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Old 08-04-2014, 07:50 PM   #1
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Rubicon Express 2.5" Lift

I just ordered this suspension lift with shocks from 4wd.com and have read on this site where one user had issues with the rear shocks being installed. I have read where some will mount them upside down and one guy contacted RE and had to have relocation brackets shipped. I want to have everything I need before I install. Anyone who uses this lift have any advice? Thank you in advanced. Also, how hard is it to install a 1" body lift? Any modifications need to be done to do this when using the 2 1/2" suspension lift?
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:51 PM   #2
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One last thing, what do you use to loosen the bolts that works better than WD40? A friend of mine told me that it was one of the hardest thing to come off being it has been on for 21 years!

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Old 08-04-2014, 08:54 PM   #3
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I can't speak of RE lifts but I did install a Zone 2" lift a couple weeks ago. rear shocks should be labeled as to which end is on the bottom. I've seen other lifts that have the same thing on them. I would be shocked if you need a relocation bracket. I gained 4 inches of lift from my stock worn springs so I had to order a transfer case drop kit of 3/4" to eliminate some driveline vibrations even with the provided spring shims. As far as bolts go, I bought a compressor and impact gun just for the job and I am glad I did as it broke every bolt loose except 3 spring frame bolts. buy some grade 8 bolts from Lowes cuz you will need em at least on the rear shackles because you can't pull em out due to the gas tank being there. Save you a ton of time by cutting them. let me know if you have anymore questions. as far as body mount bolts, mine are in good shape but I have heard nothing but nightmares on getting those out. Lots of times you have to cut a hole in the tub to access the top of the bolt to get it out.
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Old 08-05-2014, 06:58 AM   #4
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WD40 is a lubricant not a penetrating oil. Get something like PB Blaster.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:14 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info!
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Old 08-05-2014, 07:32 PM   #6
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I ended up ordering from 4wd.com. The vendors on this site suck! I ordered from one place and waited 1 1/2 mos, so canceled the order and went with a different online store and got it immediately. "Discounts" by the vendors weren't even a discount. The total with shipping would cost more so I ordered it through 4wd.com and got $10 + free S/H. I shopped around for a few weeks trying to get them for less than 779 and ended up getting them for $769 with free S/H. Not too bad I guess.
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Old 08-07-2014, 03:42 AM   #7
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My torch kit was a life saver when doing the lift. You may want to look into longer front brake hoses. I ended up doing the sye and new driveshaft also. And that was for a 2.5 inch lift but. Just like others it went up about 4 inches sway bar links might be a good thing to grab also. The shackle bolts near the gas tank can be taken out without cutting them but i would agree that cutting them is easier.
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Old 08-07-2014, 07:44 AM   #8
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Is it pretty hard to put on a lift? A guy was supposed to help me and is now wimping out. It is on backorder now, but expected to ship out in the next week. I have done things like air intakes, oil changes, stereo (headunit, speakers, and wiring for amps), etc. I just have never put a lift on
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:32 AM   #9
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A guy on youtube did some good videos.

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Look at his channel for other vids.
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heres a thread on installing a lift, its for a bds lift but everything is pretty much the same
BDS 2" Install write up (LONG!) - JeepForum.com

the big things are have the proper tools like a jack and floor jacks, a 4" grinder with cutoff blades helps. and spray the bolts with pb blaster for a week before stating.
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Thomas S, I found that same video and plan on using it as a reference. Roadyrob, thanks, I will take a look at the BDS install too. I plan on getting the PB Blaster this weekend. I'm going to look in to the grinder and cutter too. Thanks again!

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