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Old 05-15-2019, 12:24 PM
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Lift install. Spring compressors?

Do I need spring compressors to remove/install the coils on a wrangler?

Putting on a lift this weekend. Teraflex performance leveling kit, 1.5" spring lift.
09 2dr Sahara. The instructions don't call for them, but I know better than to think it will go as smoothly as the instructions.

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As long as you have tall enough Jack Stands to allow for enough droop of the axle, you shouldn't need them.

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I didn't need to with a 2.5in lift. Off was easy enough, getting the longer springs took getting the jeep high enough to droop the axles (with tires off, for me) and then a little downward pushing on the axle got the 2.5 in. Wasn't the safest thing, but jacks and jack stands are a MUST
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Spring compressors should not be needed. I do, however, use them. You need to be careful with spring compressors. But I find they make it a little easier to remove / install tall springs. For a set of leveling springs you should not need them. But if you have them they can make it easier to swap the springs. But they aren't required.
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I never use spring compressors... Just have to be high enough to allow the axles to fully droop when the shocks, the track bars and in the front, the driveshaft is disconnected. Good all the way up to 4.5" springs.
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You want to use strut compressors not spring compressors. You won’t need the tool to remove the coils but they come in handy when installing the new longer coils.
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Could need them with Rancho front installs. The rest? Probably not.
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I had to use a pair of spring/strut compressors to install mine. Got some cheap harbor freight ones and they worked great. I was installing 3.5 springs though and couldn't get my jeep high enough with 6 ton jack stands to get the axle clearance to install without them.

1.5 you should be fine with a standard floor jack and some decently tall jack stands (6 ton have good height to support the frame for most lift installs).
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Thanks! I'll use the 6 ton stands for the height. I dont have the compressors but ive used the loaners from advance before. Dont know the difference between spring compressors and strut compressors, but I've used both the inside and outside clamping ones. They were a pita on my mustang, so was hoping to not need them.
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With 6 ton jack stands and a good floor jack, I did not need spring compressors to install the Rancho 2" spring lift on my JKU.
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i used the compressors for the front passenger side when doing the TF 2.5" coil and shock install. Front passenger side theres obstacles.
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Do I need spring compressors to remove/install the coils on a wrangler?

Putting on a lift this weekend. Teraflex performance leveling kit, 1.5" spring lift.
09 2dr Sahara. The instructions don't call for them, but I know better than to think it will go as smoothly as the instructions.
1.5? I put 6" coils and didnt need compressors. Just disconnect that DS and drooooop all the way down. Easy peasy.
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No issues with my 2.5" lift. Disconnect the shocks and track bar and as long as your Jack stands are high enough, you will be good to go.

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[QUOcTE=kodgil58;34334247]1.5? I put 6" coils and didnt need compressors. Just disconnect that DS and drooooop all the way down. Easy peasy.[/QUOTE]

Disconnecting the front drive shaft made all the difference for my 2.5” teraflex lift. That and loosening all the control arms and track bars, and unbolting lower shock mounts. Both axles droop enough to install the springs. Front passenger side may require you to push down while a buddy lifts up the drive side but it still goes in. 6 ton stands are a must imho.
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I went through various sized spacer lifts in the front of my JKU. No compressors needed (and I have some). Remove the shock bolt, sway bar end links, brake line bracket on the hub and on the body, sit on the hub and pull out the spring. Either put in spacers and spring or put in the new spring while sitting on the hub. Pretty easy. I have never had to do anything more than this. I've increased the spacers from 1.5" up to 2.25" in about 4 steps, so can now do this in my sleep in about 40 minutes for the front only.
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Disconnecting the front drive shaft made all the difference for my 2.5” teraflex lift. That and loosening all the control arms and track bars, and unbolting lower shock mounts. Both axles droop enough to install the springs. Front passenger side may require you to push down while a buddy lifts up the drive side but it still goes in. 6 ton stands are a must imho.



This. You will get enough travel loosening up the control arms. I didn't do it on the 2.5 I did and couldn't get them in. When I did it on my 3.5 lift, I had plenty of room to put them in
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This. You will get enough travel loosening up the control arms. I didn't do it on the 2.5 I did and couldn't get them in. When I did it on my 3.5 lift, I had plenty of room to put them in
Yep... loosen the control arm bolts, loosen the track bar bolts or disconnect the track bar at the axle, remove the axle side sway bar link bolts, remove the lower shock bolts, pull the vent hose and disconnect the driveshaft and she'll go down as low as you want.
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Be safe with coil springs.
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