Project Teal-J II, Intro
Project Teal-J II, Part 1
Project Teal-J II, Part 2
Project Teal-J II, Part 3
Project Teal-J II, Part 4
Project Teal-J II, Part 5
Project Teal-J II, Part 6
Project Teal-J II, Part 7
Project Teal-J II, Part 8
Project Teal-J II, Part 9
Project Teal-J II, Part 10
Project Teal-J II, Part 11
Project Teal-J II, Part 12
Project Teal-J II, Part 13
Project Teal-J II, Part 14
In our previous installment of the buildup of our '97 Jeep Project Teal-J, we improved its capability on nasty trails by swapping in an Atlas II transfer case from Advance Adapters. This month, we decided to help keep the Teal-J's tires on the ground by installing a flexible suspension.
When our TJ was first built, there weren't many suspension systems available for it, but now lots of companies have TJ kits. One that was introduced recently that caught our eye was the Fabtech 6-inch long-arm suspension kit. Fabtech has its roots in desert racing and has always built strong stuff, so we were interested to see the company's take on a Jeep suspension. Plus, we knew that it was time to try out a long-arm kit on a TJ.
So once a kit was available, we drove to Fabtech and followed along as a much more flexible suspension was grafted onto our Teal-J. What follows are the highlights of the installation.
Back in 1997, our Project Teal-J was equipped with a Teraflex system that consisted of new
With the front suspension gone, the crossmember/skidplate assembly can be removed.
Once that was accomplished, the torch was busted out and the lower control-arm mounts on t
With the skidplate removed and the lower control-arm mounts cut out of the way, the new Fa
The new subframe bolts to the framerail using the three existing factory holes, but for fu
The crossmember/skidplate assembly is then bolted to the bottom of the subframe. This lowe
To get the driveshaft angles right, your TJ's transfer case will have to be equipped with
Next, the new Fabtech upper and lower arms can be put into place. They are much longer and
Instead of a rod end, the Fabtech arms feature a joint that is similar to a Currie Johnny