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Old 05-23-2013, 07:57 PM   #1
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Lifting 101...

My Zone 3" and my track bar are finally here! Just EAGERLY awaiting my wheels and tires. That being said, I'm so tense about doing this, you couldn't stick a greased needle up my a*s! I've been PB blasting the snot out of everything, but those rear upper shock bolts are scaring me. I feel like I've got all bases covered, but I would love to hear from the " brotherhood "! Tell me what you missed/ needed/ should have done on your first lift.

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Update the thread with pics during the lift installation! I will be getting a Zone 4.25" so I'm really interested in seeing how Zone's stuff looks

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Update the thread with pics during the lift installation! I will be getting a Zone 4.25" so I'm really interested in seeing how Zone's stuff looks
Will do brother! I plan on taking pics during the process. I almost went w/ the 4.25!!
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Will do brother! I plan on taking pics during the process. I almost went w/ the 4.25!!
Throwing 33's underneath? Also, good move to get the adjustable track bar. That was the only thing negative I've heard about Zone lifts; relocating and drilling a new hole in the frame can cause weakening/rattling and other problems down the road
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Tell me what you missed/ needed/ should have done on your first lift.

Just did a 2.5 DPG/OME lift. Having 2 floor jacks was great to move the axles as you wanted them to slip the springs on and off.

Go ahead and buy/order a new bolt for the passenger side of the front track bar. The factory one on mine was undersized and allowed too much play.
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Throwing 33's underneath? Also, good move to get the adjustable track bar. That was the only thing negative I've heard about Zone lifts; relocating and drilling a new hole in the frame can cause weakening/rattling and other problems down the road
Yeah, I wasn't a big fan of drilling out that bracket! A plus was that JKS track bar seems really beefy!
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:41 PM   #7
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Do not try too hard to remove those upper bolts for the shocks. They will break. If it seems they are fighting back, hit them with heat from a propane torch to break the loctite/rust. Put a wax candle on the bolt and wax can be drawn into the nut to lube it up too.
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Just did a 2.5 DPG/OME lift. Having 2 floor jacks was great to move the axles as you wanted them to slip the springs on and off.

Go ahead and buy/order a new bolt for the passenger side of the front track bar. The factory one on mine was undersized and allowed too much play.
Nice man! Thanks! I'm trying to get as many jack stands, jacks, and hands as I can get! Thoughts on spring compressors/ strut compressors??
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:04 PM   #9
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Strut compressors and electric impact wrench are very useful
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:14 PM   #10
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How about those 9 year old nuts/bolts?? I live in the salt belt of the great North East.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:18 PM   #11
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I guess I was fortunate...did my lift this weekend and didnt snap one bolt!! But then again, my jeep has always been in FL
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:25 PM   #12
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I guess I was fortunate...did my lift this weekend and didnt snap one bolt!! But then again, my jeep has always been in FL
You suck!! I'm scared, those upper rear shock studs are going to snap...... I know it!
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don't worry about the bolts, my 2001 from wisconsin came right out. I used an air ratchet 3/8" drive to get em out. they popped right out. I wouldn't recommend using a torch near your gas tank. tighten first a little bit, then loosen. if they get tough on the turning with a regular ratchet, turn em back in then back out. spray, go in, then out.
you can do it! the front struts, I had to cut the top stud off with an oxy-acetylene torch. I put a tin heat shield behind the stud to keep from melting my wheel well.
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:12 AM   #14
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don't worry about the bolts, my 2001 from wisconsin came right out. I used an air ratchet 3/8" drive to get em out. they popped right out. I wouldn't recommend using a torch near your gas tank. tighten first a little bit, then loosen. if they get tough on the turning with a regular ratchet, turn em back in then back out. spray, go in, then out.
you can do it! the front struts, I had to cut the top stud off with an oxy-acetylene torch. I put a tin heat shield behind the stud to keep from melting my wheel well.
Thanks for the advice and encouragement!
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:22 AM   #15
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How about brake lines? The stock lines look like they may be an issue. Extended lines are short money in the grand scheme of things, and since I'm still waiting for wheels/tires, I was debating on just ordering them.
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Nice man! Thanks! I'm trying to get as many jack stands, jacks, and hands as I can get! Thoughts on spring compressors/ strut compressors??

