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Old 12-27-2010, 05:12 PM   #1
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Is this a stupid idea?

some time in the near future, i'll be purchasing a body lift for my jeep. I think I'll be getting the 2" skyjacker spacer lift with hydro shocks.. now.. i'm not a simpleton, but i'm not exactly a mechanic either. would it be a bad idea to try an install myself? how badly do you think i could mess up if i do something wrong? anyone got any advice on installing a lift by myself for the first time? dont yell at me

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Old 12-27-2010, 05:18 PM   #2
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some time in the near future, i'll be purchasing a body lift for my jeep. I think I'll be getting the 2" skyjacker spacer lift with hydro shocks.. now.. i'm not a simpleton, but i'm not exactly a mechanic either. would it be a bad idea to try an install myself? how badly do you think i could mess up if i do something wrong? anyone got any advice on installing a lift by myself for the first time? dont yell at me
Do you already have a suspension lift??
2 inches on the body is tougher than 2 on the suspension. You got shift linkage issues, radiator issues, wiring issues. Plus your bumpers should be raised as well for looks & angle of approach & departure.
All that said, you could deffinately do it yourself.

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Old 12-27-2010, 05:18 PM   #3
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Need some more information, you mention both a body lift and a spacer lift. Which are you doing? Or both?
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Old 12-27-2010, 05:23 PM   #4
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Need some more information, you mention both a body lift and a spacer lift. Which are you doing? Or both?
isn't a spacer lift a body lift? because its lifting the body? hah. and i'm stock at the moment. no lift. so i shouldnt have to worry about rewiring or brake lines or any of those issues.
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Old 12-27-2010, 05:25 PM   #5
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also, please please pardon my stupidity haha im still rather new to this stuff.
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Old 12-27-2010, 05:31 PM   #6
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No No no Just kidding dude. I'm no authority. However, the spacer lift is no body lift. With a body lift, you are actually lifting the body with pucks off the frame. With a spacer lift, it is essentially the same thing as the regular lift with the exception of the fact that you are using spacers instead of bigger springs to lift the frame (and body to your point) higher. I am no real mechanic and I did it myself with help from reading posts on this very forum. Things to watch out for would be brittle bolts. PBW is your friend. SOAK every bolt you need to remove in it days before you install. Check in here for help. Worked for me. Full disclosure, my mechanic brother in law did help me with 2 broken bolts that I had (hence the PBW suggestion). Best of luck dude!

By the way, I installed the very lift you are looking at and I really like it.
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Old 12-27-2010, 05:37 PM   #7
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No a body lift lifts the body off the frame . Spacer lift lifts the suspension .You should do some reading so you know whats what .
Body lift will be a little harder to do but still not hard
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ookay i understand now. so confusing all the different stuff you can do. what i'm looking to do is a spacer lift than. not a body lift. and i do a lot of reading on this stuff but it's hard to get unless you hear it from someone who knows what theyre talking about ya know? thanks though i appreciate the help
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Old 12-27-2010, 05:46 PM   #9
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If I could do it, you can too dude. Again, I got through it with all the help here. Just don't plan on it being a swift job and you will be fine. Maybe you will get lucky and you'll bang it out in a 4 - 5 hours though. Either way, you have ALL the help you need right here. Trust me.
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yeah it seems easy enough to get done in a day. im just afraid i'd mess something up haha. i've seen that video before T2000J. it just kinda wizzed through it. definitely has to be harder than that video makes it look haha.
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Old 12-27-2010, 06:02 PM   #12
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No it's just like the vid the hardest part is getting the bolts out without breaking them . Take your time and spray everything with some pb days befor you install it
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Now I'm not gonna sit here and blow sunshine up your ass, Jeeper. A good mechanic is compelled to always evaluate what's happened, so he can apply what he's learned. Out in the garage, we gotta push it...that's our job. It's your option Jeeper. All yours.


Sorry....I saw Top Gun for like the 4 millionth time the other day. You'll be fine. Do it.
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hahah thanks guys
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Do the research on installation. There are a lot of web sites with instructions including the manufacturer's sites. They will offer a number of different tips. It is fairly easy to do with basic tools. Taking your time, it will take 4-5 hours. Don't be afraid to search out spring/suspension lift tips. The steps are basically the same.

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