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Old 01-30-2012, 10:57 AM   #1
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TeraFlex 2.5" Coil Lift Installed

So we finally got around to installing my 2.5" TeraFlex coil lift this weekend.

Many, many thanks to Djstorm100, ESP, and all the others who came out to turn a wrench and help out. Djstorm100 gets double-thanks for letting us use his facilities and (really) doing most of the work while we handed him tools trying to be "helpful."

Background. Some time ago, ESP and I installed .75" DayStar spacers all around, the famous Mopar 19/60 coils, and Old Man Emu shocks. That netted about 1" to 1.5" of lift, and that is the set up you see in all of the "before" pics here. Keep that in mind--the pics don't show stock/lifted, they show small lift/bigger lift. I decided I wanted more lift and to level out the rake, and a 2.5" TeraFlex 4 door coil kit fit the bill.

Install. Well, watching Djstorm do about 80% of the work was really easy. But in all seriousness, it's of course not that hard--you just need the time to do it right and the right tools. Djstorm's pneumatic impact wrench in particular was a huge help. And when you've got multiple folks turning wrenches, it's extra important to double check that everything has actually been torqued down.

Some notes: We removed the DayStar spacers, so the entire lift is a result of the new coils. We also kept my OME shocks. And finally, we installed a poly performance set of replacement bolts for my track bars and LCAs.

Results. Looks great I think. A measuring tape showed it boosted me about 1.5" to 1.75" higher than I was up front, and I'd guess it's about .75" higher in the rear. It's the perfect amount of height for 33x12.5R15 tires.

Ride. Great. I believe the new coils are constant rather than progressive, and that shows versus the Mopar coils that I'm assuming were progressive. When I'd stand on a side step with the 19/60s, I could get the jeep to rock back and forth quite a bit. Same when I'd lean on the bumper where I could generate a substantial nose dive. With the TeraFlex coils, it hardly budges. I like the stiffer set up better.

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Wow...that is indeed a significant difference. And I agree, it looks like the optimum ratio of lift/tires with the 33's.

Still gotta order a set of the poly performance bolts, myself.

Just in case other peeps are wondering, what came with the TF 2.5" coil lift, other than coils? Brake line relocation brackets, etc...?

Looks great, man.

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Wow...that is indeed a significant difference. And I agree, it looks like the optimum ratio of lift/tires with the 33's.

Still gotta order a set of the poly performance bolts, myself.

Just in case other peeps are wondering, what came with the TF 2.5" coil lift, other than coils? Brake line relocation brackets, etc...?

Looks great, man.
Thanks. It was this kit, though I didn't use the shock extensions.

My recollection is it was coils, front and rear bump stops, brake line relocation brackets, coil spring retainers in the rear, rear trackbar relocation bracket, rear sway bar links (stock rear sway links go up front), and all the associated hardware.
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Looks great, nice choice.
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Speaking of which you left your shock extension here.

Great thread, had fun with your guys yesterday!
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Looks great, nice choice.
X2 me next

And Mike. How did your TB bushings look?
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Speaking of which you left your shock extension here.

Great thread, had fun with your guys yesterday!
Thought of that on the way home--I knew I had to forget something.

I don't need them of course, so hopefully we can find them a new home. If you do another install and somebody wants to keep the stock shocks, feel free to use them. I'm happy to donate to the jeeper cause. If not, I'll pick them up at some point and maybe toss'em in the "For Sale" section. Speaking of which, I've got some 19/60 coils and some SpiderTrax spacers that need good homes too . . . .

And by the way everybody, you should watch Dustin do an intall on this stuff. He's like a man on a mission. He mentioned that this was something like his 12th JK lift ( ), and it shows.
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And Mike. How did your TB bushings look?
Like they were threaded, which of course they're not. I wasn't surprised given that we all know this, but if I hadn't done the reading here it would've been very surprising. The poly bolt kits are defiinitely a good idea.
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You had a little bit of wobbling out the hole on the rear trackbar. The new bolts and sleeve took up the slack as well as the bolt I had to drill so no worries there.
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You had a little bit of wobbling out the hole on the rear trackbar. The new bolts and sleeve took up the slack as well as the bolt I had to drill so no worries there.
Drill?

