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Old 06-26-2013, 11:03 PM   #61
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Sooo when I was trying to put on the front half of the lift on I ran into a problem.... The nut on the front OEM shocks were rusted so tightly I ended up not putting anything on anyone have advice for rusted bolts and whatnot?

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Aerokroil and/or PB blaster. Let them soak for a while

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A sawzall works wonders and if you don't have one its a great excuse to get one.
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Aerokroil and/or PB blaster. Let them soak for a while
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I had to do this on my first car, 1980 Camaro, back in '87
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I just installed this lift with the bilstein's last weekend. I am a total noob at this too and the only issues I had were rusted nuts on the sway bar links on the rear. PB Blaster and 45 minutes of fighting it and finally one. The other issue I had was installing the new shocks. Once I got the nut started the shaft on the shocks just wanted to spin without allowing me to tighten them down. The rears was an easy fix as the provide an allen head on the shaft to counter the nut but you can't access that for the fronts. I used a towel wrapped around the shaft with pliers to hold it in place so I could tighten down the top nut.

Mine is a 12 with a MT and I didn't install the exhaust spacers yet but have them on hand. I looked and didn't see a need but will try disconnecting the links and see if it is an issue. I ended up with about 3.5 on the front and 3 in the rear lift. Looks great and drives awesome.



I have a set of 35" duratrac's hopefully being delivered todays so we will see how the whole package turns out.
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Lift on 07 last weekend. Both upper shock bolts snapped off. Mine did this as well.
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:19 PM   #68
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I had to saw off the bolt for my front sway bar link

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Old 06-27-2013, 05:50 PM   #69
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Rear end done with bilstein shocks need to put on rear wheel spacers keeping stock tires till I save up for new wrangler good year 35s and pro comp metal Mulisha wheels

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I have the rear of the lift complete. The heat and humidity kicked my butt today, plus we have major thunderstorm warnings in effect. Hopefully I can finish up tomorrow.
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Interested in this I am putting mine on Saturday
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My buddy and I put mine on. He works on cars for a living. I don't work on them for a living but I know my way around a wrench. I was more like his helper. One thing he kept saying was how nice it was to work on a new car and not getting rust and dirt falling all over him. I'm glad I was able to get it installed while the Jeep is new. I feel bad for you guys that have to deal with rusted bolts and dirt falling on you. I think I would have just taken it to a shop and have them do it then deal with that. I'm not as young as I once was. LOL
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My buddy and I put mine on. He works on cars for a living. I don't work on them for a living but I know my way around a wrench. I was more like his helper. One thing he kept saying was how nice it was to work on a new car and not getting rust and dirt falling all over him. I'm glad I was able to get it installed while the Jeep is new. I feel bad for you guys that have to deal with rusted bolts and dirt falling on you. I think I would have just taken it to a shop and have them do it then deal with that. I'm not as young as I once was. LOL
/sigh must be nice... Lol I knew I wanted a jk but I also wanted a project so that's why I didn't opt for a brand new one but I agree with you the install would have been shaven a couple hours had it been brand new but I live close to the ocean so rust is the bane of my existence
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Am I losing my mind? Which is the front spring? The shorter one or the longer one?
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Front is longer
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Got quoted $1600 to install this kit with 5100 bilstien shocks, any thoughts?
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Got quoted $1600 to install this kit with 5100 bilstien shocks, any thoughts?
that equates to a $800 installation charge
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Front is longer
Thanks, I was about to have a melt down.
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Got quoted $1600 to install this kit with 5100 bilstien shocks, any thoughts?
My only thought is, "Wow, maybe I'll open an aftermarket install shop when I retire.
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Sooo when I was trying to put on the front half of the lift on I ran into a problem.... The nut on the front OEM shocks were rusted so tightly I ended up not putting anything on anyone have advice for rusted bolts and whatnot?
A nut splitter is good to have around when all else fails.
PB blaster didn't allow the rusted bolts on my front shocks to budge at all. I sprayed em multiple times and waited over night, nothing.
Nut splitter came to the rescue!!
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:23 PM   #81
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Got quoted $1600 to install this kit with 5100 bilstien shocks, any thoughts?
Is that install and parts? That's decent but I installed it myself took about 15 hours only because of rusted bolts should take 6 to 8 on a brand new jeep and cost me 900 plus shipping and 100 to use the shop for 15 hours and shipping is a lot because I'm in Hawaii
If you're down to save 600 bucks to use on other parts and install yourself it's a pretty easy install if you have shop tools
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So guys there is a problem with the bushings for the bilsteins they are wayyyy too thick that I can't even thread the nut I just shaved the top bushing just a little bit so I can clear the nut in then you need an Alan wrench to hold and a 17 mm wrench to tighten or gear wrench because on It has torque settings but from watching the teraflex install they said just tighten til you see the bottom bushing start to crush but that could be different because it was for their own shocks but I wouldn't know how to get a torque setting because you def can't fit a torque wrench in there
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I put in liquid wrench I guess it ate away at the rust and made it where I took a long ratcheting wrench and just twisted the SOBs off here's a pic that they tore off

