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Unread 06-22-2014, 10:37 PM   #98026
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Figured out mounting for my rock lights. 5 down each side. Some are mounted with the nut, some are pressed in a grommet. Used my handy dandy PSU to power them to check overlap. Still have 2 (which are much brighter and whiter than the others) left so may use those for backup lights when I ditch the bumper. Hopefully get them all wired tomorrow. Also ripped the carpet out (actually ripped one piece, oops) and put the safari top on.







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Unread 06-22-2014, 11:46 PM   #98027
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Since my ccfab fenders are on order I went ahead and installed jk turn signals into the grill. I actually started yesterday and got one done before I was interrupted... Then I had to drive around all day feeling like an idiot... Finished up today. Taped the original housings for the next few days of driving. image-4098317690.jpg Also picked up 5 aluminum 15x8's off craigslist for $125. Structurally they are perfect, but the chrome coating is coming off in spots. Just need to clean them up and either paint or plastidip them black. Anyone have suggestions on how to remove the rest of the coating? Sanding? image-830322600.jpg
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Unread 06-23-2014, 08:42 AM   #98028
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This morning I tightened the emergency brake cable and I cut the rusted fenders and will install diamond plate covers.

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Unread 06-23-2014, 08:44 AM   #98029
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Got most of the new lift and upgrades done: MC 3.5" lift, Bilstein 5160s, crown HD steering, skid row engine/tranny skid, and misc other stuff. Waitng on new driveshaft to be delivered, OEM bolts from jeep dealer for rear swaybar links, billet remote reservoir shock mounts from Bilstein, and remaining hardware from MC for front swaybar discos. I actually have no vibrations at all with the TC drop spacer removed. Drives like dream compared to the 4" RC lift that the previous owner put on.

Anyone in Houston that wants the Body Armor rock rails can have them for $75. Brand new just paid $250 for them. They don't work very well with the Rubicon diamond plate rock rails. Too much rubbing and popping/squeaking of the body mounts from how they mount. I have tried every way possible to adjust them. I am giving up. If you don't have any other side armor they probably work great.
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Unread 06-23-2014, 08:47 AM   #98030
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Got most of the new lift and upgrades done: MC 3.5" lift, Bilstein 5160s, crown HD steering, skid row engine/tranny skid, and misc other stuff. Waitng on new driveshaft to be delivered, OEM bolts from jeep dealer for rear swaybar links, billet remote reservoir shock mounts from Bilstein, and remaining hardware from MC for front swaybar discos. I actually have no vibrations at all with the TC drop spacer removed. Drives like dream compared to the 4" RC lift that the previous owner put on.

Anyone in Houston that wants the Body Armor rock rails can have them for $75. Brand new just paid $250 for them. They don't work very well with the Rubicon diamond plate rock rails. Too much rubbing and popping/squeaking of the body mounts from how they mount. I have tried every way possible to adjust them. I am giving up. If you don't have any other side armor they probably work great.
Make sure you check your bumpstops. Looks like you may only have a few inches of uptravel in the rear.

Otherwise congratulations on the install. You replaced rough country parts with the best you can buy!

Edit: it's a good idea to check them if you haven't but the picture was playing tricks on me, it seems I was paying more attention to the reservoir than the actual shock body.
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Unread 06-23-2014, 08:55 AM   #98031
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Got most of the new lift and upgrades done: MC 3.5" lift, Bilstein 5160s, crown HD steering, skid row engine/tranny skid, and misc other stuff. Waitng on new driveshaft to be delivered, OEM bolts from jeep dealer for rear swaybar links, billet remote reservoir shock mounts from Bilstein, and remaining hardware from MC for front swaybar discos. I actually have no vibrations at all with the TC drop spacer removed. Drives like dream compared to the 4" RC lift that the previous owner put on.

Anyone in Houston that wants the Body Armor rock rails can have them for $75. Brand new just paid $250 for them. They don't work very well with the Rubicon diamond plate rock rails. Too much rubbing and popping/squeaking of the body mounts from how they mount. I have tried every way possible to adjust them. I am giving up. If you don't have any other side armor they probably work great.
Why not just sell the rubi diamond plate? Those usually go pretty quick in the classifieds for $100 or so

New lift looks good!
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Unread 06-23-2014, 09:03 AM   #98032
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Make sure you check your bumpstops. Looks like you may only have a few inches of uptravel in the rear. Otherwise congratulations on the install. You replaced rough country parts with the best you can buy! Edit: it's a good idea to check them if you haven't but the picture was playing tricks on me, it seems I was paying more attention to the reservoir than the actual shock body.
The angle of the pictures is a little misleading. The shop that did some of the work for me said the compressed and flexed it to set the bump stops. I went out and flexed it some myself yesterday. Front is okay with 2 pucks from the MC adjustable bumpstops. That leaves me still 1" before tire even gets close to fender with no other interference issues up front. I could probably take one out if I wanted. I was worried on the rear that I could actually bottom out the shock before the Jounce bumper flattened out completely. Flexed it as much as I could. Rear track bar is close to the gas tank skid but no issues. I went ahead and inserted a 3rd puck on the rear to be safe. That leaves me with about 5.5" of uptravel with a little safety factor for the shock.

