lift installation difficulty?? - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Tech Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 05-31-2009, 09:30 PM   #1
Jeeper
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 30
lift installation difficulty??

ok i have a 99 tj with 79,000 miles on it. suspension is stock i am seriously thinking about getting a 2" or 3" lift kit for it but i do not know if i will be able to install it so my question is how difficult are they to install. also what is a good lift kit for a good ride and moderate offroading. money is not a factor

1999tj is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-31-2009, 09:43 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Rockland, Albany
Posts: 26
Send a message via AIM to SaharaTJ
get the 2 inch BDS suspension lift kit... I believe its $400... and worth every penny

the shocks ride smooth better then RC... and the lift is a bit more then 2 inches...
I didn't have to install a t-case drop on mine and love the ride handles 10000x better then stock but still feels like stock if not better then stock!

installation isn't too hard just have the right tools... air always helps

if you're in NY NJ/ local w/e let me know... I installed the 2 inch BDS on my jeep and can do it to yours too

good luck

Matt

SaharaTJ is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-31-2009, 10:10 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
KBR97's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 5,136
Like Sahara said...with a decent set of tools..and air always helps, it should be pretty straight forward. Remove old springs put new ones in, same thing with shocks..remove old and put in new.
Make sure you have a good jack, at least 4 jack stands, some band aids for those bloody knuckles.
Unless you get a kit that replaces springs, shocks, control arms and all that, it gets a little more involved.
KBR97 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-31-2009, 10:14 PM   #4
Jeeper
 
jdhallissey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Gurnee,IL
Posts: 5,104
Send a message via AIM to jdhallissey
Not to bad only broke one bolt. AIR IS A BIG PLAYER IN THIS.. If your changing your lower control arms your going to want some ratcheting straps and a com-along to align thos bottom bolts.
__________________
Know nothing SPEAK on everything

Quote:
Originally Posted by ccain View Post
Isn't the JK just a rebodied PT Cruiser?!

Quote:
Originally Posted by coyote_94yj
Just a few more inches Red. You can take it.


If you haven't gotten more out of the insurance company than you deserve, then you haven't screwed them nearly as much as they have been screwing you for the past xx years.
jdhallissey is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-31-2009, 10:27 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
VegasWrangler's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Posts: 149
It's not too bad, but if you have to ask then that's probably a sign that you should have some help. Do you have any friends who are mechanics? You can definitely do it yourself, but it will go much faster if you have a knowledgable friend there to help.

And you'll need a jack, jackstands, wrenches, sockets, etc. And like someone mentioned above we used ratchet straps at one point on mine.
VegasWrangler is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-01-2009, 09:16 AM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Upstate/Eastern NY
Posts: 1,960
Send a message via AIM to thaduke2003
Coil spring lifts are pretty darn easy. Leaf lifts are a bit trickier. With a decent set of wrenches, sockets, breaker bars, and a friend, you can do a coil lift in a few hours, easy. Make sure you have a nice, flat space, good jacks (I prefer having at least 2- makes it a LOT easier) and jack stands (4), and nothing planned for the rest of the day except enjoyment of the work, and then the drive Mark W.
thaduke2003 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-01-2009, 02:06 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
Ironman's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Clovis, Ca.
Posts: 554
BDS kits I hear are a good way to go. I personally went with the RE 3.5 kit with the super flex arms for my second lift. Really liked it. It will be more money though.
__________________
'97 TJ--HP Dana 60 rear w/ARB--HP Dana 44 front w/high steer and ARB--5.38 gears--SM465 tranny--RE 5.5 LA kit--4:1 t case--rollin' on 37" MTR's and Allied Beadlocks
Ironman is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-01-2009, 02:11 PM   #8
Jeeper
 
Ironman's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Clovis, Ca.
Posts: 554
Also, I don't think anyone mentioned this yet, but if you can't get the axle to drop low enough to install the new coils, you will need to disconnect the track bars. You should get a few more inches of droop which you will need to install the longer coils.
__________________
'97 TJ--HP Dana 60 rear w/ARB--HP Dana 44 front w/high steer and ARB--5.38 gears--SM465 tranny--RE 5.5 LA kit--4:1 t case--rollin' on 37" MTR's and Allied Beadlocks
Ironman is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-01-2009, 03:13 PM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Upstate/Eastern NY
Posts: 1,960
Send a message via AIM to thaduke2003
Don't forget to drop the brake line brackets! Or ker-snap and oh *bleep*, and a long walk to Autozone! Popping off the axle breather tubes helps too- Mark W.
thaduke2003 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-01-2009, 08:47 PM   #10
Jeeper
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 18
Just be careful to consider the future. My Jeep has gone through three different incarnations. A little bigger each time. I could have saved a fortune if I had built it right the first time.
blackjeep51 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-01-2009, 09:11 PM   #11
Knows a couple things...

WF Supporting Member
 
Jerry Bransford's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Escondido, Calif.
Posts: 33,229
Images: 2
It's easier to install a suspension lift than it may appear at first, and you can pay for any tools, jackstands, floor jacks you may not already have with the savings of not having to pay a shop to install it.

Just one thing to keep in mind if you decide to do your own installation. Buy a big aerosol can of Liquid Wrench, PB-Blaster, or Break-Free and start soaking/spraying all of the nuts and bolts under the Jeep for a week or two ahead of time. Do this multiple times. And no, WD-40 is NOT even close to being a suitable subsitute for any of those products. If you don't, you will wish you had because a ten year old vehicle will have had plenty of time for its nuts and bolts to corrode and become difficult to remove.

I strongly recommend you install your own suspension lift, you'll then know a lot more about your Jeep and be far better prepared to figure out how to fix something in the future if anything ever breaks or you just want to install upgrades. Good luck, have fun.

__________________
When you have a choice, buy American.

Jerry Bransford is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Spacer Lift Installation RobW JK General Discussion Forum 13 06-06-2009 11:41 PM
YJ Lift, Degree of difficulty. Brian V YJ General Discussion Forum 8 08-06-2007 05:34 PM
lift installation tools? upinar TJ General Discussion Forum 14 01-09-2007 04:21 PM
Questions about pricing on a lift kit installation BigMike YJ General Discussion Forum 2 04-24-2006 01:41 PM
HELP! Lift Kit Installation Q's whiteyj YJ General Discussion Forum 6 07-17-2005 12:17 AM



Download our Mobile App

» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:16 PM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC