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Today 08:12 AM
TheBoogieman
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Originally Posted by XJ-Buzz View Post
Well I didn't think to measure prior to the 3" install, but where would one measure from? Point to point reference....
Center of wheel to bottom of fender flare. 17.5" front and 17" rear is stock. Let me know because I might get Kolak to get those leafs. If they lift it over 4.5", I'll have to pass on them. I could use another 1" lift rear, but don't want any vibe issues. Everything is good now.
Yesterday 06:35 PM
XJ-Buzz
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Originally Posted by TheBoogieman View Post
Quality leaf packs lift Jeeps within an inch of the advertised height and should settle about 1/2" over time. My stock leafs were 20 years old (150,000 miles) and measured exactly what they should. Same with the front coils. People assume mileage and age = sag. It doesn't. The shocks don't usually hold up as well.

p.s. XJ trans cross members (kinda sounds like Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner) bolts don't usually rust up like TJ ones do. How much did the 3" leafs lift it?
Well I didn't think to measure prior to the 3" install, but where would one measure from? Point to point reference....
Yesterday 10:56 AM
TheBoogieman
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Originally Posted by XJ-Buzz View Post
Thank You for the ideas and tech knowledge, based on removing the fasteners on the x-member, I'll try some thick stainless fender washers and see what happens this weekend. Been spraying with PB Blaster, and hopefully I don;t need some heat to break the stud fasteners loose.

Regarding the rear new leaf pack, can I expect to see some " break in" or leveling. Tired out old leafs had a sag and now it seems I gained 3+ inches in the rear.
Quality leaf packs lift Jeeps within an inch of the advertised height and should settle about 1/2" over time. My stock leafs were 20 years old (150,000 miles) and measured exactly what they should. Same with the front coils. People assume mileage and age = sag. It doesn't. The shocks don't usually hold up as well.

p.s. How much did the 3" leafs lift it?
Yesterday 05:47 AM
XJ-Buzz
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Originally Posted by TheBoogieman View Post
You can drop it with some thick washer just enough to get rid of any vibes. I dropped mine 1" with a 5" lift and no vibes. Driveline angles are good too.
Thank You for the ideas and tech knowledge, based on removing the fasteners on the x-member, I'll try some thick stainless fender washers and see what happens this weekend. Been spraying with PB Blaster, and hopefully I don;t need some heat to break the stud fasteners loose.

Regarding the rear new leaf pack, can I expect to see some " break in" or leveling. Tired out old leafs had a sag and now it seems I gained 3+ inches in the rear.
11-18-2019 06:13 PM
chris87xj
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Originally Posted by RedJeepster1 View Post
1.25" is a lot for a transfer case drop. I would be willing to bet you don't need to drop the crossmember that far. Also, don't forget to check your U joints for wear. They may have been ok ride height, but now that the angle changed they are not happy.
Well said.
11-18-2019 04:06 PM
TheBoogieman
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Originally Posted by XJ-Buzz View Post
vibration, so 1.25 transfer case drop ordered.
You can drop it with some thick washer just enough to get rid of any vibes. I dropped mine 1" with a 5" lift and no vibes. Driveline angles are good too.
11-18-2019 09:54 AM
bluejunior
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Originally Posted by RedJeepster1 View Post
1.25" is a lot for a transfer case drop. I would be willing to bet you don't need to drop the crossmember that far. Also, don't forget to check your U joints for wear. They may have been ok ride height, but now that the angle changed they are not happy.

Seconded on both counts. I had about 1/2 that much drop at 3" and at least a couple driveline joints or steering components nearly always start complaining when they're pushed out of their worn-in geometry.
11-18-2019 06:22 AM
RedJeepster1
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Well, it's done.....Rough Country 3" installed by KC Custom's, had a local FAB shop take care of some frame corrosion, plate reinforcement. Jeep rides great, new rear springs and Shackles, vibration, so 1.25 transfer case drop ordered. Wheels and tire search, next.
1.25" is a lot for a transfer case drop. I would be willing to bet you don't need to drop the crossmember that far. Also, don't forget to check your U joints for wear. They may have been ok ride height, but now that the angle changed they are not happy.
11-18-2019 04:41 AM
Ralph77
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Originally Posted by TheBoogieman View Post
Used a Sawzall to cut off the rear shock bottom mount stud that snapped. I couldn't believe how easy a cheap Harbor Freight drill bit went through the metal mount. I used a grade 8 bolt and all is good again. Now I can test out the new Rancho rs5000x shocks off road. They are so much better than the old shocks (under a year old) on the road and really soak up the small stuff. That's the only reason I bought them. Thanks again to Kolak for the great deal.
And to think how worried and upset you were about this. LOL
11-18-2019 04:38 AM
TheBoogieman Used a Sawzall to cut off the rear shock bottom mount stud that snapped. I couldn't believe how easy a cheap Harbor Freight drill bit went through the metal mount. I used a grade 8 bolt and all is good again. Now I can test out the new Rancho rs5000x shocks off road. They are so much better than the old shocks (under a year old) on the road and really soak up the small stuff. That's the only reason I bought them. Thanks again to Kolak for the great deal.
11-17-2019 06:14 PM
Luke95 I pushed my shell out aide and pulled apart a chevy 2500 for my buddy the motor was junk it snapped a cam lobe off and destroyed the bearing surface. It can be fixed with machining but that is more than I want to deal with. So the hunt for a good 4.8/nv3550 Carrie's onward.

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11-17-2019 05:35 PM
TheBoogieman
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I can't figure out how to load the pic....unless you look at my profile gallery.
Looks really good. Now it's time to paint those flares with some Krylon Fusion black satin.
11-17-2019 03:50 PM
XJ-Buzz [quote=TheBoogieman;40795975]Pics or it never happened.

I can't figure out how to load the pic....unless you look at my profile gallery.
11-17-2019 03:36 PM
Ralph77
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Originally Posted by TheBoogieman View Post
Very nice story and really sad too.
Thank you.
I figure just cause I am going to be miserable on Christmas (LOL) why should some poor kid be.

One of the first years that we did this and were still going to Toys "R" Us all we could get was 4 trucks for $100.
Well I hand the kid the $100 bill and tell him he is in charge. So we strike up a conversation with the cashier.
He tells the cashier that these are for a toy drive. Well she gives us 15% off at the register.
So we load the trucks in the Jeep and I say to the kid well now we have about $15 that we didn't have before.
So we go back in and buy a kickball with the movie "Frozen" characters on it.
We drop off the toys and I say to the kid "We did a nice thing today. We made 5 kids happy".
He replies "We made 6 kids happy. 2 kids can play with the kickball".
I thought it was cute.
11-17-2019 02:27 PM
TheBoogieman
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Well, it's done.....Rough Country 3" installed by KC Custom's, had a local FAB shop take care of some frame corrosion, plate reinforcement. Jeep rides great, new rear springs and Shackles, vibration, so 1.25 transfer case drop ordered. Wheels and tire search, next.
Pics or it never happened.
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