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Old 04-02-2012, 08:37 PM   #1
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Teraflex leveling kit

My teraflex leveling kit arrived today. I was going through the contents and noticed the longer sway bar links that came with it have bolts attatched to a ball type joint on one end and holes to put bolts through on the other end. All of the photos I've seen show the links with hole on both ends. Are these the right parts? It's going on a 2012 JKU rubicon. Kit #1155200

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Old 04-02-2012, 09:26 PM   #2
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I puzzled over this while installing my leveling kit. The instructions say to install the end with the new hardware (nylock nut and washer) on the sway bar end, and the stock hardware on the axle. That means the ball type end goes on top, and that is what I did. I'm not sure I like this because the grease zerks are nearly impossible to reach without removing the sway bar links. I have been meaning to call Teraflex to confirm this, but have not done so yet.
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Sounds like they changed the links to be a bit more like the stock units. You are correct that the ones that used to come with the kit were regular style links. If you are still concerned about them, I would recommend contacting Teraflex directly. There customer service is top notch and should get you taken care of.
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That the way mine came too. They seem to be working fine on mine.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:49 PM   #5
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Ya I called Northridge4x4 where I purchased them from and asked them about it before I posted, and they acted like I was some kind of an idiot. Told me they've sold tons of these kits and they must be right. I was also wondering about tightening the ball type end bolt when installing. It seems like it will turn when torqueing and there isn't anythng to hold onto to up around the ball joint.
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By the way Phaedrus, your rig is looking very good. How was the install of the kit other than the links. I'm going to do mine in the drive way too. Any tips now that your a pro.
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The ball end has an Allen wrench hole, put the Allen in and use a box wrench on the nut.
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:28 PM   #8
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There's no Allen wrench hole unless it's under the silver cap. Does the cap pop off?
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My Allen was on the threaded side, in the center of the threaded shaft.
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:45 PM   #10
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Ya, now I see um. Wow I feel kinda like a duffus.
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:59 PM   #11
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Don't feel bad I spun that nut about 6 times before I grabbed a flashlight to see what was going on.
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Ya I called Northridge4x4 where I purchased them from and asked them about it before I posted, and they acted like I was some kind of an idiot. Told me they've sold tons of these kits and they must be right. I was also wondering about tightening the ball type end bolt when installing. It seems like it will turn when torqueing and there isn't anythng to hold onto to up around the ball joint.
Wow... It is sad to hear that the person you spoke to has an attitude and expects every jeep owner to have their knowledge or skill level

I am an expert in my field with 24yrs in the same company and always treat my clients with respect and take the time to explain things untill it makes sense to them.
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It sucks someone had an attitude with you. But at least your doing it yourself, you will learn about your vehicle and have a better idea how it all work. The experience you get by messing up and re-doing things is worth far more than having someone else do it for you.
Don't forget to wait until the vehicle is on the ground to torque everything to avoid binding.
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it sucks someone had an attitude with you. But at least your doing it yourself, you will learn about your vehicle and have a better idea how it all work. The experience you get by messing up and re-doing things is worth far more than having someone else do it for you.
Don't forget to wait until the vehicle is on the ground to torque everything to avoid binding.
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I installed the TF leveling kit on my 2012 last week and had some issues. Some of them are due to, IMO, the poor directions that come with the kit and some I think were due to 2012 changes, esp. with the Rubi. Some were probably due to me being a dummy too. The TF rep told me they are working to update the directions.

The sway bar links will not go on like the stock ones with the ball joint at the top. The bolt is too big for the hole in the sway bar. You can drill it out but let me tell you that sway bar is tough and I would recommend a very good drill bit if you are planning on doing that. My plug in high powered drill would not do it with the $8 bit I had. When I asked TF they said it could be installed with the ball joint on the bottom without issue so that's how mine are.

The direction don't say anything about loosening the control arms or the track bar bolts. Yeah I would loosen all those bolts and re-torque them once everything is installed and the Jeep is back on the ground. 125 ft/lbs sux but you want to do a complete job.

