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Old January 12th, 2016, 13:10
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sitting here waiting on parts like

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Old January 19th, 2016, 08:34
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Parts showed up friday!

took the tahoe up to my friends shop and loaded it down.

everything laid out.

cant get over how beefy these control arms are.



going to start the install next weekend. got some friends coming to help. should be able to knock most of it out over the weekend.

so one last hoorah with it stock, plus teaching my wife how to pilot it and operate everything offroad. Wife got so annoyed with the street tires and low belly. said towards the end of us being out there "im so glad we have all the parts in the garage to get this thing more capable. it tries but the tires and low ground clearance just kill it!" was great fun watching her drive over obstacles and get over her reluctance due to the thought of possible rollover. on to the pics of it.




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Old January 27th, 2016, 14:46
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welp ran into a small snag with the jeep and a huge one for myself.

after pulling off the bumper i found some accident evidence behind the bumper where it mounts to the unibody frame end. obviously been hit in the front and instead of pulling the frame out they just mangled the bracket, welded a bolt between the fender and the bumper and called it good. Since i wanna make sure its not tweaked too bad, taking it to a frame shop this weekend to get checked out and have the front end straightened. then i can start again.

on myside ive been battling an eye condition which flared up on me and caused me to lose some vision. after a scary ordeal at my specialists office, im recovering but probably have a few weeks/months before im back fully operational. thankfully my friends said they would help me get everything sorted out.

headed up northeast for work this weekend and hope to get back into it next weekend and get it setup. we are planning a trip on the 20th of feb so i need to hustle if im going to get everything done next weekend and get it lined out.
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Old February 25th, 2016, 12:39
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didnt make it the 20th of feb due to the eye issues.

but ive been making good progress. got the crossmember and frame brackets sorted out and started tearing down the front suspension.

got everything removed except the lower trackbar bolt is stuck in the sleeve. i tried soaking it in WD40 rust release for 3 days and then knocking it loose but no go. Gunna have to cut it out.

The bump stops looked like dog chew toys as well so i ordered new daystar ones.

Going to cut that bolt out and then start installing new parts this weekend. Hpefully i can get the front done and maybe knock out the rear. Im ready to see this thing sitting on the new suspension and tires! barring anything crazy happening, im hoping i can make some solid progress this weekend.

How its sitting right now.

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Old February 29th, 2016, 07:05
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made good progress on saturday.


need to install the new HD tie rod, extended brake lines and rotate teh axle towards the front of the jeep to get the caster closer to where it needs to be before i install the track bar and start working on the back.

cant wait to get this thing off the jackstands and down some trails.
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Old March 14th, 2016, 07:13
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small victories i guess.

got the front end down and sitting on the tires. still have a few things to get done up front but i wanted to get the bulk of the work done and start working on the rear and figure out the details afterward.


so we started working on the rear. busted loose the shocks, the ubolts, supported the diff on jack stands and started in on the leaf spring bolts. i knew they would be a bear just from the videos i had seen on the youtubes but damn. we removed the passenger side front bolt with relative ease. moved to the back one on the passenger side. got about 1/8 of an inch out and a wonderful popping noise. sigh. ok well lets see how far we can get before we start the process of figuring out how to deal with that. moved to the drivers side rear. got about 2 turns on that one, and pop. sigh. ok, moving to the drivers side front bolt, 1/8 inch or so and pop again. at this point i was a giant rage monster. so took a break for a half hour or so, started googling to see what world of hell we might be in to deal with this since the nuts are captured.

started cutting into the box of the front one and couldnt get a wrench to bite onto the nut. after fighting with it for about 11 hours total saturday i finally called it a night around 10pm.

didnt get to touch it sunday since me and the wife had a bunch of errands to run that didnt get done while we were on vacation the week before. so the jeep is sitting like this until i can get those bolts undone.

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Old April 4th, 2016, 15:13
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after much fighting, the bolts were finally removed.



6 tiny spotwelds on the corners of the bolt in an area prone to trap and keep moisture was a STUPID idea from jeep. especially without any access hole. at least a tabbed nut would make more sense. anyway, i digress. I am going to post some pictures of where i had to cut and create a separate thread so hopefully someone searching will find it and it will help them. I know i looked through countless threads without pictures or information clearly spelled out and there was a lot of quess work. Also part numbers for the nuts/bolts i used to replace it.

So anyway, after we got those out, the next discovery was that the replacement nuts i bought were 22mm, not a problem i have 22mm sockets. problem is the shallow socket was too shallow and the deep was too deep to fit into the frame rail at the back to get at the bolt that way. So i ended up cutting the bottom of the pocket same as the front one and the wrench slipped up in there without issue.

Once that was done we threw the leafs in with the alignment wedges to correct pinion angle and bolted it together.


we ran out of daylight and i was beat so we cleaned up the tools. was going to work on it more sunday but was feeling under the weather. still snapped a pic


the to do list.
center axle and install track bar
set castor and toe
brake lines (nuts are frozen into the soft lines in the front, rear is disconnected from the body but not the axle hardlines)
rear shocks
final torque pass on nuts/bolts

I still have some louvers for the hood (as well as a little custom touch im going to do), trans cooler, fix my frame rail end and mount bumper and then the rock sliders.

just feels nice to be mostly done with the lift.
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Old April 4th, 2016, 16:45
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Tires look good, I may just get these again.
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Old May 2nd, 2016, 14:09
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well after a few weeks of being sick, being busy, and having some family issues i finally had a chance to work on the XJ again.

set my caster, set the track bar, put the rear shocks on, torqued all the bolts down and did a little flex test. ran into the fenders on just this much flex


going to try and spend a little time on the brake lines tonight and hopefully ill be able to get the trans cooler installed this weekend and cut the fenders so i can test drive it.

also need to get a battery for it and pop the tail light back in and hope that the new flashers i bought fixed my no rear blinker issue and i can get it inspected.
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Old May 2nd, 2016, 16:28
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Those tires, I have them in 33X12.5, run almost a true 33" tire. You'll need to trim a lot or do some trim and bumpstops. You'll still need bumpstops, I trimmed a bunch and still needed to use bumpstops.
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 13:44
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Those tires, I have them in 33X12.5, run almost a true 33" tire. You'll need to trim a lot or do some trim and bumpstops. You'll still need bumpstops, I trimmed a bunch and still needed to use bumpstops.
Which bump stop did you use?
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Which bump stop did you use?
For the rear I used a 2x2 square tube and then I used the 4" rusty's bump stop.

For the front, I put hockey pucks, I first tried glue, industrial glue, then I finally just used a bolt and nut and put it through them all. I think I used 2 hockey pucks in the front, inside the coil. My upper bumpstops are getting a little worn. May need to replace those soon.
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Old May 4th, 2016, 09:31
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ok cool. the lift came with some bump spacers for the rear, ill probably use those and a longer stop back there too, in the front i put in some daystar poly bumps that are trimmable. my stock ones looked like doggy chew toys.
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ok cool. the lift came with some bump spacers for the rear, ill probably use those and a longer stop back there too, in the front i put in some daystar poly bumps that are trimmable. my stock ones looked like doggy chew toys.
haha yeah my fronts are looking the same
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The official front bump stop of the RRC are softballs.


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