Coming up two years with my 2-dr CRD JK now, and as the modifications are about to get more serious, I thought I'd start a build thread.
Currently it has the following changes:-
- Full Set of Teraflex Control Arms
- 3.5" Lift with 700mm long travel Rancho shocks (RTI [email protected]
- Currie Anti-Rock Rear Sway Bar
- Offroad Only Pneumatic Front Sway Bar
- Original 4.1 Diff Ratios
- ARB Rear Locker
- Aussie Locker in the Front
- Chro-moly front axles + U-joints
- Front diff has been sleeved and gussetted
- ARB Front Bar + TJM Winch + Rugged Ridge HID Spotties
- ARB Compressor mounted in tailgate
- Rubicon Sill Protectors
- 35" BFG KM2 on 17" DC-1 Rims
- Custom Front and Rear drive shafts
- Rubicon Express adjustable front panhard
- Teraflex rear panhard relocation bracket
Next major change is a RockKrawler Long Arm Suspension Kit
We're blazing a bit of new ground here, as I don't believe anyone has installed the kit into a RHD JK, or a diesel....so there will be a few new problems to deal with along the way.
First problem is the installation of the control arm brackets - RK supply two hefty brackets that are bolted to the front of the transmission cross member and then welded to the frame rails - both the upper and lower front control arms attach to these brackets.
This creates a few problems:-
- The LHS bracket conflicts with the exhaust, so that needs to be modified
- The RHS bracket uses the space currently occupied by the fuel filter, so that needs to be moved.
- The bash plate that links the two brackets together doesn't provide enough clearance for the CRD exhaust where it crosses under the transmission - the sump on the 545RFE tranmission is lower, and the CRD exhaust has a greater diameter than the V6.
RHS bracket bolted into place - exhaust system removed
LHS bracket bolted into place - exhaust system removed
Played about with a few options - decided to split the exhaust into two smaller pipes to run under the transmission sump.
Not quite sure that we've left enough clearance for the drive shaft on full droop, but won't be able to tell until the new shocks are on the front.
Still working on the fuel filter, suspect it will end up on the LHS firewall, under the battery tray.