Excellent build thread! I'd love to try building my own kit too. I just put on the RE 5.5 LA tri-link kit 2 weeks ago and I ran into the same problem with the tie rod end hitting the stabilizer bolt. I was able to improve it slightly by shortening the uppers to lean the axle back a bit but it still contacts the bolt head. I was thinking of using a cutoff disc to cut the two welds at the bottom of the factory bracket, heating the bracket and bending it in towards the spring some, and then rewelding it. And for the disconnect getting hit I was able to avoid that by using clips that were just large enough instead of the huge ones that come with the RE discos. Let me what you come up with to solve the bolt head issue!
i'm going with the la set-up myself. i have eveything i need to do the job except the adj. rear trackbar. i'm doing the front first so i'm gonna need it till i do rear. how hard is it to fab yourself? i've been thinking about letting someone who has done this before do it for me. just curious.
It's a lot of labor, but that's not really the hard part to me. It's the most time consuming, but the hardest part is determining where/what/how much/how to cut/weld/tweak/etc. Lots of double and triple measuring going on before cutting and I'm still having issues pop up here and there. Having the right tools in an organized and roomy garage would REALLY help out.
Success!! Well, success so far. I drove it to NTB to get an alignment and everything was in spec except for the toe (of course). The camber was unchanged, but the big thing is that the caster was nearly spot on at 6.5 and 6.7 degrees. I would've preferred 6, but that's good enough for me. I can always lengthen the uppers to reduce the caster a bit. Easy cheesy. And best as they could tell with their equipment the axle was square relative to the chassis! I'm really excited. After all this work, it's scary to get that first alignment. You don't know if the specs are way off or if you'll have all the adjustment range you'll need, etc. This was a huge milestone for me.
It drives great! Granted, I've only done the front suspension so far, but it rides so much nicer than before. I'm really encouraged that after the rear is done this thing is going to feel like a Cadillac compared to the way it was. I also managed to hit some really big, ugly speed bumps and everything felt (and still looks) very, very solid.
I don't know if I'll get chance to test it on the RTI ramp or offroad before the Jeep Jamboree next weekend, but so far things are falling into place nicely.
Thanks! The JJ is in Llano at Inks Ranch. Great venue!! I'll be starting on the rear suspension in about two weeks or so. You're always more than welcome to come by. I'm in NW Austin now near 183/McNeil.
Staturday we woke up after a really hard rain to everything in our campsite being SOAKED. And despite my Jeep having doors, a bikini top, and a windjammer UNDERNEATH a trail cover, I was treated to this when I opened the door:
I pulled the plugs and let it drain out. I think I'll be removing the carpet and bedlining the interior sooner than expected. And here I am on a trail called "Moab":
And Sunday morning we packed up and headed home:
Overall, it was a great weekend. The trip on Moab was really slow 'cause we had too many rigs with us, but we still had a great time. I've got friends who've also taken lots of pics. I'll get them uploaded when I can. In the meantime, here's a link to all my pictures.
Nope. It's currently got Skyjackers which are grossly underdamped and I don't recommend. I picked up some Rancho RS9000s and installed the rears prior to the Jamboree, but will not get around to installing the fronts until later this week.