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Old 06-13-2010, 01:59 PM   #1
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lift kit question.

I'm putting a 2.5" rough country lift on my 99 tj. i got the front on. went to the back and i cant get several of the lug nuts off. Ive used a impact wrench with no success. cheater bar is not working any idea's on getting these things off?
my next question is can i drive my jeep with just the front lift on? i don't think I'll be able to finish this weekend and need to get to work on Monday. i don't work far only 2 miles. and a single trip to the bank which is about 4 miles. no speed over 40mph.

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Old 06-13-2010, 02:21 PM   #2
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They must be tight if an impact wont due the trick. As long as your front end alignment isn't out of whack from the lift you should be fine to drive it.

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About all I can suggest is a steel pipe for a cheater bar on a 1/2 or 3/4 breaker bar. If the lugs don't come off the studs, it will shear the studs off. Then you can pull the tire off and replace the studs and lug nuts. I wouldn't do this unless you have the replacement parts available tho since this is your only ride.
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how would i check to see if my alignment is out of whack?
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You will know real quick if your alignment is out of whack as it will either pull one way or another or the steering wheel will no longer be centered. Yes you can drive with just the front lift on, but be careful and look for all the funny looks people will give you.
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You will know real quick if your alignment is out of whack as it will either pull one way or another or the steering wheel will no longer be centered. Yes you can drive with just the front lift on, but be careful and look for all the funny looks people will give you.
i know my steering wheel if off now. when i started my tires were straight, now there turned to the left. i'm prepared for looks. my cousin did the same thing with his truck and we gave his truck some names i cant say on here.
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get to autozone and get those lugs off. They're probably cross threaded and that's more of a problem, if you have managed to loosen them up, than your alignment. Coupled together and you could not only eat up your tires, but possibly lose one (at most extreme) if you get any sort of "death wobble" from the alignment and lugs not being on properly.
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i'm going to take it to my tire shop to get the tires rotated. i'll let them deal with it, and i'm past due as it is.
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I bet they are the ones who cross threaded the wheels as most shops I have seen do not hand thread the lugs before hitting them with an impact wrench.
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not this one. i have been going to this place for a few years now. and this is the first time i have ever had or tried to get the rear tires off since i bought it.
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Though you have been going there for a few years, that doesn't mean they hired some new monkey who either cross-threaded or overtightened the lug nuts that might have seized from galling. That can even happen when trying to remove the lug nuts if the galling process has already started. I've seen it happen too often myself. It happened to me earlier this monthy when I asked Discount Tires to balance & rotate my tires, it came back with 4-5 lug nuts that would not come off with my big IR impact wrench. Discount Tires called me to say they couldn't get all the lug nuts tight so I came & got it. I ended up using a breaker bar to snap the lug nut studs off so I could replace the studs. The lug nut & stud threads had most likely started galling & the impact wrench at Discount Tires heated things up so they seized together.

I ALWAYS give my lug nuts and tire studs a liberal coating of antiseize on the threads to prevent this from happening. The above happened on my replacement Jeep I bought in May (my previous Jeep was stolen in March) that I hadn't had the lug nuts off of yet. All of the stud & lug nut threads now have plenty of antiseize on them. Every major nut & bolt, tie rod threads, etc. I remove & will have off again always gets antiseize on its threads.

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