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Old 08-28-2013, 05:37 AM   #1
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help with 3.5 inch re lift

i posted this in the general forum, but got no response so I thought I would try here

Hi I have this lift on my 13jku, but i'm assuming it's the same on all jeeps. anyway it hasn't even been on the vehicle for a week, but i have put around 200 miles on the lift. I don't notice squeaking when I'm driving down the road, but sometimes when I get in and out of my jeep it squeaks. I think it is coming from the back right corner. do you guys know what it could be? i've heard things about the lift just settling in and was wondering if tomorrow I should contact fortec in pompano (the installers of the lift) and bring it in, or just drive it for another couple 100 miles and see if it goes away or wait just because waiting before re torquing things down, allowing them more time to settle in, would be better.

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Old 08-28-2013, 09:52 AM   #2
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Just give it time. Flex it a bunch and just drive it. It should go away fairly soon...few hundred miles maybe. If it really bothers u, just hit the spring purches with wd40. Bad part about doing that is that it will collect dust and look like hell if u dont keep it clean.
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:09 PM   #3
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Just give it time. Flex it a bunch and just drive it. It should go away fairly soon...few hundred miles maybe. If it really bothers u, just hit the spring purches with wd40. Bad part about doing that is that it will collect dust and look like hell if u dont keep it clean.
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Oh, and make sure all grease fittings are lubed!
you guys always talk about flexing... i'm worried about it. can over flexing hurt or break things? is over flexing possible? and what can i do to flex it? i live in florida so there are no hills or mountains.
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Just give it time. Flex it a bunch and just drive it. It should go away fairly soon...few hundred miles maybe. If it really bothers u, just hit the spring purches with wd40. Bad part about doing that is that it will collect dust and look like hell if u dont keep it clean.
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Oh, and make sure all grease fittings are lubed!
and what are grease fittings? i'm sorry but my shop told me zero about suspension maintenance. does it only need to be greased and stuff with offroading? i rarely will be able to and when i can it would be mudding not rock climbing
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I have the RE 3.5 Short Arm Superflex. The upper and lower control arms have grease zerts. If you have these arms the sop should have greased them.

If you have just the RE 3.5 standard lift you wont have these arms. I just had mine out for the second time on the trails and noticed some squeaking...in fact alot of guys in my group squeak.
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U would b suprised. There are small hills and good hill climbing in Florida...hook up with a local club and scout some out! Flexing won't hurt. It just means extending ur suspension to full travel. Dont worry, it cant go too far...there are stops and limits put in place for this. If anything, just look for big curbs or rocks and slowly c how far u can get one wheel up!
Depending on ur lift, u should now have little zirc fittings on each end of ur upper and lower control arms...the pretty grey bars! Buy a cheap grease gun at any auto parts store or Wallyworld for $20 and just squeeze until u c grease coming out somewhere. Easy cheasy! Do this once a month or so.
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ok i'll definatly do that I had no idea they had to be greased. i figured it was the same as stock suspension maintenance... just washing the undercarriage after getting in the mud. and i'll check again at what lift i have. i think it's just standard. i just talked with them about extra hight not different arms and stuff
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you guys always talk about flexing... i'm worried about it. can over flexing hurt or break things? is over flexing possible? and what can i do to flex it? i live in florida so there are no hills or mountains.
The limiting factor for most people is the shocks. If you have longer shocks. Brake lines could over extend, drive shaft contact on front cross over breather tubes popping out and coils unseating,
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The limiting factor for most people is the shocks. If you have longer shocks. Brake lines could over extend, drive shaft contact on front cross over breather tubes popping out and coils unseating,
Very true. But a reputable shop would've extended the lines and used correctly sized springs! Something to watch for non the less.
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Very true. But a reputable shop would've extended the lines and used correctly sized springs! Something to watch for non the less.
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Spring retainers and/or limiting straps
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Hi guys. After looking over the vehicle myself i'm thinking the squeak might be coming from the rear right brake... is this possible? it couldn't be the pads. she just passed 500 miles the other day. the squeak mainly happens when coming to a complete stop in that last half a second right before the jeep is stopped and I realized that I can't get her to squeak when stopped on my driveway in gear and not using the parking break
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is there anything in particular that could cause it? i'm thinking brake, not lift, but after that I have no idea at all
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I get a groan/ creek when shifting from park to reverse, reverse to drive. That's another thread on this and it seems this is common.
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I get a groan/ creek when shifting from park to reverse, reverse to drive. That's another thread on this and it seems this is common.
mine is a manual, but that makes sense since you have to use the brakes to shift gears... unless you think that the groaning is coming from your tranny
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is there anything in particular that could cause it? i'm thinking brake, not lift, but after that I have no idea at all
Can you post a couple of pics of the rear suspension
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Can you post a couple of pics of the rear suspension
yeah i'll do it in a few hours I can't right now
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i took a picture but i don't know what specifically you want a picture of
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Different angles of the rear coils, sway links, brackets, etc would be also be helpful.
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:42 AM   #19
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here is more... sorry for being slow. i'm at school and ran out to my jeep during lunch
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here is more... sorry for being slow. i'm at school and ran out to my jeep during lunch
this is the right rear side
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the shocks are bilstein 5100's but i had them painted red
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the pictures really won't help with the squeak since everything looks installed correctly. have a person bounce the rear end up and down while you locate the squeak.
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the pictures really won't help with the squeak since everything looks installed correctly. have a person bounce the rear end up and down while you locate the squeak.
This is incorrect.
The bolt that connects the trackbar to the track bar bracket is backwards. On many of the re lifts this will cause that bolt to contact the left rear spring when the suspension is cycling. If you are not having this issue yet, you likely eventually will so you may want to go ahead and flip that bolt around.
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This is incorrect.
The bolt that connects the trackbar to the track bar bracket is backwards. On many of the re lifts this will cause that bolt to contact the left rear spring when the suspension is cycling. If you are not having this issue yet, you likely eventually will so you may want to go ahead and flip that bolt around.
o wow ok thank you. I'll fix it right away.
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If it is the suspension making the noise you should be able to re-create it by bouncing it. Give the bumper a couple of pushes down to see if you can get it to make the sound.


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If it is the suspension making the noise you should be able to re-create it by bouncing it. Give the bumper a couple of pushes down to see if you can get it to make the sound.

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