Here are the lessons learned from installing my first lift kit.
1. PB Blaster is awesome. Use it like crazy on EVERY bolt and nut, and start applying like the day before and let it soak.
2. Make sure you have all the right tools. I know this sounds like a no brainier, but in my situation we had what we thought was everything (even our own spring compressors, didn't have to rent 'em!), but our torx bit set only went up to T50! That put us behind and caused my buddy to have to miss a half a day of work.
3. Give yourself some time to make sure everything works and is road safe before you have to drive the vehicle long distances. I had an issue with a broken bolt on the driver side rear spring, and had to rig it up so I could limp 6 hours home. Its at the shop right now getting fixed, but that 6 hour drive was more like 7 because I had to go slower, and was white knuckle the whole way home.
4. AIR TOOLS ARE YOUR FRIEND. If I didn't live in an apartment and had a garage that would be my next investment.
5. Having the proper tools makes life soooooo much easier (see lessons 2 and 4)
6. Finally, don't forget to have fun and take pictures. Good thing Muddy99JP was there with his cell phone to take some photos, otherwise I would have been too cought up in trying to get it done to take pictures and enjoy it.
That's all for now. Just gotta figure out what to do next