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wayoflife
06-19-2019, 12:00 AM
Since getting our Jeep JL Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited a little over a year and a half ago, Cindy and I have had a chance to test out a myriad of lift kits and this would include everything from a budget boost to a 4" coil lift. We did this to learn as much as we could and gain as much first hand experience as possible and mainly because we always knew this day was coming - the point of no return!

Based on our years of experience running EVO coilovers on both of our JK Wranglers, it really was just a matter of time before we installed set on our JL Wrangler as well. In addition to offering a crazy amount of flex out on the trail and allowing us to bomb across the desert in comfort, EVO has always done a great job of designing their coilover kits to offer an on pavement ride that we absolutely love. Of course, ride comfort is 100% subjective and the best part about coilovers is that they're completely adjustable. In other words, if you don't like what you get standard, you can always set them up with whatever spring rate and valving you prefer.

To help optimize our ride quality even more, we decided to have EVO High Clearance Long Arms installed at the same time as they do a great job of correcting suspension geometry. And, in this episode of the JL JOURNAL, you'll get to see what all is involved to get them installed. We hope you enjoy.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpDMlPJSHi4&feature=youtu.be

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longarmwj
06-19-2019, 12:04 AM
Jesus Eddie, when did you start filming pornos? That is just way too much sex for these virgin eyes of mine.


Watching on the big screen as we speak. Per usual, awesome content!!


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TrailHunter
06-19-2019, 12:24 AM
They make it look easy.

wjtstudios
06-19-2019, 12:26 AM
Itís over just when it was about to get crazy! Itís amazing how fast those guys work. Looking at the high clearance LAs, it real makes me wish I would have gone in that direction instead of welding in a couple rock magnets.

Canít wait to see part two!


2015 JKUR AEV JK350
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USMC Wrangler
06-19-2019, 12:35 AM
It was great watching it happen in pictures a few days ago, but itís so much more satisfying to see the process. They cranked that out fast!!!


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RESURECTIONJK
06-19-2019, 01:18 AM
Proper sexy. Moby is gonna be pissed....

OverlanderJK
06-19-2019, 01:18 AM
So what was your ride for the night.... or did you have to sleep in the shop?


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ImpactDoc
06-19-2019, 01:21 AM
So sweet! Iím jealous...if you want to ditch your midarms I can meet you at prison hill :-)

Ddays
06-19-2019, 01:34 AM
:pop2: Ready for the coilover install!!

Zstairlessone
06-19-2019, 01:34 AM
Had to log off to watch it on my iPad


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Andy5160
06-19-2019, 01:39 AM
Mel May have said it but is in 2.5 or 3.5 long arm?


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CalSgt
06-19-2019, 02:06 AM
Mel May have said it but is in 2.5 or 3.5 long arm?


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I believe the arms are the same regardless of lift... it would be the springs that make it 2.5 or 3.5.

In this case it is coilovers so they are probably adjustable from 2.5" and taller.

Zstairlessone
06-19-2019, 02:23 AM
Man, canít wait for part 2. Those two were getting at it, awesome welds too.




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WJCO
06-19-2019, 03:14 AM
That's a lot of work. Great editing and capturing the sparks and cutting.

Abntroop
06-19-2019, 03:29 AM
Great video as always, I guess it justifies you staying in, being lame, and video editing [emoji23][emoji23][emoji23]


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wayoflife
06-19-2019, 03:35 AM
Jesus Eddie, when did you start filming pornos? That is just way too much sex for these virgin eyes of mine.

Watching on the big screen as we speak. Per usual, awesome content!!

LOL!! too funny. Glad you liked what you saw :)


They make it look easy.


Itís over just when it was about to get crazy! Itís amazing how fast those guys work. Looking at the high clearance LAs, it real makes me wish I would have gone in that direction instead of welding in a couple rock magnets.

Canít wait to see part two!

Working hard on it now :)


It was great watching it happen in pictures a few days ago, but itís so much more satisfying to see the process. They cranked that out fast!!!]

It was encouraging to see for sure. Makes it real easy to recommend them for work like this :)


Proper sexy. Moby is gonna be pissed....

