done. I wanted to take the suggestion of a couple different threads and get a print out of my current alignment. Than I could go from there. I took it to Firestone today and they put it on the lift. After about 45 minutes they said their equipment couldn't be mounted to the rims. They would be unable to check my alignment.
So, I guess I will look around and see if some other place can do it. I think the guy at Firestone was concerned about their tool scratching the black finish on my rims if he tried to get to aggressive with mounting it. They were very apologetic but all the same they couldn't help me.
Ever hear of problems like that before?

Gratuitous pic of my lifted Jeep.

12-15-2014 02:00 PM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by Poker Jones View Post
I turned out the drivers LCA a full turn as you said and that did seem to help. I'm not sure if it's perfect but it feels ok to me. One other thing, and it might just be my old eyes but looking from the front both tires seem to be pointing out a few degrees, is this normal? And if not, how would you adjust it?
It's prob just a illusion. The way the flares angle in makes the tires look toe'd out.
12-15-2014 01:19 PM
Poker Jones
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Originally Posted by Poker Jones View Post
Thanks Ken, I will give that a shot tomorrow
I turned out the drivers LCA a full turn as you said and that did seem to help. I'm not sure if it's perfect but it feels ok to me. One other thing, and it might just be my old eyes but looking from the front both tires seem to be pointing out a few degrees, is this normal? And if not, how would you adjust it?
12-14-2014 10:09 PM
kjeeper10 Woah ... Nice !!!!
12-14-2014 09:58 PM
mommymallcrawler Looks nice Kristy!
12-14-2014 09:56 PM
Kristy82 Finished my lift and got the new wheels and tires! Thanks for all the advice! Attachment 1724498
12-14-2014 02:13 PM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by TJammer View Post
Ken, that was posted at 2:42 am... Do you ever sleep???
Must be a time stamp error or something
12-14-2014 01:29 PM
TJammer
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Originally Posted by kjeeper10 View Post
JKS makes some nice stuff.
That kit looks great, only thing I would change/add is control arm drop brackets at that height. Looks like cam Bolts are included for caster. Below the description, there's the other options including their drop brackets. Or opt for Rancho's, AEV Which are cheaper.
He can wait and see on the flip kit. It's not necessary but nice to have.





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Ken, that was posted at 2:42 am... Do you ever sleep???
12-14-2014 02:42 AM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by w1kk3d View Post
OK KJeeper10, my buddy has decided on the the JKS JSpec 3.5" lift: Jspec Suspension 3.5" Lift Kit Also set on Fuel Trophy 18x10 and more than likely going with Dunlop Fierce Attitude M/T 325/65/18's. Reading through other posts and this thread, is a Drag Link Flip Kit necessary for lifts over 3" or will he be OK without it? Thanks again!
JKS makes some nice stuff.
That kit looks great, only thing I would change/add is control arm drop brackets at that height. Looks like cam Bolts are included for caster. Below the description, there's the other options including their drop brackets. Or opt for Rancho's, AEV Which are cheaper.
He can wait and see on the flip kit. It's not necessary but nice to have.





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12-13-2014 11:40 PM
w1kk3d OK KJeeper10, my buddy has decided on the the JKS JSpec 3.5" lift:

Jspec Suspension 3.5" Lift Kit

Also set on Fuel Trophy 18x10 and more than likely going with Dunlop Fierce Attitude M/T 325/65/18's.

Reading through other posts and this thread, is a Drag Link Flip Kit necessary for lifts over 3" or will he be OK without it? Thanks again!
12-13-2014 07:55 AM
kjeeper10 Looks fantastic MMC
12-13-2014 06:38 AM
Matt_G Congrats.
Looks great!
12-13-2014 12:45 AM
mommymallcrawler Mine is done! RK X Factor 2.5 with Nitto Trail Grapplers 37x12.5x17. Will try to get a better pic tomorrow - ran out of daylight. Super thanks to kjeeper and numerous other folks here for all their knowledge and help! I made a great choice in huge part thanks to everything I learned here. And to my Lunatic who helped me so much!



His and hers! Now we can play together!

12-12-2014 06:36 PM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by Poker Jones View Post
Thanks Ken, I will give that a shot tomorrow
Keep me updated.
12-12-2014 06:12 PM
Poker Jones
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Originally Posted by kjeeper10 View Post
Curious, can you get a thread count on each arm. I ran TF lowers and remembered them set the same side to side.

Having .7 less caster on the driver side is prob causing the pull. I would rotate the driver side out 1 turn. That should even things out nicely,

1/8 is fine for axle center. It won't hurt a thing because the axle is always shifting under the jeep .
Thanks Ken, I will give that a shot tomorrow
12-12-2014 05:34 PM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by Poker Jones View Post
So I centered the axle as close as I can get it, maybe 1/8'' off. Straightened the steering wheel and now it is pulling to the left on the highway and there is clicking noise that can also be felt in the steering wheel at low speed over bumps. As far as them not touching the track bar, this is not a normal alignment shop they build Jeeps, Screaming Lizard Customs. I guess I am taking back in Monday for them to look at. One full turn is all on the TF arms, you have to disconnect it to adjust. Would I move it forward (toward the front) or back a turn?
Curious, can you get a thread count on each arm. I ran TF lowers and remembered them set the same side to side.

Having .7 less caster on the driver side is prob causing the pull. I would rotate the driver side out 1 turn. That should even things out nicely,

1/8 is fine for axle center. It won't hurt a thing because the axle is always shifting under the jeep .
12-12-2014 05:12 PM
Poker Jones
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Originally Posted by kjeeper10 View Post
I would say give the left arm half a turn. I don't think you can with the TF arms. One full turn is all. Most alignment shops won't touch the track bar.

If it handles ok leave it. Or you can try for a bit more caster angle 4.5-5 degrees.

Looks great though. Nice job !!!!
So I centered the axle as close as I can get it, maybe 1/8'' off. Straightened the steering wheel and now it is pulling to the left on the highway and there is clicking noise that can also be felt in the steering wheel at low speed over bumps.

As far as them not touching the track bar, this is not a normal alignment shop they build Jeeps, Screaming Lizard Customs. I guess I am taking back in Monday for them to look at.

One full turn is all on the TF arms, you have to disconnect it to adjust. Would I move it forward (toward the front) or back a turn?
12-12-2014 01:43 PM
kjeeper10 I would say give the left arm half a turn. I don't think you can with the TF arms. One full turn is all. Most alignment shops won't touch the track bar.

If it handles ok leave it. Or you can try for a bit more caster angle 4.5-5 degrees.

Looks great though. Nice job !!!!
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