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Old 01-05-2012, 12:53 PM
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Re: Omelet's Build Thread!

Next came my compressor! I had been searching around for deals and finally landed an awesome one from 4WD.com. I decided on the ARB High Output Compressor (CKMA12), Tire Inflation Kit (171302), and Tire Inflator with Gauge (605US) (not shown).




I chose the ARB mainly because it is rebuildable, but also because they are hardy and very reliable! The last thing I wanted was to have my tires aired down or needing to swap out to the spare just to have my compressor take a crap. I had one of those cheap ($50) auto parts store compressors in the past and it didn't last long. Luckily it went out on me in the drive way (I have to deflate the tires on my XJ to get it into the garage )

I wasn't quite sure where I wanted to mount it. I knew I didn't want it in the rear cargo area and I preferred not to make a bracket for it unless I had to. I looked around in the spare tire area and found that I could fit it up in there with the spare, but preferred to have it in a more accessible location. So that left a spot under the hood that I had been eye balling.

This is the passenger side strut tower. I wanted to put it on the back side of the tower (by the firewall) but my drill was too big to fit in there and drill the holes. So I settled for the front.




With the compressor mount in place.






And then the compressor in place.




Once it was fully assembled with the intake back in place and the coolant bottle in its temporary location.






Not the perfect arrangement, but it go the job done for the time being! All that was left to do now was the wiring. It would be a simple wire install compared to what it would be if I was also installing two ARB lockers.




I had no need to run the switch to the interior since I would only be operating the compressor to inflate my tires. So it was mounted right beside the compressor on the side wall.








I also used the factory ground stud that was there for the compressor ground along with the relay mount.




I ran a wire for the ACC power so the switch would illuminate and so the compressor wouldn't come on when the engine was off if the switch was accidentally bumped.

Once everything was reassembled. I also did a test run!








Oh and I placed the fuse right behind the passenger headlamp for easy access. If I need to change it or pull it for any reason, it is as simple as popping the headlamp cover off and there's the fuse!

Next I will skip forward to the relocation and modification of the system. . . .
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Old 01-05-2012, 12:58 PM
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Re: Omelet's Build Thread!

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Holy shit man 550$? Maybe I'm not fully understanding the benefits but that's an huge amount of money
Well they were $600 when they came out, so $550 for a new pair with international shipping was a sweet deal for me. Plus consider the fact that there was only like 10 sets ever made!!!


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Dude what's not expensive these days?! Can't even go to a movie without spending at least $20 if not $40! But those UCAs are beefy and shopping ain't cheep on beef! Haha
Hahaha!!! Dude, too good!
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Old 01-05-2012, 01:08 PM
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For comparison:

Total Chaos UCAs for a FJ Cruiser $686:

http://www.offroadwarehouse.com/prod...roductID/37439

Camburg UCAs for a FJ cruiser $700:
http://www.camburg.com/toyota/fj-cru...ll-upper-arms/



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Holy hell, what are the benefits of an aftermarket uca?

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Old 01-05-2012, 06:28 PM
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Re: Omelet's Build Thread!

Well as you can tell they are a lot more robust, so they will hold up to heavy duty off road abuse better than the OEM UCAs. They are made with a downward angle in them so that once you instal a lift they are sitting at the appropriate angle and not close to their max like the OEM arm. Which gives you the possibility for more down travel. The uniball is maintenance free so you don't have to lubricate it. When the OEM ball joints are worn or exceeds their max and snaps, they separate from the spindle and cause your Jeep to dive to the side (I have seen it happen a few times). The uniball will not snap or break loose from the spindle.

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Old 01-05-2012, 07:07 PM
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Re: Omelet's Build Thread!

SO once I finally got a smaller drill and was able to get to the back side of the strut tower I relocated the compressor. All that was required was to find the exact spot where it wouldn't interfere with anything like the computer, drill the holes, remount it, and extend the motor and pressure sensor wires. Then I was able to put the coolant bottle back in the OEM location.






Along with the relocation I also added a tank! I looked into many different locations and tanks, but settled on a 3 gallon pancake tank that would fit into the spare tire (an idea I got from Russ ).

I started by making a mount out of some thin steel.




Then I plugged the two holes I wasn't planning on using.




Next was the hose that would run up to the compressor.




And finally installing the tank into the spare. The install steps where as follows: run the winch end through the mount, bolt the mount to the tank




Then run the hose through the spare and place the drop the spare over the tank.



Lastly winch the spare and tank up into position.




I have the hose coming out from the top of the spare and running over the top of the track bar crossmember. Right after that I have a quick disconnect so I can drop the spare if need be.




And once the rear 4xGuard skid is bolted in place it is finished. The tank is tucked well out of the way from rocks, logs, and whatever else I feel like driving over. If by some chance something does whack the tank, well it is made out of steel! The skid is also handy just in case the winch gives way. The skid has the spare and tank pinned up in position.



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Old 01-05-2012, 07:25 PM
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Re: Omelet's Build Thread!

Right toward the end of my tire's life, it picked up a razor blade while I was out wheeling. The sucker went deep, but somehow it didn't puncture the tire!




Luckily I had been keeping an eye on Craigslist. . . .
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Do you have any gauges or release valves on the tank? I'm sure the lil compressor probably wouldn't damage the tank and would shut off before getting too full, but there is always the possibility... Any way to monitor?
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I plan on installing a gauge, just haven't done it yet. It is on the TO DO list

The pressure sensor is on the compressor so the tank doesn't need one
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Re: Omelet's Build Thread!

Ok lets see, what was next. . .


Oh yes, NEW TIRES!!! I scored a set of used BFG KM2s 285/70/17 for $300 from a guy with a Tacoma, because as he said, "They are too loud!".






I wasn't sure how well they were going to fit since I hadn't seen anyone with tires larger than 255/75 on an OME lift. But I was determined to make it work. I just needed them to work for six months or so until I could buy a new set. I had to sit on them for a couple of days until I had time for the instal.

And then out with the old and in with the new!






At this point I had installed a Rusty's strut plate for an additional .5" up front. As you can see the rear sits a little lower, though this pic exaggerates it. I had installed the spacer some time after the front guard and Matrix went on, because they brought the front down about a .25".

My greatest consern was up front with the UCA bolt at the spindle. I was trying to keep the .25" wheel spacers on the front and rear still. As you can see it was really close!




That weekend I went out for a quick test. These were taken at the top of a peak that a Border Patrol agent in a Tahoe said there was no way I was making it up in this Jeep. Ha! I went anyway and made it no problem! On the way back down I passed him again where he had gotten out to watch. He had a big grin on his face and just said, "Wow, I had no idea that thing was so capable"! I said, "Well of course, it's a JEEP"!









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That trip did teach me one thing. I needed to do something with my rear! I had enough clearance up front because of taking care of the pinch weld, and now the rear needed some love. I figured I had tow option, 1. extent my bumpstops 2. trim my fender. I chose option 2 because I wanted to keep the little bit of wheel travel we had.




I eventually did a write-up after I was bugged (I mean encouraged ) enough which can be found HERE!
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After the new meats came the discos! In my plans to push this OME lift I contacted Rusty's to see if I could acquire a few things from their 4.5" lift kit. I came away with their adjustable rear track bar, another set of their strut spacers, a pair of custom made rear sway bar links, and JKS Quicker Disconnects. The discos were the only thing going on at that time.




Initially I adjusted the links longer thinking I was accommodating for the added lift, but after talking to a buddy he told me that unless I was installing the SL drop brackets I shouldn't lengthen the links. So they went back to the stock length (9").

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