I will be doing it myself with the advice of a few buddies that have done it a few times themselves. And after religiously re-reading all the instruction manuals and watching YouTube videos. I think I'm in pretty good shape.
Love the LJ , but I am partial to the unlimiteds . You have picked out some nice parts , I think your going to be very happy with your Jeep once its lifted . I have my antirock on the second hole and I dont
really notice it there . Have fun in the snow !
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Well, after about 10 hours my front suspension is done. Antirock installed. Its been a long day full of improvisation and shennanigans. Time for bed, rear gets done tomorrow. Oh, also... I forgot shocks. I was originally going to order a kit that came with them, but forgot to order them when I changed my mind. Still rides shockingly (hah) well without them though. Pictures will follow.
I went with the Bilsteins on a recommendation from the guy who was helping me out. Also- the lift is entirely complete now. (Minus shocks of course) but I absolutely love it. Looks fantastic. Ill post pics up soon.
What a lovely fall weekend it was in New England! The perfect one to spend under a jeep! So- as I promised, here are some pictures of the process. Unfortunately I'm not in any of them ( I know... whats better than eye candy with greasy hands under a half torn apart jeep). Me and my buddy banged this out in about 18 hours this weekend. It took a lot longer than expected, some bolts needed to be cut off and a lot of holes needed to be drilled (which takes a while when you have drill bits that need sharpening every .48 seconds). We had to run to the store a couple times because curry missed a few pieces of hardware. After it was all said and done, we had a fun time doing it. I learned a good deal more about jeeps and I can day I did it myself which was worth way more than the money in labor I saved.
As I mentioned before- my shocks won't come in until Wednesday. Although in the picture above where it looks like the best Christmas morning ever you might notice a pair of shocks. We found in his garage an old pair of ranchos that we could have made work temporarily. However, as long as I take it easy it doesn't ride too bad without them at all, and it would have been more trouble than it was worth to fabricate some brackets to make those work. So im just taking it easy and driving very minimally until I get my Bilsteins in. Here are a few pictures of how it stands now- and Thursday ill take some more action shots and see how it flexes with the antirock and Ill post those as well. Overall I am so happy with my choice of kit and my call to do it myself. I absolutely love the way it sits now. Next month its onto front and rear bumpers, rock sliders and a winch!
Yeah, my soft top is on its way out. Once I get all the real things I need for winter, Ill be able to get a hard top. I am throwing around the idea of not even bothering with one since I can keep it in the garage overnight... but the wild boar fastback tops just look so damn good on the LJs.
Yea I thought about the fast back one for mine but, I am still on the fence on the idea part of me says go with it and the other says get the regular Best top sailcloth. I might wait till late winter or spring usually thats when they run the best deals.
If you go a hardtop try to buy from a person instead. I made the mistake of trying one from the dealer and one of the windows leaked on me. They gave me another one and the back window leaked so I was able to talk to the service manager and he was cool enough just to send both tops back and give me my money instead. Problem with the people selling them though is they want the same price as a new one.
I do love the khaki color you have though it looks great. I'm sure you know this but, I wanted sell it for a 4dr or newer Jeep because you won't be happy. To me all around the LJ is the best platform Jeep has had to date. Its roomier than the smaller two doors and you don't have near the problems the JK has. Plus don't have to deal with all the electronics either.