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Unread 09-22-2010, 03:05 PM   #1
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Is daystar lift a DIY or professional project

I just received my daystar lift kit and I must admit the front sounds complicated from reading the instructions. Do most people install these themselves or have it done. I would def do the rear myself, it looks easy. Ive done basic lift on my XJ and my brothers TJ but this seems complicated compared to these? Darn struts lol. If i paid to have the front done (W alignment) what is a fair price i should expect? My wife is going to kill me if i need to spend money on the install, had a hard time talking her in to the left kit Thanks everyone.

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Unread 09-22-2010, 03:41 PM   #2
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I installed it with my Father, front and back in about 7 hours, including misc breaks for food etc. You will need a spring compressor, but if you have installed lifts in the past then you should be able to. It was the first lift i ever installed.
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Unread 09-22-2010, 07:31 PM   #3
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You were able to do it with a hand spring compressor? The instructions spoke of using a wall mounted press which i def don't have. I have never dealt with Struts before so it makes me nervous. Im sure ill give it a try. Do you have any tips and did you do all the electrical connection disabling the directions spoke of? I really appreciate your help.
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Unread 09-22-2010, 08:29 PM   #4
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The KK does not have struts,they are coilovers.


Not hard to install,though taking the coilovers to a shop to have them put the spacers in is very common and seems like the cost is between $20-$50 for that part,that is you take the coilovers out of the KK and take them to a shop and they tear them apart and install the spacers and then you put the coilover back into the KK yourself.


There are only a very few spring compressors that work with the KK's front coils.Very easy to do and can be done in less then 2 hours if you have done one before.Don't forget some ratchet straps as they make putting the LCA clevis bolt back in a 2min job compared to 2-3 hours some have spent trying to put those bolts back in.
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Unread 09-23-2010, 04:56 AM   #5
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Ya i have a Wall Mounted Compressor so that part was easy. But like tjkj said you can have those done by a shop for cheap if you cant do those. I disconnected the battery before doing everything yes.
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Unread 09-23-2010, 03:27 PM   #6
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Ok , oops thought they looked like struts Would you mind explaining the ratchet strap part for me as that sounds like a biggie. I would be very grateful.

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The KK does not have struts,they are coilovers. .Don't forget some ratchet straps as they make putting the LCA clevis bolt back in a 2min job compared to 2-3 hours some have spent trying to put those bolts back in.
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Unread 09-23-2010, 04:12 PM   #7
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When installing the shocks back up in start one or two outside nuts on top, slide the clevis up onto the bottom of the shock and tighten it, now with two ratchet straps one on each leg of the clevis pull them in to where they need to be. By your self you can install the front back real easy that way.

Thought you mentioned you had helped do a KJ lift? Nothing different
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The key word there being "helped" lol.
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Unread 09-23-2010, 04:20 PM   #9
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Oops... my brother has a 97 Wrangler (TJ) Sorry about my oops. Ill fix my first post.
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Oops... my brother has a 97 Wrangler (TJ) Sorry about my oops. Ill fix my first post.

OK I'll let you get by this time,
next time you're done for
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Some times i get a case of CRS (cant remember *****) lol
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