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Unread 08-03-2011, 12:39 PM   #106
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85LaredoCJ7,

Isn't it amazing how easily you can make some of this 30-year old crap look nice?

If you realize a specific benefit to the longer shackles when you are done, I may go that route. Until then, I'm pleased with the way the stocks are working.

I'm still pacing the floor waiting for my last (2) shocks to arrive....

Matt
Very exciting. What I immediately noticed was how much better this suspension keeps the tires in constant contact with the road surface, without being too jarring or too soft. Quite a feat.

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Unread 08-03-2011, 12:43 PM   #107
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I really don't want any more that the 2.5" lift of the springs... can I use stock height CJ shackles (rears for example) with the OME springs?
Umm...I know it's a rather long read, but if your look over the entire thread, you will see that's exactly what I did. I used the original stock shackles all the way around.

You have to buy (4) longer bolts for the fronts, if you do this.

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Unread 08-03-2011, 01:50 PM   #108
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A little more playing around with "Ol' Miss Spidey".....

Her right front is at 20" in the air. She'll go higher, but I don't care to put her on her side to find out just how much....yeah I'm chicken.
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Unread 08-03-2011, 01:54 PM   #109
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And these are for 85LaredoCJ7.

Go for the 33's, dude. I wish I had the engine and gears for them.

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Unread 08-03-2011, 02:09 PM   #110
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Umm...I know it's a rather long read, but if your look over the entire thread, you will see that's exactly what I did. I used the original stock shackles all the way around.

You have to buy (4) longer bolts for the fronts, if you do this.

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Thanks Matt, sorry for the question... all these parts and threads are swimming around in my head... getting confused.

I do need to go back to the beginning of this thread and re-read!
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Unread 08-03-2011, 02:48 PM   #111
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Erik, Beautiful jeep! I have the same lift on my cj5. Do your 33's clear with full articulation? I am running 31's but want 33x10.5s.
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Unread 08-03-2011, 02:57 PM   #112
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Thanks!

I haven't had a chance to really max it out yet, so far so good though. I have no doubt that I could probably stuff the tires into my fenders if I really tried. I plan on figuring out what my limit is and then getting my bumpstops set up to keep it clear. I like the stance and the tire size, so I'll work with it.

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Unread 08-03-2011, 02:58 PM   #113
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I did the same suspension on my 80 CJ5. Purchased my from Rocky Road Outfitters. http://www.rocky-road.com/cjome.html

Very complete kit with good instructions.
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Unread 08-03-2011, 03:00 PM   #114
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"Thanks Matt, sorry for the question... all these parts and threads are swimming around in my head... getting confused."

No worries, man, confusion is a way of life for me.

My shocks just arrived....woo hooo!!! Later.

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A little more playing around with "Ol' Miss Spidey".....

Her right front is at 20" in the air. She'll go higher, but I don't care to put her on her side to find out just how much....yeah I'm chicken.
you CAN go higher, I just know it! Stuff that tire right up into the wheel well! Have a spotter while you are doing it of course...
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Hey Matt.....did you D/C your sway bar in those pics?

EDIT! Matt...disconnect your sway bar.....no wonder the front isn't flexing out. I can see it is still connected in one of the pics above.
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Unread 08-03-2011, 04:38 PM   #117
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85LaredoCJ7,

Isn't it amazing how easily you can make some of this 30-year old crap look nice?

If you realize a specific benefit to the longer shackles when you are done, I may go that route. Until then, I'm pleased with the way the stocks are working.

I'm still pacing the floor waiting for my last (2) shocks to arrive....

Matt
This shock dilemma totally sucks a D.......as far as the shackles go, I am just thinking they may allow the main leaf to lay a little flatter due to the slightly longer length, therefor obviously getting you a little more flex......kind of like undoing your belt after you stuff yourself at dinner.....that little bit of room makes all the difference. I guess we will see.
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Hey Matt, you used your stock CJ shackles right? How did you get the pressed in stock bolts out of them? And I think you said you used 1/2" bolts in them... did you have to drill them out for the bolts to fit?
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Hey Matt.....did you D/C your sway bar in those pics?

EDIT! Matt...disconnect your sway bar.....no wonder the front isn't flexing out. I can see it is still connected in one of the pics above.
Yeah, I thought about that, but my sway isn't a quick-disconnect and the bushings are a little warn, so I'd prefer to leave it until I can replace all the bushings.

I'll let you determine the maximum flex when you finish. How's that?

I'm extremely happy to report, I'm finally done with my suspension, at least for now!! My efforts, along with all your support, have transformed my Ol' Girl's ride remarkably.

I find myself seeking potholes, or washboard, or speed bumps, just so that I can marvel at how smoothly she navigates that stuff, now.

For those of you either in the process, or soon to be, I wish you success, and I hope you will report back on this thread with your experiences.

Thanks again,

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Oh I will. I was hoping to see her full potential.......and you are running 31s correct?
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