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Unread 01-20-2011, 07:11 PM   #61
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OK here are some pics of the back. We didn't take any pics during the actual process due to the fact that the back was kind of a pain in the @ss. I wasn't the lifts fault it was all the New England salt that the Cherokee had to endure before I moved out here. It seemed every bolt was frozen and had to be either heated up or cut out with a torch. The back is pretty simple and once the old parts were removed the new shackles, leafs, Ubolts, shocks and brake line went on fairly easy.

Brake Line


Leafs and Shocks




The Back Complete


The pile of old parts from the lift install


Next on the list was a new slip yoke eliminator, drive shaft and a set of Pro Comp Series 1089 rims which I ended up getting from a friend for free. They look pretty sweet but cost a fortune to buy tires for since they are 17" rims. I am not going to get into detail about putting in a SYE and shaft in this thread since there are already many threads concerning the installation. We also installed the transfer case skid plate which came with the kit. After all that was finished along with welding up a broken exhaust bracket and some other maintenance it was time to throw on the wheels and see what kind of stance we ended up with. The tires on the jeep in these pics are a set of old bald tires that came with the rims... I upgraded to a set of BFGs a little ways down the road. Alright time for the moment of truth! It looks pretty sweet up on the hoist...




And down on the ground "it may look like its still on the hoist in these pics but its actually sitting on the ground"






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Unread 01-20-2011, 07:16 PM   #62
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And finally some shots out of the garage in my driveway!


















One last pic for now after trying her out for the first time in some mud... notice one of the fender flares is torn off already guess whatís next on the list.
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Unread 01-20-2011, 08:08 PM   #63
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Nothing like a little altitude
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Unread 01-24-2011, 08:16 PM   #64
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Love your Jeep. I am looking for the look you had when you were back at 2inches and 31's. More updates.
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Unread 01-24-2011, 08:44 PM   #65
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nice xj , very clean
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Unread 01-25-2011, 12:08 PM   #66
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Thanks Guys!
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Unread 01-25-2011, 01:29 PM   #67
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Looks good!
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Unread 01-26-2011, 09:25 PM   #68
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Well less than a month after the lift and everything was installed it was time for the first real test. It was Easter Jeep Safari time! Here is the list of the trails we ran that week...

Seven Mile Rim
Fins & Things
Flat Iron Mesa
Poison Spider Mesa
Hellís Revenge
Tip Toe Behind the Rocks
Potato Salad Hill

Let me just say now that the lift preformed really well. It rides quite nice on road for a lift that tall and flexes great off road. I picked up a set of 33" BF Goodrich All Terrain tires the week before EJS and had them mounted up. The only real issue I had was the lift flexed so much the tires rubbed really bad in places. I had wanted to trim the fenders but I was so busy at the time I just didn't manged to get it done before EJS. Regardless everything pretty much went great and I had a blast. Here are the pics!

Seven Mile Rim








Wipe Out Hill


One night right before EJS I decided to go try Potato Salad Hill for the first time. I was pretty excited when I made it up on the first try with only some tire spinning. Not bad for a Cherokee with open diffs!




Fins and Things




Flat Iron Mesa


Yeah I would say it has decent flex! As Idaho Jeep would say "the visual definition of stuffing a tire" LOL








Tilt A Whirl


Easter Egg Hill




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Unread 01-26-2011, 09:30 PM   #69
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Poison Spider Mesa














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Unread 01-26-2011, 09:39 PM   #70
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Hell's Revenge










Hell's Gate "made it with only a little extra weigh on the right front" LOL






















The Car Wash




Tip Over Challenge


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Unread 01-26-2011, 09:50 PM   #71
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One from Tip Toe Behind The Rocks


The second time that week that I tired Potato Salad Hill was right in the middle of one of the very busy EJS evenings. Someone wanted to stir things up so they covered the whole hill with vegetable oil the night before which dramatically decreased traction. I made it 9/10 of the way up... bounced it to much and snapped a rear U joint. I slipped off to far to one side and from there went careening down backwards and slammed into a Cherokee that was parked way to close to the bottom of the hill. Lucky he had just rolled and couple times that week and didn't care about a few more dents. I smashed up the rear tailgate and left quarter panel some. The damage is still there but I have yet to take pics of it. Here is one pic that someone ended up snapping. I believe that was right before the U Joint Snapped.


Stay tuned for the next trip with the Cherokee which was a 2000 mile journey all over the Southwest!
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Unread 01-26-2011, 11:42 PM   #72
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Good gravy. Great pictures man. I'm counting down the days to get back to Moab. You're lucky you live so close.
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Unread 01-27-2011, 05:57 PM   #73
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Thanks! Yeah I wish spring would get here... I am itchin to do some wheelin soon.
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Unread 02-18-2011, 11:12 PM   #74
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Keep the pics coming. I so want to make it out to Moab someday.
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Unread 03-31-2011, 10:11 PM   #75
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Nice write-up Dax!!

I just stumbled upon this! Keep up the good work and I hope to see ya again soon! Take care of Big Steve when he gets out there for EJS 2011
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