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Unread 06-03-2014, 02:40 PM   #46
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love this jeep. It's not stock by any means, but still has that facotry-esque look. Kuddos to you

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Unread 06-03-2014, 03:00 PM   #47
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love this jeep. It's not stock by any means, but still has that facotry-esque look. Kuddos to you
Thanks! That has been my goal all along!

Two of the last three trips I took to Colorado in this rig resulted in the rear trackbar/control arm bracket becoming separated from the axle. This isn't a lot of fun when camping on vacation. I have had a guy in Gunnison weld it, then a fellow in South Fork.

I decided enough was enough and backed the Rubicon in the garage to pull the rear axle to weld on some real brackets. I picked up the Mad4x4 TJ bracket kit several years ago to do this repair, but never got around to it. I also bought the Clayton shock relocation brackets.

I wont be needing these anymore:


Since the Mad4x4 brackets were designed for an 8.8 swap, the radii were too large to fit snugly around the D44 tubes. I had to cut a smaller radius into the brackets. Even after cutting the smaller radius into the UCA brackets, I was still able to achieve almost 8" of vertical separate between the UCA and LCA mounts. I also hacked up the trackbar mount so it would fit over the control arm mount so it would have no interference with the gas tank skid with the pinion angled up. I also media blasted and painted my old RE springs since rust had taken over.




While I had lots of room under the rear end, I FINALLY did the Rokmen fuel tank skid install. I have had this sitting on the shelf for 4+ years!!!!!! The rear cross member was all bent up so it had to be straightened. A transmission jack made the skid install a breeze even with 2/3 tank of gas....after I figured out how to disconnect the fuel line fittings.


Test fit and check for clearances:




My old JKS rear trackbar decided it was done being 'adjustable' as it was rusted together. After trying to break it free, I ended up bending the bar. Installed a Currie CE-9120RS trackbar and the Rubi back on the ground! I also ditched the RE springs for some new in box AEV LJ springs. I opted for the LJ springs since I often carry a lot of gear in the back and.pull trailers.
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Unread 06-11-2014, 08:32 PM   #48
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I replaced the RE 3.5" rear coil springs with 110k miles on them with new Nth LJ 3" coils.


Getting it all put back together. Someday I would like to re-position the upper coil spring mount so the coils sit plumb.


The Jeep rides great and runs down the road better than it has in years. This picture was taken after I spent 3 hours on the Interstate at 75mph.


To follow up the rear suspension work, I would like to replace the front coils with Nth springs and ditch the OME shocks that have 110K miles on them with new Bilsteins.
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Unread 06-28-2014, 01:38 PM   #49
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I couldn't leave well enough alone. I had to replace the front RE springs and OME shocks. It's a good deal I did, one OME shock had lost its fluid and did nothing.

I find this picture interesting. On the left we have the new 3" Nth spring followed by my old 100k mile RE 3.5" spring. The spring on the end is a Moog V8 ZJ spring.

The new coils only lifted the front 1/4".

The new front shocks are Bilstein 5150 with 10" of travel with the Bilstein stem conversion.


Everything back under the Jeep. Looks like it is about time for replacement brake lines.


And the obligatory glam shot during the test drive.


All I can say at this point is, 'WOW'. It drives like a completely different rig. I guess good shocks and springs DO make a big difference in ride quality.
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Unread 08-01-2014, 01:07 PM   #50
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I ordered and installed a new Tom Woods shaft up front. The slip joint in my 125K mile stocker was just too loose for my liking. This also cured a 60-70mph vibration I had been having.

I also fabbed together a mount for my HTC smartphone. To be used as a GPS routing tool off road AND as a video recording device. I am trying to prepare my self for a future overland trip. GPS routing is just one of those things I have never used.

I used RAM mounts to build this since they appear to be the bees-knees in vehicle accessory mounts and an extra hard shell cover for my HTC phone.
- RAM Rail Base
- RAM Short Double Socket Arm
- Ram Diamond Base
- Ballistic hard/soft phone case (I already own this case, but got another to leave the hard shell mounted in the Jeep)

I mounted the diamond base to the backside of the hard case of the phone and checked to make sure it would still clip around the soft case on the phone. Then attached it to the arm and RAM rail mount. I was disappointed with the rail mount. The mount simply uses a large hose clamp with rubber sheathing to hold unit to the rollbar. This didn't bother me but I did expect the hose clamp to be high quality. Nope this is the same cheap hose clamp you find at Autozone for less than a dollar, equipped with poorly engaging worm gear and the clamp fitting that bends once it start to get tight. I hope it is tight enough for trail use.

(Never mind the fog light relay. My multifunction switch likes to randomly turn on the fogs when parked. Needs a replacement. Another project for another day)

Ready to navigate with routes and downloaded topo data to Back Country Pro:


And it is even set up to record a day on the trail with 10+ hours of storage available:
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