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Old 12-28-2012, 11:44 AM
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Re: New RRO leveling kit, Done the right way!!!

Got them in last night. Took me about 6 hours working by myself. Not too bad, just time-consuming work. Fun little project. I didn't see where it said in the instructions to remove the steering tie rod (just below the strut mount), but I found it necessary. Also, taking the CV out of the case is mandatory as far as I can tell on driver's side, so be prepared - very simple in and out so don't let it intimidate you. I started on the passenger side - that took four hours, and then the driver's side took the other two. I think someone reported it was the other way around, it's just a matter of figuring out how it goes together and what you need to do, no biggie. At alignment shop now getting alignment and a new set of Firestone Destination ATs put on. Unfortunately, like a knucklehead I ordered stock size instead of using the opportunity to upsize to a 65 profile or so.

Here's the parts "explosion" on the driver's side. Not as hard as it looks. You need 10, 13, 18, 21, 22, and 24 mm deep sockets, wrenches (mostly 21mm wrench, you don't need a 24), and a med size (18-24 in) prybar. Put some white lithium on cv joints and any possible rub areas to avoid tearing stuff and facilitate strut removal. Somebody else had a good idea to put the nut/washer on, then the spacer on top of that to make your mark and cut the strut studs. Air tools (impact, cutoff, ratchet) are big plus in moving the work along.

Yeah, I don't like the angle of the brake lines either, but you need an extreme angle to get that strut in/out. I tried to minimize the fatigue as much as possible by tying up out of the way with bailing wire and using a jack under the rotor. My squiggly light is on now, not sure if I tweaked the wire or maybe it came unplugged, will have to check out. I did unplug the right side on removal but I made sure to reconnect it, not sure if that tripped the computer even though it was started with it disconnected.

Jeep sits nice now, should've done this a long time ago.





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Old 12-30-2012, 11:13 PM
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Re: New RRO leveling kit, Done the right way!!!

GTOGreg,

Your rig looks awesome. I'm debating doing the leveling kit in the future. In some pics the leveling kit looks just right and in others, it looks like it's squatting a bit in the back, but every time I look at my GC, it just looks way too low in the front.

Any experiences towing? Does it still sit relatively level with a load?

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Old 12-31-2012, 01:29 PM
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Re: New RRO leveling kit, Done the right way!!!

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GTOGreg,

Your rig looks awesome. I'm debating doing the leveling kit in the future. In some pics the leveling kit looks just right and in others, it looks like it's squatting a bit in the back, but every time I look at my GC, it just looks way too low in the front.

Any experiences towing? Does it still sit relatively level with a load?

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Thank you for the compliment. No experience towing post-lift but don't expect any issues. Yes, it sits level, though in some pics it has the appearance of being biased to the rear. This pic might be a better representation of how it actually looks:


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Re: New RRO leveling kit, Done the right way!!!

Im looking at the Leveling kit over doing the entire lift as I only want to go to a 31.5 inch AT tire. Does anyone have any suggestions on size? I have settled on 2 sizes that the tires i want are made in. 285/60-18 in a General Grabber AT2 or Toyo Open Country AT2, or 265/65-18 in a BFG TAko. My concern is that with the 285 width, the leveling kit may not work. I am going with the Fuel 534 Boost rim in 18x9 and +20 offset.
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:56 PM
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Nice looking wheel, do they make this in 20"
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Yep I thought about the 20s.
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Re: New RRO leveling kit, Done the right way!!!

If its too wide, you can always go with a spacer, you'll need to see the overall diameter of the tire, all the manufacturers have them, lords of posts on tiress, I'm personally gonna go for the 275/55/20 Nitto Terra Grapplers,
Love the wheel you picked! Find any deals on them?, I'm gonna do a search
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Re: New RRO leveling kit, Done the right way!!!

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If its too wide, you can always go with a spacer, you'll need to see the overall diameter of the tire, all the manufacturers have them, lords of posts on tiress, I'm personally gonna go for the 275/55/20 Nitto Terra Grapplers,
Love the wheel you picked! Find any deals on them?, I'm gonna do a search


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Old 01-15-2013, 10:21 AM
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Re: New RRO leveling kit, Done the right way!!!

