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Silver JK - RK 1.5" installed

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.
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Nice looking ride sir.. Welcome to the RK Family...

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Nice work!

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Good job .. Looks great brother.

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Looks nose high but see your stock bumpers, wonder how she will sit with bumper and winch. Give us a ride update, been looking at that very kit.
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I think the angle of the pic makes it look more nose high than it really is. Tape measure from fender to ground puts it about 5/8" high in the front so bumper and winch should put it about perfect.

I've only got about 75 miles on it since install of the lift and only about 5 miles with the duratracs on. Initial impression are that it definitely firmed up the ride. Much less squat and nose dive than stock. Steering feels solid and it tracks like it did stock. The Duratracs seem to transmit more of the road feel than the stock SRAs did. I could feel the tar snakes in the road today and don't remember feeling them before. Maybe that's just me being super sensitive to a new change and looking for something. Cornering wise it feels planted. Less body roll than stock. It's no sports car but actually think it feels better in the corners than my F150.

So far I'm very pleased with the new feel of the Jeep. Gonna take it on the highway for the first time tomorrow so i'll report back after I've put a few more miles on it.
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What are you running for caster/toe angles ?

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Driveway measurement I believe is putting me at 4.7 for caster. I haven't checked toe. Need to get it into a shop to check my numbers against but just haven't had the time.
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It's possible something's off or you're just feeling the less backspace/wider grippier tire.

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The Jeep looks great! Thank you for your business and support!

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It's possible something's off or you're just feeling the less backspace/wider grippier tire.
I think it was my tire pressure. Dropped it down to 30psi and it feels great now. Amazed just 3-4 psi can make such a difference.
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Looking good man, very well done!
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Looks good!!

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Great looking rig.... Love the wheels... Are they a headlock?

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They are not beadlock, just a trim ring. Fuel Trophy D552.
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That's what I figured as there beadlock version is big$$$$

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