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Unread 03-12-2015, 11:31 AM   #1
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Should I bother with jeeps?

My friend wants me to install a 2" lift spacer kit on his xj, but from what I've seen, everyone breaks a **** ton of bolts on the install. I'm a watercooled Volkswagen guy, so I never have to deal with rust. I live in Virginia, and he says the car has some rust. My question is should I even bother with it, and what should I look out for? Finally can someone lead me to a good diy? And yes, I know I'm a lazy piece of **** for not using the search tool; you don't need to remind me of that.


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Unread 03-12-2015, 11:33 AM   #2
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Should I bother with jeeps?

My friend wants me to install a 2" lift spacer kit on his xj, but from what I've seen, everyone breaks a **** ton of bolts on the install. I'm a watercooled Volkswagen guy, so I never have to deal with rust. I live in Virginia, and he says the car has some rust. My question is should I even bother with it, and what should I look out for? Finally can someone lead me to a good diy guide? And yes, I know I'm a lazy piece of **** for not using the search tool; you don't need to remind me of that.

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Unread 03-12-2015, 11:48 AM   #3
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Mainly the trouble bolts are the leaf spring bolts and the rear upper shock bolts. Soak them days in advance. You can get to the leaf spring bolt threads from small access holes on the uniframe. I guess it'd be worth while if he needs shocks and really wants that lift. If he has a 97+ w/ a 242 transfercase (has both full time and part time 4x4) I wouldn't bother with it.
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Unread 03-12-2015, 12:12 PM   #4
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If you are a TRUE friend, you'll help no matter the condition
Spray all the nuts and bolts with your favorite penetrating fluid (PBlaster, WD40, Acetone/AFT homebrew, et.c.) everyday for a WEEK before attempting to work on the Jeep.
Have a source of heat available too if it comes down to it (just be sure any of those fluids have evaporated!!).
Use lots of "gentle persuasion"


YouTube probably has lots of videos on something like this.

And rust has nothing to do with how the vehicle's engine is cooled :/
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Unread 03-12-2015, 12:18 PM   #5
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No, it's not that. Aircooled vw's have rust issues.
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Unread 03-12-2015, 01:08 PM   #6
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Alright lets be fair aircooled Volkswagens are normally 40 years old so unless you get one of the later ones there is going to be rust. I know because I own a 74 that I will do anything for
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Unread 03-12-2015, 03:27 PM   #8
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The real question, IMO, is why your friend wants someone that doesn't know his *** from his elbows, when it comes to Jeeps, to install a spacer kit on his Jeep.

The next question is how much is your friend offering you for the install?
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No, it's not that. Aircooled vw's have rust issues.
So do mk3's lol.

Spacer kits are easy, honestly jeeps are way easier to work on then a vr6 or something low. If youre competent with suspension work, and can use a grinder for the leaf springs, and probably the upper strut mounts in the rear, you'll be fine.
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The next question is how much is your friend offering you for the install?
Chipotle.
He also said when I told him to buy some pb blaster, and spray the **** out of the bolts, was that he was too poor; Soooo, it doesn't make sense how he can pay for chipotle.
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Spacer kits are easy, honestly jeeps are way easier to work on then a vr6 or something low. If youre competent with suspension work, and can use a grinder for the leaf springs, and probably the upper strut mounts in the rear, you'll be fine.
Yeah, his car looks like a tractor compared to my 1.8t.
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Yeah, his car looks like a tractor compared to my 1.8t.
I can drink your displacement in 45 minutes Benny. Jeeps. All. The. Way.
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The real question, IMO, is why your friend wants someone that doesn't know his *** from his elbows, when it comes to Jeeps, to install a spacer kit on his Jeep.
Well said !!

of all the things you can do to a Jeep installing a BB has to be the definition of "do it yourself"
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Chipotle.
He also said when I told him to buy some pb blaster, and spray the **** out of the bolts, was that he was too poor; Soooo, it doesn't make sense how he can pay for chipotle.
If your friend is too poor to afford a few can of PB Blaster than he's got no business with aftermarket suspension setups on his Jeep.

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Home depot is running a sale on PB Blaster with a can of their general purpose spray lube for under $5 right now.
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