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post #91 of 154 Old 07-05-2016, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Looks real nice!

You might get the spare to fit if you deflate it. I've got a 265/65-18 stuffed in my spare well but it's certainly snug.
Thanks! I'm not sure if I want to deflate it because I don't carry a compressor with me, so I'm thinking about modding the trunk.


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post #92 of 154 Old 07-05-2016, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Got a picture with my flag on from the 4th. Also had a nice looking JK park next to me (still getting used to the steering and parking with the lift lol)
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post #93 of 154 Old 07-07-2016, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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4xGuard Matrix bumper an front skid are here! For the Matrix I'm only installing the mounting platform and adding d-rings, the rest of the accessories are not my taste. Maybe the hoop one day. I'll be installing the stud plates, Matrix, and front skid sometime before Monday.
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post #94 of 154 Old 07-07-2016, 02:58 PM
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Looks good! I really feel the same way, i have been thinking about the Matrix guard as wel, and i would only get the mount too. Don't really like the side bars or anything else. Maybe a custom hoop, but i like the subtlety of just the guard.
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post #95 of 154 Old 07-07-2016, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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Looks good! I really feel the same way, i have been thinking about the Matrix guard as wel, and i would only get the mount too. Don't really like the side bars or anything else. Maybe a custom hoop, but i like the subtlety of just the guard.
I'll be sure to post pics so you can make a decision

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post #96 of 154 Old 07-07-2016, 08:36 PM
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4xGuard Matrix bumper an front skid are here! For the Matrix I'm only installing the mounting platform and adding d-rings, the rest of the accessories are not my taste. Maybe the hoop one day. I'll be installing the stud plates, Matrix, and front skid sometime before Monday.
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The Matrix and Ft. 4xGuard skid work very well. The black powder coated units are very subtle. You'll like the fit & finish once you get them installed!
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post #97 of 154 Old 07-10-2016, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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4xGuard Matrix and skid installed!
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post #98 of 154 Old 07-17-2016, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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So I got a few things done today.
1. Trim, paint, and install the Stillen headlight covers courtesy of @JakeWK Since they were for 05-07 headlights, I had to cut the middle sections off and trim the outer portions for a nice steady decline matching the one already there. I think they turned out pretty well.

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2. Put the spare on the roof. Since it's a 32.5", it wasn't going to fit underneath and definitely wasn't fitting standing up in the trunk without some serious modification that I don't really want to do. So it's on the rack now, secured by 2 ratchet straps each rated for 500lbs, and I don't think it'll be going anywhere. I still need to add a chain and lock so it doesn't get stolen.

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After some quick measurements, it looks like the front has settled to about 23" - 23 1/4" and the rear at 23".

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post #99 of 154 Old 07-23-2016, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Did a few things today. Painted the 4xGuard chrome plate behind the bumper blue and did the Omelet modified door locks for lower profile and arm comfort. All you have to do is unscrew the tabs, drill the hole up another 1/8-1/4" deep, and screw them back on.
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post #100 of 154 Old 07-23-2016, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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I am selling a number of things that at one point had been on my WK. Only things I am shipping will have "+ shipping" at the end, everything else is face to face. Located in Maineville, OH, 45039. OBO = or best offer

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4x Nitto terra grapplers 255/55r18 w/ 15,xxx miles on them, still have a lot of life left: $300 obo

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WK spare w/ repainted face, never used: $50 obo

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WK front fascia for 08-10, on for 75,xxx miles, some nonvisible cracks but still functional: $50 obo

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WK bug guard, on for about 15,xxx miles, one nonvisible crack, still completely functional: $25 obo
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Random rubber Jeep mats SOLD
Smittybilt Tow hooks, used for 5,xxx miles, includes mounting screws: SOLD
F150 OEM tow hooks, no mounting materials included: $10 obo + shipping
WK gas door, oem black, received jeep w/ chrome door installed: SOLD

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OEM double din radio and OEM antenna are for sale and not pictured, ask me about pricing + shipping

2013 Charger R/T stock exhaust is also for sale, if interested PM me and I'll talk to my brother about it.

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post #101 of 154 Old 07-27-2016, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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Got an alignment done today. Told caster cannot be adjusted, but it doesn't affect tire life so it doesn't matter. Everything else went well. They had their "lift specialist" there today, so he knew what he was doing. Bob Sumerel In Blue Ash, Ohio, north of Cincinnati on Kenwood road. I go there for all my wheels, tires, mounting, balancing, alignment, etc., and they have a AAA member discount. Would recommend.

