Figured I'd share a pic or two of the progress I've made on my JK so far.
I've done a fair amount of wrenching on my motorcycles but never really done much aside from oil changes on my cars so was kind of venturing into new territory for me. I guess what really appealed to me about a Jeep was that I wouldn't be scared to wrench on it. My previous car was a BMW that I didn't feel comfortable doing anything to.
So with the help of Youtube and the many Jeep forums I figured I'd give it a go and get my hands dirty. I ordered the RK 1.5" Max Travel with the Bilstein 5100 from Marcus at RCO. Excellent vendor by the way! Also had him send me the Fuel Trophy wheels. Went with DiscountTireDirect for the Duratracs in 285/70/17.
It took me a while to get everything installed as the RK instructions aren't exactly writen like an idiots guide to lifting a JK so I had a bit of a learning curve I was having to go through. All in all it wasn't too bad of a job. I think I had the jeep up on jack stands for a total of about 3 days. The biggest challenge I had was torquing those jam nuts on the LCAs and track bar.
Painters tape and a sharpie to give me some reference lines and my woodworking bench solved the problem with how to torque them enough once I got the lengths right:
The tires arrived yesterday and I figured I'd try mounting them myself. I've mounted quite a few motorcycle tires before and will say these were easier to mount than the last set of street bike tires I did:
Got the tires balanced this morning and put them on:
Feels good to look at it and say "hey, I installed that".
Gonna need bumpers and a winch at some point but the CFO says I used up my budget for right now.