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Unread 08-14-2011, 10:20 AM   #181
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Old Man Emu will have 2.5-3" of lift.

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Unread 08-14-2011, 10:51 AM   #182
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Old Man Emu will have 2.5-3" of lift.
Yep, and I got every bit of that, even with a topper, hard doors, and a winch.

We'll see how she settles....

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Unread 08-14-2011, 10:58 AM   #183
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Matt, looks really good. Can you snap a few pics of your front shocks?
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Unread 08-14-2011, 05:39 PM   #184
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Matt, looks really good. Can you snap a few pics of your front shocks?
Thanks!!

The shocks aren't hard to pick out....

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Unread 08-14-2011, 06:29 PM   #185
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Cool buddy....I was just comparing lengths.
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Unread 08-15-2011, 04:55 PM   #186
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Now I'm done...at least with the suspension.

I had the Ol' Girl professionally aligned, today. As suspected, flipping the factory shims on the fronts gave me almost 3 degrees more castor, which put it within spec.

It's surprising that a few degrees makes a significant difference in handling. My old Jeep tracks and returns to center as well as my newish pickup, now.

With the new suspension, I can power over the washboard without the rear-end wanting to trade positions with the front. The wheel to road contact this setup allows is outstanding, especially for such a short wheelbased vehicle. I can confidently let go of the steering wheel on the straight away, which I've never been able to say.

She also brakes on a dead straight line.

The Ol' Girl will get her first big wheeling test when the elk-hunting season opens in a few weeks...I can't wait.

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Unread 08-15-2011, 05:20 PM   #187
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Congrats man. Great job, great thread. Glad I could contribute with you.
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Unread 08-16-2011, 03:29 AM   #188
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Now I'm done...at least with the suspension.

I had the Ol' Girl professionally aligned, today. As suspected, flipping the factory shims on the fronts gave me almost 3 degrees more castor, which put it within spec.

It's surprising that a few degrees makes a significant difference in handling. My old Jeep tracks and returns to center as well as my newish pickup, now.

With the new suspension, I can power over the washboard without the rear-end wanting to trade positions with the front. The wheel to road contact this setup allows is outstanding, especially for such a short wheelbased vehicle. I can confidently let go of the steering wheel on the straight away, which I've never been able to say.

She also brakes on a dead straight line.

The Ol' Girl will get her first big wheeling test when the elk-hunting season opens in a few weeks...I can't wait.

Matt


Im curious to know how did you install that HiLIFT Jack in the stock spare tire carrier? if you could show a close up picture that will be great. thanks.
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Unread 08-16-2011, 05:55 AM   #189
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Im curious to know how did you install that HiLIFT Jack in the stock spare tire carrier? if you could show a close up picture that will be great. thanks.
No problem. I enjoy showing off 30-year old crap that I've cleaned up to look new again.

It's a good spot for the jack when you roll topless, or with a bikini. I glued a heavy piece of felt on the bottom of the jack to keep it from scratching when the tire carrier is opened.

Unfortunately, it's not a great spot when I roll with the hard topper, as it doesn't allow me to open the back hatch without removing the jack. I think I may try to hang it at an angle, or below the tailgate, somehow.

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Unread 08-16-2011, 04:22 PM   #190
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So...the lift is on...just a few things left to button up like the ARB lines, new bolts in the front diff. cover, trim the u-bolts, check alignment, steering stabilizer, etc. Kind of embarrasing on the 30" tires......but not for much longer



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Looks great, Tim!! Even with the smaller tires!
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Unread 08-16-2011, 05:25 PM   #192
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Looks great, Tim!! Even with the smaller tires!
Thx Rich. I decided on wheels, 16s, and either 265/75 16 KM2 or 285/75 16 KM2........so basically a 32x10.50 or a 33x11. We will see what fits.......big bump stops go against my moral and ethical beliefs
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Awesome, Tim!!

The Bilstein's look bada$$. Are you going with u-bolt skid plates after you trim them?

Let's see some flex!!!

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Awesome, Tim!!

The Bilstein's look bada$$. Are you going with u-bolt skid plates after you trim them?

Let's see some flex!!!

Matt
Nope....same as you....no skid plates for the u-bolts....I will get some more pics of the front end when everything is together.....and get some flex pics.
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Unread 08-18-2011, 07:44 AM   #195
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It never really ends with these old CJs, does it?

My 13-year old tires still had good tread, but were showing some age-cracking. They also were never over about 30" tall even though they were labeled as 31s. That was all the excuse I needed to give the Ol' Girl a new set of shoes!!

I chose the BFG T/A KOs in 32"x 11.5 x 15. I think this is the perfect size for my rig with its new suspension. The tires are exactly flush with the outside of the fender flares, and they don't appear "stuffed" into the wheel wells.

I haven't flexed this setup to see if there's any rubbing, but I don't expect there will be much, if any.

Hey 85 Laredo, did you get your new rubber on, yet?

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