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Unread 02-03-2008, 06:50 PM   #1
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MK Lift Kit Installation

This is the Rocky Road Outffitters 2.125" lift kit listed for the Patriot but also fits the Compass.

Front Strut Assembly REMOVAL

1. Raise and support the vehicle. (Fig. 1, lift points)

2. Remove the wheel mounting nuts (3), then the tire and wheel assembly (1).
NOTE: If both strut assemblies are to be removed, mark the strut assemblies right or left and keep the parts separated to avoid mix-up. Not all parts of the strut assembly are interchangeable side-to-side. (Fig. 2, 19mm @ 100ft. lbs./135 N.m)

3. Remove the screw (1) securing the flex hose (2) routing bracket to the strut (6). (Fig. 3, 13 mm @ 120 in. lbs./13N.m)

4. While holding the stabilizer bar link (1) stud stationary, remove the nut (4) securing the link to the strut (3). (Fig.4, 3/16 Allen, 15 mm @ 43 Ft. Lbs./58 N.m; reinstall with part from kit.)
CAUTION: The strut assembly-to-knuckle attaching bolts (5) are serrated and must not be turned during removal. Hold the bolts stationary in the knuckle while removing the nuts, then tap the bolts out using a pin punch.

5. While holding the bolt heads stationary, remove the two nuts (2) from the bolts (5) attaching the strut (3) to the knuckle (6). (Fig.4, 13/16 or 21 mm @ 62 Ft. Lbs./84 N.m; reinstall with part from kit.)

6. Remove the two bolts (5) attaching the strut (3) to the knuckle (6) using a pin punch.

7. Lower the vehicle just enough to open the hood without allowing the tires to touch the floor.

8. Remove the three nuts (1) attaching the strut assembly (2) upper mount to the strut tower. (Fig. 5, 15 mm @ 35 Ft. Lbs./48 N.m)

9. Remove the strut assembly (2) from the vehicle and install the spacers.

10. INSTALL in reverse sequence.
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Additional front end pictures
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Rear Strut Assembly REMOVAL

11. Remove the cargo floor cover. (not shown)

12. Remove the rear floor pan silencer (1). (Fig. 6)

13. If equipped, remove the nuts mounting the satellite receiver (1) or amplifier (2) to rear floor pan. Move the component aside to allow access to the shock assembly upper mounting nuts through the opening in the bottom of the quarter trim panel. (Fig. 7, I found this unnecessary)

14. Remove the spare tire.

15. Fold the shock assembly upper mounting nut access door (2) upward. Use this opening and the one (1) created when the rear floor pan silencer was removed to access the upper mounting nuts in the following step. (Fig. 8, Slit the 2 tabs to fold; my drivers side broke off completely. It can be taped back into place but it is covered by the cargo floor cover.) (Fig 8)

16. Remove the two nuts (1) securing the shock assembly (2) to the body bracket (3). (Fig 9, 15 mm, 35 ft. lbs./48 N•m )

17. Raise and support the vehicle. (see step 1.)

18. Remove the wheel mounting nuts (3), then the rear tire and wheel assembly (1). (see step 2.)

19. Remove the shock lower mounting nut (3) and bolt (1). (Fig 10, 18 mm, 73 ft. lbs./99 N•m)

NOTE - update - On the rear you have an option of taking the Strut Assembly out first so that the Upper Control Arm is easier to get at OR taking the UCA off first so that the Traling Arm and brake assembly will drop down more and make the strut easier to remove. Your choice.


20. Lower the shock assembly (2) out of the body bracket (1) and lift out over rear suspension. (Fig 11)

Upper Control Arm, Remove and Replace with part in kit

21. Remove the nut (4) and bolt (3) securing the upper control arm (1) to the trailing link. (Fig 12)

22. Remove the bolt (2) securing the upper control arm (1) to the crossmember.

23. Remove the upper control arm (1).

INSTALLATION With alignment rack/drive-on lift
24. Position the upper control arm (1) and install the bolt (2) securing the arm to the crossmember. Do not tighten at this time.

25. Install the bolt (3) and nut (4) securing the upper control arm (1) to the trailing link. Do not tighten at this time.

26. Install the spacer on the strut then insert the lower end of the shock assembly (2) down though the lower control arm from above just enough to clear the body, then lift it up into the body bracket (1).

27. Install the mounting bolt (1) and nut (3) fastening the shock assembly (2) to the lower control arm (4). Do not tighten at this time.

28. Install the tire and wheel assembly (1) Install and tighten the wheel mounting nuts (3). (see step 2).

29. Lower the vehicle.

NOTE: Use the openings (1, 2) in the interior rear quarter trim panel when installing the upper mounting nuts in the following step.

30. Install the two nuts (1) securing the shock assembly (2) to the body bracket (3). (15 mm, 35 ft. lbs/48 N•m).

31. Fold the shock assembly upper mounting nut access door (2) down closing off the opening.

32. If equipped, install the satellite receiver (1) or amplifier (2) to rear floor pan.

33. Install the rear floor pan silencer (1).

34. Install the cargo floor cover.

35. Position the vehicle on an alignment rack/drive-on lift. Raise the lift as necessary to access the shock mounting bolt (1) and nut (3).

36. Tighten the shock assembly lower mounting bolt nut (3). (18 mm, 73 ft. lbs./99 N•m)

37. Tighten the upper control arm mounting bolt at the crossmember. (17 mm, 70 ft. lbs./95 N•m).

38. Tighten the upper control arm mounting bolt nut at the trailing link to (17 mm, 70 ft. lbs./95 N•m).

39. Perform wheel alignment.
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ALTERNATE INSTALLATION with Jack Stands and Service Jack.

24. Position the upper control arm (1) and install the bolt (2) securing the arm to the crossmember. Do not tighten at this time.

