Get a tow truck and get your Jeep. Your mechanic is less than skilled at XJ lift installations.
Wouldn't you be upset if your entire life savings just blew up, and some snot nosed kid was buggin you ?
$2,000 would have bought a bunch of nice tools.
Shoot my Jeep brother,,, for that kinda CASH,, I will come up and do it ALL for ya. Just saying,,
Seriously,,, get your rig outta there man. I am POSITIVE there is someone from this forum or one of the others that is local and willing to help you out.
If you can't find anyone,,, let me know,,, I WILL come up and do it for you. Just cover my hotel ( or I can crash on the couch) and toss me some gas money to get home and consider it a done deal man. You do have all the parts right?
PM me if you want help..