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Old March 5th, 2014, 04:50 PM   #201
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The price was right on these shocks and honestly, I don't see myself linking the rear for a long time (if ever). I spent a lot of dough on the leaves (BOR) and they have always worked flawlessly. The 60 is still sitting under a blanket in the shop. It needs gears, steering and to shorten one axle, no immediate plans to work on it though.
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Old March 5th, 2014, 04:55 PM   #202
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Sounds like my 8.8. It has the right gears and posi already. I just need to gather parts, but I'm in no hurry to get it done.
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Old March 7th, 2014, 12:00 PM   #203
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Got some work done week. It's probably gonna sit like this for a while, I have 3 big trips in a row. Maybe I'll get lucky and have some time.

Side by side comparison of the old rear bump stops compared to the Prothanes.




Built up the mounts for the bump stops using 1/2" hardware.



RuffStuff shock mounts, I like these.



A little more cage and an upper mount.



Shock position. It's not perfect being angled back a few degrees, but it does rotate to the rear as it compresses. I couldn't do it any other way with where my C-pillar hit the floor. It's a lot easier doing this when you don't need to keep the back seat.

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Old March 7th, 2014, 01:07 PM   #204
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That little bit of an angle won't be an issue at all
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Old March 29th, 2014, 02:17 PM   #205
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Finally got the rear all finished up. The only thing left back there is to get some 90* elbows for the shock hoses and then mount the reservoirs on the cage somewhere. Pretty happy with it.



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Can't wait to try to crush these :)

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Old March 29th, 2014, 03:08 PM   #206
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Nice work.
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Needs more cowbell.
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Old March 30th, 2014, 03:22 PM   #208
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Old March 30th, 2014, 03:28 PM   #209
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What valving did you get in the rear?
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Old March 30th, 2014, 04:44 PM   #210
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Medium compression, medium/light rebound.
I talked with Chris at FOA and this was his recommendation based on my usage.
Dunes 2-3x a year, rocks and trails 3-4x a year and road driving for 6 months a year. I travel every week for work so I don't drive very many miles, maybe a couple thousand a year.

If I don't like it I guess I will learn how to rebuild shocks :)
The internals are pretty cheap and looks like it just takes a little time.
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Old March 30th, 2014, 04:50 PM   #211
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You have a good set of leafs back there, so it should be pretty good. With my crappy leafs I went with Extra firm compression and Medium rebound. It works quite well in the dunes. Haven't noticed any ill effects crawling, either.
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Old March 30th, 2014, 05:01 PM   #212
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I'll have to go back and check out your thread. I don't remember you going with FOAs in the rear. I remember you said you were happy with FOA, but I was thinking you meant fronts for some reason.
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Old March 31st, 2014, 02:41 PM   #213
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I some questions for you:

How well is the air filter working out where you have it? Do you remember where you got it? All the ones I have found locally are longer and won't work.
DO you have a picture of your transmission mount? I am trying to figure out how to mount the trans to my current long arm crossmember.
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This one?



Or this one? This is my current set up.

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I was thinking the first one. Just looking to get something on there to get up and running. If I don't like it I could always rework it later.
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Got it off the shelf at Advance Auto. Don't remember the PN but it was only $20.
It worked fine as a temporary solution, but my IAT was always really high because it was sucking air off the radiator. In the second pic you can see it is moved away from the radiator. I am also in the process of making a heat shield from the header.
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I'll do some more looking around. Autozone here in town only has the longer filters. I though about running it like you have in the second pic but didn't figure I would gain much due to header heat.

My plan for the trans mount to to fab up a spacer from the stock 4 hole mount location up to the 4l60 mount. Is that pretty much what you did?
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Got it off the shelf at Advance Auto. Don't remember the PN but it was only $20.
It worked fine as a temporary solution, but my IAT was always really high because it was sucking air off the radiator. In the second pic you can see it is moved away from the radiator. I am also in the process of making a heat shield from the header.
Oh, sorry. I forgot your second question. Yes, that's all I did at the time. I think I used and off the shelf mount for a Jeep CJ. Again, it was something that Advance had available so I went with it
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Battery mounted up and secured. Threw down a little carpet too.



Installed the Prothane coil inserts. Starting off with a 1" air gap and a 4" hard stop inside. 1 1/2" tube fits perfect inside. I made a 1/4" round landing pad for the bumpstop to hit the top of the Prothane. There's a piece of tube extending off the bottom of it holding it on to the Prothane and creating the top part of the hard stop. I forgot to take a pic of that though. I'm sure it's going to take some trial and error to figure them out. Ordered a set of shocks for the front, hopefully they will be here next week.



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So does your coil just float in there? I'm thinking good what I can do with my rear coil springs. I like the idea of a built in bump stop but without the coil tied in somehow I'm afraid of losing one.
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