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Unread 01-17-2012, 04:45 PM   #16
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Damn! Another Khaki metallic Jeep! This was the color I wanted, so jealous! I'll be following along!

Lookin great so far!

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Unread 01-17-2012, 04:53 PM   #17
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Looking good! Those Riddlers are "Pure Beef"!
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Unread 01-17-2012, 08:50 PM   #18
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Damn! Another Khaki metallic Jeep! This was the color I wanted, so jealous! I'll be following along!

Lookin great so far!
Thanks man! I originally wanted black but saw this color and never looked back.
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Unread 01-17-2012, 08:55 PM   #19
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Looking good! Those Riddlers are "Pure Beef"!
Thank you. They are freaking heavy! I'm worried about track bar/gas tank interference after I install the lift.
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Unread 02-07-2012, 12:08 PM   #20
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Mini-Update:

Finally figured out a fix to my rattling rear glass on my hard top! I re-glued the bottom plastic retaining bar lower on the glass so that it now is retained by the tailgate. Added on some stick on rubber/foam door seal tape on the plastic lip where the tailgate makes contact with the bottom of the glass and voila! No more rattle. Also added some of the foam tape around my pod speakers and stuffed some pillow batting in the pods to reduce the bass-induced rattle I was having. Only 3-4 more squeaks to figure out! Haha. Gotta love a Jeep.

Also, this past weekend I greased front end and returned my Teraflex 9550's for some Bilstein 5100's. After some research and advice from my local shop, I decided that it was worth the extra 60 bucks for the Bilstein's.

Looks like it will be the week after Mardi Gras before I'll have time to put my lift kit on...

I have a few projects that I will get done this week though. Stay tuned for some pics.
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Unread 02-13-2012, 06:59 PM   #21
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Got a call from 4wheelparts today saying my Bilsteins came in!!!



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Everything about these shocks screams quality. Can't wait to get them on an see how they ride.
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Unread 02-13-2012, 07:08 PM   #22
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get rid of the side steps and go with some rocker guards they are going to save you in the future once the lift is in.

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It's official! The lift kit is going on this weekend!!! Last night I got everything together and took a quick drive to Home Depot and AutoZone to get some last minute tools and supplies.

I will be doing a detailed report of the process. Stay tuned.

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Okay so I have my work area cleaned up and organized for the lift.

Here's my tool station.

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With directions...

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All the components laid out.

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And another work area with some rattle cans, grease, brake cleaner, PB Blaster, etc.

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My goal for tonight is to get the under carriage clean and free of mud, get the rear up on the jack stands, rear tires off and rear axle supported with jack stands, all rear suspension bolts hit with PB, tape off every thing that's not getting a fresh coat of paint, and a coat of primer on rear axle and diff cover. We'll see what I get done before calling it a night...

Stay tuned, it's going to be a long weekend!

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Unread 02-25-2012, 01:08 AM   #25
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Here are some pictures of my progress so far.

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Jacked it up and removed tires.

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Removed lower shock bolts. The shocks came out really easy even the top stud bolts. No problem at all, didn't even need to use the PB.

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These things suck...

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Pile-o-parts.

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Empty axle ready to be prepped for paint.

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Rear axle cleaned and primed... Little hint of blue there... You'll see why soon.
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Thought this was interesting... The factory installed the passenger side bump stop upside down! You can see here where the bump stop cup bolt has been punching in to the axle side of the stop... The frame side of the stop has a dimple casted in it to allow clearance for the bolt... Funny what you will find when you start taking things apart.



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Unread 02-26-2012, 11:03 PM   #27
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Okay so after a loooooongnight Saturday (5am) I got it done! I did the install by myself. I imagine that with two it would have gone much faster. Only ran in to a few issues. Mainly having to do the the track bars. I will discus later. Here are the pics that illustrate the process.


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Axle painted with Rustoleum black rubberized undercoat. Takes a long time to fully dry but seems like its pretty strong stuff.


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The rear springs went in no problem. I just set it in place and lifted it on to the perch while sitting on the brakes to push down the axle. This is where some extra hands would have been helpful.


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Here you can see what happens when you get impatient and don't wait for paint to dry. Oops.


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Here is the completed rear. With springs, sway bar links and shocks.


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Took it outside to turn it around in the garage. I like this look... Not.


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GEAUX Tigers.


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Primer and accent blue color. Tried to match the Bilstein blue.


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Taped off the "R" and hit it with metalic hammered finish silver.


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After peeling off the tape, before touching up with a paint brush. I think I like it!


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And now on to the front. Jacked up on stands and tires removed.


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Out with the old.


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Installing the Teraflex adj front track bar. You can also see the I painted the axle to match the rear!


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Installed the quick discos. Hardest part was taking out the stock sway bar links. Damn you ball studs!. PB Blast and a BFH.


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Here's where I ran into the first issue. Without anyone to help I couldn't get the springs in place. So....


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I drove to the closest Autozone and rented some spring compressors.


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Went right in!


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shocks installed and Quick Disco studs.


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Front done!


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Here's where I ran in to problem 2. The axle side front track bar bolt the came from Teraflex was way too long. I couldn't get the wrench in the bracket to capture the nut. The factory hardware had a captured nut with a metal tab that would catch the bracket... Not sure how Teraflex screwed this one up. I had to just reuse the factory hardware.


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Looks good but definitely need bigger tires. Saving up for BFG KM2 33's now.


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Netted about 3.25 inches in the front.


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And 3.5 inches in the rear.


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I really like how the Riddler D-44 cover turned out.


All in all it was a pretty simple install. I was able to get the front axle centered perfectly and recentered the steering wheel. Stil got some Death Wobble at 65 mph. Scared the crap out of me when it happened. I thought something broke. No worries, bringing it in to the alignment shop tomorrow for some fine tuning. I did install the transfer case lowering kit. Improved my drive line angle quite a bit. Only have some slight vibes in first at takeoff now. Next purchase after tires will be some upper adj control arms.


Thats all for now folks.
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Unread 02-27-2012, 08:18 AM   #28
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Nice job! Thanks for sharing! That Riddler is beefy!
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Nice job! Thanks for sharing! That Riddler is beefy!
Thanks man! Yeah, I need to install the one up front... just putting it off because I hate smelling like death for several days after touching gear oil...
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Unread 02-29-2012, 10:26 PM   #30
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Lift Update: 4 Wheel Parts did an alignment for me today and set up my caster, toe, axle centering and steering. Now I can proudly say that I have NO DEATH WOBBLE!!!!! It rides soo good now. The roads in Houston are terrible and the Billsteins do a great job absorbing the bumps. Moreover, some squeaks and weird noises have disappeared with the lift install!!! BONUS! Now time for tires... Stay tuned.
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