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BBS24 11-16-2010 02:12 PM

2" BB install question
 
Im thinking of doing this at home, is it easy to install the 2"BB? How many hours will it take and can it be done with basic tools? If it seems too tough how many hours and $ could I expect a shop to do the install? thanks:banghead:

adkjoe 11-16-2010 02:13 PM

Are you adding longer shocks as well or are you just adding the 2" coil spacers?

I don't know your skill level so check this out and see if it's something you can handle. It's pretty easy with basic tools.

http://4x4xplor.com/REBB.html

4Jeepn 11-16-2010 02:14 PM

If You have never done an install before plan for it to take a whole day. morning to evening. Then don't for get you will need an alignment.

YOu need:
jack stands
floor jack
various sockets and wrenches

for a shop to do it figure 4-6 hrs at a rate of 75-100 bucks

BBS24 11-16-2010 02:15 PM

just the spacers....is that what most people do or do I need to buy new shocks as well?

4Jeepn 11-16-2010 02:18 PM

you can run the stock shocks with it, but you will have your flex limited. Not a major deal..

adkjoe 11-16-2010 02:20 PM

Are you doing this for looks or for more clearance offroad aka larger tires? Don't pay a shop to do it, if you have basic tools and some smarts it's more than doable by yourself especially with this forum to help.

BBS24 11-16-2010 02:22 PM

doing it for looks and to fit 32" tires....Im afraid 32's on stock may be rubbing in the turns....

adkjoe 11-16-2010 02:26 PM

I wouldn't go larger than 31" on stock. Anyway if it's not for offroad don't worry about replacing the shocks. To just install 2" spacers you should be able to handle it (assuming you have tools) Like I said check the link I posted above and see if it's something you can handle.

If you were doing shocks as well I would say plan on taking some time because theirs a 90% chance you will snap at least one upper bolt on the rear shocks, I snapped all 4 of mine and my jeeps only 4 years old.

05tjrubi 11-16-2010 03:28 PM

It is not too bad. Installed mine in about four hours.

Bruck 11-16-2010 04:55 PM

If you end up doing shocks, PBW is your friend brother. I had 1 bolt per side snap off on the rear shocks when I did mine. Drill baby drill....:banghead:

25172021k 11-16-2010 05:04 PM

Do it. It not hard it just takes time allow a full day to be safe. I must have been lucky. I did the shocks and did not bust a bolt.

StinkyMud 11-16-2010 05:10 PM

JUST did mine 2 weeks ago... It's simple. I actually coached my girlfriend though the front ones. PB blaster IS your friend.

One very helpful hint when removing and reinstalling the springs... use the jack at the opposite end of the axle to raise it. It will drop the side you are working on down quite a bit.

PM me if you have any questions. :D

NUTnOUT 11-16-2010 05:12 PM

anyone know if i could do this to add to my 4" lift i already have or is a body lift better? i've had a body lift before and this doesn't look like it does the same as a body lift where my shifter will be lower in the rig.

withay 11-16-2010 08:08 PM

Don't mind if I threadjack but spacers and shocks doesn't sound bad. Is that really it??

GoldTJ 11-16-2010 09:52 PM

I did mine the first time in about 4 hours.I am very mechanically inclined,and used to be a mechanic.I stupidly did not do alignment,and freaked out and snatched it out two days later.The time was cut in half.After doing much research,I re-installed it about a month ago.2 hours.This time I did toe-in adjustment.BAM!Got it right.Now if I can only eliminate the horrible vibration I get from 50-70 M.P.H.,I will be golden.I'm gonna drop the transfer case/skid plate 1" and see if that works,asap.A work in progress.I highly recommend doing it yourself,if not for any other reason than getting familiar with all the mechanicals!

legman68 11-17-2010 01:48 AM

Do it yourself, took me about 4 hours, teaching my daughter along the way. And we didn't break any bolts:rolleyes:Now she knows how to adjust the alignment on her own vehicle!

StinkyMud 11-17-2010 04:38 AM

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Originally Posted by GoldTJ (Post 880387)
I did mine the first time in about 4 hours.I am very mechanically inclined,and used to be a mechanic.I stupidly did not do alignment,and freaked out and snatched it out two days later.The time was cut in half.After doing much research,I re-installed it about a month ago.2 hours.This time I did toe-in adjustment.BAM!Got it right.Now if I can only eliminate the horrible vibration I get from 50-70 M.P.H.,I will be golden.I'm gonna drop the transfer case/skid plate 1" and see if that works,asap.A work in progress.I highly recommend doing it yourself,if not for any other reason than getting familiar with all the mechanicals!

Did the drop too. EASIEST PART. Washers and metric bolts from my local Ace Hardware store. Cost me about $10.00. 6 washers (about 1") got rid of the vibes. =)

StinkyMud 11-17-2010 04:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by withay (Post 880182)
Don't mind if I threadjack but spacers and shocks doesn't sound bad. Is that really it??

Yup. That's basically it. IF you get drive line vibes you'll also want to drop your transfer case. That is also an EASY fix!

I'm VERY happy with my 2" Budget Boost!

withay 11-17-2010 05:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by StinkyMud

Yup. That's basically it. IF you get drive line vibes you'll also want to drop your transfer case. That is also an EASY fix!

I'm VERY happy with my 2" Budget Boost!

Well huzzah!! Is there anyone that sells just the spacer and (4?) shocks as a package? Lol I'm relieved!

withay 11-17-2010 05:54 PM

Belay my last - I just saw another thread discussing this!

withay 11-17-2010 05:56 PM

Belay my last - saw the other thread discussing this.

Beachcomber 11-17-2010 06:25 PM

You can do it plan on most of the day. Go to this link it's the best set of instructions for a bb. Rubicon Express 2" Budget Boost Installation Write-Up for Jeep TJ You should also check out the lift reveiws in the TJ section, it has a lot of good information.

withay 11-17-2010 07:27 PM

Thanks for that! I feel better about doing it.

ygohome 11-17-2010 08:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NUTnOUT (Post 879871)
anyone know if i could do this to add to my 4" lift i already have or is a body lift better? i've had a body lift before and this doesn't look like it does the same as a body lift where my shifter will be lower in the rig.

with short arms that is too much suspension lift. The control arms would be at really very steep angles and you would not have much droop left at all. It would also noticeably shorten your wheelbase... and cause the rear passanger tire to stick out more because the rear trackbar would be too short... and the front drivers side tire to stick out more for the same reason... and the front caster angle would be way off causing ALOT of death wobble on the tiniest of road imperfections.

A 1" to 1.5" body lift would be a good choice though

NUTnOUT 11-17-2010 10:37 PM

thanks for the reply.. that answers my question.


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