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Unread 08-17-2012, 08:41 AM   #91
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Thanks I have a crush unlimited and am looking for plate ideas and I was intrigued by your crush spelling.
Gotcha! Yeah, I was thinking of using "C2U5H" or "C2U5H3D" (CRUSHED), but the novelty plate charges outweighed the novelty of it, lol.

LIFT UPDATE: She's completely installed and sitting ~3.75" higher in the front and ~3" higher in the rear. Blows me away how much of a difference this makes!! My tires look pretty small, but not so small that I can't get away with running them for a few more months before I go to the 37s. I must apologize I haven't taken any HQ picture yet: I'm just an amateur and I lost my SD card, so I have to go get another one since I don't have a backup!



The lift rides GREAT — I would say it's 90% exactly the same as stock, but different in these ways:
  • The compression is softer and more controlled over speed bumps/inconsistencies in the road. In other words, it's just a tad softer soaking up the bumps.
  • Body roll in turns is notably reduced so it feels a bit more planted on highway on-ramps and windy country back roads.
  • It is a bit louder in that some of the arms squeak when going slow over bumps. I'm going to re-torque the control arm and track bar bolts to try and get rid of this.
I am very happy with the pairing of the Old Man Emu Long Travel Sport shocks and the Rock Krawler 2.5" Max Travel lift. They compliment each other nicely, and I couldn't be happier in terms of money spent and performance received. Can't WAIT to see the benefits offroad!



So things I ran into during install:
  1. To get to the passenger side shock nut at the top, let alone installing the new shock, the mud guard and support fins along the bottom of the TIPM need to be trimmed. Both are easily accessible with a pair of tin snips and a sharp chisel. Clearing enough room up there to gain wrench access makes everything a lot easier ... stop worrying about cutting your brand new Jeep and just do it. You can't see it, and any onlooker will not notice your change.
  2. The swaybar is hardened as **** ... I went through two drill bits to ream out the holes to 1/2" for the RK adjustable/quick disconnect end links. Had to take it to a shop to use a die grinder and more powerful drill to get it done. That's the only portion I needed outside help, though.
  3. Apply Loctite and torque the jamnuts for the CAs and trackbar BEFORE installation: this is mentioned in the instructions, but it's worth mentioning again.
  4. The SS extended brake lines are great but rub the shocks up front, and the inside of the rear tires out back ... going to pick up some rubber tubing to zip tie and protect.
  5. Spring compressors for the progressive front springs are must — you will not be able to droop the axle far enough to get them in without!
  6. I didn't have to go to a dealership to get the steering wheel center reprogrammed: I just centered it using the adjustable sleeve on the draglink and haven't had any ESP or computer controls kicking in.
That's all I can think of right now ... pictures to come!

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Unread 08-25-2012, 02:38 PM   #92
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Just flexing things out to make sure the E-brake, ABS, axle breather, and brake lines have enough slack, as well as checking the bumpstops.

I found out where my squeak was coming from: the Currie rear coil spring retainer on the axle side was rubbing the inside diameter of the coil spring ... whenever it would move, *SQUEAK*! So I off the Currie retainers, b/c I still haven't figured out how to get the top portions installed.

Not even close to fully flexed out, with stock 32" KM2 tires.











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Unread 08-27-2012, 05:00 PM   #93
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Update: the RK MT kit rides very, very nice! To me, it is very similar to stock -- if any difference, it's on the soft side, but only when soaking up the road/trail ... the body roll has been greatly reduced, though. Bumps, dips, and small children are all soaked up a bit softer than stock, while still being stiff enough to retain the Jeep feel so you're not bouncing all over the place due to a soft suspension. It's the Goldilocks of lift kits: great ride, easy price point ~$1600 w/OME shocks, and more lift than advertised.

So yeah, super happy. The stock tires on the other hand ... meh, haha. Have to move onto Stage 2 to get there!
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Unread 08-30-2012, 08:11 PM   #94
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Did you run the headlight harness for the driver side headlight across the firewall and down the driver side? Trying to determine the routing before I receive my harness and lights.
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Unread 09-09-2012, 07:48 PM   #95
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Did you run the headlight harness for the driver side headlight across the firewall and down the driver side? Trying to determine the routing before I receive my harness and lights.
Sorry for the late reply -- I'm assuming you've done the install already. I zip tied the relays to the main wire loom harness behind the battery and ran the driver side wires behind the main wire loom across the firewall. I removed a few hex screws to shift components around as I went down the driver and passenger sides to run all the wiring as concealed as possible.
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Unread 09-10-2012, 08:45 PM   #96
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Unread 09-25-2012, 07:23 AM   #97
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Thanks, I'm installing them sometime this week so the pictures helped.
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Unread 09-26-2012, 09:26 AM   #98
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Love the jeep.where did you get the lift from?
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Unread 09-28-2012, 07:09 PM   #99
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Love the jeep.where did you get the lift from?
Got the lift from Quadratec.
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Unread 09-28-2012, 10:06 PM   #100
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Great looking JK. Keep up the work man. The switch pod you made is awesome.
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Unread 10-05-2012, 08:32 PM   #101
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Thanks! I didn't spend much time on it once I actually got the materials ... I need to redo it because the switch plat fell off, lol.

