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Unread 07-26-2011, 01:11 PM   #16
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Heck yeah quality build with quality parts. I wish I had 5gs to drop on my jeep now.

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Unread 07-26-2011, 01:40 PM   #17
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Jeep looks great man! Can't wait to see the rest of the build up!
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Unread 07-27-2011, 08:23 AM   #18
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Nice LJ man, and good luck with the lift install
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Jeep looks great man! Can't wait to see the rest of the build up!
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Heck yeah quality build with quality parts. I wish I had 5gs to drop on my jeep now.
Thank you for the compliments. This build did end costing a little more than I had originally planned. Luckily, I had been saving for it since I bought the Jeep 5 years ago. I always new I would get 1 chance at doing it right, so that is what I did. The only thing I may decide to do one day would be to outboard the rear shocks.
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Unread 07-27-2011, 08:47 AM   #19
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On with the story:

So while the front end was getting sorted out, I went to work on the rear. Got the springs and shocks out first and I believe we removed the stock track bar.



Then we went to work on the control arms. I set the lengths as best I could. I think we had them at 16", but that seems a bit long when looking at the exposed thread on the arms. Currie recommends only having 3/4" on thread showing and I think mine are showing about 7/8". The shop is checking them with the tires on to make sure the 255s stuff without rubbing.





Luckily I had a lot of help over the course of 2 days. All together, 7 people have their hand in this. 2 of us worked the entire time, 1 worked all but about 4 hours, and the others came and went when they had time. My brother ended up finishing all the electrical in the garage and that gave us air conditioning and lights. It was 100 degrees plus humidity so the garage door stayed down all day Sunday and we stayed much cooler.

Next thing we new it was 10 at night and we decided to wrap things up. The rear trackbar bracket from Currie was the last thing we wanted to get on. My brother and I fought with it for about an hour before giving up on the last bolt. I have no idea who designed it, but at least one of the bolts is too long to fit around the others. We cut off the end of it to make it fit. The others were a pain also and it took 2 of us to get it all bolted together. My fingers are pretty skinny so I reached in with washers and nuts while my brother pushed in the bolts. It was a pain and we quit for the night with only the bolt that goes straight down to go.

While I was doing that, the front end was finished. I was amazed. Turn your head for a few hours and all of the sudden the springs, shocks, track bar, and steering are installed.

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Unread 07-27-2011, 09:36 AM   #20
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So now it is Sunday morning and we are thinking only a few hours to go. Unfortunately, a few hours turned in to 10.

Things started off reasonably well. The control arms were in from the night before so we started off by finishing the rear track bar bracket. The one bolt that was left was the one that we had cut and we were having a real problem with getting it to thread on to the nut correctly. This was taken care off with a quick clean up of the threads right at the cut line. 5 minutes later, the bolt that we fought with for 45 minutes on Saturday night was snugged down tight.

The rear bumpstops were next and at that point we remembered there was more drilling to be done. Since I had broken the bolt off in the front, I let my buddy drill the back. It went much quicker without having to drill through the steel pad the front end of the Rubicons have. Of course then we came across another problem. When doing the front, we noticed that the bolts supplied with the top bumpstop wouldn't thread in to the stock hole. Upon a closer inspection of the bolts, they were definitely a different thread. On the front end, we just reused the stock bolts and moved on. The rear bolts weren't long enough though so now we have a problem. A trip to the hardware store was made and we picked up bolts of the new length with the old thread size. I am assuming that this must just be a 2006 thing, but I find it a bit surprising that Currie wouldn't know about it.

With the bumpstops now ready for install, we bolted up the shocks to check for length at compression. That is when we came across another problem. The Rancho shocks appear to be too short for the lift. These pictures were actually taken later (with the springs in and no weight on the axle), but you can see the fully extended shock compared to the mount.





Full bump left plenty of exposed shaft, so we pressed on. Out of the box came 2 brand new Savvy 3" springs. Put them next to each other and again we started scratching our heads. No where that I know of are these springs designated left or right, but they are definitely different lengths. It is about a 1/4" difference. I forgot to mention this to Gerald so maybe he has some insight.





At this point, we were getting well behind on our time frame so we pressed on. Springs went in, axle was jacked up a bit, and the shocks were connected. Tires went back on so we could drop the Jeep on to its on weight and set the track bar lengths. Somehow, both ends ended up perfectly centered, so we adjusted the track bars to fit and bolted them up. At this point, it was time to torque everything down, and this is where the next snag came.

The stock passenger side track bar bolt is reused with the Currie bar provided in this kit. The directions indicate that this is a torx bolt, but that a stronger hex head bolt is available through Jeep. Mine had a hex bolt already, so we happily moved on thinking my Jeep came with the upgraded bolt. Started torquing to the recommended value and snap went the bolt :? Oh and when it snapped, the axle shifted about 3/4". This was a problem. The nut on this particular bolt is one of the nuts with the tab sticking off it to keep it from turning while you tighten it. Well the back half of the bolt was now locked in the nut. Nothing we could do freed it up so one friend made another hardware run, while the other 2 of us continued around the Jeep torquing all the bolts.