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post #102 of 154 Old 07-27-2016, 07:44 PM
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I finally got my WK lifted! Its a modded OME MD lift with Bilstein 5100s at 0.75", Bilstein 5125s rear, Rusty's 2" poly spacer rear, and JBA UCAs. I measured 23.5" rear and 23.75" front center of hub to fender on day 1. The new tires I got are 265/70r18 General Grabber AT2s, with the spare currently in the trunk. Not 100% sure what to do yet since its 32.6" tall. No spacers and no pinch weld mod, but the PWM is needed in the front.
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kinda new to lifting whats a modded OEM MD lift
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post #103 of 154 Old 07-28-2016, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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kinda new to lifting whats a modded OEM MD lift
OME is the abbreviation for the brand Old Man Emu, a common lift company used for WKs. There is the medium duty (MD) and the heavy duty (HD) lift kits. MD lifts are normally used on 3.7Ls and 4.7Ls (without adding any weight to the 4.7L). If you are adding weight to the 4.7L, or have a 5.7L or CRD (diesel), then the HD kit is the better option. The kits come with 4 coil springs and 4 shocks/struts, and gives about 2-2.5" of lift depending on your weight. A modded OME lift is when parts are replaced with another brand and/or other lift parts are added for greater lift. Common parts changed are the struts/shocks, and common parts added are rear spacers, upper control arms, and adjustable track bars.

For shocks/struts, common options are Bilstein 4600s, 5100s, and 5125s, or coilovers by other companies. When used, Bilstein 5125s are almost always just the rear with the 5100s in the front. Other common configurations are pairing 5100s front with 5100s rear, or 4600s front with 4600s rear. With the increasing number (4600 -> 5125), the shocks/struts increase in length, which gives the shocks/struts more up and down travel. When adding the 5100s to the front, it adds around 1-1.5" of lift with the adjustable ring on the 0.75" setting. There are also 1.5" and 2.0" settings, but no 0.0" setting, which is what the 4600s or OME shocks/struts would be (adding no additional lift).

When adding 5100s, the front tends to be lifted higher than the rear. To compensate for this, 2" spacers can be used with the OME springs to make the lift sit more evenly. Other options are superlift 4" springs instead of the OME, or MOOG f150 shocks instead of bilstein or OME.

With a lift, upper control arms are at risk of failing due to different angles of stress than the stock angles. Aftermarket UCAs are a common upgrade to ensure that the UCAs don't fail from the added stress of the new angles. They do not add any lift, just security.

Another issue with a lift is the stock track bar becomes too short, and pulls the left rear tire out further than the right rear tire. Adjustable track bars are added to extend the track bar length and make the rear tires stick out the same distance on each side. I opted to not get a track bar yet since the difference on my WK is not extreme (about 1").

With my WK being a 3.7L, I got the OME MD springs, and opted for JBA UCAs in the front, Bilstein 5100s at 0.75" in the front, Bilstein 5125s in the rear, and a Rusty's 2" spacer in the rear. After allowing the lift to settle and adding a skid plate and bumper guard to the front, my center of hub to fender measurements are 23" front and rear, making it even and in was is commonly considered a safe zone for lifts without replacing a whole lot of parts. The safe zone means that the added stress is at a level in which most of your stock components are likely not at risk for breaking in the immediate future. The stock components are still at risk for breaking in the long run, though.

I hope this helped and didn't confuse you too much. You can contact Kolak, an awesome vendor on this site, and he can help you decide what is best for your WK.

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post #104 of 154 Old 07-28-2016, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone ever done or seen a front bumper cut on an 08-10 WK? Would prefer to keep the fog lights there, but I think it would look better if the corners had a different profile.

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post #105 of 154 Old 07-28-2016, 01:55 PM
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Thank you for taking the time to explain that to me I have an 05 wk with the 3.7 also I love how yours turned out
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