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post #1 of 51 Old 02-15-2017, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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I finally got around to getting the 5.7 lowered.
After I put in the Addco front and rear sway bars, I couldn't wait to get the rest of the suspension up to snuff.
I started with the rear because it's ridiculously easy to do.

Just put the Jeep on jack stands at the frame rail.
Unbolt the sway bar end links.
Remove the tires.
Unbolt the shocks.
Unbolt the brake line brackets.
Jack up the opposite side of the axle you are working on,
And the springs pop right out.
The new springs go right in with little effort.
The drivers side required a pry bar because the fuel tank limits droop but it was minimal effort to complete.

I decided to plasti dip the Bilsteins because they are baby blue and yellow and the H&R springs are a sort of blue/purple.

I didn't want to look like a Thomas Kinkade painting so black they went.

Installation of the rear is the opposite of removal.

If I didn't paint the shocks the whole thing would have taken about an hour.

I may have to trim maybe an inch from the bump stops but I'm going to drive it for a bit and see if I bottom out or not.

I'll get around to the front tomorrow.

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post #2 of 51 Old 02-16-2017, 06:11 AM
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You Rebel, you... Everyone's lifting and you're lowering LOL

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post #3 of 51 Old 02-16-2017, 07:30 AM Thread Starter
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I use ZJs for off roading. Much simpler/cheaper to work on.
This 5.7 is my street beast. Adding headers and cam eventually. It's already FlyinRyanPerformance tuned with a HPtuner.
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post #4 of 51 Old 02-16-2017, 10:27 AM
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You Rebel, you... Everyone's lifting and you're lowering LOL
I'll be joining his rebellion, I'm dropping mine this spring too.
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post #5 of 51 Old 02-16-2017, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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Come on over to the dark side! It's nice an warm!
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post #6 of 51 Old 02-16-2017, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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I'll probably be installing these wheels when spring rolls around. Slightly larger without compromising ride quality like a 20" would and also very light weight comparatively.
Tire rack is about 40 minutes away from me as well.
Have not decided on tires yet.
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post #7 of 51 Old 02-16-2017, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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Started about 10 am this morning and got 1 and 1/2 complete for the front.
However easy the rear was the front sure makes up for it.
Definitely a learning curve as well.
I didn't remove the calipers
I also didn't remove the big bolt that holds the shock bracket.
I tried with a 4 foot breaker bar but it kept coming off and started to deform the bolt.
I basically let the a arm down and hammered it up and out.
Passenger side worked out but the drivers side is more stubborn.
To get the shock in on the passenger side, I bolted it up to the top and placed the bottom in the holder then used a jack under the bottom control arm while tapping the shock holder.
That popped right in.
I'll have another go at it tomorrow.
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post #8 of 51 Old 02-17-2017, 09:19 AM
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Nice! So what made you go with the H&R's over Eibachs? I had a hard time making a decision and decided on the Eibachs because there was more info on them. I found like 2 people who did the H&R's and they loved em. If I wasn't towing a boat I would have don't with the SRT8 eibachs.

Also congrats on getting the front suspension out! I knocked out all three corners myself but couldn't get that f***in fork bolt out on the driver side. I gave up and paid someone to do it.

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post #9 of 51 Old 02-17-2017, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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I read up on the Eibachs but there seemed to be a possible bouncy /bottoming out situation with some of the reviews and that kind of turned me off from them.
I was also looking into the srt8 springs and Road Magnet.
One of the reasons why I went with H&R was because Tire Rack sells them and the warehouse is down the road from me so I just went down there and picked them up.
I have not come across any poor reviews with the H&R even though there is little information on them.
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post #10 of 51 Old 02-17-2017, 12:21 PM
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FYI I never use a puller on the UCA ball joint. Just loosen the nut, let the weight of the wheel and tire and lca put tension on it and hit the flat spot with a hammer. Usually a couple of solid whacks and it drops.

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post #11 of 51 Old 02-17-2017, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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I'd imagine that flat spot is there for that reason. To break the tapered bolt free.
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post #12 of 51 Old 02-17-2017, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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My ball joints were trashed. I replaced the whole arm.
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post #13 of 51 Old 02-17-2017, 12:45 PM
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Nice! So what made you go with the H&R's over Eibachs? I had a hard time making a decision and decided on the Eibachs because there was more info on them. I found like 2 people who did the H&R's and they loved em. If I wasn't towing a boat I would have don't with the SRT8 eibachs.

Also congrats on getting the front suspension out! I knocked out all three corners myself but couldn't get that f***in fork bolt out on the driver side. I gave up and paid someone to do it.
Clevis bolt gives almost everyone trouble. A lot of guys cut em out. Usually heat and a sledge works.

I got lucky and both of mine came out.

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post #14 of 51 Old 02-17-2017, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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I pried them open from the back a little and soaked it with pb blaster. I can't find my mini sledge so I'm using a large pry bar forcing upward while I beat it up with a hammer.
It really sucks but it's working.
I'll be able to swing a viking hammer quite well after this workout.

I thought about cutting it out but that would be a terrible mess haha!
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post #15 of 51 Old 02-17-2017, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Action shots. Almost out.
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