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and DRTY_FJ is lifted....

Discussion in 'FJ Cruiser' started by OFRD_GRL, Aug 20, 2006.

  1. OFRD_GRL

    OFRD_GRL

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    kind of.
    skyjacker apparently gave the wrong hardware.
    the front bushing install the instructions sucked - so we made it up to get it done and im gonna call them tomorrow to see if we did it right - or if the parts they gave me were wrong altogether.
    the rear.. they didnt give any of the bushings for the new rear swaybar end links to go in. so im running without the swaybar attached in the rear...
    again going to call them tomorrow.

    its nice and all i got the first kit they made... but it sucks that the kit didnt have what i needed after we got the truck apart... (everything seemed ok until we went installing it.. we had the right amount of bushings in the correct colors for everything.. just not any of the right stuff after we tried using it - or some of the right stuff.. or whatever)

    im just glad i have the 4runner to drive till i figure this all out

    and pics before/after and a few install ones when i remembered to grab the camera.. when we werent figuring out the stuff that was wrong in the kit LOL
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    stock suspension
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    sway bar end link removed
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    strut unbolted at bottom
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    after alot of agrravation.. and cursing at skyjacker... and just deciding to do what looked like the best option.. skyjacker strut installed
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    spring hitting UCA (at full droop) because were not 100% sure we got it all right, but its the only way it would have worked
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    using factory bushing on top even though skyjacker gave one.. but it wouldnt work any way we could figure it out
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    lift fully installed
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    and for the sake of humor for you all... this is what happens when una works on things with her feet criss crossed (not the duct tape around ankles please)
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  2. FirstToy

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    Una,
    Are you re-using the stock front coils? Is the uca hitting with the swaybar & tre's connected? You should be a-ok once everything is hooked up.

    FJC is looking good, that stock skid plate has to go! :grinpimp: but it is great to show how much more clearance you get with the All-Pro bumper!
     
  3. Zack1978

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    So I guess it is safe to say that a Skyjacker lift is not good? Yes/NO?


    Zack
     
  4. OFRD_GRL

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    it rides great, and its WAY better than a spacer kit IMO. and its priced pretty competitively with spacer kits.
    once they get the bushing situation figured out it will be well worth it, if you ask me.
    and it comes with rear end links that are WAY beefier than stock.

    you re-use the stock front coils, put them on the skyjacker strut, which is taller and the mounting plate is higher on the shock body.
    the rear is replacement coils, you order the rear shocks seperately.
    overall a pretty easy install provided the correct hardware is in your box.
    I will take pictures of the hardware once i get it to show what you need if you get the kit, so you have something to compare too :)

    (kit is here: http://www.stylinconcepts.com/part....familyid/1318/subcategoryid/200/categoryid/30)
    (shocks are here: http://www.stylinconcepts.com/part....familyid/1371/subcategoryid/237/categoryid/30 or http://www.stylinconcepts.com/part....familyid/1371/subcategoryid/237/categoryid/30)
     
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    Working in bare feet...you are brave.:doh:
     
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    Nice duct tape.:eek:
     
  7. OFRD_GRL

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    yea yea yea.. i know about the barefeet :D
    i WAS wearing flip flops (yea, not much better.. shush) but they got kicked off somehow LOL
     
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    And two diffrent types of cammo...And I thought I was bad. :hillbilly:
     
  9. OFRD_GRL

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    hahahaa yea
    i was in getting dirty clothes.. didnt care about the matching aspect :)
     
  10. bulldog-yota

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    That's the new fashion, you should keep up with the latest trends. Soon all the celebs will be spotted in different top and bottom cammo wear. Especially extravagant with the barefoot duct tape look, it's the new rage. :grinpimp:

    Not sure why people dress in high fashion to work on their trucks. :D

    Anyhow I'm not one to talk about waht other folks are wearing, my :princess: always tries to dress me before I leave the house.




    Back to topic

    Is the front shock valving a bit firmer than stock? Any sway issues when driving?

    Point of concern is the droop with the UCA hitting the coil. How long is the strut assembly compared to stock?

    It is difficult to tell from the pics, but it looks like they used a strut to do what most spacer lifts do. Add some preload to the coil and also some lenght to the total assembly. Definitely cleaner than most spacer kits though.

    Please keep us updated with your feedback and what skyjacker have to say. Great work!!! (Even in high fashion :D )
     
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    well skyjacker sent me the hardware i needed.. hopefully its right. We will see Sunday
    The total shock body length is probably about 1.5" longer than stock. The valving is SLIGHTLY firmer.. not much of a difference though honestly from what I could feel.
    It drove pretty good considering my alignment is shot to hell LOL
     
  12. FirstToy

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    Uh, isn't the point of cammo to match... everything? :grinpimp:

    Good luck w/ the re-install. Tell us how it works out, snap some photos and wear some shoes- we don't want to see a thread on "toe de-installation" ;p
     
  13. DanKunz

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    What camo? What? I just see a head and some duct taped feet floating in the air?
     
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