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Old 03-29-2016, 09:48 AM
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A few hints for putting in a 2 inch lift with shocks

Just finished putting in a 2 inch puck lift for my 1998 TJ. The pucks are pretty straight forward and easy to install providing you have a pair of spring compressors, which I highly recommend. Also my recommendation on the compressors is buy the shorter ones, otherwise it makes it really difficult to remove them as you lower your front or rear end to pull the springs out.I ended up cutting my long compressors shorter, and really if you think about it, how often are you going to use them? I bought the cheap ones ($17) on Amazon, and they worked perfectly

The lift package I bought was Supreme Suspensions, which comes with 4 two inch pucks, and 4 shocks (made by Pro Comp). The price was right at $190, but my problem was with the shock install. They came with no instructions, which would be fine if they were vehicle specific (the shock package applies to multiple vehicles), they had a 2 different length pins and 2 different size rubber grommets. The rear shocks did not slide into the shock perch as it was suppose to, so I had to use a large pair of Channel Lock pliers to widen them, and once you install the nut and bolt they do compress back. The pins were extremely difficult to go into the smaller grommet even using the vise to press them. I ended up grinding the square head of the pin round, only to find out the holes on the rear did not line up, so I used a portable cutoff saw to slot them like the factory ones.

I am fairly mechanical, and I wanted to post this for those that aren't, and choose to do the lift themselves.

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Just finished putting in a 2 inch puck lift for my 1998 TJ. The pucks are pretty straight forward and easy to install providing you have a pair of spring compressors, which I highly recommend. Also my recommendation on the compressors is buy the shorter ones, otherwise it makes it really difficult to remove them as you lower your front or rear end to pull the springs out.I ended up cutting my long compressors shorter, and really if you think about it, how often are you going to use them? I bought the cheap ones ($17) on Amazon, and they worked perfectly

The lift package I bought was Supreme Suspensions, which comes with 4 two inch pucks, and 4 shocks (made by Pro Comp). The price was right at $190, but my problem was with the shock install. They came with no instructions, which would be fine if they were vehicle specific (the shock package applies to multiple vehicles), they had a 2 different length pins and 2 different size rubber grommets. The rear shocks did not slide into the shock perch as it was suppose to, so I had to use a large pair of Channel Lock pliers to widen them, and once you install the nut and bolt they do compress back. The pins were extremely difficult to go into the smaller grommet even using the vise to press them. I ended up grinding the square head of the pin round, only to find out the holes on the rear did not line up, so I used a portable cutoff saw to slot them like the factory ones.

I am fairly mechanical, and I wanted to post this for those that aren't, and choose to do the lift themselves.
Just FYI, you don't need spring compressors at all to change springs in a TJ, and in fact they make it harder than it is, and is not as safe. Here's a PDF write up of how to do it. This write up was done using 4" lifted springs.
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for future suspension work, skip the spring compressors and cycle the axle to help your install. if you jack up the opposing knuckle, the side you're working on will droop and the spring will basically fall out. spring compressors arent worth the added risk IMO.

edit: beat me to it again WD
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Make sure you have extended bumpstops.
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Just FYI, you don't need spring compressors at all to change springs in a TJ, and in fact they make it harder than it is, and is not as safe. Here's a PDF write up of how to do it. This write up was done using 4" lifted springs.
Well dang, I wasted $17 on spring compressors. LOL! Thanks for filling me in. I read and read on installing these and each and every manufacturer recommended spring compressors. Live and learn

I doubt there will be a next time, but if there is I'll be ready
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Make sure you have extended bumpstops.
That is something I didn't read, or was ever recommended. I'll check it out
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Make sure you have extended bumpstops.
not extended bumpstops - you want bumpstop extensions. Big difference.

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not extended bumpstops - you want bumpstop extensions. Big difference.

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sorry, that's what I meant.
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not extended bumpstops - you want bumpstop extensions. Big difference.

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Thank you for the explanation on bumpstops. I have read a great deal on these simple puck lifts on all the Jeep parts websites and not once were they mentioned. As with all things, do one modification and it will require a numerous amount of other modifying. I would have never done the simple lift if it wasn't for my custom wheels sticking out past the fenders. It would throw crap all over the Jeep. So I added fender extensions which solved the issue of slinging mud and other stuff, but it left my tires too close to the fender extensions, so I wanted to raise it only a couple of inches. I really didn't want to raise the Jeep at all, because I prefer sliding into my Jeep instead of climbing into my Jeep. I guess I'll wait for the next hammer to drop. LOL!

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