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Updated May, 2010

- Rocky Road 2.25" spacer lift (do not bother with their shocks)
- AEV Pintler wheels - 17"x8.5", +25mm offset (XK/WK spec)
- 275/70/17 BFG All-Terrains (measure 32.2" in diameter)
- Offset/Adjustable ball joints (from Rocky Road)
- pinch weld folded toward outside of Jeep (added clearance)




















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Some detail pics:

Offset ball joints pull the top of the tire in a bit and allow for some negative camber. The AEV wheels also keep the 275mm tire a good distance away from the ball joint stud.



Approximately 0.25" minimum clearance between tire and A/C lines.



The pinch weld has been folded toward the outside of the Jeep for maximum tire clearance when turning the steering wheel. This pic shows the stock strut fully compressed. There is approximately 1" minimum clearance here. The A/C lines and bottom metal bracket beneath these lines turn out to be the limiting factor.





The only location of rubbing at the front is on the inside of the wheel well toward the back of the tire. You can see the slightly shiny part on the metal. The tire only rubs at full lock either direction, and is worse if the strut extends downward (A-arms arc the tire closer to the inside of the Jeep). Thinking about installing some steering stops to prevent this (would be a relatively minor adjustment).



The rear has some slight rubbing at the front and back ends of the fender (inside faces of white fender) at full flex. It's really not bad though, and some light trimming will fix this. One important note is that I'm running stock length shocks and no sway bars. If the shocks were any longer, there would be more axle drop on the unloaded side, and would pivot the "stuffed" tire even further up into the fender. In addition, further axle articulation (given the short rear control arms) will also rotate the axle, pushing the "stuffed" tire backward into the back side of the fender. Just a heads-up.



The factory grille and headlight housings are primarily chrome on the Limited, which I think looks awesome on medium to darker colored XK's, but it gets washed out on white. I like the contrast of the black XK with the chrome headlights and grille, and thought I would do the opposite with mine. The color I chose is a close match to the color of the AEV wheels, but the angle of the grille and clear housing of the headlights makes it look darker a good portion of the time. If I was doing it over again, I would go with a shade lighter than the wheels so that it just "appears" like a closer match.




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Wow ,, What a flex !! ,,

How is the handling on road without any sway bars ?

Did the rear right wheel rib on this pic ?

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What is the benefit of this amount of flex in such case where the coil does not apply any force on the wheel to gain traction?

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And whatīs the benefit when you limit the flex and the wheel getīs of the ground?
For me, itīs better to have the wheel on the ground, then in the air.
And in the end, thatīs why they make lockers
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The benifit of quadra drive is similar to having a locker.
So, like Ahmed asked, since the wheel with traction is being driven anyways, how is this great deal of flex benificial?

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And whatīs the benefit when you limit the flex and the wheel getīs of the ground?
For me, itīs better to have the wheel on the ground, then in the air.
And in the end, thatīs why they make lockers
You are correct, more flex will give you more articulation, but this much of flex with no weight on the wheel is useless IMO, so there is a limit for beneficial flex in terms of traction gain.
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