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Old 11-07-2006, 06:40 PM   #1
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tell me, is a lift horrible to install myself?

Wait, before you answer!!! I know nothing about working on a vehicle. I'm well versed in building and wiring all sorts of stuff, but I've never ever worked on a car. Changing the oil a few months ago was a huge deal for me.

So, am I getting in over my head or is that the point?

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Yes and yes. Go for it. You may need to borrow/buy tools but the experience is worth it.

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Old 11-07-2006, 07:24 PM   #3
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Cool, I love new tools. It's amazing how you can have three of every tool and still need something new I'm sure I'll have some help, but I'm looking forward to doing more than just laying under the beastie and trying to figure out what all the parts are.
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Old 11-07-2006, 08:57 PM   #4
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its a pretty easy install. but it really depends on what lift! if its a long arm then i doubt you can do it. but if its a BB then its pretty easy. you just need a floor jack, jackstands, some hand tools, and a spring compressor would help.
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Ah the voice of experience.
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Ah the voice of experience.
you would know wouldn't you. you know everything i do and what i have and haven't done and what i have and haven't seen.
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its a pretty easy install. but it really depends on what lift! if its a long arm then i doubt you can do it. but if its a BB then its pretty easy. you just need a floor jack, jackstands, some hand tools, and a spring compressor would help.


Ah, yee have little faith. I have a garage full of tools and a lot of time on my hands. I just don't want to have to drive my other car.
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you got a welder?
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I just might. I couldn't tell ya' what's out there.
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you would know wouldn't you. you know everything i do and what i have and haven't done and what i have and haven't seen.

That's true, isn't it. I do know all of that stuff.

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I just might. I couldn't tell ya' what's out there.

Man, I bet your house is cool!
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actually no i haven't. are you being sarcastic? i'll go rent it at blockbuster
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I don't know....Frank installed my lift on the front lawn with a bubblegum wrapper and a hard boiled egg

I say go for it


& if you don't have a welder, you can borrow Frank's
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That Frank can do anything....
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Man, I bet your house is cool!

It suffers from 25 years of tool-junkyitus. I learned from the biggest tool junky out there. When my pops and I built my pottery studio, he decided we needed not one, not two, but three different nail guns, and I concurred. I'm just as bad. If I need to fix something, there must be a tool I need to buy.
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Old 11-07-2006, 09:53 PM   #16
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I don't know....Frank installed my lift on the front lawn with a bubblegum wrapper and a hard boiled egg

I say go for it


& if you don't have a welder, you can borrow Frank's

A hard boiled egg??? Dang, I have no idea how to make those
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actually no i haven't. are you being sarcastic? i'll go rent it at blockbuster
It's only sarcasm if you keep a straight face.....see he's smiling
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A hard boiled egg??? Dang, I have no idea how to make those

get some water, I'll get the welder & show you how
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Old 11-07-2006, 10:00 PM   #19
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when you sain I knew everything, it reminded me of a scene in that movie. You should watch it though. It's way old, but it's funny.
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Tiny, when I move to SoCal I'll help you with the lift...I've been very successful with IKEA instructions. They can't be much different than mods on our Jeeps. ...
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Old 11-07-2006, 10:47 PM   #21
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Cool. And if there's extra parts, we'll just hide them.
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Old 11-07-2006, 11:32 PM   #22
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I'd recommend a decent compressor and a 1/2 in airgun and basic hand tools also if you can put ikea stuff together you could probably work for nasa ! go for it !
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Ah, lifts aren't hard at all. Long as you got some jack stands, couple floor jacks, and basic hand tools (However air is preferred) then you are good to go. If your lift doesn't change out any control arms (I know you got the glossary now so you know what they are ) then it's even easier.

Patience/cussing/patience and more cussing and it will go fine.
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Old 11-08-2006, 06:07 PM   #24
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con·trol arm (ken-trol' ärm) – n. the arm driver uses on passenger when said driver stops short.

I am shopping for the lift, but I'm not looking at going too tall or I'll need a rope ladder.
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Old 11-08-2006, 09:42 PM   #25
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You could always carry around one of those step stools.

Or maybe not.
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Old 11-08-2006, 09:43 PM   #26
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Lean down here so I can kick you. Aww now, I was teasing..... but if it was way up there in the Jeep, how would I reach it
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Old 11-08-2006, 10:33 PM   #27
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Here I pop on this thread to give my 2 cents about lifts and I see Kat is claiming that I installed her lift with a bubblegum wrapper and a hard boiled egg. Nothing is farther then the truth!!!! I used the gum and threw the wrapper away!!!



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Old 11-08-2006, 10:45 PM   #28
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But the real question is did you chew the gum first and what flavor?
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to add a quick question to this, if you go up by 4 in most of the time you have to drop the tranny and t-case am i right? if so the what of the levers and rods and things that connnect them do they have to be cut and a piece welded in or do most lifts provide the nessesery parts for the increased space?
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Old 11-09-2006, 08:07 PM   #30
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you have to do a transfer case drop kit and every 4" lift that i have ever seen comes with one. in fact every 2.5" and higher lift i have ever seen comes with one. it will provide all the hardware and everything for it. no welding or anything. but i wouldn't do a transfer case drop kit. go ahead and bite the bullet and get the sye and cv driveshaft. chances are you will get some vibes and even if you don't the driveshaft becomes shortened enough to where it can pull out or jam in the tcase

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