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giggityjeep
05-13-2011, 08:50 AM
And so it begins... but will take a few days, gotta work the next 2 and got sunday off....

spring swap first...

straigh up remove and replace... this was easy mostly... just had it apart last year so it came apatt in short order, new ubolts, reused the bushings, those were new last year.... love to say it was a ***** to get it apart, but yaaaa, no.... the bushings and everything just fell out.... :dontknow:

for my app, the shims need to come out... so clamp the spring and remove the cneter pin.... remove the shim and bolt together again, for SOA you will have to cut the center bolt down as well...

for removal pretty straight up, remove the rear hanger bolt, I unbolted my 3 shackle bolts and just used my hands to pull them out of the springs and hangers, and removed the springs.... reuse bushings and sleeves... rebolt.

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been lots of talk of this lately on some different forums on OME springs.......

OME makes 2 HD springs, when you ask for the HD you will get the 14s..... the below pic, the dirty ones, are the 14, they area 4 pack.... the 36R is the 5 pack... HD which I need and is a must for SOA... I reordered last year after I bent 2 and did not SPECIFY the 36, just HD,so I got the 14, they were already starting to invert SOA, the rear I have are 36, thiose are holding nice with SOA...

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see the diffference.... 4 and 5.... :confused0006:

springs on and onto the actual OTT....

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So where to start... well if you NOT swapping springs all you ned to do is remove your tire, caliper, and hub assembly.... the later being the hardest, again I just changed my driver side ujoints and seals couple years ago so I started here... it came apart nice and easy, with the help of a 4 foot breaker bar....

steering and drag link removed...

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you could do this now or after the actual mounting of the unit on the knuckle... dont really matter...

one advantage I will mention here to leaving you drag link and Sh$t on is there is a good writeup on jeepforum somewhere of how to use a socket and the steerign to remove the hub assembly without beating on it with a hammer, I did this when I did my ujoints but forgot about it till it came tiem to do hte beating part.... #****er

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for the hub assembly, remove hte 3 bolts on the back side of the unit... mine was obviously changed out at one point.. I had 3 9/16 bolts on the pass side, and 13 mil, 12 point on the driver side.... either way the impact made short work of them....

anyhow it came off not so bad..

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anyhow the whole point of this is to get the dust sheild off....

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then test it out....

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WTF. mine has a gap about 3 mil between the knuckle and the unit... but READ THE DISTRUCTIONS.... I was freaking out.... they give ya shims, I guess some wranglers vary in this department.... who knew......

some grinding is involved here to smooth out the ridge on the knuckle....

got it grinded and snuged on the backside....

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gotta drill ou the top and tap it... but its late Im beat, and thats all for today...

youngun
05-13-2011, 08:55 AM
Looks good, never seens a highsteer kit on a little jeep diff. Looks like a nice product

giggityjeep
05-13-2011, 09:09 AM
Looks good, never seens a highsteer kit on a little jeep diff. Looks like a nice product

ya Im doing the 8.8 in the rear, but Im a sucker I guess gonna run the 30 till it susplodes..... its been good so far, just did the fluids and it is still nice inside sooooooo

giggityjeep
05-13-2011, 09:13 AM
this is what I have/had...... it was not fun to drive forhte last few months ...

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youngun
05-13-2011, 09:20 AM
The steering is always a pain when you SPOA a jeep, nice to see a highsteer kit is out there for them to remedy the problem

giggityjeep
05-18-2011, 10:32 AM
MORE DONE....

Got up to heeps place to help/watch Bones put his rig together.... mostly help, man I tell ya, go up to chit chat and ya get put to work.... #****er

anyhow, bones helped ME, slap my drg link together, and yesterday I got in mocked up and into place.... just all needs lock tite now and bolted back together.....

Well started to get it back together and got as far as putting the rotors and in my infinite wisdom I putthe dust sheilds on backwards

so ya, screw it Im done for the day.... man gotta rip the hub off again..... PAY ATTENTION......

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Oh read lots of threads of ppl breaking their pitman pullers, so I thought about going to buy one, but working at a dealership, I just whipped down there and borrowed their ginormous one.... no breaking this *****... and this was the 'small' one, we got one there for 5 tons and the like...

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KINDA SEE HERE WHAT i USED TO HAVE....

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Then after all this I get to replace a driver side axle seal, and replace my oil pan seal, and do the fluids, diffs,

dont ya all just love jeeps.......

EDIT........ YES IM WELDING IT WHEN IM DONE........

D-Ass
05-18-2011, 01:31 PM
Looks good but that high steer set up scairs the shit out of me! I hope u at least used gr8 hardwhere and stovers also i would put as much weld on it to the original nuckle as possible. And also just so u know if u do plan on driving that on the road and a cop seas the steering u are fucked!

giggityjeep
05-18-2011, 01:47 PM
I read and read and read on highsteer kits....

this one had 2 advantages... it moved EVERYTHING above the springs, and it uses TR still....

the down... yep its 'bolton' but once welded wont really matter

YES IM welding it when done...

of all the reviews I read only those running 36 or bigger tires had issues, and once welded had no more.... Im not Im on 33 now and 35 maybe next year.... I will keep yas all posted on how it handles and turns out and after some use.... I agree it looks scary, but it is very solid even just in bolted state..

as for cops, I going with most wont know what they are looking at anyhow.. outside of being pulled over by the DOT, Im not worried... my rig.. nock on wood, has never been pulled over.. oh wait sorry yes I was, I was told to cover my bug lights on the hood

youngun
05-18-2011, 02:08 PM
Looks good to me, a bit of weld on there and it will be plenty strong

giggityjeep
05-18-2011, 02:56 PM
its pretty stout....

it uses the old TR hole drilled out to 5/8... uses 2 of hte hub assembly bolts in the rear and you drill and tap 2 5/16 into the knuckle...

so on its own its guaranteed for life up to a 36 tire, after taht they recommend welding... Ima weld it anyhow....