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post #1 of 6 Old 11-06-2002, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Need to know how to install my own lift

I might actually be getting my CJ in the next week, I am going to look at it on sunday to make sure everything is good with it.

My question is this...it comes with a 2.5" Rancho lift. Is there instructions online or can anyone tell me how to put it on a 83 CJ7?

I know it is probably alot harder than you can post on here but any links to walkthroughs would be great. I am just trying to figure out if I can do it myself or if I am going to have to pay for install. thanks.


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post #2 of 6 Old 11-06-2002, 11:06 PM
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it comes with a 2.5 rancho lift? what do you mean? i am going to assume since you asking how to put it on you mean lift springs, anything else?

if you have basic understanding of mechanics and a decent set of tools you should easily beable to put it on in a day. just do a search with "installing jeep lift" or something along those lines and you will come up with more than enough information.

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post #3 of 6 Old 11-07-2002, 07:46 AM
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Rancho wil send you instructions, but you do't really need them, except maybe for tourque specs . . . which I don't know off the top of my head.

In a nutshell, jack and support the frame, one end at a time is easy. Jack the rear and block the front wheels. Next, jack the rear axle and remove rear wheels and shocks. Jack it just enought to support it, not to compress the springs. Losen the U-bolts, then losen the spring eye bolt, than remove U-bolts, and finally remove spring eye bolts and the spring. This way has worked for me, but frozen bolts and tension caused by the spring may have you jacking or lowering the axle a bit while dong all of this.

Install new springs in the opposite manner, but do all final tourquing with the vehicle on the ground, having compressed the spring a few times.

Then repeat for the front.

Again, no guaruntee, but I've done two in this general manner.

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It seems to me like I had to remove the rear shackle hangers to get the shackle bolts out of the hanger. If you're not replacing them I guess that you won't have to worry about it. I'm not sure what comes with the kit. I suggest that you get some PB Blaster and spray everything that will be unbolted a day or two before you do the work.
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Another thought. Since you're going to be owning a CJ this would be a good project to do yourself. Get used to working on it because you'll probably be doing it regularly. The good news is that they are usually not that hard to work on yourself. I'm sure that if you have any problems installing the lift kit you can post them here and get the help that you need.
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-08-2002, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE HELP GUYS!!

I am going to look at the jeep on sunday, will probably get it by next weekend. I am 100% sure I will be coming to you guys with questions.

That was my thought behind it. instead of paying a couple hundred $$ to get it installed, I can do it for free and also learn about my new baby.

Wish me luck on my purchase!! I hope it runs as good as it looks in pictures! If I do get it you guys will be the first to know/see it.

On a side note: I just wanted to say that this forum is great. I have posted on a few subjects so far that I have know that I am going to need to know about and have gotten nothing but great help! I have a friend with a 4Runner and he has an awsome forum that has helped him do a bunch to his truck. I am glad to know that there is at least one jeep forum like that!

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