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Re: Milton's build thread

Okay - I finally got my front struts in yesterday! It seemed like it was taking forever to get all the components. After reading other build threads, I think a month wait was either on par or even earlier than some. The install is going to be Friday morning after I come off shift. My duty chief has been lifting Jeeps for many years and has offered his assistance. I will have access to a lift, air tools, third arm, cutting torch (God, I hope I don't need that), etc. Basically he told me to bring my Jeep, my parts, patience, and positive attitude. I told him no problem - I am very excited to tackle this. I've been reading posts and builds until my eyes bled trying prep for the install.
If all goes well I will try to post pics by the weekend.

Oh yeah, the Grabber AT2's were scrubbed from the blueprints because so far as I can tell they're on a major backorder. Tirerack has them but I would have to pay shipping from Nevada - like $150+ bucks just for shipping. I was gonna go with Nitto Terra Grapplers but the shop that was offering these only carries a B load range. So, I came accross some Goodyear Wrangler Authorities at Wally World. I know what people think when WalMart is mentioned, but they look awesome, have a C load range, speed rating of 100mph, and come with a great sticker price:
4 - 265/70R17 for $690

By the way, I was reading alot on the forums about the rear trackbar geometry and I'm wondering if anyone with the OME HD has also put in an adjustable trackbar. I know the guys with the modified OME either have or are considering it, but does anyone else notice issues with the stock trackbar and straight-up OME HD? Any last minute advice would be more than welcomed!
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Old 10-05-2011, 03:33 PM
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Re: Milton's build thread

Picked up the new tires. GY Wrangler Authorities 265/70/R17.
They seem HUGE. I know everyone with comparable
lifts run this size - but $H1T they look big! I didn't want the dog in the photos but after I took them I realized he gave the meats a point of reference.
He's a good 100lb Shepherd and looks little next to them.



Well, with any luck the next post on my build thread will be the finished product. Until then . . .
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:45 AM
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Love the color of your jeep!!
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Re: Milton's build thread

Installed everything yesterday. It all went very well. Took as long or longer to get the tires mounted as it did to install the lift. I'll make up a little more detailed post with more pics and some pointers we came accross during the install. Some quick before and after pics:




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Re: Milton's build thread

Nice ride man! Like the color
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Re: Milton's build thread

Some pics of the OME HD install:
Penetrating oil is your friend for this project. I sprayed all the disconnection points with PB Blaster almost daily for a little over a week before the project.
We started on the front as this is the "bear" of the install. Use a 24mm 6 point deep well socket on the lower arm nut. The bolt will not spin because there is a tab that prevents it from turning. You will need either a large screwdriver and hammer or in our case an air chisel to push the lower control arm bolt all the way out. Make sure you take all the tension off the lower arm that you can. Also, we wrapped bailing wire around the top of spindle and the UCA in order to keep the disco'd parts out of the way but not tear an abs or brake line:

Old vs new front coil. Notice the slight difference in length but significant difference in thickness:

To get the fork on the new strut it helps to put a large flathead or wedge
in the space of the fork where it slides over the strut tab while a bfh is used to hammer the fork onto the strut. To get the bump stops back in place it helps to lube them with silicone before you run it down the new strut piston, before you you place the new coil on and mounting plate. We used a vice to stand the cartridge up while we hand tightened the spring compressors just enough to get that center nut started on the piston threads. Take it slow because you'll have to compress the coil quite a bit and it puts A LOT of stress on the compressor bolts. Keep an eye on the alignment of the coil/bottom rubber boot/strut/top plate and be sure the strut tab is oriented to the inboard side (narrower side of mount plate) of the mounting plate. Then make sure that center strut piston nut is bottomed out. We used a wrench on the hex head of the piston to hold it in place while tightening the center nut. Once the assembly is put together and the tension is let off the compressors you will probably need to pry the compressor "hooks" from between the coils as the distance between is tighter than when you put the compressors on:

The rear end goes very quickly relative to the front. After disco of the top sway link bolt and taking the old shocks out, the rear axle will drop down. We used jack stands on each side of the pumpkin against the axle to keep it from falling too far as you will need to keep an eye on the brake line slack. They are a limiting factor as to how far you can let the axle down. In addition, we noticed we had to take the drivers side bump stop off as well as the upper mount from the frame rail and compress the coil (A coil on driver side) to get the new spring to squeeze in. The problem is the driver side control arm hits the fuel tank /tank protector and doesn't allow it to drop far enough down. Also, the track bar is connected to the frame on the driver side. The passenger side can be pushed/pulled/dropped down far enough to simply take the old spring out and put the new one in by hand with no trouble at all:

The last thing to do is double check that everything is torqued down and put the wheels back on. (As a side note - all nuts and especially bolts/threads were cleaned up with a grinding wheel brush and anti-ceize applied to all threads before reassembly). Drop the rig to ground, finish torquing wheels, stand back and marvel the accomplishment!

