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post #1 of 7 Old 07-27-2010, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Losing 3" BL

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The journey starts with my two black labs refusing to ride in the trunk of the Z4… not to mention all the muddy paw prints. I purchased a ’04 Willy’s edition from the local stealership with only 18K miles on her. Here is where the purist cringe… they had debadged her (all the stickers removed) and the painted steelies were swapped for an old set of Gamblers. The worst was a 3” BL and tiny tires! The budget was sort of tight and my wife had not really warmed up to the whole Jeep thang… so I picked a set of used Canyons with off brand 32s. It was a pretty good start, rattle canned the rims satin black and she was starting to look pretty good… almost respectable. Carpet was removed and bedlinered(mostly for the Labs), the cosole was removed and a 20 MM Motar can was fashioned into solid lockable storage. My 15 year old son was starting to take an interest in wrenching on her so my wonderful wife loosened the purse strings on my budget. The budget tires were on their way out and replaced with a nice new set of KM2s (also 32s) picked up a set of shrockworks sliders mostly so I would have a place to rest my left foot when the doors are off (and that is 80% of the time). Built my own version of an H1 style air intake (a lot of really deep puddles around here) the 3” BL just has to go!

Here is the plan to lose the BL:

Swap out the 3” BL for a 1” BL and install an OME 2.5 lift along with a 1” MML and a belly pan tuck. Then replace the control arms with something a little beefier and adjustable. We do not do any hard core rock climbing mostly mud and muck down here in South FL

She is my daily driver but then again so was my ’79 CJ5! Does it sound like a reasonable plan?

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post #2 of 7 Old 07-27-2010, 04:23 PM
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It sounds pretty good. If you plan on doing a tummy tuck I would be prepared for CV shaft and adjustable control arms. I would suggest holding off on the belly pan tuck and see if you have any vibes at all. You might need a CV or a t-case drop, every jeep is a little different when it comes to vibes.
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You will be very happy with the OME + 1" BL. It is a great setup (ok, fine, Im a bit bias). Ride is good and enough lift to give you an edge over a stocker, but still fitting comfortably in the garage.

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Been looking at the Shrockworks sliders. How you like them? Did you install? How hard if you did?
Thanks in advance.

BTW - looking good so far.

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Check out the Savvy Under Armor kit.

It includes everything you want plus a few extras.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-28-2010, 12:54 AM
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I would also have to put a vote in for the Savvy, I will get them as soon as uncle sam loosens the purse strings a bit. You may also want to look into an adjustable track bar for the front, and either one for the rear or a decent relocation bracket. You will need the adjustable control arms for the tummy tuck, so make sure you add them into the price, you will also want to look at and SYE and CV drive shaft for the tummy tuck as well.

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I love the sliders tulman22... they are very solid! I would love teh Savvy under armor... working on adjusting the budgetary constraints... thanks for all of the input and support

typical South FL ride... H! intake was only a cowl intake at the time...



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