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12-29-2013 05:27 PM
marslim
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Originally Posted by RedBird2 View Post
OK. I'm seeing the light.
Thanks Marslim.
No problem, id recommend removing the wheels too... It's not necessary but makes things alot easier! Good luck!
12-29-2013 04:40 PM
RedBird2 OK. I'm seeing the light.
Thanks Marslim.
12-29-2013 03:43 PM
marslim
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Originally Posted by RedBird2 View Post
Planning to do my TF 1.5 performance kit soon. Question: If I have just two jack stands and a floor jack -- how do I support the axle when the jeep is up on the stands ? Is axle support not needed ?

OK so I put the jack under the axle, but wheres the best location ?

Dumb question #2: Wouldn't it be easier to just use a spring compressor instead of unbolting everything ?

Thanks,
-RJ.
The reason for loosening the control arms etc is to avoid binding the bushings, in my opinion using a spring compressor is making the process much harder than simply unbolting the shocks and brake line brackets. Simply jack the Jeep up, put it on the jack stands then use the floor jack on the center of the axle... Unbolt the shocks and brakeline brackets and loosen the control arms and slowly lower the axle, then just pull the old springs out and put the new ones in... Shouldn't take more than a couple hours even for someone inexperienced. Honestly hardest part is retorqueing everything afterwards
12-29-2013 11:30 AM
RedBird2 Planning to do my TF 1.5 performance kit soon. Question: If I have just two jack stands and a floor jack -- how do I support the axle when the jeep is up on the stands ? Is axle support not needed ?

OK so I put the jack under the axle, but wheres the best location ?

Dumb question #2: Wouldn't it be easier to just use a spring compressor instead of unbolting everything ?


Thanks,
-RJ.
01-27-2013 11:54 AM
bcbud I used a combination of threads on two sites, AEV's instructions and finally the grossly inadequate instructions from Teraflex. Thanx for the underwhelming effort Teraflex.
01-27-2013 11:22 AM
Binx ^^^ Precisely. Now anyone with the proper tools in the western, mass/Albany, ny area want to help me. lol
01-27-2013 11:06 AM
redskinswin The instructions have always driven me nuts. I work with "propeller heads" (Engineers) every day and when ever they are writing instructions I tell them they need to be written in a manner of making a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich. They all look at me like I'm crazy until I point out how it works. You cannot just put peanut butter on the bread. You have to pick up the peanut butter with one hand, use your other hand and put it on the lid. Then twist to open. Then put the lid down and grab a knife. Put the knife in the peanut butter container and swipe with the knife to put a tablespoons worth of peanut butter on the knife. Oh crap, forgot to get the bread out........see what I mean?
01-27-2013 08:05 AM
Hansen TF's paper instructions are a bit sparse and do need some updating to make things a bit clearer at certain points. However, I have seen where Teraflex has prepared some very nice instructional videos for installing it's 2.5" budget boost kit as well as it's 2.5" coil lift.

TeraFlex Install: JK 2.5" Budget Boost Kit - YouTube

TeraFlex Install: JK 2.5" Spring Lift Kit - YouTube

Lots of good info in each of these that can be applied to similar TF lift/leveling products. Probably need a couple comments added to the videos about some of the updated designs in their product lines.
01-26-2013 11:13 PM
WatchThis!
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Originally Posted by kjeeper10 View Post

TF is not the only manufacturer with crap instructions.

RK admitted the engineers that wrote their instructions target the experienced installer. RK is redoing their instructions to be clear to everybody. Experienced or not.
Most instructions for aftermarket parts are wrote for people who have a pretty good idea of whats going on. For some reason they just dont seem to notice that there are folks doing the installs that dont do this kind of work every day.
01-26-2013 11:07 PM
MikeK46 I haven't heard of anyone providing any kind of half decent instructions for anything having to do with lift kits.

Engineers can't write. Apparently, no one, not even the big brands like Teraflex or Rock Krawler, can afford to hire a technical writer to put together a decent set of instructions. Either that or they just don't care, because by the time you read the instructions you've already bought the item.
01-26-2013 09:01 PM
bcbud I think Teraflex was aiming their instructions at IKEA customer expectations.
Why justify their lack of customer commitment?
01-26-2013 07:54 PM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by bcbud
I hope everyone who buys a teraflex leveling kit calls them about their very poor instructions, I need a mission in life and mine is to get this company to give their customers some respect.
TF is not the only manufacturer with crap instructions.

RK admitted the engineers that wrote their instructions target the experienced installer. RK is redoing their instructions to be clear to everybody. Experienced or not.
01-26-2013 07:50 PM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by EastFamJk

How tall jack stands and floor jack do you this will work? 15" floor jack and 17" jack stands?
I have 6 tons and they work great.
01-26-2013 07:45 PM
Grand Umpah
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Originally Posted by bcbud View Post
I hope everyone who buys a teraflex leveling kit calls them about their very poor instructions, I need a mission in life and mine is to get this company to give their customers some respect.
X2. I wrote to them on this subject. I couldn't understand why they didn't mention that you needed an allen wrench inserted into the end of the lower sway bar bolt to keep them from spinning when you tried to tighten them up. I missed it completely and it took a post to a forum before it was pointed out.
01-26-2013 07:01 PM
bcbud I hope everyone who buys a teraflex leveling kit calls them about their very poor instructions, I need a mission in life and mine is to get this company to give their customers some respect.
01-26-2013 06:39 PM
EastFamJk
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Originally Posted by kjeeper10 View Post
19-22 mm sockets (CA's/TB's)
Full set of combo wrenches
Torque wrench
2 jack stands/jack
Impact helps a ton but not necessary.

