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Unread 03-26-2012, 08:28 PM   #9721
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today i literally ripped off rusted shock casings (getting new shocks soon anyways) , tied down a bunch of loose things with zip strips (too many to list lol) , and i raced a honda civic and humiliated him with little effort. hehe

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Unread 03-26-2012, 08:46 PM   #9722
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Looking damn good. When you mount the shocks be careful to keep them tucked in. Mine hit the calipers at full twist and destroyed the shocks, this is partially why I built mine like this.
I thought about this, I was worried about the bushing getting tore up flexing sideways and such. Is there anything I need to know about mounting them like that, certain angles or anything? Only thing I think I may run into is I have bilsteins (for 4.5" from kolak) and I dunno if they'd be long enough to do that.

Did you just put a piece of angle iron over the support on the body and put tabs on it?


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first one. Second one looks like a Vietcong soldier hiding in your hood..
And that mad me laugh pretty damn good
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Unread 03-26-2012, 08:55 PM   #9723
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I thought about this, I was worried about the bushing getting tore up flexing sideways and such. Is there anything I need to know about mounting them like that, certain angles or anything? Only thing I think I may run into is I have bilsteins (for 4.5" from kolak) and I dunno if they'd be long enough to do that.

Did you just put a piece of angle iron over the support on the body and put tabs on it?

And that mad me laugh pretty damn good
I'm actually running short shocks. These are +3 which is the other reason I went this way. With the 4 link this is way less flex on the bushings then mounted the stock way. Yes I notched a heavy angle and welded it to the factory crossmember, then I put one side on the bumpstop, other side full droop completely unseating the coil, but I have long coil buckets to keep from dropping them, I then welded the mounts to work with the length of shock I had laying around. Only problem I see with it is that I'm going to give up stability, I'm hoping the front coilovers take up that, if not I'll add more shocks to the rear.
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Unread 03-26-2012, 09:01 PM   #9724
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I see what you mean, we will see. Shocks will probably be last on the list when I go to put it in so I'll see what fits
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Unread 03-26-2012, 09:16 PM   #9725
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Thanks, I'll have to look into those for the price.

And I already tore the shields off, I just got the 8.8 painted a few days ago. Needs upper link mounts on the truss, and shock mounts, but I figured it'd be easier once it was under the zj so I could get the positioning dead on.



Here's the skid I made for it, should hold up pretty good
Looking really good there. Seems like you're intentionally placing the lower control arm brackets in a way that will push the axle back a bit. When I build, I was on short arms so I did that intentionally - in order to move axle back a little.

Oh, and I vote for the viet-kong looking hat thing.
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Unread 03-26-2012, 10:23 PM   #9726
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And that mad me laugh pretty damn good
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Oh, and I vote for the viet-kong looking hat thing.
i guess thats what were calling it now. "The vietcong looking thingy"..

there you go speedbucket.
hat #1 =1vote
Vietcong looking thingy= 1 vote...
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Unread 03-27-2012, 12:42 AM   #9727
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I can't believe torx bolts are faster on the assembly line. They just suck. Now for screws for wood and such, best invention yet, but 7/16 bolts come on, how hard is it to use a damn normal bolt?
Torx bolts are not any faster on the assembly line,and they don't stay on the bit good ether. Almost all sockets and bits we used have magnets in them.
For screws ,torx are better and faster.
For bolts It's just stupid
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Unread 03-27-2012, 03:49 AM   #9728
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Took the check engine light bulb out of the gage cluster since theres no way around getting the dang check engine light off after putting the 5speed in. just have to have to get it scaned every month or so to make sure no extra codes pop up cause I might not realize it since theres no bulb there anymore lol and oh yeah, I was wondering if there was anyone around Racine, Wisconsin on here with a 5speed Grand cherokee ZJ or in wisconsin. If so, I would really love to come check it out and they could check out mine, please let me know. Ive only seen two in person that were stock from the factory. Thank you all, send me a message if you do for my number, again thankyou and i'd appreciate it alot

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Unread 03-27-2012, 06:55 AM   #9729
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Took the check engine light bulb out of the gage cluster since theres no way around getting the dang check engine light off after putting the 5speed in. just have to have to get it scaned every month or so to make sure no extra codes pop up cause I might not realize it since theres no bulb there anymore lol and oh yeah, I was wondering if there was anyone around Racine, Wisconsin on here with a 5speed Grand cherokee ZJ or in wisconsin. If so, I would really love to come check it out and they could check out mine, please let me know. Ive only seen two in person that were stock from the factory. Thank you all, send me a message if you do for my number, again thankyou and i'd appreciate it alot

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Your inbox seems to be full and you can't receive any PMs...

I have an auto but I would love to see that one day. I'm in milwaukee. That would def be something I'd be interested in doing someday. How do you like it so far?
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Unread 03-27-2012, 07:16 AM   #9730
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i guess thats what were calling it now. "The vietcong looking thingy"..

there you go speedbucket.
hat #1 =1vote
Vietcong looking thingy= 1 vote...
Hahah. The Kong hat is growing on me a little
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Unread 03-27-2012, 07:30 AM   #9731
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Hahah. The Kong hat is growing on me a little
I agree, I'm digging the kong hat as well...
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Unread 03-27-2012, 10:47 AM   #9732
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Looking really good there. Seems like you're intentionally placing the lower control arm brackets in a way that will push the axle back a bit. When I build, I was on short arms so I did that intentionally - in order to move axle back a little.

Oh, and I vote for the viet-kong looking hat thing.
Pushing the axle back with the brackets wasn't what I was going for. I bought all of the huge rock krawler joints for the arms, I had to give them enough room to move without hitting the axle tubes. I did go out of the way to make them higher so they don't hang down. Im planning on moving the axle back 1.5", but that will be with the arms
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Unread 03-27-2012, 11:08 AM   #9733
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got this today. Fed Ex guy must be a very "desired to see" person. upper cont arms will be in progress.
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Unread 03-27-2012, 02:03 PM   #9734
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I drove it today to go and see if my new phone was in. It was. So, as promised, here's a pic of my newly painted black wheels. I'm debating on white letters in or out when I get new tires. I think I like the white letters out because it matches with my collection of stickers as well as the badging, that I don't plan on blacking out.

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Unread 03-27-2012, 03:20 PM   #9735
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White out!!! Your Jeep is clean as hell btw!
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