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Laredo2003WJ 05-22-2013 06:27 AM

Installing lift kit at home??
 
I purchased the 4 inch rough country lift. Not the x series just the basic kit, and im wondering how hard its going to be to install In my garage with one buddy to help me?? I have all power tools but no spring compressor or fancy things..

perfeng702 05-22-2013 06:35 AM

I did my IRO long arm lift at home with all hand tools. I didn't have to use a spring compressor up front, but I did in the rear. They can be rented at most auto parts stores. I also have a pretty big floor jack to help get the truck in the air. You shouldn't have much trouble.

Laredo2003WJ 05-22-2013 06:40 AM

Damn thats badass. What about a pitman arm puller?

adavis39 05-22-2013 06:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Laredo2003WJ (Post 15465207)
Damn thats badass. What about a pitman arm puller?

you dont need it because your first step should be throwing the drop pitman that comes in the kit in the trash

Laredo2003WJ 05-22-2013 06:52 AM

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Originally Posted by adavis39 (Post 15465226)
you dont need it because your first step should be throwing the drop pitman that comes in the kit in the trash

Haha really?! How come?

adavis39 05-22-2013 07:04 AM

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Originally Posted by Laredo2003WJ (Post 15465241)
Haha really?! How come?

dropping your trac bar and drag link arent needed at 4''. and the drop pitman will only add unnecessary strain on your steering box

aestrad1 05-22-2013 07:27 AM

Agreed. Ditch the drop pitman arm and the track bar drop bracket. Its asking for trouble.

You can do it at home just give yourself lots of time and have another vehicle so you can get parts you may need. Make sure you have a good jack and stands as you will need to get the WJ up high to droop everything out. I use wood blocks along with my jack. Also be sure to get some really good rachet straps to help get the axles in place.

Also AutoZone will rent you spring compressors for free

Laredo2003WJ 05-22-2013 07:44 AM

Nice! What would I do without you guys! So the pitman arm in it will reach fine and also the track bar? No issues?

PhantomWJ 05-22-2013 07:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Laredo2003WJ (Post 15465426)
Nice! What would I do without you guys! So the pitman arm in it will reach fine and also the track bar? No issues?

Make sure you have an adjustable trac bar....and yes no drop pitman arm drop kit for trac bar

Laredo2003WJ 05-22-2013 07:58 AM

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Originally Posted by PhantomWJ (Post 15465455)
Make sure you have an adjustable trac bar....and yes no drop pitman arm drop kit for trac bar

****. I dont think this kit came with the adjustable trac bar

aestrad1 05-22-2013 08:02 AM

Nope, you need the X-series kit to get the track bar :( See if you can exchange it maybe

Laredo2003WJ 05-22-2013 08:07 AM

So can I still use the stock pitman arm without an adjustable trac bar?

aestrad1 05-22-2013 08:12 AM

Nope. Your steering and track bar need to stay in relation. The drop bracket lets you use the stock bar. Drop bracket NEEDS the drop pitan arm. This is a band aid and the cheap (and incorrect) way to fix the problem.

With and adjustable track bar (and no drop bracket) you use the stock pitman arm. Ths is the correct way to do it.

Laredo2003WJ 05-22-2013 08:17 AM

I wonder how much just an adjustable trac bar will be

aestrad1 05-22-2013 08:23 AM

$140 for the JKS. Just installed the JKS a few weeks ago in my WJ


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