When my buddy returned, we went to work on the new track bar bolt. Of course now we had to figure out how to get the Jeep back centered over the axle. Jumping on the bumper didn't shift it at all, but one of my friends had a different idea. He remembered reading at some point that turning the steering wheel would help. Since the weight was on the wheels at that point, we tried it and sure enough, it shifted the axle right over to where the bolt lined up. Took 30 seconds and the bolt was through. Unfortunately, we were using a normal nut on the back and had a really hard time tightening it down. We did our best, knowing that it was going to a dealer to get tires installed and an alignment so this was very temporary. With that bolt installed, the lift was complete.



Time for a test drive. I hopped in the Jeep and 5 ft in to the test drive, I stopped and put her in to 4 wheel drive. As you can see, the driveway is a bit muddy.




Well the mud wasn't the only reason for 4 wheel drive. The garage I was using all weekend is actually behind my sister's house. Construction of this little project started in October and things are finally coming to a close. That is why my brother was working on the electrical. Well the weekend before this, I was helping my brother in law dig a trench. This was because the city decided to tell them after building the garage that the new building was too close to the electric line to the house. They were told to move the garage or get the line buried. Line buried it is so the trench was dug. 27" deep and the mud was all over the driveway after the storms hit that weekend. Of course it was actually the trench across the driveway that was my concern.




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Unread 07-27-2011, 09:44 AM   #21
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Now thats my kind of driveway
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Unread 07-27-2011, 09:44 AM   #22
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I actually hadn't even noticed the "Jeep Parking" sign in the garage until now, but it was appropriate given the work we did this weekend. That sign is actually for my brother in law's Jeep. This was his Christmas present from my sister last year. 2011 with all the goodies.

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Unread 07-30-2011, 02:24 PM   #23
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A quick update. Tires are on!!! 255/85R16 Toyo MT

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Unread 07-31-2011, 10:03 PM   #24
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Well I got to drive it a little bit yesterday and today. All told I think I have about 50 miles on it since picking it up from the shop yesterday afternoon. I am extremely happy with how it turned out. There is so much less side to side sway, that it's hard to believe. I would love to see what it would be like with a full out board on the rear shocks. Maybe one day. For now, the Jeep tracks true down the road. I have had it to about 70 mph and it is completely vibe free, either from the drivetrain or the steering. In fact, the steering is incredible. I don't currently have a steering stabilizer installed, and the steering is much better than stock. The Currie parts work wonders!!! Now I just need to play with the tire pressure a bit. I am sure the shop over inflated at least a little bit.

Some more pictures:

Slightly different angle than the picture above


The other Jeep is on 35s. I like my 33s
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Unread 08-01-2011, 01:46 PM   #25
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looks great! now to get the rest of your build list done. plan a weekend and you can either come up or ill come back down again.

the 33's look nice with the current set up.
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Unread 08-01-2011, 06:41 PM   #26
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Thanks buddy. I can't believe you're willing to subject yourself to another weekend of this. At least we have a guest bed for you to sleep on next time you come down instead of the air mattress.

As for the rest of the parts, the SpeedoHealer should get installed Friday. I'm currently off by about 9% says the GPS. I may take a look at the Novak also. Need to talk to Kevin about helping me out with the brakes and I should still shorten the AntiRock links a bit. The UnderArmor will definitely be something I'd like your help with. We'll try to get something planned.

You going to make it to Oak Ridge? Deadline is August 15 and I am going to register one of these days. I'm still hoping my brother will be able to come.
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Unread 08-02-2011, 05:58 AM   #27
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Thanks buddy. I can't believe you're willing to subject yourself to another weekend of this. At least we have a guest bed for you to sleep on next time you come down instead of the air mattress.

As for the rest of the parts, the SpeedoHealer should get installed Friday. I'm currently off by about 9% says the GPS. I may take a look at the Novak also. Need to talk to Kevin about helping me out with the brakes and I should still shorten the AntiRock links a bit. The UnderArmor will definitely be something I'd like your help with. We'll try to get something planned.

You going to make it to Oak Ridge? Deadline is August 15 and I am going to register one of these days. I'm still hoping my brother will be able to come.
yes i am willing to subject myself to another few hours of this. i figure next time we might actually be able to get to the beach for a little bit. work hard on sat and beach on sunday.

how hard is the spedohealer to install? personally i would wait to shorten the AntiRock. the body lift will give the links more room to flex upwards.

yes oak ridge is on my list. ill have to see if anyone from my club is going.

what's going on with the rear shocks? do you have any more measurements as to how much lift you actually gained?
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do you have a link for the Oak Ridge trip?
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Unread 08-13-2011, 08:30 AM   #29
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Yesterday I got the Savvy BL and MML installed. Total time was about 5 hours and that included yet another run to the hardware store. The through bolt on the motor mounts are 18mm and both of my socket sets stop at 17mm. Figures I am really happy with how this is turning out. The stance is great as is, but I can't wait to get the Spidertrax on next weekend and hopefully the UnderArmor on the following. The Virginia 4Wheel Drive Annual Trail Run is Labor Day weekend so I am getting in to a time crunch now.

Before the BL:


After the BL:


It occurred to me that I really haven't updated pictures in while. Here are a few of different components.

The Currie JJ Front Upper Housing:


Driver's side:


Passenger Side:


Passenger Side Tire Coverage with 255s, Rubicon flares, and Moab rims without spacers:


Driver's Side:
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Unread 08-13-2011, 06:12 PM   #30
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great build, cant wait to see the under armor go on.
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