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1 minute ago, theksmith said:

 

i just kiddin - don't start till you've gotten every box and opened them and verified every single little piece is actually there!

 

Yeah I'll probably inventory what I have tonight.

 

I checked out the rear LCAs and they... are... massive. Close to double the factory arms 😬 pure American-made beef.

 

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First off, MASSIVE THANKS to @theksmith for spending 16 hours with me over 2 days in my garage. I learned A LOT about the process, and how things don't necessarily go as planned. 

 

Went with Clayton Offroad's OVERLAND+ 2.5" lift kit, which comes with all 8 adjustable arms and adjustable front/rear trackbars. The shocks are Fox Pro 2.0 IFPs.

 

Here's some photos of the process. I didn't capture as many as I wanted too, but was pretty wrapped up in the enthralling install process! I def need to pick up some bigger jack stands and a much larger floor jack. My little 3 tons barely reach the frame!

 

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^^ the bowl contains a blend of Girl Scout "Tagalong" cookies and Cheese-Its, courtesy of my 6 year old!

 

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^^ front end lifted, rear end is stock in this image.

 

Some more randoms, post-install:

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33's look so small in the JL's big-honkin' wheel wells! 35's are in the near future, but need to finish wearing these KO2's out!

 

Also, I'm not entirely convinced this was reallllllllly a 2.5" lift. No before/after measurements, but it certainly feels closer to 3.5-4" of lift.

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13 minutes ago, 4x4tographer said:

First off, MASSIVE THANKS to @theksmith for spending 16 hours with me over 2 days in my garage. I learned A LOT about the process, and how things don't necessarily go as planned. 

 

Went with Clayton Offroad's OVERLAND+ 2.5" lift kit, which comes with all 8 adjustable arms and adjustable front/rear trackbars. The shocks are Fox Pro 2.0 IFPs.

 

Here's some photos of the process. I didn't capture as many as I wanted too, but was pretty wrapped up in the enthralling install process! I def need to pick up some bigger jack stands and a much larger floor jack. My little 3 tons barely reach the frame!

 

kZX52rU.jpg

ehqDJUR.jpg

^^ the bowl contains a blend of Girl Scout "Tagalong" cookies and Cheese-Its, courtesy of my 6 year old!

 

 

 

Some more randoms, post-install:

Mzkl5QD.jpg

 

EbwbdUD.jpg

 

uOJPFHA.jpg

 

33's look so small in the JL's big-honkin' wheel wells! 35's are in the near future, but need to finish wearing these KO2's out!

That turned out real nice even with those big-honkin' wheel wells. 😆 Having good people like @theksmith help is a bonus. Can't wait to see how she does on the trail.

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Looks fantastic! Just be careful when you put on the 35's...you may have to air down to get in the garage. I've got less than a 1/4" when I push the door all the way up.

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On 1/30/2021 at 5:48 AM, Stacey and Scott said:

Looks fantastic! Just be careful when you put on the 35's...you may have to air down to get in the garage. I've got less than a 1/4" when I push the door all the way up.


You had me worried! I pulled in 1/2 way to measure the garage door clearance and I’ve got 5” of space left. 35s will technically bring me to 4” of clearance, so I’m sure I’m good. No roof racks in my future though 😅.

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Lift update! Got it off tarmac for a little shakedown run last weekend to see how it flexed out.

 

I’m super happy with the stance.

 

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We hit up a “sexy flexy” spot to check for any rubs, binds, or errant hoses.

 

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During the test we found that the bump stop extensions Clayton provided were a little too long, eating into some lost articulation. The rears look great with just enough room for some 35’s, probably 37’s. The front was pretty limited, with enough spare space on the stuff corner to stuff my entire head in and look around. 😁
 

Between the extensions and my new Metalcloak Durospring bump stops, there was approx 1” of space before they’d engage. This was not only limited flex, but was leading to a noticeable *bump* just backing out of my driveway. It didn’t seem to cause any real issues on the trail. I’m guessing that’s a testament to the durosprings.

 

Here’s a shot of the small gap.

 

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Ended up pulling the extensions and cutting 1.75” off in my miter saw. They’re now 2” of total extension. Bonus, they’re thin enough to remove without needing to remove the coils, which is a PITA solo.

 

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No longer getting into the bumpstopa so quickly backing out of my driveway or hitting the local speed humps. Looking forward to hitting that spot again to see how much flex Oki gained.

 

Heres a few more shots from the shakedown run. 

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2 hours ago, 4x4tographer said:


You had me worried! I pulled in 1/2 way to measure the garage door clearance and I’ve got 5” of space left. 35s will technically bring me to 4” of clearance, so I’m sure I’m good. No roof racks in my future though 😅.

With my rack I have to push the door all the way up and have less than a 1/4" clearance.

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2 hours ago, 4x4tographer said:

Lift update! Got it off tarmac for a little shakedown run last weekend to see how it flexed out.

 

I’m super happy with the stance.

 

nrMPycO.jpg

 

We hit up a “sexy flexy” spot to check for any rubs, binds, or errant hoses.

 

YIuqlcc.jpg
 

During the test we found that the bump stop extensions Clayton provided were a little too long, eating into some lost articulation. The rears look great with just enough room for some 35’s, probably 37’s. The front was pretty limited, with enough spare space on the stuff corner to stuff my entire head in and look around. 😁
 

Between the extensions and my new Metalcloak Durospring bump stops, there was approx 1” of space before they’d engage. This was not only limited flex, but was leading to a noticeable *bump* just backing out of my driveway. It didn’t seem to cause any real issues on the trail. I’m guessing that’s a testament to the durosprings.

 

Here’s a shot of the small gap.

 

FDNq93t.jpg

 

Ended up pulling the extensions and cutting 1.75” off in my miter saw. They’re now 2” of total extension. Bonus, they’re thin enough to remove without needing to remove the coils, which is a PITA solo.

 

VsNGjlz.jpg
12QiLmN.jpg


No longer getting into the bumpstopa so quickly backing out of my driveway or hitting the local speed humps. Looking forward to hitting that spot again to see how much flex Oki gained.

 

Heres a few more shots from the shakedown run. 

LgwMBpd.jpg

D8wflUm.jpg
SC9VpPp.jpg

Z7gh5Lh.jpg

SEfNhoB.jpg

I see you found my cousin wandering the desert. 🤣

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It looks awesome @4x4tographer! I'm really happy for you; the lift will definitely open you to more types of trails you can do. That's @theksmith for you, he's spent many hours over here helping get stuff done. He's just a super-friend that way.  

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