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post #16 of 22 Old 06-09-2013, 02:24 PM
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Looking great! I love the trailhawk!

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post #17 of 22 Old 06-16-2013, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Short up date.
I finally got the hood back on. I still need to do the accent colors but the black is done.

As I mentioned I broke most of the bolts while removing the old hardware to install the lift. I still have a few items to button up to complete the install mainly the rear shocks. After looking through the forms I decided to take what seemed to be the easiest method to getting the broken bolts out of the upper rear shock mounts. So I started by removing the rear interior trim which requires removing the seat belts (I recommend a big breaker bar for this). Then I pulled the carpet back. Once the rear was exposed I drilled pilot holes from the center of the shock mount from the bottom up into the cab. I then measured the mount and transferred the measurements to the inside of the Jeep using the pilot hole as the center guide (see the pics below). I then cut the area out and began soaking the top of bolts with PB blaster. I now just have to extract the bolts (still working on this).

I finally got the Jeep out on the highway after installing the lift and I discovered I have the dreaded Death Wobble. After consulting my local Jeep shop V3 ( they recommended that I get the tires balanced and then get an alignment. They also recommend that I get an adjustable track bar in order to get a proper alignment, so I ordered on from RC. I plan on getting new tires and the alignment this week so we will see if this corrects the Death Wobble.

Still to do. Once I get the Jeep driving correctly I need to flex it out to measure for bumps and then add some recovery points, then it will be time to get it out on the trail.
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post #18 of 22 Old 06-16-2013, 09:48 PM
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Nice looking build

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post #19 of 22 Old 06-19-2013, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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Spent last night drilling and taping the upper shock mounts and finally got the rear shocks installed.
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post #20 of 22 Old 06-19-2013, 07:23 PM
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Looking nice. New owner from Kentucky here also.
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post #21 of 22 Old 06-20-2013, 07:23 AM
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Looking good man!

I did the rear shock bolts that way on my first XJ, it was a huge pain. When my last XJ snapped those bolts I did it a bit different and it went much smoother. The weld nuts up there are just tacked in so I knocked em out with a hammer and punch and fished new bolts in with wire. Was done in 20 mins lol. I wish I had known that the first time.

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post #22 of 22 Old 06-21-2013, 05:47 AM
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I managed to not break any of my upper shock bolts, but snapped off one of the studs welded to the rear axle.

Drilling out hardened steel is actually really fun -said no one ever

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