Also. I see when ESP and now MTH did your lifts. 4 jack stands we're used.

We did front then back using 2.

As far as torquing the bolts when the jeep is on the ground. Do you recommend doing them all at once?
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Drill?
Track bar bracket--you have to drill a new hole to install it.
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Track bar bracket--you have to drill a new hole to install it.
Oh yep... The new hole/bolt took up slack
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Ride better than stock? I'm installing this lift within the month. I actually just picked up the Teraflex Shocks that come with the coil lift on ebay this morning. Only 200 bucks brand new. Lol.


Did you get your axles centered? Or do you think you need new adj track bars?
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Ride better than stock? I'm installing this lift within the month. I actually just picked up the Teraflex Shocks that come with the coil lift on ebay this morning. Only 200 bucks brand new. Lol.

Did you get your axles centered? Or do you think you need new adj track bars?
Considering those shocks instead of extensions..... Thanks !!
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Track bar bracket--you have to drill a new hole to install it.
The Teraflex has a bracket that goes on the frame side that drops the track bar down. Its a older design but works the same.

The new design is on the axle and raise the track bar on that axle side. Some (depending on the kit) have a little adjust ability in them.

I've used both kits. They both get the job done. If you don't have a impact tightening the nuts can be a real pain in the butt. Reason is they use deform locking nuts which have a great holding power than say a nylon type locking washer.


New bracket from teraflex - this one is for a 3inch + lift kit. The 2.5 has 2 holes and not three.






Old style goes on the track bar mount frame side - The small bolt 5/8 I think. Is the one you have to drill for.
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When you say “the Teraflex coils are stiffer” how much stiffer are they? Knock your dentures out with every bump stiff or just a more secure road contact stiff or some place in the middle. I am looking at the lift as well but have also started to look at the Rock Krawler 2.5 Mod Lift. The RK comes with progressive springs.
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Ride better than stock? I'm installing this lift within the month. I actually just picked up the Teraflex Shocks that come with the coil lift on ebay this morning. Only 200 bucks brand new. Lol.


Did you get your axles centered? Or do you think you need new adj track bars?
The bracket that comes with the kit gets the axle pretty good center.

The biggest and most important thing is to loosen all control arm bolts frame/axle. Once you get done put your jack stands under the axles. This acts like the jeep is supporting its weight through the wheels. Then get on the side and jump up in down. what this does is settle the suspension. Since we replaced the bolts in Mike's jeep after install there was no need for it since the suspension was in neutral state. meaning the bolts came out with little to no force. Some just pulled right out.
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When you say “the Teraflex coils are stiffer” how much stiffer are they? Knock your dentures out with every bump stiff or just a more secure road contact stiff or some place in the middle. I am looking at the lift as well but have also started to look at the Rock Krawler 2.5 Mod Lift. The RK comes with progressive springs.

I've installed both and rode in both. Both are great kits. Can't go wrong.

Its not stiffer in the sense of it hurting or anything like that. Get in your jeep and drive it.Get on the brakes kind of hard and notice how it just nose dives? The springs will fix this. Its a firmer right and to most 90% or so say it is for the better. Combine it with some nice shocks 5100 bilstein and it will ride even better. My 3 inch lift rides better than stock to me, I have a teraflex.
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Why the F did I read this post!!!!!!

I haven't opened anything I ordered!!!

I was going to do the 19/60 w/Bilstein til I read this. Are those terraflex shocks lower quality than say the Bilstein 5100's?

Was it as easy as it looks? Anything to worry about wear-wise?

Edit: Actually I should be fine with 19/60 on my two door, coming from 14/55's lol.
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Why the F did I read this post!!!!!!

I haven't opened anything I ordered!!!

I was going to do the 19/60 w/Bilstein til I read this. Are those terraflex shocks lower quality than say the Bilstein 5100's?

Was it as easy as it looks? Anything to worry about wear-wise?

