RagnaroK's 2014 Build

RagnaroK Jan 1, 2018

  1. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Test Drive

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    Location:
    Longmont CO
    Year: 2014
    Trim: S
    Color: Silver
    Code Name: unknown

    Tires and Suspension:
    -Rear sway bar removed
    -285/75R16 Pro Comp AT Sport
    -OME shocks/springs, Dakar Leafs (1.5" lift)
    -Moog LCAs


    Mods:
    -Volant Air Intake
    -Front Bumper LED bar
    -Rear Bumper LEDs (coming soon)
    -Marathon Front Seat Covers

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    Last edited: Mar 27, 2018
  2. Muadeeb

    Muadeeb Bastard Admin from Hell Admin

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    Welcome in! If you ever have any questions (including tire sizes), just ask!
     
  3. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Can't wait to see it bigger!
     
  4. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Test Drive

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    Last edited: Feb 6, 2018
  5. JeffPro4x

    JeffPro4x Titan Swapped / SAS'd Moderator Supporting Member

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    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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  7. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Test Drive

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    Sorry, had some issues with stupid photo URL link stuff.

    I was going to install Nisstec supplied OME 1.5" suspension lift. Had to haul all the stuff to buddies house. Seems super simple, co-worker has done them before with estimated completion time around 8 hrs. So a full weekend should be plenty for someone like me...

    I started with fresh PRG camber bolts. I knew removing the stock bolts could be stubborn. I didn't expect any issues because of the climate and the age of the vehicle. The rear two are super seized and progress halted there. The nuts came off well enough. But I suppose the bolts themselves are rust welded inside a metal sleeve inside the bushing inside the LCAs. Most force applied is absorbed by the rubber of the bushing. The bolts will spin slighlty, but so does the rubber in the bushings.

    Throw a lift in there.. They Said...
    It would be fun.. They Said...

    I ran out of motivation and time. Hopefully a local shop will get the lower control arms cut up and replaced before the weekend. And I will resume. At least the rear anti-sway bar is gone and melt mod complete.

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  8. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Test Drive

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    So a local shop cut up the LCAs/RearCamberBolts and installed new Moog LCAs and PRG camber bolts. I didn't have time or resources for this. They couldn't get the stock bolts out either.

    Weekend time again, front strut installation went without hitch.

    Shackle bolts for leaf packs were seized, not nearly as bad as front LCAs. Torched the bushing and leaf with propane torch and they hammered out. Bottom shackle bolts and nuts are totally messed up, ordered new OEM bolts, but they won't arrive for several days.

    Installed remaining rear components and called it a day. Everything is installed and cool.

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  9. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Test Drive

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    So, there was nothing seized in the rear shackles like I said. I didn't realize the error of my ways until new OEM shackles arrived...

    I should have either:

    1. researched beforehand, the work i would be doing
    2. opened my eyeball holes (those are clearly not "bolts")

    I thought i could remove the bottom shackle "bolts", slide in the new leaf pack. I did not realize the shackle was part of the bolts and that they were one assembly. That did not stop me from removing the "bolts". I messed them up so much removing them, that i had to buy new OEM shackles.

    Regarding the passenger side shackle assembly: the exhaust tailpipe is totally in the way to remove and install shackles. I unfastened the closest support bracket and muscled the tailpipe out of the way intermediately for removal and installation.

    WRONG! (those shoulder bolts are a part of shackle assembly):
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    Finally finished. Off to get tires mounted Monday. Removing rear corners was helpfull and I needed to remove them anyways for rear bumper LED mod.
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  10. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Test Drive

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    What do people do with the old leaf packs? Seems dicey to throw them in dumpster.
     
  11. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Test Drive

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    Spare Tire Fitment:

    285/75/R16 Pro Comp AT fit in stock spare location just fine. Below you can see what clearance remains:

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  12. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Test Drive

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    Lug Stud Replacement:

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  13. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Test Drive

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    Location:
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    Nisstec Supplied OME Suspension First Impressions:

    After two short jaunts in mild CO mountain Forest Service Roads, and several weeks commuting on highways (<60mph), I like the new suspension. The ride is harsher on road (expected), but on rocky trails it is truly a pleasure. I have done very little off-roading, but compared to stock, a noticeable improvement.

    A side note...
    The Pro Comp Tires are barely louder than stock. I expected them to be louder at highway speeds.

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