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11-06-2010 03:45 PM
doughenry Always best to do installs yourself with research and mybe with a buddies help.
11-05-2010 02:57 AM
Ageless Stranger Glad you're ok. That's bad news, but I'm glad they at least owned up to their mistakes and made it right.
11-05-2010 02:03 AM
s1234 Billy - Shell is a great lady, I just think she is either overworked, just super busy, or maybe Nick is too busy (sounds like the later is the case from Shell's message above). I've been waiting for a couple of weeks to coordinate meeting Nick and test riding Shell's Jeep at the same time. I'm also making other plans for my mods, no worries...

Glad your ok Billy, hope to ride with you sometime soon.
11-02-2010 10:08 PM
beefmobile A real good trick that I use for keeping the brake lines at bay is those carburetor springs. Attach one to the frame or body then the other to the brake line. That way, at level riding, the lines are pulled up, but when you go over things and the suspension flexes, the spring flexes with it allowing everything to move at free will, yet controlled.
11-02-2010 10:00 PM
harwa004
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Originally Posted by billy_YJ View Post
Shell,
I never heard back from you, and HAD to have it done! lol Fortunately it was AFTER rush hour... a little after 9am, but STILL very scarey.
I'm sorry! It wasn't for lack of trying, Billy. I just got my radio installed Sunday night. He is a very good mechanic, but slammed with work and hard to get in to see.
11-02-2010 09:51 PM
billy_YJ Jeff,
the brake line they replaced LOOKS shorter, but I also noticed the relocating bracket is facing a different direction so that the bend in the slack is forward, instead of towards the tire(like in pic #16 on my profile)... interesting, huh? The brake line on the other side does not rub at full turn either way, and has no rub marks, so I let it be.
11-02-2010 09:47 PM
billy_YJ Shell,
I never heard back from you, and HAD to have it done! lol Fortunately it was AFTER rush hour... a little after 9am, but STILL very scarey.
11-02-2010 09:25 PM
harwa004 Oh no, Billy. I wish I could have gotten you hooked up with Nick to do it. I85 and no brakes in our neck of the woods....could have been really bad.
11-02-2010 09:22 PM
turdhurdler What have you "or the shop" done to keep the brake line from rubbing the tire again? I had the same problem and simply put a zip tie from the brake line around the shock, giving room for movement but not enought to tough the sidewall. Glad you are OK.

Jeff
11-02-2010 11:04 AM
T2000J Got to love being able to down shift with the ebrake on a hand lever .. Dog ran out in front of me 2 weeks ago locked it up got stopped then got to a stop sign and no breaks . The front passenger side line blow out . 10 miles from home so gears and ebrake just held the button in on the ebrake just worked it up and down.. Put all new lines on I like being able to do the work myself then there is no question on how things are installed ...And of corse it was the hardest line to do because it gose around the 2 front body mounts
11-02-2010 10:05 AM
mrcarcrazy He's in NC, look under join date, and above # of posts....where yours says something about a cardboard box.
11-02-2010 09:42 AM
Walkingstick
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Originally Posted by billy_YJ
The past few months I've been deciding on tire size, to lift, if so how much etc... After much deliberation many of you guys helped me realize that if I was going get anything, get what you want, or you will regret it. I went with the 4" Rough Country Lift & I'm rolling on Black Cragar Soft 8's(15x8) w/ 33" Good Year Duratracs. I LOVE my setup!

My story starts when I got my lift kit. I decided after looking over everything that I would be more comfortable having a professional do it. My skills do not go much past oil changes, plugs, wires, batteries, and I even did some disc brakes once under the guidance of my father when I was younger. Well, I found what seemed to be an amazing shop to install my lift. I scheduled an appointment and the count down began. When picking up the Jeep I could not shift into reverse, 4th, or 2nd gears. I knew exactly why as soon as I noticed it... It addresses this issue in the installation instructions. This was one of the reasons I took it to a "professional". They said "oops" and then fixed it by grinding a little metal off so that the shifter could have full range of motion... as I waited about 45 additional minutes.

Paid, left, came home to mount my 33" duratracs. Now I had the spare mounted and made it clear what I was going to be running. Wheeled it Sunday, had a blast. Drove it on the highway and was very pleased with the performance and speed even in 5th gear with those huge tires!

Monday morning, driving to a doctors appointment... hit the brakes and OMG... it bottoms out, nothing, NO BRAKES!!! After some near misses I gear down then apply my E brake one click at a time until I come to a safe stop on I-85. IT WAS NOT PRETTY! Got out looked and immediately noticed the front right brake line(which had been relocated) had a whole rubbed in it from my tire. They towed it, replaced the brake line, apologized, and I drove it home with out problems. Scared me TO DEATH.

