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Old 05-03-2013, 01:01 PM   #1
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Can we install lift with no coil compressor?

Is it true that we can install a 2.5" lift on a TJ without using a coil compressor? Tips and tricks?
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:02 PM   #2
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you can, but renting a coil compressor for free will save you a lot of headaches.

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Old 05-03-2013, 01:06 PM   #3
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Is there a particular kind to rent? I read a few posts that the ones they rented were too big.
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I have installed front lift springs in my old Dodge Ram with rachet straps, but it wasnt safe and i wouldnt recommend it. So much easier to get a coil compressor.
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I have installed a lot of suspension lifts & never needed a spring compressor. You just have to not be afraid to remove enough bolts on the various suspension components like the track bars & antiswaybar links so the axles can droop far enough to allow the springs to be inserted.

The only time I use (rent) a spring compressor is if I am working on a McPherson strut.
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Is there a particular kind to rent? I read a few posts that the ones they rented were too big.
rent ones that look like this:

Advanced Tool Design Model ATD-3054 MacPherson Strut Spring Hook Compressor : Amazon.com : Automotive

Do NOT rent internal coil compressors - they will NOT work.

here's a write-up on what to do & check while installing a lift:
JK Lift Install & Suspension Lessons Learned - JeepForum.com

it's on a JK, but the TJ is basically the same procedure.
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:24 PM   #7
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+1 on the compressor. You you can unbolt more but why do that? It's more work. With the spring compressor and an impact gun, i was able to zip down the spring quickly, get it out, compress the new one quickly and put it in.
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Like Jerry, I've done a few and never used a spring compressor. Unbolt/loosen things that prevent the axle drooping far enough. I've even used a scissors jack between the frame and axle on one side to get that little bit extra to pop the spring into place.
In most cases, the items you are loosening (such as stock control arms) should be loosened anyway, so they can be adjusted and tightened at the new ride height.
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:54 PM   #9
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I used a ratchet strap and swift kick with my boot for 3" springs.
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My best friend and I just installed his 4" kit w/o a spring compressor, so you can do a 2.5" without one too. Just be careful, a compressed spring holds a lot of energy and can really hurt you if it came out of the compressor unexpectedly.
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Being the reason i wouldnt recommend the hillbilly rachet strap compressor.
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Once track bar, sway bar links, and shocks are disconnected, jacking up the axle on one side will lower it enough on the other to get the springs in and out without a compressor.
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Once track bar, sway bar links, and shocks are disconnected, jacking up the axle on one side will lower it enough on the other to get the springs in and out without a compressor.
^Yep. Here's a couple crappy cell phone pics of exactly that. 3" springs. I was removing some leveling spacers I should not have put on. I didn't disconnect the track bar. You will also need some good jack stands. Took about an hour by myself. Taking my time. While snapping some crappy cell phone pics.



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Unbolt/loosen things that prevent the axle drooping far enough. I've even used a scissors jack between the frame and axle on one side to get that little bit extra to pop the spring into place.
When I did my 2in BB spacer lift, I used the stock bottle jack between the frame and LCA.
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Thanks for replies all. We'll be starting on lift in the morning..after changing out the starter that just died tonight.
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Myself and my 16 yr old son did a 4" skyjacker lift in our garage with hand tools and some pry tools(2x4s/36" crowbar) two weeks ago. Did the 2 1/2" spacer lift last fall on the same jeep the same way.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:24 AM   #17
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When I did my 2in BB spacer lift, I used the stock bottle jack between the frame and LCA.
I never woulda thought of that! Sounds like a genius idea haha you dont happen to have a picture of that do you?
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I installed my 2.5 inch lift with basic hand tools. Used a jack on the opposite end i was trying to put the coil in and had a friend stand on the hub for a little more droop and got both front springs in no problem...the rears went in just the same. was goin to redneck ratchet strap compress em but when push came to shove i had no need. but good jack stands and getting the jeep up high will let you more room to work with. took a couple of hours from start to finish but would have been a hell of a lot quicker with air tools.
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I cowboy'ed it and used a couple of ratch tie downs to compress the springs...

It worked kinda well

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