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An hour and a half to grind the top off of each pressed in bolt and beat the heck out of it with a small sledge and punch... but finally got them all out. BTW Matt, did you get your shims turned around on the front spring packs? Is that gonna work for you?

I'm surprised you had to grind the heads off. I just stuck mine in a bench vise and whacked the bolts stiffly with a big mallet. They popped right out. Anyway, I'm glad you got them out.

We had company arrive on Saturday, here for a week, so I probably won't get to the shims until next weekend. I'll report back when I do.

In the meantime, I hope the rest of you will keep this thread going with pictures and descriptions of your progress.

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You are putting in shims? What happened to rotating the ones that are already there?
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You are putting in shims? What happened to rotating the ones that are already there?
That's what I meant, sorry for my poor wording.
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Matt, now that you have house guests for a week, put them to work on the Jeep!! The old saying of "many hands makes easy work" holds true!

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Thanks Matt... I did look at the Quadratec link but those plates have only one stud... I am trying to find out if I can get them with two studs already welded on. Per previous posts, I am now checking with BDS. I'll post what I find out for others if I find them.
Update on the front spring plates. Contacted BDS last week... guy there said 'yeah, sure we have them, but you have to order from one of our distributors and I can't give you a part number.' Called their distributor in Jacksonville who inturn called BDS again and tells me BDS has never had that part... WTF! So now I am back to square one... guy from Jacksonville is going to look into making a set for me so we will see how far I get with that.

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Thanks ErikEastman, but I really don't need the skid plate design. I was hoping to find the 'standard' ones like in the picture on 4wd's website. I think the skid plate design is really cool but overkill for my application. When the guy from Jaxs said he could fabricate a set, I thought sure... take a look and give me a price... what's the harm... the guys trying to help me out. Depending on what he says, I may end up with the skid plates after all... just doing my research and weighing the options.

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It's not really overkill when there is not that many 2.5" plates with two studs on them available for doing this conversion on your Jeep.

Your other option might be to get a set of the YJ plates and have shock studs welded to them.
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As I said before, don't base your choice off the pictures shown on a website or in a catalog. Many pics are misleading or flat out incorrect. Call and verify things straight from the horses mouth to make your part choices.
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Your other option might be to get a set of the YJ plates and have shock studs welded to them.
Yeah, that's what the guy in Jaxs is going to look at for me... he said he had a YJ he may be able to rob some parts from.

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commadore64,

Although my experience with 4WD wasn't great, I had no issues with their hardware, just the shocks.

Why don't you buy this:

http://www.4wd.com/Jeep-Lift-Kits-Je...t_pn=BSS4WD683

...and be done with it? You'll need every one of those parts, anyway, and I doubt it's going to be much cheaper to part it out separately, even if you can find it all.

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commadore64,

Although my experience with 4WD wasn't great, I had no issues with their hardware, just the shocks.

Why don't you buy this:

http://www.4wd.com/Jeep-Lift-Kits-Je...t_pn=BSS4WD683

...and be done with it? You'll need every one of those parts, anyway, and I doubt it's going to be much cheaper to part it out separately, even if you can find it all.

Matt
Already purchased the busings and sleeves. Got Crabtree hangers on the way. Gonna use the stock CJ rear spring plates. $363.99... no thanks. BTW, the guy I spoke with at 4wd said that was their last kit and could not get any more.

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Already purchased the busings and sleeves. Got Crabtree hangers on the way. Gonna use the stock CJ rear spring plates. $363.99... no thanks. BTW, the guy I spoke with at 4wd said that was their last kit and could not get any more.
Your choice.

All I ask is we don't convolute this thread too much with your personal treasure hunt for individual parts.

I'd like to keep the focus on install issues, and post install fine-tuning and performance.

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Your choice.

All I ask is we don't convolute this thread too much with your personal treasure hunt for individual parts.

I'd like to keep the focus on install issues, and post install fine-tuning and performance.

Matt
Yeah.....what he said. Will have more stuff posted up soon...

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Ok.....a small snag.....the Big Daddy steering box brace will not line up with the appropriate holes on the side of the frame due to the spacer needed between the frame and new hanger. So, back to the OE brace/bracket. So, with that being said, I now have a Big Daddy brace with all of the hardware for sale for $90 plus shipping.

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