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Old 01-30-2014, 02:46 PM   #1
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Installing lift by yourself

I am about ready to install my RockKrawler 2.5 Max Travel lift on my 2013 JKU. I have already done the Teraflex exhaust spacer and the brake lines.

My question is how many of you have put your lift on by yourself? I know that having multiple people around is best, but I may not have that opportunity right now.

Besides it just taking a little longer, is there any reason you can put a lift like this on by yourself?

Any tips or tricks when doing this install by yourself that could help me out would be appreciated. Thanks.

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I do most the work on my Jeep by myself. Occasionally I recruit a spare hand here or there when needed. Centering the steering wheel is exhausting by yourself. Won't ever do that again.

Like you said, just takes a little longer sometimes. Sometimes it can be quicker, no other people doing something wrong.

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I did most of my lift by myself. Yes it takes longer, but can easily be done without help. That way no one is around when the bad words start flying. LOL
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I've done 3 by myself if you count doing the same Jeep twice.
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Done all of mine myself. Just take extra caution when supporting the rig. If something goes wrong, there's no one around to help you.
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Old 01-30-2014, 04:39 PM   #6
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I did a 2.5 inch lift once by myself and broke a wheel sensor..$125 bucks later all was good. Jack stands and the correct tools are a must. Get someone to help and torque all bolts after Jeep is on the ground after installing lift.
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Old 01-30-2014, 04:52 PM   #7
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I did my 2.5 RK Flex System with a buddy of mine. As long as you follow the instructions that come with the kit (highlighting the steps for my system made the instructions a little easier to read) you should be fine. However, torquing down the jam nuts on the control arms and track bar was a lot easier with my buddy there, those thing are a pain in the a**! Just make sure the crawler joints are aligned right, the jam nuts are torqued as tight as you can, and you torque everything else down when the Jeep is on the ground.

It took him and I about 8 hours with a shop lift and air tools. We ran into a few issues with the track bar aligning right which cost us 2-3 hours. I'd assume it would have taken me at least a day and a half to do it myself in the drive way.
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I did my 2.5 RK Flex System with a buddy of mine. As long as you follow the instructions that come with the kit (highlighting the steps for my system made the instructions a little easier to read) you should be fine. However, torquing down the jam nuts on the control arms and track bar was a lot easier with my buddy there, those thing are a pain in the a**! Just make sure the crawler joints are aligned right, the jam nuts are torqued as tight as you can, and you torque everything else down when the Jeep is on the ground.

It took him and I about 8 hours with a shop lift and air tools. We ran into a few issues with the track bar aligning right which cost us 2-3 hours. I'd assume it would have taken me at least a day and a half to do it myself in the drive way.
Since the system I will be installing is very close to yours, what issue specifically did you run into with the track bar?

Was the rest of it pretty straight forward/"easy" and just took time to undo bolts, bolt back up, etc., etc.?
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I have done all mods solo...suspension and control arms, bumper and winch, LED off road lights, etc. Some things might have been easier with an extra set of hands, but nothing was unbearable. I have found that having the proper tools (including air tools) is often far more beneficial than the extra set of hands.
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IMO, the biggest advantage of having someone else particularly if this is your first lift is to get a second opinion (e.g. instructions) and check your work including the torquing bolts. They also come in handy keeping you patient on things like stubborn bolts and helping with tools.

If that someone has done it before then its duck soup and the question becomes "Does he/she need you?"
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IMO, the biggest advantage of having someone else particularly if this is your first lift is to get a second opinion (e.g. instructions) and check your work including the torquing bolts. They also come in handy keeping you patient on things like stubborn bolts and helping with tools.
If that someone has done it before then its duck soup and the question becomes "Does he/she need you?"
This is my first Jeep (YES, it sure took me long enough to get one!) and it's my first time doing extensive modifications of this nature. I made great use of YouTube in addition to the respective manufacturer's instructions. Imo second opinions from someone that is also new to the game may or may not really be such a good thing. Which brings us to your last statement... "Do they really need you?...EXACTLY!!!
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:06 PM   #12
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most of the time when i do stuff like this, not just working on a car or something but bigger projects i like to keep somebody around. not to help or to double check but just to bs with. helps take the frustration and tediousness out of it.

