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Old 07-13-2011, 02:41 AM   #1
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Ordered BDS 3" some questions....

Suspension is shot in our Jeep (130,000) on original suspension. So, I figured if it needs to be replaced might as well upgrade I have experience installing suspensions on other vehicles, but I always had a trusty repair manual. What is the best TJ Wrangler repair manual? Seeing that this just became my primary vehicle I'm not all that versed in this stuff yet.

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Well, the Haynes type of manuals for these vehicles are garbage. Honestly, I'd just use the instructions that BDS provides. They are a quality company and have pretty good customer service. Installing lifts kids isn't to difficult. Coils and springs are pretty straight forward. I used ratchet straps on my TJ for taking the coils off. You'll have to install a track bar relocation bracket on the front and back, and a tcase drop. All of it is pretty straight forward.

Due to the wear on your vehicle, I'd be prepared to deal with some very stiff nuts and bolts. I'd have an angle grinder ready, and a couple cans of PB blaster.

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Old 07-13-2011, 03:19 AM   #3
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Well, the Haynes type of manuals for these vehicles are garbage. Honestly, I'd just use the instructions that BDS provides. They are a quality company and have pretty good customer service. Installing lifts kids isn't to difficult. Coils and springs are pretty straight forward. I used ratchet straps on my TJ for taking the coils off. You'll have to install a track bar relocation bracket on the front and back, and a tcase drop. All of it is pretty straight forward.

Due to the wear on your vehicle, I'd be prepared to deal with some very stiff nuts and bolts. I'd have an angle grinder ready, and a couple cans of PB blaster.
Yeah, I knew those Haynes manuals were garbage. I was mainly wondering for general purpose. For example, I have Bentley manuals from all my VW's. Those books taught me how to do brakes, suspension, and exhaust.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:47 AM   #4
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The search function on this forum also provides insightful installation and repair instruction. For my Jeep, I have the FSM, Chilton and Haynes. The FSM is my preference but I do get a lot of info on the forum for other Jeeper's experiences too .
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:51 AM   #5
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And there are tons of members on here who have done lifts, and basically all lifts are the same, plus or minus a few steps. we've all been there and were here to help

I would hit your upper and lower shock bolts with penetrating oil every day for a few days before the lift. also hitting the Control arms will help when raising/lowering the axle to get the springs on/off and when aligning it for track bar and such. and some lifts require removing the front bolts on the CA's.

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Old 07-13-2011, 01:11 PM   #6
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I got the Service Manuals from TechAuthority and love them!!!!! I think I paid $140 for two huge manuals. It was well worth the $$. Think of this as an investment.

I too have the Bentley for my VW Passat, but they don't make one for the Jeep.

Haynes and Chilton just plain suck!!!

Also, invest in PB Blaster.

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Old 07-13-2011, 02:12 PM   #7
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IMO why pay for a manual, when you have how many hundreds of people on WF to answer your questions
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IMO why pay for a manual, when you have how many hundreds of people on WF to answer your questions
Good point, but I like to have the book and "know" what I'm doing than have to rely on you guys forever. No offense
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FSM is the only way to go. I never understood why they didn't come out with YJ, TJ, JK specific manuals for the Haynes. The years covered in each make no sense to me.
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:15 PM   #10
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You learn everything here then you are a book then you don't have to look it up everytime. But hey, thats only if your devoted to it.
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:23 PM   #11
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You learn everything here then you are a book then you don't have to look it up everytime. But hey, thats only if your devoted to it.
I must be tarded because I've been searching and I can't find any "good" write ups or picture threads of suspension install. However, I may have been searching too specifically for TJ's.
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I must be tarded because I've been searching and I can't find any "good" write ups or picture threads of suspension install. However, I may have been searching too specifically for TJ's.

Rokmen on youtube have alot of good videos, not sure if any one suspension though. Its actually a very straight forward kinda deal. searching jeep forum may yeild some better write ups. use google and include jeep forum in the search.

personally if you have any questions about your lift you can make a thread and also PM me, or if you really need to post up in the HS jeepers thread and we will help you as much as we can. were pretty open to other people coming for help. There are many members here who are willing to help you with anything, if only you ask.
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:34 PM   #13
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cheap 4" TJ lift writeup - JeepForum.com

Jeep TJ Installation Write-Ups by 4x4xplor.com

theres a 4 inch lift kit install step by step for an example.
and some other random write ups you might want to look at.
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:25 PM   #14
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Thanks for the all the info. I appreciate it, and will post pics once I get started. Might as well document my trials with this build.
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