Was supposed to be 5100s but the supplier ran out after I ordered and shipped 5160s for no charge, so not complaining.
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Unread 06-23-2014, 09:46 AM   #98033
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Anyone in Houston that wants the Body Armor rock rails can have them for $75. Brand new just paid $250 for them. They don't work very well with the Rubicon diamond plate rock rails. Too much rubbing and popping/squeaking of the body mounts from how they mount. I have tried every way possible to adjust them. I am giving up. If you don't have any other side armor they probably work great.
Looks great!!

Why not grind the bottom of the rubi rails so there is more room? Or is it squeaking at the mounting points on the body mounts?
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Unread 06-23-2014, 10:00 AM   #98034
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The angle of the pictures is a little misleading. The shop that did some of the work for me said the compressed and flexed it to set the bump stops. I went out and flexed it some myself yesterday. Front is okay with 2 pucks from the MC adjustable bumpstops. That leaves me still 1" before tire even gets close to fender with no other interference issues up front. I could probably take one out if I wanted. I was worried on the rear that I could actually bottom out the shock before the Jounce bumper flattened out completely. Flexed it as much as I could. Rear track bar is close to the gas tank skid but no issues. I went ahead and inserted a 3rd puck on the rear to be safe. That leaves me with about 5.5" of uptravel with a little safety factor for the shock.

Was supposed to be 5100s but the supplier ran out after I ordered and shipped 5160s for no charge, so not complaining.
Ah OK cool stuff... and that's a good free upgrade!
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Unread 06-23-2014, 10:08 AM   #98035
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Looks great!! Why not grind the bottom of the rubi rails so there is more room? Or is it squeaking at the mounting points on the body mounts?
I added washers on top of the body mount between the arm on the rail and the body mount (it becomes not flimsy when doing this). I ground down and rounded the edges of the arms on the rock rails to help prevent metal on metal rubbing from the arm to the metal on the body mount outriggers. They are fine driving in straight line on flat surface. As soon as you turn or hit bumps or stress the vehicle in any way is when the noise starts. It is hard to pin down exactly what is going on. Just not a good fit and design. I like the Rubicon diamond plate rocker guards. Don't really want to take them off and then drill new holes in the tub for something else. This jeep has less than 9k miles in it. Maybe I can pull the Rubicon guards off and cut the tubes off the Body armor rails and weld them on the Rubicon guards? Only reason I need a tube/step is for my wife who is all of 5' tall, but rarely rides or drives in the jeep anyway. I just don't want to here the complaints when I want us to drive the jeep somewhere instead of her car (which I barely fit in) or my truck.
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Unread 06-23-2014, 10:29 AM   #98036
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I added washers on top of the body mount between the arm on the rail and the body mount (it becomes not flimsy when doing this). I ground down and rounded the edges of the arms on the rock rails to help prevent metal on metal rubbing from the arm to the metal on the body mount outriggers. They are fine driving in straight line on flat surface. As soon as you turn or hit bumps or stress the vehicle in any way is when the noise starts. It is hard to pin down exactly what is going on. Just not a good fit and design. I like the Rubicon diamond plate rocker guards. Don't really want to take them off and then drill new holes in the tub for something else. This jeep has less than 9k miles in it. Maybe I can pull the Rubicon guards off and cut the tubes off the Body armor rails and weld them on the Rubicon guards? Only reason I need a tube/step is for my wife who is all of 5' tall, but rarely rides or drives in the jeep anyway. I just don't want to here the complaints when I want us to drive the jeep somewhere instead of her car (which I barely fit in) or my truck.
In that case you can sell the body armor sliders and look for products like under cover fab rock sliders. They replace the rubi sliders and use the same mounting holes. The ucf sliders are thicker and you can weld the tube to the side of them. Companies also sell the add on tube or you can get a shop to bend some tube and weld that on. Either way, there is plenty of options out there for you

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Unread 06-23-2014, 10:40 AM   #98037
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In that case you can sell the body armor sliders and look for products like under cover fab rock sliders. They replace the rubi sliders and use the same mounting holes. The ucf sliders are thicker and you can weld the tube to the side of them. Companies also sell the add on tube or you can get a shop to bend some tube and weld that on. Either way, there is plenty of options out there for you http://www.undercoverfab.com/rocker-...r-jeep-tj.html
Thanks for the advice. I had already contacted Matt at UCF and he said he could weld on some tubes to their Rubicon bolt in replacement rocker guards for $150 I think I am leaning that way.
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Unread 06-23-2014, 10:55 AM   #98038
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Did my final flex test with bump stop extensions. All clear.



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Unread 06-23-2014, 12:28 PM   #98039
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Built some brackets to hold in an old net from my gf's old car







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Unread 06-23-2014, 02:19 PM   #98040
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Pics of my first ramp flex after some wheeling behind my local Jeep dealership
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