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Old 01-03-2021, 10:42 PM
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I'm Starting the FSSR basic kit from Rocklaurence. The front bumper needed to get removed to access the front spring hangers. I was able to remove the winch, bumper and front shackles.



Right now it's setting securely on some Jack stands waiting for further disassembly. I hope to get a dry day next weekend to get more done.



It's pretty straight forward. I'm looking forward to the results. I didn't opt for the receiver kit because of the massive front bumper Art built for this Jeep.



I think I'll tie the mounts together with something though. The mounts will be bolted and welded to the frame.





Starting measurements for the front fenders and bumper.


Drivers front fender









Passenger front fender












Front bumper
















Some disassembly pics.












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Old 01-04-2021, 11:44 AM
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Awesome! I have the same kit, works great! You will need to have your driveshaft lengthened and a long travel yoke put on when your done. I also had to change my brake line brackets but other than that, it was a pretty easy installation and it does ride better when you are done.

Oh, and I had to tilt my shock mounts back. All you have to do is unbolt the mount rotate them rearward and re-bolt them in.
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Old 01-10-2021, 10:43 PM
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Awesome! I have the same kit, works great! You will need to have your driveshaft lengthened and a long travel yoke put on when your done. I also had to change my brake line brackets but other than that, it was a pretty easy installation and it does ride better when you are done.

Oh, and I had to tilt my shock mounts back. All you have to do is unbolt the mount rotate them rearward and re-bolt them in.




Thanks Marc




I wanted to get this done this weekend, but it didn't happen. I had to work Saturday helping a couple of friends. Sunday was my jeep day but was wet, not rain, but the heavy mist that gets everything wet.



I started by grinding off both front spring mounts.








Then it was a trip to get a step bit to drill the 1-1/2 hole in the frame.


In the mean time I spent a couple of hours staying out of the crap weather by looking for a jeep item that has eluded me. No luck.


Towards the end of the day I got back out to drill the hole and start to mount the first bracket, swap the spring and install my new shackle.









Maybe I will be able to finish this next weekend. It does feel good to make some progress, and there is no turning back once you bust out the grinder and get the mounts cut off.
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Old 01-12-2021, 12:30 PM
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nice upgrade

love the Cherokee.

a real SUV.

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Old 01-12-2021, 08:29 PM
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nice upgrade

love the Cherokee.

a real SUV.

dave in NC




Thanks Dave. I'm excited to get it sitting level and feel the ride difference.



I just keep chipping away at the things that need done as time allows. I do have to wait for fair weather for the floor pan project.
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Old 01-12-2021, 10:04 PM
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thats it

one thing at a time

its fun.

when its all done,....

not as much fun,... ask me how I know,.....

but always something to do on a vintage vehicle.

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Old 01-16-2021, 07:08 PM
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More progress on the FSSR. I have older Bj's 6" springs. I'm not sure I like how far forward it pushed the tire. Seems like it may grab the front of the fender pretty easy. As the springs flatten out and shackles rotate to the rear it may get better.





Like Marc pointed out, extending the front driveline is required, and rotating the shock towers also.






I forgot to grab my tape measure for comparison measurements, it is higher by a couple of inches. I'm sure I'll like the ride when it's totally wrapped up.
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Do you have the full weight on those springs in the pics? Those shackles should be leaning backwards. Did you have to flip the springs around backwards?
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Old 01-17-2021, 08:01 PM
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Do you have the full weight on those springs in the pics? Those shackles should be leaning backwards. Did you have to flip the springs around backwards?




Thanks for the reply. I was assuming the shackles would lay back when it was on it's own weight also.


Yes, the full weight is on the springs and yes I flipped them so the large bushing is in the front at the solid mount and small bushing is in the shackle. And all of the spring / shackle bolts are loose. I assume it has something to do with the actual spring length / arch. It needs to flatten out to extend.







I haven't driven it. So maybe that will help. But I still need to finish the passenger side bolts and weld the mounts and crossmember between them.



I also need to rotate the shock towers and get a new driveshaft or mine extended.
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Old 01-17-2021, 09:03 PM
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Maybe once you get it all installed and can move it forward and back while tapping the brakes, it'll settle to something better. Driveshaft and shocks not needed for that. I didn't do that same kit but something similar. I still had to add shims to get the front pinion angle right. Just did that last week actually. YMMV and all that.
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