2017 Ultimate Adventure Vehicle Skyjacker Suspension & Frame BuildupPosted in Ultimate Adventure: 2017 on April 28, 2017
It may seem like not a lot has happened since we outlined the build plan for the UACJ-6D last month, probably because we have still got a long way to go and a short time to get there. But Verne and the gang (there is actually no gang, just Verne, but Verne and the Gang sounds like an awesome 1970s throwback cover band) have been busy blowing the body off the 1971 CJ-6, rolling the unused chassis to a dark corner for use later on some yet-to-be-built project, and getting to work prepping the JK Unlimited frame to go under the patina’d sheetmetal.
It’s a natural that we would use a Skyjacker suspension under this thing since Skyjacker has returned as the official suspension and shock absorber of the Ultimate Adventure. But even if the company hadn’t returned, the LeDuc Series Coilover System is a fine piece of hardware. Sold individually, the front kit features remote-reservoir Fox coilovers, hefty coilover mount brackets, extended disconnect sway bar links, an adjustable track bar, and adjustable lower control arms with Currie Johnny Joint ends. The rear kit includes all these parts with the exception of standard extended sway bar links instead of the disconnect links of the front. Skyjacker offers the LeDuc Series JK suspension in either 3 1/2- to 4 1/2-inch or 4 1/2- to 6-inch adjustable lift heights. We opted for the shorter kit and plan on running it as low as possible.
We upped our order with Skyjacker’s adjustable lower control arms front and rear and Fox air bumps. And since we were starting with a blank JK frame and didn’t have any upper control arms, we ordered Skyjacker JK arms for good measure. After all, Verne would probably fold factory upper arms the first time we let him behind the wheel. He’s our destructive tester extraordinaire.
The Skyjacker suspension is designed as a completely bolt-on system that allows you to return the vehicle to stock—or, more likely, transfer it to your new Jeep if you wear out your old one. The only other missing components were a set of axles to which we could connect the Skyjacker control arms and factory bolt hardware with which to do it. The bolts were the easy part. We simply put in a call to Poly Performance and ordered all the suspension link and track bar hardware we were missing. Poly Performance stocks it all. And the axles? They were actually equally easy since one phone call was all it took to get a bolt-in set of Dana Ultimate 60 crate axles delivered right to the shop. Ultimate 60s for the Ultimate Adventure. How can we go wrong?
Tune in next time to see more of this suspension and a closer look at the Dana axles, some upgraded steering parts, and, if we are ambitious enough, the full steering system and an engine sneak peek.