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post #166 of 1054 Old 08-10-2011, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Darn, that Big Daddy brace looked sweet.

Hope you get it sold.

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Big Daddy is good to go...update!



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Did you just cut the shim, or was there other modification involved?

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John trimmed up the bracket a little bit....

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Gonna subscribe to this. I'm installing an OME kit right now too. Well, kind of. Building a new Jeep from the frame up in my yard. Hopefully the kit is worth all the effort.
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Update:

I finally got rid...I mean...my company left this morning, so I finally crawled under the Jeep and reversed the factory shims on my front springs.

It only took about an hour. Once the shocks were off, the U-bolts removed, and the leaf-centering pin was loosened, the shim spun easily. I didn't have to remove the springs, entirely, just separate them from the axle.

By my not-so-accurate measurements, this should have net me about 3 more degrees of castor, and put me within the 5-7* spec range.

It definitely returns to center better than before, and it doesn't wander at all in the ruts, based on my drive test. We'll find out if it's within spec Monday morning at the alignment shop.....

The Ol' Girl is actually a lot of fun to ride with her new legs.

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@Matt: Did you do the tie rod flip?

@Tim: Are your shocks backwards?

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Rich.....nope. Per Bilstein....a mono is supposed to be mounted like that for this application. The decals on the shock is what made me question this because I have the same shocks on my Dodge CTD, and they are mounted boot-up. The boots on the CJ's shocks have drain holes, which when mounted the way they are, allow moisture drainage I suppose.

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Rich.....nope. Per Bilstein....a mono is supposed to be mounted like that for this application. The decals on the shock is what made me question this because I have the same shocks on my Dodge CTD, and they are mounted boot-up. The boots on the CJ's shocks have drain holes, which when mounted the way they are, allow moisture drainage I suppose.
Very interesting. I just learned something new. Thanks, Tim! Looking forward to seeing the finished project!!

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@Matt: Did you do the tie rod flip?
Nope. I don't do a lot of rock crawling, or extreme wheeling, so my stock steering components were straight and in good shape. I'm going to run what I got until something breaks.

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I am running 31s on my 5 am happy with it but my springs are sagging ,do i get new ones or have them rearched ? who to go with for bit softer ride?

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I am running 31s on my 5 am happy with it but my springs are sagging ,do i get new ones or have them rearched ? who to go with for bit softer ride?
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old man emu will have no lift leafs and all parts needed to replace them

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