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post #61 of 123 Old 07-21-2013, 11:06 AM
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Well know that you have some more seat time how do you like your new suspension system? How do the shocks feel?

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post #62 of 123 Old 07-23-2013, 02:40 AM Thread Starter
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How do I like the new suspension? I LOVE IT! A month later and Im still not believing how much better it rides and handles. I think its one of those "all of the above" things when it comes to the improvement as every piece was an upgrade. The arms with the JJs were a huge improvement over the old tired stock arms, the OME springs and shocks deserve their reputation as they make the Jeep ride incredibly better, and the spring relocation kit took away the feeling of the back end being launched when going over big dips or sharp ruts at speed.
You asked about the shocks, they give a real nice firm ride but have taken away the sharp feedback the stock ones had. I just figured Jeeps rode real rough until these went on, but now the ride is actually pretty dang nice
My brother has a 05 LJ with a RE 3" super flex kit and he is also amazed at how much better mine rides and handles
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post #63 of 123 Old 09-29-2015, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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HP30 Build

Its been a long while since Ive updated this ol thread so I figured I better get where I am now seeing as Im about to do a bunch more here soon...

I sourced a great conditioned HP30 for next to nothing and got right to building it. We pressure washed it really well and then tore it down. I cleaned up the inside of the axle tubes really well to aid with the Nitro sleeve kit install
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post #64 of 123 Old 09-29-2015, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Then Rob and I fabbed up a install driver to drive in the sleeves. Nitro sleeves are a press type fit and are not welded. I froze the sleeves for 48 hours and then applied some anti seize and drove them in. They went in fairly easy the first 3/4s of the way and then really tightened up. But they drove home for a very tight fit!
Thats me wielding the hammer... Rob's got guts
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post #65 of 123 Old 09-29-2015, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Next we tac'd on some mini skids and C-gussets and then welded them all up
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post #66 of 123 Old 09-29-2015, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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New Spicers and Timkins all the way around... Yukon Zip lockers, gears, Nitro chromoly shafts, and Riddler covers
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post #67 of 123 Old 09-29-2015, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Then got her in with some extended length brake lines
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post #68 of 123 Old 09-29-2015, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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AA SYE and Novak install

Next up was an Advanced Adaptors SYE and a Novak shift cable to replace the sloppy factory linkage.
The AA SYE kit was really nice and super beefy! The Novak was a breeze to install and makes all the difference in the world!!! It amazes me that Jeep doesn't use a cable to start with?
During tear down Rob got a little impatient and decided he needed to give it a blow job
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post #69 of 123 Old 09-29-2015, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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ARB compressor and switch install

We then installed the ARB compressor and switches. I think they came out really clean?
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Fire Crackers!

Funniest thing! When I pulled the dash apart for the air locker switch install I found some bottle rockets up top
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I then went down to my addiction and picked a few things up ROKMEN complete armor and belly up and RokStar kit.
Ol Snoop guarded it night and day... He looks like he's getting sleepy with all this guard dog duty
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post #72 of 123 Old 09-29-2015, 10:41 PM
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whats with the snow ?

but yeah, very clean install

My Uncles first Jeep was a Government Issued Jeep in 1944.
Back when ALL Jeeps were Government Issued.
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post #73 of 123 Old 09-30-2015, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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whats with the snow ?

but yeah, very clean install
At this point Im still at last years winter... Im catching up on the build from last year. Still much more to come
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post #74 of 123 Old 09-30-2015, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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When I started this build I said and believed that this would not be a cut and weld project and that I'd just upgrade the stock suspension....
How things change
After my first ride in ROKMENs RokStar mid-arm Jeep I knew the short arms were gone!
The RokStar kit includes Mid-Arm 7075 Aluminum arms w/JJs, Tig welded custom bracketry that has adjustability, and F911 bolts! Very sweet set up!!!
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post #75 of 123 Old 09-30-2015, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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ROKMEN RokStar mid-arm install

I have to say that the ROKMEN mid-arm kit is very well thought out and a fun install but its not a one day install like a short arm kit! We finished the install in 3-1/2 days and it wore me out! I think only Coronas and Jack each night kept me going
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