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Got the 31's and TJ Wrangler alloys fitted last night. Took the pics out the front of work this morning. There's one steel spare as the last allow has a slow leak, so I'll have to clean out the beads and check it over fully.

They're also REALLY LOUD, but nothing a little radio can't fix. Need the lifted springs now though, as they scrub on the inside of the rear guard when I've got my toolbox in the back.



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It's always fun when new goodies turn up to work




Just need to order the upper and lower arms, track rod, tie rods and panhard rod.
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Tried to do the rocker-cover gasket, but that was stopped when I broke just about every part of the PCV line at the front of the rocker cover. Is that something that is Jeep-genuine only? or can I replacements elsewhere? Will also need new rubber grommets for the rocker cover, as mine have gone just a little bit hard.
They sell those aftermarket over here in the USA.

I highly doubt these links will do you any good, but it should show you the details and what not of the part. I bought mine genuine from Jeep for like $10 each.

Rubber Grmmets - http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/web...searchTerm=pcv

Back of Valve Cover - http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/web...searchTerm=pcv

Front Of Valve Cover - http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/web...searchTerm=pcv
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Finally finished the lift-kit over the weekend. Drives a lot smoother now, but I need to get the arms for the front end to get it working properly. Will be getting a rough alignment today, and again when I get the Panhard and steering arms. Might need to lift the front a little more to level it out a bit when it's empty.

There's about 20mm of down travel on all four shocks, so I'll have to work on getting the control arms soon. Then I'll be able to build a fancy set of Blue monotubes to match the blue springs. :P





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Finally got a chance to throw it up on the flex-ramp at work after fitting the springs. Disconnected the front sway-bar, and the rear is barely flexing yet.

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Alrighty, haven't done much to the old girl lately, been too busy with work and the Sydney 4WD Show. But, now that it's all quietened down a bit, time for more mods!

Firstly - Sliders. Ordered a set of the RockCandy ones (just made it onto the end of the fab run). Then they sat in the garage for about a month before getting fitted up. Fitted them over 3 nights with lots of swearing, bloodied knuckles and broken drill bits.

Next - Steering Bits. Replaced the Tie Rod and Track Bar with HD units from Wooders, and the Steering Damper with a HD Foam Cell from Lovells. Then got a rough alignment (castor is still WAY out).

Finally - New Bump-stops and coil-spacers. 30mm spacers from SuperPro for the front, and RE 1" bumpstops from Wooders. Took a little creative thinking to get them fitted, but all in now and good to have two bump-stops again.

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On the list now - Front and rear shocks, shackle relocation brackets, ext. shackles (around 1") and long arms
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Little bit more today: Managed to finish building the front shocks at work today. Machined the cross-bar for the lower mount after work, and pressed the bushes and cross-bars into the shocks before I left. Got home and started to pull out the original monotubes. Got them out without too much fuss thankfully, as this was only the beginning.

Out with the old:


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It wasn't until I fitted the new shocks to the vehicle that I realised my mistake - I'd forgotten to measure the size of the lower shock eye.


The eye is a little too big for the mounting bracket, so the shock won't sit down properly. I spent so long making sure I'd grabbed the right cross-bars and was getting the lengths and valving right, that I'd forgotten to make sure the lower eye would actually fit and just assumed it would.

Missed it by that much...


I'll grab the dremel from work tomorrow and grind out the mounts where necessary. On the bright side, the new bump-stops look like they'll limit the up-travel just enough for the shocks to work on full up-travel. Down travel isn't an issue, as these shocks have more than enough movement in them with the standard control arms (620mm/375mm open/closed).

Also managed to pick up an old alloy non-winch bar from work for very cheap. Currently painted white, but I'll be sanding it back and painting it in grey hammer-tone before fitting it to the xj. Will also be modifying it a little to get the approach angles as good as, if not better than standard.

I'm now at a point though where I'm tossing up whether to go short- or long-arm again. Short-arm is cheaper and easier, but long-arm offers better/more flexibility with a smoother ride. Seeing as I won't be taking it too much higher than where it's sitting now, is there much advantage in going the long-arm upgrade over the short-arm? It's sitting at a full 2" over a standard sport with 300kg in the boot, so around 3" over a limited/classic.

Any opinions/ideas are greatly appreciated.
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Ground out the lower shock mounts on the front and fitted the new shocks. Aren't Dremel's wonderful things?



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How much are you allowing for bump stop compression to stop bottoming out your shocks and causing damage?
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