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post #1 of 16 Old 05-03-2010, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Home Made BB with stock shocks ...... With Pics

I made my own BB.

I made it with this heavy , hard , dense plastic I don't know the name of.......

I raised the rear 1" the rear bumpstop 1" and put a 1" spacer on the rear shock.

I raised the front 1 3/4" and 1 3/4" bumpstop extension and 1 3/4" shock extension.

Why because I can and I wanted to see if it would work and I'm waiting for $$$$$ for shocks..


Anyway heres some pics vvv

Here is the rear spacer kit..


some of the tools used to make them besides the bandsaw.



the rear shock bar pin is wider than front... I'll probly have to make a new one to cover better...
Notice the bolt-head touches the frame..


the rear bumpstop extension is covered by the isolater but you can see the spring spacer..



The front spring spacers ( I used a 1" and a 3/4" spacer together),,



its hard to make out the two different bumpstop extensions ( matching the spring and shocks)....








and the shock extensions... See you can run a BB with stock shocks WITH extensions that is.



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Buy the way I just did one spring at a time only taking one tire off at a time.
Jacking up the jeep from the frame while lowering the jack on the axle to free up the spring preload..




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post #2 of 16 Old 05-03-2010, 11:07 PM
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post #3 of 16 Old 05-03-2010, 11:48 PM
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First thought was, "Not too bad.". Then I saw the shock spacers and thought, "WTF!" Then I thought about it more and decided that, "Not too bad." was more appropriate. Buy some longer shocks when you have the funds and call yourself a home-grown bargain lifter.

I'm pretty impressed. I like the coil spacers, in particular. You'd not believe how many folk would trade a nut to have one of yours and make their own spacers.

You have my "man of the week" award.
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post #4 of 16 Old 05-04-2010, 12:36 AM
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I'd be worried about the shock spacers splitting, but if the rubber is hard enough, props dude
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post #5 of 16 Old 05-04-2010, 12:58 AM
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nice. I second the longer shocks when you get some doh, or if you want some more flex. Im sure they are probably whats limiting your travel rite now.

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Well after 6 months or so reading posts here and hours measuring and laying under the jeep looking at how it all works..

I've realized that if you lift the rear 1 1/2" the next size up from stock shocks will net the same exact up travel. Giving you only more down travel.

Thats OK if you just want to crawl I guess , Butt I would like to go a little faster sometimes.......

Your options are..
1. Shock spacers...
2. More lift..........
3. Rear shock relocation!!

I am trying to keep it low enough to put in my toy hauler so I can't lift it much higher... Maybe one more inch...

When I get the money for shocks I also want to do a rear shock relocation like Nth degrees kit.
That way I can have a shock with the same travel as the front end.

they will have more up travel than down.

I will keep the 31" tires and I think I may be able to remove the bumpstop spacers when its complete..


Thanks for the compliments . I'm glad you guys can appreciate what I was trying to achieve .

I checked it after my first off road trip with it and it looked good after about 70 miles of trails.
I'll defiantly let you know if it doesn't hold up.

This stuff is very very hard dense plastic. it did squish a little when I tightened the bolts down. you can see it in the pics.

I just wanted to share the idea. And help to educate .
I see alot of people talking about keeping the stock shocks with out realizing whats going on down there.
Same thing with people saying longer is better . In my case with only 1" lift in back I would loose up travel with a longer shock..

I think the reason they don't make a spacers for shocks you can buy is that it would cost as much as a new set of shocks.....

I mean aluminum or steal would work great .

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New to me stock with 31" old tires



Trimmed fenders 1.25"






Cut fenders 1.25" , Trimmed bumper ends , Old 31" BFGs
1" lift in back 1.75" lift in front




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I did a similar thing with mine for some old 2" OME springs that I got. I ended up sticking the old bolt into the frame in the rear and bending it away from the frame which moved the nut. I did 2" up front and 1.75" in the rear until I get an actual lift. I don't ever really get a chance to wheel much so I don't have to worry about anything. It just makes the Jeep look nicer along with the 31's.

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Just back from Mammoth I drove there wheeled about 100 miles and drove back. everything worked good.

I got some new shoes and am starting to think about going another inch. front and rear and getting those skyjacker shocks.

mudb8 where are those bolt on rear shock relocates ???

I would love it if I could drop the lower mount at least one inch.

If you look at the JKs you'll see that they have the lower rear shock mounted over by the Lower control arm near the tire and they seem to be about an inch or so lower than a TJs are.
I just don't understand why this is not an available option??? It seems so obvious to me . What with the whole LCG movement and all..

Pics with new tires and this lift .vvvv
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In process of lifting again ....

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OK I did it. Here is the new thread postVVV
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/ho...hocks-1114872/


I ended up with 2 3/4" spacers in front and 2" spacers in the back.with an extra 3/8" front/rear on the passenger side to fix the "lean"

It looks like I have gained the whole 2 3/4" in the front but I think I just got about 1-1/2" to 1-3/4" in the back.
it still has a rake to the front so its all good...


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Nice job man...I love that people still aren't afraid of some real DIY projects. Nice work!
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How did you trim your fenders so nicely?
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post #15 of 16 Old 10-13-2010, 07:14 PM
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i agree how did you trim your flares so nicely? thats one thing i wont do... andi like your idea to fix the lean, i was pondering what my approach to that on mine would be..
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