Look up the Teraflex install for a budget boost on YouTube. They pretty much go over everything.

Take your time and remember SAFETY first
How tall jack stands and floor jack do you this will work? 15" floor jack and 17" jack stands?
06-12-2012 03:11 PM
CollinC Thanks guys, I really appreciate it. I'll try this this afternoon when I'm off work and then everything should be perfect! Overall I'm happy with the leveling kit. It did exactly what I wanted it to. Only bad thing was the vague directions
06-12-2012 02:11 PM
jlr551cfd
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Originally Posted by 4fit
I had no problems at full flex last weekend and have never had a problem on the road either.
From all of the info I have seen, nothing additional is needed with the TF Leveling Kit!
06-12-2012 01:36 PM
4fit
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Originally Posted by dhdad View Post
So the TF leveling kit adds 1" to the rear and 2" to the front and it can do this without requiring new shocks or extension brackets? The stock JKU shocks have enough extra travel that they won't top out with this kit?
I had no problems at full flex last weekend and have never had a problem on the road either.
06-12-2012 01:34 PM
jlr551cfd
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Originally Posted by CollinC

How do you adjust the steering wheel? Mines slightly off to the right
This is what youre looking for... i think its 15 mm!

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06-12-2012 01:16 PM
4fit
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Originally Posted by CollinC View Post
How do you adjust the steering wheel? Mines slightly off to the right
Takes about 5 minutes total, though you may have to give it a couple of attempts to get it perfect.
Project-JK.com - Jeep JK Wrangler Resource » Basic Do-it-Yourself Jeep JK Wrangler Front End Alignment
06-12-2012 01:15 PM
Wharfrat
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Originally Posted by CollinC View Post
How do you adjust the steering wheel? Mines slightly off to the right
Make sure steering wheel is not locked.

Loosen the 2 clamps on the drag link and turn the sleeve.

The drag link is the part of the steering linkage coming off of the pitman arm.
06-12-2012 12:47 PM
dhdad So the TF leveling kit adds 1" to the rear and 2" to the front and it can do this without requiring new shocks or extension brackets? The stock JKU shocks have enough extra travel that they won't top out with this kit?
06-12-2012 12:22 PM
CollinC
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Originally Posted by jlr551cfd
And i forgot to add, i had no alignment issues nor did my steering wheel need to be adjusted... i did loosen the control arm bolts (upper and lower) and removed the lower bolt from the track bar... hope that helps!
How do you adjust the steering wheel? Mines slightly off to the right
06-12-2012 12:03 PM
jlr551cfd And i forgot to add, i had no alignment issues nor did my steering wheel need to be adjusted... i did loosen the control arm bolts (upper and lower) and removed the lower bolt from the track bar... hope that helps!
06-12-2012 12:00 PM
jlr551cfd I did my TF leveling kit yesterday too! Just under two hours, in my driveway, hand tools only! I guess i got really lucky as I had no issues. I did consult the AEV kits instrustions as well as the youtube vid from TF.
06-12-2012 11:55 AM
dhdad I thought I had read somewhere that a spring compression tool was recommended? Looking at these posts it seems unnecessary?

So the install of spacers throws off the alignment?
06-12-2012 10:03 AM
CollinC Well all done! Looks much better(: I will post before and after pics sometime tonight after work. The directions from teraflex are shit, and it took me quite a while to do everything, mostly because I've never worked on my jeep before so everything was new to me. Only bad thing is that my jeep is way off alignment now ):
06-11-2012 01:30 PM
misturg Just did it on Friday.

1. Front:Remove the 10mm bolt on the brake line frame bracket AND the one for the bracket on the axle.

2. Front: Loosen the steering arm bolt, it will help it drop down more.

3. Rear: disconnect the breather hose

4. Rear: unhook the E-break cables from the bracket which is above and forward of the muffler.

5. Rear: use a 2x4 or 4x4 about 10inches long to wedge between the spacers and the axle. Then use a jack to force them up into place.

6. Rear: Pop off the cable tie which holds the ABS wires to the frame.

7. Front: pull down the breather hose, driver side, about 4 inches. There are clips on it which u will have to keep an eye on.

8. Both: once you have everything disconnected, don't be afraid to put your weight down on the side your working on to get the spring back in.

9. Front: install the grease fittings and grease the sway-bar links befor installing them. Just makes things easier.

P.S. The above is in no real order, just the order I thought of them.

Good luck.
06-11-2012 01:24 PM
CollinC
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Originally Posted by Mountain Ninja9600
Collin, I'll be doing this shortly as well and I'm in about the same boat as you. I'd like to hear how the install went for you and what tricks as a rookie you might have picked up.
Absolutely! I'd love to fill you in! I'm going to be doing it this evening with a buddy who has 2 built tj's.. Thinkin he may be a big help but he's never worked on a JK so we are both new to it. I'll def take before/after pics as well as pics during for a potential write up. I'll let you know, and good luck with your install!

Cheers!!
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