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Old 02-13-2011, 09:14 AM   #1
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Stuck installing my 3" lift

I finished the rears and transfer case drop. And now on to the front, I disconnected the control arms from the axle mounts and installed the new coils. Now I cannot get the control arms to line back up to the mounting holes, it seems like the axle is shifted backward too much.... check out these 2 pics and see what ya think.




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Old 02-13-2011, 09:26 AM   #2
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Maybe try slowly dropping the jack down, does it come close to lining the holes up? If you can get the jack out from under the axle and 1 at a time pull 1 side of the axles out or inward til you can get the holes lined up and slide a bolt in and then move to the other side. Did you undo the trac bar from the axle mount?

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Looks like it rolled up on you . Tryletting the jack down or take the springs out and and push the diff back down bolt the arms back up then reinstall the springs
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Looks like it rolled up on you . Tryletting the jack down or take the springs out and and push the diff back down bolt the arms back up then reinstall the springs
Just sucks that I took the arms off in order to get the springs in easier. looks like I'm off to rent a spring compressor
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Maybe try slowly dropping the jack down, does it come close to lining the holes up? If you can get the jack out from under the axle and 1 at a time pull 1 side of the axles out or inward til you can get the holes lined up and slide a bolt in and then move to the other side. Did you undo the trac bar from the axle mount?
The trac bar is disconnected, I tried playing around with the jack last night but no luck. Trying to find a helper to come over today
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The axle is rotated. Look at the drive shaft connection. Try pulling that part down to twist the axle instead of pushing it forward.
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Have you tried to push down on the diff by the yoke ?
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:00 AM   #8
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Just get a ratchet strap and suck that whole side of the axle forward/backward to whatever position you need it to be in. If the spring is already in there's no need for a spring compressor, just make sure the ratchet strap is a good HD one with a strong ratchet mechanism not one of the cheap ones. I keep a few in the shop and one in the jeep for just this reason. The best thing is the strap will hold it in the exact position you need it and you don't have to worry about it slipping while your hands are in there.
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:13 AM   #9
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The axle is rotated. Look at the drive shaft connection. Try pulling that part down to twist the axle instead of pushing it forward.
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Have you tried to push down on the diff by the yoke ?
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Haven't tried pushing on the yoke yet, but that makes sense. Waiting for an extra set of hands/eyes to come over and I'll see what that does.

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Just get a ratchet strap and suck that whole side of the axle forward/backward to whatever position you need it to be in. If the spring is already in there's no need for a spring compressor, just make sure the ratchet strap is a good HD one with a strong ratchet mechanism not one of the cheap ones. I keep a few in the shop and one in the jeep for just this reason. The best thing is the strap will hold it in the exact position you need it and you don't have to worry about it slipping while your hands are in there.
This also makes sense. Should I wrap the strap around the bumper to the axle? I have a very sturdy bumper on the front.

Thanks for all the suggestions, all in all the install has been going ok. Only other real issue was snapping the upper shock bolts on the passenger side, what a PITA that was to extract the bolts I'd like to find the guy who thinks it should only take 6 hours to install this lift and slap him silly!
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i just went through that yesterday we used a crow bar to kinda pull the axle back and got them right on in
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I finished the rears and transfer case drop. And now on to the front, I disconnected the control arms from the axle mounts and installed the new coils. Now I cannot get the control arms to line back up to the mounting holes, it seems like the axle is shifted backward too much.... check out these 2 pics and see what ya think.




hey man what where did you get your lift from and what kind is it??? i want to get the 3 inch body lift off my jeep and go to suspension
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Old 02-13-2011, 06:23 PM   #12
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hey man what where did you get your lift from and what kind is it??? i want to get the 3 inch body lift off my jeep and go to suspension
3" Zone offroad lift. Got it from AOR on here, great to deal with. Fast shipping and great prices.
It's all done, pics to come tomorrow!
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If you do one side at the time it cant roll like that real easy. Combination: Ratchet strap (or a rope with a twisting stick) and levering down on the pinion will get you going again.

Coil spring compressor did not help me I did it manually. I couldnt make the compressor do what I needed maybe you can have better luck.
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If you do one side at the time it cant roll like that real easy. Combination: Ratchet strap (or a rope with a twisting stick) and levering down on the pinion will get you going again.

Coil spring compressor did not help me I did it manually. I couldnt make the compressor do what I needed maybe you can have better luck.

Yea, ratchet straps did the trick. It was a long day yesterday and I was kina freaked out by the situation. All is good now tho.
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Good you got her fixed. For anyone else with this issue, slide the end of a board under the rear of the jeep. Strap the board to the yoke, lift the board. Work smarter.
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Old 02-13-2011, 07:20 PM   #16
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Do you guys think I'd be ok driving to work tomorrow without an alingment? I have probably just under 50 miles total.
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3" Zone offroad lift. Got it from AOR on here, great to deal with. Fast shipping and great prices.
It's all done, pics to come tomorrow!

thanx alot!! cant wait to c the pics, what size of tires are you running?
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thanx alot!! cant wait to c the pics, what size of tires are you running?
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I had a helper push the axle forward while I inserted the bolt. t moves pretty easy. Glad u got her fixed!
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ratuna,

sorry to hear you had so much trouble. BTW, it is tomorrow!

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Yes you can drive it without the alignment - - Just keep both hands on the wheel. Also make sure you center the steering wheel before you install your drop pitman arm or your steering wheel will be way outta whack.
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that lift looks really good when finished i just did mine this weekend ran in to the same problem with the axle lol
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sorry to hear you had so much trouble. BTW, it is tomorrow!

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lol I know, by the time I got home it was too dark to get a picture that does it any justice. Tomorrow I'm bringing my camera to work and I WILL get a pic on here by 5pm Chicago time
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:54 PM   #24
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Go here for the pics 3" Zone lift on my TJ
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Go here for the pics 3" Zone lift on my TJ
Noice. I think I am gonna flat black my soft 8's.
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Go here for the pics 3" Zone lift on my TJ
Looks good
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Noice. I think I am gonna flat black my soft 8's.
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Looks good
Thanks, I'm lovin it so far, just trying to figure out whats next. I'm having the Line-x done in the spring, thats all I got so far.
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Good advice using the rachet strap . . . keep it handy, you'll use it a lot if you wrench alone . . . lots of guys will jack it up here and there but the rachet strap always worked best for me.
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Yep, ratchet strap saved me when reattaching my front axle as well. I had no one else to help me, so I was coming up with all sorts of creative ways to move things around. Ratchet strap worked the best though.

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