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I put these hella ones in to keep mine legal when I had it. Changed all the lights in the US taillights (red no amber) to act as brake lights. I didn't think there was a requirement to see the reversing lights like the indicators and brake lights.



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Thanks Steve, they look good in there and you would be able to see them on the 45 degree angle. I am not sure on the reversing light thing, but as mine is unregistered and needs to pass engineering and pits, i am getting a whole set of lights that can be visible at 45, just to stop any arguments.

On a side note, i picked a the front and rear springs and original roof racks from a 1996 Sport.
I fitted the rear roof rack so i can use it as a measuring reference point for my height..see previous posts.

The front springs have part number:GL 5200 1794 which show up on the net as upcountry springs as all the Oz Sports and Classics had.
The rear leafs are part number PRN 390 1066 which i cant find anything on but they are off the same 95 Sport.
I measured the arch at about 170mm from a line across the eyes to the top of spring where pin is. These leaves also came with the original shackles and the whole lot is in very good condition.

So, tomorrow, i will fit everything up and check heights, caster etc.. I am thinking that i will need to add a leaf to the pack to give me the extra 40mm suspension lift i am after over the Sport height (10mm is in the 235 tyres).

I am looking at the Rancho RS60913 add a leaf. Its a lot of messing around but i want to go as tall as i can (Sport 1730 + 50mm). The front i can balance out using my ACOS.

Pics to come of whole process....

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You could always take the rear tire carrier off. Problem solved.
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Hmmm, i could do that Tyvokka, and if the powers above dont like it, i may have to, but that opens up new cans of worms... new bumper, where to put spare etc... The protofab cost over a K and i think i can make it legal for $130 so i will give it a go.
On a side note, spent 5 hours changing all the suspension over this morning. The original shackles gave me a hard time as the bolts were pretty solidly attached to the leaves. Had to grind a half inch off these bolts as they interfered with the tyre carrier bracket as well. Got them off and with some anti-seize, they were serviceable again. Also had to disconnect all my airbags.
As it sits, it is 1750mm from roof rack to ground. Its also sitting a little high at the front.
I am not going to risk installing an add a leaf as i may go over my height limit of 1780mm. I can bring the front down about 25mm at the front as the ACOS is wound out a bit from previous lift.

So the plan is to drop the front down a whisker to balance it out, and then refit my airbags and add some air to bring the rear into spec. Hopefully it should work out OK.
My quick disconnects connected up really well again and i still have some adjustment, so even when i lower the front down a tad, they should still fit nicely.

OK, pic below is of XJ with 6 inches of suspension lift and 235 tyres... This setup would still need engineering and a swerve test....



Now, pic below is of the XJ with about 2.8 inches of suspension lift over a Limited model, plus 10mm in extra tyre height. The roof rack height is now 1750mm which is 30mm below the 1780mm height of a Sport (1730mm + 50mm) limit for a lift that does not need a lane change test etc.. In pics below, i just need to balance up suspension.

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Balanced it all out today. Got the airbags reinstalled and inflated them to 50 PSI. Rear end now sits nicely at 1760mm. I took her for a small test drive. Steering wheel needs centering which is only a 5 minute job. However, not sure what is going on with the rear end. Lots of noise coming from the rear drums. Never touched them but perhaps lowering the suspension did something. The right rear makes a fast ticking sound when reversing and the left rear makes some rattling while driving. I will have to jack the arse end up, put it in drive and have a listen.. might just need the rear brakes adjusting.
So, next on the list will be centre steering wheel, fix rear clunks and clicks, install rear lights on carrier and take the HID spotties off the roof....
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Investigated back drums and found the problems. I have Superior axles in the D35 which are stronger than the originals. For some reason, the wheel studs had backed themselves out. Some were hitting the ABS sensor causing it to bend. The bent sensor was touching the tone ring and causing a ticking noise in reverse. OK, so used red thread locker on all 10 studs and tightened them back up. Straightened and tightened up the ABS sensors. While i was there, i greased up the drive shaft. Took it for a test drive and all running quiet.
Next on the list was to relocate the track bar which was a 5 minute job, and then centre the steering. Another test drive and all good.
I then removed the 4 HID lights off the roof. I am putting a light bar on the bull bar.
I told the Dept of Transport that i wanted to put a winch behind the bull bar and in their reply, they want a consulting engineer to address that the bull bar construction complies with CI-112C. Its the factory Jeep supplied bull bar so i cant envision any problems but they do tend to waffle on a bit.
OK, i have to put this project to bed for a few weeks, but in the meantime i am going to order a yellow box V5 speedo recalibrator to get the speedo accuracy to -0 +10% as according to the ADR's. I cannot get a speedo gear for the combination of tyres and diff ratio's i have.
I will also order the LED ADR approved lights for the tyre carrier.
The old girl is getting closer to full compliance.....
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Not really related to VSB14, but just some stuff i thought i would add.
Had a mobile aircon guy come around today to service the Grand Cherokee. All good and now icy cold, but he said the compressor was a little worn.
While he was there, i thought i would get him to look at the XJ thinking i would have all sorts of problems. This is what he did:

Inspect 2 x Jeep

Evacuate and pressure test

Insert Oil, dye and full gas

Inspect for leak

Replace valve core.

At first, he said the compressor was just about knackered as it was reading 45 on his gauge and he said anything over 40 was getting tired and would not cool a car at idle. Anyway, he said he would add 30ml of compressor oil and gas it right up and it may come good. It did! The gauge started reading 25 which he said was like a brand new system. Said it was cooling better than the GC.
Total price was $300 for both cars fully serviced and running icy cold.
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Received the LED Autolights in the post and set about installing them. I thought they were Australian made, as they are $100, but opening the packet, they are made in Taiwan. I rang LED Autolights as i thought i may have some fakes. They confirmed that they have a Taiwanese factory... Anyway, the lights came with no mounting hardware and only a few hundred mill of wire. Of to the shops to get some trailer wire and stainless hardware, as well as a good 6mm hardened drill bit to get through the thick steel tyre carrier. Installation went well and fitted up good. I wired the lights up splicing into the trailer plug wiring and soldering and heat shrinking all the joints. All lights working well, and as you can see from the pic below, lights are visible from a 45 degree angle (original lights are blocked by tyre), so this should now be legal.

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