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mTBrunner83 05-30-2012 11:23 AM

RC 2" Lift Kit install
 
I am sure you folks see enough of these posts asking about lit kits and from what I have researched and found I believe I am prepared to do this but it never hurts to double and sometimes triple check your own interpretation.

After many questions and much debate I have finally decided to tackle the install of a lift kit. I have Decided on RC. Before I attempt to install this weekend I want to make sure I am not missing anything vital to the process so I figured I would ask those experienced with installing Lift kits.

I have all the appropriate size wrenches, and sockets (I have a cordless impact which might help), angle/hand grinder, jack stands and jack that are needed as required by the kit. I have used PB Blaster on all the nuts and bolts and plan on soaking it again the night before. I have acquired the spring compressor for the struts and I have a ball joint puller/seperator if needed. I also plan on replacing the struts as well so I am pretty certain I will need a spring compressor either way.
I am pretty certain that is everything I need other than beer and a lot of patience. I'll also have an extra pair of hands. Is there something I am forgetting/missing? It would suck to get this thing going and realize I am missing something. Thanks for any feedback and I will be sure to post pictures once I complete this task.

TJcust 05-30-2012 12:10 PM

Re: RC 2" Lift Kit install
 
That sounds good to me. Good idea to change the struts during this process since they are out anyways. The hand grinder isnt actually required even though RC install sheet says it is.

Its a shame you only have a cordless impact... that may increase your install time by an hour or two.

Oh and make sure to do an alignment afterwards. Very important.

mTBrunner83 05-30-2012 12:18 PM

Re: RC 2" Lift Kit install
 
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Originally Posted by TJcust (Post 636478)
That sounds good to me. Good idea to change the struts during this process since they are out anyways. The hand grinder isnt actually required even though RC install sheet says it is.

Its a shame you only have a cordless impact... that may increase your install time by an hour or two.

Oh and make sure to do an alignment afterwards. Very important.

I anticipate this being at least an all day job as it is my first time doing anything with suspension. You say the handgrinder is not required? That would be nice not have to cut or grind anything. Ya the impact situation is kind of funny I have a 60 gallon air compressor in the garage but have yet to buy an impact wrench. Ya the alginment will definitely be done but a day later 2 at the most, unless it just doesn't drive okay at all, then i will have to find someone a lot quicker.

TJcust 05-30-2012 12:33 PM

Re: RC 2" Lift Kit install
 
If this is your first suspension work I would at least allow for a full day, and even possibly two. I did my rear first and did the front a day later (waiting on struts). If you can afford an air impact, do it. It will save you alot of greif. As for the grinder yes.. they say to grind down the bolts ontop of the strut mount, but I found the RC spacer to have pleanty of room for them. Just pull the bolts down a little to make room for the nuts, once the nuts are tight there are no problems.

mTBrunner83 05-30-2012 12:45 PM

Re: RC 2" Lift Kit install
 
I also hear stories of people being refused an alignment after being lifted. I assume this is just techs that do not know what they are doing... or it is someone who doesn't want to guarantee the alignment of a vehicle out of factory spec. And I have considered it taking 2 days. I am going to tackle the front first as that seems to be the most difficult part. Should I go with the rear first?

TJcust 05-30-2012 04:49 PM

Re: RC 2" Lift Kit install
 
If you don't wanna look dumb driving around, but if your not driving it makes no difference lol.

Any shop should be able to do the alignment. I have never heard of that up here in Canada.. although where I live 60-70% of trucks are lifted.. not even joking.

DGoral31 05-30-2012 04:52 PM

Re: RC 2" Lift Kit install
 
FYI... after installing the same lift i had to go to about 4 dif tire shops before any where able to align the Jeep.

mTBrunner83 05-30-2012 05:20 PM

Re: RC 2" Lift Kit install
 
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Originally Posted by TJcust (Post 636584)
If you don't wanna look dumb driving around, but if your not driving it makes no difference lol.

Any shop should be able to do the alignment. I have never heard of that up here in Canada.. although where I live 60-70% of trucks are lifted.. not even joking.

Haha fair enough. Well I mean I was going to tackle the front end on saturday starting early and then do the rear on sunday. Depending on how long the front takes I may do both the same day. I just scheduled for 2 days just in case.

mTBrunner83 05-30-2012 05:22 PM

Re: RC 2" Lift Kit install
 
I have asked 2 places here and even told them what I have done. They said they can do a 4 wheel alignment for 70-75 bucks.

DGoral31 05-30-2012 05:31 PM

Re: RC 2" Lift Kit install
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mTBrunner83 (Post 636601)
I have asked 2 places here and even told them what I have done. They said they can do a 4 wheel alignment for 70-75 bucks.

i was told the same thing but when the jeep got on the rack they couldnt line up the machines. i think the axel gets twisted in the rear a little bit

either way good luck.

mTBrunner83 05-30-2012 06:14 PM

Re: RC 2" Lift Kit install
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DGoral31 (Post 636607)
i was told the same thing but when the jeep got on the rack they couldnt line up the machines. i think the axel gets twisted in the rear a little bit

either way good luck.

Twisted in the rear?

DGoral31 05-30-2012 06:36 PM

Re: RC 2" Lift Kit install
 
ya there is something about these lifts... i might be mistaken ... one side pulls and the other side pushes the axel... its barely noticeable but its enough to cause an alignment to be a bitch


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