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Old 08-22-2014, 09:27 PM
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Eibach all terain pro lift install

ok got the front end done today, and let me start by saying; I was a mechanic in the Marines for 6 years working on Hummvees and larger. I have also done several suspension mods on countless cars and trucks while I was stationed in California. If anyone was in the S.C.M.T.C. that's where I cut my teeth. So not much scares me on any front. With that, if you have never had a strut apart without injury practice on something else.
If you have skills and tools, this is not too different from anything else but the springs in this kit are long. I went to Oreilys and got their free loaner compressors amd kind of regretted it. If you have a tool rental place available and they have heavy duty go that route. If not get 2 sets, I got one from oreily and one from advanced.


I started with removing the UCA nut Tie rod and sway bar end links, I would recommend P.B blaster the sway bar end links a couple days prior as they were the only trouble. I am not going to write an overly detailed description as these steps are common and were not tricky. Youre going to need some larger Metric impact sockets up to 23 or 24 mm. 18mm wrench for the sway bar end link.
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Old 08-22-2014, 09:42 PM
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Re: Eibach pro lift install

I left one of the three nuts on but barely loose on the top so it holds up the strut as high as possible while you kick out the bottom. I( did this by myself so was limited on what I could take pics of.) Remove the lower bolt from the strut assembly. I used a strap to control the knuckle as I had concern of the brake lines. I found that there was plenty of length and wasn't much concerned after that, even while extending the lower assembly.

I was able to remove the Strut with the LCA completely assembled. I did put my back in the fender well and pushed the lower assembly down with my knees. The half shaft did disconnect at front diff, but it pops back in pretty easy and didn't damage either boot. I held the strut with one hand and was able to reach over and remove the remaining nut to drop the Strut out. I am only 5'6" and wasn't hard to do. But would be better if you had someone else there with you.
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Old 08-22-2014, 09:52 PM
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Re: Eibach pro lift install

Now for the fun!!

I was by myself and I would recommend you have a friend close by. I was able to disassemble the stock assembly with the loaner kit from oreily. The loaner kit will not compress the new spring enough to put it on the new strut. I started with one set 180 apart and compressed them as much as I could with my impact. I have a legit impact and a 30gal compressor and it was getting a workout. Once I got the spring compressed a decent amount I added the second set of compressors and went around the clock. Now you have to squish these things down to get the nut started. Again 2 people would be better here.

Pay attention to your alignment from top to bottom. That way you have minimal rotation when you set this back in.
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:11 PM
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Re: Eibach pro lift install

It was harder getting the new assembly set in on the driver side as the half shaft is shorter so the angle is tighter. I was able to get both sides in without disassembling the lca, the halfshafts did pop out at the diff on both sides. Same way I got them out, back in the fenderwell and knee on the lower assembly. (2 people = Less sweat and cussing here too).

If it wasn't for the length of these springs this would be a typical strut replacement for the most part. Actually, the freedom of the brake line length and articulation of the lower ball joint was a plus.

I got no instructions with my kit other than removing the v8 preload spacer. I considered leaving it for added lift but didn't want to sacrifice the ride quality.

I would say in all honesty if you have done coilovers on a full size truck and are confident in suspension go for it. If you have NEVER worked on coilovers don't start with this kit!!!! These springs are a lot for two hands, It took me about 3 hours on the first side(passenger is easier) and where I started. 2 on the drivers, but I spent a great deal of time fighting the spring compressors.

I am getting up early to do the back and will post some final pics. I will be happy to help anyone that needs it, just P.M. me or show up at the house with a 12 pack of newcastl eor corona.
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Re: Eibach pro lift install

Forgot to say, after everything is back together I hit the top nut again with the impact. The new nut is 19mm vs. 18mm on the stock assembly. With the way these springs fight getting the weight of the vehicle on the strut helps spin it the rest of the way down. when I cleared the vehicle out of the garage it popped when it went over the lip from the garage floor to the driveway. I didn't get that nut tight assembling the strut.
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trying to upload a phone pic as it sits now front only done.
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Back is complete and pretty uneventful. I removed the caliper, two upper links and the sway bar end link. was able to take out the shock and spring. I did compress the new spring to get it in.
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Re: Eibach pro lift install

To remove the top plate from the shock I used a 8mm socket inside of a 18mm socket held with visegrips. The nut on the new one is 19mm and it spins tight with an impact. When you assembling connect the Sway bar end link before setting the shock in place.
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the front side more higher than the rear isn't
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Re: Eibach pro lift install

There it is barely, after driving to work this morning it settled. The camber is off as well i think. Ill get a straight side shot after allignment. Its sitting level across the bottom right now, the front fender gap is taller in relationship to the bottom body line so it has more gap.
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Re: Eibach all terain pro lift install

So
Is there any trouble on axle shaft or wheel bearing or any other part
When you lift it up ?


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