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Old 07-28-2007, 10:51 PM   #1
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Installing my lift in the morning....

Just wondering what to look out for. Never tried anything like this before, so...... It's a 3" bds suspension lift. Any tricks or special tools i'll need??? Thanks!

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Spring compressor, jack stands...

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Old 07-28-2007, 11:11 PM   #4
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Can you rent compressors at auto zone?
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Old 07-28-2007, 11:18 PM   #5
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Brian go to Harbor freight there like $8.00 hell i'll send the one i bought to you if you pay the freight...but it'll probably be like 10-15 freight.
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Tall 6 ton jack stands is one tool that comes to mind. Does your kit come with new LCA? If so I wouldn't bother with spring compressors. Just undo the sway bar and shocks, unhook one LCA and let the other side drop. You will have a lot of room and it is much easier and safer then using the clamps of death.
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Old 07-29-2007, 08:33 AM   #7
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if you go to autozone they have them and they have you put down a deposit and when you return it you get the money back,

other things you will need is a ton of PB blaster to loosten rusted up parts, and of course a floor jack/bottle jack, and jack stands
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Old 07-29-2007, 09:04 AM   #8
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What is LCA?
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Old 07-29-2007, 09:27 AM   #9
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lower control arms
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I'd add a breaker bar to that.
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Old 07-29-2007, 10:59 PM   #12
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Yeah.... 11 hours later and the front is almost ready to go back together!
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Old 07-29-2007, 11:04 PM   #13
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Old 07-29-2007, 11:09 PM   #14
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Replacing the lower control arm bolts took like 3 hours for both! They wouldnt break loose, so we had to beat them out with a BFH to get bolt through.... And the pittman arm, don't get me started.... This shit is not as easy as people make it sound! Not to mention the installation instructions should be read by a professional tech!
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Old 07-30-2007, 12:22 AM   #15
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Did you use Pitman arm puller? As rusty bolts goes.. cant help you there since i seem to have problems with that my self
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I had the front end on my RE kit done in about 8hrs.

What kit did you go with?
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Old 07-30-2007, 01:01 AM   #17
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you dont nee a spring compressor
I dont know why people think you need a spring compressor
the axle drops down enough to pull the coil out

you need jack and jackstands and basic hand tools
other then that its easy it takes me and one other person about 2 to 3 hours to complete a jeep lift kit
the first time I did one by my self it took mee 6 hours but you learn how to do it easier

a chevy truck on the other hand takes one person about 18 hours to install
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Old 07-30-2007, 04:10 AM   #18
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Dude you guys need to use Aerokroil. Nothing loosens rusty nuts and bolts like it. It is the best penetrating lubricant (no jokes please) on teh market.
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Old 07-30-2007, 09:31 AM   #19
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mr4x4--- 2-3 hours to install a lift??? Im calling B.S.!

The Kit I have is BDS. We didn't need a spring compressor either. Biggest problem is taking bolts out. It's just a pain in the ass! And the instructions suck... If you work on jeeps, on a daily basis you'll be fine, but if you've never done anything like this before it's like reading ancient wall carvings.... The first thing it says is that it should be installed by a proffesional tech!
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did you use pb blaster or liquid wrench or something?

my suggestion be4 you tackle the rear would be to spray everything down with pb blaster once on hour for a while and then go at it
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Old 07-30-2007, 10:02 AM   #21
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yeah, we used pb blaster. It helped out alot, but the bottom bolts on the control arms were fused to the bushings. It really sucked! Took like 3-3 1/2 hours to get them out and changed.
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Old 07-30-2007, 10:04 AM   #22
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BTW, it also looks like the axle is pushed way far towards the back. Like the springs are damn near touching the bump stops. Is that normal when installing the lift?
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yeah i know how you feel any projec tthat should take a few minutes on my CJ takes like hours just to get a few bolts off
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there is nothing on a jeep that can be done in only a few minutes...
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Old 07-30-2007, 10:26 AM   #25
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Can anyone answer the question on my #22 post?
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Old 07-30-2007, 10:30 AM   #26
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BTW, it also looks like the axle is pushed way far towards the back. Like the springs are damn near touching the bump stops. Is that normal when installing the lift?
that's normal. you can fix it with adjustable control arms.
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Old 07-30-2007, 10:38 AM   #27
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They kit came with "D" bolts to adjust a little bit. Just wondering if thats enough, and or normal.
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you can´t adjust the lenghth of th estock control arms.
i think you´re talking about bolts with that you can adjust the angle of the axle.
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Ok, but I dont have adjustable lower control arms. sooo.....
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with only lower CAs you can only change the angle of the axle. you need longer UCAs audn LCAs to bring the axle to the front.

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