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Old 03-29-2013, 11:23 AM   #1
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Teraflex leveling kit

New sway bar links. Which way to install. Grease fitting on bottom. Bolt with Allen key on top. Washer on nut side or link side.

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Old 03-29-2013, 11:27 AM   #2
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Yup, Zerk fitting should be at the base. Did yours come with install instructions? Mine did but it was sooooo uninformative.

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Yup, Zerk fitting should be at the base. Did yours come with install instructions? Mine did but it was sooooo uninformative.
Got it down as far as I can. Had a hell of a time getting spring out. Brake line tight. Mine came with the sway bar link with the bolt already in. Use Allen key to hold it. Which side would you put the washer.
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Undid lower brake line clip along with frame bolt. Son helped compress spring. Anyone use the new sway bar link with Allen bolt hole. Which side of link did you use flat washer. Inside or with the nut side
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Here it sits waiting to find out about this swaybar link.

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Nut side. Had same question and called TF when doing mine. Get that nut real tight. Mine came off on one because did not retighten after 300 miles. TF replaced sway bar link at no cost.
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Also, to get spring out easier, spin it off the perch. Spin it on when putting back on. Key to proper axle drop is get jack stands under frame really high up allowing more room to drop axle. Make sure brake line bracket attached to shock mount on axle is taken off to give more room to drop.
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:56 PM   #8
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Nut side. Had same question and called TF when doing mine. Get that nut real tight. Mine came off on one because did not retighten after 300 miles. TF replaced sway bar link at no cost.
Same thing happened to mine on the passenger side. I ended up just getting some JKS quicker disconnects instead of the bolt on ones.
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:23 PM   #9
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Got it done on driveway with help from son and son in-law. 2 hrs start to finish.

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Old 03-29-2013, 02:48 PM   #10
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Looks great! Congrats on the install. I did mine by myself in my garage late one night and smashed two fingers...those springs were a nightmare to get wedged back in on my own.
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Looks great! Congrats on the install. I did mine by myself in my garage late one night and smashed two fingers...those springs were a nightmare to get wedged back in on my own.
Well I have one thing to say about the directions that came in the box. CRAP. I found that not only did I remove the bolt holding the brake line to the frame I also removed the bolt and clip holding the brake line to the bottom shock housing. Way more flex in the brake line. Rear spacer greased up good. Now that sounded like a shotgun when I got those puppies seated right. Also removed the rear bolt on the sway bar link at the back to give me more flex for the rear springs. Over all not a bad job. Rides great. No pull or wondering on the highway. Drove over some parking curbs to give the jeep some bounce. Will recheck all the nuts I loosened in a couple of days.
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Well I have one thing to say about the directions that came in the box. CRAP. I found that not only did I remove the bolt holding the brake line to the frame I also removed the bolt and clip holding the brake line to the bottom shock housing. Way more flex in the brake line. Rear spacer greased up good. Now that sounded like a shotgun when I got those puppies seated right. Also removed the rear bolt on the sway bar link at the back to give me more flex for the rear springs. Over all not a bad job. Rides great. No pull or wondering on the highway. Drove over some parking curbs to give the jeep some bounce. Will recheck all the nuts I loosened in a couple of days.
Ditto, there seemed to be a lot of missing steps. They also forget to mention in order to tighten down the nuts you need an Allen wrench....you'd think that was a pretty important step.
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Speaking of missing steps, did you loosen and then re-tighten the control arm and trackbar bolts? The bushing ends bind up if you raise the vehicle. Its a good idea to loosen and then tighten when the Jeep is on the ground. 125ft/lb. torque for both sets of bolts.
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Speaking of missing steps, did you loosen and then re-tighten the control arm and trackbar bolts? The bushing ends bind up if you raise the vehicle. Its a good idea to loosen and then tighten when the Jeep is on the ground. 125ft/lb. torque for both sets of bolts.
No never touched them. Just bottom shock and sway bar bolts front and back along with brake clip bolts on frame and shock housing.
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Well I could see the neighbor watching me do the work. He is the service manager at a local firestone shop who quoted me $400 to $500 to do the job. Wife called while I was working away and said she didn't want to know what I was doing. Just don't come to work to get fixed up. ICU nurse lol. All I ended up getting was a blood blister from a wrench slip
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No never touched them. Just bottom shock and sway bar bolts front and back along with brake clip bolts on frame and shock housing.

If I was you I will get to those control arm bolts and track bar bolts as soon as possible. Loosen them and and re-torque to speck. Look at the Tera Flex video on their website or "project jk" website. No wonder you did it in 2 hours.

If you don't do it soon, your next post will be "Death wobble and I don't know why. Jeep is crap".

Just trying to help.
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If I was you I will get to those control arm bolts and track bar bolts as soon as possible. Loosen them and and re-torque to speck. Look at the Tera Flex video on their website or "project jk" website. No wonder you did it in 2 hours.

If you don't do it soon, your next post will be "Death wobble and I don't know why. Jeep is crap".

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Can I do all that on the ground. Also I can see why so many people say the directions from Teraflex are crap. There should also be a step by step write up in the sticky about this.
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Just finished installing this kit on my Dad"s. I loosened the brake line brackets front and rear. Also removed rear sway bar link (on bolt only) and also freed the ABS line so not to stretch to much. All in all it was simple! Instruction are crap!!!
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If I was you I will get to those control arm bolts and track bar bolts as soon as possible. Loosen them and and re-torque to speck. Look at the Tera Flex video on their website or "project jk" website. No wonder you did it in 2 hours.

