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    Installing Evo Long Arm on half at a Time

    I just recieved my evo Long Arm kit and Iím an excited to get cutting. Being that my JK is also my daily driver, Iíd like to minimize downtime.

    From what iíve heard the long arm install is an arduous journey of self doubt, remorse and finally overwhelming joy.

    Would it be safe and/or feasible to install one half (letís say the rear end) of the kit and drive it that way for a week before finishing the second on the following weekend?
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    Installing Evo Long Arm on half at a Time

    Yes, that is perfectly fine, just be sure you have completely completed the rear end before you try to drive it... and continue to the front
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benito View Post
    Yes, that is perfectly fine, just be sure you have completely completed the rear end before you try to drive it... and continue to the front
    What if I do just the right side... jk... lol

    Thanks for the reply! This takes some anxiety out of this install.

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    Having installed a long arm lift (Full Traction 3") in my garage on Jack stands I'd say it's going to be a lot of work to get half done in 2 days. You have to take into consideration you'll probably have to drop the gas tank for the rear and pull the exhaust off for the front. I'm not sure if EVO's kit still requires cutting and rotating the exhaust loop or not. If you have access to a plasma cutter it'll make it go much quicker. I could have used one but having never used one I didn't trust myself not to cut through something I didn't want to. 2 angle grinders, 1 withcutting wheel and one with 30 grit flap wheel will save having to switch wheels. Buy several 1/2" drill bits, DeWalt pilot point bits I found worked well. They didn't walk and they cut fast. They will dull and I think I went through 3 or 4 of them. All said and done it took me 3 and a half week's working on it 5+ days a week, 6-8 hours on my days off mostly by myself. I also installed a EVO draglink flip kit and front and rear drive shafts. I did have to wait for replacement parts because I received some incorrect ones so that set me back a bit too. It's very ambitious and not worth rushing. Maybe plan on a rental car as a back up plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jesse3638 View Post
    Having installed a long arm lift (Full Traction 3") in my garage on Jack stands I'd say it's going to be a lot of work to get half done in 2 days. You have to take into consideration you'll probably have to drop the gas tank for the rear and pull the exhaust off for the front. I'm not sure if EVO's kit still requires cutting and rotating the exhaust loop or not. If you have access to a plasma cutter it'll make it go much quicker. I could have used one but having never used one I didn't trust myself not to cut through something I didn't want to. 2 angle grinders, 1 withcutting wheel and one with 30 grit flap wheel will save having to switch wheels. Buy several 1/2" drill bits, DeWalt pilot point bits I found worked well. They didn't walk and they cut fast. They will dull and I think I went through 3 or 4 of them. All said and done it took me 3 and a half week's working on it 5+ days a week, 6-8 hours on my days off mostly by myself. I also installed a EVO draglink flip kit and front and rear drive shafts. I did have to wait for replacement parts because I received some incorrect ones so that set me back a bit too. It's very ambitious and not worth rushing. Maybe plan on a rental car as a back up plan.

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    Jesse, thanks for the heads up!

    For me part of the fun is trying to plan out these projects with limited downtime. So any further advice would be greatly appreaciated.

    I have access to a plasma and know how to use it. My plan for when we take the Jeep out of service is to have me on the plasma and my oldest son on the angle grinder following behind me.

    I am getting a flex exhaust kit to get back on the road ASAP.

    Is there any work that can be done prior to cutting? Can any of the brackets be located and drilled before cutting away the old stuff?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillypete View Post
    Jesse, thanks for the heads up!

    For me part of the fun is trying to plan out these projects with limited downtime. So any further advice would be greatly appreaciated.

    I have access to a plasma and know how to use it. My plan for when we take the Jeep out of service is to have me on the plasma and my oldest son on the angle grinder following behind me.

    I am getting a flex exhaust kit to get back on the road ASAP.

    Is there any work that can be done prior to cutting? Can any of the brackets be located and drilled before cutting away the old stuff?

    Thanks for your help.
    Unfortunately there isn't much that can be drilled with out cutting and smoothing first. Also don't be like me and try to work around the axles and drive shaft. Take them out so you can have more room. Also if you're working of of Jack stands sliding a tire under there with a moving blanket can give you more leverage to lean up against. You can install the bump stops on the axles with out cutting.

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    Step one: inventory!
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    subscribed! l too am looking to get evo long arms installed in my jeep in the future.

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    I was under the Jeep plotting out the install last night. To me the front end seems much more straight forward.

    Since Iím doing half at a time is it better to start on the front or rear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillypete View Post
    I was under the Jeep plotting out the install last night. To me the front end seems much more straight forward.

    Since Iím doing half at a time is it better to start on the front or rear?
    I did the math and think itís exactly 50/50.


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