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Old 10-13-2011, 08:17 AM   #1
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Any write ups for a 2" BB?

I just got my Zone 2" BB in the mail yesterday. Can anyone give me some links to some good write ups for BBs? From what I've read on here it seems easier than what the instructions call for.

I've heard you can use a floor jack and compress one side of the axle and the other side will come down far enough for the spring to come out?

I'll be starting and official Help Me Out thread tomorrow lol but I'm trying to prepare myself ahead of time

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Old 10-13-2011, 08:29 AM   #2
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The shocks are the fun part.. I know there are write ups out there. I'll see whats out there for ya

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Old 10-13-2011, 08:31 AM   #3
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Thanks! and by fun part you mean the easy part? i hope...lol
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Um.. sure
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:31 AM   #5
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This is a really good one. Doesn't follow the box instructions exactly, but looks like it worked really well. I will be trying this method this winter. Only down side is that you need a set of ramps also. Good luck, and be sure to post before, during, and after pics!

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/tera...urs-99763.html
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Just do a web search and all the suspension manufactuers have instructions. There are some differing tips and tricks in each. Note the steps for any spring lift/BB are the same so don't limit searches to BBs.

Also search on broken shock bolts so you know how to handle if it occurs. It's somewhat common.
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Old 10-13-2011, 10:25 AM   #7
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If you live where the roads are salted, start your job by soaking the bolts with Break-Free, PB-Blaster, or Liquid Wrench. ESPECIALLY the two bolts at the top of each of the two rear shocks. Those boogers create a lot of problems by snapping off if you live where corrosion is a problem so don't try to remove them until one of the above three products has been given a few days to work on those particular bolts.
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This is a really good one. Doesn't follow the box instructions exactly, but looks like it worked really well. I will be trying this method this winter. Only down side is that you need a set of ramps also. Good luck, and be sure to post before, during, and after pics!

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/tera...urs-99763.html
That's my writeup... It was very easy this way. If you don't have ramps, improvise a bit and block them up, but be safe about it.
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I know BB is the spacer kits, but I dont know what "BB" is?

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Old 10-13-2011, 03:45 PM   #12
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break lugs loose
jack up front end
place jack stands under frame behind control arm mounts
remove tires
lower jeep onto stands
retain floor jack under axle for support
open hood
remove air box lid and filter
remove three bolts with 8mm socket
remove air box
using 15mm deep socket, remove upper shock nuts and bushings
using 13mm wrench and 13mm deep socket, remove lower shock bolts
remove shocks
using T55 socket and 18mm wrench, disconnect the lower swaybar
lower floor jack
remove coils
remove rubber jounce bumpers
using 15mm socket, remove the bolt holding the jounce bumper cup in place

slip coil spacer over upper coil mount
reinstall jounce bumper cup
reinstall jounce bumper
using the floor jack, jack up the driver's side of the axle
reinstall passenger side coil
lower jack
repeat on opposite side

install new shocks using the reverse as above
reinstall airbox and filter
reconnect lower sway bar

The rear is essentially the same

upper shocks use 13mm socket...will need LONG extension(s)
lower shocks use 15mm wrench and 18mm socket
lower sway bar link uses 18mm socket and extension and 15mm wrench

the rear coils will slip in to place much easier than the fronts

have fun.
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The rear is tougher being it is a solid rear. The front is easy so start there to get the idea then move to the rear. The vehicle will need to be jacked up more and supported for doing the rear as the vehicle axle needs to drop more to get the springs out even with using spring compressors. Good luck. I did mine by myself in one day. First time I did any lift. So you should be good. Just take your time and remember to be safe first.
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2 hours tops.... just go to my thread... piece of cake

No special tools....

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/tera...urs-99763.html
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Old 10-13-2011, 08:21 PM   #15
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Thank you everyone! definitely going to take me longer than 2 hours just because this is my first time and i wanna take my time with it. I will just be happy to successfully install it over the weekend...i'll take 12 hours if necessary...

A couple questions though...

My front shock bolts are shot on the top i think...i planned to use a sawzall and just cut them off...i'm pretty sure the new shocks come with the hardware for the top
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Old 10-13-2011, 08:34 PM   #16
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oh and other question...

pretty sure i read the zone BB shocks are for 0-2" lift? so does that mean if for some reason i can't get the springs out or spacers in i can use the shocks still in the mean time?

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Old 10-13-2011, 08:46 PM   #17
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Yes u can use the shocks. Btw I did my bb install as well and a good tool to buy is a coil spring compressor. U can find one on eBay for under 20 bucks.
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Yes u can use the shocks. Btw I did my bb install as well and a good tool to buy is a coil spring compressor. U can find one on eBay for under 20 bucks.
Could also rent. I did for $10 when I did mine.
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The rear is tougher being it is a solid rear. The front is easy so start there to get the idea then move to the rear. The vehicle will need to be jacked up more and supported for doing the rear as the vehicle axle needs to drop more to get the springs out even with using spring compressors. Good luck. I did mine by myself in one day. First time I did any lift. So you should be good. Just take your time and remember to be safe first.
...the front and rear are both solid.

The rear is actually significantly easier because the coils are physically shorter and there are no other objects in the way. Once the rear shocks and sway bar are disconnected, the rear drops down more than enough to slip the coils back in even after the spacers are installed.

With the front, you have to work around the bumpstop tower hanging several inches from the upper coil bucket, and you have to work around the sway bar brackets on the axle coil bucket.

As long as you jack the front of the Jeep up enough - to let the axle droop - you should not need coil compressors to get them back in place. You might need someone to push down on the axle just a bit, or use a pry bar, but there is no need for compressors with stock coils and spacers.
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Could also rent. I did for $10 when I did mine.
Autozone, Pep Boys and others will lend you the tool.
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Hey guys, working on the lift still...the front shocks came with two nuts for the top...one bigger than the other...what is it for and do I need it????
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Hey guys, working on the lift still...the front shocks came with two nuts for the top...one bigger than the other...what is it for and do I need it????
you should have two big washers, two rubber/poly bushings and one nut.



the frame crossmember sits between the each bushing & washer. tighten the night till the bushings are partially compressed about the same amount on each side.



if the old shock's nuts don't come loose, just undo the lower end and pull the shock out sideways until the upper stud busts off.
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Old 10-15-2011, 11:46 AM   #23
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Thanks, understand that part now I think...one of the lower front bolts just snapped...can I buy new ones at Lowes? And are the rear shocks the same? If so I'll just buy all new bolts
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Not sure exactly what is included in the kit u bought but you should not have to reuse old bolts and nuts. The kit should have what u need. If you do buy new make sure they are the same grade hardware. I think there is a diff in the grade of steel. It meeds to support the torque and stress of the vehicle under extreme situations. Maybe someone else can respond in more detail about this. Good luck

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