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Unread 01-27-2013, 10:33 PM   #511
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Matt,

I like the "Crabtree" art and welcome to his club!

My pal and I are waiting for our Crabtree shackles and hangers to finish up his OME 2.5" suspension swap. The install is super easy thanks in part to this thread.

I don't recall reading or seeing it anywhere but wanted folks to know that if they intend on installing sway bar quick disconnects they will need to take off the old sway bar links from the stock sway bar and those damn things are pressed on (think ball joints). We had a helluva time removing them from my pal's '86. For awhile I was thinking they were threaded in there but we ultimately took the sway bar off, clamped it in a vise and took a BFH to the end links until they finally popped out.

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Unread 01-29-2013, 11:35 AM   #512
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Rispony - Here is the Warrior Products skid for the front, bought thru okay4wd. It's part of their Rock Granite conversion kit.
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Unread 01-29-2013, 11:48 AM   #513
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mvigo,

Thanks. Jim does a great job with his shackles. They are incredibly stout compared to the factory. The Ol' Girl just feels safer with them. Well worth the premium price, IMO

Thanks for the tip on the sway bar links. Have you or anybody determined how much more flex these OME suspensions have without the sway bar connected?

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Unread 02-04-2013, 01:30 PM   #514
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mvigo,

Thanks. Jim does a great job with his shackles. They are incredibly stout compared to the factory. The Ol' Girl just feels safer with them. Well worth the premium price, IMO

Thanks for the tip on the sway bar links. Have you or anybody determined how much more flex these OME suspensions have without the sway bar connected?

Matt
You have seen a picture of my CJ disconnected, it flexes quite a bit more. Once we get my pal's buttoned up I will try and remember to take some pictures with and without the sway bar connected.

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Unread 02-13-2013, 07:42 PM   #515
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I have a question for you guys. If you're piecing together your kit, do you buy cj u-bolts or yj u-bolts? Or does it matter?
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Unread 02-13-2013, 08:41 PM   #516
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I have a question for you guys. If you're piecing together your kit, do you buy cj u-bolts or yj u-bolts? Or does it matter?
Thanks
Same U-bolts as CJ. The front ubolt plates are your concern, you can use your existing rear plates, but will need to modify the front plates or buy YJ plates, due to the leafs being wider (2.5") in front than the CJ springs(2"). The rear springs on your CJ are already 2.5" wide.

** See Renegades post up above

I had my front plates modified for the wider springs.

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Unread 02-14-2013, 09:01 AM   #517
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Thanks mooncruiser!
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Unread 02-14-2013, 01:33 PM   #518
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I have a question for you guys. If you're piecing together your kit, do you buy cj u-bolts or yj u-bolts? Or does it matter?
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I used the u bolt sets from Rancho. I think the numbers were something like 711 & 712 for about $30/axle. You can buy cheaper priced ones but these were gold zinc plated.
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Unread 02-14-2013, 05:55 PM   #519
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Looks like its this kit Rancho kit RS712 http://www.summitracing.com/parts/ran-rs712
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Unread 02-14-2013, 10:02 PM   #520
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I used the u bolt sets from Rancho. I think the numbers were something like 711 & 712 for about $30/axle. You can buy cheaper priced ones but these were gold zinc plated.
I think those are the ones I used
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Unread 02-15-2013, 09:35 AM   #521
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Perfect, thanks guys
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Unread 02-15-2013, 10:21 AM   #522
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Yes, thats them. They are both on sale now for $27.89/set at 4WD hardware inc. One of them came with alum. degree wedges too but throw them out and get some steel ones.
http://www.4wd.com/Jeep-Lift-Kits-Je...&t_pn=RANRS711
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Unread 03-11-2013, 09:04 PM   #523
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Can't wait to get my mind around doing this conversion. Just waiting on time and $$$. Great job all you guys who have contributed to this information.
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Unread 03-11-2013, 09:10 PM   #524
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Can't wait to get my mind around doing this conversion. Just waiting on time and $$$. Great job all you guys who have contributed to this information.
Arnold,

I'm glad you found some useful info here.

Keep us posted on your progress.

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Unread 03-12-2013, 01:09 AM   #525
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Well I think I made up my mind on getting this lift too. I will definitely be using all the great information that you guys have put forth in this thread. Thank you for that.

I will be working on my frame and axles very soon, and that means a rolling chassis with an OME lift to soon follow that.
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