One thing I learned about my Cherokee build is this- Be VERY sure you want to do a mod BEFORE you start making irreversible cuts into a clean jeep.
This overland is so clean that I do not want to do anything major other than trimming the front bumper for 32's.
But I realized a few things.
First- The weight of all the material, (two long 2x4 3/16th's pieces of steel, plus the l channel, and the hinge and support) would end up weighing over 100 pounds. Plus the leverage of the huge tire on the back. I want to keep this jeep as alight as possible since it is already the heaviest WJ. (Overland gear)
Second- I would have to find myself a welder, all the material, plus the time, and the guts to hack the back crossmember and bumper on a very rare jeep color.
Got my 3 inch Iro lift ordered. Stuck with the hydro shocks for now. I'm sure they will suck compared to the Bilstiens, but I need to put my rubicon wheels and tires on this thing asap because the stock tires are really really bad haha.
So it will be the 3 inch lift, and I also ordered the OME 10MM trim spacer for the rear. I prefer a slight rake, and I found that when our silver jeep had the 3 inch lift, it sat a little low in the back. The trim spacer brought it right up to where I think it looks best.
Got the lift done!
I had to actually cut the shock mount off the top of passenger side front shock. Nightmare. Required removal of the pcm, coolant tank, and brackets. Craptastic.
The driverside shock was a pain too, I decided to grind flat spots in the shaft, so I could actually get the vice grips to clamp. Then it came off.
Front done- 3 inch coils, hydro shocks. (I painted them silver because white would be ugly.)
And a huge thanks to the previous owner for putting nice rotors on this thing haha Front parts installed by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr
For the rear, I removed both shocks and sway bar links. Then I installed the near links, then removed the coils.
To remove the coils, I placed the jack under the opposite side of the axle, and jacked it up until there was enough room to remove/replace coils. No compressor needed.
Some picture updates-
I took the overland to work the otherday, (I work at a jeep dealer), I took the tire sensors out of the Rogue wheels and installed them into my moabs. The tpms is a nice feature.
I purchased another BFG 255/75/17 on ebay, used, which will become the spare.
In other news, the 5 rogue wheels and tires are for sale. haha.
But I need to have a full size spare. (I have a 5th matching moab waiting for a tire at home.)
So I stumbled upon this-
The detours knucklebone.
Perfect for my purposes.
-Can be removed
-Lighter than a swing out
-Faster for me to obtain
-Keeps the tire centered, where I think it looks best
I think a moab with a KM1 would look good on the back of the overland!
Just can't wait to get the lift so I can get decent tires on this thing, the current donuts are balding.
Hey man, nice build. I actually sold adavis(black wj you pictures) the tire carrier. Although it was a very well built carrier. If you regularly open the rear door it gets old real fast. I think the swing out carrier is the best option but that's my opinion. Anyway goodluck with the build!
Yesterday I was leaving my friends house, I started the w while waiting for some parked cars to move.
I wasn't inside it, and I look over, suddenly the oil pressure had dropped to nothing and the check gauges light was on.
I turned it off instantly, checked the oil (it was fine) then restarted, the pressure was fine!
I recently had to repaint my front grill, the paint went to hell and simply won't stick to the chrome.
I decided to just buy a new chrome grill and bumper retainer yesterday, and I am putting new chrome headlights back in as well. I hated the fogged headlights, and the way the chrome looked at first, but I am so indecisive that I figured I'd try it out again. I don't want to have a crappy, black with chrome speckled grill.
The grill I painted is broken too... Many of the tabs were already snapped before I even took it off, so it likes to pop out.
I don't mind this look at all.. With the lift and tires.
I also scored these at work the other day... Free. 5, Graphite Moabs off of a 2013 "Oscar Mike" JK. They will get wrapped in some Treadwright 265/70/17 Warden At's. I need a long lasting all terrain which will give me better wet weather and road traction than these BFG km1-ish tires offer. They are getting low on tread anyway.