So it all began a while back, I decided it was time to buy a 4x4. Me and my bro did a lot of research on different 4x4s. I wanted to build a rig that had a bigger engine and something that you don't see to often. This rig I wanted to build was going to compete against a FJ cruiser and a Rubicon. I didn't want the same vehicle. After hours and months of research I decided to build a wk. About a 2 months ago, I bought a 2005 5.7 wk, and the project begins. I have currently ordered a 8 inch sl/JBA lift. Along with the lift I am going with mayhem rims and fierce attitude MT 35 inch on 17. I ordered front skid and belly skid, rock rail and bola roof rack from 4x guard. Next I ordered volant cold air. Then I started researching the exhaust and tuner. I did a lot of reading and kolaks name kept popping up. I emailed him and started asking questions, he was very helpful. So I ordered a Gibson exhaust and a Diablo sport tuner from kolak. From this point I am trying to figure out the front bumper and rear bumper, and lights. This is just the beginning and I'm sure there will be more. Most of what I ordered will be here in about 2 weeks from now so I'll post some pics as she gets put together.
They allow for more travel, are extremely strong, and have a no questions asked lifetime warranty. Look up Valpacer, he has them and certainly abuses*them. Quite pricey but if you can afford it, I think it would be a great investment for the type of jeep your building.
Sounds like a good start! This will be fun to watch
So what made you decide to go with an 8" over a 6"? You will have the same travel out of both, fit the same tire size, but have a higher center of gravity. Also with the 8" you will only have 2" of down travel from ride height in the front suspension, no way around that without getting custom control arms and spindle then figuring out what to do with the steering rack.
Well I decided the 8 over the 6 because of a few reasons. First of all the 6 uses spacers in the rear end and does not change out the rear struts, unless you do it your self. It seemed to me that was a poor start to the build. As far as the tire size, if I decide that 35 is not big enough, I can throw on 37. When I first started doing my research, I showed the 2 lift kits (6,8) to my mechanic. We both did more research and agreed that the 8 was the way to go. I also wanted more clearance. The mechanic had built in there past my bros 98 grand and his 07 FJ cruiser and most recently his 2013 FJ. I think I found more reasons but I can't remember them all at the moment