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Unread 08-28-2013, 09:57 PM   #1
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Bug-Out! Build

Made my choices ... started buying stuff.

I read all I can read and I can't handle any more opinions! I decided what I'm doing for my Jeep.

First I am naming it Bug Out! Many of my friends have bug out bags and such and I guess I do too if you count my hunting gear bags. But what good are bug out bags if you can't go anywhere? So I bought my JKU in Commando Green back in May. I will have work on decals for the name.

Bug Out!, Bugout! or Bug-Out! - not sure yet...

Lift Kit:
I decided on a 2.5" TeraFlex coil lift. http://www.quadratec.com/products/16190_2501_07.htm I can do the shocks later if I need to.

I can't afford new wheels all around at this point, so I'll stick with the stock 32's (255/75R17 OWL) and install Spidertrax spacers. The spacers showed up today. Eventually, when the cash becomes available I'll get proper wheels and 33" tires.

Armor:
Previously I had installed Smittybilt SRC Side Armor.

I still have not decided on bumpers - but I don't have the cash for those yet so I have time to figure it out.

Installing:
So this evening I decided to simply install those spacers. After two hours in the heat and humidity I finally found my tools. For the life of me I could not find my 3/4 deep well impact socket. Without that the lugs nuts were staying put. I've been putting it off but I finally HAVE to clean my garage. Maybe this weekend? By the time I found what I needed it was dark and I was sweaty and hot. I did the fronts tonight. Tomorrow it will be nothing to do the rears. At least I know where my tools are now.



Next month I should be able to buy the lift kit. I hope it's cooler when I try to install that.


It's a small "build", but it's my build and my budget.

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Unread 08-29-2013, 06:10 PM   #2
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It's the little things - like being able to find your tools!

Took 20 minutes in the sauna like weather to install the rear wheel spacers. Beer me!
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Unread 09-08-2013, 01:15 PM   #3
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Ordered parts

I have a sickness and it must be cured! With more Jeep parts! Just ordered a lift kit, TeraFlex 2.5" coil lift, from 4WheelParts. I was able to get 5% off and free shipping! Now the tough part comes - W A I T I N G
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Unread 09-08-2013, 02:45 PM   #4
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I'd install the Teraflex rear track bar bracket brace instead of the drop bracket they include.
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Unread 09-08-2013, 03:15 PM   #5
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I'd install the Teraflex rear track bar bracket brace instead of the drop bracket they include.
This lift comes with just the one rear track bar bracket, drivers side I think. They sell a separate track bar bracket for the other side. Is this what you're talking about? http://www.quadratec.com/products/16191_9011_07.htm
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Unread 09-08-2013, 03:29 PM   #6
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Yep. You're just adding extra stress to the frame side bracket with the included drop bracket. The brace you linked is what I was referring to. It will prevent your axle side bracket from failing and will still allow you to recenter your rear axle.
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Unread 09-08-2013, 03:48 PM   #7
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Yep. You're just adding extra stress to the frame side bracket with the included drop bracket. The brace you linked is what I was referring to. It will prevent your axle side bracket from failing and will still allow you to recenter your rear axle.
Thanks for this info. I am a total noobie with this stuff. I grew up in my Dad's gas station garage, but today I'm a pure computer geek. I can read and research anything but I have no experience in actual setups. Part of the reason I am choosing Teraflex is recommendations in these forums and in part the TeraFlex YouTube videos. They offer a lot of information that appears to be more than just promotional. This video taught me a lot.

One question. Can this part be added later on? It looks like it. I'm not in a huge hurry to go rock crawling. We just get a lot of snow in MN.

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Unread 09-08-2013, 05:14 PM   #8
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You can add it later, but you'll have to remove the drop bracket. I'm just recommending it now so you don't have to drill a hole in your existing frame side bracket to install the drop bracket.
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Unread 09-08-2013, 05:50 PM   #9
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You can add it later, but you'll have to remove the drop bracket. I'm just recommending it now so you don't have to drill a hole in your existing frame side bracket to install the drop bracket.
The kit comes with drivers side axle bracket...at least mine did a couple years ago. I dont think they do the drop bracket anymore...

Edit: pic on quadratec looks like the drop bracket... hmm
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Unread 09-08-2013, 05:57 PM   #10
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Sorry just saw you wrote that you're going with the coil lift. I saw "shock extensions" and assumed it was the BB. You should get the brace I was talking about with your kit.

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Unread 09-08-2013, 06:00 PM   #11
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The quadratec lift he originally referenced comes with the frame side drop bracket. Not the axle side track bar brace.
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Unread 09-08-2013, 08:48 PM   #12
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IIRC Teraflex sells the axle side bracket with the coil lifts and the drop bracket with the Spacer lift now.
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Unread 09-13-2013, 08:52 PM   #13
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UPS came to my house today! I think my weekend plans are set.
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Unread 09-14-2013, 08:44 AM   #14
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Looks like I was right
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Unread 09-14-2013, 02:13 PM   #15
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Looks like I was right
Yes, only the frame side trackbar bracket. Oh well. I'll do the other later if I need.

So far today I'm working on my Jeep. The lift kit is about 1/2 installed just a little more to do on the rear before doing the front. So far it's going in without issues.
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