So Saturday was a win/lose. We didnt finish, but we did learn alot! and now im thinking that the x series lift with 2 people that have never done it before drop brackets, and brakes and driveline change. We got done what we could in the 7 hours the shop was open. With a pizza break. So first i want to say, Rough country should have included new hardware for the leaf springs imho. Also the self taping hardware for the drop brackets seems.... solid, but not as solid as i would have liked. make sure you use the right size drill bit because you only get one shot at it. and use cutting oil or that drill bit is going to heat up FAST, and those metal shavings are hot as hell. so wear eye and hand protection.
So what did we get accomplished?
we got the front drivers side done. Spring,shock,control arms, and drop bracket. Passanger side uca bolt is rounded off. so im going to end up cutting that one Tuesday when the shop opens again and i can get to my jeep. Ill have to figure out a solid replacement piece of hardware.
And we got the rear passenger side Leaf spring in. With the help of my wife and her epic precision skills. :x
After that the shop let us know it was time to clean up.
Another issue people might run into with this kit, The factory leaf spring retaining plates have a hole in the middle for the centering pin on the springs. The rough country ones were a little to big to fit into it. So i tried using a drill press to open the whole a little. But those plates are tough, and the 80 year old drill press didnt have enough power to get through it. So we just used an impact wrench to tighten the ubolts down and that forced the centering pin nut through the center plate. No worries it seems plenty strong and doesnt seem to have affected the plate.
Also it seems it would have been much easier to hook up the front part of the leaf spring first, then shackle. but someone reccomended to me to do shackle first. Ill try it the other way on the drivers side.
Also the rough country control arms and drop brackets seem perfectly designed for eachother, It looks great and the positioning is wonderful on the front end.
However the bushings in the joint you put together yourself do seem a little.... Cheap. if you will.
anyway, enough of me rambling. Time for pictures!!!!!!
picture is a little dark, but you can see the new spring without a load on it is massive. Depending on how much it compresses i may get alot more lift than i thought i would
But, it looks awesome, the shocks seems decent, i dont think they will be a limiting factor for flex. They are at full extension in the picture.
Got my retreads mounted on the icons since i knew i wasnt driving it home that day. Couldn't be happier with the look.
looks how bad the back end sagged with all my lift kit and stuff in the back and 4 tires on top
Now ill go get pictures of everyone involved in helping me ruin my jeep yesterday.