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Unread 07-19-2013, 10:47 PM   #181
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Just read through your thread, excellent progress!

I think we (along with a several other JF'ers) have the winning combo of Nuttered YJ's with MC2150, Billie 5100's, and 36r's! I can't wait to step up to 33's this fall.

And, BF.cFTW! I thought I recognized your name, and the e36/chair/CR-Z were a dead giveaway.
Haha, what a small world!! BFC ftw indeed.

You'll love 33s, I think they're perfect size for city/trails mix.

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Unread 07-20-2013, 01:37 PM   #182
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7/20 progress:

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- installed shackles sleeves and retorqued all bolts
- recentered steering wheel



need to figure out a way to lower transfer case without going too low. Supplied drop kit seems like too much of a drop, trying to find some scrap metal to make something..
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Unread 07-20-2013, 04:05 PM   #183
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- recentered steering wheel
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Never actually got around to that myself. It keeps slipping through the cracks lol. I tried.once but my drag link wouldn't budge so I put it off and never went back. How did you do it?

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Unread 07-21-2013, 12:33 PM   #184
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Never actually got around to that myself. It keeps slipping through the cracks lol. I tried.once but my drag link wouldn't budge so I put it off and never went back. How did you do it?

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Haha, I drove that way for one day to work and couldn't take it!! Makes a world of difference when the steering is centered.

Your drag link has two stubborn 13mm bolts. Then you would rotate the bar toward the front of the jeep in order to lengthen it and toward the rear of the jeep to shorten. Your steering wheel will turn left when the total drag link distance is longer and right when it's shorter.

Here's mine after adjustment:


few dirty threads showing below is how much the bar needed to be lengthen from old 2" lift. Still no need for a longer drop pitman arm:


you can spray a bunch of liquid wrench on the bolts and end links, let it sit over night and give it another go in the morning
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Unread 07-21-2013, 12:44 PM   #185
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Some more progress:

Installed the full T-case drop kit as the 1" wasn't enough to get rid of vibes:


Noticed my torque mount was completely lose, incorrectly installed as well. Fixed it and remounted:


Took a grinder to the extra long U-bolts, don't want to get caught up on rocks and such:


Deron who came to help out with my rear drums was doing brakes on his truck. Great opportunity for me to return the favor and take a Jeep on a test drive.

8 lug! His brakes were completely shot:


I need to go wheel asap, sadly just a poser shot for now:
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Unread 07-21-2013, 11:07 PM   #186
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Looking good! Keep up the good work.
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Unread 07-21-2013, 11:17 PM   #187
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Thanks man ^^


Not really Jeep related, but I learned how to reload today:




9mm done:


My buddy Brandon, who got me into the offroad hobby admiring my rig:
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Unread 07-24-2013, 07:12 PM   #188
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Great looking work!

Since I have the same as your old lift and looking to go to basically the same setup as you have now, you need to let me know how you rate your new setup verses your old one.

Also, do you have plenty of room for those 33" to flex?
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Unread 07-24-2013, 09:26 PM   #189
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Great looking work!

Since I have the same as your old lift and looking to go to basically the same setup as you have now, you need to let me know how you rate your new setup verses your old one.

Also, do you have plenty of room for those 33" to flex?
I gotta be honest, superlift makes some quality springs. The 1.5" heavy duty lift I had on there before OME went on was great. I ran it for a little over a year, beat on it pretty good wheeling. We also regularly loaded the Jeep with all sorts of heavy equipment, camping gear, shooting gear, recovery gear, etc.. Never sagged what so ever. I couldn't even see a difference between it being loaded or empty. I also ran a hard top for more than half time and additional cargo basket connected to the rear bumper.

Last weekend when we installed the new lift, I discovered all 4 superlift shocks to be blown. They didn't even last a year. Even though shocks were blown, springs didn't sag or give out a slightest bit. Not that they should, but some people on here believe blown shocks cause premature spring failure. I don't believe in that as long as you're not running RC or some other low end stuff. I stand behind superlift springs all the way now, shocks not so much.

I have yet to test out the new setup offroad to know if there's enough room for 33s. I doubt it, it's plenty to go have fun wheeling, but at full stuff I think I could use a 1" body lift. Been slammed with projects to make time, but as soon as I do, I'll be sure to post up a detailed review.

OME/Bilstein combo is very impressive so far around town. Nice having shocks that actually work and a little extra lift gained makes the Jeep look a bit better. OME springs ride quiet, don't creak, squeak or crackle. I have yet to test them under load to see if any sag happens, but so far they look and function great. I am exceptionally impressed by Bilstein 5100s. Ran billies for many years on my track cars and currently have 'em on the M3. Every set served me well many, many years.

If you absolutely have or want to go higher, I would recomment my current setup. If you like the height now, keep springs, get better shocks. Hope this helps
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Hey we need some wheeling pics with the new setup get on it hahaha! And ftw you got my vote this month for what its worth!

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Unread 07-25-2013, 09:37 PM   #193
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Haha, tell me about it. I’ve been trying to get out of town and go wheeling since I got the new setup together. This past weekend I was set to go, but ended up helping out friends with their vehicles. Life keeps getting in the way, but after two weeks, I no longer have any excuses left but to go break it in.

Strangely enough you would think there are trails everywhere in San Diego region, but closest legal place to off-road is over an hour away. Makes me kind of envy those with nice scenery, various terrain choices and availability to go wheeling anytime.

I also try not to go wheeling alone, being in a wheelchair and having zero phone service can leave me stranded for days. I need to make friends with more Jeep owners from Socal.


Appreciate yours and Gage’s vote this month, thanks for support guys
I’m not there to win or have the best looking Jeep, just having fun with this and enjoying the hobby while learning a thing or two.
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Unread 07-25-2013, 11:07 PM   #194
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I never help people with their vehicles, but I totally would if they asked. I literally have a garage full of tools and two welders(that I wish I could use better). Maybe people don't like me? But my two good friends who happen to own Jeeps as well, don't do anything with them but drive them. Lol.

I wish I had gotten the lead out sooner for my Jeep. This is the first three day weekend my girlfriend has had off in however long and I would've loved to take the Jeep up to Kings Canyon but there is no way we could fit her dog and all of the camping stuff in my Jeep. Oh well, there is always next year.

So get those springs tested. If not for you, do it for me.
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Unread 07-26-2013, 12:09 AM   #195
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Lol! I wish I could use my welder better as well! I need to practice and practice some more. Also need to make more friends with Jeeps as I only have one at this time. The dude with a black Jeep on SOA and 35s posted earlier in my thread… Friends and I that get together to work on cars and Jeeps have been there many years, we grew up modding cars, racing, etc.. Recently got into the whole offroad scene.

If you have a cargo basket, those work great for camping trips. Get yourself one from harbor freight if you don’t already. Got mine for $34 and it holds more gear than my jeep itself. You would also need a tow hitch receiver of course.

As far as new springs go, dude I’ve been dying to test them out. I stare at the Jeep every day leaving to and coming home from work, saying to myself “this weekend it’ll happen”. Weekend comes around and something gets in the way!! GF and I going to hopefully go this Sunday explore a new 2hr long trail. Can’t wait, I got the KM2s to try out as well
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