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06-01-2007 04:03 PM
Scout Hey Jack,

Do you have a straight on - side shot of your Jeep. (after the new lift)
04-24-2007 08:55 PM
Scout Awww kewl!!!!!
04-24-2007 08:54 PM
amerijeep Nice sig. No more budget constraints for me!!
04-24-2007 08:48 PM
Scout
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hackle View Post
Tiny here is picture of the Cradle/Truss on mine and Jack has the same one. It is the steel going over the diff housing and welded to axle on each side.
I want one of those.
04-24-2007 08:25 PM
mrbigjeep the bolt on cradle bolts in between the diff and the triangulated arms bolt to the truss...if you have the triangulated rear then you don't need a rear track bar...the cradle triangulates the upppers.
04-24-2007 06:42 PM
bluvikng Jack, I would be honored to have either, or both stickers. I have had mine in the shop, which Joe probably knows about. The frame was cracked, where the rear coilovers where attatched, and I had bad axle wrap. The problem turned out to be a cross threaded cover on the heim joint. The ball had completely wallered out the inside of the heim. Fortunately, Jeremy, at RK, had sent me an extra heim. I can't say enough about how good RK, and their service is. Sorry to hear about you folding up your shock. It is all good tho, Bro. We live and wheel, and keep on tweeking our machines, until we get it right........

Hackle.........thanks for the video, it was great, as always.
04-24-2007 06:27 PM
1BLKJP
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Originally Posted by MR.CLIFFORD View Post
all that work and no extra wheelbase? I think you got screwed
Not quite ready for that yet. I think I did pick up about 1/2 inch which bottom line means absolutely nothing. But with that platform stretching will be a piece of cake and will probably happen later this summer or during the fall. It's all in the plan my friend.
04-24-2007 05:04 PM
MR.CLIFFORD all that work and no extra wheelbase? I think you got screwed
04-24-2007 04:40 PM
Hackle Tiny here is picture of the Cradle/Truss on mine and Jack has the same one. It is the steel going over the diff housing and welded to axle on each side.
04-24-2007 04:31 PM
1BLKJP
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Originally Posted by tiny terror View Post
Nope, actin' dumb ain't my style. I'll just come out and say what I'm under informed about. Spring buckets and RK cradles.... not there yet. Haven't a clue. But, I understood exactly what welding arm condoms are, wore them when I learned to blow glass, just never heard them called that.
Spring buckets are what your springs sit in on the axle. The Cradle is what allows me to not run a rear trac-bar. It's welded to the axle and provides the mounting point for the upper control arms. Damn, I thought I had a pic of it, but I guess not.
04-24-2007 04:23 PM
tiny terror Nope, actin' dumb ain't my style. I'll just come out and say what I'm under informed about. Spring buckets and RK cradles.... not there yet. Haven't a clue. But, I understood exactly what welding arm condoms are, wore them when I learned to blow glass, just never heard them called that.
04-24-2007 04:18 PM
1BLKJP
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Originally Posted by tiny terror View Post
I have no idea what any of it is but it looks cool ......... welding arm condoms.... <snicker>
You know what it is, you are just putting on a front so people will keep posting in your lift thread.

Oh, and he's damn proud of those things. Out of the 3 years he's had the shop open, he thinks it's the best thing he's ever bought.
04-24-2007 04:15 PM
tiny terror I have no idea what any of it is but it looks cool ......... welding arm condoms.... <snicker>
04-24-2007 04:07 PM
1BLKJP
Quote:
Originally Posted by bigjeep View Post
hockey pucks for the rear?
No, we actually cut drilled/tapped some 3/16th plate and bolted to the bottom of the spring bucket. Much like the MORE kit provides for TJ brackets.
04-24-2007 10:29 AM
mrbigjeep hockey pucks for the rear?
04-24-2007 12:55 AM
1BLKJP Got everything all buttoned up today. Got the shock replaced, figured out some Absolute engineered bump stop extensions for the rear, and also put together spring retainers for the bottom.

Thing drives better than it has in years. My jeep is now back to my most favorite possession.

Thanks for putting the video up Hackle, Too bad you won't be able to head out with us to FJ this weekend.
04-23-2007 11:28 PM
Absolute Offroad Yeah, coming DOWN those was more interesting than it looked on tape.... Fun though. We will have to run the whole trail backwards, that should be fun!!!


Joe
04-23-2007 02:37 PM
Hackle Here you go Jack this is a little smaller for everyone to watch.
1BLKJP
04-23-2007 12:32 PM
Texapple awsome, Jack
04-23-2007 08:57 AM
Mike001 Well that looks nice I'm jealous to.
04-23-2007 03:26 AM
1BLKJP So okay as Hackle stated earlier we got to get out and test this bastard out today. I have a couple of early pics, but the batteries died on my camera so we all had to rely on Hackle to take some video and stills from his camcorder. He'll post that up when he has it all ready.

