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Unread 01-07-2011, 03:44 PM   #1
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Project 'red rocket'...WK minibuild thread

update for pics here and on 2nd page!
Finally have most of my parts in! Going on the Jeep are:

4xGuard front skid
Rough Country 2" Lift
Bilstein HD rear shocks (won't ship til 1/10 )
Michelin LTX MS 265-70-17s
Raybestos sway bushings with new mopar clamps (these fixed my front end noise over bumps)

Due to some scheduling conflicts I had to put the tires on/sell the old tires prior to the lift going on so I have before pics, pics with big tires/no lift, and will have (soon) pics of bigger tires w/ 2" lift. Hopefully this will answer a lot of the before/after questions people have on here

I know the Michelins aren't a AT tire but I got them used (9/32) off craigslist for $80 and they have almost perfect ratings on tirerack and it's kind of nice to have a quieter ride for right now (and be around 22.5mpg highway) I'll be getting some new ATs maybe in the bigger size mid summer.

Tires/Skidplate


Skid on woohoo


Before (245/65 17)


After (no lift - 265/70 17)


After (with lift - 265/70 17)


Yes I had to cut the bolt but the tires don't rub on the sway...maybe bc its a less agressive tread but I'm fine with that. Honestly these should come on the Jeep from the factory. I love my old tires but these look much more fitting IMO

Sorry the pics are kinda crappy...iPhone4 took em. I'll get the CannonEos out for the final result pics

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Unread 01-07-2011, 03:51 PM   #2
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Nice. I'll be doing my build thread soon.

Some things I will have are:

-Poineer double din install
-OME lift
-PIAA fog lights installed in stock location wired to OME switch
-Rear view mirror with LCD screen for rear view camera
-and a few other stuff.
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Unread 01-07-2011, 04:00 PM   #3
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Lookin' good. It'll be even better when you get that lift installed. Are you doing it yourself?
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Unread 01-07-2011, 04:03 PM   #4
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I'm only going to install the front skid plate also. It looks good under there with the bumper trim removed.
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Unread 01-07-2011, 05:29 PM   #5
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Lookin' good. It'll be even better when you get that lift installed. Are you doing it yourself?
Thanks man..and heck no hahaha. The front worries me, a friend is doing it as sidework at the dealer for $100. I'm hoping the rear shocks come in for the install so he can do it all at once. The front skid/bushings were fun enough. I don't have the right tools to get the lift into the front. I know, I'm a wimp haha
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Unread 01-07-2011, 05:31 PM   #6
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YAY another build thread!!! omg... I have a .txt sheet of all WK's that i'm aware of that has a build thread. I will post it later unless someone beats me to it.

edit: nvm - it appears I lost it..

People I do know that have one are Bumzo, CraigWK, and myself.
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Unread 01-07-2011, 05:34 PM   #7
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Thanks man..and heck no hahaha. The front worries me, a friend is doing it as sidework at the dealer for $100. I'm hoping the rear shocks come in for the install so he can do it all at once. The front skid/bushings were fun enough. I don't have the right tools to get the lift into the front. I know, I'm a wimp haha
If the rear shocks don't come in time don't sweat it. You can run the stock shocks w/ that lift. And when the new ones come, it's only two bolts to swap them out.
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Unread 01-07-2011, 06:10 PM   #8
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I just looked that up...good news! I'll just get the lift on asap and worry about shocks in a week or so.

Phase two of this build will be: rola roof rack, adjustable control arms, iPod integration, 4xguard rear skid, slotted front rotors, and possibly a better sounding muffler
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Unread 01-07-2011, 06:21 PM   #9
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I just looked that up...good news! I'll just get the lift on asap and worry about shocks in a week or so.

Phase two of this build will be: rola roof rack, adjustable control arms, iPod integration, 4xguard rear skid, slotted front rotors, and possibly a better sounding muffler
Adjustable upper control arms???
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Unread 01-07-2011, 08:13 PM   #10
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Yep!

http://jeepinbyal.com/prod-Als_Upper...rokee-717.aspx
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Unread 01-07-2011, 08:19 PM   #11
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Looks great man! But why Red Rocket...
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Unread 01-07-2011, 08:34 PM   #12
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O-k. They're not "adjustable". I thought you were talking about uca's w/ adjustable ball joints. I have seen adj. bj's before for the WK but didn't really understand why one would use them when all alignment is done from the bottom.

But yeah, JBA UCA's, great idea. I'm gonna order some eventually. Not that I wanna delay your lift, but if you get the UCA's now you can save yourself the $100 for an alignment. As you'll need one after the lift, and also after the UCA install.
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Unread 01-07-2011, 09:39 PM   #13
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I didn't need an alignment after I installed my OME... not entirely sure why.
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Unread 01-07-2011, 09:53 PM   #14
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I didn't need an alignment after I installed my OME... not entirely sure why.
Really. I'm surprised, cause my camber was way outta whack after installing my RC lift. It was bad enough that you would see it immediately when you looked at the truck from the front. \* */ < that's how they looked.

And I was looking over the JBA website and they claim the UCA's "retain factory alignment". But I have spoken w/ people who claimed they needed an alignment after they installed. Maybe they were just being cautious.
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Unread 01-07-2011, 10:50 PM   #15
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O-k. They're not "adjustable". I thought you were talking about uca's w/ adjustable ball joints. I have seen adj. bj's before for the WK but didn't really understand why one would use them when all alignment is done from the bottom.

But yeah, JBA UCA's, great idea. I'm gonna order some eventually. Not that I wanna delay your lift, but if you get the UCA's now you can save yourself the $100 for an alignment. As you'll need one after the lift, and also after the UCA install.
I have a lifetime alignment on my WK with Firestone Auto Service.
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