It looked good even with the stock 245's on:

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Old 10-10-2011, 02:00 PM
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Re: Milton's build thread

Finished product with new meats.
Goodyear Wrangler Authority 265/70/R17's:




Believe it or not the KK used to be taller:



I took before and after measurements at front hub straight vertical to fender well, rear hub verticle to fender well, ground to side rail vertical at the B post:
F: 18.5 inches - 22.25 inches
R: 20.25 inches - 22.5 inches
B post: 13.0 inches - 17.5 inches
I gained a good 3.5 " of lift from ground at the B post. I would guess the springs will "settle" some but that is where it stands now. The GY Authorities are awesome tires, by the way, for anybody looking for a good, aggressive yet affordable tire. Not too much road noise (nothing like an M/T). It looks better than I could've imagined and I am extremely happy.
The ride is stiffer but it is nowhere near rattling the fillings out of my teeth, and no weird "clunks", "rattles", or other noises.
Now I just have to see about fitting a full size spare in the well underneath. I'll posts what I figure out on that one when I figure it out.
Hope the build thread is helpful to someone out there and until next time . . .
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looks awesome dude. those 265s look right at home with the lift. definitely going OME soon.
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Re: Milton's build thread

Went on a short offroad jaunt this morning. Got to test the new suspension a little, as well as the new tires. Everything seems top notch so far!
Bought a Nitto Terra Grappler 265/70/17 off a guy on Craigslist so I can have a full size spare. Did the rear hitch modification. Used an angle grinder with a metal cut-off disc to chop the bolts and the reciever tube down, then a zircomium abrasive flap disc to smooth the edges. Finished up with some black high heat enamel Rustoleum (only rustoleum I had). I aired the tire down to 10psi. Supposed to be getting an MV50 12v compressor delivered today that I will keep on hand. May see about mounting it somewhere under the hood.
It's a tight fit but it works:

Tucks right up in there:
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Re: Milton's build thread

The only real mod I did since the hitch is take my airdam off. My older daughter and I got a chance to go down to KS Rocks this weekend with my uncle and cousin. The white TJ is thier ride. The park is only about 90 miles south of us. For anybody that is able to go there I would recommend checking it out. The main loop is for everybody and then they have the rest of the trails marked green (intermediate), blue (moderate), black (expert). Lots of rocky obstacles, good climbs and descents, tight trails to challenge the driving skills. Really got a chance to put the WK to the test. We were able to tackle some awesome runs. One thing I noticed with the WK is that a spotter is very helpful. We would stop and pick our lines on climbs and descents, but it is tough to see over or around the front.
This could probably be in another thread, but it's my build thread so I put it here. For anyone thinking of a similar set-up or tires, the OME suspension is the real deal, the spacers give it solid, wide stability, and I am very pleased with the performance of the GY Authorities.













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awesome man, glad to see the OME doing alittle work. how are the authorities holding up? some reviews ive read have kind of downed the tire for wear issues and balancing issues. ive liked them since i saw them in walmart a couple years ago. also, w'd you move the spare to thr roof? clearance issues offroad with it underneath?
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awesome man, glad to see the OME doing alittle work. how are the authorities holding up? some reviews ive read have kind of downed the tire for wear issues and balancing issues. ive liked them since i saw them in walmart a couple years ago. also, w'd you move the spare to thr roof? clearance issues offroad with it underneath?

Yeah, dude, it was a great day of wheelin! Did some runs I didn't think I would even try - but the WK armed with the OME and the Authorities got it done. (QTII also showed me what it's capable of) The tires are awesome I have to say. KS Rocks is dfinately just that - rocky, and I haven't noticed that they got shreaded anywhere. I aired down to bout 20psi for the day so I don't know if it helped wear & tear but it def helped some of the climbs. Time will tell as far as the overall wear on these GY's but as it stands they were money well spent and saved. I don't keep the spare on top for dd but when I've gone wheelin I put it up to avoid any punctures from underneath and I figure I can get to it if I have a rear blowout and the ground is in the way.
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