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Old April 17th, 2006, 06:19 AM   #1
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Talking west side cj lift 4/22/06: this is a go

the lift came in, the axle is being painted this week, and as of friday I looked in the axle guys lift bay and the dana 30 was gutted.

all this means we will start this saturday the 22nd in beaverdam, around 1pm. I will post again as we get a little closer this week. throwing this out in hopes to get atleast a few people out. this is a basic 4" cj lift with a bolt in axle swap. help a brotha out....

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Old April 17th, 2006, 10:50 PM   #2
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Define "basic". Did you buy new shackles and poly bushings, or do you already have aftermarket shackles on the vehicle? Do you have access to cutting torches?
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Old April 18th, 2006, 05:50 AM   #3
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Old April 18th, 2006, 06:58 AM   #4
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No to everything? Uh-oh...


You should seriously consider the things I mentioned.
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Old April 18th, 2006, 08:14 AM   #5
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I looked at getting new shackles, this is going to be a more on than offroad jeep (already have a trail rig). I talked with some "people" and the majority said dont replace the shackles. I would tend to agree. I am by no means a expert. I do plan on having a map gas available. I also have milwaukee portaband that comes in hand to cut things rather than torch if necessary. I have done a lift on past cjs and helped out on the west side on other wrenchings of lifts. this is a texas jeep, never driven in the winter in michigan and very clean underneath. Im sure that means more bolts will break off than a rusted out michigan jeep but whos to say. I know your just being helpful and everyone has a opinion. who knows, I may still get some shackles this week.
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I don't know who you talked to, but I would have to say from experience that they don't really know what they are talking about. Running 20+ year-old factory CJ shackles on a modified suspension is just plain dangerous. One day you will be going around a corner, one of the two little strips of metal they call a "shackle side" will break, your leaf will flex to the side off the frame, go up into the body, and your ass will fall over. The rears are when will usually break, sometimes rupturing the gas tank as well. More road driving = more reason to replace them. Wheeling with taller springs will put even more stress on them and it would really suck for the low side to break when you are climbing up on an obstacle. I am not suggesting that you throw in expensive lifted shackles - just something stronger than stock. The stock style with no crossmember would even be okay as long as it was thicker, stronger material. Remember, shackles with solid crossmembers get bushings with flat faces. The factory design with no crossmember can use flat-faced bushings, but ones with tapered ends are typically used with that design.

Map gas is fine for burning out the rubber bushings and a power saw would also help get the job done.
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Old April 20th, 2006, 09:09 AM   #7
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4511 72nd ave, zeeland, mi, 49464 iffin ya please to help
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REVHO: What time are the festivities starting?. Not sure I can put in wrenching time, but I would like to stop in and see what you are up to. Meet some local folks.....
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if you come and get me i am free but none of my cars run yj needs sakles on rear end so i got lift ones
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Good luck, Kevin. If I wasn't heading to Virginia this weekend (to get my CJ-10a), I'd be over. Glad to hear that things are coming together with the '-7.

Have fun.

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REVHO: What time are the festivities starting?. Not sure I can put in wrenching time, but I would like to stop in and see what you are up to. Meet some local folks.....

should be around 1pm. trail junkie is the only other one posting interest on this, so feel free to come out even if it is to watch.

farm boy....steal your parents car.


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What? No follow-up pics? C'mon Kevin...post some pics. :dunie:

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