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Unread 02-22-2011, 10:11 AM   #1
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Operation Big Red Wiener Schnitzel

Alright...so after almost 2.5 hours of off and on reading, I made it through b_c's build thread and found the motivation to start my own!

My first Jeep was a 1990 YJ with the 258 4.2 that I picked up for $500, spent a year building and playing, and then sold for about $3,500 for some more cash towards the purchase of our first home. Staci, my wife (well I say Wife, we actually won't be married until August but have been together for 6 years now, I just hate the word fiance) knew I was heartbroken to see it go and promised we would pick another toy up down the road. Exactly 8 months later, my dad's lease comes due on his '08 JKUR with RER mygig, dual top, 6 speed, trailering package, and the addiction continues.

I bought his lease out in early December, and it has been down hill from the start!

Here is what she looked like with about 39K miles on her and bone stock



Winter rolled around and the tires that my dad probably NEVER rotated couldn't let the Jeep get out of its own way... After my months of reading, I had a pretty good idea of what I would need to get started.

Picked up a set of Cooper Discoverer STT TEK3s, 35x12.50x17 and ordered a set of wheel spacers as well as the Teraflex 2.5" BB and Teraflex shocks




Well the lift made it here before the spacers, and I had the day off and am extremely impatient, so I called Stefan at trailquest (trailquestDOTcom) and he just so happened to have a set of four rugged ridge wheel spacers on hand, slightly used. Not my first choice (spacers or rugged ridge) but they will do until I pick up a set of wheels. I ran to plain city and grabbed those and got everything put together. I thnk it ended up taking me somewhere in the neighborhood of 6-7 hours to get it all installed by myself with the occasional helping hand from a few of my dealerships techs (when I could talk them away from the jobs they were working on). Nice having them around to offer tips and tricks...slowly learning a great deal.

I am the ISM at a GM dealership, and lucky enough to be able to utilize the service department and a few of the guys' tools



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Unread 02-22-2011, 10:14 AM   #2
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Looks like a good start!
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Unread 02-22-2011, 10:21 AM   #3
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Here is how she set after the install of the tires (which actually weren't too hard to balance, but I suck at getting the weights to stay on the rim haha)



Glad the lift made it before the wheel spacers, because I know I would have tried to cram the 35's under there without the lift... Pretty darn close on the rock rails:



I am going to trim those back about 1.25" and trim/paint the pinch seam in the next couple of days.

Installed a CB antenna (firestik 3') on the teraflex mount with the uniden pro radio

Thought something looked funky here, but with the help of Rockyclymer (I think) I got it figured out haha

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Need to get the mount hole I drilled with a step bit painted

I still havent connected the power, couldn't decide how I wanted to do it, but I think I will splice into the switched 12v on the left, per b_c's thread, but this is where I mounted the radio

not sure whether I will keep it here or not...still trying to figure that out.
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And litterally as I was making this thread...Jay from my parts department called to let me know that I had a package arrive...FINALLY! The ebay seller sent an email saying they would arrive sometime between 2/18 and 3/10

Smittybilt XRC fender flares...I'm pretty excited about these, being that nobody seems to rock them. First impression, they look pretty well built with a nice finish. Can't wait to see how they look on the rig! Updates as soon as I can!




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Unread 02-22-2011, 10:35 AM   #6
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I have a feeling the stock front bumper, smittybilt flare combo might look a little ridiculous...time for a front bumper too I suppose
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Unread 02-22-2011, 10:46 AM   #7
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Oh, this is how I tackled the 35 on the stock carrier...because I ordered the set of spidertrax spacers and then got impatient and bought the rugged ridge locally...I had four extra spacers! I threw one on the stock carrier, picked up a set of daystar rear tailgate bumpstops, trimmed about 1 1/8" longer than stock, and no shakes, no rattles. Seems to hold up fine for now!



I was unhappy with the amount of wander I was experiencing after the lift install, so I picked up a set of adjustable front lower control arms, the teraflex flex arms. I set them to 23 7/8" both left and right, if my memory serves me right (or was it 22 7/8?) I'll have to measure to verify. I also grabbed a adjustable front track bar (the kit came with a rear track bar relocater bracket). Caster is now at +3.4* front left and +3.9* front right...I think this explains my slight pull to the left. They made a big difference in ride, and adding the teraflex steering stabilizer smoothed everything out a little more (I know I know, it only masks it).

