I bought four 6-ton jack stands from Northern Tool when I did my lift. I could not have done it without them. They extend a good distance as well, which helped supporting the frame/tub while the other pair were holding the axles.
Ken, I hope you get the correct springs and JEGS fixes the issue. I've always had good service with JEGS and am curious to know how your ordeal turns out.
Also, looks like your pitman arm practically fell right off! I broke two pitman arm pullers and eventually had to almost grind it in half to get mine off. Good luck with the lift...as always, I'm tuned in to your thread.
I borrowed 2 goods jack stands from a neighbor to hold the Jeep. They are more durable than the ones I have. I had to put some 2x6 board scraps under the jack stands to get more height, however. I put my low-duty jack stands under the front axle to hold that, and they just barely fit under it.
The correct front springs arrived late last week, however the shipper has not picked up the extra rear springs; they've been sitting on the front porch for over a week now.
I am satisfied with how JEGS handled the problem. The problem ultimately originated with Skyjacker, so that's somewhat out of JEGS control. I spoke to 3 or 4 different people at JEGS about the issue over several days and some seemed somewhat neutral about the issue, but one lady was very apologetic and friendly. All of the people did at least try to work toward getting the issue fixed, so that's good. I will give JEGS one more call on the issue about the return of the wrong springs. If they don't get picked up after that, then I'll store them in the garage attic with all of my other Jeep parts.
I had planned to install the front springs this weekend, but was busy with other things. (My son was competing in an Odyssey of the Mind
tournament on Saturday.) Sunday was cold and rainy and i found work to do inside. Spring is approaching slowly this year. I had hoped to kick off the lawn mowing season this weekend but that will have to wait another week.
The pitman arm did come off fairly easily I believe. I had to use my cheater bar on the puller, but there were no major hurdles. My main worry was rocking the jeep too much while it was up on stands, so I was careful not to get my legs under the thing while I was pulling on the cheater bar. I think part of the ease of removal was due to the fact that my steering box has always been coated in either brake fluid (dripping from the MC to steering shaft), or power steering fluid. I think some of that probably kept the pitman arm from rusting to the shaft.
I hope to get the front springs on this week.