Their inexperience with suspension lifts was the reason they did not "test" clearance with the wheel/tire I was going to be running. The brake line probably did not rub the factory wheels that were on it when they did the lift.

I learned a lesson myself. I am responsible for my Jeep & all mods... if you allow someone else to work on your rig check & double check behind them.

MOD RESPONSIBLY, this could have been ugly! I wanted to share, thanks for reading.

-Billy
I-85? What state are you in?
How do those tires perform offroad?
Ive only usedthem in mud
11-02-2010 09:30 AM
mrcarcrazy Glad you are okay, def. a close call. Much closer than I'd be comfortable with.

Sad part for most people who allow others to work on their vehicles is that they (the owner) don't know enough about vehicles to know what to look at as to how to double check the work.

anywho, glad you are still alive.
11-01-2010 11:13 PM
billy_YJ Thanks Jude! Yeah it's all good now... but what a day!

Let me know when you guys are heading out again, I'm there!
11-01-2010 11:01 PM
ESP wow man I'm really glad that you weren't hurt or anybody else was either! That's some scary stuff. How is everything now on your Jeep? Did it get done to your approval this time? You gotta go wheelin with us soon so I hope it's ok
11-01-2010 10:05 PM
Schmo
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Originally Posted by billy_YJ View Post
hey check out pic # 16 on my profile... I SHOULD have noticed this when mounting tires/wheels... but I was so excited... Being a newbie I didn't know to check for these things.
Holy crap dude . . . yeah that's not good. Do yourself a favor and spend some time under your Jeep giving everything a good once over . . . with the issues you've described, I'd want to make sure the surprises are over with . . . doesn't look like the shop knew what the hell they were doing. Seems like remove and replace, plug and play, is all most shops are any good for anymore.
11-01-2010 09:55 PM
billy_YJ hey check out pic # 16 on my profile... I SHOULD have noticed this when mounting tires/wheels... but I was so excited... Being a newbie I didn't know to check for these things.
11-01-2010 09:52 PM
distortedtj Well, that's no good. And Glad you are ok bud.
11-01-2010 09:50 PM
Schmo Yup . . . just seems like it's better to do it yourself anymore vs. getting a shop to do it. Glad you didn't get killed.
11-01-2010 09:45 PM
billy_YJ
A valuable lesson... be careful guys!

The past few months I've been deciding on tire size, to lift, if so how much etc... After much deliberation many of you guys helped me realize that if I was going get anything, get what you want, or you will regret it. I went with the 4" Rough Country Lift & I'm rolling on Black Cragar Soft 8's(15x8) w/ 33" Good Year Duratracs. I LOVE my setup!

My story starts when I got my lift kit. I decided after looking over everything that I would be more comfortable having a professional do it. My skills do not go much past oil changes, plugs, wires, batteries, and I even did some disc brakes once under the guidance of my father when I was younger. Well, I found what seemed to be an amazing shop to install my lift. I scheduled an appointment and the count down began. When picking up the Jeep I could not shift into reverse, 4th, or 2nd gears. I knew exactly why as soon as I noticed it... It addresses this issue in the installation instructions. This was one of the reasons I took it to a "professional". They said "oops" and then fixed it by grinding a little metal off so that the shifter could have full range of motion... as I waited about 45 additional minutes.

Paid, left, came home to mount my 33" duratracs. Now I had the spare mounted and made it clear what I was going to be running. Wheeled it Sunday, had a blast. Drove it on the highway and was very pleased with the performance and speed even in 5th gear with those huge tires!

Monday morning, driving to a doctors appointment... hit the brakes and OMG... it bottoms out, nothing, NO BRAKES!!! After some near misses I gear down then apply my E brake one click at a time until I come to a safe stop on I-85. IT WAS NOT PRETTY! Got out looked and immediately noticed the front right brake line(which had been relocated) had a whole rubbed in it from my tire. They towed it, replaced the brake line, apologized, and I drove it home with out problems. Scared me TO DEATH.

Their inexperience with suspension lifts was the reason they did not "test" clearance with the wheel/tire I was going to be running. The brake line probably did not rub the factory wheels that were on it when they did the lift.

I learned a lesson myself. I am responsible for my Jeep & all mods... if you allow someone else to work on your rig check & double check behind them.

MOD RESPONSIBLY, this could have been ugly! I wanted to share, thanks for reading.

-Billy

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