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So this is the first stage of my current build affectionately dubbed Project Dirty Diapers.

There is a bunch more stuff going on which I will start new threads for when I get them but for now I just have the suspension on.

When choosing my suspension system, I tried to choose a lift that really matched what I used my JK for. I spend a lot more time on the road then off so I wanted a long arm kit that was light weight and had a lower center of gravity. I chose the Rock Krawler 3.5” Triple Threat Pro Long Arm system with 2.5” springs. Since, I got the lower springs, I did not get the drag link flip as part of my kit.

I really can’t say enough about Jeremy from Rock Krawler. He answered countless questions and even met with me in Denver on his way to the Pomona Off road Expo to deliver my kit. Jeremy you are the man :beer:

I went to Jarrett of HD Customs for the install. The man is absolutely ridiculous at what he does. His welds are perfect and his attention to detail is just insane. Just as an example, he measured the distance between the clamps on the shocks to make sure they were symmetrical on both sides. Jarrett’s level of customer service is just as high. He trailered the Jeep down to the muffler shop in ~40 mph winds (no exaggeration).

Lets get to some pictures. These first ones are just some comparison shots between the stock parts and what came with my kit.

Front springs:


Rear springs:


Front upper control bars:


Front lower control bars:


Started off looking like this:



 

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So Jarrett started by getting rid of the stock brackets up front and welding in the new ones:




The mount on the axle for the passenger side upper arm gets replaced with this kit. To have a reference point, Jarrett tacked in some scrap:


The piece was actually dead center in the hole of the bracket. It just doesn’t look that way in the picture because I snapped it half way through the removal process.

Jarrett wanted to use some of his own gussets just because :


While we were at it, Jarrett welded in some Poly C-Gussets:


Here is what it looked like all cleaned up:



Jarrett has OCD in a good way. He grinded the areas down with two different grip grinding pads and then actually fine grit sanded the area. You cant even tell the original brackets were there to begin with.

On to the rear, I missed most of this because of other commitments so a few less pics – sorry.

Here is the new lower control arm bracket welded in and the old one removed:


Rear almost all buttoned up:
 

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For shocks, I went with Bilstein 5160s:

Up front, I convinced Jarrett to not follow the install instructions and mount the reservoir on the rear side. The instructions call for it to be mounted on the front (spring side):


In the rear Jarrett, tucked the reservoirs in front of the shock body to protect them:


Here is what it looks like all done:





 

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Awesome. One day I will upgrade to that lift. For some reason, I thought your Jeep already had a lift. I guess it's because of all the other trick stuff you have. Look great. :beer:
 

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Looks great! That PRO kit from RK is awesome. The weight savings is nice over stock and the regualer RK TT kit. Cant wait to see more...

-Jason
Yeah the weight savings are pretty crazy. The arms are super beefy. If you dont know that they were aluminum, you are in for a pleasant surprise when you try to pick them up.
 

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Congrats Alasha...... awesome kit :D

Yeah the weight savings are pretty crazy. The arms are super beefy. If you dont know that they were aluminum, you are in for a pleasant surprise when you try to pick them up.
How much is the total weight savings?
 

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How much is the total weight savings?
I havent weighed the stock parts so I dont know the difference between those and the kit. I think the stock parts might actually weigh less since they are significantly smaller. The weight savings are in comparison to steel versions of the same kit. Here is what Rock Krawler said on their thread about the PRO Kits:

Here are some weight savings numbers over our standard systems! This is the in box and shipping weights. Actuall system weights will be a little less.

2.5" Max Travel Steel System - 149#'s

2.5" Max Travel Pro System - 108#'s

***The PRO System includes an Aluminum HD Tie Rod which the steel system does not include an HD Tie Rod

3.5" X Factor Steel System - 209#'s

3.5" Max Travel Pro System - 145.5#'s

***The PRO System includes an Aluminum HD Tie Rod and Heavy Duty Drag Link with Drag Link Flip Package which the steel system does not include.

3.5" Triple Threat Long Arm Steel System - 392#'s

3.5" Triple Threat Long Arm Pro System - 272#'s

***The PRO System includes an Aluminum HD Tie Rod and Heavy Duty Drag Link with Drag Link Flip Package which the steel system does not include.

Rock Krawler
 

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Very nice. I like the direction you are going with this build. It's also nice to see that the 2.5" coils can be used with the longarm kit.
 

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what hood are you running. it looks awesome with your rig. and congrats on the new lift. looks awesome! i'm super jealous. :beer:
 

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Looks good so far... I am curious to see what it looks like with the wheels and tires. I just posted mine with the 3.5 so it will be cool to see them next to each other. When your ready I say we have a CO Springs meet and greet! :beer::beer:
 

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Looks good so far... I am curious to see what it looks like with the wheels and tires. I just posted mine with the 3.5 so it will be cool to see them next to each other. When your ready I say we have a CO Springs meet and greet! :beer::beer:
Saw your thread, pretty sweet. I cant wait to see it with everything done as well.

I am down for a meet and greet. I think we have quite a few members in the Springs.
 
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