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Unread 02-16-2007, 12:59 PM   #1
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Jacking up front end

I'm in the process of installing Rubicon front coil springs on my '02 Sport using the write-up from 4x4xplor.com. This is a ridiculously simple question for folks on this forum, but...how do I go about jacking up the front end of my Jeep? Should the jack lift the axle from the differential (which is off-centered), or should I jack the up in the center of the axle shaft? I need to put the Jeep up on Jack stands.

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Unread 02-16-2007, 01:14 PM   #2
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I usually do it by lifting the pumpkin, even though it is off center. Some people have lifted in the center by jacking up the tube, but I never liked that idea. Others jack up one wheel at a time (by the axle) to put jackstands under the frame one side at a time.

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Unread 02-16-2007, 01:21 PM   #3
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I use the diff as well. I'm sure you know but since your replacing the springs, which is obviously part of the suspension, your not going to want to place the jack stands under the axle, since you will need it to drop in order to get the springs in and out.
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Unread 02-16-2007, 01:28 PM   #4
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you have to put the jacks under the frame to let the front suspension to fully drop down. If you jack up the axle the result is the same as your tires where still on the ground.
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Unread 02-16-2007, 01:37 PM   #5
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I just put it up in the center, right on the axle tube...I think a simple easy lift on it is a lot less abuse than wheeling the rocks. after I get it high enough, I use jackstands on the frame.
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Unread 02-16-2007, 01:50 PM   #6
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I use the frame to locate 6 ton jack stands, the high clearance of a Jeep permits the use of these tall 6 ton jack stands.

With the Jacks under the frame, one can inspect, work, and service suspended required lube parts

Safety first !!
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