Skyjacker 2.5" Leaf Spring Lift Kit Sway Bar Quick Disconnects Skyjacker Nitro Shocks
With the body lift fully installed and running safely, it was time to get a few more inches of lift. I would love to have a nice big tall rig right off the bat, but I decided it would be best to play it safe for now and just go with a small set-up. 2.5" would be enough to clear some 33s, get me through some gnarly stuff, and I wouldn't have to mess with anything other than the springs, shocks, and sway bar. An easy entry level move.
In the not so distant future, once I get some better axles and have more faith in my mechanic's abilities, I intend to go quite big and throw my carbon footprint and uneducated safety concerns to the wind.
I also upgraded to the nitro shocks after reading some reviews suggesting they might be better than the standard hydro shocks. I also opted for the quick-link disconnect bars for the sway bar. And since they all came together, I'll cover the leaf install as well as the shock install.
Again, I apologize for the lack of pictures. It's not like me and I solemnly swear that it won't happen again... after this and the next two or three posts. You see, I did most of these all at once and that was during a time when my camera was out of commission. I did seriously consider delaying the work until it was ready. It's the thought that counts.
I had been hitting all the bolts with PB Blaster for over a week by the time we finally got around to doing the install. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough. We started up front. Everything came out pretty easily, EXCEPT for where the back of the spring attaches to the mount underneath the body. We had to cut these bad boys out with an angle grinder. It didn't take too long but it sure smelled pretty nasty as we tore through the bushing. I'd advise wearing goggles and something over your face and nose to keep the fine particles out of those all important orifices. We did have to cut the top of the shock mounts out on both sides as they were in there quite firmly, but that was pretty damn easy and only took a few minutes with a hack saw.
Before we could put the new springs and shocks on, we had to install the new sway bar links. Luckily, I had purchased the quick link disconnects ahead of time. Unluckily, the old sway bar connect links were a pain in the *** to get off, the bushings had caused the bolts to seize inside. What we ended up doing was taking the whole sway bar off and hammering the old boys outta there. Install was pretty easy on the new ones, except one of the links required the hole the pin goes in to be filed down a bit smaller. Not too shabby.
The rear leaf springs came off just like the front ones - the bolts near the middle of the Jeep required cutting whereas the ones on the outside came right off with a ratchet. We did destroy the rearmost exhaust mount in the process though, why it was right in the way of the bolt is a great mystery.
The shocks were way easier than the front, after we finagled our hands up for the top mounting point.
Install on everything was pretty simple. The only recommendation I can make here is that you purchase some bolts yourself. No new bolts came with this, except for the top of the front shocks. It wasn't a big deal, some simple searching on this site and the sizes were easily found and then we went to Home Depot and grabbed some Grade 8 bolts. Nice, shiny, and safe.
No wires or cables were tugged in a harmful way and the lift really stood out. Overall, everything was incredibly easy to install, provided you had a ton of patience.
It was about 6 in the morning when we finished and my family needed the garage by 7:00 so we loaded all the old pieces into my "trunk" and headed home.
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