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bradley4kc 09-11-2011 11:02 AM

Milton's build thread

Have a few modifications on the way so I figured I would start a build thread.

Parts list:

'06 WK Limited Chrome grill
OME HD springs/struts/shocks
Spidertrax 1.5" spacers f/r
General Grabber AT2's

Stock pics:

I've only been active on the forums for a couple months and I am still learning all the rules and etiquette. The builds that are posted have been a huge help along with all the other threads. This may seem lengthy to some so humor me and spare the complaints. I just wanted to post this for others to see and comment on, bounce ideas, suggestions, install tips, and overall give the next guy or gal that is thinking of some mod options some ideas to chew on and let them know what went into my decisions.
All but the tires are ordered and in transport (don't have tangible parts just yet so I almost feel like I'm jinxn myself by starting this thread). I decided to spend the xtra $ and go with the OME. I thought long and hard about a RRO 2.25"/billstein set-up and then Nick Kolak ran a Labor Day deal that I jumped on. For 200 more bucks than RRO/billsteins I bought the OME HD. We plan to wheel maybe once a month or so. Nothing extreme but in the KC area there are some decent Offroad parks close enough to make a day out of it.
Being a daily driver the OME seemed like the best option in the end as it is a true suspension lift that will stand the test of time.
As far as rims I like the Ronin II's on the rig. I just wish they had a deeper backspacing. Considered Blackrock or Cragar black steelies what with the black trim on the WK. They have that deep wheel/tires bubbled over rim look that I like - but - they are heavy. Adding that weight along with the weight of the bigger tires, I was looking at adding another 20-30lbs per wheel. That's a lot of new unsprung weight to ask the 4.7 to get turning and require the pads/rotors/calipers to get stopped. So, I decided to go with spacers and went with (so far as I can tell) the best money can buy, Spidertrax. Plus they are a cheaper alternative to new wheels. As far as 1.5" that is the only option I could see with Spidertrax 5x5 bolt pattern for the stock WK platform.
The grill is something the wife and I just think would look better than the stock. Chrome will contrast the paint color better and show off the "Jeep" look from the nose. Not trying to pass it off as a limited or anything, just think it will look better.
Tires: I really like the BFG A/T KO 265/70R17. But - they aren't cheap. Already having "upgraded" to the OME I was looking to save some dough. 265/70R17 Grabber AT2's are much cheaper. They look good - I have seen a set up like this on Jeep Forum and I like it. I had BFG ATs on an S-10 that I had so I hope the Grabbers wear like the BFG's.

Anyone with install advice please drop me a line.
So - I'll update the build thread as updates are necessary and untill then happy Jeepin' everyone.

P.S. - GO Chiefs!!
'07 WK Laredo Rocky Mountain 4.7L V8 flexfuel
'11 KK Limited 3.7L

JeepCoop 09-11-2011 11:20 AM

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Nice can't wait to see her after the install!! Don't forget to take the font air dam off when shes up in the air! :P

kevin06vino 09-11-2011 01:11 PM

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Originally Posted by JeepCoop (Post 482644)
Nice can't wait to see her after the install!! Don't forget to take the font air dam off when shes up in the air! :P

+1 on the air dam removal!

Looking forward to seeing your build. I'll have a similar setup but running 255/75R17 Destination ATs (which I'm still waiting for before installing the OME) but Firestone apparently has not been able to keep up with the demand.

JeepCoop 09-11-2011 01:33 PM

That's cuz they're super sic tires! Love mine. Running that exact same size ;)

bradley4kc 09-14-2011 04:21 PM

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Thanks to tri0829 in NY selling off some front end parts and his timely shipping, I was able to swap the grill yesterday. This is easy to do and can really change the look of the front. Definately diggin the chrome. image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 1022x766 and weights 362KB. image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 1022x766 and weights 338KB. image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 1022x766 and weights 373KB.
Still waiting on the OME HD kit to arrive and the spacers will probably come tomorrow. Haven't started the heavy lifting yet pardon the pun.

'07 WK Laredo Rocky Mountain 4.7L V8 flexfuel
'11 KK Limited 3.7L

Chaoul1 09-14-2011 06:33 PM

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Let me know how your OME HD Kit is. I'm very tempted to buy it!

Bleeding Blue 09-14-2011 06:36 PM

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Looks great! I swapped out a chrome grill for my color match as well and couldnt be happier!

tri0829 09-14-2011 07:27 PM

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looks really good glad it went to a good home lol

bradley4kc 09-28-2011 05:52 PM

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So here's an update. As of today I'm still waiting on the the full set of
OME HD components. Only thing left to arrive is the front struts.
Being as each piece has been delivered the days I'm on duty, I'm not expecting the struts to come until Friday, but we'll see. I have the weekend off so hopefully everything is in and I can give it a go.
In the meantime, I took some time today to install my 1.5" Spidertrax wheel spacers and give it the once over inside and out.
Rear view stock:
Rear view 1.5" spacers:
Side view stock:
Side view 1.5" spacers:
I like the look of the wheel/tire coming out past the fender wells. Plus I gave it a good cleaning inside and out:2thumbsup: :
These are easy to put on. Don't forget the locktite on the hub lugs and just make sure you have a torque wrench
on hand and use it to set torque on all 10 lugs per wheel. Take your time and make sure to torque every lug the same and use the star pattern. There are a lot of lugs being torqued so rushing things might cause you to inadvertantly forget to tighten one (this could be catastrophic).
I set all mine at 90-100 ft-lbs. I used the needle type torque wrench so I listed a range. Friday I will have access to the "click" type torque wrench and I will re-torque everything to 95 ft-lbs. The spacers say to set at 80-90 but a didn't figure the extra 5 lbs would hurt and I won't have to reset everytime I go from spacer to wheel lugs on each corner.
After install I drove around the block and later ran an errand to the store. I notice the wider stance gives the steering a little "tighter" feel. Other than that everything seems a-ok.
Well, I will update the build thread when updating is available.
Until next time - happy jeepin everyone:thumbsup:

Lucas J 09-30-2011 07:44 AM

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Your jeep is looking good, allot better than your Chiefs.

bradley4kc 09-30-2011 03:53 PM

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Thanks for the compliment. I am really stoked to get the OME installed and bigger tires and take it out to the trails for some wheelin.
As far as the Chiefs - they have embarassed their fan base to this point.

Lucas J 09-30-2011 05:02 PM

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Looking forward to seeing the finished result.

As a Pats fan, I am a big fan of Cassel, so I have to point fingers at the coaching staff.

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