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Rocky Road 2.25'' lift kit install (with photos)

Rather than hi-jack other threads where Rocky Road lift kits have been installed, I thought I’d just start a new one so I could post photos as things progress. (A ‘how-to’ thread of sorts) I did a short search, and only seem to find ‘’after’’ exterior shots. Hopefully, I can correct this lack o’ installation photos.

These are the ‘’before’’ photos. Well, at least the start of a set of ‘’befores’’ because I need a couple of good side profile shots of how she sits now. I ordered the lift kit about 3:30 pm Friday. (Online with a credit card) Rocky Road’s time zone is ahead of here, so they were closed by then. We’ll see how soon my kit gets on the move come tomorrow. (Monday) I bought a 2.25’’ kit complete with shocks. I’ll post photos of the project as it gets done.

Here’s a link to the album page… check back as time goes on… there will be new photos later. http://www.villagephotos.com/pubbrow...der_id=2066900

There are two photos now, with a front and rear height showing. The front is 3.25’’ from the top of the tire to the fender well, the rear is 5’’. I don’t know why it sits rear high, it always has.

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Look forward to the pics and write up.
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They all sit high in the back. Some members of the forum have actually tried to raise the front to level it out. Personally I am fine with the attitude look of nose lower. When you change the shocks, be sure to do a search of the old posts for the use of the correct bolts/washers. Many of us had clunking noise from the shocks after installing them.

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The nose down look doesn't bother me at all. I was wondering if the lift kit keeps the look, or does it level it out? I was going for more fenderwell space, and I think it'll look a lot better raised up a bit.

Thanks for the heads up on the shocks. Silence is golden.
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The nose down look doesn't bother me at all. I was wondering if the lift kit keeps the look, or does it level it out?
The Rocky Road lift raises the front about 3.5 inches and levels the XK.



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Yippee! I expected next week at the earliest.

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Phase I is complete!! (As in the front end) Tonight, it’s on to phase II. (Although the back end should be a whole lot easier) This thread won’t be so much as a ‘’how-to’’ as it’ll be a ‘’what-you’re-in-for’’ post.

As is typical, anyone I could think of to call for help wasn’t home. And nobody even knew when I was going to start on it, so it wasn’t like they were hiding out. (If you don’t believe that happens, just try and call someone when you need help moving) So… I worked solo on what should be a two person job. It took 4.5 hours to do the front end.

The front end is McPherson struts, which are pretty heavy. They need to be completely removed so stud bolts can be cut off or have their heads flattened on a bench grinder. (My option)

Then, after everything’s ready, you have to hold the 50+ lb. strut assembly with yet another 5 lbs. of spacer on top of that, all while getting nuts threaded on from above. Fortunately, I’m the same size and weight as William ‘’The Refrigerator’’ Perry, (The football player) so my gorilla-length arms were long enough to reach over the fender and get the nuts threaded onto the bolts. (Not to mention one-arming the struts up in place while reaching over) That’s why I warn anyone taking this on to make it a TWO PERSON job.

The first PITA is having to remove the battery and fuse blocks. The strut bolts are buried underneath it. The passenger side’s a lot easier since only the radiator overflow needs to come out.

I will say that despite the work involved, it’s WELL WORTH IT. I drove home last night and back to work today ‘’uphill’’ both ways. It’s sits front high now. The front end went from 3.25’’ to almost 7’’ from the top of the tire to the fender well. The Jeep feels like it’s got a load of cement bags in the back. (Not with any funny handling, just that I feel like I’m rocked backwards) The Jeep normally does actually sit level, it’s just the back fender wells are higher up. The (factory ride height) bodywork does sit level rather than front low like it appears. Right now, the lower sill is noticeably lower at the back end.

Here’s a ‘’Before’’ shot.


Here’s a ‘’semi-after’’ shot. (Half done) The ‘’after’’ will be posted tomorrow when it’s complete.

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Here’s a series of photos as work progressed.

The pile ‘o parts from Rocky Road:


Looking at the strut before starting:


Thing's are comin' apart:


The battery etc. removed:


Closer view of the OEM strut bolts:


Continued...
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Dealing with the original stud bolts. You have to knock them loose, then grind off the heads to clear the spring. You then turn the bolts and remove them.


The *&%$#@! bolts removed:


The strut reinstalled with the spacer in place:


Using a floor jack to get the lower A-arm bolts etc. all lined back up:


I will mention that BEFORE starting to take anything apart, pull the entire length of the wheel speed sensor wiring loose. It'll get stretched in two if you don't. It's held in place about 5 places with push clips etc.

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