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Old 04-24-2006, 02:29 PM
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Questions about cost of installion of a lift kit

Hey guys, i decided to post in the the TJ forum because theres not too much action on the YJ Forum...

Hey guys, i have a quick question. Im gonna be purchasing a 3' lift kit for my jeep wrangler soon and im just wondering, how much am i looking at to get it installed? And who would do it, an ordinary garage or a body shop? I dunno, im just confused because i dont want to buy a nice suspension lift and then have no money to install it...Any help is appreciated. Oh yea, i live up north on the east coast, i dunno if that would make a difference on how much it would cost, but just incase i thought i would mention that. Thanks

Also, would the installion of a body lift cost about the same as a suspension lift?

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Old 04-24-2006, 02:49 PM   #2
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Why not ask around first and find a nice quality workshop or something that would be happy to do that for you.
I wouldnt go cheap on the lift kit btw

If its all to expensive, save up.

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Old 04-24-2006, 03:50 PM   #3
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Hey boss, I moved it back to the YJ forum as I think you will get some better answers from the YJ guys on this one.

Personally depending on the condition of your jeep installation costs could vary greatly. I would imagine that any shop is going to book their time between 60 and 90 bucks an hour. With the low end being real low and the high end being pretty high. Like I said though depending on how much trouble they run into getting your old junk off it shouldn't take but 6 or so hours to do that lift on your YJ.
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Old 05-02-2006, 12:23 PM   #4
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bro, I never had a jeep before, or re-placed an entire suspension. and I was able to do it myself in 9 hours. I went with skyjackers 4" lift. with all the krap you need :brake lines/pitman arm/lift/trans kit(to lower it)/33" tires/2,700 or so. just under 3k.NO LABOR COST! I did it myself with some wrenches, torch(to heat the spring eyes to get the bolt out)couple of floor jacks and a chiltons on my jeep.It sounds intimidating but dude, was easy.ohh to save time w/ monkeying around with the brake lines I just cut em' off and re-flared the end to make my connection, so flare tool ($20)by the time I was all done I spent 3k on a serious trail and rock quality suspension. and I dont have to worry about if it will just fall apart because I didnt want to spring for a decent I learned alot about my rig so if something goes wrong I know I can handle the situation. dont sell yourself it yourself.I trust NO_ONE wrenching on my baby!
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Old 05-14-2006, 06:19 AM   #5
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If you have a garage (or access to one) a YJ lift kit can be installed with a common tool set + someting to pull your pitman arm and a torch wrench.
The knowlede you gain from doing it yourself is worth a small fortune.
The money you save will buy you that set of Craftsman tools that you are going to need anyway because you own a Jeep.

Bottom line:
1. Buy a "Good quality kit" (Teraflex, Rubicon Express etc) (DO NO BUY A PROCOMP)
2. Locate your tools
3. Locate a garage
5. Plan on a full weekend (Can possibly be completed in a day)
4. Find a friend that does not mind getting greasy
5. Buy several pizzas (No beer)
6. Have a good time and get to know the underside of your Jeep

Make sure you ask if the kit you are buying is complete.
Does the price include:
Brake lines
Pitman arm
Sway Arm Disconects
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Old 05-24-2006, 08:50 PM   #6
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I installed two lifts on my YJ in the street in front of my house.

Do a google search on YJ lift install and you will find sites that list the tools you will need. And step by step instructions. Read and study and use the money you would spend for a mechanic to install to buy good tools.

I did my lift by myself with no real experience, the first one I learned that good tools (sawzall, angle grinder, breaker bar BFH and the sockets and wrenchs you need) make the job much easier. WHen I did the second I had these tools and the experience
and it was a breeze.

Below is a list of the bare minmum tools
Tools Needed
all 1/2" drive)
3/4" deep well socket 6 pt.
Breaker bar and ratchet
13/16" socket for spring hanger bolt head
7/8" socket for spring hanger nut
9/16" combination wrench
3/4" combination wrench
torque wrench.

Thats just the bare minium. I used: All of the above, sawzall, 4 1/2" angle grinder, and a BFH. I did my first lift without air tools. It sucked ass
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If you have the place to do it, you'll gain so much knowledge about the underside it will pay for your time.

Think about it, you spend all that money on a fancy lift then have someone install it, who the hell is going to be there when you break it? You'll need to be able to either fix it or figure something out to limp off the trail.

Good experience getting the hands dirty.
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Old 05-28-2006, 01:29 AM   #8
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i agree - take the time out to learn and do it yourself, it is well worth it.

as far as price - i am restoring a 1987 XJ with/for my brother and for a rubicon express 4.5" plus shocks rims and tires we spent $1,750 - we just got it in this week and we haven't done the install yet (need to replace the rear main seal first - gonna do my YJ and his XJ at the same time) if y'all are interested i will send in pics of the entire project - talk about junk to treasure - we bought the XJ for $150 and she is really turning out nice.

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