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Old 03-25-2016, 08:02 PM
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lift install advice?

Hey all.

I just got my zone 3" suspension lift yesterday and am going to put it in next week. Any advice would be great from anyone who has installed a lift. I'm going to Start pb blasting all the bolts. And trying to break them loose. Not too rusty so I don't think it will be a huge issue.

Specific question... Will I be able to get the springs in without a compressor?

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Old 03-25-2016, 08:44 PM   #2
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PBblaster like you said, and no spring compressor, you can disconnect the front axle and let it droop low enough to basically grab the spring and pull it out by hand.

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Kroil everything!! Buy new adjustable trackbars front and rear instead of relocation brackets. Invest in good shocks.
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Rent a spring compressor. I was glad I had mine when I installed my lift by myself, made it just a little easier but worth it
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Kroil everything!! Buy new adjustable trackbars front and rear instead of relocation brackets. Invest in good shocks.
I did buy a metalcloak front track bar. Everything I read said id be okay with the stock rear and the relocation bracket.
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Rent a spring compressor. I was glad I had mine when I installed my lift by myself, made it just a little easier but worth it
Where did you rent it from? Would autozone have them?
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Where did you rent it from? Would autozone have them?
You don't need or want one, it will just make it harder doing it that way. Here's a pdf write up on how to remove and replace springs on a Wrangler. Follow the sequence and they will be easy to remove/replace. The ones in the write up are 4" lifted springs.
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Water Dog's pdf file is spot on. The only thing I do different is unbolt the front shocks lower mount instead of the top.
I have have removed and replaced springs so many times in my TJ, I have lost count.
I have never needed or wanted a spring compressor.

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... Here's a pdf write up on how to remove and replace springs ...
I don't see the PDF write up.
Maybe because I'm viewing this via my phone.
Hopefully, I'll see the PDF on my computer. I am interested in seeing this write up.
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You don't need or want one, it will just make it harder doing it that way. Here's a pdf write up on how to remove and replace springs on a Wrangler. Follow the sequence and they will be easy to remove/replace. The ones in the write up are 4" lifted springs.

Thanks a lot. I'll definitely read throughit
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Hey There,

I know the experienced guys have no problem without a spring compressor, I just did my 1st lift ever and used one. I only needed it on the passenger side front (remove old) and drivers' side (install new), the rears were easy - - they just fall out.

Where I live, there's a store called "Advanced Auto Parts" that has a loaner program that I used.

If you find you don't need it, that's great - if you do need it, it's nice to have on hand.

Get (or borrow) a clicker torque wrench. I found the bar type hard to read especially under my Jeep!
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Make sure you soak the 4 bolts that hold the upper rear shock mount to the frame. You can see where the thread comes through the frame if you look between frame and inner fender liner.
They are M8x30 bolts. I would suggest replacing them If they come out. would also suggest antiseize. Mine (2003 tj) were class 9. I ordered class 10.9 to replace them with. I was lucky and only one of the broke during disassembly.
I soaked these every day for 2 weeks with penetrating oil before I attempted removal.
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Make sure you soak the 4 bolts that hold the upper rear shock mount to the frame. You can see where the thread comes through the frame if you look between frame and inner fender liner.
They are M8x30 bolts. I would suggest replacing them If they come out. would also suggest antiseize. Mine (2003 tj) were class 9. I ordered class 10.9 to replace them with. I was lucky and only one of the broke during disassembly.
I soaked these every day for 2 weeks with penetrating oil before I attempted removal.
I made sure I soaked tbem today. I'll pick up new ones before install. Mine didn't look too rusty but we shall see
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Hey There,

I know the experienced guys have no problem without a spring compressor, I just did my 1st lift ever and used one. I only needed it on the passenger side front (remove old) and drivers' side (install new), the rears were easy - - they just fall out.
The secret with getting them out easily without a compressor is to do it in the right order. On the front, the driver's side will naturally flex more than the passenger side due to the fact that the track bar is fastened to the frame on the driiver's side and the axle on the passenger side. So you use that to your advantage and remove the driver's side spring first, and with that removed, it's easy to then jack that side high enough to get the passenger side out. The rear is just the opposite.

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