Glad to hear the shocks are holding up. Threaded adapter? Is that the coupled length of thread? Pretty cool!
Gregg, can we all see some photos of your mod'd 05 with the lift and tires? Have an O4 just picked up. My 09 awd was totalled by a punk kid coming down from the ski hill Friday the 13th... Uggh, lookin' to spruce up the 04 replacement with the journey's lift and AT tires.I purchased a 3.5" lift kit from JourneysOffRoad. I had my mechanic install the kit, then put Yokahama Geolander A/T tires on. I have had the setup about 2 months now, driving on Forest Service roads of varying quality. The clearance is very good and I like the tires: good traction offroad, quiet on the highway. I run 40 psi. No significant change in mpg.
The kit is very well made, very solid on rutted, bumpy, and washboard roads.
The kit was $750, installation $1,000 (numerous corroded bolts = extra labor), tires $1,000. Total = $2,750.
I am very pleased with the setup. I would prefer Bridgestone Dueller A/T Rev 3 tires, but the smallest size still rub on the shocks.
I have a 2005 XLE AWD.