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Old 10-09-2012, 04:33 PM   #1
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My Rough Country Lift came today..What Should I Do?

My RC 3.25 Lift came today,my question is should I do it myself or let a local shop install it. They told me 4-5 hours at $50 buck a hour. They have installed many lifts in the past and the owner is a jeep guy. What should I do?

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That's tough to answer when we don't know anything about your mechanical ability, experience, or tool selection.

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Since we don't know your skills/abilities or what you have access to as far as shop, tools, etc...it might be tough for us to advise. My theory is that if you can do it yourself, then do so as you will get to know your Jeep better. Get some friends over to help and provide support.

But for ~$250 for it to be installed is not too bad though...especially if includes an alignment too.
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I've installed 15 lifts in the last couple months. If you have tools and jacks and jack stands and beer it takes @bout 2 hours
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:46 PM   #5
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Sorry I forgot about my skills, I worked as a mechanic when I was young,went to a tec school for auto body, and the last 10 years I was a heavy equipment instructor until I had a accident and hurt my back ayear ago. so crawlin around under a jeep is hard on me. I have all tools needed but a lift. I wish I lived In a area where we had a jeep club and had people that knew what they are doing to help me. I know it is only a 3-5 hour job for most people but this will take me 2 days with my back. I think it will be better to just let the shop do it. Save me some back pain.
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Then don't chance it.... seriously..... take care of your back and have the shop do it. I'm sure you are more than capable, but don't chance it.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:06 PM   #7
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Then don't chance it.... seriously..... take care of your back and have the shop do it. I'm sure you are more than capable, but don't chance it.
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Is this on a TJ and if so are you doing a tummy-tuck
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Is this on a TJ and if so are you doing a tummy-tuck
What is a tummy-tuck?
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:38 AM   #10
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Do it yourself! This will give you a perfect opportunity to learn about your jeep and how things work under it. This reminds me of a situation I was in about a year ago. I was at my local best buy and there was a young dude about 20 or 21 in the parking lot with his hood up and on the cell phone. Being the responsible jeep owner I am I pulled onside of him and asked if he needed help. He proceeded to tell me that his jeep was acting up and he didn't know what was wrong. There was obvious steam coming from the engine compartment. Now...this dude had about a 3 or 4 inch lift with tons of lights and fantsy rock star or metal mulisha terds and murders on it. Anyway......long story long... He needed coolant. So I topped him off with some water from my Gerry can and he was able to I guess limp home. You get my point. You will never learn to swim if you don't jump in.
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Do it yourself! This will give you a perfect opportunity to learn about your jeep and how things work under it. This reminds me of a situation I was in about a year ago. I was at my local best buy and there was a young dude about 20 or 21 in the parking lot with his hood up and on the cell phone. Being the responsible jeep owner I am I pulled onside of him and asked if he needed help. He proceeded to tell me that his jeep was acting up and he didn't know what was wrong. There was obvious steam coming from the engine compartment. Now...this dude had about a 3 or 4 inch lift with tons of lights and fantsy rock star or metal mulisha terds and murders on it. Anyway......long story long... He needed coolant. So I topped him off with some water from my Gerry can and he was able to I guess limp home. You get my point. You will never learn to swim if you don't jump in.
You didn't read his second post about his bad back....
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Do it yourself! This will give you a perfect opportunity to learn about your jeep and how things work under it. This reminds me of a situation I was in about a year ago. I was at my local best buy and there was a young dude about 20 or 21 in the parking lot with his hood up and on the cell phone. Being the responsible jeep owner I am I pulled onside of him and asked if he needed help. He proceeded to tell me that his jeep was acting up and he didn't know what was wrong. There was obvious steam coming from the engine compartment. Now...this dude had about a 3 or 4 inch lift with tons of lights and fantsy rock star or metal mulisha terds and murders on it. Anyway......long story long... He needed coolant. So I topped him off with some water from my Gerry can and he was able to I guess limp home. You get my point. You will never learn to swim if you don't jump in.