Actually, Moby is excited that we finally have another Jeep he can get out and play with :cool:


So what was your ride for the night.... or did you have to sleep in the shop?

LOL - we were there enough to have just slept there. We rented a car - I think it was a Chevy Cobalt or something like it. :crazyeyes:

wayoflife
06-19-2019, 03:38 AM
So sweet! Iím jealous...if you want to ditch your midarms I can meet you at prison hill :-)

Midarms? I don't think we've ever owned anything silly like that before :crazyeyes:


:pop2: Ready for the coilover install!!

Working on it - coming soon :yup:


Had to log off to watch it on my iPad

Hope it was better :)


Mel May have said it but is in 2.5 or 3.5 long arm?


I believe the arms are the same regardless of lift... it would be the springs that make it 2.5 or 3.5.

In this case it is coilovers so they are probably adjustable from 2.5" and taller.

What CalSgt said, the long arm kit would be the same. Just the coils or coilovers would be different. :yup:


Man, canít wait for part 2. Those two were getting at it, awesome welds too.

Man, Tommy and Ricky were on it for sure. :yup:


That's a lot of work. Great editing and capturing the sparks and cutting.

Thanks! It was actually a lot of fun to film :)


Great video as always, I guess it justifies you staying in, being lame, and video editing [emoji23][emoji23][emoji23]

LOL - truth be told, we were originally planning on making this a single video. We simply ran out of time and decided to make it into a 2 part series this afternoon :crazyeyes:

Labricon
06-19-2019, 03:39 AM
I really enjoyed the photo updates but this video was awesome! Can't wait for part two......etc


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Abntroop
06-19-2019, 03:44 AM
Great! A 2 parter??? Another day of lonely exploring! [emoji23][emoji1589]


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doubletapdaddy
06-19-2019, 04:23 AM
I may be running the same setup, but I definitely do not have those welds. Never thought I would find so much want in a bead. 😎

wayoflife
06-19-2019, 04:28 AM
I really enjoyed the photo updates but this video was awesome! Can't wait for part two......etc

LOL - awesome, so glad to hear it :)


Great! A 2 parter??? Another day of lonely exploring! [emoji23][emoji1589]

Sorry my friend, it's what happens when we've been on the road for as long as we have. As soon as we get back, it's crunch time! :crazyeyes:


I may be running the same setup, but I definitely do not have those welds. Never thought I would find so much want in a bead. 😎

Too funny. Them are some serious beads for sure. :crazyeyes:

Abntroop
06-19-2019, 04:47 AM
Itís all good [emoji6]just keep an eye out while you are editing for a holler if I finally get myself stuck [emoji23] had one close call today off chamber sliding in sand. Had to air down further than I cared to without beadlocks and thank god for lockers. Wouldíve been easier with a set of maxtrax. Makes for an interesting ďwell shit, howím I gonna do thisĒ when you donít have the luxury of being surrounded by all the trees you could want to winch off of. Had this hovering in the back of my mind [emoji23][emoji23]329255


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pop2tu
06-19-2019, 05:38 AM
Canít believe how easy they made part one look. You can tell they have done it a few times. One day to have all the long arms installed. Great video thanks for sharing with us. Very impressive


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USMC Wrangler
06-19-2019, 06:14 AM
So sweet! Iím jealous...if you want to ditch your midarms I can meet you at prison hill :-)

If ďmid-armsĒ on a JL are anything like a JK, Iím sure Eddie and Cindy stayed away from them. They suck, lead to frustration and spending more money to un-do it. Ask me how I know. [emoji20]

pop2tu
06-19-2019, 07:27 AM
Canít believe how easy they made part one look. You can tell they have done it a few times. One day to have all the long arms installed. Great video thanks for sharing with us. Very impressive


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WJCO
06-19-2019, 11:25 AM
So sweet! Iím jealous...if you want to ditch your midarms I can meet you at prison hill :-)


Midarms? I don't think we've ever owned anything silly like that before :crazyeyes:


If ďmid-armsĒ on a JL are anything like a JK, Iím sure Eddie and Cindy stayed away from them. They suck, lead to frustration and spending more money to un-do it. Ask me how I know. [emoji20]

I think 'midarms' are like those penis enlargement spam emails. Someone tries to convince you that by buying it that you magically get a longer item, but in reality, you still pretty much have the same item.

cozdude
06-19-2019, 11:33 AM
🤤🤤🤤 so. Much. Want!! Those guys made some quick work of jet! Also those welds are [emoji91][emoji91]

Edwrds
06-19-2019, 11:34 AM
I think 'midarms' are like those penis enlargement spam emails. Someone tries to convince you that by buying it that you magically get a longer item, but in reality, you still pretty much have the same item.

