I was curious on how hard it is to instal a lift from my garage. I have a few friends with some car knowledge, and so tools and whatnot wouldn't be much of an issue. Just don't know how long it takes and if paying the installation price would be worth it.
The lift kit is $500 and the place is charging $500 to install.
Its a 2001 XJ, and alright, if anyone knows of a decent video tutorial on installing really any lift kit on a XJ, it would be appreciated if you posted it. I don't wanna spend the extra 500-600 bucks on installation.
Start soaking all the nuts and bolts that are going to be removed according to your instructions. Spray them down a couple of times per day if you can with a penetrating oil (other then WD-40), PB Blaster has always worked well for me. Give it a few days to soak before you start working.
After getting into the job, I broke all 4 shock bolts, and am struggling very hard with getting the shackle bolts out. Punched out the shock bolts and ran new ones in so that is no big deal. Just can't seem to get the shackle bolts to thread out. I guess they are stuck in the bushing. I don't want to cut through the shackle though.
Upper shackle bolts and front leaf bolts rust welding to the bushing is very common. Search for common repair threads, but essentially many end up cutting the bolt with a sawzall or grinder and backing the stub out of the inner weldnut.
I got lucky with my upper shackle bolt.
Apply antiseize liberally as you reassemble.
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