Went up to Rausch Creek with the old man riding shotgun. Saw the new property across the road which was okay. Not worth the extra $10 in my opinion. Yet. Rich and Joan in the '08 Red JK on 34s and snorkel, and Gary and Karen in the TJ Rubi on RC LA and 35s.

Damage for the day:
- steering stabilizer dented and leaking
- I think all four wheels now have a respectable amount of natural pinstriping and love gouges
- gnarly gouges on underside of both diffs and all CA/shock mounts, but didn't peel a cover, so no leakage
- passenger side rock rail pushed slightly up into body (pinch seam)
- passenger side of rear bumper peeled out by rock ... fixed with size 13 boot
- another dent to the t-case crossmember



Poser shots at the top of Crawler Ridge. This is after I wedged my front diff off the boulder (you'll see).






Yup, that's the one ...


Wedged on there good! I was trapped between the boulder and the tree, with only about a foot of maneuvering room. Had to stack rocks under the driver side front tire, everything locked of course, to climb up.












Driver side rear tire is about 10" off the ground here ... we don't need no stinkin' RTI ramp!!






















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Unread 05-26-2013, 02:57 PM   #102
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Well, it only took seven months to fix the busted OEM steering stabilizer--dented, bent, and completely devoid of fluid. I got a brand new Superlift SS relocation kit from a friend for $20, which is a full-size shock cylinder on new brackets that raise the entire assembly above the tie rod: now the stock tie rod, differential cover, and LCA mounts are the lowest points on the front end, and need to be beefed up. That's to come with Artec's beefy bracket kit.

He also threw in Rebel Offroad's Grade 8 hardware upgrade kit for free... I'm not one who thinks that's really necessary--except the 9/16" axle-side track bar bolt. I Grade 8ed that today. Maybe I'll throw the rest in for the CAs and such, maybe not.

I painted the white Superlift shock and axle side bracket completely black and ripped the bright yellow boot off. They just trap mud and dirt IMO anyway.

My steering feels kind of different, kind of wobbly and too much free play. I think I may still need to get my wheels balanced and get the alignment on the front end checked. Dealing with some pretty wicked (at times) DW from 50-60 mph for two months now that may have tweaked something. The stock tires have ~30k miles on them now. When they wear out, to 37" MT-R meats I go. The DW is completely gone (band-aided) for right now, though.
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Unread 07-01-2013, 02:48 PM   #103
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Not too much to update. The couple months of DW oblonged the axle-side trackbar mounting holes, so even with the new steering stabilizer setup, I still had loose steering and DW on occasion. The holes had between 1/16–1/8" play in them. So I TIGed some grade 8 flat washers to the outside of each mounting hole, as well as tacking another one one the steering stabilizer bracket mounting hole so it's even when the bracket's put on. Brand new 9/16" grade 8 bolt and everything is like stock again. I could have chopped off the old steering stablizer mounting ears, but I'll just hammer them down flat because I got lazy. Everything's going to be replaced by Artec's kit eventually, anyway.

I also had a strange issue that was taken care of under warranty: when I'd reverse out of my driveway, steering full lock, I'd get a whole bunch of codes and the engine would go into limp mode with no power. Turns out the throttle positioning sensor (TPS) wire was touching the steering shaft and was grounding out.
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Unread 07-07-2013, 08:05 PM   #104
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I was tired of hearing the seatbelts in the front flap when the doors were off... amazing the difference this makes!

Wire conduit cut to fit with the bottom removed, adhesive hook and loop fastener strips (Velcro) with the felt side on the Jeep panel and hook side on the new flap, and some flat black paint.

It only attaches with the Velcro on the leading edge. The trailing edge is free to move with the wind, but the seatbelt is completely silent. It still functions normally.

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Unread 07-26-2013, 08:09 AM   #105
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I removed the muffler yesterday just to see how it would sound... it's actually not horrible. Got bored and wanted to change things, started researching mufflers that I could get to weld into the stock resonator location, but then got the itch. It definitely has some "blat" rice sound from 2-3k RPM when your foot's into the throttle a bit, but even cruising at highway speed 50-70 MPH you can barely hear it. We'll see how I warm up to it, but I think I'm gonna keep it this way for a while.

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