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Unread 06-10-2014, 09:41 PM   #1
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First Time Installing a Lift Kit... Tips and Suggestions

Im putting a Skyjacker 2.5" lift kit on my YJ, any tips or suggestions to make the job easier. It's my first time doing suspension work, besides installing my own shocks.

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Unread 06-10-2014, 10:18 PM   #2
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Inventory all parts being installed and make sure they match what is supposed to be in the kit. Take pictures and measurements before and after. Spray down all fasteners you will be removing with PB blaster several times a day for several days before you begin the job. Do one side of one axle at a time. Lay out all the pieces to install alongside each corner in the proper orientation and with the proper fasteners/washers, etc. Take notes, follow the instructions, as questions. Take more photos, take more notes. Don't break out the beer until you are done with your job. Consider putting antisieze/grease on all fasteners. Final torque all fasteners to specification once the Jeep is on its own weight, sitting on the tires. Don't take risks, work in a flat area, don't substitute bricks for jackstands.
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Unread 06-11-2014, 08:06 AM   #3
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Big hammer and a good sawzall. Cut every thing off you can vs trying too unbolt it unless you need the bolt.
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Unread 06-11-2014, 10:49 AM   #4
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Cut and torch. The spring bolts inbed themselves into the bushing. Cut x2.
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Unread 06-11-2014, 12:30 PM   #5
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Get one end up in the air with jack stands under the frame. I doubled up the jack stands just to be safe. At that point you only need one good floor jack to lift an axle end off the spring.





If you've got a good kit, it goes in pretty easy.

I recommend ALL new fasteners, which you will want to source before you begin. You won't find it on a weekend around town.
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Unread 06-11-2014, 12:32 PM   #6
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Soak & spray any bolts you need to turn with WD-40 or PB blaster now. Even if you don't plan on lifting the jeep for a week.
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Get one end up in the air with jack stands under the frame. I doubled up the jack stands just to be safe. At that point you only need one good floor jack to lift an axle end off the spring.





If you've got a good kit, it goes in pretty easy.

I recommend ALL new fasteners, which you will want to source before you begin. You won't find it on a weekend around town.


Now I see why you sport that towbar in your avvy......Hides the hideous blue oval.
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Get one end up in the air with jack stands under the frame. I doubled up the jack stands just to be safe. At that point you only need one good floor jack to lift an axle end off the spring.





If you've got a good kit, it goes in pretty easy.

I recommend ALL new fasteners, which you will want to source before you begin. You won't find it on a weekend around town.
Death by YJ !! That looks scary !!
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Unread 06-11-2014, 03:09 PM   #9
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Now I see why you sport that towbar in your avvy......Hides the hideous blue oval.
Sharp eye. Most people don't even notice it.
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Unread 06-12-2014, 07:40 AM   #10
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Just finished mine up last week, I bought a replacement spring eye bolt package which saved a bunch of time since you can cut all the old stuff out. I guessing that Massachusetts has the same rust problem as Michigan making it not worth the time to try to break anything loose. When I did mine I didn't realize how important removing the track bar was for lining up the leaf center eye bolts which led to a lot of frustration.
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Unread 06-12-2014, 11:14 AM   #11
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Death by YJ !! That looks scary !!
It wasn't really. Rock solid support. But I guess it does look scary in the pics.
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