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Old 03-08-2011, 11:55 AM   #1
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Installed my 2.5" Tera-Flex Lift (w/shocks)

Installed my lift this weekend. It took us awhile to install, but I feel better now about the space between the tires and the fenders. We had a few issues with some of the parts. One being the threads on the top of the shocks were different, one was wide, and the other skinnier. They gave us the same bolt for both though...The second being that the template to drill the hole in the rear track bar drop bracket was off by a couple inches as well. Here is a link to the lift that we put on...
2.5" Suspension System by TeraFlex and Other Jeep Parts and Jeep Accessories by 4 Wheel Drive Hardware-RH1

I will post the rest of the pics as well
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Old 03-08-2011, 11:57 AM   #2
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More lift photos

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Old 03-08-2011, 11:57 AM   #3
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Looking good! Will check back to see the after pics. Nice color on that rig too -
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The last 2 photos

I should have taken more after looking through these
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Pics look good so far. Any trouble fitting into your garage??
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Sure enough one is fine and the other is not. On the trackbar bracket I ran the bolt through it to locate it and then marked and measured because I had read that the template was wrong. The diagram for what order the parts went in on the bracket was also wrong.
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The template is def off by a few. I wonder how many have drilled before actually measuring...

It fits in the garage just fine with a few inches to spare. I have hit large bumps and dips and have not rubbed yet since the lift. I have yet to take it out on some desert trails through. Next thing will hopefully be some new fender flares along with a rear and front bumper...

Will post a before and after picture soon....
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Congrats!

If you don't mind some basic questions . . . . How long did it take? Did you have help or were you working solo? I see a hydraulic floor jack and some jack stands, but what other tools did you find necessary to the work? Were there any tools you wished you had, but didn't?

I ask because I'm trying to convince myself that I've got what it takes to install my own replacement coils and shocks. It'd be my largest self-installed mod to date.
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Congrats!

If you don't mind some basic questions . . . . How long did it take? Did you have help or were you working solo? I see a hydraulic floor jack and some jack stands, but what other tools did you find necessary to the work? Were there any tools you wished you had, but didn't?

I ask because I'm trying to convince myself that I've got what it takes to install my own replacement coils and shocks. It'd be my largest self-installed mod to date.
You can do it. I did not use any special tools other than a torque wrench. I'm blown away by how many people I know that have a nice tool collection yet no torque wrench. I have two for different purposes. Get or borrow a torque wrench for the job.

Edit- My instructions were not all that great by the way. I want to see you get her done yourself. In fact if you want I can send you my number via pm and you could text or call me if you need any immediate advice. I'll walk you all the way through it if you want. You will enjoy it so much more doing it yourself.
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You can do it. I did not use any special tools other than a torque wrench. I'm blown away by how many people I know that have a nice tool collection yet no torque wrench. I have two for different purposes. Get or borrow a torque wrench for the job.

Edit- My instructions were not all that great by the way. I want to see you get her done yourself. In fact if you want I can send you my number via pm and you could text or call me if you need any immediate advice. I'll walk you all the way through it if you want. You will enjoy it so much more doing it yourself.
I'm reasonably handy with home repairs--flooring, kitchen sinks, installing windows, blah blah. However, the JK has been my automotive introduction. Thus far, I've managed to do things like an air intake, a throttle body, a light bar, grille mesh, a tire rotation, etc. on my own without any problems.

I think I can do this, so long as I've got the right tools and a basic understanding of what goes into it. I won't have any "official" instructions--I'll be doing Mopar HD coils and a set of Bilsteins--though I'll probably download some instructions for a basic coil/shock kit off of Quadratec just to reference.

I'm looking to install in April, and I just may take you up on that call!

Sorry about the highjacked thread folks . . . .
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Can you PM the shock model # that is stamped on the lower portion of the shocks? Not sure why you have 2 different thread styles.
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How long did it take?

Most of the day, with joking around and rethinking a few of the issues that came up.
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Did you have help or were you working solo?

I did it over at a friendís place. This is his garage and tools, and he helped. He is a Toyota guy and off roads a lot!
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I see a hydraulic floor jack and some jack stands, but what other tools did you find necessary to the work? Were there any tools you wished you had, but didn't?

We had air tools to help, of course a drill, standard sockets and open end wrenches, a torque wrench . . . he has just about everything so we had no trouble with tools, but didnít need very many.
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Can you PM the shock model # that is stamped on the lower portion of the shocks? Not sure why you have 2 different thread styles.
The models look like 9550? The sticker? I cannot find a stamped number so youíll need to tall me exactly where to look. They were completely different and the nuts provided only fit one of them. The other not even close.

I know that when I ordered the kit, they were out of stock. In the rush to fill orders, maybe someone put in the wrong thing?

Iíll need to know exactly where it is stamped and all, then next time I am under there I can look.

The instructions in this part were confusing as well, at least for us as to where the washers went and such. The instruction sheet shows the shock extenders, which my kit does not have because it has the shocks.

And, as pointed out, the template for the hole was way off for the track bar drop bracket. My friend caught that right way when he made the pilot hole. Fitting, checking and fitting again, measuring and then fixing it by drilling in the correct place is all that saved us from making that hole in the wrong place and having to do some welding to fix it.
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Most of the day, with joking around and rethinking a few of the issues that came up.

I did it over at a friendís place. This is his garage and tools, and he helped. He is a Toyota guy and off roads a lot!

We had air tools to help, of course a drill, standard sockets and open end wrenches, a torque wrench . . . he has just about everything so we had no trouble with tools, but didnít need very many.
Thanks.

I might be starting to feel kinda' gutsy . . . .
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Man that looks awesome!
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Hey are you copying me!? I have the same lift and color! Haha. Looks awesome!
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Here are the after pics...
Questions: Are those 35's too heavy for the tailgate? Did you have to use a different mount or anything like that?
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Questions: Are those 35's too heavy for the tailgate? Did you have to use a different mount or anything like that?
I still have the same factory mount for the spare 35. I would like to get a different mount for the spare since it does feel to weigh down on the trunk door.
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Hey are you copying me!? I have the same lift and color! Haha. Looks awesome!
Thanks! I love the look of the Mango Tango. You have any other mods planned for yours?

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