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Unread 03-01-2011, 04:26 PM   #91
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I ordered all my parts today for the 2" lift based upon this thread. Will take before and after pics. I can't wait to get everything in and get it put together! Also going to get a new set of tires. Currently running 17". Will post pics of everything!

Thanks for a great thread.

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Unread 03-06-2011, 09:07 PM   #92
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Update:

Today I did a little work on the front suspension. I had noticed a creak/groan on bumps with large amounts of travel -- wasn't sure it was the sway bar but it sounded like typical sway bar groan which I have experienced before.

So I set out today with a bag of the American Muscle lug nuts (oo!), a $25 pair of 3/4" poly spring spacers from ebay user "dahrkstorm" and a set of JKS Quicker Disconnects. I also equipped myself with my favorite tub o' grease and a grease gun for the QDs.

American Muscle lugs are pretty self explanatory. They are 13/16" where the OEM nuts are 18mm with a chrome cap making them a 19mm. So, the stock lug wrench won't work. I picked up a collapse-able 4-way from Harbor Freight whick I tucked under the rear seat with the original lug wrench. The American Muscle lugs are well made. I found no defects in the thread or chrome finish. The tapered area in contact with the wheel is slightly smaller than the OEM nuts, if you care. Shouldn't be an issue.

The 3/4" spring spacers were to level things out. With the spacers installed, I now have the following hub-fender measurements:

Front: 20-7/8" Rear: 21-1/8" - so the rear is only slightly higher than the front now and the overall stance looks just right.

The JKS Quicker Disconnects were not planned, but last time I went to the trail I had trouble getting to the bottom bolt on the passenger side sway bar end link due to the position of the drag link and tie rod. So, I picked them up with a 10% off coupon from Fat Bob's.

The tub o' grease was for something entirely different. With the stock end links out, the front sway bar would barely move under human power. Unacceptable. It's a piece of suspension. It is supposed to move. So, I decided to grease it! I dropped it one side at a time and greased it up. The OE skid plate is in the way of the sway bar bushings and the bumper is in the way of the skid plate so I just reached around and slowly dropped it with a ratchet. Cleaned and greased up the bushings and now the sway bar moves freely.

The combination of the proper-length end links (with spherical bearings instead of fixed rubber bushings) and a now-movable sway bar made the ride quality downright sumptuous. It's hard to describe because I wasn't unhappy with the ride before, but now it is just so much better. Anyway, a FREE "mod" I recommend to anyone who is in there is to grease up the sway bar bushings so that it rotates freely.

Loving the WJ....

Richard
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Unread 03-07-2011, 07:22 PM   #93
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A couple pics of the new stance with 2" BDS springs, 3/4" front spring spacers, Bilstein 5100 shocks, new spring isolators, and JKS Quicker Disconnects.







Hard to get good pics right now because it is still getting dark when I get home, but these are decent. Also, I haven't washed the WJ in a month!
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Unread 03-14-2011, 09:32 AM   #94
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Just did my IRO 3" kit and wanted to shoot a thank you this way, b/c of this thread i went ahead and ordered new lower spring insulators, and thank goodness i did b/c they were in terrible shape when i got the jeep apart! thanks for the informative thread.
The fronts weren't too bad, but the pic below is of the rear, the new one on the left and the old worn one on the right!
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Unread 03-14-2011, 09:33 AM   #95
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geezz sorry i didn't mean for the picture to be so massive!
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Unread 03-25-2011, 08:36 AM   #96
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I ordered all of my parts for my lift. Waiting for a day when I can do everything. I ordered 2.5 inch OMU lift springs, 5100 Bilstein Shocks and lower spring isolators from KOLAK. (Thanks for your help and superior service in helping me select the very best setup for my WJ). I will post pictures when I can snap some. I will be going with 255/70/16 General Grabber AT2 tires. I can't wait for all this to be done.
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Unread 04-10-2011, 08:14 PM   #97
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I ordered all of my parts for my lift. Waiting for a day when I can do everything. I ordered 2.5 inch OMU lift springs, 5100 Bilstein Shocks and lower spring isolators from KOLAK. (Thanks for your help and superior service in helping me select the very best setup for my WJ). I will post pictures when I can snap some. I will be going with 255/70/16 General Grabber AT2 tires. I can't wait for all this to be done.
Im interested to see how your turns out. I just received my 2.5" OME springs. Post pictures if you can. Thanks and hope it goes well.
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Unread 04-11-2011, 07:29 AM   #98
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Nice rig. Were did you get the sway links?
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Unread 04-11-2011, 03:13 PM   #99
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Thanks!

Fronts - got em from Fatbob's Garage with a 10% discount code, cheapest I could find.
Rears - having a buddy make them when he has time. Just cutting/sleeving/welding stock links. One of these days when we get done working 50 hr weeks we'll get around to it. In the meantime, no big deal running without a rear sway bar.
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Unread 04-11-2011, 08:39 PM   #100
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I like it. I need some for my zj I know I get a longer set from rustys but are these better?
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Unread 04-11-2011, 08:43 PM   #101
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They pop on and off in about 20 seconds and are adjustable and greaseable. They are pretty quiet but not entirely silent. I think with some fine tuning of the end link lengths I can add a little preload and eliminate the occasional clunk they give me.
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Unread 04-12-2011, 06:14 AM   #102
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Nice. May get a set for myself
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Unread 05-09-2011, 06:41 PM   #103
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So I found this after going through the rockauto website: http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/raframecatalog.php , you got all eight parts listed here? Thanks. Installing the lift within the month.

I went in, clicked Jeep, grand cherokee, I6, suspension, coil spring isulators. 8 came up. 2 front uppers, 2 front lowers, 2 rear uppers, and 2 rear uppers. Is all eight necessary? Thanks.
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Unread 05-09-2011, 06:46 PM   #104
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I got all 8 of them from RockAuto, yes. I felt that all 8 were necessary as all 8 showed significant distortion. The least affected were the rear uppers, but all needed to be replaced on my vehicle.
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Unread 05-09-2011, 07:35 PM   #105
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I got all 8 of them from RockAuto, yes. I felt that all 8 were necessary as all 8 showed significant distortion. The least affected were the rear uppers, but all needed to be replaced on my vehicle.
Thanks, thats what I wanted to know.
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