How to Lift Your Jeep

September 25th, 2018 by

Jeep Cherokee

If you’re ready to hit the trails around Beavercreek, but wanted to raise your wheels up first, check out this quick overview of how to lift your Jeep, then get out your tools and get your Jeep Wrangler ready for adventure.

Lifting Equipment

Like any good DIY project, success depends on having the right tools and setup to get the job done.  Begin by making sure your workspace has a ceiling at least 10-feet high and clear space at least six feet around the vehicle, so you can easily access the wheels and won’t damage the Jeep’s exterior.

Once your space is set, gather the following tools:

  • Lift and pole jack, or jack and jack stands, or vehicle lift
  • Metric socket set with 3/8-inch and 1/2-inch sockets
  • Socket extension
  • Trim panel removal tools
  • Breaker bar
  • Penetrating oil
  • Gloves
  • Lift kit

Allot yourself 3-4 hours to get the job done.

Lift Kits

Depending on why you’re installing your lift – to look good in town or hit the trails around Hidden Spring Ranch near Springfield – you’ll need to consider a few things to make sure you’ve got the right model:

  • The purpose of your lift
  • Tire size
  • Tire type
  • Jeep model
  • Budget

Of course, you should also consider your own expertise when it comes to installing these types of upgrades and decide whether you’re capable of handling the job on your own, or if you should bring in expert help before taking your new Jeep’s suspension apart.

How to Install a Spring Lift

The complexity of the lift process depends on which lift type you’ve chosen and the age of your vehicle. If you’ve picked a standard spring lift, however, it should go something like this:

Front End

  1.     Jack up your Jeep
  2.     Remove all four wheels
  3.     Remove brake line bracket and sway bar end links
  4.     Remove the front shocks beginning with the upper shock mount
  5.     Use pole jack to support the front axle
  6.     Lower the front axle and remove the coil spring
  7.     Remove the lower shock
  8.     Insert new springs
  9.     Install new shocks according to manufacturer specifications
  10.  Reconnect factory end links
  11.  Reconnect brake line bracket

Rear End

  1.     Support the rear axle
  2.     Remove the bolts holding the top of the rear shocks in place
  3.     Remove the lower shock mount and shock
  4.     Remove the brake line bracket – leave the brake line in place
  5.     Disconnect and secure the ABS wiring
  6.     Lower the rear axle, remove spring and sway bar
  7.     Place existing pad on new lift spring
  8.     Install spring
  9.     Raise axle back up and reinstall original sway bar end link
  10.  Install new rear shocks according to manufacturer specifications
  11.  Lift axle and align bottom of shock to shock mount – fasten
  12.  Reconnect brake line bracket
  13.  Plug ABS wiring back in
  14.  Reinstall vent tube
  15.  Reinstall wheels and tires

Get Advice from the Experts at Butler Auto Group!

If you need advice or more information about buying a new vehicle or about the process or gear required, however, feel free to contact an Associate at Butler Auto Group in , and we’ll be happy to help. Remember, even with the massive tires on your lifted Jeep, you’ll still need to work to prevent uneven tire tread wear.

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