What did you do to your TJ today?


All 4 Wheelin'

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I thought you were supposed to have a load on the suspension when you replace a track bar so it's adjusted to be centered at ride height? Asking because I have a new rear JKS track bar waiting to be installed.
Not Invented Here seems to be replacing a stock track bar. He mentions sitting at stock height.
You are correct, there needs to be load on the suspension when adjusting to center. I pulled the tires and put jackstands under the axle at close to normal ride height. Took cross measurements and used a ratchet strap to pull the axle the direction I needed. I was able to tighten the axle mount bolt before hand as the adjustable end is at the frame mount.
 

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disconnect the track bar
that totally DID NOT occur to me and seems like an obvious strategy now. Good lookin' out.

@RipSteakface that was my plan too, jack up and let it sit on the frame rails, do my thing, and then reattach but not tighten both sides. Move jack stands to just under lower trailing CA bushing and let it sit on that (supported) to load suspension and then tighten down the bolts.
 
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Finished my OME 2.5 lift.
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Looks good!
I see the extra skid for the automatic transmission under there. Did you have any vibrations? How did you resolve them? What we're all the components that went into your lift?

I have a 2004 Sport Auto 4.0 with 2" BB and I spaced the skids and clearances the front drive shaft. I still have slight vibes and I'm about ready to resolve them. I figure the $12 in washers has had a good ROI since 2007 when I installed them.
 
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Looks good!
I see the extra skid for the automatic transmission under there. Did you have any vibrations? How did you resolve them? What we're all the components that went into your lift?

I have a 2004 Sport Auto 4.0 with 2" BB and I spaced the skids and clearances the front drive shaft. I still have slight vibes and I'm about ready to resolve them. I figure the $12 in washers has had a good ROI since 2007 when I installed them.
Thanks, the lift is an OME kit from Quadratec with H/D springs front and rear, Nitrocharger shocks, OME steering stabilizer, rear track bar relocation bracket and I ordered the 10mm spring spacers separate. I bought this TJ last fall and it had BB spacers on it 2" front and 1 3/4" rear but the springs were shot and had sagged 1 1/2" in the front.

I took a lot of measurements before I started and pretty much ended up 1 3/4" taller all around from where I started. I did the front first a few days ago and put a hundred or so miles on it with no more vibration than it had but it does have some. I'm sure it doesn't help that the tires are pretty worn.

It was pouring rain when we finished the rear end so I have not driven it yet, I'll try it out after work today and see what I have. I had a TJ before that had 2" spacers and the TC had been lowered with 1" x 1" square stock and I drove it that way for twelve years.

I think new motor mounts may be a better way to go but I would have to buy them, I can lower the TC for free. If it is no worse than before I may wait till I buy new tires. I want to go 32s but a local Walmart has 31 BFG AT TKOs on close out for $89 each.
 
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Thanks, the lift is an OME kit from Quadratec with H/D springs front and rear, Nitrocharger shocks, OME steering stabilizer, rear track bar relocation bracket and I ordered the 10mm spring spacers separate. I bought this TJ last fall and it had BB spacers on it 2" front and 1 3/4" rear but the springs were shot and had sagged 1 1/2" in the front.

I took a lot of measurements before I started and pretty much ended up 1 3/4" taller all around from where I started. I did the front first a few days ago and put a hundred or so miles on it with no more vibration than it had but it does have some. I'm sure it doesn't help that the tires are pretty worn.

It was pouring rain when we finished the rear end so I have not driven it yet, I'll try it out after work today and see what I have. I had a TJ before that had 2" spacers and the TC had been lowered with 1" x 1" square stock and I drove it that way for twelve years.

I think new motor mounts may be a better way to go but I would have to buy them, I can lower the TC for free. If it is no worse than before I may wait till I buy new tires. I want to go 32s but a local Walmart has 31 BFG AT TKOs on close out for $89 each.
Thanks for the info, it's very helpful. I'm curious to hear how the test drive goes.
 

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started on replacing the fender flares with new omix oem replacements. threw in the towel after the front pass side was done, my boots were wet inside and i couldn't handle it.
it was a warm 21 degrees F (-6 Celsius) :rolleyes: drafty in the barn with the door shut and wind blowing outside.
were warming up a tad tomorrow and weather report is looking at being 40's out soon this upcoming week.

the upside though was that every screw and bolt i removed looked nearly as good as it did the day it was installed. i was a tad nervous it'd be a hassle with them rivet nuts.

so far with what progress i made today the plastic installed below the jeep badge is a hair smaller than oem & the one around the wheel well is slightly larger but with fasteners installed everything sits tight and flush. finish appears the same texture and plastic thickness seems the same too. bags are labeled made in Taiwan though.
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