I am making steady progress on my EMU lift install. I'm attaching some photos showing how things are going.
You will note that both of my track bars have met their demise... (LOL). I understand EMU may state their lift is designed to work with all OEM suspension components, but I did not find that to be the case. After I installed the rear springs and torqued the shackle and frame bolts, I could NOT get the rear track bar installed.
It needed a minimum of 1/2" more length to get the bolt into the axle end. I probably could have jacked that side up enough to get the bolt installed, but then the track bar would have been limiting suspension travel on that side more than the other.
Also, I was able to remove all rear shackle bolts without cutting and I was able to re-use all my rear shackle bolts and metal sleeves!
See, EMU knows their stuff, as they only give you the sleeves for the frame mounts b/c those were all rusted fast on mine and required cutting, all my shackle ones (so far) have come apart and I have been able to drive out the metal sleeves and install those in the EMU shackle bushings.
To get the rear frame bolts out without cutting, you first have to pry out the outside bushing in the frame. My 95 has very little rust, so I was able to pry it out and grab it with a vice grip and wiggle it out of the frame. Once that is out you can grab the sleeve and wiggle that out of the inside frame bushing. Then take a 3/4" deep socket and an extension and drive the inner bushing out of the frame. Once the inner bushing is out of the frame, you can angle the bolt around the fuel tank and out.
I'd also reccomend that if you use an angle grinder with a cut off wheel, you use care when cutting the inside of the spring frame mount bolts. I got angled just the slightest bit and cut into the inside frame bracket just a touch. Not enough to cause weakness, but I did it to two of them before I figured out how to cut the inside bolt without getting angled. I touched up one with my welder so it's not an issue, but the inside part of the bolt is easy to get angled if your not very careful about it.
Thank the Lord for my cutting torch, or I would have never gotten my sway bar links off my sway bar. I ended up taking it off completly and putting it my bench vice and then heating it with the touch and beating them off. I'm ditching front and rear track bars, but retaining the sway bar since my rig will be primarily an on-road rig. I have to say I am very impressed with the EMU lift. It's amazing how sagged the stock springs on my 95' were! (see photo showing rear lift complete and front stock! (LOL). I also had to have my Jeep on the ground to get the lower rear shock bolts in so the EMU shocks do limit suspension travel some (a good thing) b/c without the shock in, my rubber brake hose was VERY taught with the rig on my lift and the suspension at full droop.
Thanks again for all the help and encouragement. I've got the front to do, but have the driver's side bushings replaced and the driver's side spring is ready to be installed.
Can't wait to get my 31' s on it now! This lift makes the 235's seem TINY! HAHAA.