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Old 05-19-2010, 04:43 PM   #1
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Lift..myself?

How hard is it to put a suspension lift on a TJ? The guy that was supposed to help just went on leave for a month, and now I'm stuck with it myself, or paying $450 for labor. outside of the usual changing my oil/tires etc when needed, i haven't really gotten into working on cars. how difficult is this?

the lift is a 4" suspension lift by Zone.

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Old 05-19-2010, 04:46 PM   #2
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It's pretty easy . . . I think it's better to do it yourself and learn about your Jeep. Most the stuff only requires one set of hands, but having a buddy around, even if they don't know anything about wrenching does come in handy in a few spots, but if you have a good jack, ratchet strap, etc you'll probably get by alone.

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Know what you are doing is a majority of the battle. If you try to get involved in a local 4x4 club, you'd probably get quite a bit of offers for help.

$450 labor or $30 bucks (for a 12 pack and pizzas)
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Have the instructions, a buddy/dad/brother, stay logged onto here, and a 6 pack. But the MOST important thing is to have someone with another car so you can ride to the parts store (or hospital) if you need to..
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Its not "hard". but its long and involved. having a second pair of hands will help, esp if they've done it before.

I wouldn't pay someone 450.00 to do it, that's for sure. But I've done a few in the past.

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Its not "hard". but its long and involved. having a second pair of hands will help, esp if they've done it before.

I wouldn't pay someone 450.00 to do it, that's for sure. But I've done a few in the past.

If your friends are like mine, don't let them crack into the Beer until the work day is over....
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Old 05-19-2010, 05:16 PM   #7
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It's not hard you can find a lot of web sites that have detailed instructions, much better than anything that will come with the lift kit. I do suggest another car if you need to run out for parts. I did mine without help and it took about 5 hours. but I had a problem getting the front shock nut off. If I didn't have that problem it would have been much quicker.
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Old 05-19-2010, 05:54 PM   #8
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PBW the hell out of those bolts. As long as nothing breaks, you will be fine.
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Old 05-19-2010, 06:45 PM   #9
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The lift I put on my Jeep was the first coil spring lift I'd ever done. It was pretty easy and straight forward. I'd recommend doing it yourself. You'll have the pride of ownership that comes with doing a job yourself. If it's a long arm lift that requires welding and such, then I'd recommend having some help or having someone else do the work if you don't have a welder.
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PBW the hell out of those bolts. As long as nothing breaks, you will be fine.
Good point I started spraying a few days before and all bolts came out without a problem except the nut on the top of the front shock.
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:06 PM   #12
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yea I would say its something that you can do yourself, and as everyone else said, have someone else there, even if they know nothing about working on cars its good to have the extra set of hands.
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:52 PM   #13
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Post up on your local craigslist or something... Say like need some help putting a lift on Jeep, I'm sure there are some jeepers out there who would like to help.. but then there are those crooks and perverts...

Or get a neighbor lol
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Old 05-19-2010, 09:06 PM   #14
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Yea do it yourself and you will be fine. A couple of floor jacks is always helpful though and possible a long pry bar.
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Old 05-19-2010, 10:32 PM   #15
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don't know about the zone lifts, but if it has a drop pitman arm be sure to get a pitman arm puller, (rent one at autozone) I wasted 2 hours trying to get mine off before I finally just went and rented one.
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Old 05-20-2010, 12:24 AM   #16
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Thanks for the info. Great idea to get involved in some local 4x4 clubs, but I just got to this base in NM and really haven't had time to get involved.
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I recently had a week off so I changed out my 2'' suspension lift to a 4'' lift.
I did it by my self. I did the front one day and then the rear the next day.
You will have great pride in doing it yourself. The only thing I recommend is a
coil spring compressor (I picked up for $15). I don't believe I could have
done it myself without them.


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Old 05-24-2010, 01:01 AM   #18
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I decided to go ahead and do it myself with the help of a couple of guys I work with on base. We've hit some snags because of drilling, but progress over all. Front is done, start on rear on Tues....
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Congrats bud. Wrong base or I would of helped you out. If you have any questions let us know.

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