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TJ, I see from your sig you are still silverstars in your projectors? it seems most people also upgrade to HIDs, is the light output still pretty good? Projectors are expensive enough I was planning on keeping my current silverstar bulbs just wondering what you think.
Nuh-uh...the silverstars are in the wifes WK's stock housings. My WJ has has the Gen3 projectors with HID bulbs.

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There was a period of time I had the projectors on my WJ with silverstars (while waiting for my HID kit to come in) and it wasn't any better than stock. The projectors only really come to life with the HID's in them. You'll still be able to see at night with the silverstars in the projectors, but don't expect it to be any better than stock housing with stock bulbs.
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:38 PM
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Re: Bilstein shocks

ha, it would help if I paid attention to what I was reading......

Projectors & HID's it is then! As soon as the wife lets me sink more money into the jeep lol
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Re: Bilstein shocks

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Projectors & HID's it is then! As soon as the wife lets me sink more money into the jeep lol

Tell her it's for a safer driving experience at night, and a cheap investment at that too......hehe!
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Re: Bilstein shocks

Ended up putting my shocks on tonight! WOW what a difference, much improved ride! Didnt get a whole lot of time to try them out, but I will tomorrow. Thanks mon_21 for the tip on the welded nuts, that saved me the embarrassment of figuring that out on my own.

My dad had a good idea to remove the front upper mounts, (after we started rounding the flattened tip) he softened the rod with his welding torch so he could get a better grip with the vise grips, and then used a deep socket to take off the nut. Everything went well ant it was well worth it!

Thanks everyone for your input!
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Next up: Hids and Projectors......
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Oh and keep an eye for a welded nut, mine was covered with dirt n oil, I tried to remove those when I 1st did it and I was getting pissed coz it won't budge. Only after I sprayed it water n cleaned it off did I realize that it was welded and that I had to turn the bolt instead of the nut. One of my bloopers moment in life....
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Ended up putting my shocks on tonight! WOW what a difference, much improved ride! Didnt get a whole lot of time to try them out, but I will tomorrow. Thanks mon_21 for the tip on the welded nuts, that saved me the embarrassment of figuring that out on my own.
Talking about bloopers I ran into this changing the steering stabilizers on both our WJs and cut them off twice before realizing what was going on!!! Too many dead brain cells from the '70s.
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LoL....perfect timing Dave, Im thinking of changing the stabilzer in about a weeks time! Thanks for the headsup...
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Re: Bilstein shocks

Just bumping this thread to say I ordered some bilsteins & front & rear sway bars. Hopefully I'll still have the motivation to put them on myself when they arrive. Otherwise I'll give it to my mechanic to do while I watch him & drink beer
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Just bumping this thread to say I ordered some bilsteins & front & rear sway bars. Hopefully I'll still have the motivation to put them on myself when they arrive. Otherwise I'll give it to my mechanic to do while I watch him & drink beer
Oh its pretty easy, and at least for me I enjoy working on my own vehicle. Plus, more mod money if I save on installation!

I should say the shocks are easy, I haven't done the sways yet. I plan on doing the rear soon since this one seems to make the most difference and I can see from looking at it it should be insanely simple, as long as bolts arent too rusty. I hear the front can be a bit tricky to do alone though.
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Re: Bilstein shocks

I read a couple of write-ups for installing the shocks & it seems pretty easy. I've changed a lot of things before but never shocks so this will be my first time. Correct me if I'm wrong but from what I read the sway bars & the shocks can be changed without jacking up the truck,right?
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I wouldn't recommend not jacking it up, why make it harder on your part? it is soooooooo much easier without the tires...
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:12 AM
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Re: Bilstein shocks

Agreed, looking at where the bolts are it would be nearly impossible to do the shocks with the wheels still on. That said I think the sway bars can be done without jacking the vehicle, in fact something I read (I think wjjeeps.com) said that the rear bar should be done at normal suspension load rather than jacked up.
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