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post #46 of 217 Old 01-29-2013, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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How are you liking the KM2's so far? I've been debating whether to get those next in the same size you've got, or staying @ 255/75/17 and getting Nitto Trail Grapplers.
I love them. They've been wearing great, look good and preform great off road on any terrain. The trail grapplers are a sexy tire though and very popular.

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post #47 of 217 Old 01-29-2013, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Did the POR15 base coat on the driveshafts today. Top coat tomorrow.

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Final shot of the front axle:

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post #50 of 217 Old 02-03-2013, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Not much going on today. Hangin out with my dog watching the puppy bowl until the big game comes on!

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Any progress on the Grand so far?

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4.7L Powertech V8 l Iron Rock Offroad 3" Suspension Lift l Bilstein 5125 Shocks l Bilstein 5100 Steering Stabilizer l 17x8 Unique Steel Wheels l LT255/75R17 BFGoodrich Mud Terrain KM l Kevins Offroad Transfer Case Skid l Kevins Offroad Roof Rack Tire Carrier l Hella 500 Black Magic

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post #52 of 217 Old 02-10-2013, 12:17 AM
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You've got one impressive WJ there! I am amazed at how clean it is, I really like it! Great combo too, v8 with the 242!

I have to ask as to why you are running such little caster?

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post #53 of 217 Old 02-10-2013, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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I'm going to the shop today to finish the paint on the rear axle, then all I have left before re-assembly is some paint on the under body.
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post #54 of 217 Old 02-10-2013, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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You've got one impressive WJ there! I am amazed at how clean it is, I really like it! Great combo too, v8 with the 242!

I have to ask as to why you are running such little caster?
Thank you so much!

After lifting the Jeep, I was having problems with steering shimmy. I went over absolutely everything in the front end, pretty much replaced everything and came to the conclusion my caster needed to be adjusted. At that time I was running a Rough Country lift with fixed LCA's. I got rid of all the Rough Country stuff and converted to Iron Rock. Took the Jeep to the shop after I installed all adjustable control arms and had them adjust the caster. Turns out the shop I went to doesn't see too many modified Jeeps and didn't really know what they were doing. They said 3.8 degrees was the best they could get with the drive line angles. Didn't make much sense to me, but helped immensely with steering shimmy and bump steer. I still think it's too low though and they were too lazy to keep adjusting until I had the right angles and as much caster as I could have.

Needless to say after everything gets put back together, I will be bringing it to a known 4WD shop here in Jersey to get it's alignment.
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post #55 of 217 Old 02-10-2013, 06:39 PM
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You're welcome man!

For comparison I was at about ~3 inches of lift and had about 4.2* caster with stock control arms and it had some shimmy on a certain bump and some weird shimmy just because at 55mph on occasion. I increased caster to 6.7* with IRO LCA's and that made driving around town and return to center a lot nicer, along with a better tracking on the the highway. I am running ~6.7* caster now and ~3 in of lift and don't really have any vibes from the front shaft. I do still have some shimmy on the highway but that is probably because of my tires... that is another story though. But, that is so odd that 3.8* was the best that they could do, you should be able to get more caster out of it.

I wonder what caster you were at before the IRO arms, that would interesting to know. I find it impressive that you are able to run that little caster without any issues. Maybe those RC arms just had you at a ridiculously low amount of caster.

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post #56 of 217 Old 02-10-2013, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Having the caster set this low definitely makes it hard to keep the Jeep straight, especially at highway speeds. I'm hoping they can set the caster as close to stock as possible with no shimmy! We'll see.....
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post #57 of 217 Old 02-10-2013, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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Did some more paint work on the rear axle today.

New shock mounts welded on after the Rough Country relocation brackets snapped my stock ones:



Axle Prepped for POR15:



Shock brackets and diff cover painted:





Tomorrow I just need to install the cover and I'm good to go. Really waiting on the weather to break so I can finish my under body paint. After that, everything will be put back together!
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Rear axle is finished and ready to go in!

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post #59 of 217 Old 02-12-2013, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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The goodies waiting patiently to jump in the Jeep:

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post #60 of 217 Old 02-14-2013, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Now I'm just waiting for the weather to break so I can get the under body sprayed up. Axles are ready to go in:

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