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post #121 of 1045 Old 08-03-2011, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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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?
The stock pressed-in bolts knock right out with a moderate smack from a mallet.

The pressed side of the shackle will already be drilled for a 1/2" bolt. You will have to drill the other side to 1/2" because the stock bolt hole is 7/16", or 3/8"...I don't recall offhand.

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

As Erik said, I think you will be able to get 33's to rub slightly with these incredibly flexy springs, but some different bump stops would likely take care of that.

You're also going to have a little extra lift with your longer shackles, so you should be fine with 33's.

I can't wait to see how your sweet little Laredo turns out.

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Matt,

Since you live in Colorado you should seriously consider adding some quick disconnects to your sway bar as it will help you a ton...again, nice job and now go enjoy...

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mvigo,

Yeah, I know that's what hard-core wheelers do, but I've never found a need to have a quick disconnect sway bar.

Perhaps if I tried one, I'd like it, but I have other expensive priorities on the Jeep, right now.

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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?
I had a hard time removing mine too. I ended up using an air hammer and they came right out.

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a few more items

Just a few more items to post up. The shocks and kit are in and front axle is getting cleaned up as well. That is just a coat of primer on the axle. The old bolts in the diff cover will also be replaced with zinc coated bolts to match the fresh D44 rear end.



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Looking great, Tim.

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Well, I lied earlier....my suspension project is not quite complete, yet.

I took the Jeep in to have the alignment professionally checked. The camber was good. The toe was off, but well within adjustment range.

Unfortunately, as I kinda expected, the castor is only about 2.5 degrees. Factory spec is 5-7. So, I need some 3-5 degree shims under the front axles. Darn.

My question is, the OME YJ rear springs, which I'm using for my fronts, already have what appears to be a shim installed by the factory. They look to be about 1.5 - 2 degrees, but the factory position has the thick end of the shim facing towards the rear of the Jeep.

The alignment mechanic told me I should be able to flip those existing shims 180 degrees. If our geometry is correct, doing this should net about a 3-4 degree change in the castor, and get me within spec.

What I'd like to know, before I drop the springs again, do those factory shims, in fact, rotate? Or, will I have to order a set of 4 degree shims to stack on top?

Could one of you, who have the springs loose, check to see if the factory shims are moveable?

Many thanks in advance,

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Hold on....I'll make a phone call.

OK...just got off the phone with John at Az Offroad and Auto care. He saids that by looking at one of my loose leafs, you should be able to turn that around 180 degrees no problem.
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Hey Matt, don't mean to hi jack your thread again, but I've got a question for those reading this topic... I have not been able to locate the two stud spring plates for the front springs for my OME conversion. Does anyone know where I can get a set? If not, I know you can modify a set of one stud YJ plates or a set of rear CJ plates... If this is the route I have to go, which one is better to modify, YJ front plates or CJ rear plates?

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85LaredoCJ7,

Beat you to it. TR wasn't in, but I talked to a tech at ARB who told me I'll have to clamp the springs to keep them together, then loosen the centering pin, and I can spin the shim.

Looks like I'll be pulling the front springs this weekend.....

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Hold on....I'll make a phone call.

OK...just got off the phone with John at Az Offroad and Auto care. He saids that by looking at one of my loose leafs, you should be able to turn that around 180 degrees no problem.
You don't get that kind of offer on just any ol' forum!

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Commadore64,

A few pages back, Erik was kind enough to put together a complete list. There's a Quadtratec link to the plates you need, there.

Sorry, I'm a little cramped for time, or I'd look it up for you.

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Hey Matt, don't mean to hi jack your thread again, but I've got a question for those reading this topic... I have not been able to locate the two stud spring plates for the front springs for my OME conversion. Does anyone know where I can get a set? If not, I know you can modify a set of one stud YJ plates or a set of rear CJ plates... If this is the route I have to go, which one is better to modify, YJ front plates or CJ rear plates?
If you can locate a BDS distributor, they can order just the front spring plates that come in the 4wd.com/BDS conversion kit. If you call them or go to their site (BDS), they will give you the nearest distributor.
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