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Old 07-17-2016, 09:37 AM
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I completed my lift yesterday. All that is left is centering the steering wheel, which I will do this morning/ I believe the ride is better than stock.

Observations:

* Torquing the jam nuts SUX! I used 2 vices, 24" Cresent, and a 24" pipe wrench (which I wasn't happy about using but it seemed to work the best for me). If theses things come loose, then I need to start wearing a skirt....
* Read the instructions closely. The rear upper CAs bend goes toward the frame not up like the lower CAs do. Took a min to figure out my error.
* I should have just put all the parts in and kept them loose, because they all came back off to get adjusted and torqued.
* I need larger jack stands.... It felt like Billy Bob's garage with using 4x4s to get the height that I needed.
* Just when you think you have all the tools you will ever need.... Think again...
* Oh and I am sore as ****!


Most importantly, thank you all for sharing your knowledge so us newbies can learn from you.

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Old 07-17-2016, 12:15 PM   #2
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I used a crowsfoot and breaker bar/torque wrench 250-300 ft lbs

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I used two big bench vices, crows feet, 300 Ft lb torque wrench, wedges for after the fact adjustments, large bottle red lock tight, 15lbs elbow grease, and a whole bunch of Kjeeper10 advice. Very nice lift with bullet proof parts.

And there is nothing wrong with putting jack stands on blocks as long as they are oversized and stable. I use 2x12s and sometimes short lengths of rail road tie if I want serious lift. It is every bit as solid and safe as huge jack stands, and actually more versatile.
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Front caster is the only spec that could differ at home VS alignment. You can lock down the rears and front lowers after measuring for axle squareness. With the front lowers installed loosely (mount bolts) use the jack to set pinion +1° - +2°
Adjust each upper arm to the mounts before snugging down the jam nuts. Continue by torquing all the mount bolts to spec and go get a alignment. If needed they can adjust caster using the front uppers. If you decide to to it use the alignment numbers VS your numbers and adjust from there. For example, i set my pinion at 1.5° (4.5° caster) but caster on the rack was 3.5°-4°
So i had to set my pinion at 0-.5° to equal 4.5-5° caster.
Just be aware w/ the DS connected the pinion held itself up at 2°. I disconnected the axle side before using the jack to hold it.
After completion, torque down the jam nuts and mount bolts. You should not need a 2nd alignment.
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I completed my lift yesterday. All that is left is centering the steering wheel, which I will do this morning/ I believe the ride is better than stock.

Observations:

* Torquing the jam nuts SUX! I used 2 vices, 24" Cresent, and a 24" pipe wrench (which I wasn't happy about using but it seemed to work the best for me). If theses things come loose, then I need to start wearing a skirt....
* Read the instructions closely. The rear upper CAs bend goes toward the frame not up like the lower CAs do. Took a min to figure out my error.
* I should have just put all the parts in and kept them loose, because they all came back off to get adjusted and torqued.
* I need larger jack stands.... It felt like Billy Bob's garage with using 4x4s to get the height that I needed.
* Just when you think you have all the tools you will ever need.... Think again...
* Oh and I am sore as ****!


Most importantly, thank you all for sharing your knowledge so us newbies can learn from you.
Anyone else hoping that the jam nuts come just slightly loose......

And I think you will like the X-factor lift. I run it with Bilstein 5100's and have nothing but good things to say about it.
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Anyone else hoping that the jam nuts come just slightly loose...... And I think you will like the X-factor lift. I run it with Bilstein 5100's and have nothing but good things to say about it.
Not really but .. Lol
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Anyone else hoping that the jam nuts come just slightly loose......

And I think you will like the X-factor lift. I run it with Bilstein 5100's and have nothing but good things to say about it.
I was stressing so much I was seeing stars and nearly pooped... I guess with a skirt there would be less to clean up...


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I have done two of them now, and I have been right there both times. The lowers are easy. I do them in a jig on my welding table. The rear uppers are pretty easy too, when done mounted to the Jeep. But the new front uppers were a bear for me.
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I have done two of them now, and I have been right there both times. The lowers are easy. I do them in a jig on my welding table. The rear uppers are pretty easy too, when done mounted to the Jeep. But the new front uppers were a bear for me.


I am going to be helping a friend install the same lift on his 2dr sport in a few weeks. I am hoping to shed some time off the process!

I wish I knew how to weld, my life would be a lot easier...


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