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Old 06-04-2013, 11:35 AM
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Novice installing a lift and tools?

I am in the process of saving up funds and selecting a lift for my '13 JKU. I am leaning towards the Rock Krawler 2.5 Flex kit.

I am a little new to working on my own vehicle, but would love to learn. Do you all think it would be a bad idea for someone with little knowledge but somewhat mechanically inclined to try to install this lift?

Also, If I were to do this myself, are there any special tools I would need. I've got basic hand tools (wrenches, sockets, torque wrench 20-150 lbs click type, drill, etc.). No air tools. I know I would have to get some jack stands and a floor jack. Anything else I would need to get?

I can get a 3 ton floor jack that goes up to 18" for about $89 and some 3 ton jack stands that go up to 16.5" for about $25/pair. Would these be tall enough?

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you can do it by yourself with the items described, or you can do it with local jeepers for some piece of mind.

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You can absolutely do it yourself!

I just installed a 2.5" teraflex lift a few weeks ago by myself. Other than installing front and rear bumpers and side rails, this was the first major Jeep project I undertook.
It took WAY longer than expected (days) but it was a great experience, fun and educational.

I would recommend getting an electric impact wrench. Harbor freight sells em for $50.
You'll be happy you did. Makes taking the bolts out fast and easy.

This forum is a great resource, the people on here are super super helpful!!

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Where are you located? Check for local club and see if they can help.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:32 PM   #5
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If you're going to have to buy jack stands, go ahead get 6 tons.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:34 PM   #6
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if you're going to have to buy jack stands, go ahead get 6 tons.
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If you're going to have to buy jack stands, go ahead get 6 tons.
Why so much? A JKU weighs a little over two tons, so the stands only have to support around half of that given the 50/50 weight distribution. Surely three ton stands are more than sufficient?
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i never had a 3 ton jack stand fail. i used em when i used to rotate tires on my tundra which is more heavier than my jeep.
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Go for it. But you'll have a much easier time and it will be a lot more fun if you enlist some local Jeepers to jump in and help you out. It seems like a huge deal, but if you take your time and follow the instructions, it's really a pretty easy modification to make.
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Why so much? A JKU weighs a little over two tons, so the stands only have to support around half of that given the 50/50 weight distribution. Surely three ton stands are more than sufficient?
It's not for the extra weight capacity but for the extra lift height.
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I did the RK 2.5" X-Factor in my driveway with nothing but hand tools. I bought a hi-lift floor jack at harbor freight for $85 and a couple of 6 ton jack stands. I reckon the difference is that the 6 ton extend higher than 3 ton jack stands. Took me two days to do by myself. Even with the 6 ton stands I had to set them on railroad ties to get the frame high enough and axle low enough to be able to slip the coils out and in. I'd suggest a $40 harbor freight electric impact wrench.
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ok...now it makes more sense. i thought it was a weight issue at first. thanks for clearing that up guys.
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Ah, I hadn't even thought of that. I haven't yet had my JKU up on my three ton stands, I assume they'll be fine for basic maintenance but perhaps not so much for installing a lift.
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Sounds like you have all the stuff you need! Check some of the online tutorials on how to install a lift. Project JK is one of my favorites; very thorough.

x3 on the 6 tons, not for weight, but height.
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We used a bottle jack, two floor jacks, and two 6 ton stands when we put my new springs and shocks in. The bottle jack really helped, IMHO.
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The replies already stated that the 6 tons usually allows for more lift. For tire rotations and an oil change, 3 tons would be fine. But personally, I prefer the 6 tons when laying under the Jeep trying to break loose those control arm bolts and all the pushing and pulling that may go on. I use 6 tons and still throw the wheels under the frame. Overly cautions, but that's fine by me.
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I've got the Harbor Freight 6 ton Pittsburgh ones. They are sturdy and seem well made. If you pick up a JP magazine, July 2013, you can get a pair for $32.99. That's 49% off. If you just search the internet I'm sure you can find a 20% off coupon. They go up to 24"
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I suggest you gain access to a torque wrench. Half inch drive will work fine. If you can get access to one in 3/8 and one in 1/2 it will be helpful. You will need a 16mm gear wrench with a flexible head, 18 mm scoket, 21mm socket, 15mm scoket, a 13/16th socket, 3/4 socket, 10mm socket, crescent wrench, Open and boxed end wrench's matching the socket sizes, a medium sized pry bar or crow bar, line up pin's, 2 in, 4 in and 6 inch ratchet extensions, good breaker bar (Snap on if you have it), a pipe extender (just in case you need a little more lever-arm to create a larger moment force).

I suggest a good strong, willing 18 or 19 year old for lifting and torquing assistance.

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