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Unread 03-23-2013, 09:48 PM   #391
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Didn't mean to start anything, especially in this build thread. I should of researched their trackbars more before commenting. I was speaking on behalf of multiple rusty's trackbar meme's I have come across. In most cases it wasnt the bar itself people had issues with, it was the end tre's/heim joints. Yours is simply a solid bar with adjustable ends. Back to your thread, Il fade into the shadows. My apologies.

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Unread 03-23-2013, 10:05 PM   #392
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^^^ No offense taken.

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Unread 03-23-2013, 10:12 PM   #393
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A little different than what they use on ours:




This thing is SOLID!
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Unread 03-25-2013, 05:03 PM   #394
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A little different than what they use on ours:




This thing is SOLID!
Yes - that does look beefy.
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Unread 03-25-2013, 07:01 PM   #395
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Okay - got to the strut spacers today and took lots of camera pics along the way so I'll commence with a write-up:

First things first (ignore the Dremel) get everything outta the way under the hood so you can get to the upper strut bolts:





Next - get the front end on some jack stands and the wheels off:



Disco the lower sway link bolt, spindle nut, and I made the "x-tra effort" mistake of pulling the brake caliper on the driver side (this is not needed):



Once I got all that disco'd I came to the eralization that the clevis bolt had to come out in order for the strut tower to drop far enough to fit the spacer plate in. I also realized I didn't have a 24mm impact socket. So - I made a quick run down the street to a tool store and bought this:



In order to get this :



Once the clevis bolt is out the strut cartridge will drop enough to slide the spacer plate over the upper strut bolts:



If you have a helper this part is where they come in handy, otherwise use one hand to raise the cartridge up to the bolt holes and with the other hand finger tighten a couple nuts on top in order to hold the tower while you bolt the strut fork with the clevis bolt:



Put the clevis bolt in and anti-seize the threads after you put it through the bushing:



Driver side put back together:



Finish torqueing the upper strut bolts:






Next - I had some domesticating to take care of.
4+ lb SmartChicken
olive oil
season salt
fresh ground pepper
bake in a 350* oven ~ 2hrs :



^^^ Delicious by the way




Okay - back to the passenger side. Everything is the same as the driver with a couple exceptions. The breather line just pops off the bolt with a flathead screwdriver:



Disco everything to drop the strut down:



Put the spacer in and reassemble everything:



Retorque the strut tower bolts:



Put everything back together under the hood:



Wheels back on. Take it for a spin to see how it drives and sounds:






*Couple things to mention. I always disco my battery before I start jacking with the electrical stuff to get to the driver side strut bolts.

Also - remember to support the lower a-arm with a jack before you start disco'ing everything:



PB Blaster and air tools are your best friend when it comes to the clevis bolt. I don't have a wire wheel bench grinder to clean the bolts so what I did was run the nut back and forth on the clevis bolt to "clean" it:




When separating the spindle from the upper UCA apply gentle upward pry on the UCA with a breaker bar, big flathead, whatever, while whacking the flat spot at the top of the spindle with a hammer:



Don't forget to pop the breather line back on the bolt before putting the coolant reservoir back:



I drove around the block and everything felt and sounded a-ok. This is the finished look of a modified OME HD with 1/2" spacers and new isolators in the rear I installed the other day and the Rusty's 1/4" spacers up front that I put in today:





Oh - and this is why a Rusty's adjustable rear trackbar is in the near future for the red Jeep:




Rear axle has a pretty significant shift to the driver side after this latest modification. Other thing I think I'll pony up for is an alignment.

As always I hope this helps a fellow WK Jeeper out there and until next time.................
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Unread 03-27-2013, 08:31 PM   #396
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Finally got around to swapping the spare for a matching tire.


Goodyear Wrangler Authority
C load range
265/70/17

I'm tellin ya - this tire is legit.




The Nitto Terra Grappler I had was okay but in the end it was used, cupped pretty bad, needed alotta weight to balance, and an E load 10 ply tire.

If I need to swap one this summer in the mountains, then I may as well have matching meats for the drive home.
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Unread 03-30-2013, 03:24 PM   #397
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Where did you get your 1/2" spacers for the rear?
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Unread 03-30-2013, 08:12 PM   #398
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Where did you get your 1/2" spacers for the rear?
Got 'em from another member on here. A very nice white XK he has btw. ;-)
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Unread 03-30-2013, 10:21 PM   #399
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Got 'em from another member on here. A very nice white XK he has btw. ;-)
Haha thanks
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Unread 04-14-2013, 11:05 PM   #400
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****************This post will be very photo heavy as it will chronicle the red Jeep's latest adventures.*******************

Over the weekend the WK served as a helper in moving a swingset:



Then it got a workout on Sunday. I hadn't wheeled the WK in almost a year when it went to Colorado. Ever since then it was work on and wheel my other Jeep - the blue Jeep. I was originally planning on putting the XJ on a dolly and heading to the trails - but the dolly I'd borrowed had to make an emergency return to owner. So - the WK got bumped up to trail rig status.

It was good to get it out on the trails again and put it to the test.

The pics are from today's trip to KS Rocks:



My bro went with and we wheeled with the white TJ:








Always a fun day wheelin with them and his winch came in handy a good handful of times today 'cause it was sloppy out there.



















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Unread 04-14-2013, 11:07 PM   #401
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A nice slow dip in the water and accelerate out:




Then some poser shots with all four contacting:






And a bit more with the driver rear off the ground:






And some more play just before lunch:





Eat some sammiches then back to the trails:






More white TJ (the Billy Goat):








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Unread 04-14-2013, 11:07 PM   #402
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Then the WK's turn:


















Makin it look easy:





Pay attention the line:




Back home in clean out:







.....and the line again -



My cousin has some shots of a nice waterhole to climb out off and some others. I'll post 'em sometime.
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Unread 04-15-2013, 08:07 AM   #403
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nice pics man, looks like you guys had a blast
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Unread 04-15-2013, 08:25 AM   #404
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Great pictures as always and Im glad to see the WK doing work. Glad you had a good time.
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Unread 04-15-2013, 08:45 PM   #405
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Finished product with new meats.
Goodyear Wrangler Authority 265/70/R17's:

Believe it or not the KK used to be taller:



I took before and after measurements at front hub straight vertical to fender well, rear hub verticle to fender well, ground to side rail vertical at the B post:

F: 18.5 inches - 22.25 inches
R: 20.25 inches - 22.25 inches
B post: 13.0 inches - 17.25 inches

I gained a good 3.25 " of lift from ground at the B post. I would guess the springs will "settle" some but that is where it stands now. The GY Authorities are awesome tires, by the way, for anybody looking for a good, aggressive yet affordable tire. Not too much road noise (nothing like an M/T). It looks better than I could've imagined and I am extremely happy.
The ride is stiffer but it is nowhere near rattling the fillings out of my teeth, and no weird "clunks", "rattles", or other noises.
Now I just have to see about fitting a full size spare in the well underneath. I'll posts what I figure out on that one when I figure it out.
Hope the build thread is helpful to someone out there and until next time . . .
I have a 2in RC lift will the 265's fit with wheel spacers im kind of confused about how much lift yours has and the recommended size for the RC is 265. I know you dont have the RC but hopefully you could give me insight cause im looking at the Goodyear Wrangler Authorities
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