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Unread 05-03-2013, 10:07 AM   #421
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Thanks for the reply's, I will extend the rear links (cut and weld in new center section) tomorrow. I called RC on the shock relocator brackets and was told that the purpose to move the shock inboard at the bottom is to prevent the upper tube (shock upside down) from contacting the body during flex. I will scope this out tonite to see.

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Unread 05-03-2013, 10:23 AM   #422
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If you run spacers or aftermarket wheels, no need to space the shocks. Mine clear fine with 4.25 BS
Pretty sure with stock wheel BS you'll rub the lower arms at lock also.
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Unread 05-03-2013, 04:23 PM   #423
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If you run spacers or aftermarket wheels, no need to space the shocks. Mine clear fine with 4.25 BS
Pretty sure with stock wheel BS you'll rub the lower arms at lock also.
thats what i have been told over and over, but the only things i had rubbed on was the splash shield in the front at full lock (only at 3", not at 4"), fixed with zip ties for now, and on the rear splash shield and bumper when flexing, well also on the shock tube slightly when it was mounted in between the mount tabs, mounted on the outside like the rc brackets theres no problem, course thats all on the stock arms for now, the long arm kit should be here soon, then ill be rubbing like crazy, least til i get the grinder out!
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Unread 05-05-2013, 12:54 AM   #424
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Gunnison any updates on you bumper install? looks pretty good.
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Unread 05-05-2013, 09:05 PM   #425
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Wrapped up the lift install and then tackled the bumper on Saturday. Bumper install is kinda a PITA, I have installed lots of aftermarket bumpers and this one takes a little patience to get done. Part of the jeeps front inner clip has to be cut and trimmed to clear the bumper. i ended up doing this twice as the instructions didn't have me cut enough to clear it the first time. The bumper is two pieces so the lower skid section is installed first, then the bumper. It requires patience, I ended up using a magnet to fish the bolts into place. I still don't think I trimmed enough as I am having difficulty perfecting the body fitment but its such a PITA I don't want to take it apart agin to try to get it tighter. I need to shoot the paint this week (same color as jeep) then install the winch and lights.

Test drive with the new RCLA says I need to dial the pinion in to get rid of the drive line vibration and get a heavier rear sway bar to control body roll. I will fine tune things this week and report back.
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Unread 05-06-2013, 11:39 AM   #426
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Well I should have my IRO stuff tomorrow. Talk about a customer service nightmare, absolutly nice enough but they dont know what direction they are going in. I wont order anyting from them again. I'm hoping the product is as good as everyone says, it will have to be to be worth it. But at least I didnt have to wait 6 weeks...
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Unread 05-06-2013, 12:36 PM   #427
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When I ordered my RCLA up-grade kit from the Jeep Hut, the price was $950 delivered. It arrived in 3 days via Fed Exp from Alabama to Colorado!

Then I waited about 2 weeks for the Clayton springs, JKS & Crown isolators.

The bumper was 6 weeks.
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Unread 05-06-2013, 03:46 PM   #428
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Gunnison, did you have to trim the ends of the bumper at all to get it to match up better?
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Unread 05-06-2013, 04:17 PM   #429
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It sticks out too far.
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Unread 05-07-2013, 09:24 AM   #430
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The first photo, at the angle it was taken makes it look like it sticks out too far but from this angle it is maybe 1/4" or less which I would have preferred to be flush. The fitment issue that bugs me more is the gap between the bumper and fender. I will spend a little time under neath it tonight to see if i can determine the interference areas to see if the gap can be tightened before painting.
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Unread 05-07-2013, 10:38 AM   #431
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^^ you really don't want to tighten the fender gap all the way. You want at least 1/4" to allow for flex/movement. Just level her out and you should be good to go.
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Unread 05-07-2013, 05:30 PM   #432
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was excited to see a pile of rough country boxes in front of the garage when i got home today, only problem was that one of the boxes was left at the buffalo ups center for some odd reason, wont be here til late tomorrow, so i guess i can start putting the fronts and rear lowers together and get the mounts on, ill have to set some kind of record, because i only have the next two days off and then work 7 straight after, so what are the do's and don'ts that havent been said in this thread
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Does the RC LA kit come with an a-arn that is bolted to the stok location?
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Unread 05-08-2013, 12:11 AM   #434
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Does the RC LA kit come with an a-arn that is bolted to the stok location?
Yes and no;

It is an a-arm, but has a different bracket on the rearend and a flex joint there the same as the lower arms.
Rear mount point is raised about an inch over stock.
Front mounts are same style as stock.
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My IRO stuff is here and I have to say that I am impressed at how stout it is. I know its not twice the size as the RC stuff but it looks it. All of this stuff is heavy duty for sure.

Those of you that have the adjustable lowers (front and rear) what are you setting them to length wise? Seems I read 17" fronts if that right and what about rears??? I think clearly setting them to the same as the stock ones would nullify having adjustables ~shrug~... BTW 3" springs with all new Crown upper and lower buckets that I got elsewhere.
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