You forgot to say ask me how I know. [emoji23]🤣


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WJCO
06-19-2019, 11:43 AM
You forgot to say ask me how I know. [emoji23]🤣


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:cheesy: Can't claim that one.

rubiDave
06-19-2019, 12:47 PM
They made quick work of that. Love watching the pros work. Can't wait for the follow up video flexing the coul overs out.

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Abntroop
06-19-2019, 02:02 PM
So, question, I didnít happen to notice, with that much flex Iím assuming there are no limiting straps? Obviously the brake lines are extended, at those lengths what keeps them from getting caught/snagging/pinched in stuff? Sorry if noob questions, but have never seen a setup like this in person.


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wayoflife
06-19-2019, 02:24 PM
Itís all good [emoji6]just keep an eye out while you are editing for a holler if I finally get myself stuck [emoji23] had one close call today off chamber sliding in sand. Had to air down further than I cared to without beadlocks and thank god for lockers. Wouldíve been easier with a set of maxtrax. Makes for an interesting ďwell shit, howím I gonna do thisĒ when you donít have the luxury of being surrounded by all the trees you could want to winch off of. Had this hovering in the back of my mind [emoji23][emoji23]

LOL - if you were up in Prison Hill, at least you were within walking distance from help. But, if you were in need of help, let me know and I'd come out... well, assuming I'm home anyway :crazyeyes:


Canít believe how easy they made part one look. You can tell they have done it a few times. One day to have all the long arms installed. Great video thanks for sharing with us. Very impressive

It's reassuring to have something like this installed by guys who clearly know what they're doing :yup:


🤤🤤🤤 so. Much. Want!! Those guys made some quick work of jet! Also those welds are [emoji91][emoji91]

Weld porn for sure :crazyeyes:


They made quick work of that. Love watching the pros work. Can't wait for the follow up video flexing the coul overs out.

We had to cut the flex testing after we found the issue with the front sway bar link ends digging into the sidewalls at a full flex and turn. But, we hope to have that fixed before the end of the week and resume testing soon after :)

wayoflife
06-19-2019, 02:27 PM
If ďmid-armsĒ on a JL are anything like a JK, Iím sure Eddie and Cindy stayed away from them. They suck, lead to frustration and spending more money to un-do it. Ask me how I know. [emoji20]

:cheesy: Yup, they're kinda lame in every which way you look at them. Essentially, they're just arms that are about an inch too long and nothing but trouble. :crazyeyes:


I think 'midarms' are like those penis enlargement spam emails. Someone tries to convince you that by buying it that you magically get a longer item, but in reality, you still pretty much have the same item.


You forgot to say ask me how I know. [emoji23]🤣


:cheesy: Can't claim that one.

:cheesy: :cheesy: :cheesy: :cheesy:


So, question, I didnít happen to notice, with that much flex Iím assuming there are no limiting straps? Obviously the brake lines are extended, at those lengths what keeps them from getting caught/snagging/pinched in stuff? Sorry if noob questions, but have never seen a setup like this in person.

The brake lines are rigid enough that so long as you have them routed out of the way, they should stay out of the way.

benatc1
06-19-2019, 02:56 PM
Finally got some time to watch this, those guys did some awesome work, definitely a big endeavor. Looking fwd to part 2!

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Discount Tire
06-19-2019, 03:21 PM
Eddie,
I know I've said it many times but you and Cindy produce absolutely the best videos. They are not only entertaining but informative.

I loved seeing the EVO guys cutting off the brackets with a cutting torch. It reminded me of watching my grandfather in the 70's in his Auto mechanics shop he built in his back yard across the street from an Oldsmobile factory. He used it for everything.

It's always nice to see Mel, he and his guys do such good amazing work. I can't wait to see the finished product along with the testing videos.