I'll throw up some images of the front LCAs and SS later on when I get the chance to snap a few pics. Both installed fairly easily...though I did make a run for the front adj. track bar mid-install when I realized how far off-center my front axle was!
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Great job Mike
If addiction is going to drive us it might as well be taking us someplace!
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Unread 02-22-2011, 11:27 AM   #9
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He's a junkie on the hard stuff. . He's got bays, racks, tools and hands he can 're-direct' as he sees fit. He'll never dry out with that kind of help.


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Unread 02-22-2011, 11:32 AM   #10
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Great job Mike
If addiction is going to drive us it might as well be taking us someplace!
Haha very true!

Touching on another subject...I noticed two issues last night while toying with the heep...Shifting into 4lo and trying to engage lockers...first press and the rear locker indicator blinks, second press and the front locker indicator goes solid, telling me that it has engaged, while the rear continues to blink. I cannot get the rear locker to engage.

also, The electronic sway bar will not disconnect, it continues to blink. When I installed the TF kit, I replaced the front sway bar links with the factory rears, per instructions...is there anything I might have done that messed with the system?

Might it be worth my while to get something like the JKS quicker discos and ditch the rubi system?

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First step on both is to check the electrical connectors and make sure they are properly seated.

The rear locker seems to take a bit to engage. Are you sure it's not engaging and the signal is not reaching the computer? Might check that out. Known issue. If it is not locking, there is something wrong internally. Another forum member just went through his 'unlocking' and the dealer found a bad spring.

One the swaybar disconnect, take a look under the front end and see if the motor is actuating.


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First step on both is to check the electrical connectors and make sure they are properly seated.

The rear locker seems to take a bit to engage. Are you sure it's not engaging and the signal is not reaching the computer? Might check that out. Known issue. If it is not locking, there is something wrong internally. Another forum member just went through his 'unlocking' and the dealer found a bad spring.

One the swaybar disconnect, take a look under the front end and see if the motor is actuating.


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Good deal...I sat for about 6-7 minutes watching the darned thing blink. You're saying it could be blinking on the dash, but engaged nonetheless? What is a good way to determine whether it has engaged or not?

And '08 chrysler had a lifetime non-transferable on powertrain, didn't they? Dumbest thing they ever did.
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Good deal...I sat for about 6-7 minutes watching the darned thing blink. You're saying it could be blinking on the dash, but engaged nonetheless? What is a good way to determine whether it has engaged or not?

And '08 chrysler had a lifetime non-transferable on powertrain, didn't they? Dumbest thing they ever did.

The blinking can mean either not locked or locked and not reporting it to the PCM. Easy was to test is operation. go through the procedure of locking it and take it for a drive. Rear end will chirp on a quick turn. Or put in on a lift and take the load off of the tires, do not take them off the ground. If the locker is working, it'll spin both tires. You shouldn't even have to give it throttle, the axle will actually push you in 4Lo.

08 lifetime powertrain a dumb thing? I wouldn't mention it to the original '08 owners, I'm thinking you may start a feud.....
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The blinking can mean either not locked or locked and not reporting it to the PCM. Easy was to test is operation. go through the procedure of locking it and take it for a drive. Rear end will chirp on a quick turn. Or put in on a lift and take the load off of the tires, do not take them off the ground. If the locker is working, it'll spin both tires. You shouldn't even have to give it throttle, the axle will actually push you in 4Lo.

08 lifetime powertrain a dumb thing? I wouldn't mention it to the original '08 owners, I'm thinking you may start a feud.....
Haha, guess I should better explain that I am speaking as a second-owner, and therefore much prefer the 5/100k transferrable

Thanks for the pointers...I'll test that out this afternoon. I'm hoping to get the smittybilt flares on today as well...I'm thinking I might be a little naive to think that I will be able to throw them on quickly without issue
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And litterally as I was making this thread...Jay from my parts department called to let me know that I had a package arrive...FINALLY! The ebay seller sent an email saying they would arrive sometime between 2/18 and 3/10

Smittybilt XRC fender flares...I'm pretty excited about these, being that nobody seems to rock them. First impression, they look pretty well built with a nice finish. Can't wait to see how they look on the rig! Updates as soon as I can!




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