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Old 12-01-2011, 11:02 PM
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Teraflex leveling kit will be here tomorrow

So my 1.5 kit will be here tomorrow, but my new tires (33" Duratracs) and wheels )15" Black Rocks won't be here for about another week or so.

So here's my delimna. I'd like to install the leveling kit now so that when the tires arrive I can just slap those suckers on and be done with it.

Even though the kit won't be raising me up very much at all, how odd will I look w/ the kit installed while running the stock tires/wheels?

I think a "lift" that small won't even hardly be noticable to the untrained eye but wanted to get a second opinion here before I do it and regret it.

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So my 1.5 kit will be here tomorrow, but my new tires (33" Duratracs) and wheels )15" Black Rocks won't be here for about another week or so.

So here's my delimna. I'd like to install the leveling kit now so that when the tires arrive I can just slap those suckers on and be done with it.

Even though the kit won't be raising me up very much at all, how odd will I look w/ the kit installed while running the stock tires/wheels?

I think a "lift" that small won't even hardly be noticable to the untrained eye but wanted to get a second opinion here before I do it and regret it.
Install it. A lift like that'll hardly be noticed by non-Jeepers. I've got the same dilemma, except I've got a 3" Full Traction lift...Installing mine would make my stock wheels look like pizza cutters, so I'm holding off.

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That's what I figured, but wanted to double-check first.

If i'm gonna do this tonight guess I need to run and get some beer.
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Especially since the tires are on their way, I say go for it. As said, it's not like you're doing a 6" lift, just a leveling kit.

Definitely post what you think of it, if it changes the ride, etc.
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UPS dropped it off a few mins ago. I need to step out this evening and if all goes well I'll be installing it in the morning. I doubt I'll even notice a difference in the ride, but I'll keep you posted.
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So is the beer for tonight, tomorrow during the install, or for a post-install celebration? Or perhaps all three.
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Seeing that it's a bit cold here, I've revised my shopping list. Rum for tonight and irish coffee during the install. Post install will likely be some Advil and a hot shower.

Just picked up my new floor jack, so now I just need to get off my butt in the morning and get 'er done.
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How cold?
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LOL, not as cold as your neck of the woods, not even close.
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Wouldn't take the bait. Bummer.
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Nice try bud.

I did live in Chicago for a year. It's not Wisconsin but it's certainly colder than Arkansas.
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Sissy cold.
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Ok. This came with new front qd links but the install sheet says nothing about installing them. Help!
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Ok, i'm an idiot but still need some help.

I figured out the QD is for Quick Disconnect. However, since swapping them out isn't mentioned in the install sheet, when do I remove them? On the ground or once the frame and axle are on jacks?

I don't want to be pulling bolts on something that is under tension and lose a finger or hand.
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Making more progress. (At this point I'll figure it out before one of you comments.)

The new part in question is the sway bar link, I think. I can see why the parts list would list it as a QD link, but that's not the best wording.

And looking at the length, is it for the rear or the front? I ask because it's the same length as my existing rear links, so that confuses me to as to why they are part of this kit.
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Ok, after looking up the kit on the Teraflex site, the description says these are front sway links. Guess they're extensions.

The one issue I see is that it also says you may incur rub w/ stock wheels/tires. I'm doing this in advance of my new tires that are arriving next week. Do I need to wait? I can't see how installing this kit would cause any rub.
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Ok, reread the instruction (after more research) and it all makes sense now. I'm an idiot, but I learned something at least.

Gonna go back out to the garage and have another go at this.
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I give up. Had to put the whole front back to stock. Cant drop the axle far enough to get the spring back in without tearing the brake line.

Either I'm doing something wrong or I'll have to get a spring compressor.
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Whoa. Been talkin to yourself for quite awhile now. And nobody replied? Hmm. I read through your posts. Seems like you figured out most of it, but I can't really tell what the problem is by reading it...I'm very visual. Probably why I became a pro photographer.

My advice would be to start a new thread in the JK section. I'll bet that someone could figure out what the problem is pretty quickly, and steer you in the right direction.

Also, since you spent most of the afternoon fighting the damn thing, you'll probably have a serious "Aha!" moment once you get some advice.
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I did try posting to the general forum. Got one response that didn't answer any of my questions.

You said you're visual, so I'll try to describe my steps as best I can.

These steps are for the front, don't even want to think about the rear yet.....
1) Put both sides of Jeep on jack stands, supported under the frame rail, as close to the front as possible.
2) Put floor jack under the front diff, jacked up just until it touches the diff
3) Remove both tires
4) Remove lower shock bolt (both sides)
5) Remove sway bar link (both sides)
6) Using floor jack, lower front axle as low as it'll go
7) Remove springs (both sides)
8) Insert lift pucks/disks into top of spring housing
9) Reinstall spring.......

Step 9 is where I'm getting stuck. With the axle lowered as far as possible, I can barely get the springs out. Then, w/ the 2" disks added in I can't get the spring compressed enough to get it back in. The brake line is keeping me from lowering the axle any further.

At this point I think my 2 options are:
1) remove the brake lines from the axle so I can drop it a bit further
2) Go get the springs compressed w/ cut-away straps so that I can fit them back in

Am I making any sense now?
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This is why I am paying someone to do mine, I can't even imagine putting my kit on, I have same one! More power to you if you do it. I thought about it for all of 3 weeks. Not a chance for me.
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Just go to the parts store and rent a spring compresser like i did when I installed the same lift.. It got them in-in 5 min's with the compresser.
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Just go to the parts store and rent a spring compresser like i did when I installed the same lift.. It got them in-in 5 min's with the compresser.
Also if you follow your breakline up towards the frame you can unbolt the breakline from the frame to get a little more slack in your droop.
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Just go to the parts store and rent a spring compresser like i did when I installed the same lift.. It got them in-in 5 min's with the compresser.
I picked one up yesterday afternoon.

Will be a breeze now.
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It sure made it alot easier.. I did the same thing you did bye struggling to get the spring back up there. Now it should be a snap!

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