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Old 07-06-2012, 10:19 PM   #1
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Spring Swap

I am trying to do a simple spring swap (keeping the same shocks) on my 2012 JK (going up a few springs rates- still OEM springs). I really don't know what I am doing yet, but I assume I need a floor jack. I do have jack stands and hand tools. Any thoughts on where I can buy a decent floor jack? Do I also need a spring compressor?

Alternatively, if you live relatively close (I live off 470 and Ken Caryl so Littleon, HR, Lakewood, Golden, etc.) and can help maybe in a garage/workshop, I can drive over with what tools I do have, (and your chosen 12-pack of beer, for example) get some help, and learn a few things in the process. I have a garage as well.

The goal- this will give me enough room in front to put on a bumper/winch and maybe even 33" tires. Just need to save some cash for that next step.

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Old 07-06-2012, 10:24 PM   #2
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yes spring compressor is neede. there is another way but i wouldn't suggest it being your first time. you have to be super careful. if it comes loose there is a lot of steel coming at you in a hurry.

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Old 07-06-2012, 11:00 PM   #3
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Yeah, I can't afford to be posting here about how I went to the emergency room after I tried using a prybar on a JK spring.
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Old 07-07-2012, 02:41 AM   #4
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You should have no problem with 33s as is. If you are trying to save cash maybe just check it out with the 33s on there first before doing the springs and see how you like it.
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:06 AM   #5
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I got the springs pretty inexpensively from a JKU. I have been told the 33s would rub offroad without slightly taller springs. Some guys have tried it and say the same, so I'll toss on the springs, and then work on the wheels/tires and bumper/winch, after measuring the difference.
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Old 07-07-2012, 11:02 AM   #6
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Cool, I'll be interested in how it works out for you. I only rub when I'm disconnected at a pretty severe stuff, that's with no aftermarket weight on the front end though.
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:35 PM   #7
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I put 33's on my JKU sport with no suspension mods and the only rub I got was the tire against the sway bar. That's because my stock rims didn't have the back spacing needed to clear from locked left to locked right. If you were in the springs, I'd be up for it and I have access to a lift to do it the easy way. Good luck man. But yeah, you can fit 33's no problem.
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:26 AM   #8
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Thanks ndnbennyb. I sent you a PM, in case we can coordinate. Getting some help the first time, would be great.
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Springs are not bad.. Disconect your sway bars.. The further you get the axle away from the body the easier it will be.. Use your jack stands on the skid or frame..
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:43 AM   #10
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Oh and parts stores rent the coil compressor.. Get the one with 3 bars to go on the outside.. I tried the compressor that went on the inside and it didn't clear or compress enough.

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