So here she sits after about 4 hours of install time then a quick alignment... then add 30 minutes with a grinding wheel in my driveway and viola.
I didnt want to deal with wheel spacers... I am not peticularly afraid of them, I just prefered not having them, I like everything being housed in the well and not sticking out. I have seen a WK in the shop with 245's on moabs (winter setup?) and noted the front wheels had little nicks on all the spokes in the same place, where the wheel contacts the caliper. Considering the minimal nicks in each spoke and looking over the caliper assembly well I came to the conclution that the contact point on the caliper was not a major
structural component to the calipers function and used an angle grinder to bring the caliper bracket in some (NOTE: NOT removed, still very much so intact.) Set them up, ran a lug nut in till it was snug and inspected for any further rubbing... when I was satisfied with the results I knocked the upper ball joint stud off with the grinder and finished installing the rear wheels. Result, 32" tire in my wheel wells, NO rubbing (with no
pinchweld mod) at full lock left or right. I didnt try any flexed manuvering but parking lot manuvers are free of rubbing. The tires are right at flush with the side of the jeep (as mentioned, my preferance).
Wow is all I can say, I am not peticularly fond of lifts that stick spacers in the strut assembly but
I was interested in a slightly tighter ride as I feel the WK ride is too soft. Drives great, just the right stiffness, not a 2500 heavy duty ride but no floaty caddy ride either.
Yes, I do see my decaying flesh colored garage door... They (it, one is done) are in process of being replaced.
Prior to the JK wheel setup.
A slightly older before shot.
Just in time for hunting coming up!