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Old 09-28-2012, 02:06 AM
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Should I Install a lift myself or am I crazy??

Hey, guys I found this tread a few weeks ago when I was shopping for a lift kit and looking for a shop in my area (Brooklyn, NY) to install the kit.

After much research and thinking .. I purchased the Rock Krawler Max travel PRO with Fox IFP 2.0's.. I am still waiting for the kit to arrive in the mail but as its getting closer I am getting more and more nervous.

After reading a bunch of thread, I decided that I want to do all of the installs on my own or with a couple of buddies. I want to be a part of all the installs on my Jeep and so far, I just installed some ACE rock rails and Trucklite LED headlights but that's all easy stuff compared to a lift install I would imagine.

I never did anything like this before and I do not want to #&#$ it up. I am paranoid that I will have to tow the Jeep to a shop because I wont be able to do the install right...
Is it too hard for regular average skilled guy to do a full lift install? I purchased pretty much all the tools I think I will need including jacks, stand and all kinds of tool sets.
Am I biting off more than I can chew?

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My vote is do it yourself

Post locally for a hand. I've done it and see it all the time on here.
I know if I was closer, I would help.

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My vote is do it yourself

Post locally for a hand. I've done it and see it all the time on here.
I know if I was closer, I would help.
^^This, big time.

Not only will you get a sense of satisfaction about doing it yourself, but you'll learn a ton about your Jeep, which will help you immeasurably in the future if there's ever a problem...which can happen when you're banging around off-road.

Like kjeeper said, post here (your state section, whatever) and find some local Jeepers with experience who can help you for beer & pizza. It takes some work, and there's usually a head-scratching moment or two, but once you get done you'll appreciate your Jeep all the more.
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:52 AM   #4
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Do it yourself. Your suspension is dead simple.

Spend the money you would on labor on tools instead. You'll gain knowledge and tools when you wouldn't gain either by paying someone else.
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+1 for doing it yourself. I was able to get the help of a forum member to help me out. He had all the right tools and a little bit of mechanical knowledge, although I knew what we were doing the entire time by reading through some instructions and install videos on the web. I would have a can of pb blaster handy for stubborn bolts. You definitely want to have at least one person with you, and set aside a solid 8 hours. Dont rush and read instructions thoroughly, all common sense really. And no beer until after the install is done.
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Daavid3, I'm on Long Island and could help you out. I helped out another forum member install his Rock Krawler kit on his 2012. It was a similar kit to yours, the only difference is that yours has the upper control arms. The install took us close to 10 hours because we had to deal with a faulty brake line that was actually apart of a bad batch from RK. Other than that you can easily do it with the help of others. The Rock Krawler instructions are horrible. Its really difficult to piece together because they include all their kits in one set of instructions so its directing you to skip certain steps if you don't have a particular kit.

One other thing to note is that although the kit is advertised as a 2.5" lift, in reality Rock Krawler kits end up being much taller, close to 4.5". They do that because they take into account that people will be running heavy aftermarket bumpers and winches. They just don't advertise it and it leads to a lot of confusion when your done with the install.

So, if you need help let me know.
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I wouldn't try to do it "alone", but you should be able to get some buddies or people on the board in your area to lend a hand. I did the lift on my TJ at a buddy's house with 2-8 people helping at any given time.

As others have said, it definitely allows you to get to know your Jeep. If you've got a mechanic buddy, I'd try to get them to help just for the added peace of mind.
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Why would you be crazy? You think we all pay to have work done on out rigs? Nope. Lift kits are easy installs.

Anyway, any particular reason why you are going with the Pro kit? You can save some money by going with the regualr steel stuff.

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Like the others have said, do it yourself with the help of some other members. Nothing like wrenching on your own Jeep.
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I just did my own lift. No help from friends, and only hand tools. It was time consuming but nothing was difficult. This was the first time I had worked on a vehicle.

I am very happy I did it myself. I learned a lot and definitely get a lot more satisfaction knowing I did it.

I also know everything was done right since I took my time and babied it.
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I just did my own lift. No help from friends, and only hand tools. It was time consuming but nothing was difficult. This was the first time I had worked on a vehicle.

