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Unread 10-23-2010, 07:57 PM   #31
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Okay, while we are waiting for the painting I had some time to do some other updates. I got the Savvy body lift installed and it was pretty typical. I started by loosing up on side of the vehicle and then worked on removing the other side. Using a block of wood on my jack I rasied one side of the tub and installed the body lift. The savvy body lift is different than most others out there. It is concaved and convexed so that it fits perfectly on the rubber isolaters.
Here is a close up on the mount as well as the new bolts included. Torque them to 35 ft-lbs


Here are some photos of the BL locations. The only ones I left out are the ones that are for the rubber snubbers. I intentionally left those since I have replacing this grill with the one that is in the paint shop.

Front grill

Side view where 3 are located

Rear Bumper


There are two located near the shock studs, one on each side.



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Unread 10-23-2010, 09:08 PM   #32
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Okay on to the savvy motor mount lift. There are few key points to take note of. I will try to address them as best as I can. Remove the bolts that hold the transmission to the skid.
Loosen the through bolts that go through the motor mounts. Next you must remove the studs on the bottom of each motor mount located here:



Next you can loosen the bolts that are on the motor mounts that thread into the frame. At this point you can use a block of wood on your jack and apply light pressure on the oil pan.
If you have AC then you will have to work a bit harder on the driver side of the vehicle (left hand drive vehicles, not if it matter or not but thought I would say that).
You have to remove the motor mount bracket inorder to get the mount out. The through bolts you loosen up earlier cannot be taken out on the driver side of the vehicle. Here are the 3 bolts:



Get these bolts out in order to get the driver motor mount out. Now you should be able to work on the passenger side of the vehicle as well. This side should be easier to access since the through bolt can be removed.



Now each motor mount has a stud molded into them. Since you are raising the motor mounts you need to extend these studs. In your package you should ahve recieved the studs but you need to make a small adjustment. Here is the issue:

We need to cut just a little bit off with a cut-off grinder or applicable tool:

Now use some locktight when putting the studs back on so they don't turn back out on you. Here is how you should installed the MML blocks. Both should have their threads facing towards the grill. The L shaped block should be on the passenger side.
passenger side

driver side
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Unread 10-23-2010, 09:13 PM   #33
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Torque you motor through bolts to 48 ft-lbs, the stud bolts to 30 ft-lbs and the motor bracket bolt to 40 ft-lbs.
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Unread 10-24-2010, 08:58 PM   #34
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Next up is the Savvy Rockers and Steps. Here are some photos of what they look like.

Rocker Reinforcements

Steps

Great welds on the steps, very stout.

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Unread 10-24-2010, 09:05 PM   #35
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I love those so much... can't wait to get a set.
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Unread 10-24-2010, 09:10 PM   #36
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Here are something to note above the installation worksheets provided. Take your time and get the rockers tight up against the tub. Try your best to keep them centered, leveled and preloaded as the instructions said. I found that I preloaded the center and clamped it down on the inside of the tub, then I preloaded the ends and clamped those down again. Lastly preloaded the center. I check with my trust level to verify that they were level before marking each hole to be drilled.

When marking the holes don't get to crazy thinking you need to drill every hole on the rocker. The row of holes on the bottom closest to the edge of the tub DO NOT need to be drilled out. These holes will line up with your steps and can be bolted on when you are ready to install the rocker and step together.

Needless to say, but there are quite a few of holes that need to be drilled and a number of them need to have nutserts installed. Take your time and drill each hole out and mark which ones you need to drill larger to accomodate the nutsert.



I will provide more photos of the holes that need to be drilled out to accomodate the nutserts when I start on them. Be sure to clean up your holes and any rust spots that are in the area behind the rockers so that you don't have any issues trapped behind them.

Today I had to work on getting the rockers prepped to be painted. I am going to paint these myself since I can do them hopefully successfully in my garage. I got the steps and rockers primed up today.
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Unread 10-24-2010, 09:12 PM   #37
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I love those so much... can't wait to get a set.
I agree! They are really well designed. They mated against the tub so well.
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Unread 10-24-2010, 09:40 PM   #38
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I agree! They are really well designed. They mated against the tub so well.
I have found that when installing the rockers, the best way is to get them preloaded and then clamped to the side of the tub. Once that is done, drill through every hole in the aluminum rocker backer with a 3/8" drill bit. Sides and the bottom and all of the ones for the slider on the sides.

When that's done, drop the backer and any hole that you can't use a through bolt on, drill out for the nutserts.

Works well, fast, and very easy.
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Unread 10-24-2010, 09:55 PM   #39
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Can't wait to see those rockers installed! I'm still debating what I want to use on my lj...
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Unread 10-27-2010, 07:57 PM   #40
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Okay two small updates. I got the rockers primed and ready to be painted. Also got my parts back from the painter and got them installed. Now to work on getting the door interior back on while painting the rockers.
Rockers and Steps Primed




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Unread 10-27-2010, 07:59 PM   #41
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wow amazing work!
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Unread 11-06-2010, 07:10 PM   #42
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Small update for me here. I was out of town all week and got back this weekend. I managed to put the interior on both doors. I also test fitted the Rocker Panels to be confident that my drilled holes were okay. The plan is to work on the corner guards while prepping and painting the steps and rocker guards. I will have detailed pictures coming soon!
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Unread 11-06-2010, 07:24 PM   #43
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Awesome! I love watching these rebuilds, especially with a very thorough writeup!
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Nice unlimited! I think the "brought back from the dead" builds are the best! What flares do you have in mind?
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Unread 11-07-2010, 07:30 PM   #45
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Nice unlimited! I think the "brought back from the dead" builds are the best! What flares do you have in mind?
Hey thanks for the compliments! I am keeping things simple for this part of the build and putting some rubiflares on it. I am considering color matching them.
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