I didn't need a spring compressor. Jack one axle side up (it pushes the other side down more), let the other full droop (I had extended brake lines already). I used a crow bar to finesse the longer spring into place.
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:51 AM   #17
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Just called the freight co. And my wheels and tires will be here Tues!!!!! That means that weather permitting, next weekend is D day!!
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I'll be following the thread to see how the lift and trackbar install go. I'm going to order this same life when I put my 33's on in September.
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Old 05-27-2013, 02:52 PM   #19
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I'll be following the thread to see how the lift and trackbar install go. I'm going to order this same life when I put my 33's on in September.
I'll post up whenever I can! Good luck in September. Unfortunately I might have to push back my lift a week. While I was climbing under my TJ today and PB blasting anything that doesn't move, I noticed my front LCA bushings are shot....

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I'm thinking it might be time to consider new control arms since the suspension is going to be apart anyway.
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I'll post up whenever I can! Good luck in September. Unfortunately I might have to push back my lift a week. While I was climbing under my TJ today and PB blasting anything that doesn't move, I noticed my front LCA bushings are shot....

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I'm thinking it might be time to consider new control arms since the suspension is going to be apart anyway.

I already have a lift, but picked up a set of adjustable control arms from Rokmen. They're having a 10% sale right now. You can start out with just the rear uppers/lowers.
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Old 05-27-2013, 03:32 PM   #21
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I already have a lift, but picked up a set of adjustable control arms from Rokmen. They're having a 10% sale right now. You can start out with just the rear uppers/lowers.
Rokmen seems like nice stuff. I was leaning towards currie or metalcloak ...... If a can find the $$$$$! if not, I'll run W/ what I've got, and rip it all apart again in a couple of months. Unfortunately, the " Jeep budget" is razor thin right now.
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A pile your upper front shock bolts just cut them with a zaw saw save yourself the time and effort As for the rear upper shock bolts heat and buy a couple if sockets extra to hammer them into rear upper bolts cause mine were so ruste they stripped the heads off hammered on socket Ono bolt was able to get them off no problem at all also buy some nutserts an have a friend with a welder/ and welding skills on standby the skid plate nuts rippin off put my lift on a 2 days stand by when I did it two yrs ago good luck you'll figure things out also order some extra cam bolts from rough country for the front cause one if mine was seized had to zaw saw it off too good luck
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Santa came today and my 4 year old is almost as excited as me...... Almost.

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Old 05-28-2013, 08:06 PM   #25
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CC what size tires did you get?
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Nice tires. 33's? I'm going with BFG's on mine once I get the cash. Not too expensive for a set of 5.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:08 AM   #27
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Yep. I went with 33" Baja MTZ's.
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Old 05-30-2013, 03:41 PM   #29
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Thanks for the links my friend! After going at my TJ with PB Blaster for the last 2 weeks+, I'm obviously a little OCD on prep, ( I've even spent some time knocking down rust on nuts/bolts with wire brushes) so i really appreciate ANY and ALL info i can get! Some nice info there! I'm cautiously optimistic, but thanks to you and all the Wrangler Forum brotherhood I'm actually feeling pretty prepared..... For the worst! I've always planned for the worst, and hoped for the best in anything I do! T-minus 1 day!!!
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Looks like I'm going it alone! Luckily everyone came through with the stuff I needed..., extra jack stands, second floor jack, 1 1/2" combo wrench etc. unfortunately, everybody has " something going on". No FEAR!! I AM doing this. Worst case, I drive the wife's mini van to work on Monday...... With my tail between my legs.

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