You didn't read his second post......he needs to have it done and not risk any more injury....


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Sorry I forgot about my skills, I worked as a mechanic when I was young,went to a tec school for auto body, and the last 10 years I was a heavy equipment instructor until I had a accident and hurt my back ayear ago. so crawlin around under a jeep is hard on me. I have all tools needed but a lift. I wish I lived In a area where we had a jeep club and had people that knew what they are doing to help me. I know it is only a 3-5 hour job for most people but this will take me 2 days with my back. I think it will be better to just let the shop do it. Save me some back pain.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:12 AM   #13
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I agree save your back. For only a couple hundred bucks, I would let the shop do it.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:22 AM   #14
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Let the shop do it. $250 is a alot cheaper than long term back therapy and pain. There is just too much torque involve at odd positions even for a healthy back. Although I did really enjoyed the satisfaction of doing it myself, including alignment.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:33 AM   #15
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Do it yourself.
People die every day, know what that means? New spines are out there every single day. So sack up. Don't even think about lifting with your legs. Try to get all the weight to reside in your back and anything that needs lifted needs done so in a sharp jerking and twisting type manner.

Jesus... like everyone here turned into a girl over night or something.
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[QUOTE=SinfulDragon;2876433]
"Don't even think about lifting with your legs. Try to get all the weight to reside in your back and anything that needs lifted needs done so in a sharp jerking and twisting type manner. "

'excerpts from the school of Dr. Quack.. Really? Calm down Hercules.
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It was Peter from The Family Guy, but I suppose Dr. Quack would fit just as well.
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"Don't even think about lifting with your legs. Try to get all the weight to reside in your back and anything that needs lifted needs done so in a sharp jerking and twisting type manner. "
'excerpts from the school of Dr. Quack.. Really? Calm down Hercules.
I think it was sarcasm......

Def have the shop do it. I wish we would get $50/hr rates where I am its generally $80-120/hr.
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Sorry, don't watch family guy. My apologies SinfulDragon if it was meant as a sarcasm remark.
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LOL, no worries, mate. They haven't given us a sarcasm font yet, so its sometimes hard to tell.
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What is a tummy-tuck?
Kit that helps clearance on a TJ, rough country makes a kit
There are several out there though.
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Thanks guys, I will have the shop do it.
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You didn't read his second post about his bad back....
Oh yes, if there is injury involved I would def get a shop to do it for you. You don't want to screw up your back to the point of not being able to use it at all.
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Damn shame you don't have a local club... Pizza and beer will cost less than a shop!

Our local Jeep club lives for the opportunity to have a lift party... You can STILL learn and not put too much strain on your back by having some friends over to do the "heavy lifting" and you can stand around and hand out beers and tools as needed.

I know this doesn't do you much good right now BUT... You could see about getting some like minded folk together and start a Jeep (or even just an off road) club so people in your area won't have the same issue in the future that you're having now.
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Damn shame you don't have a local club... Pizza and beer will cost less than a shop!

Our local Jeep club lives for the opportunity to have a lift party... You can STILL learn and not put too much strain on your back by having some friends over to do the "heavy lifting" and you can stand around and hand out beers and tools as needed.

I know this doesn't do you much good right now BUT... You could see about getting some like minded folk together and start a Jeep (or even just an off road) club so people in your area won't have the same issue in the future that you're having now.
I have thought about starting a club but don't know where to start. Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:48 PM   #26
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There are local boards on here... You could post up there and see how may responses you get... See about a get together and go from there.

Me and a few guys did that here in Memphis and now it's... well...

MIDSOUTHJEEPS.COM - Home of the Midsouth Jeep Club

This all started from a thread on Rubicon Owners Forum.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:17 PM   #27
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do it urself its so easy i had it for 4 months but the kit wore out insainly fast and they wouldnt warranty anything got a Rubicon express lift... but def dont use the shocks get bilstien shocks

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