Edit: Actually I should be fine with 19/60 on my two door, coming from 14/55's lol.

The teraflex shocks are stock shocks but have longer travel to accommodate the added lift. Bilstein is a better shock. Call dave at northridge and he'll hook you up. Also go ahead and get the bolt kit for the arms.

I don't know how much the 19/60 will raise a 2 door. I had a 2.5 lift 4dr kit on my 2dr and it lifted it 2.75. I loved it.

Follow the direction. The teraflex directions are better than the rock Krawkler for someone that has never done a lift.
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No.. What I meant.

We did the back first then the front.

Installed the spacers back only and replaced the bolts from the poly kit. Put the tires back on, shook then torqued.

Then moved to the front and repeated.

Do we have to have then ALL loose or can we do front to back?

Am I making any sense?
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No.. What I meant.

We did the back first then the front.

Installed the spacers back only and replaced the bolts from the poly kit. Put the tires back on, shook then torqued.

Then moved to the front and repeated.

Do we have to have then ALL loose or can we do front to back?

Am I making any sense?
You want to compress the axle up to simulate the jeep on all 4 tires. As long as the Jeep was pretty level when you did it. Its fine.
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Since you do this all the time you should make a heavily detailed write-up. You have the advantage of doing it a bunch of times, with different jeeps. So you've been through it all.
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Mike, I had no idea you were going at it again! Looks great man, really, even better than before.
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Since you do this all the time you should make a heavily detailed write-up. You have the advantage of doing it a bunch of times, with different jeeps. So you've been through it all.

you aren't the first person to tell me that actually.

I'm really the hardest part is getting the jeep up on jack stands. I use blocks of wood along with the jack then put the stands under it. Then go to the front/rear and jack up the axle and take the tires off. Keep the jack holding up the axle then take off the shocks bolts (axle). Then the 10mm bolt that holes on the brake line bracket for the soft/hard line then lower the axle all the way down. Its funny I'll sit on the rotor/hub and pull up on the spring to pop it out.

I remember a few of the guys giving me a WTF look .

If I had another jeep to do I could possibly do it.
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Why the F did I read this post!!!!!!

I haven't opened anything I ordered!!!

I was going to do the 19/60 w/Bilstein til I read this. Are those terraflex shocks lower quality than say the Bilstein 5100's?

Was it as easy as it looks? Anything to worry about wear-wise?

Edit: Actually I should be fine with 19/60 on my two door, coming from 14/55's lol.
I think you'll find that 19/60's do wonders to your 2dr coming from 14/55's. You saw my results and that was with 18/59's from 14/55's and a softer gas shock (perhaps a tiny bit more sag allowed?). I know I should have measured but I'd say I have to be awfully close to 2.5"/2" front/back and its about the perfect amount. Had I known Mike was ditching his 19/60 coils, I'd have waited and tried to buy his instead but I'm not 100% convinced I would have had that much more lift from them (or needed/wanted it).
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I think you'll find that 19/60's do wonders to your 2dr coming from 14/55's. You saw my results and that was with 18/59's from 14/55's and a softer gas shock (perhaps a tiny bit more sag allowed?). I know I should have measured but I'd say I have to be awfully close to 2.5"/2" front/back and its about the perfect amount. Had I known Mike was ditching his 19/60 coils, I'd have waited and tried to buy his instead but I'm not 100% convinced I would have had that much more lift from them (or needed/wanted it).
I agree, he had pretty good lift with them on the 4 door!
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When i did my leveling kit i didn't have trouble at all removing the spring. It was pretty easy. Even when the spacers were put in, it was relatively easy.

Whats the point of loosening the control arms? To lower the axle more? Couldn't you just rent a spring compressor?
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When i did my leveling kit i didn't have trouble at all removing the spring. It was pretty easy. Even when the spacers were put in, it was relatively easy.

Whats the point of loosening the control arms? To lower the axle more? Couldn't you just rent a spring compressor?
We just disconnected the sway links and had one guys push down on the axle enough to have space to remove them and install the new ones. I guess you could use a compressor but it shouldn't be necessary imo.

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