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Old 02-19-2013, 12:49 PM   #1
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TF 2.5" installation

Wondering how hard it really is to install?

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Old 02-19-2013, 12:56 PM   #2
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about 3-4 hours with friends and the proper tools.

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Old 02-19-2013, 12:57 PM   #3
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You going with the coil or spacers? New shocks or extensions?

Not that hard... if you have the right tools, it'll probably take you 3-4 hours.
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It would be with new coils and new shocks
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:07 PM   #5
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I installed the kit just yesterday. Specifically the 2.5 coil lift with shock adapters.

It took me and a friend 6-7 hours to do the install but neither of us are mechanically inclined or had any experience with suspension work/lift kits. It was time consuming, but the only part I would describe as difficult was getting the new front springs in. Even after dropping the axle as far possible, we still had to go out and get a spring compressor (about $30, not terrible).

We had a couple of floor lifts and a few jack stands, but you could probably do it with just one lift. Using new shocks (instead of the adapters) will probably also make the whole process a little quicker/easier.

Ultimately, I'm glad I saved the $500 installation cost I was getting quoted and I ended up learning a whole lot more than I expected about the Jeep.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:09 PM   #6
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Great thank you I am just trying to decide if I want to tackle it on my own
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:18 PM   #7
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Search Teraflex 2.5 install on youtube. You'll see their video on how to do this. Very do-able.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:20 PM   #8
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I watched that and they do make it seem easy
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:28 PM   #9
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It's not too bad. Make sure your jackstands are tall enough to allow your axle to drop far enough or you'll never get those front coils in. They make it look easy because with a shop lift, it is easy. Jackstands and a floor jack, a little bit more time consuming, but do-able. Did mine in about 8 hrs.
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How much height do you need on the stands to work with the coils?
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How much height do you need on the stands to work with the coils?
I had my rig up with 6ton jack stands and it was perfect. I'm not sure what the minimum would be...
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How much height do you need on the stands to work with the coils?
I would suggest 3 ton stands and a 3 ton floor jack. The 1.5 ton and 2 ton floor jacks will work but the higher you go the easier it will be. I did my leveling kit with a 1.5 ton jack and stands and for the 2.5" coil lift I used 3 ton. Trust me, the height makes a difference, especially in the front. Also get yourself a good long crowbar for the springs.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:26 PM   #13
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Wonderful taking all the notes so I am prepared I have worked slot on cars but never a lift
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:59 PM   #14
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Ask around in your local forum, there should be some jeepers near by to you who would be glad to help and have experience doing a 2.5 lift too. It's a great way to learn and meet other jeepers in your community. Just remember beer is for after not during the install.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:16 PM   #15
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Lol got it
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:24 PM   #16
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Me too...

I just received mine today. Teraflex Part # 1251000 (2.5" JK Lift Kit w/Shocks (4 dr))
I also purchased the rear brake line extension brackets.

I have been doing a ton of research and planning for the install this weekend. Thanks to this forum, I am getting most of my answers.

I have never installed a lift before but I am pretty good with a wrench. Seems like there is not much to it but time and elbow grease...

I have 4 jack stands, floor jack, creeper, tools, planning on getting a strap to assist with lowering the axle (not sure if i really need this) and I think thats it.

Can anyone give some pointers on anything else I should do to prepare?
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You can do it, friend. I was in your exact same boat. Might want to set aside a second day, just in case. But if you can follow very straightforward directions, you can do it solo.
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You can do it, friend. I was in your exact same boat. Might want to set aside a second day, just in case. But if you can follow very straightforward directions, you can do it solo.
Just watched the TF video again... Feeling up to the challenge!

Once the mods are done I will post the pics.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:52 PM   #19
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I am tackling this installation this weekend! Exact same kit! Should come in the mail tomorrow.

I will have a fellow WF member helping me out. Somehow managed to find a guy that lives 5 minutes up the road from me in this country town.

Excited to learn about my ride a bit, plus save $400.
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Well, my laptop will be close by for reference and my questions will be posted here if I hit a snag.

Take luck and care for it!
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Okay, Brian.
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Just watched the TF video again... Feeling up to the challenge!

Once the mods are done I will post the pics.
I did it and trust me, if I can do it you can. Took about 7 hrs though. I was proud of myself for giving it a go.
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:51 AM   #23
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Nice work, looks great!!

How is the ride?
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I did it and trust me, if I can do it you can. Took about 7 hrs though. I was proud of myself for giving it a go.
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Nice job! What brand/size compressor is that? I need air tools.
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Nice job! What brand/size compressor is that? I need air tools.
Looks like it might be a 33 gallon Craftsman. Could be a smaller one, maybe a 23 gallon.

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Does anyone have a diagram of the rear suspension ? I found the front on Project JK, but nothing about the rear...
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Does anyone know if I can use skyjacker coilspacers with the TF coils? I got a free set of skyjacker spacers to use to compensate for winch/bumper, but don't know if they'll work with my 2.5" TF coil lift.
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Does anyone know if I can use skyjacker coilspacers with the TF coils? I got a free set of skyjacker spacers to use to compensate for winch/bumper, but don't know if they'll work with my 2.5" TF coil lift.
I don't see why not. The coil may be wider in the middle but where it seats in the factory locations is the same.
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Does anyone have a diagram of the rear suspension ? I found the front on Project JK, but nothing about the rear...
There is no need. The same as the front minus the steering.
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Nice job! What brand/size compressor is that? I need air tools.
ShaunVW is correct. It's the 33 gallon Craftsman. It is a good tool to have in the garage.

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