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Unread 03-11-2009, 08:17 AM   #1
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kmk108 98ZJ build thread

Mines not totally stock anymore.
So far I have:
Cragar Soft 8's
BF Goodrich A/T's 31x10.5
Baja Driving Lights mounted on my bumper
Added Tow Hooks
Flowmaster Super 40 muffler
20% tint all around
Alpine Head Unit
Rockford Fosgate speakers
Cobra CB radio
Firestik 2' Antenna with spring
I had 2 Sony subs in, but I just sold them

I just bought an IRO 3.5" lift kit. It better be awesome because I just sold my Epiphone Les Paul to get it. I loved the guitar, but I have two...So I thought a lift would be better than having two guitars.

In the future, I'm going to get:
Rear Adjustable track bar
Steering Stabilizer
JKS Quicker Disconnects
a Heavy Duty Tie Rod
QuickAir deflators
11 gallon air tank
Window Deflectors
Back seat rubber mats
cargo rubber mats
OH and a soft 8 spare

Before the Soft 8's


After the Soft 8's. I had to do some trimming on the inside of the front bumper. It's barely noticeable


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Unread 03-11-2009, 10:44 AM   #2
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Good start man! you will LOVE the IRO 3.5. did you get a adj. rear trac bar? i just installed this lift a week ago and i love it. put pics up as soon as you put it on!
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Unread 03-11-2009, 02:28 PM   #3
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I haven't gotten an adjustable trac bar yet. I didn't have enough money after paying for the lift. It will be the next mod ASAP. I was going to get the JKS quicker disconnects, but I don't articulate too too much, so it isn't as important as the trac bar.
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Unread 03-11-2009, 10:39 PM   #4
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well good luck with everything, and i have been running mine without the new rear trac bar for a couple weeks becuse i couldnt get the old one off, so until i have time to bring it to the guys at IRO to get them to do it for me, the new rear trac bar is sitting on my bedroom floor hah
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Unread 03-19-2009, 05:15 PM   #5
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I have the lift now, and I would be lifting my jeep now, but I got the flu while I was on vacation. So I'm sitting in my living room staring at the parts and drooling until I get better and can put it on
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Unread 03-23-2009, 07:46 AM   #6
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I spent all of yesterday doing the lift. I should have known better than to do it on a sunday because nothing ever goes right when my dad and i work on something.

I am having trouble getting the sway bar links off of the sway bar. My dad is sending me to the auto parts store to see if I can rent a tie rod end puller/remover.

We had trouble getting the springs on with the spring compressor and had to remove the lower control arms to get them on.

I think IRO shorted me on a brushing sleeve for the sway bar link. I'm going to hope the OEM sleeves will fit in.

I am almost done with the front end. I just need to get the links off, put the new ones on, put the track bar on, put the shocks on and I think i'm done...damnnn.

THEN on to the rear which I will wait till next weekend to do. I was really wanting to wheel next weekend
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Unread 03-28-2009, 04:10 PM   #7
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Just like with every other project I do, The lift kit has been full of problems. I finished the front end without any extra problems and I was excited to do the back (Is it bad to be excited just so everything will be over with?). I took a short test drive around and nothing seemed bad. Nothing that wont be fixed with the alignment.

Next I took on the back. Everything was going well and I was really happy. I've had to disconnect the control arms to get all of the springs on so far. I loosened up the control arm bolts and ran into my first problem. My driver's side lower control arm bolt won't budge. I loosened all other bolts and started to put the spring on the passenger side. I got the spring on and was ready to reconnect the control arm. PROBLEM. The hole in the control arm won't line up with the bracket so I can't get the bolt through the control arm. We've been working, trying to get the arm to line up for about 3 hours now. So now I'm stuck and can't do anything else because on one side I can't get a bolt loose and the other side I can't get the bolt back in. I'm frustrated and we've quit for today. My dad has other things to work on and I need his help.

We're going to let the bolt sit for the night after we sprayed it with lubricant.

Nothing ever goes right when I work on something and I'm now into my second weekend of working on my lift. I haven't had a vehicle for a week now and I'm worried it's going to end up being two.
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Unread 03-28-2009, 07:21 PM   #8
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ive been in that position before, it sucks not having stuff go according to plan and then not have your vehicle. but my advice is relax and dont do something stupid. it always turns into just another headache. even if it took you a month to get it on the road, you know the second u put your foot up, and it lands on the floor your gonna have a giant smile on your face. so its all worth it in the end.

but anyway...... are you trying to line up your CA with the axle off the ground? cause if you are it aint gonna happen. im pretty sure your gonna have to drop it down on the tires to line it back up again. and what tools are you using to do this? when i did mine it was enough of a PITA that i went and bought a compressor. good money spent right there. but be careful with that stuck bolt, and use a lil bit of heat. that way your not stuck with a lift to install and a busted off bolt as well
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Unread 03-28-2009, 07:43 PM   #9
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I just installed my lift last week. I had all kinds of problems lining up the CA. eventually took shocks, springs, tb, and wheels all off. supported it in the mid rear ,droped the axle, and used a pully to pull th axle to line up. some bolts required a rope and some old fasion pulling to get them in. Just watch your brake lines. As for the stuck bolt I would spray a lot of WD40 on it and let it sit. I started spraying all my bolts a week before I started. hope this helps
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Unread 03-28-2009, 07:45 PM   #10
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Clean jeep. Any pictures of the install for the lift?
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Unread 03-29-2009, 01:26 PM   #11
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IT'S DONE!!! this morning, the stuck bolt worked...all right, so I put the spring on that side. I noticed that the control arm alignment was easier with the spring compressed. So I compressed the other side and it worked. With that solved, everything else went smoothly and I'm done. I don't have any pics of the actual install, but I will get pics of it with the lift on later.
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Unread 03-29-2009, 02:16 PM   #12
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Any DW? That was a killer for me.
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Unread 03-29-2009, 05:29 PM   #13
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There's a lot, but I don't have my sway bar hooked up and also I still need an alignment. So I can't tell yet if there is any from the actual lift. When I got the lift, IRO only sent me 3 bushing sleeves for the sway bar links in the front so I need another. I tried using the stock sleeve but it didn't perfectly fit. I also tried my own disconnect and during the first test drive, one fell off and the whole Bushing came out, so I need to get a bushing and bushing sleeve from IRO and then I will officially be done with the lift.
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Unread 03-30-2009, 08:37 AM   #14
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As promised, here are pictures
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There is a tiny bit of sag in the back, but the front springs do need to settle in. I was thinking about buying black diamonds instead of getting the RC, but I didn't and I'm thinking that maybe i should have. I just think it's too early to tell. I've driven it once out of the neighborhood and today I'm going to get it aligned at Firestone with their lifetime alignment. If there is any change when I install the sway bar links, I'll just take it back.

After lifting and feeling the stiffer ride, I know that I need to get some sound dampening mat in my hatch. It was something that would rattle a little bit, but now whenever I hit a bump, it's very noticeable.

Overall, I'm happy with it and can't wait to take it wheeling. Hopefully I can get it out next weekend.
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Unread 03-30-2009, 11:06 AM   #15
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Sits real nice, sway bar links shouldn't affect alignment.
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