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Old 09-25-2012, 03:17 PM   #1
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Lift kit ordered

Just ordered the Ultimate kit from Dirk at DPG offroad, I got an estimate from a shop for $600 is that a good price. I would do it myself, but don't have the tools just basic hand tools.

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Old 09-25-2012, 03:23 PM   #2
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Imagine the tools that $600 could buy......

All you need is basic hand tools anyway.

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You'll like it. That's what I installed back in February. And yeah my tool box is also limited but was able to get it done minus a come-a-long for the front axle re-positioning. If you are handy with tools I would save the $600. Grab a few helping hands. I did mine solo mio and it sucked. Especially the MML just cause it was a pain on driver side.

Good luck with whatever you do. The ride is worth it.
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what type of tools do you need besides a ratchet set. I don't have any jacks, and jack stands either, and I can borrow a spring compressor. I have ratchet straps for the track bars aswell. Ive been researching and the hardest part it seems with this kit is springs if you don't have spring compressor.
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You don't need ratchet straps or a come-along for the track bars. You guys are working too hard.

As for spring compressors, I hate them. You don't need them either. If you feel like you do, parts stores loan them for free......
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Come alongs come in handy for the axle not track bar. I had to disconnect my lower control arm to droop enough for the springs to go in. The come along help with getting the holes lined up.

People can do things more than just one way. For some, especially when doing it by themselves, a come along will save some time and headache.
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:47 AM   #7
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Jackstands:
Torin T46002A 6 Ton Double Locking Jack Stands (Sold in Pairs)

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Maasdam Pow'R Lift MPL1449HD SUV Jack with Foot Pump,3 Ton,Green

That leaves about $500 left to buy something else for the jeep

No need for spring compressors. You just disconnect the sway bar and jack one side of the axle up as high as it will go and slip the spring into place.
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You'll like it. That's what I installed back in February. And yeah my tool box is also limited but was able to get it done minus a come-a-long for the front axle re-positioning. If you are handy with tools I would save the $600. Grab a few helping hands. I did mine solo mio and it sucked. Especially the MML just cause it was a pain on driver side.

Good luck with whatever you do. The ride is worth it.
How's the ride? Going back and fourth on spending some more coin and getting something like this or saving a few bucks and going the Zone combo route... I don't want to get into the SYE quite yet- is the MML enough to get by?
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How's the ride? Going back and fourth on spending some more coin and getting something like this or saving a few bucks and going the Zone combo route... I don't want to get into the SYE quite yet- is the MML enough to get by?
If you have the money, spend it. I love the ride. Has wonderful road manners and is great off road. You don't get jarred around on the road way. It comfortable but still has the stiff Jeep ride but it just feels a hell of a lot better. 32x11.5s @29psi smooth ride.

I can't give too much comparison though cause its my first jeep and first lift but since february I have 0 issues with it.

I got setup with ZJ springs for front and LJ springs for rear. Talked with Dirk for quite some time. I'm very happy with it all.

For me, with tires, wheels, rear bumper/carrier, lift, some tools and beer, I came out right around ~$5k. Well spent in my opinion.
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What's the total amount of lift? 2.5" suspension and 1.25 body?
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Imagine the tools that $600 could buy......

All you need is basic hand tools anyway.
x2. $600 will get you every tool you need to install a lift, and more. especially if you shop harbor freight...but for $600, I think you could even swing some Craftsman stuff.

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You don't need ratchet straps or a come-along for the track bars. You guys are working too hard.
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As for spring compressors, I hate them. You don't need them either. If you feel like you do, parts stores loan them for free......
You don't NEED them...but life is sure a whole lot easier with them! I bought a set, and I've used them quite a bit. Considering they only cost $50, I figured they would pay for themselves quickly if I didn't have to drive back and forth to the auto parts store every time I wanted to check clearances.
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You don't NEED them...but life is sure a whole lot easier with them! I bought a set, and I've used them quite a bit. Considering they only cost $50, I figured they would pay for themselves quickly if I didn't have to drive back and forth to the auto parts store every time I wanted to check clearances.
I may be a little biased.....my axles drop straight to the ground as long as the sway bar links and shocks are unbolted.
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If I can borrow a spring compressor why should I bother with dropping the axle
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Sprin compressors and impact gun make it sooooooo much easier and faster. You can zip the springs right down.
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If I can borrow a spring compressor why should I bother with dropping the axle
You're not understanding what I'm saying.
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One thing I agree with Imped is you don't need the spring compressor. In fact, stay away from the spring compressor. Many other ways to get the front springs on.

Rear springs are twice as easy to install.

6 of 1, half a dozen of the other. Some use one method and some use others. Check out some videos on YouTube to get some tips and tricks. What may work for others may not work for you.

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