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Old 06-08-2012, 09:38 PM
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Re: Valpacers' WH Build Thread

Got the rear fully bolted up, using the SL springs and old shocks. The old shocks (whcih are already longer then the OME) were perfect to mock up the new ride height level




ANd no, the shocks in the last post were not for this, they are off a prerunner style JK being built. And cost more than the whole kit each!

Replaced the 31" Maxxis Bighorns with a setof 35" BFGoodrich KM2's, which fill the guards nicely!

Out for its first flexing.










SO we made up some 70mm spacers for the rear, to get the height correct. These are being replaced with some custom springs to take the weight and with a progressive rate to give some extra coils for down travel.

The front already had some extra HD springs, but with the SL strut preload spacer it put too much strain on them. The Preload spacers will come back out, which will also reduce the angle on the tierods.

Measurements ended up at around 6.5" of total lift. Once the new coils are in and the front is set it will end up being around 6.25".

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Old 06-08-2012, 10:00 PM
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Re: Valpacers' WH Build Thread

I decided to remove the roof rack at this stage, mainly to clean the look up a bit and also to not make it look TOO high. Thats only for the locol police, as where I am we cant lift a 4wd by more than 2" or increase tyre size by more then 1/2" diameter. Which luckily the Jeep came factory running 34.5" tyres .

Fitted the factory rails back on, and a couple of single 10W Cree LED fittings to the rear instead of the large ones the rack had.





Relocated the Light bar to the front grille.



And in the meantime I have been working on a new rack, which will be a single layer with low mounts (no higher than the factory side rails) and let me get the light bar back on the roof, and be there in case I need to carry anything.

Using some 25mm (1") tube, and some 25x50mm rectangle for the mount sections.





Some 1" tube for a joiner. Extends 3" either wasy into each piece, and allowed me to get a good weld (left a 4mm gap between the main pieces and welded all 3 parts)



All the crossbars notched with a 25mm holesaw. Came out pretty close.







Welded up and ready for grinding.



And now i just need to complete the mounts for the lights, and some smaller tube for the wiring to run in. At the moment it weighs just 6kg, instead of the 24kg the old rack did.
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Re: Valpacers' WH Build Thread

Was great to read right through your build mate as only seen bits of it over the years.
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Re: Valpacers' WH Build Thread

Thanks Mate, yeah its been a bit overdue
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Re: Valpacers' WH Build Thread

Wow this is awesome. Your jeep is on a different level. Keep up the amazing work.
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:39 AM
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Re: Valpacers' WH Build Thread

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Re: Valpacers' WH Build Thread

What is the difference on the knuckles that come with the lift kit?
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Re: Valpacers' WH Build Thread

The superlift knuckles are around 3.5" longer (above the hub bearing mount) and the tierod mount is also higher as rack doesn't relocate.



Not my Photo, stolen from Omelet But shows the difference. THe 4 " they advertise is achieved by this knuckle and a preload spacer in the strut. And obviously the diff drop and front LCA mount drop.

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Thanks for letting me know the difference.
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Re: Valpacers' WH Build Thread

Did some more work on the new roof rack today.

Got the bracket bits on the roof, sat the rack on top to mark out.







So got the brackets welded up at the right angle, trimmed and painted. Of course the wire feeder started doing its ferarri impersonations again so the welding is very average. It will do for now.





Used some 3mm rubber under the mounts (trimmed holes the size of the nutserts in the roof) and some black socket head capscrews with fibre washers to try and keep the waterproofing of the roof.

This is the new location of the rear LED's, off the mounting brackets.



Then it was time for the front light mount. Unfortunately my cheap light bar has an average mounting design, but this should be able to suit whatever i go to next.









Hopefully ill have it all welded up and painted by tonight.
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Looking like a good clean design there.
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Re: Valpacers' WH Build Thread

this is almost exactly what ive been dreaming up to fab for my wk...looks good, cant wait to see it finished. if i ever get to making mine now i will have some reference pics!
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