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.