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Old 04-19-2007, 10:35 AM   #1
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I do not think i could install a lift by my self. I do not have the needed tools to get this done. I am looking at the kits from dpg, but I am very scared to even try.

What would you guys recommend? Has anyone else not done it yourself? Any thoughts on what a shop would charge to install it all?

I live in Wilmington NC, 15 minutes from the beach. Anyone want some gas money and free beer?

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The answer is yes, you can do it yourself. The complexity varies depending on what kind of lift you do.

I installed a Rubicon Express Superflex kit on my Jeep in a day with the help of a friend. There are plenty of write-ups on the internet that will guide you through it. And there is tons of moral support here on WF. The money you spend on having someone else do it for you would be better spent on buying the tools you need to do it yourself. When you are done, you'll still have the tools, you'll also have the satisfaction of doing it yourself and you'll have gotten a bit of an education on how your suspension works.

Look at the "tiny's lift" thread in this forum. She dove in and did it herself. Go for it! Feel free to ask questions and get all the advice you need here.

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Old 04-19-2007, 10:57 AM   #3
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The answer is yes, you can do it yourself. The complexity varies depending on what kind of lift you do.

I installed a Rubicon Express Superflex kit on my Jeep in a day with the help of a friend. There are plenty of write-ups on the internet that will guide you through it. And there is tons of moral support here on WF. The money you spend on having someone else do it for you would be better spent on buying the tools you need to do it yourself. When you are done, you'll still have the tools, you'll also have the satisfaction of doing it yourself and you'll have gotten a bit of an education on how your suspension works.

Look at the "tiny's lift" thread in this forum. She dove in and did it herself. Go for it! Feel free to ask questions and get all the advice you need here.
I second this thought. When I did my first lift, I didn't know the difference between a leaf spring and a coil spring, or which the Jeep had, but with a suspension kit, you are just pulling out old parts and replacing them with new ones that look VERY similar. If you have anyone around that is remotely mechanically inclined you should go for it, you will love the results. And, worst case scenario, you can have it towed to a shop to have it done...
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Old 04-19-2007, 11:30 AM   #4
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Yeah, as long as you are keeping it simple, say under 3" I would definitely say do it yourself. There are not a lot of tools that you have to have to get it done and it feels a lot better to get in it that first time after you get the lift put on when you just did it yourself!!
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which kit are you leaning toward getting from dpg?
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Old 04-19-2007, 11:44 AM   #6
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Its pretty easy with some basic tools just don't spend more time drinkin than workin or it could take you 3 nights to do it. If I was there though I'd help ya. But go to sears get you a set of tools and go to town.
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I did the OME lift with the help of someone that also had no idea what they were doing - you can't tell by my name but I'm a Jeep Chick. You don't need too many tools and the install itself is not very difficult to install. It's intimidating at first but once you get into it, it's fairly self explanatory. I would use PB Blaster on all the bolts the night before - saves time when you go to loosen the bolts. I don't know how much the install charge is but for $300, I bought spring compressors, heavy duty jack stands, a jack, and a large socket and wrench set.
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Old 04-19-2007, 12:29 PM   #8
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I was thinking about the ultimate from DPG.
TJ & LJ OME Kits

What things would i need to do this?
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I was thinking about the ultimate from DPG.
TJ & LJ OME Kits

What things would i need to do this?
Just what she said!!
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Old 04-19-2007, 01:09 PM   #10
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I just finished my RE 3.5" standard lift. I have never worked on a Jeep before. I had my dad there to help but I think I could have handled it myself. The biggest problem I had was getting the old shock bolts out. Ended up having to take it to a mechanic to have them drilled out. Rent some spring compressors from Auto Zone....they are free, just need a $40 deposit. The other thing I wasn't super comfortable with was redrilling a hole for the front track bar because I had no experience with drilling, but it came out fine! I say go for it, the knowledge is worth it.
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Just what she said!!
A ball joint separator (the thing that looks like a prong) and one of those 2 or 3 lb hammers were helpful with separating the sway bar links. The OME kits are a great choice. I absolutely love mine!!!
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here's tiny's lift thread-good thread with pics and I am sure if you have any questions anyone here will be glad to help.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/general...lift-6915.html
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None of the OME kits from DPG are all that hard to install. The hardest part is actually getting the OLD stuff off. My California Jeep had no rust on it at all so doing it was pretty simple.

Basic tools are all you need. The most 'complicated' things you may need are jack stands and a good floor jack. You can rent spring compressors from Autozone if you have trouble fitting the springs in, but other than that, all you really need is a good set of wrenches and a socket set, along with some Torx bits (ALWAYS need those with a Jeep!).

I didn't really know squat about my suspension when I did mine. I even dropped my gas tank when I did mine because I was putting a Kilby gas skid on at the same time and I figured it would give me more room in back to work the upper mounts.

Nothing like having your axles just hanging there, gas tank out in the driveway, and the Jeep on jackstands, not knowing what you're doing.

Glad my wife was out that day!

If I were closer to NC, I'd offer to help. I'm in Huntsville, AL.
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i am a little far myself,but as long as you have some common sense you can do it
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come down to sc and i will help you
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Old 04-20-2007, 05:16 PM   #16
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Do a little searching for local clubs in your area. They are a great resource, and I know if I needed help with something, all I would have to do is post up and get several people in no time that would be willing to help! At the very least it is good to have someone local who would be willing to stop by if you get stuck and steer you in the right direction.
You can do it. Just read the directions first and make sure that you have everything that you need(parts and tools) and jump in!

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