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Unread 05-15-2013, 10:06 PM   #1
Shuboxlover
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Lift Kit Questions....

We have an 87 FSJ....I have decided to put a 4" 4 spring lift from Rusty's on once I get the Roadrunner project done and out of the shed (middle of summer)

Some questions...

1) Will I need longer brake lines?

2) Will I need to get a drop pitman arm?

3) Should I put wedges under the rear springs to bring the yolk back in line with the drive shaft u-joint?

4) Is a single shock good enough for the steering stabilizer or will I need a double setup?

What other words of wisdom can you guys give me???

Thanks in advance

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Unread 05-15-2013, 11:16 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Shuboxlover
We have an 87 FSJ....I have decided to put a 4" 4 spring lift from Rusty's on once I get the Roadrunner project done and out of the shed (middle of summer)

Some questions...

1) Will I need longer brake lines?

2) Will I need to get a drop pitman arm?

3) Should I put wedges under the rear springs to bring the yolk back in line with the drive shaft u-joint?

4) Is a single shock good enough for the steering stabilizer or will I need a double setup?

What other words of wisdom can you guys give me???

Thanks in advance
I just did a 4 in lift from BDS and have nothing but good things to say about their product and support. That being said here Is what my thoughts are to your questions

1. Yes you will need them. My one brake challenge was actually the ebrake. I had to loosen it to put in the lift and tighten it back up afterwards.

2. Yes you need it. Not expensive and it makes sure your safe.

3. No need for wedges on mine

4. Single shock

Advice? Spray the crap out of the nuts with PB blaster. Take your time and if you get stumped take a break and come back after a bit. The guys at BDS were awesome for answering my questions when I got stumped and in this was my first lift kit. Also ask on here if you need help. Everyone here has been very helpful. Good luck.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 09:01 AM   #3
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If your front end is aligned correctly you shouldn't need a steering stabilizer at all. Stabilizers just dampen rapid input like from hitting potholes, etc. They aren't required as part of the steering assembly.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 09:44 AM   #4
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Hope this helps.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shuboxlover
We have an 87 FSJ....I have decided to put a 4" 4 spring lift from Rusty's on once I get the Roadrunner project done and out of the shed (middle of summer)

Some questions...

1) Will I need longer brake lines?
No the kit came with brackets. Mine are fine at full droop.
2) Will I need to get a drop pitman arm?
No. I didn't opt for one on mine and the driving style didn't change. I would however re-align it immediately after installation.
3) Should I put wedges under the rear springs to bring the yolk back in line with the drive shaft u-joint? There isn't enough of an angle difference to necessitate it.

4) Is a single shock good enough for the steering stabilizer or will I need a double setup?
A single is fine. It's what I have on mine and I don't have any issues with bump steer.
What other words of wisdom can you guys give me??? Take your sweet time.
Some do it differently. But I install the springs to the chassis first. I used a couple blocks of wood and a jack to do this. Then I suck the axle housing in place with the u bolts and impact until its seated properly and torque to specs.
Using a jack under the pumpkin with another one under the yoke can make things easier when it comes to lining things up.
Then bleed the brakes with a buddy if you disconnected them.
I did because I used a lift and it was easier to drop the axles out of the way.
Enjoy beverage of your choice.
If you have a sway and track bar like I did they won't work with the lift. You have to buy relocation brackets or take them off. I removed mine completely without incident.
Then re-torque the u-bolts after 100 miles.
The worst thing you can do is rush. You'll end up pissed.

Thanks in advance
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Unread 05-17-2013, 07:30 AM   #5
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Thanks guys....those are all great words of advice. It's not my first lift kit installation. I've done one on a 93 GC, 02 GC (budget boost) 71 Chevy PU, 69 GMC PU.....so I'm not a complete newb, but never have done one on a GW....I'll post some before and after pics. But I'm guessing I won't be able put the lift on until summer (when it's nice and hot)
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Unread 05-17-2013, 10:12 AM   #6
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Keep us posted. Love to see these Jeeps getting fixed up.
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Unread 05-23-2013, 04:00 PM   #7
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Do the driver rear spring first. There is a blind nut between the frame and gas tank. It will most likely break loose and you will have to move the tank over a little to get to it. If it doesn't, good deal, if it does, deal with it but the rest will seem easy after that...
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Unread 05-25-2013, 08:42 AM   #8
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Do the driver rear spring first. There is a blind nut between the frame and gas tank. It will most likely break loose and you will have to move the tank over a little to get to it. If it doesn't, good deal, if it does, deal with it but the rest will seem easy after that...
If this happens and the tank is out of the way I think it would be a good idea to put a new nut in place and tack weld it to the frame so the tank doesnt have to be moved the next time.
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