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I was dealing with some tranny issues on my 2015 and since it was at the dealership I was running the stock links again for a little while. I couldn't my links back in soon enough! Even though the driving feel isn't any different than stock, the look and ease of getting in and out was significant.
I "resembled that remark" last week...needed dealer service to replace a missing wheel lug and didn't want the lowering links on there. But wow...does that thing get TALL without them! LOL My better half needed a step ladder to get in the passenger seat it seemed like. I was so happy to put your links back on on the weekend. (after shooting them with some protective paint "just because" I could)

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Old 07-29-2016, 09:10 AM
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I "resembled that remark" last week...needed dealer service to replace a missing wheel lug and didn't want the lowering links on there. But wow...does that thing get TALL without them! LOL My better half needed a step ladder to get in the passenger seat it seemed like. I was so happy to put your links back on on the weekend. (after shooting them with some protective paint "just because" I could)
I did the same thing on the set for my Jeep. I sprayed them with a gloss black caliper paint I had laying around. They look good....as good as a suspension link can look anyway
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I used...chrome...paint. LOL It's what I had handy from a recent bicycle repair.
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Old 07-29-2016, 10:19 AM
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I can't believe nobody has jumped in here with a lifted set yet. I only saw one post that mentioned doing the fronts to level, but nothing since, and not at all about lifting front and rear.
Well guys, it's gonna happen now. It may take me a few weeks, to gather the parts and get the time/nerve to do this, but I'm going the opposite way. I generally drive around in OR1, and it bugs me that I need to air back up after driving over 40 mph. I'm going to adjust so my "normal" height is at OR1 height, then I can just leave it in normal and enjoy the lifted height. Thanks for the great info OP. I'll let you guys know how it goes, going the opposite direction. I'll give you some numbers too, in case anyone wants to do the same, though I suspect it will be the same adjustments, just the opposite way (that's where I'm starting anyway).
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I can't believe nobody has jumped in here with a lifted set yet. I only saw one post that mentioned doing the fronts to level, but nothing since, and not at all about lifting front and rear.
Well guys, it's gonna happen now. It may take me a few weeks, to gather the parts and get the time/nerve to do this, but I'm going the opposite way. I generally drive around in OR1, and it bugs me that I need to air back up after driving over 40 mph. I'm going to adjust so my "normal" height is at OR1 height, then I can just leave it in normal and enjoy the lifted height. Thanks for the great info OP. I'll let you guys know how it goes, going the opposite direction. I'll give you some numbers too, in case anyone wants to do the same, though I suspect it will be the same adjustments, just the opposite way (that's where I'm starting anyway).
Can't wait to see your results. This should interesting.
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Old 07-29-2016, 10:35 AM
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Re: DIY homemade air suspension links. Install with pics!

There was a guy in another thread that went the other way (up). He said it worked just fine. I'm more of a lowered kinda guy myself, butI don't see why it wouldn't work exactly the same. Might be a little firmer ride since you're running with more air in the bags, probably similar to driving in OR1
I think you have the right idea about link length. Start with opposite of what we do to lower it and you should be good.
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I did the same thing on the set for my Jeep. I sprayed them with a gloss black caliper paint I had laying around. They look good....as good as a suspension link can look anyway
LOL. I have my HA at the dealer right now to have the left fender wheel trim replaced. To avoid any possible showdown, I put the stock links back in last night. I think I'll spray the lowering links red before reinstalling. I also don't notice any difference driving with the stock links, but my wife mentioned it seemed higher for her to climb in. I just told her she was imagining it!
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I thought about red...but didn't have any handy last weekend. LOL
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I found some ball sockets, and threaded rod is easy enough to come by (just FYI it should be M5 x .8 not 10-32 but they're close enough to each other it works). Now I just need to figure out my lengths.
You said the back started at 3-1/2", and you shortened them 1/4" to lower the Jeep 1". So I should need 3-3/4" to lift the rear. If I'm reading your posts correctly, the front started at 3-1/4 and you lengthened it to lower the Jeep so I should need 3.0" to lift the front.
I'll fine tune the lengths and report back, but I guess my question was that the stock front set is 1/4" shorter than the stock rear set? Also confirming that the stock front set is curved (even on the pre-2016 models), but the new straight sets you have made have worked on everything but 2016's so far?
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DIY homemade air suspension links. Install with pics!

