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post #1 of 15 Old 08-07-2005, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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lift installation cost?

hello everyone i was just wondering what kind of prices you guys are paying to get your lift kits installed, of course many of you install them yourselves and if so how difficult do you think it would be to install a 4.5" rusty's lift myself?

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post #2 of 15 Old 08-07-2005, 08:38 PM
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i'll let everyone else say it better, but, do it yourself It's not that hard, just time consuming

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post #3 of 15 Old 08-07-2005, 09:07 PM
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yea, you can do it yourself, you will have more pride in it, also take the money you would spend to have a shop install it and spend that money on new tools. Your best friend for the install shall be, PB Blaster, an oxy map torch( 50 bucks at home depot) a huge breaker bar, and a lot of time. you can do it. 90% of the guys here have and im sure if theres anybody on this site in your area a lot of ppl on here would be willing to help for a case of beer

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Stopped at a local 4x4 specialty shop before I decided on a lift just to get an idea. They wanted ~$400 for installation on a Rubicon Express 3.5" lift which is roughly the same amount of parts as a Rusty's 4.5" lift. I did mine with some help from my dad and some friends. If you attempt it, definetly get the MAPP gas (you can hold it as any angle. It's not a liquid like propane) to heat up those hard to loosen bolts, a saw zall (you can rent those) incase you have to cut your rear leaf bolts if they rust to the shackle bushings, and plenty of penetrating oil (PB blaster) and spray daily for a week before you start. Lifts look easy to put on, but suspension bolts end up rusty and can be hell to get loose. Plus you would need some extra hands and jacks/jack stands to work with the axles.

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Well it was not worth the 2-3 days effort in my case - that's what it would have taken me LOL!


So the $300.00 I spent was WELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL worth it plus they had the Jeep for only 6 hrs - That was due to the wrong size shocks being delivered.

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Do it yourself... when me and my friend installed his 3" and neither of us had ever put it a lift before. It took us all night to do but we did it without to many snags along the way. Plus bragging rights to your friends is best if you can say you did it yourself.

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post #7 of 15 Old 08-07-2005, 10:10 PM
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$40 bucks for two friends who are experienced lift putter oners (ones a mechanic) who chipped in many jack stands and alot of advice and help. I payed them because i felt bad making them put on my lift for free. It did take a couple days to be completely finished because of PITA broken rear shock mounts. The actual lift itself aside from rear shocks took about 8 hours with MANY wendy's breaks.

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It took me almost 4 days (weather was not cooperating) to do everything, but I also had some snags along the way. Had to replace rear brake lines on the axle and wheel cylinders b/c the bleeders broke off when I was bleeding the lines. I got a lolnger rear brake hose.

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post #9 of 15 Old 08-07-2005, 10:15 PM
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i just finished mine today, and i must say, what a pain in the ***.... but it was well worth it. i put the RE 3.5" kit on mine, and it took about 16 or so hours over 2 days. all you really need to know is all basic knowledge, it just takes a long time. and be careful w/ the back brakes especially...
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post #10 of 15 Old 08-07-2005, 10:31 PM
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It cost me $12.00 to install my Lift but thats a Case of beer to split between me and my Buddy. When me and my Buddy installed his 4.5in Rustys it Cost him $12.00 for Beer and a G/f but she was a -=-=-=-= anyway

it took us about 4hrs to to our lifts but we had a Lift to use and Airtools

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It took me 3 hours to do my 3" lift. No broken bolts, no broken shock mounts, nothing bad happened. But just hit up some of your friends, that what i did. Works better.

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Its not hard to do yourself. I just installed the 4.5" rustys lift last weekend. It took me and one other guy about 6 hours to do it all and put on rusty's drop crossmember and transfer skid.

a few things that are a must is a good vehicle jack, at least 2 jack stands, full compliment of sockets, ratchets and wrenches.

we had to use a come along to get the axle in position to put the second LCA into the proper position.
also, the instructions that come with the kit are short and quite vague but there is a decent write up on rusty's site.

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I just did a 2" BB by myself (coil spacer w/ AAL), took me two days (about 12 hrs), but I had no suspension experience at all and had to make _several_ tool runs. It was a real *****, but it was mostly fun and VERY educational, definitely worthwhile to do it yourself if you have the time.
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post #14 of 15 Old 08-07-2005, 11:07 PM
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install it yourself, you will be better off, you will have a better understanding of your suspention and if somthing breaks on the trail/highway you know how to fix it(or at least know how to take it off) it will be a learning experience. basically its just you jacking up your xj unscrewing some bolts and bolting it back together

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post #15 of 15 Old 08-07-2005, 11:41 PM
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i couple good tools if you have it are a drill, w/ set of drill bits, and maybe some easy outs if one of your upper shock mount bolt breaks in the rear... and an air compressor w/ some air toold such as an impact gun and air ratchet help a lot too...
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