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Old 12-30-2006
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Got my lift!!

So I got my 3inch lift from fabtech today and I need some help. The guys at 4wheelparts told me it would be pretty easy but I was wondering if anyone could give me some pointers. I have a pickle fork and the ball joint press and the grinder. Help would be greatly appreciated!thx
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Old 01-01-2007
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Old 01-01-2007
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I will help you with everything here...

Step 1: Block rear wheels, make sure you are IN park and your ebrake on.

Step 2: Remove front wheels and brake calipers (come off with two bolts, they should be about 15mm)

Step 3: Remove dust cap from wheel spindle assembly (it's the little cap you see over where the wheel goes in, inbetween the lugs). Also remove the ABS sensor

Step 4: Remove spindle nut using the correct size socket or an adjustable wrench

Step 5: Using a BFH (big f'ing hammer) pop off the top ball joint from the spindle

Step 6: (I used a hammer for this) You just hit the side of the hole where the tie rod goes in, and the tie rod comes loose. Or you can use a tie rod fork. But be carefull, it will ruin your boots if you aren't carefull

Step 7: Using a BFH or a "pitman arm puller" (can be rented from autozone/pepboyz) pop the spindle off of the lower ball joint. It will POP very whatch out, it's kind of scary if you have never done it before.

Voila...your off...just take the brake line off of the frame (just unscrew the bolt there) so you don't bind your brake lines.

Now time for the grinding. Grind 1/4" off the outside of your LCA (I will try to find pics) and grind wherever else you's a lot of grinding!!!

Install is the reverse obviously. Get an alignment while your at it.

AIM is jrpro130

Don't be afraid to ask, I've ruined/done/installed/removed everything on our suspension so far...

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