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post #1 of 10 Old 04-21-2015, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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"Emerald" Build

Recently bought a 2003 Rubicon, 5 speed, with only 40,000 miles! At time of purchase "Emmy" had a Fabtech 4" Lift Kit. "Emmy" is a dark green color, like Rubi is red, enough with the word play! Fabtech shocks, control arms and springs are swag! I'm in the process of switching f/r trackbars to Metalcloak, and using Currie control arms all the way around. It currently has 33" KM2's on 15" rims. In the near future springs will be ordered. I'm leaning toward Currie, but an unclear on progressive spring advantages? Savvy springs come with good reviews. Should I go with 3" or 4"? Looking for experiences from Savvy and Currie spring owners. I'm at a fork in the road, which way would you head?

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post #2 of 10 Old 04-25-2015, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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Just received a status update on Track bars from Metalcloak. They are at zinc coating company. Should be shipped by next Wednesday.

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post #3 of 10 Old 01-03-2016, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Today added the front Metalcloak Trackbar. Installation was not as described in their installation "How To", but I got through it. Wrench sizes needed and drill bit sizes were off, but some cross referencing for metric to sae saved the day on Google! I used a 17/32 instead of a 14mm drill bit for the axle side mount hole expansion, worked perfectly! Driver side tie rod end had to be removed to drill 5/8 hole in upper driver side track bar mount. Once tie rod end removed access to upper Trackbar mount barely gave me a straight shot to drill such a large hole in a super hard steel mount. Believe it or not broke the 5/8 drill bit and completed hole with rotary tool? Probably due to the 1950's drill motor I inherited, with one speed, too fast! The Metalcloak Trackbar is BEEF over stock. Instead of completing rear track bar, I moved to the Currie Antirock installation. The Antirock went smoother, with some help from YouTube. I broke a few nutserts holding on stock sway bar, but other than that smooth sailing! I must say Currie Enterprises makes high quality products. Impressive engineering well worth the investment.

After inspection of brakes and steering, It looks like a Currectlync and a Vanco brake kit are in my future. Does anyone have any alternate suggestions to Currectlync or Vanco setups?

All rusted surfaces were wire brushed with an angle grinder and sprayed with rust converter by Seymour Paints. This should increase longevity of frame and other parts. All bolts were assembled with Anti-Seize to make it easier the next time!

Tomorrow-rear upper and lower adjustable control arms from Savvy and Currie with a new Metalcloak rear Trackbar!
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post #4 of 10 Old 01-05-2016, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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I have the Savvy/Currie control arms ready to go! As well as the BFH, left over from Antirock install! Lol
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post #5 of 10 Old 01-06-2016, 11:51 AM
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Looks great! Love the color
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post #6 of 10 Old 01-07-2016, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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I have the Savvy/Currie control arms ready to go! As well as the BFH, left over from Antirock install! Lol
I finished up the front, minus the Currie Johnny Joint front axle conversion. Hopefully weld on the axle Saturday. Took Emerald for a test drive. Wow, what a difference! Impressed with Savvy/Currie control arms! Hopefully tomorrow I can finish back axle arms and track bar. PO's Fabtech Kit is no where near the quality. I need to find some 35" KO's for the beadlocks and put Emerald to the test. I'm not sure, but I think the PO installed a drop pitman arm, gotta measure and do some research on that one? It looks like I'll have to invest in a puller before I change that?

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post #7 of 10 Old 01-08-2016, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Rear control arms going on now!
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post #8 of 10 Old 01-10-2016, 03:52 AM Thread Starter
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All 8 Savvy/Currie control arms on with MetalCloak front and rear Trackbars installed with 4" lift springs, no body lift! Bilstein 5100's on all four corners, with a Currie Antirock to tighten things up in the corners on and off road. 15" BF Goodrich KM2's in the 33x12.5 variety rolling @ 28 LBS. Stock upper control arms popped like rubber bands during removal due to binding. Stock rear Trackbar was bound up as well. Prior to new parts, Emerald road like a buckboard on a wagon, now her suspension cycles like a Baja buggy! One thing that surprised me most was the smoothness in 4 low. Prior to upgrade Emerald creeked and groaned in 4 low like a rusted CJ with worn out bushings. Contrary to popular belief, her road manners are far superior with Antirock and MetalCloak Trackbars versus stock sway bar with disconnects and stock relocated trackbars. I'm sure a Currectlync steering setup will tighten steering up even more. During changes I discovered rear sway bar ends need bushings. I have weld on Currie front axle Johnny joint kit to convert front axle bushings to joints, but for now opted to not install. All in all wouldn't change a thing so far. Thanks to all members of the Forum for the plethora of information to make a garage mechanic's job simple with a little research! I was in the market for a trailer to transport Emerald over the 100 mile mark to wheel, but these upgrades brought back better than stock road manners. You guys out west have engineered some great aftermarket upgrades that anyone with some common sense can install with some help from this forum. Thanks!

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post #9 of 10 Old 02-21-2016, 05:45 AM Thread Starter
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CE-9102k install about to begin! 1/2 kit install on front Dana 44. Updated pics to come! Front axle will be free of OEM bushings and get Currie Enterprises Johnny joints instead! image-2378779412.jpg Passenger side bracket cut off with angle grinder. image-679604640.jpg New flame cut 1" mount welded in! FYI- don't forget to remove internals of Johnny joint before welding or they will melt plastic bushings inside? I learned the hard way! Driver side bushing removed and Johnny joint pressed in!
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post #10 of 10 Old 03-05-2016, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, finally have the "Emerald" corrected from the previous owners poor selections in lift kit. I replaced the drop pitman arm with a stock Crown pitman arm! Bump steer is completely gone. The arm on left and top is stock. Now I can have alignment done one time to get specs on paper for future reference.
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