Again the directions say nothing about unbolting the brake lines from the frame, or the brake line retainer clip on the front shock mounts (new for 2012?), or the electrical line attached to the front UCA (Rubi only?), or the parking brake bracket bolted to the body in the rear. There was no way I was getting the axles to drop far enough unless I unbolted all of those things. The breather tubes for the diffs was stretched fairly tight but did not need to be disconnected. So if you don't have a spring compressor just undo them all.

Oh it's easy, just push the rear spacer into the hole and re-install the spring isolator and spring. Yeah right. I'm not weak, I work out a lot, but there was no way. I lined them up and re-installed the spring and lowered the Jeep to pop them in. And they didn't go in right away even with the entire weight of the rear on them. Maybe TF could make them a little smaller. Just a little. Honestly, do they really need to be that tight. How am I ever going to remove them?

Since I couldn't get one of the rear spacers to pop in I used my Hi-lift to raise and lower that corner of the Jeep multiple times trying to re-position the spacer. I jacked it from the Rubi rail right next to the tire and it made me think that might be the best way to go about installing the kit. One corner at a time. You need a very tall floor jack to raise it high enough anyway and I think the Hi-lift is easier. Jack up one wheel with the Hi-lift and let that wheel drop, install, lower, move to the next. Of course using a jack stand or 2 under the frame and the axle when under the Jeep. Especially in the front where the diff is not centered so the axle does not drop evenly.

Good luck to all. It does look good when done.

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Thanks RoobyRoo. If you had it to do over again, would you pay someone to install the lift or do it yourself? I can get mine installed for 65.00 an hour and I think the job is rated at 3 hrs. Thats only 195.00. The shop has a good reputation.
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I installed the TF leveling kit...........
Dang Rooby. Was hoping you would have better luck with the rear than you did with the front. Looks good though.

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Thanks RoobyRoo. If you had it to do over again, would you pay someone to install the lift or do it yourself? I can get mine installed for 65.00 an hour and I think the job is rated at 3 hrs. Thats only 195.00. The shop has a good reputation.
Duck, I seriously think you should do it yourself. All the things Rooby mentioned were things I knew going in (though I had the original style end links and didn't have a cable hooked to my UCA). Now that you know them, it should be relatively easy to install. I was done with mine in 1.5 hours (never even removed a wheel from the Jeep) and no problems 12k miles later. No way I would have paid damn near $200 for the install.
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Myself. No question. I refuse to pay someone else when I can do it myself. The experience gained, the feeling of accomplishment, and the frugality of doing it yourself is priceless. No time? I was up until 1am and sacrificed sleep to install it because there was no other time. Easily worth it for me. But everyone is different.
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Dang Rooby. Was hoping you would have better luck with the rear than you did with the front. Looks good though.
Thanks 4fit. Appreciate your help. My 3-4" long arm lift in a few years will be much easier.
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Ya I called Northridge4x4 where I purchased them from and asked them about it before I posted, and they acted like I was some kind of an idiot. Told me they've sold tons of these kits and they must be right. I was also wondering about tightening the ball type end bolt when installing. It seems like it will turn when torqueing and there isn't anythng to hold onto to up around the ball joint.
I was able to torque the ball type end to the recommended setting without applying any force to the other end. I did see the hole for the allen wrench, but did not need it, and could not have used a torque wrench with an allen wrench in place.
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I really want to do this mod, but honestly...I've read the PDF one-page instructions that come with it and it doesn't make sense to me.
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The sway bar links will not go on like the stock ones with the ball joint at the top. The bolt is too big for the hole in the sway bar. You can drill it out but let me tell you that sway bar is tough and I would recommend a very good drill bit if you are planning on doing that. My plug in high powered drill would not do it with the $8 bit I had. When I asked TF they said it could be installed with the ball joint on the bottom without issue so that's how mine are.

