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Unread 08-15-2013, 08:02 AM   #1
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Installing a Zone 4.5in lift

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.

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Unread 08-15-2013, 01:55 PM   #2
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What kind of jeep? I have a 95 zj and I went to a place to see about a 4.5 inch lift kit and they quoted me 1350 for the kit and installation
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Unread 08-15-2013, 03:34 PM   #3
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Your biggest issue will be the rear shock bolts and the front leaf spring bolts.

I would do some research on those points before you get into it so you'll know what problems to expect.

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Unread 08-15-2013, 04:10 PM   #4
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It's fairly straight forward job. You will need coil spring compressors, but you can rent those from any auto store.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 06:56 PM   #5
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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.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 08:11 PM   #6
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Rear http://youtu.be/7KUa-6rdSQs
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Some helpful tools are impact,pentrating oil, prybar if you dont have coil compressors,tortch. Start spraying those bolts now if they are rusty.
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Unread 08-16-2013, 06:38 AM   #7
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The URL for the front is messed up I think, but thanks.
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Unread 08-16-2013, 09:11 AM   #8
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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.
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Unread 08-23-2013, 12:48 PM   #9
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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.
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Unread 08-23-2013, 04:45 PM   #10
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I did it on my MJ by myself and it took like 3 days with work, and 5 total to button everything up. I cit each side of the shackle bolts right off, the rest I soaked for 2 weeks straight.

didn't you get new shackles with the kit? Cut the old ones right off.

Here's mine if it helps.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/8...pable-1504994/
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Unread 08-24-2013, 07:20 AM   #11
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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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Unread 08-24-2013, 08:50 AM   #12
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Sawzall and a torch are almost a necessity here. I had to cut the shackle bolts as well as the leaf spring bolts on mine. Its not too difficult, just takes a while.
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