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Unread 04-30-2010, 12:40 PM   #1
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Dirty Diana LJ build

I finally got my first mod done on my 05 LJ Rubicon after driving it stock for a year. I ordered a Rough Country 3.25" lift from Jeffery at RC. (The kit is basically the 2.5" kit with a .75" spacer and a rear trackbar relocation bracket.) It showed up a couple of days later and I installed it that weekend. Keep in mind I'm inexperienced wrenching but was confident enough to do this with a couple of buddies and more than a couple beers.

I sprayed down all the bolts I would be working on with PB blaster a couple of times the days prior to the install. I read a lot of threads where people break the upper shock bolts. I think I was fortunate not to have much corrosion.

The stock springs come out fairly easy. We put the jeep on jack stands and then used a jack to raise the opposite side of the axle, it articulated the side we were working on nice and open. My buddy had a set of strut spring compressors that we used. (You can rent these at any auto parts store) We could almost get the stock springs out without them but they were definitely needed for the new springs.

The spacers were a little tough to slip on. I read someone's thread that said they used dish soap. I finally laid on my back to get the leverage and they popped right on.

The rear trackbar relocation bracket was easy to bolt on. You have to drill out 2 of the existing holes for the new hardware. The front trackbar gets a new hole drilled into the bracket 3/4" off the original holes. Some people get an adjustable trackbar to prevent this but I'm on a budget and couldn't add another $150 to the total cost.

The kit comes with a transfer case drop (spacers and longer bolts). I didn't install this because I doubted I would need it on the LJ with the longer driveline. I got no vibes after the install.

I got 5 Black Rock type D 15x8 alloy wheels. They look pretty nice for only being $100 a piece. I was going to get steelies, but thought it would look nice to get something I don't see on every other jeep. The bolt holes get covered by a plastic cap and it looks nice. I did have to get open faced lug nuts for the covers to go on flush.

Finished it off with 5 33x12.50R15 D!ck Cepek Mud Countries. They are very quiet on the road. I have an offroad trip planned for this weekend so I'll get to test how they perform off the pavement.

Here is a before and after shot. I didn't take any pictures during the install. I forgot my camera and drank too many beers.

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Unread 04-30-2010, 12:41 PM   #2
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The ride was very stiff at first but loosened up after a couple days of driving it. Of course it's stiffer than stock but not too bad. I'm running the spare in place of the back seat for a while. I have a simple bike lock through the wheel and around the roll bar to keep anyone from stealing it.

I'm sure this thread will be dead for a few months while I save for bumpers. Maybe longer because I'm getting married in 1 month and thats not cheap!
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The ride was very stiff at first but loosened up after a couple days of driving it. Of course it's stiffer than stock but not too bad. I'm running the spare in place of the back seat for a while. I have a simple bike lock through the wheel and around the roll bar to keep anyone from stealing it.

I'm sure this thread will be dead for a few months while I save for bumpers. Maybe longer because I'm getting married in 1 month and thats not cheap!
That is the worst possible Jeep mod. It eats up time and money, and it gets diverted from the Jeep to the wife.

Good Luck with the wedding.
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I left before the beer got there but I can attest to a lot of flatulence during the install that he forgot to mention. Also I have a deep scratch on my forearm where his LJ bit me while I removed the right rear sway and lower shock bolts. It was my first time bonding with Dirty Diana and I had to have "The Talk" with her. You know, "You can fight me all you want, but this is how it's gonna be", that talk.

Here is a "before" picture of her in her natural habitat.



She climbed the dreaded Power Line Hill obstacle yesterday so I think that the new setup is working out! Looks awesome too.
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