First thing we did was pull the tank to make some room and get it ready for the ROKMEN skid. Once the tank was out we tried to separate it from the factory skid and couldn't???
Not being the first owner of Brutus I keep finding new things the previous owners did with him..... Like obviously sinking him very deep in mud!
Once we soaked between the tank and the factory skid for some time we were able to separate them and found enough mud in there to sponsor a mud run We cleaned it all up and kept going
After cleaning up the tank we started on the spring relocation kit. First thing we did was to remove all the body mount bolts but the very front one and we loosened up that one. We then jacked up the body and put two blocks of 4x4 between the body and frame behind the doors. This didn't take but 10 minutes and gave us the room needed under Brutus to work
I then grabbed my Dremel with a cut off disc and went to town!!! Truth be told the Dremel makes very short work of the welds! After cutting through most of the welds I grabbed a hammer and chisel and finished the job. Each spring perch took less than ten minutes to remove fully.... And I was a little scared to try it
After I cut the perches off and we cleaned off the welds from the frame we then cleaned up the area of the frame to be welded and then mocked up the location of the new perch by putting a wood 4x4 on the axle coil bucket and raising it to meet the new frame spring perch.
After the mock up its a simple tac and weld..... Well, kinda
The passengers side is easy to locate because you are going to simply locate the perch next to the trac bar mount but the drivers side has to be located in the same position, so we used frame holes and measured. After we had the measurement we held the drivers side perch in its location and used a angle finder to make sure we were correct.... We were, the frame holes make a good locater here for this project
I have to give a huge thanks and a major to my good friend Scott who did the welding for me here! Left to my own devices I would have blown multiple holes in both the frame and the ROKMEN perch's with the Miller in my hand lol
No joking though, thanks Scott! Scott is the man and is the proprietor of "The Rock Shop" here in Colorado Springs. Scott has not one but two rigs featured in CRAWL magazine and I can see why!
Now that the lift and spring relocation is complete and I've had a days drive time I can report on the street manners. I have to say I cannot believe the improvement over the factory ride! Brutus is SOOOO much tighter and yet more forgiving on road! Everything from pot holes to ruts the ride is smoother, tighter, and easier to handle. The JJs do NOT give more feedback but less and also have the benefit of a much tighter suspension giving you more feel without the harshness and better response
First impression is VERY good with all the ROKMEN, Currie, and JKS parts! Hats off to all of them for their fine Jeep products!
One more note of recognition goes out to my good friend Rob who once again lent his shop, time, and expertise in giving me a hand at putting this last upgrade on Brutus! Thanks Rob