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I am not going to drop my t-case at this point.....unless it will allow me a little bit of clearance between the shaft and trans pan to run a bigger driveshaft in the front......I'm working on that too.
 

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Cool.

Another question. My kit supplied (2) 1/4" steel plate shims for the front shackle mounts. You can see them on Pictures #2 and#5 above.

I was wondering what the purpose of lowering the shackle mounts was? Not a big deal, but unfortunately I snapped one of the steering box mounting bolts while installing the driver's side shim. Of course that led to another frustrating drill/punch/tap fix....I hate those!

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Cool.

Another question. My kit supplied (2) 1/4" steel plate shims for the front shackle mounts. You can see them on Pictures #2 and#5 above.

I was wondering what the purpose of lowering the shackle mounts was? Not a big deal, but unfortunately I snapped one of the steering box mounting bolts while installing the driver's side shim. Of course that led to another frustrating drill/punch/tap fix....I hate those!

Matt
We aren't at this point on mine yet....but are they to help the new, longer hanger from hitting the front bumper since they are moved at least 1" farther forward?
 

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We aren't at this point on mine yet....but are they to help the new, longer hanger from hitting the front bumper since they are moved at least 1" farther forward?
Well, duh, of course that's the reason...not enough coffee, yet. :tea:

Unfortunately, those shims resulted in a minor grind to the bottom leading edge of my bumper because the shims were about a 1/4" too long. Had I realized that ahead of time, I could have simply cut the shims instead of modifying my bumper...live and learn.

Matt
 

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I just notched my front bumper(stock CJ) with a jigsaw to fit around the shackle mounts and repainted it. If you do this just make sure your notches are wide enough to still get a wrench on the ends of the shackle bolts.
 

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I just notched my front bumper(stock CJ) with a jigsaw to fit around the shackle mounts and repainted it. If you do this just make sure your notches are wide enough to still get a wrench on the ends of the shackle bolts.
Great minds....see pic above. :highfive:
 

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This is turning into a great thread.....like you said before....a complete parts list is going to be great. Especially when we will have at least two to compare and for others to reference from.
 

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I'm more than a little frustrated with 4WD, this morning. (read pi$$ed)

It doesn't appear like I'll get the correct shocks until tomorrow.

Furthermore, my salesman couldn't even determine whether, or not, OME makes a steering stabilizer shock that fits my CJ, for crying out loud!!

So, can any of you confirm this question? And if so, do you happen to have a part number to the correct steering shock?

Alternatively, is there a bracket that will allow me to use the 2-eyelet steering shock they sent me?

Thanks,

Matt
 

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Matt,

I don't care who they are or where they work, you are GOING to know way more about CJ's and their products than any salesman out there so you will always be frustrated. I know I am. However, educate them, be patient and they will eventually come through. I can't speak for OME but I have Rancho shocks and steering stabiler and they work great...
 

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Matt,

I don't care who they are or where they work, you are GOING to know way more about CJ's and their products than any salesman out there so you will always be frustrated. I know I am. However, educate them, be patient and they will eventually come through. I can't speak for OME but I have Rancho shocks and steering stabiler and they work great...
mvigo,

Thanks, I needed an attitude change.

I've got a fairly new Skyjacker shock that I can use, but honestly, I was hoping for al the components to match....it's vanity thing....;)

I can't imagine OME doesn't have a steering shock that works. But, if that's the case, I'm sure I can come up with a bracket to make this one work.

Matt
 

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So, while I'm waiting on shocks, I took the opportunity to refurbish my old winch.

It cleaned up so well, I had to convince my wife it wasn't new....and she's got a keen eye for new parts, beleive me. :shhh:

Matt
 

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post up what they tell you...
The original salesman I spoke with, at ARB (owners of OME) was clueless about CJs, and unwilling to do the research. He said that was "beyond the scope of what he could help me with"...are you kidding me?

So, taking 85LaredoCJ7's advice, I politely asked for TR Burris. Wow, what a difference talking to the right person makes. It took TR all of about 30 seconds to narrow down the possible steering shocks to (2) models that have the right eyelet/post configuration.

Unfortunately, both of those models are 3" in diameter, which I believe is too large to work with the stock mounting bracket.

So the answer is, OEM does not make a damper that bolts right up to CJs. Bummer.

I hope to fabricate a bracket that will allow me to use the SD40 shock pictured above. I'll post a picture, if I come up with something that works.

Matt
 

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Glad you hooked up with TR. He helped me alot when I first started researching what I was going to do. As soon as I said "CJ", they forwarded me to him. He then suggested OK4wd for the parts.....or 4wd.com.....same stuff.
 
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