Got the Antirock done. The installation took longer than I wanted/anticipated, but I didnt want to be rushed and wanted a clean job. I started Saturday morning at 9:00 and didnt get everything back together (other than welding) til ~10:00 that night.
Today was my day off at work so I went to college, got me a new steering stabilizer (old one was leaking) and had my buddy tig weld my brackets on. I went over to his place at about 3:00 and we got done around 7:30. He did a great job, the brackets are nice and square, not to mention the welds.
For those of you that have seen my Jeep on the street, you probably have noticed that I have (had) tons of body roll. Immediately after pulling out of the driveway, I noticed the immediate effect of the Antirock. The jeep feels very balanced and well-mannered.
I took it out to a local area with dirt piles, and found one to ramp the jeep up onto it. It still flexes as it did before with the stock rear sway bar, but the major difference is that the suspension seems to be well balanced. The passenger front and driver rear seem to have about the same amount of droop, and the exact opposite for the other two. I am very impressed with it at this point, when I get to go wheel it with the sway bar on I will give another review, but the overall first impressions are great.
My new project! I snagged a Ford 8.8 yesterday. (by myself, hoorah) it's out of a 97 explorer. According to the tag on the door it's equipped with 3.73's and a factory limited slip. That thing is beefy! Those tubes are thick!
Soon, I will be ordering a bracket kit for it and go from there.
I'm slacking on updating this thing. These are some old pics, the axle is already under the Jeep, but here are some pics of it in process. The entire process took six months to complete. What a disaster. It was a lot greater undertaking than I expected, and unfortunately a lot more dough was forked out as well. I'll get a list together so you can have an idea if any of you are looking do to an 8.8 swap.
With the old leaf perches cut off.
When I had the tubes welded to the housing. Those welds are hawt.
A pic with some of the Iron Rock Off-Road Brackets welded on. I still love these welds
James @ Regulator Racing doing some welding.
After the ARB was installed with the 4.88's, and a local painted it. (Except the diff cover bolts)
Under the TJ. I'm having clearance issues right now.... The rear Antirock doesn't fit, the track is too narrow, I have wheel spacers to adjust temporarily until I can snag the Superior Super 88 kit.... Probably after the Focus is paid off, and I'm out of freakin school.
In addition to the items listed above, I ran into other "opportunities". After installing the axle, I found that it was going to need a SYE, and new D/S. After that was done, I realized that the driveshaft hit the stock muffler, so a new muffler was installed.
I don't drive it often, and the battery is having a hard time holding a charge. I was told in springtime that the battery was dying, and is just about there. I went out to start it the other day, and the interior lights were dim, and the it cranked over slowly... Unfortunately not fast enough to fire.
I have been looking at Optimas, exide orbitals and various other brands. I would like to get one that won't corrode my cables to mush. Any input is welcomed.