Thanks for bring us along for the lesson in welding as well. That guy has some mad skills laying dimes. Very impressive. :clap2:

wayoflife
06-19-2019, 04:50 PM
Finally got some time to watch this, those guys did some awesome work, definitely a big endeavor. Looking fwd to part 2!

Oh yeah, those guys at Off Road Evolution are awesome. Hoping to get part 2 done soon :)


Eddie,
I know I've said it many times but you and Cindy produce absolutely the best videos. They are not only entertaining but informative.

I loved seeing the EVO guys cutting off the brackets with a cutting torch. It reminded me of watching my grandfather in the 70's in his Auto mechanics shop he built in his back yard across the street from an Oldsmobile factory. He used it for everything.

It's always nice to see Mel, he and his guys do such good amazing work. I can't wait to see the finished product along with the testing videos.

Thanks for bring us along for the lesson in welding as well. That guy has some mad skills laying dimes. Very impressive. :clap2:

Thank you, we really do appreciate it. As far as the welding goes, it should be noted that the JL frame is more of a challenge to weld on than the JK. We've seen lots of guys struggle with it but Tommy just knows his stuff. In spite of the issues, he can still stack the dimes :)

C.N
06-19-2019, 05:14 PM
So so awesome guys. Congrats.

Thanks for always bringing us the best Jeep content on YouTube!

I canít remember the last time I rushed home just so I can watch a YouTube video on the big screen. It definitely did not disappoint!

Canít wait to see whatís to come with the new suspension.


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Brute
06-19-2019, 05:21 PM
Another great video...and a lot of film editing...

It's amazing how fast two guys who know what they're doing and have all the tools necessary can bang out a suspension mod...

Looking forward to the coil over install...

Abntroop
06-19-2019, 11:39 PM
LOL - if you were up in Prison Hill, at least you were within walking distance from help. But, if you were in need of help, let me know and I'd come out... well, assuming I'm home anyway :crazyeyes:

LOL! Thanks! [emoji1303]



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wayoflife
06-20-2019, 02:14 PM
So so awesome guys. Congrats.

Thanks for always bringing us the best Jeep content on YouTube!

I canít remember the last time I rushed home just so I can watch a YouTube video on the big screen. It definitely did not disappoint!

Canít wait to see whatís to come with the new suspension.

LOL - so glad you enjoyed the video :)


Another great video...and a lot of film editing...

It's amazing how fast two guys who know what they're doing and have all the tools necessary can bang out a suspension mod...

Looking forward to the coil over install...

Seeing these guys doing their thing definitely helps to instill confidence in the quality of their work. :yup:

Abntroop
06-20-2019, 02:20 PM
Well, in any case, you twoís videos are inspiring to a lot of us. They are what motivated me years ago to go out and explore, and they are what motivated me to buy another Jeep. Thereís a lot I donít know but youíve made a good place here for folks like me to learn. For what itís worth, thank you! [emoji482]


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StewiesJK
06-21-2019, 12:39 PM
Great Video as always :thumb: Jet is going to be badass when this project is complete :clap2:

jesse3638
06-23-2019, 09:35 PM
Finally got a chance to watch this. Makes me wonder how I installed my lift on the garage floor with jackstands, a cutoff wheel and a grinder. That was a much easier way to remove the gas tank than trying to balance it on two floor jacks...haha.

jdofmemi
06-24-2019, 04:01 AM
Itís all good [emoji6]just keep an eye out while you are editing for a holler if I finally get myself stuck [emoji23] had one close call today off chamber sliding in sand. Had to air down further than I cared to without beadlocks and thank god for lockers. Wouldíve been easier with a set of maxtrax. Makes for an interesting ďwell shit, howím I gonna do thisĒ when you donít have the luxury of being surrounded by all the trees you could want to winch off of. Had this hovering in the back of my mind [emoji23][emoji23]329255


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Not to hi jack the awesome coil over thread, but before I dug a hole big enough to bury a spare tire so it would stay put enough to pull out a stuck Jeep, I would use my hammer to pound the jack frame into the ground and use it as an anchor. Take the base off first, and the eye, they will both break.

It works, I have done it several times.