Ok, I had stated that it took me about an 1 1/2 hrs for the drivers side due to the axle being the shortest on that side.. And I didn't need to remove the steering shaft. And the passenger side took all of 20-30 mins to complete...I can only relay what my experience was with it, with the help of my friend in his repair garage on a lift with power tools... Either way it was easy enough. And make sure you re- align it
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Yes, it takes about 2 hours if you dont have a helper. Its pretty easy, and self explanitory if you have mechanical knowledge. Thanks to Mac Daddy for giving me some useful info about spacing the front another 1/4".
I used the leveling kit up front (not the lift kit) and was fabricating my rear, when I ran out of acetylene. I had a tire appt in 2 hrs so i came up with a quick/temporary fix, but these would work for long term use too (i just want more lift in the rear so im going to finish making my kit). I used TJ 3/4" coil spring spacers in the rear. The stock WK2 lower control arm spring perch fits perfectly into the spacer and the spacer fits perfectly into the LCA spring perch hole. This gave me enough lift front and rear to fit 255/80/17 BFG KM2's (33.06x10.08x17) with a unique 297 steel wheel with a 4.5" of backspace. Minor fender trimming was required to fit these (cut and fold the pinch welds and felt between the tire and the doors. The 265/70/17 (32.01x11.24x17) fit fine though without trimming. pics are attached of the rear spacers, pinch weld mod, and jeep after lift and tires.
I just dig the way your Jeep Looks I just orderd the leveling kit from RRO and I am wondering if your still running the Tj spacers ? if so are you having Any issues ? I do not plan on doing the kind of wheeling that I did with my JK But i would like to hit a few trails do you see any issues.
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Re: New RRO leveling kit, Done the right way!!!

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I just dig the way your Jeep Looks I just orderd the leveling kit from RRO and I am wondering if your still running the Tj spacers ? if so are you having Any issues ? I do not plan on doing the kind of wheeling that I did with my JK But i would like to hit a few trails do you see any issues.
I just gotta say it again "DUDE BAD ASS JEEP"
I too would love to hear follow-up info on people with RRO leveling kits who put in the 3/4" TJ coil spring spacers in the rear. Follow-ups from people who did the leveling w/o spacers would be great too.
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Re: New RRO leveling kit, Done the right way!!!

If you go back thruough all the threads in this post you'll see that it was started as the RRO Leveling kit, done the right way. Many questions on rim sizes tire sizes, vehicle stance etc... have been entertained and answered. So with that being said the RRO 1 3/4" Leveling kit seems to be by all account's the front portion of their advertised 2 1/2" lift kit which. I ordered the 2 1/2" lift kit, after measuring the lift kit the front strut top spacers were 1 3/4"(see above referenced leveling kit}, the rear spacer for the lift kit measured at 1 5/8". After measuring the difference between the the front and rear height of my 2011 Laredo "E", with the load leveling shocks and 3 different measurements of 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 tanks of gas I needed to raise the front of the GC about to about 1 3/8" up to 1 5/8 so that it didn't look saggy in the rear nor still too low up front. I then took and placed a 1/4 spacer in the front on top of the 1 3/4 strut top spacer from the RRO lift kit. That gave me a total of 2" up front, I then cut and re-welded the 1 5/8" rear spacer to 3/4". the GC sits level and has an agressive sturdy stance in motion as well. The stock 245x70x17 tires were replaced with 265x70x17 Firestone Destination AT's on the stocks rims. I used 1 1/4" wheel spacers to increase rim back-spacing and I have more than enough room for 285x70x17. The entire job was about 2 - 2 1/2 hours and then drove it straight to the alignment shop. In case of the TJ 3/4 inch rear coil spacers I think that's because several members fabbed up their own rear spacer after ordering the leveling kit and thought that the rear may have looked a little saggy to them, based upon my measurements after cutting down my RRO Lift kit rear spacer to 3/4". With rim sizes, tire sizes and back spacing under consideration you can fit a 33" inch tall tire and all the equivalent metric rims/tire combinations by doing some research and having your local Tire dealer offer their expertise. Again this was only "my" experience with the RRO Lift kit, It's a quick easy and in-expensive way to get the look and performance you want. Along with the advice from RRO, and forum members anyone should and can be able to do this without making it too confusing for themselves. Good luck, Mac
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