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post #1 of 12 Old 07-13-2011, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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What tools do you need for to completely install a long-arm suspension lift.

Everything. From the smallest screwdriver or clamp to a wirefeed welder. Jacks and stands as well. Absolutely everything.

Sets are acceptable (ie wrench set, socket set) but if it's an odd size please specify.

If the reason for the tool isn't obvious, please specify why it's needed.

If there are tools that would make it easier, but aren't absolutely needed, include them but indicate that they aren't essential.

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post #2 of 12 Old 07-13-2011, 11:46 PM
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IDK, but holy crap you're asking the members of this forum to do absolutely every bit of searching FOR YOU!

How about you search, then ask nicely rather than demand info
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post #3 of 12 Old 07-13-2011, 11:48 PM
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Most install manuals include what is needed for the install.
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I wasn't really demanding information, I was just wondering.

This is more of a thought experiment, I want to see the different opinions and different (if there are any) methods.

It's not like I'm going to get a list and go out and buy this stuff. I was just wondering what people thought.
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I kind of agree with cesaros but not to that extreme...
I mean really... who would know exactly how many jack stands you need other than you can never have too many...
Welder... depends, do you have a weld on kit or a bolt on kit???

Last, you're going to get more about people talking you out of long arms... Mid arms work well cause a short wheelbase TJ cannot handle large lifts and be of any benefit other than looks.

Get a budget boost ( BB ) which are simply spring spacers to give you 2" of lift, then some aggressive 31" tires and go play... If you still have money burning a hole in your pocket, Get the Savvy Under Armor, an SYE and a DC driveshaft. This will give you more belly clearance so you won't drag the skidplate... and no matter what you do to the Jeep later on, the only money wasted will be the BB but they are usually $100 or less so its not bad to sell off when you do a lift.
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^^^^ that'd be the best tool you can have. Free of charge make sure you use the piss out of it. You're only doing your self a favor

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post #9 of 12 Old 07-14-2011, 05:20 AM
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Four 6-ton jackstands, two 12-ton jackstands, and two floor jacks. Assorted air tools including impact, ratchet, and angle drill. An angle grinder and sawsall. Impact sockets in metric and standard. Open and closed end wrenches in metric and standard. Pliers, vice grips, prybars, and both regular and phillips screw drivers of various sizes. Crescent wrenches, a pipe wrench, and hammers that include dead blow, rubber, hand sledge and regular. A 1/2" drill motor and various sizes of drill bits. A good torque wrench is mandatory. Don't forget safety glasses, mechanics gloves, bandages and duct tape for your mouth because there will likely be injuries along the way and the temptation to use some rather colorful language at times.

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ratchet strap for the trackbars.
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The ability to use a tape measure and welder, along with everything Robncar said.
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post #12 of 12 Old 07-14-2011, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tips guys. I knew this thread would probably get some people telling me to just search around, so that's okay.

I'm just starting to build up my garage, I'm trying to make one major tool purchase per month as it's really all I can afford. At the same time I'm trying to save up for a lift and 33s, still not sure on what lift to get.
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