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Old 05-14-2012, 08:54 AM   #151
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I just installed mine SOLO this weekend on a 2012 JKU. I did not run into any issues that required an extra set of hands. The toughest part was removing the front brake line brackets (used a cut off tool and was VERY careful, and then bent them back with a set of pliers)...the other tough part was the passenger upper shock mount. I took the advice of another post here and used a hole saw to carefully open the area above the mount up. Save your money - you can do it! It took me 2.5 hours for the rear and 3.5 for the front.

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[*]10, 15-21mm sockets - same for wrenches to hold the opposite side of the nut/bolt[*]6" rachet extension[*]3/8" drill bit[*]Floor jack with some blocks to get it a bit higher (I used a bricks with a hockey puck on top)[*]Tall jack stands[*]torque wrench (just get the $29 digital add on from Harbor Freight)[*]Something to work off the front brake line brackets. I used a rotozip head on an electric drill[*]Vice-Grips (tape the teeth up to keep from scratching and use them on the shock shaft to tighten the upper shock nuts - you'll never get an allen wrench in there.
Much more experience here then. I've never done this type of work before. The help was needed on my end.

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Old 05-14-2012, 11:31 AM   #152
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Much more experience here then. I've never done this type of work before. The help was needed on my end.
I think I may be in the same boat as Kelsey actually...

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I think I may be in the same boat as Kelsey actually...

It's also NOT rocket science either. If you can read directions and take your time you can do this.
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It's also NOT rocket science either. If you can read directions and take your time you can do this.

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It's also NOT rocket science either. If you can read directions and take your time you can do this.
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Decisions, decisions... I seem to go back and forth on this every day. Asked my dealer for a quote on just the install (no tires, wheels), and he came back with $725- for that amount of cash, I can get AEV's tire carrier. We'll see what the offroad shops come back with re: an estimate (should be tomorrow). I just wish I had at least some experience before taking this on solo.

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I just installed mine SOLO this weekend on a 2012 JKU. I did not run into any issues that required an extra set of hands. The toughest part was removing the front brake line brackets (used a cut off tool and was VERY careful, and then bent them back with a set of pliers)...the other tough part was the passenger upper shock mount. I took the advice of another post here and used a hole saw to carefully open the area above the mount up. Save your money - you can do it! It took me 2.5 hours for the rear and 3.5 for the front.

You will neeed the following:
  • 10, 15-21mm sockets - same for wrenches to hold the opposite side of the nut/bolt
  • 6" rachet extension
  • 3/8" drill bit
  • Floor jack with some blocks to get it a bit higher (I used a bricks with a hockey puck on top)
  • Tall jack stands
  • torque wrench (just get the $29 digital add on from Harbor Freight)
  • Something to work off the front brake line brackets. I used a rotozip head on an electric drill
  • Vice-Grips (tape the teeth up to keep from scratching and use them on the shock shaft to tighten the upper shock nuts - you'll never get an allen wrench in there.
Thanks for the detailed list of necessary tools. This will be invaluable I'm sure if I decide to go the DIY route!
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Decisions, decisions... I seem to go back and forth on this every day. Asked my dealer for a quote on just the install (no tires, wheels), and he came back with $725- for that amount of cash, I can get AEV's tire carrier. We'll see what the offroad shops come back with re: an estimate (should be tomorrow). I just wish I had at least some experience before taking this on solo.



Thanks for the detailed list of necessary tools. This will be invaluable I'm sure if I decide to go the DIY route!
Drive up to the great state of NY and i'll give you a hand . The only hard part I had was getting the rear and front axles back in place. I had a second set of hands to help with this process, other than that it was really very simple.
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So just spoke to an offroad shop and was quoted $85/hr. Worst case scenario, we'd be just above $500 if it (for some reason) ends up being a 6 hour job...

Heading out to Home Depot and HF now to price out some tools, jackstands, creeper, etc.
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So just spoke to an offroad shop and was quoted $85/hr. Worst case scenario, we'd be just above $500 if it (for some reason) ends up being a 6 hour job...

Heading out to Home Depot and HF now to price out some tools, jackstands, creeper, etc.

