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Old 11-15-2018, 07:40 PM
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2014 Amp'd JK build thread

I don't think I've started one of these, but probably time just so I can keep track of stuff 🙂

2014 JK Sport.
3.21 gears, automatic transmission. Manual locks/windows. Soft top with clear windows.

Currently running BFG KO2s (317/70r17) on silver Quadratec Moab wheels.
Teraflex spare tire carrier (set to the 37" holes to keep the tire high).
RH4x4 skid plates and winch mount.
Superwinch TS 9500 winch.
A Metalcloak Rocksport 2.5" coil lift.
Teraflex HD Tie Rod and Drag Link, with VSS 9550 steering stabilizer.
Teraflex big front brake rotor kit, EBC Extra Duty pads all around.
Metalcloak brake lines (I'm unhappy with the way my front lines are routed, but they work for now).
Besttop Instant Trunk.

More stuff too.
45000 miles.

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Old 11-15-2018, 10:00 PM
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Installed Teraflex fixed rear upper and rear lower control arms this weekend.

In the process I partially stripped the exotic rear track bar bolt for the Metalcloak rear track bar bracket. Figured I'd curse myself less later if I went ahead and replaced it now.
They didn't have correct size at my hardware store, but I was able figure out that it's an M14-2.00x70mm socket head cap screw with 10.9 hardness.
Was able to source an exact replacement (minus the gold zinc) and got it all installed today.
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Old 12-06-2018, 06:30 PM
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I installed Teraflex ball joints. The Gen2 version with the dual grease nipples on the lower ball joint.
No axle shaft grinding needed with this redesigned version.
My old lower ball joints with 45k miles on them could be manipulated effortless by my pinky on my left hand (I'm right-handed). I assume it was time.

I took Jeep in for allignment, was told I have play in the steering gear box. Not what I wanted to hear, but I was a bit relieved at the same time. Hopefully that's the source of my wobble.

New Mopar gear box arrived today.
Considered going with PSC upgraded box, but didn't want to have to worry about whether or not I should upgrade the power steering pump too if I went PSC.
Instead I'll install the new Mopar power steering gear box with Synergy steering selector and trackbar brace.
(you'd think it's made of tinfoil if you read PSC's advertising, but the OEM box is huge too)

Metalcloak's trackbar appears similar design to Synergy's trackbar which they recommend for the bracket. Hopefully it'll play nice with the Synergy brackets.

Currently my main concern is whether the compressed-at-ride-height part of my Metalcloak 'true dual rate' coils might prevent me from removing the rearmost two bolts on the steering gear box.
The steering gear box bolts are long, and appear to live inside metal sleeves which are welded to the frame. I'm about 90% certain the Metalcloak coils will interfere with removing the bolts, quite possibly requiring the removal of my front left coil spring.
The Metalcloak coils were a pain to install with standard 3ton jack and jackstands and coil spring compressors.
I can possibly gain more clearance by disconnecting front driveshaft and also the brake rotor. I took the front driveshaft off the pinion flange during lift install, left rotors on and used a 1"x2" board to protect rotor edge from the ground.
Hopefully rotor removal will gain me enough clearance to either access gear box bolts with coil installed or to remove coil without spring compressors.
I love not worrying about the springs falling out when Jeep flexes, but the PITA-factor of the coil install makes wonder I wouldn't be happier with Teraflex or Synergy coils. I'll probably giving up some on-road comfort in exchange for the thicker-wired Dual Rate coils.
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Old 12-06-2018, 06:30 PM
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(Hopefully somewhat constructive Rant about Jeep JK front Sump Springs)
Also, in anticipation of me only wanting to deal with the long coils once, I installed front Sump Springs along with the coils initially. I do not recommend the front Sump Springs for the Jeep JK. Rocks/sand/dirt have accumulated in the metal jounce tube where the front bumpstop lives. OEM bump stop had a hole in the middle to allow things and water to drain. Sumo Springs for the Jeep JK have a flat metal plate which Basically blocks the entire base of the jounce tube. Gravel/grit made it so that water was sitting in my driver's side jounce tube for a while (until I realized there was rust at the top of the tube and investigated). Gravel and sand do not easily come out of the jounce tube even when that was the only thing I was focused on at the car wash. I understand the design, and perhaps I could have done somewhat better in keeping the jounce tube clean, but it is an area I do clean after off-road trips. It's advertised as a maintenance-free thing, and the part itself is, but the design/implementation adds one more thing to the Jeep that needs routine attention. To add insult to injury, I have tried several times to remove the nut that holds the Sumo spring in place. It's a small nut, it's at the bottom of a long dark tube. I may try a snake camera and see if there is just too much gravel in the jounce tube for a socket to get on the nut. Barring that, I see a set of Teraflex Speedbumps (which fill the entire jounce tube) in my future. Conveniently the speed bumps require cutting off the base of the jounce tube, which would be an easy and extremely satisfying way to remove the sumo Springs.
(End of rant 🙂 )
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Ha, just realized from looking at the part that it needs to bolt on the inside of the frame. This part is mirror-image of what I need.
I got a gearbox for a Right Hand Drive 2 door JK. Doh!
Both Mopar steering gear part 68052897AE and 68052898AE are listed as 2-door. 68052898AE is for right-hand-drive. 68052897AE is for left-hand drive.

I assume few people are doing DIY replacement on such a new JK (let alone a two door).

Live and learn - hopefully this helps someone 🙂
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