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Unread 03-12-2006, 02:50 PM   #1
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Lifted Wrangler X

Yesterday was an experience. I woke up early in the morning and headed to work for an ample supply of tools and the forklift. I got started around 8:00am. The goal for the day was a Rusty's 2" suspension lift paired with a BL and MML (also Rusty's).



I decided the suspension would be the easiest so that went last. First on the agenda was the BL. It took an hour to get the spacers in.

For the relocation bracket, I decided to go ahead and notch the top as described here http://www.4x4xplor.com/bl.html.
After the notch was in, I noticed the relocation bracket holes didn't align to the linkage bushing or the tub mount. I had to grind out the notch, and egg the four bolt holes so everything would fit. Once everything was ground down it went in without a problem.
Next came the MML. I had a feeling this would be the worst part and I was right. The mounts went in with little trouble but the T-case shifted forward so much that I could not shift. For 2nd, 4th, and R I could not move the shifter back far enough to catch the gear. I eventually added 6-7 washers under the T-case to get everything lined up.

Once the T-case fit right, I noticed the MML pulled the exhaust up to the upper control arm bracket and it would rattle LOUDLY. I eventually bought a dremmel and ground down the bracket. Now it will occasional hit for a moment, usually in 1st or R.
So then came the coil lift. Had a little forklift help.

I was right that the coil lift would be easy. Finally at 3:00pm everything was done.
Here are a few before and after shots.








I'm working on a tire carrier. Once that's done the spare will be swapped with a 33 too.

For the record the tires are 33x1250r15 BFG AT KO. The wheels are Cragar Soft 8 with 4 inch BS. The lift is a Rusty's 2 inch coil (gained 2.5 easy), and Rusty's BL & MML.

Thanks to 4x4xplor.com for the how-to's. Couldn't have done it without you.

Words of advice, do the alignment after the install. I didn't and s#@t myself when I got the death wobble. Invest in a rear trac bar relocation bracket. Even at 2 inches my rear shifted more than I'd like (1" - 1.5" passenger). Have a dremmel handy for when the MML throws everything out of whack.


Last edited by willydigger; 06-27-2009 at 10:36 AM.. Reason: Jesus, just realized 3 years later that I forgot the L in Wrangler!
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Unread 03-12-2006, 04:29 PM   #2
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looks great GJ
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Unread 03-12-2006, 07:45 PM   #3
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Nice work!
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Unread 03-12-2006, 07:57 PM   #4
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Nice!, looks alot like my buddy's TJ, only difference is he has 31's and a 5" llift( 2" suspension, 2" body, and 1" engine)

I love it!
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Unread 03-12-2006, 09:33 PM   #5
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looks great!! I was gonna ask about the rear track bar....is it REALLY off THAT much? 1" to 1.5"!!!! DAMN!! Did you measure it or is that an estimate? I put a yard stick level on the side of the tire and measured the distance between the stick and the flare.

BTW Nice forklift!!! That's the coolest jack I've ever seen!!

oh and how long did it take you to do a MML and BL? easy?
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Unread 03-12-2006, 09:39 PM   #6
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Looks great !
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Unread 03-13-2006, 05:34 AM   #7
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The BL was on by 9:30 so about an hour and a half. Most of that was tweaking the relocation bracket.

The MML took me about 4 hours because of the exhaust and Tcase mod's.
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Unread 03-13-2006, 12:49 PM   #8
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For the mml how did you jack up the motor? Did you use a floor jack under the oil pan? I am planning on doing this myself in the next couple weeks and don't know the best way to lift the engine.
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Unread 03-13-2006, 02:10 PM   #9
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For the mml how did you jack up the motor? Did you use a floor jack under the oil pan? I am planning on doing this myself in the next couple weeks and don't know the best way to lift the engine.
2x4 and oil pan with a regular floor jack. As you lift the motor the rest of the Jeep with go with it until it comes free. Lift slowly and watch for the motor to release. Once you have it in, take a look at your exhaust and the right upper control arm. When I lifted my motor to pulled the exhaust forward. I had to grind down the control arm and bracket. Follow the instructions on 4x4xplor.com and it will go pretty smooth. Do you have a manual? If so make sure your T-case doesn't shift too much forward or it will be impossible to go into all the back gears (2,4,R).
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Unread 03-13-2006, 03:32 PM   #10
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Thanks willydigger I was a little nervous about the oil pan/2x4 thing, but everyone seems to say that it works without issues so i'll be doing it that way too. The jeep looks great by the way. glad it all went on so easy fer ya.
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Unread 03-13-2006, 09:39 PM   #11
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Most of that was tweaking the relocation bracket.
what did you have to "tweak" with the bracket? Who's bracket did you use?
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Unread 03-13-2006, 10:48 PM   #12
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Unread 03-14-2006, 07:08 PM   #13
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didn't happen to do any discoed flexing after the lift and tires went on did you? i'm curious how those 33s are going to stuff.

looks awesome though!
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Unread 03-15-2006, 05:52 PM   #14
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That looks damn good!!!! I sure wish I had a forklift to complete my install. Oh well, that is what beer is for to make you forget that it should only take that long (like you did). Damn I need some 33's!!!

Good job! It is so much more rewarding doing things yourself.

Just noticed: Get your wheel weights moved insde, much better looking and will work almost the exact same as outside.

Just noticed again: Remove one wheel at a time and paint where the center caps should be. I used Krylon fusion and it matches the wheels exatcly.
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Same stuff as most of ya got. =)
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Unread 03-15-2006, 06:18 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by willydigger

Once the T-case fit right, I noticed the MML pulled the exhaust up to the upper control arm bracket and it would rattle LOUDLY. I eventually bought a dremmel and ground down the bracket. Now it will occasional hit for a moment, usually in 1st or R.
So then came the coil lift. Had a little forklift help.

I've been looking for a jack like that for years, how much does a jack like that run ya

Jeep looks good man

How do you like those tires? I'm trying to save up for a set of those or some cheap muds, can't make up my mine
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