I actually had the Llams controller on mine, but I sent it back for home to make a few changes on it. He is setting it up to level the truck by lowering the rear .25" and raising the front by .25". In the mean time I made and installed the links on mine. I had to with the 275/60/20s. Tomorrow I'll try to get some pics and maybe able to get some measurements for you. It took some trial and error, but I got it very close to level and it still rides great.

Also the pre 16s are curved in the front and straight in the rear. The straights I made on the front are working perfectly. Almost 1500 miles on them so far. If you'd like, PM me so I'll remember the pics and measurements. It's late and I work early and also will be working through the weekend. Worse case I can have all of it by Tuesday early.
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I found some ball sockets, and threaded rod is easy enough to come by (just FYI it should be M5 x .8 not 10-32 but they're close enough to each other it works). Now I just need to figure out my lengths.
You said the back started at 3-1/2", and you shortened them 1/4" to lower the Jeep 1". So I should need 3-3/4" to lift the rear. If I'm reading your posts correctly, the front started at 3-1/4 and you lengthened it to lower the Jeep so I should need 3.0" to lift the front.
I'll fine tune the lengths and report back, but I guess my question was that the stock front set is 1/4" shorter than the stock rear set? Also confirming that the stock front set is curved (even on the pre-2016 models), but the new straight sets you have made have worked on everything but 2016's so far?
Ok so I do not recall the front stock length, but what I can say is the links I make to lower approx an inch the new total length tip to tip is exactly 5". So I suppose if you wanted to raise the front about an inch from stock you will want the front links to be about 4.5". I would start with that. The rears would need to be 3.75". In other words an inch different than the 1/2" difference from my lowering lengths. I found that every 1/4" difference in link length changes height about an inch. This also keeps the stock front to rear take which I think is important.

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I actually had the Llams controller on mine, but I sent it back for home to make a few changes on it. He is setting it up to level the truck by lowering the rear .25" and raising the front by .25". In the mean time I made and installed the links on mine. I had to with the 275/60/20s. Tomorrow I'll try to get some pics and maybe able to get some measurements for you. It took some trial and error, but I got it very close to level and it still rides great.

Also the pre 16s are curved in the front and straight in the rear. The straights I made on the front are working perfectly. Almost 1500 miles on them so far. If you'd like, PM me so I'll remember the pics and measurements. It's late and I work early and also will be working through the weekend. Worse case I can have all of it by Tuesday early.
All personal preference but I found the level look does not look good. Something about the shape and design of the Grand Cherokee needs that slight rake to look right. Prior to lowering 1" all around I started with just the rear and I had to change it. It looked like I was hauling 1000lbs of bricks all the time. Even if I wanted to raise the Jeep I would still keep the 1" rake difference between front rear. All personal opinion obviously.
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I actually had the Llams controller on mine, but I sent it back for home to make a few changes on it. He is setting it up to level the truck by lowering the rear .25" and raising the front by .25". In the mean time I made and installed the links on mine. I had to with the 275/60/20s. Tomorrow I'll try to get some pics and maybe able to get some measurements for you. It took some trial and error, but I got it very close to level and it still rides great.

Also the pre 16s are curved in the front and straight in the rear. The straights I made on the front are working perfectly. Almost 1500 miles on them so far. If you'd like, PM me so I'll remember the pics and measurements. It's late and I work early and also will be working through the weekend. Worse case I can have all of it by Tuesday early.
Thanks for the response. And I'll shoot a PM your way for a reminder, thanks. No hurry, I'm not doing this for about a week or two. Just trying to plan it all out first.

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.....Even if I wanted to raise the Jeep I would still keep the 1" rake difference between front rear. All personal opinion obviously.
Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. I lifted my Ram, and it's still got a little rake to it too. I've found being dead flat level, does tend to look a little squatty in the back. I'm planning to go up 1", front and back so the rake will remain the same.
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