If you don't do it soon, your next post will be "Death wobble and I don't know why. Jeep is crap".

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The 2 hrs was with 3 of us working. One was jacking and adjusting while 2 where wrenching. Not bad with team work. Took it for a drive and torqued the bolts I loosened. Will look for those others tomorrow.
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Can I do all that on the ground. Also I can see why so many people say the directions from Teraflex are crap. There should also be a step by step write up in the sticky about this.
Ditto on this. I've had my kit installed for about 4 or 5 months now and never did that. And teraflex product is great...instructions...not so much
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Can I do all that on the ground. Also I can see why so many people say the directions from Teraflex are crap. There should also be a step by step write up in the sticky about this.

Yes, you HAVE to do it with the Jeep on the ground.
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If I was you I will get to those control arm bolts and track bar bolts as soon as possible. Loosen them and and re-torque to speck. Look at the Tera Flex video on their website or "project jk" website. No wonder you did it in 2 hours.

If you don't do it soon, your next post will be "Death wobble and I don't know why. Jeep is crap".

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I could be wrong, but I disagree with this. I had my old JK for over 3 years with a 2.5" Teraflex lift that was put on after having it for just 30 days. Never touched the control arms or track bars and never had any death wobble with it. Same with my current rig that has a leveling kit. I would seriously think if this was required to not cause death wobble then it would be in their instructions.
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We just did a 2,5" Teraflex lift on a friends JK and it was in the instructions. Cal any of the lift manufacturers and install companies and ask them.
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Jeff, on your current leveling kit do the rear spacers sit level in the top spring mount spot? I just noticed that on the rear side of the rear spacer it is flush with the mount area but the front side of the rear spacer has about an inch or so gap. Enough for me to slide my fingers in between the spacer and mount area where this spacer sits.

I'm almost thinking they didn't seat in there all the way. What I mean by that is the tops of these rear spacers had a little nipple area that looked as if it was supposed to fit inside the hole that's on the rear top spring mount.
Hope I didnt confuse you. I'll try to get pics but it's tough to get to.
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Jeff, on your current leveling kit do the rear spacers sit level in the top spring mount spot? I just noticed that on the rear side of the rear spacer it is flush with the mount area but the front side of the rear spacer has about an inch or so gap. Enough for me to slide my fingers in between the spacer and mount area where this spacer sits.

I'm almost thinking they didn't seat in there all the way. What I mean by that is the tops of these rear spacers had a little nipple area that looked as if it was supposed to fit inside the hole that's on the rear top spring mount.
Hope I didnt confuse you. I'll try to get pics but it's tough to get to.
I greased the little nipple and used a bottle jack to seat it. When it went in it sound like a gun blast. It stayed in place after that. I put the jack on the axel. I think this is what your looking for. They both sit flush now.
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I greased the little nipple and used a bottle jack to seat it. When it went in it sound like a gun blast. It stayed in place after that. I put the jack on the axel. I think this is what your looking for. They both sit flush now.
Yup, it was what I was looking for thanks Pete. Guess I get to go a back and do this all over again. Thanks for the help.
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We just did a 2,5" Teraflex lift on a friends JK and it was in the instructions. Cal any of the lift manufacturers and install companies and ask them.
Sounds like they must have changed them then, because my 2.5 lift in 08 did not have that in there. I went back to my leveling kit instructions and it's definitely not in there.
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The 2 hrs was with 3 of us working. One was jacking and adjusting while 2 where wrenching. Not bad with team work. Took it for a drive and torqued the bolts I loosened. Will look for those others tomorrow.

6 man hours sounds about right. Just finished mine today and it took me about 8 hours. Had to disconnect a lot more stuff than Teraflex indicates in their instructions.
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A list of what I had to disconnect in the rear:

Lower shock bolts
Sway bar links
Brake line brackets
Wheel speed sensor wire retaining clips
Parking brake cables from cable retainer on underside of tub
electronic locker wire retaining clip and cable tie

After all that, removal and reinstallation of springs was easy.

Then reconnect it all and double and triple check to make sure I had it all done and done correctly.

Also, for no good reason as it turns out, I disconnected the parking brake from drum on one side, and then discovered that wasn't going to help. Then extra time reconnecting it.

Much less to disconnect in the front: shock bolts, brake line brackets (4), locker cables and sway bar links. but it was harder to get the springs back in. I used a wrecking bar to help pry the springs back onto their perch.

Oh yeah - there was also the trip to the store to get an 18mm wrench and socket - most sets seem to have 17 and 19mm, but not 18.

And I rotated tires while I was at it.

One last bit - Teraflex is aware of the issue that Rubicon owners have with drilling the sway bar holes to fit their links and they are now producing sway bar links with slightly smaller pins on the top that don't require drilling. I learned this by communicating directly with Teraflex and since I'm in Salt Lake I was able to go directly to their warehouse and get the kit with new links. (They spent a good half hour trying to find the new set for me.) I have no idea how long it will take for these new kits to work their way into regular channels, but it's nice that Teraflex made this adjustment to solve the problem for Rubicon owners.

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