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  1. Two months later, we've finished the lift kit install. Went with an Old Man Emu 2.5" lift with YJ spring conversion, greasable shackles, and Pro-Comp hydraulic shocks. Since diff gearing was 3.31:1, stayed with 31" tires. Went with Cooper Discoverer STT's. Replaced the rear bumperettes with a dual 3" tube bumper with a 2" hitch receiver. Next up will be new front seats. I do have a question on steering. There is some play in the steering wheel, maybe an inch either way, before the wheels move. How can this sloppiness be reduced? Is the problem in the steering box or is it with the front end components?
  2. Thanks for the encouragement, Moses. Regarding suspension lift kits. is there anything to look out for? Prices on kits can vary widely, even when accounting for shocks. Any thoughts on roll cages? I was looking at a bolt-on sport cage kit from Hard Rock 4x4 that maintains the factory legroom. PZ
  3. I just recently purchased a 1984 CJ7 Laredo. The Jeep is bone stock, including the 258ci engine, T-5 transmission, Dana 300 transfer case, Dana 30 front axle, AMC 20 rear axle, and hardtop. The previous owner took meticulous care of the rig. After many hours of research and visiting many parts websites, I was hoping for some advice on what upgrades I should install and how I can prioritize these projects. This Jeep will be used around town, on coastal foothill fire roads, and trails around Bear Valley, CA. So far I'd like to do the following items: Twin Stick conversion on TC 2.5 inch suspension lift kit 32" tires (though not sure of axle drive ratios yet) Full rollcage AMC 20 retrofit (can't decide between solid axle conversion or full floater kit) Body re-spray My budget is $5,000 and my DIY skills are intermediate. I already have the Jeep Owners Bible and will be picking up a copy of Jeep CJ Rebuilder's Manual: 1972 to 1986 Maybe down the road, I will consider an EFI addition and transmission upgrade/change. Thanks Peter
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