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Old July 15th, 2017, 23:45
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Project Unicorn - a light duty trail rig

What's the final lift height with the coils and shackle?
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Re: Project Unicorn - a light duty trail rig

Looks good, cal
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What's the final lift height with the coils and shackle?
I doubt he could tell you.
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Old July 17th, 2017, 06:31
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What's the final lift height with the coils and shackle?
the coils should provide no lift at all. the shackle should be like 1/2" or so.

there is a 2" spacer up front that levels the jeep out with the new dorman leafs (they are stock height, but not all clapped out) and i threw the shackle on because it was there more than any need for lift.
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Old July 18th, 2017, 13:28
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Re: Project Unicorn - a light duty trail rig

OK. It's time for automatic headlights.

I'm thinking this kit:

http://a.co/5iYkMHT

Anyone have any experiance on this front?
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I knew you would understand like nobody else.
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Old July 18th, 2017, 22:54
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OK. It's time for automatic headlights.

I'm thinking this kit:

http://a.co/5iYkMHT

Anyone have any experiance on this front?
Why? Too hard to turn on a switch? Seems like another opportunity for a failure. IMHO
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Old July 19th, 2017, 06:13
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Why? Too hard to turn on a switch? Seems like another opportunity for a failure. IMHO
Because its a feature that I like. Every other modern car I have owned has had it, and I've gotten used to it.
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Dallas had the shackles from his MJ sitting around, so while it was up on the lift I tossed them on the rear.





Tie rod is available here:

http://www.stinkyfab.com/vehicle-spe...t-tie-rod.html

1" solid 7075. Probably about the same strength as a ZJ tie rod, except that it bends back and uses factory XJ ends, so easier to keep track of stuff.

Intentionally didn't buy a steering damper, wanted an honest feel for how the front end feels. I planned to add one later, but I may leave it off just to drive rockclimber crazy.

Stance with the new leafs and coils:



Been driving it for a couple of weeks now, its a whole new car. I'm a driveshaft and bolting shifters in away from 4 wheel drive, which is nice too, but still mostly incidental.

The coils were a game changer, really softened up the front end. Now I just need to order up some Bilstein shocks and add a couple of hundred horsepower under the hood.
I'd skip the Bilstein's. I have a couple sets and don't like them, way to harsh over road bumps, etc.
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I'd skip the Bilstein's. I have a couple sets and don't like them, way to harsh over road bumps, etc.
Agree....the 6 yr old worn out rustys shocks they replaced definitely rode better.........
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I'd skip the Bilstein's. I have a couple sets and don't like them, way to harsh over road bumps, etc.
What?
Any shock will ride like crap with incorrect valving.
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Old August 5th, 2017, 17:13
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I'd skip the Bilstein's. I have a couple sets and don't like them, way to harsh over road bumps, etc.
I wouldn't. I have had several sets and they ride better than anything you could ever imagine.

But you have to have the right shock and spring for your car. I have a pretty good idea at this point how to get the ride I want out of an XJ with Bilsteins.
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I wouldn't. I have had several sets and they ride better than anything you could ever imagine.

But you have to have the right shock and spring for your car. I have a pretty good idea at this point how to get the ride I want out of an XJ with Bilsteins.
Tell us then please, cuz the bilstiens on mine ride like crap, and they are for the XJ w/4-5" of lift
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define ride like crap, and what lift, springs, etc.
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