So as previously stated it's been a long time coming but read 'em and weep boys.
After a few years of scouring the different forums and craigslist I finally ended up with all the stuff I needed to get this baby headed in the right direction.
So the build plan is this:
All 8 Currie Arms
Front JJ housing Kit
AEV/Nth 3" springs
Bilstein 5100s for 3"
Currie Front TB (5/8" frame, stock axle)
Currie Rear TB (new style)
Currie Rear TB Bracket (new style)
Currie shock extenders
Rear extended sway bar links from savvy
JKS quicker discos up front for now
UCF Extra high clearance
Novak Cable shifter for 241
4.5 to 5.5 conversion spacers
Carolina Driveline 1350/1330 rear CV driveshaft
I decided on the Carolina for 2 reasons. 1: I like the fact that I can actually get all the parts for it instead of being proprietary like the TW and Tattons Flange heads are. 2: I feel like I got the best deal on it, pricing out all the 1350 CV stuff, I couldn't even build the thing for the price I paid for it shipped to my door. I also just like the 1350, my second choice was Tattons, I liked the fact that they were all 1330 joints.
Now on to the install.
First order of business, decide which end to start with. The front still needed the front uppers installed and I was tracking down some loose front end components (axle side TB bushing, and pitman arm TRE) so I started there.
Once I pulled the front uppers I saw the passenger side upper bushing almost fall out of the housing so it was decided to do that install at the same time.
The housing side was a different story.
After some screwing around I got it knocked loose and then went and found a hammer and knocked it all the way out.
The lovely assistant:
She caught me taking pics:
Ready to go:
Measuring for the axle side for the bumpstops.
Got the holes drilled and then tapped. The driver's side had different ideas however.
I nearly **** myself twice. First that I managed to break a grade 8 bolt, and second that I actually got one of those extractors to work and not break off.
The threads on the housing were fubared so I just got a longer bolt and put a nut on the bottom.
So far so good:
The rest of the install process was fairly uneventful for the front, and then it came to doing the rear.
Rear upper shock bolts, need I say more?
After umpteen welding on nut to broken bolt attempts, I got it loose enough to start turning it with vice grips and those babies and some PB won out.
And then while doing the GTS, one of the bolts need a little thread reworking. So I got out the tap and die kit and then dropped the nut under here somewhere..
I should either play the lottery or never gamble...
Here's where it landed.
No final pics yet as I didn't get the new shoes on. Nor did I go the TT yet, that's this weekend perhaps.
Originally Posted by h1driver
Told you I was still here.