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Old 12-04-2015, 01:02 PM
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Question about RR LCA skids install

I got the Rugged Ridge front and rear LCAs, and the instructions seem easy enough in paper, however my question is since i never done this before, do i need to raise each side of the Jeep individually while taking the correspondent LCA bolt out? and if so, do i need to support the arm itself ?, or can i do this with all 4 wheels completely on the ground without raising anything ?

Also when i take that bolt off, would the arm shift away from mount hole ?

In the rear i have the Teraflex TB bracket, and a portion of that bracket is connected to the factory LCA/Shock mount, pretty much in the middle of where the skid bolt will go through, how do i do in this situation where i have an aftermarket TB bracket ? i can't cut the TB bracket because it gets support from the same hole mount where the arm and skid are supported. is that bracket easy to bend, or would it even work bended to accommodate the skid underneath it ?

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One at time. Position a jack under the pinion to hold the axle from rotating.

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Thanks a lot Kjeeper, so just place the jack under the pinion, and lift it just a tad toi simply support the pinion ?, or raise the whole front end from the pinion ? sorry if the question sounds silly, i want to learn to work in my Jeep and stop paying for most of the installs
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Damn it, i can't edit my posts, i need to contact a moderator for this, but i meant to ask, raise the entire front or rear end from the pinion? or simply support the front or rear pinion with the jack, so the axels don't shift when the LCA bolts are out
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Thanks a lot Kjeeper, so just place the jack under the pinion, and lift it just a tad toi simply support the pinion ?, or raise the whole front end from the pinion ? sorry if the question sounds silly, i want to learn to work in my Jeep and stop paying for most of the installs
Just enough to support it. Keep the jeep on the ground.
Another trick you can try. Take a wheel chuck and wedge behind the tire. You may need help to realign the holes .. Just have a helper push the tire in on the side being worked on.
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Damn it, i can't edit my posts, i need to contact a moderator for this, but i meant to ask, raise the entire front or rear end from the pinion? or simply support the front or rear pinion with the jack, so the axels don't shift when the LCA bolts are out
No, just support it. Do not even jack enough that it starts to move up.
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Perfect, thanks a lot guys.
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Got the fronts installed, easy job
20151205_152643 by SilverFJ RSM, on Flickr

20151205_152630 by SilverFJ RSM, on Flickr

For the rear, I took the grinder out and removed a part of the tab what wouldn't have cleared the Teraflex bracket that sits in the lca/shock mount, but then the skid is not wide enough to clear the mount with that bracket in place
20151205_152350 by SilverFJ RSM, on Flickr

I tried beating the crap out of that tab with a hammer, mangled it well enough, but still wasn't able to make it wide enough to clear the mount, damn it, oh well, it seems the front lca mounts are a lot weaker than the rear ones so I guess I should be good for a while, but if I manage to bust those rear mounts, i'll have them cut and weld new shorter mounts for clearance.

Thanks again for the tops fellas.
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Thanks again for the "tips". Is this some sort of bug in the forum app that is not allowing me able to edit ?
Or is it just because I don't have enough posts?
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I thought about it, but didn't like the way the bracket was resting against the skid.
Would I need to take the shocks out the mount to weld skids in there ? I've been thinking about waiting for an special form Harbor Freight on a welder, I can use those skids to learn, and if the welds look ugly, at least there will be in a spot that wouldn't matter a lot
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I thought about it, but didn't like the way the bracket was resting against the skid. Would I need to take the shocks out the mount to weld skids in there ? I've been thinking about waiting for an special form Harbor Freight on a welder, I can use those skids to learn, and if the welds look ugly, at least there will be in a spot that wouldn't matter a lot
I would, the shock bushing is right there.
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Mount the bracket under the TF arm?
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Got the fronts installed, easy job
20151205_152643 by SilverFJ RSM, on Flickr

20151205_152630 by SilverFJ RSM, on Flickr

For the rear, I took the grinder out and removed a part of the tab what wouldn't have cleared the Teraflex bracket that sits in the lca/shock mount, but then the skid is not wide enough to clear the mount with that bracket in place
20151205_152350 by SilverFJ RSM, on Flickr

I tried beating the crap out of that tab with a hammer, mangled it well enough, but still wasn't able to make it wide enough to clear the mount, damn it, oh well, it seems the front lca mounts are a lot weaker than the rear ones so I guess I should be good for a while, but if I manage to bust those rear mounts, i'll have them cut and weld new shorter mounts for clearance.

Thanks again for the tops fellas.
Which TF bracket is interfering with the RLCA skids? I have my RR LCA skids in the closet waiting for me to install them tomorrow...

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