im looking into doing a lift on my 01 tj and i have never messed with susension items before. im mechanically inclined ive done motor work etc etc but never this. so my question is how hard would this lift be to install? it would be me and my buddy installing. there is a pick ups plus wanting 500 to do the lift, which i really dont feel like paying someone to do if i can do it with some time and patience. any help would be appreciated.
btw i know some people are not a fan of rough country so dont let this be a discussion of what lifts are better, im just looking for knowledge, this lift is a starter lift and its the only one in my price range. thanks
12-19-2011 02:43 PM
I would also add in "What else will I need to do this right?" The lift is one thing, its the rest of the stuff that is needed (not included in a kit) that gets overlooked...so its good you are doing you homework.
12-19-2011 04:00 PM
I personally love my RC lift! Just be sure and go to your local Advaced, O'reilly, whatever and rent a strut compressor. This will make it a whole lot easier gettin the new coils in. Other than that, it's pretty straight forward. Basic tools and follow the directions and you should be cool! Good luck!
12-19-2011 04:16 PM
That lift will be pretty easy to install my first lift kit i installed was the 4'' RC x series and i did it in about 8hrs with very little help from a buddy(he mostly handed me tools and parts). i didnt need a spring compressor i jsut flexed out each side when i was ready to install the coil spings. no special tools were needed that i can remember.
12-19-2011 08:11 PM
I have ran that lift kit before and the only thing that you need that is not included is bump stops. I installed the lift myself and had never installed a lift before and didn't have any problems. They give you good destructions to go by.
12-19-2011 09:11 PM
now i have a question, what are bump stops lol i hear about them but never knew what they were
and yeah weve done spring and strut on a ford taurus and we had to compress the crap out of them lol
so hopefully a days job then. do i need alignment when done?
12-19-2011 09:20 PM
Honestly, I would spend a lot more time researching TJ Wrangler suspension components and how everything works before you start throwing money around. If you don't do it right the first time, it will probably nickel and dime you to death. I learned that first hand with my first Jeep. I will not make the same mistake with my current TJ.
12-19-2011 09:36 PM
Easy kit to install and I love my RC 3.25" I'd give yourself 6-8 hours to do it all and the instructions are pretty easy to follow. If they sent you black and white instructions print the color ones on their site. Do definately rent a spring compressor it's like $56 and you get the $ back from Advanced Auto when you return it on time. Depending on what size tires you get are when you do the bump stops with this kit anyways. It will vary with bigger lifts as well. I got 31" MT's and can stuff em all day without rubbing but if you go 33's buy the 2" I believe on their site for like $15 a pair and you just need 2 pairs. Bump Stops protect your axles from flexing too much to prevent damage to your shocks and possible rubbing of your tires in the wheel well. The bump stops are the long rubber piece sitting inside your coils on the frame.
12-20-2011 06:08 AM
ok. and my last real question is how do wheel spacers work? i see its kind of like a hub but the spacer has studs to so i cant find a good picture of how they fit together
12-20-2011 01:25 PM
The spacers will go on the hub and be held on by 5 lug nuts then you put on the wheel over the new studs on the spacers with new lug nuts but I don't really like spacers. I recc new wheels with 3.5-4" back spacing.
12-20-2011 01:38 PM
A lot of kits will include the rear Bump Stop Extensions but for some reason most, and that includes the upper end (as far as price goes) don't include extensions for the front. You need to calculate how much bumpstop you need in the front or risk damage to steering and suspension.
12-21-2011 07:38 PM
how do you know if you need bumpstops and how big of a bumpstop. i heard 6 " lift 3 inch bumpstop? so 3 inch lift be 1 or less inch bumpstop? i dont think youd need bumpstops am i correct? im still learning