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Old 10-21-2010, 10:19 PM
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Just how difficult is a suspension lift install?

I'd really like to put a 3 inch suspension lift on my 99 wrangler sport. I have one dilemma that is holding me back. I'd just like to know how difficult this is if I try it myself. I cant even imagine how much a shop would charge me for the install. It would be my first time doing suspension work on a vehicle.

Any thoughts or input is appreciated.

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Depending on the shop and how complete the kit is, figure 12 hours of labor at the going rate of 75-100 an hour.

As for installing yourself. It can be done..what kit are you considering?

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i have never done one on a jeep but its not really that difficult. i would have some help there if you havent done one before.
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I've been looking at the black diamond kit. I really like the looks of all the lifted jeeps on this site and would like to have a similar look to mine but it just seems VERY labor intensive.

I do have a second question for you though, Would the skyjacker 2 inch budget boost spacer lift be any easier to install? I suppose I dont need an agressive lift. just something different from stock.

I apologize for the "newbie" questions. I'm completely lost when it comes to buying a lift.
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You will do about the same amount of work for a Spacer/ bb lift as a spring lift. the bb will f course give you a bit taller jeep that can run bigger tires. Also with the smaller lifts you usually don't have driveline issues such as vibrations etc. The only thing that makes the spacer lifts different are the shocks that come with them.

Also do you have a tire size in mind? How do you plan to use the Jeep, daily driver and or trails?
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Daily driver with some occasional weekend mudding is what I have in mind. I dont plan on hitting the agressive trails. I would like to get 33's to fit under it. To my knowledge, the skyjacker bb doesnt allow these to fit. Perhaps a BB plus a mild body lift would give me enough room?
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I'm going to put in my RC 3.25" lift tomorrow. Should only take me and a buddy about 4-5 hours. I've done a spring swap on a couple other vehicles, but not a Jeep, yet!

Shops around here are charging $60-$85/hr, so I'll save $300-$400 to spend on something else.......I'll let you know how it goes....

http://www.roughcountry.com/jeep_tj_...lift_kits.html

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bb plus 1" body will fit 33s will rub a bit but you can get longer bump stops.
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Alright man, thats what I need to know. Thanks! I really appreciate it.
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It's pretty easy with basic tools. There are plenty of Jeep web sites with how to do it instryctions and the suspension lift web sites have instructions. Start reading and decide yourself.
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Hey Dave,
It is a little labor intensive but nothing that will kill ya if you have some basic mechanical knowledge and tools.


Go to this website: Rough Country instructions and download whatever looks good to you and give it a read.
It will tell you pretty much what you'll be doing and what tools will be required.
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If you have never done anything like it before I can't stress enough that you should have someone familiar with doing lifts and mechanical there to help you. Find your local 4x4 club and ask for their help. It will go a lot smoother for you because believe me you will run into stuff you have no clue about and if you do something wrong it may put you and the general public in a unsafe predicament. Plus having all the tools will certainly help. Try and stay away from body lifts they are alot more trouble than they are worth, stick with the Black Diamond lift or do more research on other lifts, just remember most of the time you get what you pay for, if a suspension lift is cheap in price they are usually cheap in quality, it is a really expensive hobby, if your not prepared to do it properly save up until you can.
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theirs really not much to it, the hardest thing will be dealing with rusted bolts.

Check out 4x4xplore.com under TJ mods theirs a couple write ups on installing lifts.
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the hardest thing will be dealing with rusted bolts.
Spray some WD40 or PB Blaster a day or 2 before you plan on installing the lift. It will make life easier. If you have a lot of rust, plan on making a few stops to the hardware store, broken bolts/nuts have been known to happen.
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Spray some WD40 or PB Blaster a day or 2 before you plan on installing the lift. It will make life easier. If you have a lot of rust, plan on making a few stops to the hardware store, broken bolts/nuts have been known to happen.
Yup, I would skip the WD-40 though it really doesn't do much when compared to PB blaster. Get a can and spray everything and like said above have another vehicle handy to get to the hardware store. I live in the far north so rust here is a part of life.
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I've been looking at the black diamond kit. I really like the looks of all the lifted jeeps on this site and would like to have a similar look to mine but it just seems VERY labor intensive.

I do have a second question for you though, Would the skyjacker 2 inch budget boost spacer lift be any easier to install? I suppose I dont need an agressive lift. just something different from stock.

I apologize for the "newbie" questions. I'm completely lost when it comes to buying a lift.

I sugest not using a budget booster since first of all your suspension has already sagged a little bit so once you put on the budget booster it wont look as tall as you think it will. secondly i would also not recommend it because if you are going to use your jeep on the trail to go offroading then you minimize all of the up travel and down travel that your jeep initially had. since the stock shocks are constantly being stretched. also it makes the ride in your jeep much harder and less comfortable.
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I'm guessing in the past 3 years he has installed his lift
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Lol yes. Lift has been installed for quite some time now. I must say, looking at my old posts makes me feel like a moron. Haha

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