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Eric's rust-ridden 2" lift install rant-thread
10-09-2016, 08:42 AM
Post: #1
Eric's rust-ridden 2" lift install rant-thread
Here's the plan:

2" lift springs, new shocks, track-bar relocation bracket, steering damper, front sway-bar QDs.

If I lived in a southern state, this would be a day's work at a leisurely pace, including breaks.


I spent three weeks soaking the upper shock bolts with PB Blaster.

The front QDs. Will the factory links come off? Nope.

I thought I might try to save them, as they are fine, just too short. Not happening.

Here's how I got the nut to loosen. Cut a slice in it.

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Then, getting the bar-side removed went fine on one side. The other side, I had to cut the link off, and use a bearing press.

Installation of new links went fine.

The lower shock bolts came out fine. The uppers.....

Driver's side... not so bad. One sheared bolt, air-chisel knocks out welded nut.... expected.

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Passenger side... both sheared, the chisel isn't getting it done, even with cutting the nut weld as much as I could with a Dremel.


This pic shows where I cut the floor of the tub from above.
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This is gaining better (but not great) access from the top. The marks are from trying to Dremel, and then chisel.

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Here's the trackbar Torx bolt. You can imagine what fun that was.
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10-09-2016, 09:11 AM
Post: #2
RE: Eric's rust-ridden 2" lift install rant-thread
Those upper rear shock bolts were designed by Satan himself.

Dan
1998 ZJ limited 4.5" lift 32s, lots of stuff
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10-09-2016, 09:37 AM
Post: #3
RE: Eric's rust-ridden 2" lift install rant-thread
The brakes just got put on this project. Nothing horrible, though.

I had to cut the upper trackbar bolt off. I didn't take pics, but I used a Sawzall, and cut the bolt inside the frame mount.

The bolt was seized to the sleeve, and would not press out.

It looked like this (not my pic). Nut came off easily.

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Doing that wrecks the bushing and sleeve, so now I wait for parts. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CN...UTF8&psc=1

With the holiday, Amazon Prime will only get them here on Wednesday.

Pressing out the bushing is fun. Makes me glad I have this tool that I rarely use.
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I can still do the springs and shocks back here.
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10-09-2016, 08:58 PM
Post: #4
RE: Eric's rust-ridden 2" lift install rant-thread
did you change the track bars or just take it off to get more leverage to put the new coils on?
i usually dont mess with them unless necessary, which is usually at 3" or more of lift.
ive put like 20000 miles on my zj with 2.5" lift and i never touched the trackbars and ive had no problems.

Dan
1998 ZJ limited 4.5" lift 32s, lots of stuff
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10-09-2016, 10:00 PM
Post: #5
RE: Eric's rust-ridden 2" lift install rant-thread
I was removing the rear trackbar to install a track bar relocation bracket.

I didn't install one of those on my last Jeep, but the vendor I went through for my new setup recommended doing this.

I have the new bracket installed now.

I actually have the new coils and shocks in, too (rear done, not fronts, yet) but I didn't do anything for bumpstop extension. With only 31s, and the rear swaybar connected, I don't know if I need extended stops in the back.

I will probably throw a couple of hockey pucks in there.
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10-10-2016, 08:31 AM
Post: #6
RE: Eric's rust-ridden 2" lift install rant-thread
I have a set of rear bump stop extenders you can have for free if you want them. I also have a rear track bar bracket that I just never used lol.
I can tell my axles are shifted a little but it hasn't affected anything on mine. I think tjs communicate any imperfections more because of the shorter wheelbase.
Well the hard part is over, hopefully the front goes easy for you

Dan
1998 ZJ limited 4.5" lift 32s, lots of stuff
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10-10-2016, 12:08 PM
Post: #7
RE: Eric's rust-ridden 2" lift install rant-thread
Sounds like all of my jeep related projects. Best of luck and hopefully it will be the last time on this jeep.

yj project under construction

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10-10-2016, 01:46 PM
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RE: Eric's rust-ridden 2" lift install rant-thread
Looks like it's coming along really well. The folks down south really miss out on the joys of dealing with parts that are "salt welded" together!
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10-10-2016, 07:31 PM
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RE: Eric's rust-ridden 2" lift install rant-thread
Today... not much time to work on it. Went to the hardware store, got some coarse 10x90 metric bolts. Drilled holes in hockey pucks = redneck bumpstop extensions

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10-11-2016, 11:17 AM
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RE: Eric's rust-ridden 2" lift install rant-thread
(10-10-2016 01:46 PM)BlueCrawler Wrote:  .... parts that are "salt welded" together!

You just gave me the idea for a new product!

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