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Unread 08-04-2011, 10:03 PM   #1
bambambubba5
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96 ZJ Lift Problem

I am trying to put on a 3 1/2" Lift from Rough Country. I got new control arms with the kit and The control arms do not fit in any position. The bolts do not slide through the new control arms. Any suggestions?

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Unread 08-04-2011, 10:16 PM   #2
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the bolt isnt going to line up that easy you have to use a pry-bar and apply pressure while you impact gun the bolt threw it
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Unread 08-04-2011, 10:40 PM   #3
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currently doing this on my 93 zj I had no probs with the arms lineing up and the bolt going thru by hand, just play with your axle until it hits the sweet spot or do like said above a pry bar and impact gun
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Unread 08-05-2011, 11:54 AM   #4
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also try playing with the jack let it down or jack it up and put some tension on the truck ?? do you have air tools? i cant imagine how annoying it would be with a ratchet and what not
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Unread 08-06-2011, 12:14 AM   #5
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ill try it with the prybar. sadly i dont have any air tools. i want some but cant afford them yet. hopefully the prybar will help. thanks guys, ill let yall know if i get it
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Unread 08-06-2011, 01:56 AM   #6
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Are you doing this with the springs out or in? Will the bolts fit the control arms when you have them off the vehicle?
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Unread 08-06-2011, 07:21 AM   #7
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If you're close to a bush, some ratchet straps may help get everything lined up. That's what I used. If you get some tension in the direction you want things to move then give it a push, sometimes it will just fall into place.



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Unread 08-06-2011, 07:50 AM   #8
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I put springs in absolute last. So, both lowers first, then uppers (if your kit came with them but I doubt it), then springs. Flex each side out to fit springs in. I've done multiple lifts this way with just simple hand tools and it works great. Also, with the springs not in, you have much more finesse over the front end without having to fight with the pressure from the springs.

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Unread 08-08-2011, 04:26 PM   #9
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I tried doin all that, i had both sides all tore down and was pullin the axle as much as i possibly could and even was usin the jack and a pry bar. I still cant get the control arm in. im completly lost on what to try next. im calling the mfg to see if there could possibly be a mistake with the control arms themselves
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Unread 08-08-2011, 05:57 PM   #10
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I just installed that same kit a few months ago. The axle needs to move forward a bit. I got under there and just kicked the axle until it moved far enough. Concentrate on one side at a time. Kick one side out so its crooked, loosely install the bolt, then kick out other side. It'll move, trust me.
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Unread 08-08-2011, 06:00 PM   #11
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Make sure that you are using jack stands and they are very secure !
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Unread 08-08-2011, 06:10 PM   #12
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LOL we had to use my freinds winch on his 2500 to pull the axle back far enough for the rear ca's to fit...then some prying and busting a** to get the bolt to line up. it aint no cake walk.
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Unread 08-08-2011, 10:49 PM   #13
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yes make your sure your using jack stands and the e-brakes on if it works.. goodluck!
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Unread 08-09-2011, 12:23 AM   #14
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Doing one side at a time helps a lot since the axel wont move rearward so much. I remember using a 2x4 and the stock bottle jack wedged horizontally to push the axel forward one side at a time. It takes a bit of trial and error, prying and a couple light taps on the bolt once you get it lined up. Remember think of your safety first! Don't become a pancake.
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Unread 01-26-2014, 01:00 PM   #15
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Slide the mounting end into the bracket first to make sure it fits in the bracket ok. Then try the other end of it the same way. You can also use a come along hooked to the other alxe and gently move it in place. Then slide a Phillips screw driver in the hole to get it centered then insert the bolt.
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