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What level of expertise is needed to install the Teraflex 2.5 inch lift with Rancho 9000xls shock and Teraflex JK monster track bars on a 2011 JKU? I seem to be reading more and more posts of guys having issues with vibrations, steering issues and foreign noises after a self installed lift. My level of expertise is I can follow directions and can turn a wrench but I need a thesaurus and dictionary to decipher some of the acronyms in your posts. And I do not fully understand the theory behind the suspension; articulation, flex, camber, et cetera.
If I do take it to a 'specialist', how many hours labor would you estimate the project take to finish?

Thanks in advance.

Best - Paul
 

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IDK about the Teraflex kit, but I installed the AEV 2.5 kit in my garage by myself over a weekend. I had never installed a lift kit, and aside from replacing shocks and struts, I had never messed with suspensions prior to this. I went slow, followed directions to a "T", and torqued everything to spec. I've had zero issues in the last 3 years with the lift. No vibration or steering issues. This was on a JKU with only 6,000 miles on it, so no rusted bolts, which may be an issue with you.

It took me about 8 hours longer than the directions said it would take. I did have air tools, but only used jack stands (no hydraulic lift).
 

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A few things come to mind. First, do you have any Jeep clubs in your area? If so, most will have folks that will come over for the price of food and beverages and help.Granted you can pay a shop to do the work for you but with a jack, jack stands and basic tools you can do this at home. I installed a 2 1/2" lift on my Jeep with one other person helping and we had most of a day in it, breaking for pizza and such as needed. Also installed spacer lift on our old Jeep without any problems.

If you can, I really recommend doing it yourself (with help if avail) as this is how you will learn more about your Jeep. Follow the directions and read over a few times before starting. Look at your Jeep while looking at the directions and get familiar with the parts that are being referred to before beginning. If you do run into problems, there are a lot of people here that with a photo or description I would bet we can get you through it. The biggest thing is to make sure all fasteners are properly torqued. If I were closer I'd give you a hand.

For more info I highly recommend reading the top post in the JK Tech area called the beginners guide to lifting your JK. It has lots of pages but Kjeeper has tons of great information.
 

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Thanks for your responses and your vote of confidence, lol. I have read and re read most of jkeeper10's posts. It's why I am doubting my ability, haha. Seems there is an awful lot to go wrong. It's also why I purchased the Teraflex 2.5 along with the Rancho 900xls and the monster track bars. I'll be getting the Rancho brackets for the control arms and the replacement bolt kit. I don't have any air tools but I will definitely see if there are any jeep enthusiast in my area that can help. That's a great idea.
Thanks again.

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No matter how many hours the directions state it takes to install always plan on it taking a few hours longer (unless you've done it a bunch of times).

Ask me how I know :whistling:
 

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I installed my 2.5 inch lift on my 07 in about 4 hours and changed all factory bolts with the grade 8 kit and installed a 1.25 inch body lift. I did not have air tools but I had two other people help with the install. It was my first lift install. I did not think it was difficult or overly complicated. I also went with the Rancho 9000s, they are nice. It helped me get more familiar with the setup of the Jeep.
 

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Thanks for all the responses. I'm in northern central MA on NH line. I'm still waiting on most of the parts. Lift kit, shocks and track bars are due between the 12th and 15th. I figure I'll just wait until the warmer spring temps arrive and tackle it then with some help.

I just came back from dealer re an engine light; EGR valve needs to be replaced. 100 buck for a diagnostic!! And then Dealer wanted 420 to do job! They wanted 183 dollars for the EG and 2.5 hours labor. I found it on partsgeek.com for 52. EGR valve should be here in a week.

I won't be driving the jeep for a while anyhow re having a hip replaced on the 15th. I hope to get the EGR in prior to the surgery and then tackle the lift in the spring.

Thanks again.

Paul
 

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Teraflex has very good videos on install. I did mine by myself over a weekend using floor jacks and used a compression tool from auto zone for the front coil springs. I did have to get my neighbor to help to get the passenger spring installed... Just needed some additional help for this part. Get a good breaker bar and torque everything correctly and you should not have a problem. I did mine at 34K and now have 64K, no problems at all, drives straight as an arrow. Good luck with your hip and install!
 

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I just installed the RC with a buddy in my garage in about 7 hours all together. We worked a few hours a day for about 3 days. I have had no vibrations or problems at all. Just followed the directions on the paper. I think you'll be fine. Just take your time and get it right the first time. Good luck. I also have never put a lift on. Neither did my buddy. Just fyi.
 

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It is not that hard, and the more tools you own the easier it is. Also with so many install videos on YouTube there's no way to mess it up.
 

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Guys, I can't thank you enough for your responses. I just received an awesome offer from a fellow forum member offering not only his expertise but his tools and garage too! Unbelievable! I'm going to wait until I have recovered from my hip surgery and the weather is warmer. I'll be sure to post our before and after photos and document the build. Thanks again for sharing your experience and knowledge. You guys are great!

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You'll do fine. I did an extensive 2.5" lift install with all sorts of extras by myself. I have a decent amount of experience with car work, so my biggest advantages were tools and time (2nd car). The help from a forum member seems to be typical of the jeep community. Best wishes for the surgery, and I look forward to reading about the work later this year.
 

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Any advice on the best way to torque the control arms once the jeep is on the ground? I often hear that that is the hardest part of the install being that there is not much room for leverage.
 

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EGR Valve is definitely a DIY. 4 bolts. It is a PIA to take off. Check YouTube. And I believe there is a right up on this forum. Save yourself 300 bucks.
 
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