plus my friends are idiots.... i wouldn't trust them with ordering a pizza properly....
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It helps to have 1 extra set of hands, but if not, having a few extra jacks makes life a lot easier.
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I have done all mods solo...suspension and control arms, bumper and winch, LED off road lights, etc. Some things might have been easier with an extra set of hands, but nothing was unbearable. I have found that having the proper tools (including air tools) is often far more beneficial than the extra set of hands.
I installed both my bumpers alone, and will be the first to say it's a bad idea. I can lift the weight easily, but it's awkward, and lining it up is a PITA....and you can scratch the rear of the jeep pretty easily. With bumpers, have an extra set of hands, even a woman..its not so much the weight as it is the lining up.
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I did my lift myself. If you have air tools, jack stands, and floor jack(s) - it's pretty easy and moves along. As for the bumpers, you can use plastic milk crates as a stepping point on and off. I use magnetic dishes to keep the bolts and nuts at their station.

A helper can help you double check all the bolts and your nuts.
We try to use them as needed
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A helper can help you double check your nuts.
i like where this is going!
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Then you get yet another pretty girl to use an air hammer, They like the feeling of power:
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MAG00,

I installed the same lift on my JK by myself. I just took my time and made sure I had it supported well with stands etc. Make sure you disconnect breathers tubes etc from the axles before you drop them.
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Since I hardly broke a sweat and we finished early, it was time play on my tire swing:
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This girl wouldn't do any work other than holding the dirty license plate:


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I've done 3 by myself if you count doing the same Jeep twice.
I count 3 there, (2 balls and a word).
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An extra set of hands come in handy when your torquing everything down. 125ft/lbs is a chore with one hand 10 or so times. I found that with most bolts you can brace wrenches in certain spots so you can use both hands on the actual torque wrench. Sometimes using a breaker bar with a pipe extension you can brace it against the floor. You'll have to work with it but you'll see what I mena when your at that point of the install.
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Since the system I will be installing is very close to yours, what issue specifically did you run into with the track bar?

Was the rest of it pretty straight forward/"easy" and just took time to undo bolts, bolt back up, etc., etc.?
We (stupidly) unbolted the controls arms so we could adjust the joint orientation while the track bar was removed. This caused the axel to shift and we had a hell of a time getting everything to line up again and be centered. The biggest PIA of the install is getting the joints oriented correctly and keeping them in the correct position when you torque them down. It took some time but we got it.

Again, this was all done with the Jeep in the air and with air tools. So basically the best conditions. Had this been in my garage with jack stands and hand tools, I would have had a hell of a time and probably a 2 day project.
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I just installed a 2.5 lift on my 2011 JK today and I was on my own. Good advice is do not remove the bolts from the control arm. You can loosen them to achieve more clearance (axle travel) but do not remove the bolts. 2 sets of jack stands and a good floor jack is a must. Hopefully you will be on a good solid surface and the jeep will be stable. I had air tools and it helped cut some time. All my parts fit great and the project went good. If you are mechanically inclined you will be fine. Most important is be safe
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An extra set of hands come in handy when your torquing everything down. 125ft/lbs is a chore with one hand 10 or so times. I found that with most bolts you can brace wrenches in certain spots so you can use both hands on the actual torque wrench. Sometimes using a breaker bar with a pipe extension you can brace it against the floor. You'll have to work with it but you'll see what I mena when your at that point of the install.


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I installed everything myself. The first time will take longer. 2 floor jacks help on the front. I also picked up a Lithium Ion 1/2 impact that came with a angle grinder from Sears. Impact makes thing much faster; recommended. All the control arm and trackbar bolts are 21mm. Get some anti-seize as well to put on all the bolts when reinstalling.

If you don't have a Rubicon and do front disconnects there is a tube on the frame that can hit the sway bar preventing it from rotating up to park it when disconnecting. I installed the disconnects from my kit for the JKUR I didn't use on our JK and used the angle grinder to clearance that tube.
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I have the same lift coming (was supposed to be here Friday) and plan to do it myself, as I have done just about everything else......occasionally getting my wife to be a second set of eyes and/or hands for light stuff when my hands are full. My son is getting to an age where he can help too.

Just plan on a little longer time to install and take your time.
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2 Floor jacks is like having a helping hand and be sure you put it on jack-stands high enough to get the new tires on it when you're finished installing the lift. That'll also give you enough room to sit, instead of lay alot. Give yourself 2 full days to remove the old and install the new which will allow you to take your time. I did 4 lifts on my TJ and hopefully only once on the JK. Oops, twice on the JK putting in the Rubi axles. Damn!
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