I just bought a new creeper from harbor freight for $15 with a coupon...can't be beat. they have some nice jackstands too. I don't buy many handtools there...I prefer better quality cuz I'll have 'em forever. Buy a quality torque wrench as well if you need one. Just do the lift yourself...it's well worth it. Than you will have $500 to blow on something else for your jeep.....hmmm....trucklites cost about that much...lol
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... you will have $500 to blow on something else for your jeep.....hmmm....trucklites cost about that much...
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So just spoke to an offroad shop and was quoted $85/hr. Worst case scenario, we'd be just above $500 if it (for some reason) ends up being a 6 hour job...

Heading out to Home Depot and HF now to price out some tools, jackstands, creeper, etc.

Make sure the jack stands are tall! Mine were not tall enough so I borrowed a set from a friend.
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Also try to borrow an extra floor jack. We used three...seems like a bit of overkill, but it helped to have the extra jack and stands.
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how tall should the stands raise to?
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how tall should the stands raise to?

I think mine were around 20-22 inches and that seemed to cut it close.
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I think mine were around 20-22 inches and that seemed to cut it close.
Yeah... the higher the better. Once you get it up in the air and disconnect everything the axle needs to drop down quite a bit so the springs can fall out. The newer springs are longer and stronger so you will need the extra space.

We did the rear first and I suggested putting the transfer case into 4 hi so it wouldnt roll away while under it since the front is neutral when in 2wd. Be careful not to rip the speed sensors or break the wires. You can def hit me up and I can talk you through some of it if you need... pm me
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Yeah... the higher the better. Once you get it up in the air and disconnect everything the axle needs to drop down quite a bit so the springs can fall out. The newer springs are longer and stronger so you will need the extra space.

We did the rear first and I suggested putting the transfer case into 4 hi so it wouldnt roll away while under it since the front is neutral when in 2wd. Be careful not to rip the speed sensors or break the wires. You can def hit me up and I can talk you through some of it if you need... pm me
I broke a sensor doing balljoints.
I remember sweating it doing our lifts. Not a big deal, you lose your safety system but overall drivability is fine. Better IMO
FYI $15 part and takes 15 min to replace
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:46 AM   #168
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Couple pics of my '12 with the new AEV 2.5" lift installed and 35" KM2s. I went to Moab a week after I installed the lift.







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Old 05-17-2012, 08:27 AM   #169
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That 2nd pic is wallpaper quality! Awesome Jeep. Where in Iowa are you? I'm from Cedar Rapids.
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Thanks! I'm in Eldridge, just north of Davenport.
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:42 AM   #171
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Ok cool. We always make a trip back to CR every summer but I can't find anywhere to play with the Jeep that isn't private property. I don't remember having this problem when I was a kid, lol.
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There is nothing around here. I am fortunate to have the time to go to Colorado and Utah several times each year. All this ground in the midwest and few people yet it is all private and unavailable.
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how tall should the stands raise to?
Harbor Freight sells a set of jack stands that go up 30" tall, that is what I used and they were almost at the top notch.
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There is nothing around here. I am fortunate to have the time to go to Colorado and Utah several times each year. All this ground in the midwest and few people yet it is all private and unavailable.
I hear ya. I usually end up going to PA to have off road fun.
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New shoes. Figured I'd update my pic
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Can you tell me the difference in ride from the stock jk suspension and the 2.5 dev lift? Thanks
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Can you tell me the difference in ride from the stock jk suspension and the 2.5 dev lift? Thanks
I answered you in the other post but here it is again, the ride quality IMO is improved. Braking is better with the larger tires and correction brackets. The only big difference I have noticed is if you go with 35's there is more tire noise. It is nothing that is too crazy though.
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I answered you in the other post but here it is again, the ride quality IMO is improved. Braking is better with the larger tires and correction brackets. The only big difference I have noticed is if you go with 35's there is more tire noise. It is nothing that is too crazy though.
Just curious, what aspect of the braking is improved? I have always seen a increase in braking distance and slower acceleration after changing to larger tires.
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Can you tell me the difference in ride from the stock jk suspension and the 2.5 dev lift? Thanks
To me, the suspension felt tighter while turning, a little more bouncy over bumps (but not unstable), and less nose dive during braking.

I don't have the geometry correction brackets yet so my opinions might be slightly different.

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