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Well, maybe not quite. Let me explain, I have been lurking in these forums for a few months now, just learning as much as I can from all of you. I have found this forum to be an excellent resource for all things related to my favorite new toy. That is why when I had to decide between having my new 4" lift professionally installed or doing it myself I first read everything I could find about the process right here. I looked at nearly every thread for the past 6 months that had anything to do with installing lifts, and what I took away from that was that as long as you had the right parts, the right tools, a good workspace and some knowledgeable help it should be no problem to accomplish the lift in one day, a weekend at most. And honestly, it probably would go that way in a perfect world. But the god known as "Murphy" had a few things to say about that, as I'm sure anyone who has ever made a plan that involved the words "what could go wrong" could attest to. So now my Jeep is sitting in the Hickam Air Force Auto Skills Center (where I was doing the work) after I was kicked out at closing on 5pm Sunday, and it doesn't open again until noon on Wednesday. So, including the hourly rental of the garage bay, the overnight storage charges, replacing the pitman arm puller we broke (do NOT ask), and a 3 day rental car I'm beginning to think it might have been cheaper just to pay the labor to have someone else do it. On the other hand, this past weekend has been the most fun I've had in a long time, and I have a much better understanding of how my entire Jeep works. And of course, once I do get it finished I'm going to have to add new fender flares to keep within the legal limits here, and a new spare tire rack (or at least a brake light extender mount), the brake lines are looking a little tight so I should probably extend those, I noticed how unprotected a few things looked under there too, so I may need a few more skid plates, and as long as I'm replacing the flares I may as well get some rocker panels to go with them........
Anyway, sorry to ramble on, and if this should be in a different forum I apoligize in advance.
 

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well you had fun and learned about your jeep. good job and now you will be able to do all the other mods that you'll wanna do later on and you can do those no problem and won't have to pay since you've learned all this now.

i am personally glad that i installed my lift myself.
 

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Installing your lift on your jeep yourself.. hard work
Getting kicked out of the garage at 5pm.. PITA
Having to rent a car..... Bigger PITA

Knowing how to fix your jeep when it has a an issue, because you did the install....PRICELESS!
 

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Ah, Hickam AFB. I was at Schofield Barracks for three years as a purchase agent for an engineer unit. I went to Honolulu daily and usually ate lunch at Hickam. Best dining hall on the island.

Glad yer learning the good and bad of self-install. It will be worth it in the long run.
Aloha!

Oh, can you spell the state fish of Hawaii? :D
 

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They made the whole lift thing look easy, didn't they. I'm still not convinced.




s-t-a-t-e f-i-s-h *Jeeze there sure are a lot of pop quizzes this morning*
 

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They made the whole lift thing look easy, didn't they. I'm still not convinced.




s-t-a-t-e f-i-s-h *Jeeze there sure are a lot of pop quizzes this morning*

Close, but not quite. I'll give the answer later if no one else gets it. ;) Sorry, no prize. :p
 

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Sounds like the install has been challenging to say the least. However, I know I learned more about the underside of mine when I did the lift myself.

In the long run, it's going to help in case you ever have to deal with something that's been bent or broken on the trail!

Enjoy!
 

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Rhinecanthus rectangulus
 

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You go boyeeee

I was actually looking for the native version but you googled correctly, scientifically speaking.

Native name is Humuhumunukunuku Apua'a


FTNuke, I forget what the area is called where all the off-roadin' takes place. It's out around Kaena Point right? Or up around Kohuku Point? I didn't have a jeep when I was there but I seen the jeeps running around.
 

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No, I didn't know the whole state fish thing, I've only been here for about a month now, so the only words I recognize are the street names, and terms like da kine , haole , ohana and stuff like that. Even though I wound up not really saving any money on the install I'm still glad that I did it (or am doing it, whatever) because I now have a much better idea of how the whole thing works, and I have the confidence that I can actually do this work myself, or at least with a friends help.

As far as the places to go on the island, it seems like there are quite a few, but so far I've only been out to Kaena Point. There are some pretty amazing views from out there.
 
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