I am very happy I did it myself. I learned a lot and definitely get a lot more satisfaction knowing I did it.

I also know everything was done right since I took my time and babied it.
I did mine by myself. The primary reason is I am OCD about things done right.
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Why would you be crazy? You think we all pay to have work done on out rigs? Nope. Lift kits are easy installs.

Anyway, any particular reason why you are going with the Pro kit? You can save some money by going with the regualr steel stuff.

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YEa I def want to do it myself! I just want to make sure I can do it and now I def think I can!

I went with the Pro to save some weight thats pretty much it. I didnt mind spending a few extra hundred. But it was a tough decision...
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:40 AM
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I did mine by myself. The primary reason is I am OCD about things done right.
Yea I am OCD about doing things right as well. But that is why I had doubs doing it my self..
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Yea I am OCD about doing things right as well. But that is why I had doubs doing it my self..
You will always have doubts until you do it. Just line up the tools and time and if you don't have friends you trust to wrench on your Jeep, you can still do it yourself.
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Thank you guys! I am definitely doing it myself now for sure!!! I might take Matador up on his offer
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Thank you guys! I am definitely doing it myself now for sure!!! I might take Matador up on his offer
Dam you matador. I'm having lift withdrawals rofl
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Dam you matador. I'm having lift withdrawals rofl
I can't lie, its always fun to wrench on a Jeep.

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Thank you guys! I am definitely doing it myself now for sure!!! I might take Matador up on his offer
Not a problem Daavid3, just let me know when your ready to go.
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Daavid3, I'm on Long Island and could help you out. I helped out another forum member install his Rock Krawler kit on his 2012. It was a similar kit to yours, the only difference is that yours has the upper control arms. The install took us close to 10 hours because we had to deal with a faulty brake line that was actually apart of a bad batch from RK. Other than that you can easily do it with the help of others. The Rock Krawler instructions are horrible. Its really difficult to piece together because they include all their kits in one set of instructions so its directing you to skip certain steps if you don't have a particular kit.

One other thing to note is that although the kit is advertised as a 2.5" lift, in reality Rock Krawler kits end up being much taller, close to 4.5". They do that because they take into account that people will be running heavy aftermarket bumpers and winches. They just don't advertise it and it leads to a lot of confusion when your done with the install.

So, if you need help let me know.
Yea I read about the faulty break line issue and it was resolved. My kit should be good. Jason at KOR assured me.
I do plan on installing a heavier front and rear bumper as well..

If it is not too much trouble I might take you up on the help! I am still slightly nervous about doing it and having help from someone who has done it before would make me feeel MUCH better. I will PM you. Thank you so much guys.
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Hey, I am new to this forum and am looking for some help installing a rough country combo lift kit on my 09 JK wrangler sahara unlimited. If anyone is willing to help me please send me a PM. I am located in Smithtown 11787. This is the lift I purchased. Rough Country 3.75" Combo Lift Kit for Jeep Wrangler JK & Unlimited | Morris 4x4 Center
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If you feel up to the task you can do it yourself. Buy some tools with the money you will save on labor, and get an alignment done for $40. If there are any issues with loose bolts etc they will catch it.
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If you feel up to the task you can do it yourself. Buy some tools with the money you will save on labor, and get an alignment done for $40. If there are any issues with loose bolts etc they will catch it.
I would really like to have some one come out and help me do it. I would pay them a small fee. If I do choose to do it myself what tools exactly am I going to need. As in Jacks, torque wrench and all of that.
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It's an easy job. It did my lift by myself and I only have one hand. My wife did give me a hand here in there when I needed it like holding the wrench while I torqued everything down. Just make sure you have all the nessasary tools before hand. The wrenches and sockets you will need is 10mm, 18mm, 19mm, 21mm, and because I installed the Northridge grade 8 hardware set 22mm. And of course jack stands and a couple jacks.
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Try it yourself. We all started in the same place; zero experience.

The only thing I would recommend is pad a lot of extra time. Give yourself three full days (just in case). It shouldn't take that long, but you may be running to the hardware store a couple of times.

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