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Old 02-26-2012, 01:00 AM   #1
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lift myself?

i have a 4'' lift kit to put on my lj,can i do this by myself?and i see these 1.75 or 2'' coil spacers,can these be put on with the addition of the 4''lift?and if so that's 6''so does that mean 35s or not.if this would work ,why not do this ,then a expensive 6'' lift kit? any help thankful. phil.

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Old 02-26-2012, 01:37 AM   #2
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I wish that it was that easy...

I just lifted my Jeep 4 1/2" and I was in around $6K by the time it was done, Tires, SYE, Drive Shafts, Gears etc the list goes on...

If it was that easy then every Jeep would be sitting on a 6" lift...

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Old 02-26-2012, 01:52 AM   #3
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What you are shooting for is too much for short arm suspensions, which is why there are the 6" long arm kits. 4" suspension and 1" body lift for running 35's is a good approach. As mentioned though, there is a LOT more to do to make the lift safe and reliable. You have to keep the driveline and suspension geometry correct, or you expose yourself to a world of problems!
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:57 AM   #4
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I put in a 4" lift on my tj by my self, it can be done. Make sure you have what you need before you start. I had to go out and buy a 21mm socket and wrench for the controll arms.
You dont want to put the spacers ontop of the coil springs because you could end up damaging the coils.
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Old 02-26-2012, 03:57 AM   #5
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You don't need a 6" lift for 35's. But you'll need a whole bunch of other stuff.

Why would you not be able to install the lift yourself? If you take it to a shop, it's a guy with tools installing it.

Be the guy with tools, and do it at home!

Save a bunch of money, and learn about your Jeep in the process.
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:02 AM   #6
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You'll need to make sure you have all the coorrect tools before you get started. Jack stands, floor jacks, correct sockets, torx bits, ect. Read the instructions and then check every bold you need to remove, see that you have a wrench and socket for each size. An extra set of hands can be very helpful, especially getting the springs in. I did my LJ lift in 10 hours in my driveway, but this was not my first lift. Make sure you set aside enough time to get the job done.
As for the lift... 4" with 33's is a good combo. Your driveline angle will most likely be OK without an SYE and CV shaft. As for 35's, you have to decide if it is worth the expense and effort for 1" more clearqnce offroad. You will need gears and a rear carrier and a brake upgrade at a minimum for a street driven Jeep. The list for a 'wheeled Jeep is much longer and more expensive. There are about 3000 posts on this in the last few months, do some reading and make your decission.
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:20 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by btracy View Post
i have a 4'' lift kit to put on my lj,can i do this by myself?and i see these 1.75 or 2'' coil spacers,can these be put on with the addition of the 4''lift?and if so that's 6''so does that mean 35s or not.if this would work ,why not do this ,then a expensive 6'' lift kit? any help thankful. phil.
adding BB spacers on top of lift springs is a bad idea for multiple reasons. think about the geometry of adding spacers, and look up something called "coil bind".

if you want 6" of lift, then buy 6" lift springs. you need to spend several thousand dollars on other stuff too, so why save $100 on springs and end up with a crap set up?

Other mods required for a 6" lift include:
New shocks, bumpstop extensions, mid/long arms, spring mount relocation (recommended), CV driveshaft (w/ SYE if NP231), longer brake lines, brake and steering upgrades for larger tires, and more.

Give this a read: I want to run 35's on my TJ -

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