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Building a Bumper?Ruffstuff Axle Simple Swap Kit!~Artec JK 1 TON SWAP~

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Unread 01-10-2011, 10:45 PM   #46
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PART II -=The Rear=-

So i originally thought that the rear leaf springs would be easier to do than the front coil springs.. i was wrong. took me 2 days to do the first leaf spring, but once i figured out what i was doing, it only took me 1 long day for the second.

What i was lookin at before anything was done


Original leaf spring before the AAL


After the AAL was installed and new centerbolt tightened


The kit included new clamps for the leaf springs.. i dunno if i used them right, but they work, and are pretty damn snug.. so lets hope they hold. [The eclipse is my other *headache* project]


After rear shock and "new" leaf spring was installed. [And before you give me crap about how i bolted the leaf spring plate on wrong, i realized it after i did it, so i had to go back and fix it]


Getting the original steering stabilizer out was probably the most pain in the *** part of the whole project because of the friggin tapered bolt-hole. i ended up getting lucky beating it with a bfh and it finally came loose. Soo new steering stabilizer installed


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Unread 01-10-2011, 10:48 PM   #47
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PART III -=Final Result=-

So now my baby is an extra 3" higher so i actually have to 'step up' to get in her. ....i will smack whoever turns that into a "thats what she said" joke..



Closer Up


Overall it took me 5 days, and my hands look like i put them through a shredder. But it was worth it =]
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Unread 01-10-2011, 10:50 PM   #48
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Looking good man. Just watch the front axle. 3" is really pushing it on the stock track bar. More than likely the front axle is shifted towards the drivers side. Best way to fix it is an adjustable track bar which can be had for as little as $100
thanks for the heads-up! im completely new to lift kits and this was my first attempt so the only thing i was aware i had to do was go get it aligned
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Unread 01-11-2011, 05:54 PM   #49
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Not a problem. Dont align it if the front axle is not centered. Pointless because once you get the new track bar and center it, your alignment will be off.
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Unread 01-12-2011, 12:30 PM   #50
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since i am not experienced with lifts whatsoever, is there any specific kind of adjustable track bar you would recommend? and on that same note, what are adjustable control arms used for? and do i need them?
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Unread 01-12-2011, 04:33 PM   #51
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Control arms are used to clock the axle correctly as well as push it forward or pull it back depending on lift. At 3" you dont need them. You can go with a $100 track bar from rough country. They are all over ebay. It should be adjusted to roughly 1" longer than stock. What tires do you plan to run? 31x10.5 fits real nice and looks great at 3"
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Unread 01-24-2011, 11:33 AM   #52
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... What tires do you plan to run? 31x10.5 fits real nice and looks great at 3"
in order to run 31x10.5 means i would have to get rims that are 10.5 wide right? or am i having a total brain fart with the tire ratio.. but if i am right, the rims i have now are only 8 wide and i dont see getting new rims anytime soon.. I did see these at Pepboys last time i was there and they caught my attention.. no idea how much they cost tho


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Unread 01-24-2011, 02:12 PM   #53
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you can use your stock rims with 10.5" wide tires.
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Unread 01-28-2011, 02:55 PM   #54
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DO IT!!!!!!! I swear its worth it and then maybe you will think if takeing it off pavement? Just for ****s and gigs if nothing else and you have you ever taken up the carpet to check for rust under there? It sneaks up on you quickly regardless
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Unread 01-28-2011, 07:23 PM   #55
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... and you have you ever taken up the carpet to check for rust under there? It sneaks up on you quickly regardless
ohh yes been there, done that. one of the first things i had to do with it was replace the driver side floor pan cuz it rusted through. i stripped all the carpet out and after putting in the new pan, i used several layers of the rubberized undercoating spray on the entire floor, both front and back cargo area
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Unread 02-07-2011, 05:25 PM   #56
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alright, so heres another question; going back to my idea of a full size spare tire carrier.. there is basically the stationary mount or the swivel/swing-out mount.. if i were to put a stationary mount on the hatch, will it interfere with the hatch opening under its own power?
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Unread 02-07-2011, 06:29 PM   #57
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Really nice build. Great dedication and work. Keep it up!
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Unread 02-07-2011, 06:49 PM   #58
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This is a great build, looks super clean. And yes, you can use a 10.5" wide tire on those rims with no issues. I'll definitely be watching this build.

Keep up the good work my friend.
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Unread 02-07-2011, 06:53 PM   #59
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No you don't need 10.5" wide rims, lol. Many people run 12.5" wide tires on 8" wide rims.
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Unread 02-10-2011, 03:57 PM   #60
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Your stock wheels are 15x7 and yes they are fine with a 31x10.5 but the back spacing is wrong. Tires will most likely rub when turning sharp.
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