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OmniscientHiers 05-09-2013 10:49 PM

Questions about a custom suspension kit
 
I searched the forums, but I failed to find a similar instance (wrong keywords?). Has anyone attempted a ground up suspension, or better put: buying each part individually. My main question is if it would be the most effective use of money in comparison to buying a complete lift.

Any feedback is appreciated

PStov98TJ 05-09-2013 11:34 PM

Go read Unlimited04LJ's build thread.

This is very possible. And parts needed are totally dependent upon how high you want to go, the size tires you want to run, and what you're planning on doing with the jeep.

thgr8alex 05-09-2013 11:36 PM

Agreed, it all depends on what your wanting to do and how high of a lift and how much money you want to spend.

UFOtestpilot 05-09-2013 11:56 PM

You will also find 100's of examples at pirate4x4.com

PStov98TJ 05-09-2013 11:59 PM

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Originally Posted by UFOtestpilot (Post 3740039)
You will also find 100's of examples at pirate4x4.com

x2. Very good tech stuff there.

eagle223 05-10-2013 12:32 AM

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Originally Posted by PStov98TJ (Post 3739961)
Go read Unlimited04LJ's build thread.

This is very possible. And parts needed are totally dependent upon how high you want to go, the size tires you want to run, and what you're planning on doing with the jeep.

Or imped's

PStov98TJ 05-10-2013 09:13 AM

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Originally Posted by eagle223 (Post 3740110)

Or imped's

Yep. I had thought about that too after I had posted. Between Unlimited's knowledge about clearance and Imped's knowledge about CA setups, you can build one mean rig if you just listen to what they say and learn.

UnlimitedLJ04 05-10-2013 09:18 AM

Build threads:
'rock crawling go-cart' or something - JeepForum.com
Music City Flop Project - JeepForum.com

Tech info:
Suspension Geometry - JeepForum.com

You'll notice my build thread has a "Suggested Readings" section.
Unlimited04's LJ Build - JeepForum.com

There is enough info above to keep you busy learning for at least a year. Consider it a prerequisite before doing anything.

PStov98TJ 05-10-2013 09:25 AM

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/long...ts-228510.html

Here's another good read. Ignore the pissing argument in it. Some good tech in this thread and Imped posted some other good reads in there. Some more reading that'll keep you busy for a while.

OmniscientHiers 05-10-2013 05:35 PM

Gotta love the jeep community! Thanks for all the helpful links and information! In terms of what I would like: 2.5-3in lift with 33s, while being a dd plus capabilities of rock/desert terrain driving.

PStov98TJ 05-10-2013 07:40 PM

Sounds like a plan. You may need some other mods to fit 33's like a 1-1.25" bl or highline fenders such as metalcloaks.

OmniscientHiers 05-10-2013 08:22 PM

Yes, I'm definitely looking into a 1" mml and bl.

OmniscientHiers 05-19-2013 12:11 AM

My plan is as of yet:

Rancho 9000XLs - front/rear
JKS Q Discos
JKS 1.25″ - or Daystar 1" BL, still deciding
JKS 1" MML
JKS Adj. front/rear JJ track bar

I would like to get OME Springs, but I'm not quite sure which ones. Anyone help with that? I found rear 2.5" med/hvy, but not front?

Moabrubi 05-19-2013 01:45 AM

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Originally Posted by OmniscientHiers (Post 3770141)
My plan is as of yet:

Rancho 9000XLs - front/rear
JKS Q Discos
JKS 1.25″ - or Daystar 1" BL, still deciding
JKS 1" MML
JKS Adj. front/rear JJ track bar

I would like to get OME Springs, but I'm not quite sure which ones. Anyone help with that? I found rear 2.5" med/hvy, but not front?

Ranchos are very good shocks.

From personal experience, the Antirock is a far superior swaybar compared to JKS QD's. I hated disconnecting/ connecting the old JKS links. Trying to find level ground and getting hands all greasy/dirty sucked.

Savvy BL is better. The body pucks are cupped to sit around the factory pucks perfectly, and the grill snubbers are superior to JKS IMO.

All MML spacers are pretty much the same.

Really with a 2" lift I don't think adjustable trackbars are necessary and just cause more headaches then they are worth. I ran a 2" lift on stock trackbars for a couple years with no issues at all. If you put adjustable trackbars you are likely to run into clearance issues and are going to have to bumpstop the crap out of it so you don't hit everything.

Just my 2 cents..

OmniscientHiers 05-19-2013 02:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Moabrubi (Post 3770245)
From personal experience, the Antirock is a far superior swaybar compared to JKS QD's. I hated disconnecting/ connecting the old JKS links. Trying to find level ground and getting hands all greasy/dirty sucked.

Really with a 2" lift I don't think adjustable trackbars are necessary and just cause more headaches then they are worth. I ran a 2" lift on stock trackbars for a couple years with no issues at all. If you put adjustable trackbars you are likely to run into clearance issues and are going to have to bumpstop the crap out of it so you don't hit everything.

Thanks for the info! I really appreciate it.
EDIT: Would you recommend the whole kit, or just the swaybar?

Quote:

Originally Posted by Moabrubi (Post 3770245)
Savvy BL is better. The body pucks are cupped to sit around the factory pucks perfectly, and the grill snubbers are superior to JKS IMO.

Is the difference worth the price?

Moabrubi 05-19-2013 02:27 AM

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Originally Posted by OmniscientHiers (Post 3770260)
Thanks for the info! I really appreciate it.
EDIT: Would you recommend the whole kit, or just the swaybar?

The whole kit? I'm assuming you mean the full Currie lift?

Quote:

Originally Posted by OmniscientHiers (Post 3770260)
Is the difference worth the price?

Up to you really. Personally I don't mind spending a few extra bucks for something higher quality. The JKS will get the job done the same, the Savvy one is just a little more refined.

Forgot to add, one of my wheeling buddies added a 2.5" OME like you were looking at. He did add their rear trackbar bracket, not sure if it was necessary but just thought I would mention it.

OmniscientHiers 05-19-2013 02:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Moabrubi (Post 3770264)
The whole kit? I'm assuming you mean the full Currie lift?

My bad, I meant front and rear antirock kits or just front?

Quote:

Originally Posted by Moabrubi (Post 3770264)
Forgot to add, one of my wheeling buddies added a 2.5" OME like you were looking at. He did add their rear trackbar bracket, not sure if it was necessary but just thought I would mention it.

Yeah, I'm thinking I'll see how it goes, and change as necessary.

Moabrubi 05-19-2013 08:52 AM

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Originally Posted by OmniscientHiers (Post 3770266)
My bad, I meant front and rear antirock kits or just front?

Just the front. The factory rear swaybar is soft enough already and isn't restrictive.

OmniscientHiers 05-20-2013 12:06 AM

Ah, okay. Thanks a lot for the help!

OmniscientHiers 05-27-2013 11:49 PM

So, I've changed up the plan a little bit after more research.

Stage 1:

Rancho 9000xl (est. $260-270)
2.5" OME MD Front Coils ($170)
2.5" RC Progressive Rear Coils (est. $100-140)
-if necessary, adjustable track bar
BFG 33s ($340 on CL)

Stage 2:

Aussie Front Locker ($250 w/o install)
JKS 1" mml ($80)
JKS 1.25 bl ($120)

I'm not quite sure on the order I'll do things, though.
A) Put on the tires and deal with the awful street driving until I can afford to regear (it's a DD so...)
B) Save for tires and regear, but I'm not sure if I'll favor the look
C) Save for tires, regear, and locker, install it all at once without paying for labor 2x.

I'm thinking C is the most efficient idea. Any thoughts appreciated!


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