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Old 05-06-2019, 03:52 PM
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Weather turned bad after I finally got everything, but the weather is finally turning nice again. Cant wait to put all this on! Kroiling it up again for a week or two.

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Old 05-16-2019, 12:04 PM
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Dug everything out, checking my list of tools and instructions, did a refresher course on the install, gonna use WaterDog's instructions mixed with the rest. The only thing Im worried about is the rear upper shock bolts. If anyone wants to PM me their number for emergency text technical support (lookin' at you Boogie lol), please feel free haha. Here is all the parts Im putting on, which is pretty much the OME kit minus body and motor lift, and plus MOOG ZJ tie rod and TJ drag link.





Tomorrow, it begins at dawn.

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Old 05-16-2019, 01:37 PM   #33
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I'm so jealous! Enjoy all your new upgrade parts!!
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Old 05-16-2019, 02:53 PM
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I'm so jealous! Enjoy all your new upgrade parts!!

Oh I will if I dont have to white knuckle it down the highway anymore lol. Hell I'll even be able to go back up on the mountain! Aint been wheeling in forever it feels like.






Word of advice to anyone reading, if your suspension components are bad, and you're holding out on a lift kit when the money is right, dont wait, replace 'em, even if ya have to stay factory. Waiting causes more problems than they are worth. Like cupped tire tread for starters.
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Make sure you give your tie rod ends and ball joints a good looking at. If they need to be replaced now would be a good time to do it and a ZJ tie rod.

I am in the same boat as you, my jeep has about 165K on it and while the steering parts weren't "worn out" I suspect that once I added the lift and bigger tires they would become an issue. I also did new breaks on all 4 corners. I wanted to start with a solid platform.
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Make sure you give your tie rod ends and ball joints a good looking at. If they need to be replaced now would be a good time to do it and a ZJ tie rod.

I am in the same boat as you, my jeep has about 165K on it and while the steering parts weren't "worn out" I suspect that once I added the lift and bigger tires they would become an issue. I also did new breaks on all 4 corners. I wanted to start with a solid platform.

Drrrrrr---just saw the big yellow and blue moog boxes.
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Old 05-16-2019, 08:58 PM
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Drrrrrr---just saw the big yellow and blue moog boxes.
Lololol, yup, and the ZJ upgrade on the tie rod, TJ for the drag link. The JKS adjustable track bars are sitting under the MOOG boxes.

Mine has 292,000 miles on it, and anything with a rubber bushing is pretty much toast. Already did the control arms last year along with motor and trans mounts.
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Old 05-17-2019, 07:55 AM
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Go figure, I get up and ready, and the weather went from 20% chance of scattered showers yesterday for today, to 50% chance of thunderstorms til noon, and of course its storming lol. Only losing a few hours, I'll be on it as soon as it stops. May tackle the front end today and rear tomorrow.
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:39 PM
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I should rename this thread, to the 2" lift that wore out Blazor lol. I am beat. Heres where Im at so far... after the rain cleared up, I went out there gung ho. Several times in the beginning I felt like giving up, so many snags. But I kept at it. My nephew came over and gave me a hand from time to time. Started off, doing this on gravel is not the way to go, but it was my only choice. I had to place a board under the jack so that I could lift the frame high enough and not have the jack tilt cause of the sinking. Removed the air box, didnt realize there are nuts underneath that fell off, had to find those lol. Didnt have a 15mm wrench, but a neighbor let me borrow one, and with the help of a smaller wrench, held the piston from spinning at the top. But, once the nut reached the top, I couldnt hold the top anymore, so I had to cut off the rubber boot under the metal, so I could get some vice grips on the piston, that did it, got that one off. Other side, that nut budged a lil, then couldnt get it to go at all. So I googled, and a lot of folks said "jus yank on it and snap it off". This did not work lol, simply bent the piston. So I got the hacksaw out, cut it off up top under the metal, above the smooth piston surface. Removing the track bar wasnt so bad. Next, sway bar links, passenger side was easier, as it was replaced several years ago. Driver side, not so easy, as it was already broke off up at the ball joint. The upper ball joint/bolt is still stuck up there, trying to figure out how to get it out while it soaks some more with Kroil. Tried pickle fork and hammer, but with it being mounted in the rubber bushing up on the frame, I think its limiting my blows, dont know. The lower bolt, the cylinder that goes over the bolt, was infused together, but I put some vice grips on it and held it while I turned it, got that off. Next I drilled holes in the perch for bump stop and did the self tap and then back off. Mounted the springs easy peasy with WaterDog's tips, then slid in the bump stops and mounted those. Then it got dark, so tomorrow I still need to install the shocks, sway bar links, track bar, move on to the tie rod and drag link too, and tighten everything down, and front should be good after an alignment. Hoping I have the energy to continue on to the rear tomorrow as well. Dreading those upper shock bolts so bad. Well, more to come! Time for a beer!
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Saturday was another long day, shocks went in easy peasy, tie rod and drag link disconnected easy by the tires, it was the drag link up at the pitman arm that gave a lot of struggle. Finally I got under it, had my nephew apply pressure with a pickle fork, I grabbed it and put what little weight I have on it lol, and I hit the pitman arm by the bolt with a hammer, finally popped free. I measured the old drag link and tie rod, made the new ones the same length, and installed those, along with the sabilizer shock, and track bar. Put it back on the ground, adjusted the track bar, and then it poured down rain. So Sunday I installed the sway bar links, tightened the control arms, and took it to get an alignment. Took me nearly 20 hours to do the front, but there were lots of snags, and I took a 5-10 minute break every hour cause of the heat.

