This lower mount is the reason I went with some new shocks. I had to get longer shocks than I had. Clayton provides a new high clearance shock mount for the axle side that would allow you to keep the shocks you have.
I had previously moved the lower shock mount over to the side and boxed in the LCA bracket. I didn't want to cut off that plate. Having snapped OEM brackets off of an axle before (and limping home) I didn't want to give up that added strength while I determine the future of my axles.
So I went and flexed the Jeep out and discovered that I had to moved the rear AntiRock upper heims to the inside. The rod was rubbing on the tire. When we first did the stretach the drivers side was not going to fit on the inside. It APPEARS things may have settled and it will now. I will test tomarrow. If not, I got more tricks up my sleeve still.
A few days ago Hoovail, Sleenky and I went up to TnT Customs to pick up some parts. I must say, those guys were very knowledgable, courteous, cool, etc... We ended up hanging around the shop for almost four hours. They showed us the fab shop, the project rigs, gave build advice. etc... These guys are awesome.
Today I took off my old Olympic sliders. I wasn't sure how long it was going to take. The bolts were not siezed and the Loctite Extreme I had used on them wasn't a problem. The job ended up taking only a few minutes.
Yesterday I cleaned the steel with some steel wool and TSP. I had this plan of trying to use steel wool or a braided wire wheel to give the steel a real neat look and hit it with clear coat. I tried it, it didn't look all that good. Someone may be able to pull it off, but not for me.
So I am going to go rattle can satin black. I am not going to do a color match paint job. I am already a chicken behind the wheel I don't want to be afraid of bashing things if need be.
I primed and wet sanded the inside of the parts. Hopefully next weekend I can get them fitted. Then remove them again for final paint and install. I have to remind myself to slow down when painting.
Between coats I did some clean up project like this:
I added these fasteners on some electirical stuff and on the brake lines where the fasteners were cut off for the stretch.
Last night the call went out to help a fellow jeeper with a huge build project. It's like a episode of West Coast Customs...install a double tiangulated four line stretch, TC swap, mml, etc before EJS. Can we do it? I don't know but my corners are on hold.