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post #16 of 123 Old 01-26-2013, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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Starting point.... Gotta love the $20 AutoZone driving lights!

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post #17 of 123 Old 01-26-2013, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Body and MML

First thing we tackled was the 1" Rokmens body lift and the 1" JKS motor mount lift. Both are made very well with great instructions and went in without a hitch
I was kind of fearing the motor mount lift because I've read nightmare stories on how tough they are but besides getting a pound of mud that I had put onto the bottom of Brutus it was a really easy install!
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post #18 of 123 Old 01-26-2013, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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Currie steering and Anti-Rock

Next up was the Currie HD forged steering. Amazing the difference between the Currie and stock pieces! Curries were twice the size and four times the weight!
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post #19 of 123 Old 01-26-2013, 01:05 AM Thread Starter
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Then Currie Trac Bar and alignment... I have to say we nailed it first time on the alignment too
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post #20 of 123 Old 01-26-2013, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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Time for a break.... Disregard everything but the Coronas, the pile of tools only make sense if you there
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post #21 of 123 Old 01-26-2013, 01:21 AM Thread Starter
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Next up was the Currie Anti-Rock... I have to say, believe it or not, this was the hardest part to install! The bushings and the sway bar are such a tight fit its incredible... And installing one for the first time your not wanting to pound on things but thats what it takes! The bushings are a tight fit into the front tube so just wack the heck out of them and they will seat. The sway bar itself is a mother to get in... So grease it well and have a BIG dead hammer... It goes in but good grief! That sucker is a tight fit!!!
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post #22 of 123 Old 01-26-2013, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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Steering and sway bar done!
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post #23 of 123 Old 01-26-2013, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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ComeUp and Mercenary bumper install

Last thing for the day and the easiest was the Rokmen Mercenary bumper and COMEUP winch..... Again, I have to say, both are very high quality products that install very easy. Somebody has done their homework here
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post #24 of 123 Old 01-26-2013, 01:50 AM Thread Starter
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I know it was a lot of posts right there but I installed a body lift, motor mount lift, steering, trac bar, sway bar, bumper, and winch in an afternoon Not too shabby if I say so myself, though my body hurts like you know what now!
The finished product!
And Brutus drives sooo much better! Tighter steering, more responsive, a little more sway though not bad but because of the lighter sway bar I feel the road less! All in all, what a great combo and hats off to each manufacturers for such good products!
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post #25 of 123 Old 01-26-2013, 07:03 AM
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Certainly not a bad days work! Coming along nicely.

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post #26 of 123 Old 02-01-2013, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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RockHard Bumper/Tire carrier install

So after installing the front bumper and winch the back just looked sad, especially with that little ol 30" spare
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post #27 of 123 Old 02-01-2013, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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I would have liked to have kept the rear bumper a little lighter
But needing a bumper that had a hitch receiver and the ability to carry my spare and extra fuel and water during extended hunting and expedition trips was a must. I also have need for the use of the rear cargo area and can't keep a spare there so the trade off of a little extra weight for the added utility of this bumper is exactly what I needed
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post #28 of 123 Old 02-01-2013, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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I went to my brother house to install my new RockHard bumper
First thing after pulling the old bumper was cleaning the frame and crossmember and a little RustOleum Semi-gloss black...
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post #29 of 123 Old 02-01-2013, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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There was drilling to get this on but drilling holes in your perfectly fine LJ is fun
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post #30 of 123 Old 02-01-2013, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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All bolted up with frame tie-ins
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