My 2.5" RC Lift Experience/Write-Up
Ok I wasn't really planning on doing a write-up since I'm not one of the big guys on the forum (haha not yet! :cool:) But guy who helps me with everything jeep (Richmond88yj on here) told me I should go ahead and do one.
So I'm just going to show my experience with my 2.5” Rough Country Lift Kit.
Hopefully at least some of it will help someone along the way.
So before I ever got started with the lift I soaked all the bolts involved with PB blaster [shackles, spring perch mounts, springs mounts on the frame, and the bolts on the shocks]
It was easy to tell which bolts I forgot to spray down.
Main tools I used were Impact Wrench, Breaker Bars, and wrenches with 3/4, 13/16, and 7/8 heads
-taking the lugs of the tire-
So I decided to start with the front and get the harder end out of the way.
First off, I jacked it up by the front of the frame [also, put jack stands under the frame for safety]
Then removed the wheel to give access to the springs.
-removing old U-bolts-
Put an additional jack under the axle to relieve pressure on the spring.
Then removed the spring perch mounts and sway bar connects to I could completely remove the perch plate.
Then removed the spring from shackle and frame mounts.
-greasing the bushings-
Inserted bushings and sleeves into the springs.
[Used some grease so they would both slide right in]
-Lining up the spring with the mount-
Now to put the new spring in
First thing I did was use a screw driver to widen the mounts in the frame to allow the spring to fit in a lot easier, lined it up, and bolted the rear of the spring in. Left it loose to allow some play when lining the spring up on the mount.
-bolting the U-Joints-
Then bolted the front of the spring in. Again, allowing some play to align spring on the mount.
Next, I put the new U-bolts in, aligned the spring on the plate, and bolted everything up.
To get everything aligned required some pushing on both the spring and axle
After I finished with the spring, I did the shock.
It was simple enough since I put new shocks on before and all the bolts turned easily.
Only hard part is if you cut the cord on the shock that keeps it compressed before you but it in, it’s a pain to have to compress it back up. But do-able.
Left side finished!
-Removing spring on right side-
Just do the right the same way that the right was done. No big changes.
-steering stabilizer in (sorry its already muddy)-
While the right wheel was off and there was access, I did the steering stabilizer.
I had forgotten I was installing it also, and did not spray the bolts with PB.
Ended up being incredibly stubborn and we had to heat it and mess with it for a while.
Supposedly, it is supposed to be done with a pickle fork; however, we didn’t have one and used some sort of damper pulley or flywheel pulley. Worked well to pop the bolt out but watch out, it did pop.
-back with wheel off-
Back went pretty much the same as the front… First jacked up rear of frame.
Then jack up axle.. Remove old spring… Finagle new spring in. Bolt everything on.
We did have trouble lining it on the perch though, so what we did was remove the spring from the shackle, get the U-bolts on and then fight with it onto the shackle.
Also, it helped when the shocks were off as it gave more room for the axle to move and the spring to line up with everything.
-the only stubborn bolt we couldn’t get off-
Repeat for the left side.
Went easy besides one bolt which needed to be cut off with a cutoff wheel.
Once I finished that side, I went through and checked all the installed parts, making sure everything was bolted on tight and everything was correct.
I think its after about 300 [?] miles everything needs to be re-tightened so make sure to note you're mileage.
And that’s it! The jeep will have a whole new look and probably be sitting about 3 inches higher.
Big thanks to Rough Country for the awesome lift and to the people who helped me with it.
Looks like it went in great with no problems, but next time ditch the cinder block.
How many lifts do you think he's going to put on this thing?
Nice write up man.. what kind of impact wrench u have?
yea i kno about the cinder block.. we were just careful.
and thanks for the compliment. haha i was afraid i would be laughed out of here.
but idk about the impact wrench? i do my wrenching at my neighbors.
i wanna say it was a harbour freight one tho.
Excellent pics & write-up! :thumbsup:
But I'll be happy to nit-pick a little! :D
You seem to have your left & right references mixed up, I think. The "left" is the driver's side and the "right" is the passenger side. Think of it as it relates to you sitting in it, not as if you're standing in front of it looking at it.
You didn't mention the sway or track bars. Did you reinstall them, or not?
I don't use them on our YJ's, but I was just curious as to whether you did or not.
As I said, excellent all around! :2thumbsup:
great writeup. I'm going to be ordering rc 2.5 lift soon and this is a great reference for me as I have never installed a lift. Hows the ride, what size tires are you running with that or going to run. Looks good!:thumbsup: be well, happy jeepin'
OP, good write up, better than mine was, at least you took pics LOL.
i'll go through and change it..
but regarding my track and sway bars, i really want to take them off but my dad is convinced i will have a horrible crash and is telling me no.
So i'm going to order some JKS disco's for the sway bar and see if i can replace the bolts in the track bar with clevis pins for easy removal.
Correct me if i can't do that.
The ride is stiffer now since the springs are new and havent settled in yet but the steering is more responsive with the new stabilizer though.
And right now I'm running 31s. If you only had the 2.5" lift that's all you could comfortably fit without any other modifications.
But i'm planning on sticking with them until they wear down.
Then might go up to 32s or 33s.
Don't wanna loose all my power though for dailey driving.
But if you have any questions feel free to message me!
plyguitar45--- nice write up. Believe me, posting about your experience will help somebody out there you will never meet. Every time I've done something to my jeep and was able to find a "how to" post about it in advance, it's been the next best thing to having an experienced buddy lend a hand.
:tea: Make that a Beer! Wait a minute, signature say 16 years old, profile says 23???
Don't wait 300 miles to check for loose stuff. The U-bolts can "stretch" and bend a bit after they'd had a touch of bouncing just by driving around. Might only be a twist or two with a wrench, but check 'em early better than late.
From your measurements, it looks like you got 3-1/2 to 4 full inches out of the lift for now (will it drop and settle a bit after some use?). Are you still running factory brake hoses? Might want to check them out and see how they look at full suspension drop. Check the rear axle vent tube as well.
nice write up and sweet jeep man. i am considering getting this lift so this was exactly what i was looking for.
i'll have to change the profile.
but i'm expecting it to drop i guess a half inch or so.
i got more lift since my springs were so flat.
But my brake lines are ok unless i do some real flexing.
which unfortunately havent done much of yet.
Don't know about the rear axle vent tube? Explain please? :)
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