That was not the case on my install. The bolt on the ball type end fit into the sway bar just fine. Only needed to use the supplied washer and nylock nut instead of the stocknut. I still don't like the positioning of the grease zerks with the ball on top
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I really want to do this mod, but honestly...I've read the PDF one-page instructions that come with it and it doesn't make sense to me.
Instructions are truly bad. I printed and used the instructions for the 1.5 leveling kit that is supplied with springs instead of spacers. Those instructions (while not great) are much more thorough that the ones supplied with the spacer kit!!
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That was not the case on my install. The bolt on the ball type end fit into the sway bar just fine. Only needed to use the supplied washer and nylock nut instead of the stocknut. I still don't like the positioning of the grease zerks with the ball on top
Do you have a Rubicon? Might be a Rubi only issue if the sway bar is different. Or may be a case of the "no 2 Jeeps are the same".

Edit: Just re-looked at the PM from TF and they said the Rubi sway bar hole is smaller. So it is a Rubi only issue.
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I really want to do this mod, but honestly...I've read the PDF one-page instructions that come with it and it doesn't make sense to me.
I used the AEV 2" spacer lift instructions and just ignored the N/A steps. Good pics and more complete.

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I'll throw in a few things:

FRONT:
1) I used a dremel and a round grinding bit to open up the stock holes a bit so I could put that bolt from TF that DOESN'T FIT through. It doesn't need much - and the dremel made short work of it without rounding the hole out. I liked that better than flipping it upside down.
2) I replaced the zerk grease fitting on the passenger side with one I could actually get to.
3) You will want to remove EVERYTHING you can and drop that bastard as far as you can. I still used spring compressors, which you can use for free from Autozone. I removed the brake lines, breather hoses (these are really easy, just clipped to the plastic), and sway bars.
4) The white thing is a bump stop, and pulls out. Pull it out for more clearance when messing with the springs. No one talks about the differences in the springs, but I had Rubi springs (ending in 19) and I swear I think they are a bit taller.

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5) The trick to the rears was to use a bottle jack, sitting on the axle, to push up the rear spacers - they pop in like magic that way.
6) undo your e-brake lines with the 10mm bolts underneath the rear to drop that bastard as far as you want, makes it much easier.
7) Watch this video - it's for the BB kit, but much of it is the same about lowering the front and rear for pulling the springs.



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By the way Phaedrus, your rig is looking very good. How was the install of the kit other than the links. I'm going to do mine in the drive way too. Any tips now that your a pro.

Thanks for the complement.

It took me about three hours to do the front. At present I'm not planning to do the rear as everything leveled out to my satisfaction. Some things I learned:

1. I was going to do this, as others have, without removing the wheels. I gave up on that pretty quickly because I wanted to have a clear view and lots of elbow room for disassembly/reassembly.

2. I read lots ot other peoples accounts of doing this job and also used the instructions for the Teraflex 1.5 leveling kit with springs. Those instructions are much better.

3. I found it helpful to use a floor jack under each end of the axle. You can see that in the picture in my post above. That made flexing things to get springs out and back in on either end much easier.

4. I spent too much time fussing with the new links that did not match the instructions supplied by Teraflex. Bad on them...

5. I'm am a pretty meticulous mechanic and was not trying to set a speed record for the install, so I spent lots of time studying my suspension, not tweaking thingse like break lines, and checking and rechecking things like bolts and torque.

6. And then there were the interuptions from curious (and admiring) neighbors. Did it all on a Saturday morning, so while there were frustrations, overall it was a satisfying experience.
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Instructions are truly bad. I printed and used the instructions for the 1.5 leveling kit that is supplied with springs instead of spacers. Those instructions (while not great) are much more thorough that the ones supplied with the spacer kit!!
There's a TF install video on YouTube that might help fill in some of the blanks.
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I thought it was straight forward instructions. Maybe not.


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I had my local shop do the install when I had my 07 Rubi...cost $150....I didn't have all the tools to do it, so it was easier for me to have them do it....saved up some cash from selling on ebay to get it done. Now I want to do it with my 2010 JK Sport...

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