Rick I got to test the fronts out this weekend, holy CRAP! They are beyond badass and I can't wait to get my rears done! Marc honestly I'd say a 14" shock is just about the max you can reasonably run with coils. I've got my front end set up for just a bit over 6" of uptravel, and I've got about 7" until the coil unseats. That leaves about 13" total travel, but I have my coils clamped and let them go a little extra hehe. Platinum I'll get ya an overall pic or two. And Brian I'm still waiting to hear from people who've been running those, curious concept!
So earlier today I got back from a pretty wicked snow camping/wheelin weekend rockin my new 5165's in the front only (not enough time to get the rears done haha). I can't wait until I have the rears in also, my jeep will ****ing FLY. Unfortunately I have no video footage (yet), but needless to say I was definately pushing them racing down the snow covered roads around Fordyce
I will start off with this picture alone:
So that picture was taken in the staging area to Fordyce trail this morning. We started friday night and made it as far into the trail as possible. The ice almost pushed all of us over the cliff a couple times, and we had to hook everyone up to a winch just to make sure they wouldnt slide down the cliff like I almost did twice. We made it about 4-5 miles in, and decided it wasn't worth it to continue with how bad the conditions were getting with it only getting colder (got down to 10ish degrees the first night) so we turned around and made it back to the staging area around 1 in the morning and set that up as base camp for the weekend instead of trying to attack the entire trail. That allowed us to do some more extensive exploring of the area, as we were getting hit with snow to give us a nice soft base to romp on. All I can say is it was AWESOME
Now rewind a step or two, and here's what I have for my front bilsteins right now. Here they are in all their glory, kicked out a bit at the bottom to ensure frame rail clearance among other things.
My lower mounts, still might add a gusset or two to reinforce them
Here's the passenger side upper mount, and these will definately be getting a brace to add more weld surface and keep them from bending
And the drivers side, ya know where theres a TON of room to work with *cough*...yeah not so much
Besides that, I plated in the open sides of my hood
and gave myself a real hood latch again, so nice to have!