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Old 06-14-2014, 11:46 AM   #1
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need a suspension lift DYI

Got the Skyjacker 2.5-3.5 inch suspension lift, gonna install it myself, the instructions that came with it are not the best, plus some of the technical words sound foreign. Tried searching for a DYI write-up, but nothing came up. Anyone know of a good detailed write-up with photos, to steer me in the right direction? ...like step 1 - undo this bolt, step 2, remove this bar...

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Old 06-14-2014, 12:30 PM   #2
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Same here. I have the complete 2.5" skyjacker sport lift kit also and the instructions kinda suck.

Any video links? Thanks in advance.

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Old 06-14-2014, 12:44 PM   #3
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It's not hard at all.

You need 2 tall jack stands and a jack. Choose a side to do first. Loosen or remove shocks, loosen or remove sway bar links (depending if these parts are going to be replaced or not)
Disconnect brake and abs lines and rear hard line from under the tub.
Now jack and support the frame as high as you can go. Lift axle and remove tires. Or you can try and leave one side on to allow the axle to pivot.
Remove coil. (front = drill for bump stop). Replace with new coil and reverse steps.
If there's a track bar bracket. You can do that before or after.
Do the same for the opposite side.

You really should be loosening all track bar bolts, and control arms bolts. Everything would be left loose until you're done and the jeep is back down on its own weight.

The shocks, swaybar links, rear bump stops, track bar/bracket. Can be installed after the coils are on and jeep is back on the ground.

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Old 06-14-2014, 01:28 PM   #4
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If your looking for a general DIY, the Teraflex videos provide some good instruction. Granted it's for a TF lift, but the premise is still the same.
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Old 06-14-2014, 04:02 PM   #5
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thanks. You mean you do a side at a time, or is it front, and then back (or vice versa)? The video I saw, he did it that way.
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Old 06-14-2014, 04:41 PM   #6
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thanks. You mean you do a side at a time, or is it front, and then back (or vice versa)? The video I saw, he did it that way.
Yes front and back. You need to be able to drop the axle down to remove the coils. TF's video is is great. I forgot about that. There's a OME install vid too that's more home DIY.
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Old 06-16-2014, 01:03 AM   #7
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Consider putting the instructions for the SJ lift back in the box and selling it while you can. The whole kit is not much better than the instructions. You will be happier in the long run.

If you must keep it then make sure you check every joint regularly and measure the height right after installing and periodically thereafter because chances are it is going to sag.
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Old 06-17-2014, 01:07 PM   #8
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Thank you guys for the help! Spinlock I'm gonna install the kit, but I will def do what you say.
Thanks again.
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:02 AM   #9
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Update - lifted the front and put on the new wheels and tires, looking badazz so far. I didn't like the bright white shocks so I painted them black. The rubber shock covers are not the best color - bright red borderline orange, but I hope they'll darken over time from brake dust. Even with only the front done, looks like a totally different car, exactly the look I wanted, and the lift height is perfect for this tire.

Directions are actually not bad. I just had to google new words, like sway bar, track bar, sway bar links. As soon as I found out what they are, things went pretty smooth, as I've done all sorts of moderate difficulty projects on German cars. It's a 2012 but still some rust, a little wd-40 and a breaker bar undid the bolts easily. While I had everything removed, used the opportunity to spray rust dissolver and rubber spray, as it had some rust for a fairly new car.

I don't have a spring compressor, and with the bump stop spacers and longer springs, I had to put a 100 lb dumbell on top of the brake disk, AND sit on it AND compress the spring with all my might, to get it in there. My hydraulic floor jack is not that tall, so throwing in some 2x4's on top of it helped with a higher lift.

The biggest problem I had was installing the track bar back, as it wouldn't align with both holes after I installed the new coil springs. I played around with different heights of the axle, and using some force, barely got the bolt in.

I still have a problem screwing in the right, driver side sway bar end link. The left one is snug, but the right one is at a weird angle on the bolt. Again, played around with different heights of the frame and axle, to align it, but no luck. I even tried loosening the steering stabilizer, and a few more bolts on the other bars that run across, but no luck. Anyone had this issue? After I do the rear, I'll try a DIY alignment, maybe it'll fix the issue....

I'll post pics once done. This is one of the greatest auto DIY's I've done, and unlike doing your basic maintenance like brakes and oil, the results are visuallly rewarding.
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Old 06-19-2014, 04:13 AM   #10
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Does the kit supply a adjustable front track bar ?
The axle will shift over to the driver side. The swaybar links will mount at weird angles. That and/or you're trying to install the links with the axle hanging.
Another step folks unknowingly skip, install the lift without loosening all 16 CA and 4 track bar bolts. Then torquing the bolts at ride height (tires on and jeep on the ground)

FYI ..: The front track bar can be lined up easily if somebody turns the Steering wheel.

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Old 06-19-2014, 11:21 AM   #11
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No front track bar in kit, just rear. I've completely removed the front track bar prior the installation, per the instructions. Was a bitch to put back in, but it went in. Sway bar links are another story, I'm gonna start a separate thread on that.
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:27 AM   #12
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No front track bar in kit, just rear. I've completely removed the front track bar prior the installation, per the instructions. Was a bitch to put back in, but it went in. Sway bar links are another story, I'm gonna start a separate thread on that.
You need to center the axle with a adjustable front track bar. 4" of lift will move the whole axle over about 1/2"

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