This will be a long thread. With lots of pictures.
I have wanted to outboard my rear shocks for quite some time. So I did what most people I know that wheel do; go visit Blaine. I picked his brain and asked him a ton of questions, read Stu's write up and searched for a solid week on various boards. Eventually, I had a plan and the parts collected including a Currie bump stop kit. (Thanks to Gerald from Savvy, Smokin deal
Just as in Stu's write up, I started by placing jack stands under the frame to keep the frame at ride height.
Here's what lead to the whole project:
3 1/2" of up travel in the rear frankly doesn't cut it in the desert. I lived on my bump stops in the whoops. I'm aiming for 5" of up travel.
I pulled the springs and installed the Currie bump stops. All I can say about the kit is "quality". They're sweet.
A tip Blaine gave me is to fill the upper bump with washers so you are not compressing the upper edge of the cup and have something to tighten against.
3 washers and I was good to go.
Once the bump stop kit was installed (yes I know they are not centered, I left them loose for mock-up), I jacked up the rear end to start taking measurements for my outboard shocks....
We have a problem Houston.
Here's the problem, I run RE super flex 2 fixed length lowers. They're long. They caused some headaches in the front but it was easily fixed by bending the Currie drag link out a bit more and using wider lower bump stops. Not the case out back since the offset is compounded by the pinion adjustment required by my Double Cardan drive shaft. I love the length of the arms, so even when I go custom arms, I want the axle to be in the same place. Gotta do SOMETHING.
So I start scratching my head, grab a cold coke, and do what most people I know do; Call Blaine
At this point, I have to throw this out there. If you have never talked to Blaine you're missing out. He talks about jeep mods like you would tell someone how to butter toast
He's just so good at what he does, the average skilled guy (or below average like me :P) is left saying "No way I can do that." Luckily for me, he allows time for me to get my crayons out so I can follow along.
After a great chat with Blaine I'm left with two choices; Get adjustable lowers OR cut off the upper spring buckets and move them a bit back and level them.
Did I mention I like the length of my lowers?
Getting to the back welds was quite fun even with the tank removed. I ended up using a dremel with a cutoff wheel. The outside was easy with a grinder.
Still gotta do some trimming around the track bar mount and flip the track bar bolt around, but you get the idea.
From the looks of it, I will be able to get the coil mount raised up 1 1/2" while its rotated back. Hope so, otherwise I'll be in the market for some shorter springs. This is a prime example of the Jeep Cascade Effect. Set out to change 2 things, and you end up changing 100 little things. Good thing I like my garage