25. Install the bolt (3) and nut (4) securing the upper control arm (1) to the trailing link. Do not tighten at this time.

26. Install the spacer on the strut and insert the lower end of the shock assembly (2) down though the lower control arm from above just enough to clear the body, then lift it up into the body bracket (1).

27. Install the mounting bolt (1) and nut (3) fastening the shock assembly (2) to the lower control arm (4). Do not tighten at this time. You may need a 2x4 on edge to compress the shock up into the control arm. Also a short pry bar and tapered punch to align the mounting holes.

NOTE: Use the openings (1, 2) in the interior rear quarter trim panel when installing the upper mounting nuts in the following step.

28. Install the two nuts (1) securing the shock assembly (2) to the body bracket (3). (15 mm, 35 ft. lbs/48 N•m).

29. Using a Service Jack placed under the Lower Control Arm, raise the jack just enough to fully compress the strut assemble but not enough to lift the vehicle.

30. Tighten both of the upper control arm mounting bolts. (17 mm, 70 ft. lbs./95 N•m).

31. Tighten the shock assembly lower mounting bolt nut (3). (18 mm, 73 ft. lbs./99 N•m)

32. Install the tire and wheel assembly (1) Install and tighten the wheel mounting nuts (3). (see step 2).

33. Remove Jack stands and lower the vehicle.

34. Fold the shock assembly upper mounting nut access door (2) down closing off the opening.

35. If equipped, install the satellite receiver (1) or amplifier (2) to rear floor pan.

36. Install the rear floor pan silencer (1).

37. Install the cargo floor cover.

38. Perform wheel alignment.
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A few more and the Alignment specs.

If anybody has any neat "how to" tricks on doing these, go ahead and post them in the "Available" thread and we can move them up here!
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TOOLS REQUIRED;

15/16"/ 2-18mm's/ 17mm/ 15mm wrenchs , 18mm & 13/16" sockets , flex head and regular ratchet and alignment pins/bars.

High quality grease or anti-sieze, this is synthetic that I've used for years.

Thread locking compound, I prefer Loctite 271............

A pair of floor jacks and a jackstand, 4x4 chocks and don't forget the wheel blocks to prevent roll-off!

13mm & 15mm sockets , good gloves , real prybar , small soft hammer extension and 3/8'" ratchet.

Inventory parts again....

Position a jack under the control arm, I use a old spring isolater as a gripper(non-mar) attachment.
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FRONT INSTALL;

Break lower strut bolts loose and unseat them as they are press fit at the shoulder. Remove the lower 13mm brake line bolt on the strut case and the 15mm sway bar link nut. Use the small floor jack to release tension on the sway bar to enable the link to seperate.

Upper fasteners also, remember that it is supported from below............

Release tension on jack and press down on the rotor while checking that everything is clear and not snagging on the brake lines. Use your foot for the rotor while watching from up top.

When everything is nice and free, work the lower strut flange off of the steering knuckle while supporting its weight. About 20 lbs. Ease the assembly out towards the rear of the Jeep from the bottom first then let the top of the strut follow. Up on the bench it goes.............................

Bolt up the spacer with the nuts that RR suplied. Use Locktite...... Notice how the prybar is jammed into the space between another nut and the spacer. The other end of the prybar is on my shoulder.

Reposition the strut on the knuckle down below and check to see if the upper studs line up with the holes. If not, just drop it down and twist the top, it moves with some force.Once aligned, use the jack to lift it in place.

Time to torque everything down and check it all again. Notice that the adjustable camber bolt is in the top hole on the knuckle. Brake line is refastened and upper nuts have been torqued. The sway bar link extensions go in as shown. Double check everything...........
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REAR INSTALL (page 1);

Locate upper fasteners and remove them.

Sway bar link next, just the nut.

Lower shock nut too.

Lower knuckle nut.

Outer radius arm nut.

Inner radius arm bolt until it is nice and loose, but don't take it out yet.

Now use a jack to support the lower arm by placing a spacer(socket) on the lower eye of the shock. Lift it up slowly and all the tension will be released from the fasteners that were just loosened. Go ahead and remove the all now.

As shown, the lower arm can be pushed out of the way after the jack is removed. The coilover shock assembly will pratically fall out in your arms.

Adjust new radius arms to required spec's(about 1/8" shorter than stock).

Bolt spacers on top and note that nuts will not clear if they are not all put on at the same time. Be sure to use prybar and torque them now as there is not enough room when installed!
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REAR INSTALL (page 2);

Pry bar location.......

Ready to re-install.

Assemble lower shock connection first.

Wrench bolt in and leave nut off.

Use alignment pins to do the work for you. The lower knuckle bolt is second.

A pin in the very bottom gaps will help get the bolt thru on it's own thread power. Remember, no hammers allowed for re-assembly!

Use ratchet head to slightly spread the raius arm flanges.

Drop in radius arm and finger tighten inner bolt.

Thread in outer radius arm bolt.

Now begin retorquing. Starting with the inner radius arm first due to access when everything else is assembled.
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REAR INSTALL (page 3);

If all your nuts were kept in one place, you won't have to move to torque the rest.

Do the outer radius arm and the sway bar next to last.

Because this is last. It is nice to aquire habits to not allow mistakes of leaving fasteners loose or off. Now go back and check every thing again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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COMPLETED LIFT & ALIGNMENT

Note ; The right(pass) rear is good, but not exactly in spec! The tech said that that is all the adjustment that can be made with this kit(on this vehicle), and that it would not be noticeable while driving and the regular rotation will keep the wear negligible.......







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This thread is unstuck but locked. There is a link to it in the MK's Off-Road, TSB's, Parts Books and quick links sticky. If you have any questions on this install please ask them on this thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f98/m...ilable-479207/.
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