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Unread 05-07-2009, 05:17 PM   #1
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install coil spring spacers

How to and what are the tricks to installing a 2 inch coil spring spacer kit on the front and rear of a 2005 Wrangler unlimited?

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Unread 05-07-2009, 05:25 PM   #2
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do one side at a time, front or back.

jack it up, jackstands,etc

remove tires

disconect sway bars

disconnect shocks

use a jack on either side of the knuckle to drop the oppisite down as much as you can.


use a big pry bar or 2 and muscle that SOB out.

you may have to remove the stock bump stop, just pull out the rubber peice, there is a bolt up in there, remove that, slip the spacer over it, re-assemble.


Some people will tell you to remove the track bar as well, personally i prefer not to remove it cause it's usually such a pain in the *** to muscle it back in if you dont have an adjustable.


Also, i would reccomend renting/purchasing a Spring Compressor from your autozone store ( rent for free ) or buy one from harbor freight for 20 or so bucks. Makes the spring a hell of alot easier to get into place.

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Unread 05-07-2009, 05:27 PM   #3
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By the way, ( see your profile info ) a 2005 would be a TJ, not a JK model.

97-06 = TJ


welcome to the site.
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Unread 05-07-2009, 05:33 PM   #4
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Great, Thanks billeche I learned alot just now from these guys

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Unread 05-07-2009, 05:35 PM   #5
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If you do end up renting a spring compressor, make sure you ask for a STRUT spring compressor. Those go on the outside of the springs.
Otherwise you'll be stuck with some useless tool that compresses springs from the inside of the spring.
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Unread 05-07-2009, 05:41 PM   #6
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If you do end up renting a spring compressor, make sure you ask for a STRUT spring compressor. Those go on the outside of the springs.
Otherwise you'll be stuck with some useless tool that compresses springs from the inside of the spring.
good point.

these are the ones i have and used.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=3980


i'm on my 2nd set since of them on my first seized up around the threads, but it's cheap enough to were purchasing a 2nd set to make the job easier doesn't bother me.

and as always, these things can be dangerous, springs can patch alot of punch if they release while under compression and your hand is in the way when it happens.
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Unread 05-07-2009, 11:08 PM   #7
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jacking up one side of the axle with a floor jack positioned under the lower control arm will articulate the axle. with the shocks and sway bar disconnected the suspension will unseat the coil... there's no need to mess with a spring compressors or unhooking the track bar

.. the springs pictured are the same length unsprung as 4" lift springs, there is also 1.5" of spacer on top of them making them a bunch longer than stock springs, with the lower shock bolts out I can pull my springs without even removing the lower 2" bumpstop pads...



I do at least one spacer lift a week (2 already this week) and have never had the need for spring compressors. it cracks me up that some guys make a bb isntall sound so difficult...

by articulation I mean this... one side stuffed, the other fully drooped. if the frame is suported on stands with the axle hanging it's very easy to do with a floorjack... look close, the spring is slightly unseated.

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Unread 05-08-2009, 06:23 AM   #9
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If you need help I documented the entire job (pic by pic) on my 06.
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Unread 05-07-2010, 11:54 AM   #10
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If you need help I documented the entire job (pic by pic) on my 06.
Please post, would like to see!
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