This is what it looked like the Day we brought it home. 1998 Jeep Wrangler, 32,000 miles. It had 31 inch tires on it, but nothing had been modified. It did have Polk Speakers, and Pioneer Radio. That was about it.
The first thing we did to it was take the hard top off hehe
The next modifications we made were a different set of rims. The chrome rims that came on it were all pitted and flaking, and they just weren't looking to good anymore, so we bought a used set off a friend of mine. We also removed the decal that said Sport, in hopes of putting something else their in the future
We decided to do this work out at my dad's house becuase he was a mechanic for over 30 years and has an amazing collection of tools. They started work on the front of the Jeep, my friend Dan, and my husband.
The first bolt they tried to remove, wasn't turning. We live in Northern Michigan. This is a Michigan Jeep. It was garage kept for a few winters when the original owners bought it, but for the last 5 years, it has seen winter. . and salt. . So when someone "claims" this should be an easy bolt on kit. . . don't always believe them. We knew it would take longer. . but we seemed to run in to every single problem possible!
Both of the original front shocks ended up looking like this
After what seemed like forever. . the parts were off on the front
Here is a comparison of the Stock Springs, to the new Rough Country Springs that came with our kit
Time to put the new ones on! Finally!!
The Drivers side front went on without to much trouble . . but the passenger side front gave us issues. Our spring compressor didn't want to be our friend. It kept popping open, and wouldn't tighten correctly. . so we took some ratchet straps (rated for 1,500 pounds), and wrapped up the spring like a present!
We did finally get the front done. It was probably about 11:30 at night by now. . and we are still in my parents garage. . It's now dark outside. . we are using the air tools and banging on things. . . I was afraid we would wake them up!
Now to start on the back springs! Mind you . . when we started it was about 6pm, and it was light outside. We knew this would take us a while, but we didn't know how long. . and it was a Thursday night. . our tires were due to come in and be put on, on Friday . . so we had to get this done! Otherwise we would have to wait all weekend to get our tires! So they kept working like crazy! (I just got them, drinks, and food, and took lots of pics!) Notice. . it's dark out now. .
So the Suspension lift is on, the steering stabilizer bolt would NOT come off. They worked on it for an hour. . The only thing they didn't use was heat. . (yeah figures). They gave up and called it a night. It was after 2am. . So after 8 hours of work, the Suspension Lift was DONE!! We were high enough to at least clear the 33 inch tires, and knew we could do the body lift after that. What a job!!