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post #1 of 26 Old 06-10-2010, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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HELP!! cant finish lift

we have started putting on the lift on my jk. its the rock krawler 3.5 with skyjacker shocks.
the front (minus the sway bars and track bar) is on.
the rear we cant do.
we took the shocks and sway bar links off. the axle wont lower enough to let the springs out. does anyone have any suggestions on how to get them out? (spring compressors)?
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post #2 of 26 Old 06-10-2010, 12:56 PM
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Did you undo the rear trac bar? Undo the e-brake cable from the bottom of the body?

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Also watch the brake lines for stretch, and the abs lines.

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Unbolt the rear trac bar, any cables... see if that will drop it enough. If not, then go hit up an auto parts store for some cheapo spring compressors.

Personally? I use a pry bar and muscle 'em in and out.
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I echo what the others have said, take off the track bar, watch the abs lines and if you really need that last couple inches just have a helper stand on the end of the axle.

It's so easy even a caveman can do it


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agree with others: remove track bar, unbolt the emergency brake cable from tub (above the Evap canister), then loosen (but do NOT remove bolts) to upper and lower control arms to help also.

you should not need spring compressor if this is all done



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Good looking out Indiana... Forgot about that e-brake cable!


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thanks. the track bar has to come off anyway.
i really appreciate the advice.
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i think others before me mentioned brake cables to watch out too

NOTES: I ended up just leaving the E-brake cables un-mounted back to tub because at full droop they were stretched to the max and leaving them unbolted back up to the tub doesn't seem to be any issues and gives that extra length needed. TF kit came with rear brake brake line extensions so no problems there.

I also picked up some 7/16" ( i think is the size) PVC tubing and a matching sized plastic Splicer (total $3) to lengthen the Axle Breather Tube (since that pops off at full droop too if it's not lengthened)



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we got the springs in and rear track bar bracket in.
now we just need the front track bar and the rear shocks and the swaybar links.

quick question, whats the easiest way to get the top shock bolts out?
and how do i get the swaybars off?
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we still need to do the rear shocks
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when i was installing my bb i slipped a crescent wrench on top of the bolt in between the frame and tub.
then on the other side i just held the ratchet in place because i didnt have room to turn it there. then use teh crescent wrench to loosen them. it takes a couple minutes unless you have one of the fancy gear wrenches things but thats how i did it

it will look good you may need a new driveshafts soon tho just a forewarning


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when i was installing my bb i slipped a crescent wrench on top of the bolt in between the frame and tub.
then on the other side i just held the ratchet in place because i didnt have room to turn it there. then use teh crescent wrench to loosen them. it takes a couple minutes unless you have one of the fancy gear wrenches things but thats how i did it

it will look good you may need a new driveshafts soon tho just a forewarning

lol thanks.
i'll give it a shot. i cant wait to get this finished and get back to enjoying my jeep
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to remove the rear top shock mounts, i used a 6" extension to my 1/2 drive sockets (connected to impact wrench for me). the clearance for getting up there is tight but doable. good luck



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to remove the rear top shock mounts, i used a 6" extension to my 1/2 drive sockets (connected to impact wrench for me). the clearance for getting up there is tight but doable. good luck
how do i get the weird bracket for the top shock mounts to go through the bushing?
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how do i get the weird bracket for the top shock mounts to go through the bushing?
Usually you can force 'em through. Some find it easier to put the bushing on the bracket first, then push the whole thing through the shock.

Rubber bushings are much easier to get in when hot. So if you're still having trouble, put 'em in really hot water for awhile. Also, of course, grease helps.
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thanks. i forced them through. only took about 2 hours....
all thats left is the front track bar and im done!!!!!!!!!!!
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And get some new rubber for that thing now please...those tires looking real anorexic with that new lift on now.

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my drive shaft has already crapped out
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my drive shaft has already crapped out
wow... sorry to hear that man.


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my drive shaft has already crapped out
How exactly?
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How exactly?
torn boot. cv grease everywhere. i smelled it burning on the exhaust. its all over the bottom of the jeep.
im going to get it off tomorrow
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torn boot. cv grease everywhere. i smelled it burning on the exhaust. its all over the bottom of the jeep.
im going to get it off tomorrow
do you off road yours? i have had my RC lift on 4 2 months now and mine is ok, but i havent been offroad yet

too may jeeps and other vehicles. but my dd is an 09 wrangler sahara 4 dr, 4" rc susp, 35" attitides, 17" rebel racing wheels, hi rock bumpers, winch, kc's, rock rails, daystar accessories.....
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do you off road yours? i have had my RC lift on 4 2 months now and mine is ok, but i havent been offroad yet
nope. all road driving
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i got in contact with [email protected] and he some pictures and asked for more and i sent them. that was yesterday. havent heard anything today
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