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Old 03-09-2007, 04:16 PM   #1
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Spacers/Shocks Install Tools?

Got my spacers and shocks in the mail today....along with the new wheels and rubber. In looking everything over, it looks like there are a few pretty good size torx bolts to loosen some of it up.

Anyone have a list or know the sizes for these? Its an 04. I hate to get it pulled apart and realize I don't have a big enough torx bit.

I've found some install articles, but none list "tools needed"
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Old 03-09-2007, 04:23 PM   #2
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Head over to Sears and get a set of torx bits and then buy a separate T-55 since you'll need one that big and most kits stop at T-50.

For the rest of it, a simple set of 3/8" and 1/2" drive sockets, both metric and SAE. 6-ton jackstands are strongly recommended (3-ton are too short) as well as a floor jack. Pretty simple job to install all that stuff. Just make sure you unbolt the shocks AND antiswaybar links from the axles so the axles will droop far enough to allow the springs to be re-inserted after installing the spacers.

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I'll probably go "borrow" a spring compressor from Autozone just to simplify things.

I have a set of Torx....I guess I need to check what size they go up to....and at least go and get the 55. I've got a million of each of other sockets.

I never considered my jack stands would be too short.....hmmm......wonder if my jack will be tall enough.....guess I better check into that.

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yeah, the sway bar uses the T55. for this install, i think that's the only one you actually use. it's good that you already have a set because as i'm sure you've noticed, TJs were put together with torx bolts.
the spring compressor is not necessary, but i think it makes some people feel better to have it.
spray everything beforehand with some PB Blaster to make loosening the bolts easier.
you're going to want a jack that will lift in the 21"+ neighborhood. a smaller 15" jack is not going to cut it.
other than that, just simple sockets and stuff. it's really an easy install.
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My stands only goto 17"....not sure about my jack, but I have a feeling it doesn't go that high. I remember jacking up my mustang with it under the pumpkin and I had to put a couple blocks of wood underneath it to get it high enough to do some exhaust swapping.

Guess I'll be shopping for 6 ton stands and a new jack. Found some 6 ton stands at Sears that lift to 24".....this should be high enough right?

Thanks guys! I'd have been pissed to have everything and then realize my jack and stands were too short!
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24" should be good. 4x4xplor recommends a jack that lifts that high. it is indeed a pain though to have jacks that are too short
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Old 03-10-2007, 08:42 AM   #7
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I'm seeing a few jacks at Sears that go to about 21"......guess I"ll have to spend a few more bucks! Oh well....not that we only have an Explorer and this Jeep....its not like my old jack would even touch the frame on either one with a lift height of 15".

Maybe a dumb question, but anyone know if I can not loosen the links if I use a spring compressor? Or will I still need to be able to drop it further?

And the alignment....I've been reading that an alignment should be done before driving it....but with a 2" lift....is it alright to drive it for a week or so before the alignment?
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i used an electrical lifting platform for installing the budget boost. it wasn´t a problem without a spring compressor. all that took 1.5-2 hours.
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i have this jack:
http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...seBVCookie=Yes
and these jack stands:
http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...cemldffidflk.0

they were on sale as a package deal for like $70.
i've used them to do my BB lift, body lift, lift on my buddy's dodge ram, and other random things. the jack and the stands do great. the 3 ton stands are perfectly tall enough.


you will need to at least do the DIY alignment before you drive it. you will be frightened to see the damage of your tires driving on them for only a week. you will have a good amount of uneven wear on them. it doesn't take as long as one might think.
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Doc, specifically the sizes of sockets and wrenches you'll want are 13, 14 and 15 mm. The T55 torx is for the swaybar links. It's a pretty easy job. It takes a while the first time you do it because you don't really know what to expect. I like to follow this order- Pull the drivers side spring first since it is easiet to manuever out; the passenger side has all the steering junk right next to the bottom spring perch that kinda gets in the way. after both fronts are out put the passenger side spacer and spring in before the drivers side. Again this is because it's a littleasier to move the spring anoud while the axle can droop as much as possible. I have found that it's fairly easy if you remember that the spring is able to be rotated around and can kind of "screw" into place. You'll see what I mean... A 4-5' length of 2x4 can help levering the axles down and coaxing the springs into place.
Autozone and many other parts stores have the spring compressors for rent; basically you buy it and then take it back when you are done. If you do rent one get the STRUT compressor. SPRING compressors go on the inside of the spring and it's a MOFO to get them out. STRUT compressors go on the outside of the spring and it's a little easier to use them.
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you will need to at least do the DIY alignment before you drive it. you will be frightened to see the damage of your tires driving on them for only a week. you will have a good amount of uneven wear on them. it doesn't take as long as one might think.
It wasn't the wear that frightened me! It was the violent shaking back and forth that made me nearly crap myself... I hit 55 on the freeway and thought the Jeep was trying to kill me.

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