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Old 07-06-2011, 01:35 AM
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Lifting an 87

How long and how hard should it be to put on a 4 inch suspension and a 1 inch body lift? New to this and looking forward to it but looking for any advice

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installation of the suspension lift wont take that long as long as you have proper tools. body lift could be a pain if you have froze body bolts and possibley other problems. expect the un expected. others can give you better details.

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This is a loaded question. If you have to cut off all your suspension bolts which you need to plan for it could take a day or two. Same for the body lift. I did a 1" BL on my 95 and it took about 12 hours over 2 days. I had to rebuild three mounts on the body side.

If you don't have anything but a socket and wrench set then find someone that likes you a lot to help out. You might need torches, welders, etc...
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Spray all the bolts your going to take off with penetrating oil 3 days befor you plan on doing the work. When I did my lift/frame replacement I didn't have to cut any bolts off. Also an impact wrench helps alot.
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I cut the stock bolts and suspension out with a 4.5" cutoff wheel, all but the shocks and sway bar were cut, and had replacement hardware on hand before starting. This can get the suspension done in about 6-8 hours taking your time. I don't like wasting time trying to save anything that will not be reused and, IMO suspension hardware should not be reused as it then becomes a potential weak link in the system. As for the BL, spray all the mounts with PB everyday starting a week or so before, and start praying you don't break any bolts. Lots of write ups and horror stories about what to do when the bolts give you issues. If all the bolts come out easily and none break, it would only take a few hours, but if you have stubborn bolts, it could take a few days.
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Hey thanks for all the advice I can't wait to get started
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I agree with spraying the suspension bolts if you plan on trying to reuse them. If you have done a BL on a YJ and broke stuff you know that there is no way to "spray" any of it. Where they break or have issues there is no access. A few of the body mounts have access on the body side but most of them are captured completely and there is no way to get to them to spray. Also I noticed on some of mine the bolt was completely frozen to the steel sleeve that goes thru the rubber mount.

It is not impossible at all and really I had a good time doing mine. I have a lot of metal fabrication tools and quite a bit of personal experience. The whole time I was wondering what someone with limited tools would do.

On mine I bought a kit that completely replaced the factory mount + the lift. I gained about 1.25" on a 1" kit. I would also recomend on any body lift to also replace the factory rubber mounts. Also antisieze the crap out of it all.
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If you have done a BL on a YJ and broke stuff you know that there is no way to "spray" any of it.
. You can easily get to a few of them to spray, the others require drilling a 1/8" hole in the floor directly over each mount. This creates access to spray them.... And it does work.
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Thats a great idea. That needed stated because just to say "spray it" gets you nowhere.

I did spray mine that were accessable and still broke 3. Two of which the capture section broke loose from the factory spot welds.

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