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So guys there is a problem with the bushings for the bilsteins they are wayyyy too thick that I can't even thread the nut I just shaved the top bushing just a little bit so I can clear the nut in then you need an Alan wrench to hold and a 17 mm wrench to tighten or gear wrench because on It has torque settings but from watching the teraflex install they said just tighten til you see the bottom bushing start to crush but that could be different because it was for their own shocks but I wouldn't know how to get a torque setting because you def can't fit a torque wrench in there
I used my stock rubber bushings on my Bilstein's. My JKU is new and so were the bushings. The Bilstien bushings looked like they would have been a pain. I just tightened them till the bushings started to swell out a bit. It did not take mush force to do. They are not loose but they never felt tight so I just went with what the TeraFlex video said to do.
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Is that install and parts? That's decent but I installed it myself took about 15 hours only because of rusted bolts should take 6 to 8 on a brand new jeep and cost me 900 plus shipping and 100 to use the shop for 15 hours and shipping is a lot because I'm in Hawaii
If you're down to save 600 bucks to use on other parts and install yourself it's a pretty easy install if you have shop tools
That installed, alignment, etc
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So guys there is a problem with the bushings for the bilsteins they are wayyyy too thick that I can't even thread the nut I just shaved the top bushing just a little bit so I can clear the nut in then you need an Alan wrench to hold and a 17 mm wrench to tighten or gear wrench because on It has torque settings but from watching the teraflex install they said just tighten til you see the bottom bushing start to crush but that could be different because it was for their own shocks but I wouldn't know how to get a torque setting because you def can't fit a torque wrench in there
I had the same happen to me. . I installed the bottom only and drove around a bit. The weight help settle enough to install the top bushing.
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That installed, alignment, etc
I'd install it myself but do recommend a professional alignment
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I had the same happen to me. . I installed the bottom only and drove around a bit. The weight help settle enough to install the top bushing.
Yea I cut mine just a tad ill buy a new one later since they are cheap
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anyone have issues with the back axle going out of center with the Teraflex 2.5" lift?

I'm a bit upset that Teraflex in their description of their rear adjustable trackbar that it's required for 2.5" lifts or greater, but yet don't mention that when purchasing their 2.5" lift "KIT" which is supposedly everything you need.

http://northridge4x4.com/shop/tera-f...e-ends-1754418
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anyone have issues with the back axle going out of center with the Teraflex 2.5" lift?

I'm a bit upset that Teraflex in their description of their rear adjustable trackbar that it's required for 2.5" lifts or greater, but yet don't mention that when purchasing their 2.5" lift "KIT" which is supposedly everything you need.

http://northridge4x4.com/shop/tera-f...e-ends-1754418
Most all lift kits 2.5" or greater are gonna shift the axle a bit. That's what the rear trackbar bracket it for to help keep it as centered as possible. The only thing that will completely center the axle after a bigger lift will be adjustable trackbars. But I doubt a rear adjustable would be needed unless its just a visually annoying sight to someone. I'll be installing mine next Saturday an report back on issues an other things then

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