One thing I didnt think of, but wish I had done, painted the track bar and drag link.

For now I have that "Cali lean" lol, til I can get around to the rear. Im gonna figure in at least 2 days to do the rear too. Not looking forward to it, and at the same time I cant wait to do it lol.

I love the way it rides now, so much better, no more shaking up front, bumps are absorbed more now. Looks real good with the 31"s.

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Old 05-30-2019, 01:47 PM
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The track bar bolt on the frame side wound up a lil loose, so I tightened that down again. Then it still seemed off, did the dry steer test, and noticed the track bar was moving on the other end. I took the bolt out, gave it another adjustment turn, bolted back tight, and seems fine after another dry steer test. I'll keep an eye on it. Seems the track bar is the only finicky thing so far on the front. As a heads up, make sure you install it on level ground. I thought I was level enough, evidently I wasnt.


Hoping to tackle the rear in a couple weeks.
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Old 06-13-2019, 01:04 PM
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Going after the rear starting tomorrow, get rid of the Cali lean lol.
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Old 06-18-2019, 03:08 PM
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Got it done this past weekend!

Only one rear upper shock bolt thankfully. I had new hardware that I installed instead of the original bolts. The one that broke, I used a cut off wheel up through the bottom hole, and chiseled from the top hole.

Links and springs came out easy. Most everything else went in easy. Those "adjustable" sway bar links from JKS, yeah they are adjustable alright, ya have to cut em down! lol

The track bar was a lil finicky on the rear too. Not much room back there to adjust 'em.

Seems like I have some minor driveshaft vibes. Im gonna drive it for the week and see if the springs settle some and hopefully it goes away. If not, I'll either do the skid lower or motor lift.

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I'll upload the part numbers I used as soon as I get the chance. Thanks to all who helped!
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What started out as no drive line vibes, to minor drive line vibes, then became for sure vibes kinda bad. So I filled up the gas tank from empty, and no more vibes again lol. Gonna keep monitoring it as the week passes.
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Old 06-22-2019, 11:53 AM
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Question time!

I obviously have vibes, but not as bad with a full tank. I dont "want" to do a skid lower, as I lose clearance, and I dont "want" to do a body lift just yet, as Im liking the 31s still, but dont wanna go to 33x10.5 yet.

Im highly leaning toward the JKS 1" motor mount spacer. What Im wondering is, is raising the fan shroud the only thing I will run into? No other modifications? And the floor gets a lil hotter from the trans being closer? Anything else? And I can wait on the body lift?

I was highly hoping the lift wouldnt need any driveline correction, but I think having the D44 and a soft top is one of the things that requires it.
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^^^

Still wondering on the motor mount, if raising it an inch requires any other modifications other than raising the fan shroud. Also anything else I can expect other than a hotter floorboard.

Its the body mount that requires shifter linkage adjustment and possible clearing for the shifter right?

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