Since I knew that it was going to be like driving a brand new rig all over again we decided to head into a trail that we have all ran about a thousand times to just run some familiar terrain since I knew how my jeep used to react on it. At this point I was so stoked to put our work to the test. I was not let down one bit. The travel that I have now with the new setup is SICK. I was keeping tires on the ground now in places that I would have to hammer down the throttle before. The control of everything was great and anything that was jerky was because of the driver and not my suspension now.

Here's a couple pics from early on.





And here's one of Joe just messing around.



Well after we got done playing around on Terminator Joe and Hackle asked if I wanted to hit another easy trail and get used to it some more or if I was ready to tackle something a lot more fun? So figuring that I had this damn thing down pat it was time to move on. They'd been giving me a bunch of hell about a newer trail in the area called Dirty Sanchez so off we went. This is where my day turned to shit. Dropping in this trail and walking the first couple of waterfalls I knew it was going to kick just as much ass as they said it would. And here is where I blew it. While crawling the first waterfall I blew my chance to crawl it because I hesitated as I crested it and slid right off. So while backing down to give it another shot I managed to kick the passenger side coil out and wedge it against the shock. Well turns out that noise we heard was not the coil re-seating itself. It was the shock shaft snapping in half. HA So needless to say my day was over and it WAS ALL MY DAMN FAULT. So I had to back out of the trail and bounce around for the rest of the day. Good thing I Monday off too in case there was anything I needed to button up. So I'll be at the shop again tomorrow picking up a new shock and putting in the spring retainers that I didn't think I would need anymore.

Hackle has video and pics of everything including my new shock mounting method. Overall my RK setup is performing great and I will have more pics this coming up weekend.
04-23-2007 02:59 AM
1BLKJP
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Originally Posted by bluvikng View Post
WTG, Jack. That is an awesome set up. Kind of looks familiar..... The only difference is the stickers...........I didn't get mine.........

That really does look good. Are you going to put the 39.5's on there now??????
Thanks Axel. So what stickers do you want? The AO or the RK? I'll get you out a couple of either. Well bigger are in the near future but afraid they'll only be 37's for the mean time Joe and I leave the 40's to Hackle.

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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
I can believe that.
Yeah, Jerry it just wasn't cutting it for me anymore. I thought axle wrap only happened on leaf sprung vehicles.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Simple Scout View Post
Damn Jack, that's really looks great. Not to mention you're just confusing the hell out of me as I've been looking at LA setups for the last couple of months now. I'll be very interested in hearing a long term report on how well everything is working for you and most importantly (for me) is what kind of maintenance this kit requires.

Also, RK doesn't use radius arms, right?
Scout, thanks for the compliments along with everyone else's also. We got a great group of wheelers out here who are always down for helping each other. Joe's so good at it he can make a living too. I'm sure you all will definitely be seeing the progress and pics of how this setup works and works well.

And no, RK does not use a radius arm setup. It uses a 3 link front + Trac Bar. All arms are mounted thru the new center section. RK got a bad wrap in the past for some things that happened with previous ownership, but Jeremy builds SMOKIN products and you'd be hard pressed to find someone putting out anything stronger. It's going to be fun working over these 2" SOLID arms.
04-22-2007 07:28 PM
Scout Damn Jack, that's really looks great. Not to mention you're just confusing the hell out of me as I've been looking at LA setups for the last couple of months now. I'll be very interested in hearing a long term report on how well everything is working for you and most importantly (for me) is what kind of maintenance this kit requires.

Also, RK doesn't use radius arms, right?
04-22-2007 06:23 PM
Jerry Bransford
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Originally Posted by AzTJ View Post
Toys By Troy Alumi-Flex
I can believe that.
04-22-2007 06:03 PM
bluvikng WTG, Jack. That is an awesome set up. Kind of looks familiar..... The only difference is the stickers...........I didn't get mine.........

That really does look good. Are you going to put the 39.5's on there now??????
04-22-2007 05:52 PM
AzTJ Toys By Troy Alumi-Flex
04-22-2007 05:49 PM
Jerry Bransford What LA kit did you outgrow its capabilities? Nice writeup.
04-22-2007 05:29 PM
Hackle First off Jack you are very welcome and I enjoyed the day working on your TJ.
Second we went out to test it today and I took video and pictures that I will post as soon as I get them on my site. I will let Jack write the trip report, but I will say the new lift worked great.
Last you will earn my help in the next couple weeks as we start to link the front of my Nearly stock YJ
04-22-2007 05:19 PM
upinar that looks awesome, nice clearence to
04-22-2007 01:47 PM
mrbigjeep looks like the 5.5"...im jealous
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