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Unread 02-10-2009, 04:45 PM   #1
sailmike83
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Installed a 4" RC lift this weekend

Attempt number 2 to post this (first time I was almost done and IE crashes ):

So I tossed on the RC 4" lift this weekend, but it did not come without a few snags along the way. We even started off the project with a problem... if the rear wheels being seized on isn't a bad sign to begin a project.. then, I don't know what is (had to take a BFH to them).

The install went alright, it was the disassembly that was a PITA. I definitely gave my grinder a workout this weekend, ended up having to cut out 3 of 4 spring-to-frame bolts (bolts rusted to the sleeve like a weld), cut a rear shock mount bolt (same problem), and needed to have one of my uncles cut off one of the skid plate bolts with a torch (seemed to have the threads stripped, just spun but didn't move). The shackle bolts came out suprisingly easy, from all the problems I've heard about wiggling them out, mine might have been an exception; I just did was i had read, took the outter bushing out, took out the sleeve, and the bolt came right out.

Putting the kit on was a breeze, everything went very smoothly. Torqued the shackle-frame bolts to 60lbs, shackle-spring bolts to 45lbs, and the spring-frame bolts are around 90lbs. It's still a little bouncy, so we'll see if that settles after they get broken in.

On a related note... I plan on getting it aligned, should that wait until the springs settle?

Here are some before/after pictures (can't post pictures yet, so if anyone fixes it for me i'd appreciate it)

- Mike

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Unread 02-10-2009, 04:50 PM   #2
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Looks good!
What size tires are ya running?
I ordered my RC lift oer the weekend. Cant wait to get it on.
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Unread 02-10-2009, 04:53 PM   #3
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Attempt number 2 to post this (first time I was almost done and IE crashes ):

So I tossed on the RC 4" lift this weekend, but it did not come without a few snags along the way. We even started off the project with a problem... if the rear wheels being seized on isn't a bad sign to begin a project.. then, I don't know what is (had to take a BFH to them).

The install went alright, it was the disassembly that was a PITA. I definitely gave my grinder a workout this weekend, ended up having to cut out 3 of 4 spring-to-frame bolts (bolts rusted to the sleeve like a weld), cut a rear shock mount bolt (same problem), and needed to have one of my uncles cut off one of the skid plate bolts with a torch (seemed to have the threads stripped, just spun but didn't move). The shackle bolts came out suprisingly easy, from all the problems I've heard about wiggling them out, mine might have been an exception; I just did was i had read, took the outter bushing out, took out the sleeve, and the bolt came right out.

Putting the kit on was a breeze, everything went very smoothly. Torqued the shackle-frame bolts to 60lbs, shackle-spring bolts to 45lbs, and the spring-frame bolts are around 90lbs. It's still a little bouncy, so we'll see if that settles after they get broken in.

On a related note... I plan on getting it aligned, should that wait until the springs settle?

Here are some before/after pictures (can't post pictures yet, so if anyone fixes it for me i'd appreciate it)

- Mike

Before:






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Unread 02-10-2009, 05:04 PM   #4
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this may seem like an odd request. but could you take a pic of ur dog standing beside the jeep? helps give size to ur jeep... like mine..

I have the same dog. LMAO.

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Unread 02-10-2009, 05:08 PM   #5
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Looks good! Whats on the todo list next?
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Unread 02-10-2009, 05:27 PM   #6
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Looks good!
What size tires are ya running?
I ordered my RC lift oer the weekend. Cant wait to get it on.
Sorry, I forgot to include that. They're 33x12.5 Goodyear SilentArmors on 15x8 Cragar Soft 8s

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this may seem like an odd request. but could you take a pic of ur dog standing beside the jeep? helps give size to ur jeep... like mine..

I have the same dog. LMAO.
Sure... it'll have to wait until the weekend though, I'm at school now. Going back next weekend to take care of the dogs and horses so my parents can get a night out--kinda sucks going to school an hour away from home, I never had this problem when I was going to Miami.

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Looks good! Whats on the todo list next?
Ha! Hopefully nothing, I'm going to be poor for a while as it is. I might keep my eye out for a set of used 4:10 axles from a 2.5 though. It's fine driving around town right now--I think I actually like how it drives now more than before, although 5th gear absolutely does not exist anymore. I couldn't even maintain speed at 75 in 5th, I started going slower.
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Unread 02-11-2009, 12:03 PM   #7
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you need 4.88 gears buddy. just get it in your mind, front and rear R&P plus install kits gonna cost you 300-350. absolutely best money spent on jeep so far.
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Unread 02-11-2009, 12:55 PM   #8
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you need 4.88 gears buddy. just get it in your mind, front and rear R&P plus install kits gonna cost you 300-350. absolutely best money spent on jeep so far.
4.10's should be fine for 33's with a 4.0
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Unread 02-11-2009, 02:37 PM   #9
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ooh crap, ya, i look stupid!!@! missed the 4.0 part my apologies! i suck! later!
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