This morning went very smooth getting new tires put on at Pann Auto. Great performance shop in San Diego if anyone interested checking it out. Ended up getting the BFGs for $80 under tirerack!
I'll go over my first impressions as I literally drove home 2 miles if that, then to
work another 5 or so including a 10 min freeway drive. Tires are very smooth and surprisingly quiet. They don't really hum like I'm used to, instead they have a very distinct knobby sound on the freeway. I like it much better in terms of road noise.
They balanced perfect, minimal weights and all 4 went on smooth. Ride feels much better too, steering response is a bit different, feels more solid and balanced. I can let go of the wheel on the freeway and actually stay in my lane.
As far as 3.55 gears with auto trans go, not very noticable on power loss, pretty much feels the same as it did with 31s. Takes maybe a second or two longer to go from 55mph to 65, but it does 70 no problem. Up hills it's worse though, but I can certainly live with this till the 8.8 goes in with 4.10s.
I'm very impressed by the ride quality, the look, fitment, very agressive tread, etc.. Can't wait to test it out on a trail and get the new lift put on.
Shop guys having fun with the Jeep, it's a performance shop that mostly deals with race cars and such, don't get Jeeps there very often if ever:
For a second there I considered white walls out, they talked me out of it:
Mount and balanced one to test fit, will do till the lift goes in:
Finishing up the last one:
Next to my old 31s:
Surprisingly we were able to fit all 4 old tires in the back of the Jeep, don't think back seats are ever going in at this point:
Quick shot at the house:
and a quick shot at work:
In the end, I'm happy with the results and look forward to getting the Jeep higher up.
I got around to installing the Hayden cooler today. Kit came with everything needed to install:
Buddy showed up to get his Jeep looked at and give hand with mine:
In the process of installing the trans cooler, we noticed the steering damper was shot . Josh recommended Rancho RS5407. Pepboys has a 20% off deal going on shocks, check out online, pick up in store. Perfect, quick trip up the street and I had the thing ready for install:
Back to the cooler, got it mounted and ran in series with the rad:
Steering stabilizer and cooler ready for test drive:
Josh taking it for a spin:
My brakes have been weak lately and I've been meaning to check out the issue. We pulled rear wheels and discovered this:
Not sure what happened, but we snapped the spring back in place, adjusted the shoes and called it a night:
Coming home from work, damn thing came off track again. Grinding sounds and all no rear brakes again... Perfect time to throw my 8.8 in there with disk brakes, but I can't have any down time with the Jeep for another week.
Little clip holding the e-brake cable was missing all along and may have caused the adjuster cable slip out of its track. Rubber plugs were also no where to be found. Went to Kragen and picked up a rebuild kit. At $9, not bad and should hold me over:
Buddy stopped by with his drum repair tool kit, 10 min later I knew how it was done:
Feels good to have all 4 brakes and functional e-brake. Also whoever gets my d35 will at least have working drum brakes
It's been bugging me, in the back of my mind this whole time about Superlift and the whole sponsorship deal. I figured best thing would be to call and set things right. It doesn't feel right putting the kit up for sale. At the end of the day, someone went out of their way to make this happen for me. Even though it took longer and there were complications involved, I got the kit as promised and should repay the dues to be in good standings. Regardless of the outcome, at least I know I did the right thing. (Anti and Joe, I gave your posts some further thought and felt this would be a good thing to take care of)
I called and had a half hour long conversation with Joey. Will keep certain details to myself out of respect for him and the company. But I am so glad I called. We were able to work everything out and keep the sponship active. To make the long story short, new ownership pretty much resulted in discontinuance of YJ products and complications with refund/shipping of my product.
Moving forward, I will be using their product and putting together a media/write-up review. Turns out they shipped a better product than I thought. They shipped Black Diamond full military wrap springs rather than Superlift ones initially set for. They're made out of much stronger steel designed more for off-road use so I doubt these will sag or go flat. I will most likely couple the springs with Bilstein 5100 shocks already ordered from 4 Wheel Parts and go have fun on the trails.
The plan is to install this weekend! I have no idea what I'll end up doing with the Old Man Emu 36r as of now.
Not bad, if I lived closer I would try and get them from you. Can't wear to see it sitting at its new ride height!
I hear ya, shipping wouldn't be very cost effective.
Can't wait either, I definitely do not have enough room for those 33s the way it sits now. I haven't wheeled yet with those on, but judging by the pic at the docs, I only had a little left to go before hitting those fenders. That's with sway bars connected too. Didn't even bother seeing how bad it would be with those off..
Is 4" total lift going to mess up my steering a lot? It's so nice and tight now and I hope it won't change much with a drop pitman arm and higher center of gravity.