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post #1 of 6 Old 10-05-2013, 04:23 AM Thread Starter
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Alright so I'm unsure of whether I should attempt to change out my springs or not myself. I'm not exactly the most mechanically inclined person around, in fact before I got my wj I didn't even know how to change oil lol. I have learned more about mechanics recently and really would love to keep learning more and more. Right now it's it's sitting on a 2" bb and I just picked some upcountry springs. (Or at least I hope they are lol.) Before I get lectured on how I'm going to need new shocks and a track bar don't worry I'm well aware. So my question is do you guys think this is something I should do myself? I've never dealt with suspension before, or seen it done. I've watched multiple youtube videos and read many different threads on here about what to do. I know I have to disconnect the sway bar and lower shock bolt. Then I compress the old spring, take it out, throw the bb on the new spring compress that one then put it in? Then I'm lowering the car and shock and sway bar should bolt right back up with no problems? As far as things needed , a jack and two jack stands, spring compressor and wrench should do? Also are there any risks to this? I hear the spring compressor is dangerous? Also is there any kind of spring retainer or does the springs come right out?

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post #2 of 6 Old 10-05-2013, 05:23 AM Thread Starter
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Need answers to whether or not I should attempt this by later this afternoon! Btw my other option is bring is to a local shop who's on a cheap side and will put them in for me for about $160. But they're also the idiots who left out my spring isolators when I brought the jeep there to get the bb put on.
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-05-2013, 07:26 AM
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Sounds like you've done your research. Save yourself the $160 and go do it.....that's the best way you'll ever learn. If you get stuck, just search around here and I'm sure you'll find your answer. I knew nothing about installing suspension components 5 years ago and to date I've installed and helped install many lifts and lowering kits(mustangs). The forum's your guide, it also helps having a buddy around too. If you're renting a compressor, get the strut style one and not coil....It'll make life easier. Check out the suspension thread sticky if you haven't already, that should give you everything you'll need. Good luck and post pics!

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Sounds like you've done your research. Save yourself the $160 and go do it.....that's the best way you'll ever learn. If you get stuck, just search around here and I'm sure you'll find your answer. I knew nothing about installing suspension components 5 years ago and to date I've installed and helped install many lifts and lowering kits(mustangs). The forum's your guide, it also helps having a buddy around too. If you're renting a compressor, get the strut style one and not coil....It'll make life easier. Check out the suspension thread sticky if you haven't already, that should give you everything you'll need. Good luck and post pics!
Yup read plenty of threads. Haven't gotten the chance to try it yet, by the time I get home from work I'll have like an hour left of daylight. Don't want to me messing with this for the first time in the dark so may have to wait until tomorrow sadly. And what's the difference between the strut or coil compressor? Cause I'm actually stopping at autozone with in the next half hour. And I should be fine with all hand tools?
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One has a shaft down the middle that'll compress the spring when u tighten it down. That'll get in the way when trying to put the springs in. The other has 2 pieces that crank down on both sides of the spring....that's the set you'll want.

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Here http://m.autozone.com/autozone-mobil...25f9?id=555557

98 5.9 Limited - IRO 3.5", IRO short arms track bars Bilsteins, Addco, JK wheels, 255-75/17 BFG, Magnaflow, Flowmaster
04 Limited 4.7H.O QD, UC+BB, Bilsteins, 245/75-16 Duratracs Addco sway bar
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