Thursday, January 28, 2016

Tech tips from the CJC shop Volume #1

Welcome to our new feature! I'm going to try to post frequent short tech articles on questions that we get asked by customers about product installation, troubleshooting common issues, and general maintenance items.

 This issue I would like to go over a part that seems to give people a lot of trouble, the track bar. This seemingly harmless yard long piece of steel is the source of many death wobble and loose steering problems, not to mention those mystery clunks in the night. There are two root causes to most track bar problems (other than joints that are just flat worn out) so let's go over them.

1. Jam nut on the track bar loose. Sometimes getting the jam nut on your track bar tight can seem like an impossible proposition. Don't let this little sucker get the best of you! This is one nut that you can use a big cheater bar on, because the  minimum torque spec is 150ft-lbs. You can go much higher, so don't be afraid to really employ some leverage on this one. Some track bars use a high clearance nut that barely has any flats ground into it, for those I recommend a pipe wrench and a cheater pipe. You can clamp the free end of your track bar into a vice, or a press, or you can pin it into your receiver hitch. You can also pin it into the track bar mount and let the bar stick out through the wheel well so you can let it rest on your knee while you tighten the heim or Johnny Joint end. Don't forget the thread locker.



2. Track bar bushings loose or prematurely wearing out. The first questions I always ask someone that tells me that their new track bar's bushing end has excessive play is: "What size track bar bolts do you have, and what did you torque them to?" If you can't answer those two questions, you probably didn't use torque wrench, and the bolt probably isn't tight enough. If you drive your truck with a loose track bar bolt, you can destroy your brand new track bar bushing in just a few miles. Please invest in a torque wrench! The second common failure is not greasing the crush sleeve before installing it into the bushing. The grease fitting on the track bar does not do a very good job of lubing the crush sleeve, you are much better off taking the sleeve out once in a while and greasing it by hand. If you do choose to leave it in and grease via the zerk, loosen the bolt, grease, then retighten using your torque wrench! If you want to eliminate the bushing fiasco altogether, we offer a Carli track bar that does not utilize the two piece bushing at the frame like most other adjustable track bars for Dodge trucks.

Thanks for tuning in, there are plenty more to come. If you have something you would like me to address in an upcoming article, post in the comments section.

 -Rhino

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

January 2016 Builds

January has featured some incredible builds so far! Here are some of the highlights:


The owner of this 2014 Super Duty drove 6 hours to have us equip it with a Carli Suspension Pintop 4.5" Lift system, 17" Method Machined NV wheels, and 37" Toyo MT tires.


This brand new 2016 Ram 2500 Mega Cab features a Carli 2014+ 2500 Pintop 2.5 system, 18" Method Double Standards, and 37x13.5x18 Toyo MT tires.



Here is another shot of the above truck showing the clearance that these wheels offer. With 5.75" backspacing wheels, the furthest point on the lugs of the 13.5" wide Toyos sticks out just under 1".


This 5.9 Mega Cab features Glassworks Unlimited fiberglass installed by True Bliss Customs, a Carli Suspension system, Method Race Wheels Mesh 17's, and 37" Toyo MT's.


This 2015 Ram 2500 features a Carli Back Country 2.0 system, 17" Method NV's, and 37" Toyo Open Country R/T's.


Here is a shot of our friend in Brazil's 2012 featuring a Carli Unchained 3.5 system, Thuren Fabrication Alien Arms, Patton Fabrication traction bars, Trail Ready beadlock wheels, and 37" Toyo MT's.


This 2015 F250 features a Carli Pintop leveling system, 17" Method Standards, and 35" Toyo MT's.




Here are some pictures of a 2016 2500 with a Carli Pintop system. This truck is running factory 20's with 37x12.5x20 Toyo Open Country R/T tires.


Here is a current shot of our shop 2010 featuring a Carli Unchained 3" Long Arm System, PM Truck Wheels, Mercenary Off Road bumpers, Baja Designs lighting, and 37" Toyo Open Country R/T tires.

For more information on Carli Suspension products, visit http://www.cjcoffroad.com/Carli-Suspension-s/69.htm.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Oldies but Goodies

When digging through some of our old pictures, we found some pictures of trucks that hadn't yet been featured on this blog. Here are a few:


Carli Suspension Back Country 2.0 with 17" Trail Ready beadlocks and 35" Maxxis Trepadors


Carli Bilstein 2.65 ACV with 17" Walker Evans and 37x12.5x17 BfGoodrich All Terrain KO


Carli Dominator 3.0 with 17" Walker Evans and 35" General Grabber Red Label


Carli Dominator 3.0 with 17" Walker Evans and 37" Toyo Open Country MT


Carli Unchained with 17" Walker Evans and 35" Yokohama Geolander


Carli Dominator 3.0 with 18" wheels and Toyo Open Country MT 37"


Carli Pintop 2.5 with 17" Method NV and 35" Toyo Open Country MT


Carli Pintop 2.5 with 20" XD Series and 35" Toyo Open Country MT


Carli Back Country 2.0 with 17" Method NV and 35" Toyo Open Country ATII


Carli Pintop 2.5 with 17" Method Double Standard and BFGoodrich 37" tires


Carli 6" Performance 2.5 catching some air!


Carli 6" Pintop 2.5 with 17" Method NV and 40" Toyo Open Country MT


Carli 6" Unchained with 17" Walker Evans beadlocks and Toyo Open Country MT 37" tires

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

December Builds

December was incredibly busy for us and we thought we'd share some of the highlights!

This 2012 Ford Super Duty was running a worn out 8" lift kit that rode stiff, had slop in the bushings, and had lost a lot of its height. It was then replaced with a Carli Suspension Dominator 3.0 4.5" system all around. The ride quality and handling improvement was drastic, while the steering was tightened up significantly thanks to the Carli Adjustable Track Bar. This truck still clears 37's with ease, but with much improved drivability!

This cherry 2007 F350 now features a Carli Suspension Back Country 2.0 leveling system. It is used to provide pit support in baja races and looks great on 17" Robby Gordon wheels with 35" Toyo ATII's!


Our friend Sam wanted a system for his 2008 F350 that would clear 37's while still being able to tow his toy hauler. He opted for Carli's Back Country 2.0 4.5" system with 17" Method NV's with 37" Toyo Open Country MT's. The truck still tows his toy hauler with ease, clears 37's, and rides much better than stock!

Here is a 2015 2500 featuring a Carli Back Country 2.0 in its native environment. This truck is rolling on 20" Methods and 37x13.5x20 Toyo Open Country MT tires.

This brand new 2016 F350 Super Duty is now upgraded with a Carli Dominator 4.5" suspension system. It is running 17" Method Standards with 37" Toyo Open Country MT tires. The owner is blown away not only with the off road performance this kit offers but how much better it rides than stock.

This 2014 features a Carli Suspension Pintop 2.5 system. The owner was extremely pleased with how this truck rode and handled after the installation!

This 2013 Ram 2500 featured a Carli Suspension Performance 2.0 with 20" Fuel wheels and Toyo Open Country ATII 35" tires.

This 2010 Ram 2500 was upgraded with a Carli Suspension Commuter 2.0 system. The owner opted for 20" Fuel VAPR's and 35" Toyo Open Country RT tires. We were impressed with how this truck rode post installation. The +18mm offset on the wheels was perfect for this truck.

This 2012 Ram 2500 features a Carli Commuter 2.0 system, BMF wheels, and Toyo Open Country ATII tires. We were extremely impressed with how this truck rode upon test driving and so was the owner!