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So, my 4'' RC suspension lift is in. Along with my 35x12.50x17 Dick Cepek tires. And my Cragar Soft 8s will be here tomorrow. My question is. I've never installed a lift before and would greatly appreciate any tips or helpful ways to do things. Special tools that I might need. Or do I just need to have a shop do it?

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Really depends on your mechanical abilities....

Honestly, lifts are not very difficult to install, however if you have to ask then I would suggest letting a shop do it for you. Suspensions are a safety concern and better left to an experienced installer.
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The most difficult thing is going to be cutting off the rear cross member brackets on the drivers side. You'll need either a reciprocating saw or a cut off wheel to do it. Other than that the install is pretty simple as Boosted said. Take some time and read through the instructions to familiarize yourself with everything. Rough Country's instructions are pretty well done so you shouldn't have any issues following along and getting the work done.
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1. When taking your control arms, steering link etc out, if you cannot get it off with an impact use a socket on the bottom and a combo wrench on the big nut.
When you loosen a full stroke let the socket "click" back. This way you don't ever have to take your wrench off and it is much faster.

2. Have 2 people

3. Get heavy duty zip ties so you can remove your calipers and zip tie them to the UCA and not worry about the brake lines.

4. To get the Upper control arm back into the spindle, jack up the bottom of the lower control arm as much as you can without lifting the truck off the jack stands (make sure it is still on the stands), take a ratchet strap and connect it from the UCA to the bottom bolt hole from the caliper and pull them together making it easier to reconnect.

5. Have a jack with a wide head

6. Have tall jack stands that have a wide top, the rounded edges of the frame can make for some sketchy lifts if you are not careful.

7. Don't start on a Sunday afternoon. Take the entire weekend in case you have a problem.


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I really appreciate the help guys. I was completely unaware that I had to cut anything! I guess this will be a learning experience. I hope I don't really need an impact because I don't have one. Nor do I have a saw to cut anything.
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I really appreciate the help guys. I was completely unaware that I had to cut anything! I guess this will be a learning experience. I hope I don't really need an impact because I don't have one. Nor do I have a saw to cut anything.
If you don't have an impact, air tools or something to cut with, I really don't suggest you to take this on yourself. Doing a lift is not the best project to try to learn on your own.
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That's what I figured. Hopefully one day when I don't live on base housing I can get some decent air tools. I appreciate the feedback though!
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If you know someone with the right tools and experience see if they can help you, that way you get it in cheaper (case of beer?) and you learn a lot too.
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That's what I figured. Hopefully one day when I don't live on base housing I can get some decent air tools. I appreciate the feedback though!
You live on base? Military? If so, do you have a (automotive) hobby shop on base? A lot of military bases have hobby shops that have lifts, tools and people that have automotive experience that can help you.
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