Got the IRO all mock-bolted up before it got dark so I wouldn't have any more parts laying around overnight to worry about going missing. Just need to do a rough driveway alignment tomorrow and then creep over to Les Schwab for the experts to fine-tune it.
All in all a very easy install. Drilling the knuckles and pitman went pretty quick with a cheap Irwin bit, so go ahead and spring for the 5/8" hardware if you're wondering about spending the extra $20.
Ive been thinking bout doing the v8 gc steering upgrade since i work in a jeep junkyard i could get it pretty cheap. id also like to know how the iro kit does. jeep is looking awesome
Thanks! I'll try to get some decent daylight pics here soon. I just realized I haven't taken any with the 33's on yet.
I'd love to be able to find anything usable in a junkyard around here. There's very few XJ's and most of the ZJ's and WJ's have been picked clean...I can't even find freakin' visor retainer clips (sold my overhead console). That and most of the junkyards here are just lakes of mud anyway. To me, time is money and I'll gladly pay for something nice and shiny and new as opposed to driving half an hour to a junkyard that probably won't have a part I want and if it does, I'll have to crawl in the filth for it anyway.
Rear discs would be very nice though, and probably the one thing worth hunting down and ripping off a junker.
Grey, if possible. Or I can just paint 'em. The driver's side is tolerable but the passenger one flops all over and pisses people off. $9+ per clip on ebay is a bit ridiculous (well, the shipping anyway) for a piece of plastic that weighs a few ounces. The only pick-n-pull near me has squat for Jeeps of any model. A few Grands and old-style XJ's picked bare, that's about it.
Next spring I want to cut a 3'x6' hole in the roof and fit a sliding ragtop in, but that's going to require a cage install first. I also want to Raptor-line the floor and throw some heavy mats in...getting tired of vacuuming out the dog fur.
Well I made a little progress today. Got the holes bored out and all of the belly hardware in and torqued. I was so relieved when all of the crush sleeves sunk flush into the frame; my holes were straight. Still need to tap the front nutserts for the skid, but I'll deal with that once everything else is done.
Passenger side support in:
Driver's side in. I'm going to have to find something to sleeve the fuel and brake lines with for protection from those bolts.
I was just able to get one mount in before it got dark Look at all of that protection though...you can't even see the tranny or t-case!
Managed to get one side done today so far. Cutting off the stock lower control arm mounts is kind of a pain with nothing but a 4.5" angle grinder. If you can, try to use a sawzall for this.
Still need to do some cleaning up. This was almost worse than the drilling.
1 disc wasn't enough for just the driver's side
Driver's side arms in
Closer shot of the upper
My wheelbase had shrank several inches from the stock 101.5" due to the lift + factory short arm limitations (still connected here on the passenger side).
There's only about 2" of clearance between the back of the tire and the corner of the fender well
So I had to figure out a way to shift the axle forward (uphill)...backyard ingenuity to the rescue!
And here it is stretched out to around 103". Did I mention doing all of this on a driveway with a 6° slope sucks? At least it's not raining...
Ha, I was just thinking about that the other day. Well it was slow until I got some damn money!
I ran out of cutoff wheels to do the passenger bracket, so I stopped for today. I also need some large 1/2" drive sockets to torque down the lower arms and belly skid as well as some spray paint to cover up the bracket cuts. It's nice living withing walking distance of a Harbor Freight. I should have everything installed and torqued down tomorrow; just need to find a flat spot to dial in the pinion angle + caster.
Steering handles great so far, but I've only tested up to 35 MPH in town. Zero bump-steer now and it feels strong and smooth. I just need to adjust the misalignment stops so that the drag link sits up a little more. I know a lot of people think the crossover of the drag link to the knuckle is a bit weird, but it works really well and there's no clearance issues whatsoever. Also, the bends in the tie rod leave tons of room at the pumpkin for even the hugest of diff covers. I'll get some final close-ups of it tomorrow and hopefully a freeway test.
Whew. Finally finished! I had to pick up a Sawzall to trim the stock LCA brackets back a little more, but it's a handy tool to have around the house anyway and made short work of that sandwich of sheet metal. I was impressed by the little 12A.
Sorry for the crap pictures, I missed the good daylight. Will take some better ones this weekend; maybe even a few action shots...
Gained about +1" of clearance with the new skid
One tweak I had to make here...during my first test run, the exhaust would vibrate like crazy against the skid cutout while stopped and in D; N was okay though. Under acceleration, the RPM's would center it and cancel it out. So I put the jack under it and gave it some vertical motivation and it's been quiet ever since. You can see the clean spot where it was chattering...ugh what an awful/embarrassing noise at lights! I suspect the exhaust hanger bushing in front of the cat is a little worn out.
Plenty of room between the diff and the new tie rod
Drag link/tie rod clearance. I could probably swing it up a little bit more, but it's not in danger of hitting anything
So far everything seems smoother than it did when I bought it, although I'll probably need new ball joints soon. I'm not sure if they've ever been replaced and the new 33x12.50's on added-backspace rims are probably sealing their fate. Hoping to do those next week and throw in some new 5-760x u-joints as well. The steering is very firm and smooth; turning is a breeze even at low speeds. There's a little more suspension travel over bumps, but that's due to the radius links and they handle it like a champ. Straight tracking, no wandering or bump-steer whatsoever.