Seeing that our new frame came from a 4cyl Jeep, we had reposition the motor mounts. The 4 cylinder engine sat further back in the frame rails which won’t work for our 4.0L. So we cut off the 4 cyl mounts and welded on the original mounts that came with the old frame.
Cutting off 4 cyl mounts
The new 4.0L mounts in place. (Notice how much closer the mounts are to the coil pocket) Also the steering column bracket had to be relocated as well.
Now that we’ve got the motor mounts in the right location, it’s time to paint the frame, and put the motor and transmission back in.
Now for the fun part. From ARB we’re going to be using OLD MAN EMU’s 4” Front and Rear Coils and Extended Length Nitrocharger Sport Twin Tube shocks. Old Man Emu has always been known for their 2-2½” lifts, but when it comes to the Jeep TJ & JK’s they offer a 4” application for those who want more lift. This 4” application is not a full kit, so we’re going to Daystar and some other products to make it complete. This partial 4” kit runs about $1245.00 and a complete 2” kit goes around $1235.00
Old Man Emu is known as one of the best tuned suspensions systems for Landcruiser’s, Land Rover’s, Toyota’s and many more Import Makes, but when it comes to Jeep Stuff they have a multitude of different applications to make your ride better than ever. If you have a Soft Top or Hard Top, Front and Rear Bumper and even a roof rack, Old Man Emu provides different spring settings and shock valving to handle these additional options for optimal performance in ride control.
Since our 4” lift kit does not come with extended short arms, we’re going to use DAYSTAR’s Poly Flex Control Arms. These are arms are sweet. They come with greaseable Spherical Ball Joints for better articulation and they’re fully rebuildable too. For around $1200 it’s a great investment for those who want the most out of their Jeep.
Shown here are the size differences from the lower and upper arms fully assembled.
Close up of the Flex Joint with grease pin
Now being installed on the front axle. Pay close attention to the instructions as they give you measurements on how long to make the Upper & Lower Short Arms.
Old Man Emu front springs installed along with the twin tube Nitrocharger Sport Shocks.
Check back with us as we continue the build and post more updates on the ARB / Cap-it Jeep Build.