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Unread 08-06-2012, 05:42 AM   #76
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I should title my build "nothing but problems" because it feels like I can never keep up with things that need to be fixed! Got a new battery yesterday to find out that the wire that runs to the starter isnt making a connection and my new lights worked fine last night and this morning only one comes on! Love the jeep but man she loves to constantly kick me when I'm down!

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Unread 08-16-2012, 07:10 PM   #77
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Well I finally got around to changing my transmission fluid. I knew it was bad, but I'll edit with details later. For now, here's a sample of what I found in the old fluid...
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Unread 08-16-2012, 08:16 PM   #78
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Too bad it wasn't on heads. Then it would have been good luck.
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Unread 08-16-2012, 09:08 PM   #79
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Good on ya Louie! Those Defenders turned out sick on your YJ! Needless to say, the sizeable chunk next to the penny was one of many to rocket out when I drained my tranny fluid earlier. Should have put the penny on heads... Maybe that'd help me swap an ax15 or something haha!
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Unread 08-22-2012, 08:31 PM   #80
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Ordered the MORE shock mount kit for the rear today, should be in tomorrow. I am going to try my hand at a detailed install for this! If I've done the math right, (and my measurements are accurate) I should gain 2" of up travel, exposing 4" of the shock and allowing for 4" of up travel and 8" of down travel when off camber (flexed) if I set up bump stops accordingly. I may be completely wrong, because often times I am, but we shall see! This should remedy the rear shocks being a little big, and next up will be the fronts.
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Unread 08-23-2012, 02:53 PM   #81
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And here we go... Unboxing the package... Step #1! I did buy them from Quadratec because surprisingly they had the cheapest price, AND I ordered them yesterday, they literally took less than 24 hours to get to my door. say what we may about the Quadratec empire, but that's business, and good business nonetheless! So here are my detailed unboxing pictures. These things are BEEFY and I can't wait to install them. Hoping to knock em out tomorrow!
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Unread 08-24-2012, 06:40 PM   #82
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I've got lots of pics for the write up, but for now I will say this, it will be done Sunday afternoon because it's not going as smooth as I'd hoped. The kit is great, it's just user error. My measurement for the guide pin was more than off. :/
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Unread 08-26-2012, 06:32 PM   #83
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And here we go. As much detail and info as I can provide on installing the M.O.R.E rear shock mounts (they raise the shock mounting point 2" so that you can gain up travel, or just run longer shocks on your stock or modded rig, which still results in more travel!).

I found this easiest to take off the tires, and put it on jack stands. Most of this is necessary but I'm sure you could take off the shocks without removing the tires, yadda yadda yadda...



Removing the shocks depending on your set up is pretty basic and simple. For me it's a 3/4" Socket and a 3/4" wrench (top and bottom mounting points).




Aaaaaaaaaaaaannnnndddddd they're out!


Both the fuel filter skid/protection plate and the tail pipe heat/flex plate will need to be removed and modified. The filter skid has 4 3/8" screws and the flex plate has 3 of the same 3/8" screws.

Here is the fuel filter skid


And this is the heat shield


Here is the mock up of the bracket and checking for clearance on the tub. I didn't think the bracket should touch the tub and I left about an 1/8" of clearance on both sides just to be on the safe side.




Here is the monster that is required to drill a hole in the frame for the guide pin. It is a 1/2" hole that has to go through the mount and then the frame for the guide pin (I later learned that the easiest way to drill this hole is to step up bit by bit rather than go at it head on with a 1/2" bit... ). This kit has the guide pin on the bottom and then mounts up to the factory shock mount with the factory nut.


Here is where I ended up with my drivers side hole which was just an overall flop. I was off by about a 1/4" inch with my measurements and the drill was clearly not held as straight as it should/could have been.



With a little help from my Dad, and one of his favorite drill accessories, the hole was drilled upwards to meet the proper location, and no wider than it needed to be.

Here is my dad using that particular bit with one of our little helpers. Needless to say, if it weren't for my old man I'd probably never finish half the projects I want to or actually start on my Jeep. He's great at fixing my screw ups, and just being about the best help anyone could ask for. :lowdown:


With the first side done and mounted up, the shock is clearly about 1.5" inboard, but it's that way on both sides and seems to be just fine.


the steel brake line here was pretty close to the top of the bracket, so to make sure it didn't rub or chafe we put a small amount of rubber line across and between the two so that that could be avoided.



The other side was pretty smooth, but the muffler and tail pipe were in the way of our drill. If we had a right angle impact/drill this could have been avoided but we simply unbolted the exhaust hangers and pulled the tail pipe down while we drilled through for the guide pin. I don't have as many install pictures of the passenger side, because it's pretty much the same as the drivers side, and we were ready to just knock it out.
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Unread 08-26-2012, 06:45 PM   #84
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Here are the skid plates and what not that had to be "modified" for the kit to fit and function properly. I simply spot checked the fitment and then traced it out and cut it with a grinder. Both cuts worked out great and fit fine!






Adding another sticker to the side was probably the finishing touch, but it seems I forgot to take pictures of the exhaust heat shield cut. It's pretty simple and just a small cut that helps clear the bracket. This install was fairly simple, I just wish I would have taken my time a little bit more rather than dive in head first. A few helpful pointers from Dad (along with his help) this install went smooth. I went from having 2" of shock stem exposed to now having Just shy of 5" of shock stem exposed on one side and right over 5" of shock stem exposed on one side. I am not too sure about these gains, but I know the shocks don't bottom out anymore in the rear so that was my main goal. I will try and take some more approximate measurements at a later date, but for now, it works, and it works good!





If you have any questions please feel free to ask, I would recommend this kit to anyone thinking about it!
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Unread 09-01-2012, 12:20 PM   #85
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That's gear oil...? No idea where it came from but I can't see any leaky spots on the Jeep. I'm usually the only one who parks there... Investigation time!
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Unread 09-04-2012, 11:22 AM   #86
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Nothing like a nice day of maintenance and cleaning. Oil changed, motor mounts about to be replaced, and finally put together my receipt folder.
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Unread 09-04-2012, 03:07 PM   #87
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That's what was left of my driver side motor mount. It's about time, and I can honestly say this is the first component I have replaced all by myself with no trouble and without any help! 'Twas a productive afternoon.
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Unread 09-12-2012, 11:06 AM   #88
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Next project? Figure out why the heater stopped working, do some rust repair, whore myself out in search of a new soft top, and repair some rotting sheet metal... Rust Rust Rust, I'm quickly losing the battle with rust. My next big goal (8.8 and spring over being first) is to regear to 4.88's. I've been on the fence and regearing just seems to be the most productive and necessary mod, because a motor swap isn't on the list. Also over the next few months I'll be considering a transmission. An ax-15 swap would be my ultimate goal, but until then, I'll be finding some way to repair or replace my rapidly dying ax-5.
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Unread 09-12-2012, 11:23 AM   #89
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Hey man... Yeah, we can build those shock mounts for the front if you want. Let me know I can check our vendor account on 4.88's and see if I can get you a good price on them too.

Check the electrical connections on the heater/blower motor... isn't much to make them work.
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Unread 09-12-2012, 11:33 AM   #90
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Works for me bud. We'll have to catch up some time!
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