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2012 lift install help please!

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by knine00, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. Feb 25, 2012 at 2:15 PM
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    knine00

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    I am in the process of installing a lift on my 2012. I ran into a problem. I am trying to change out the UCA with LR UCA. I want to make sure I am doing this the right way. The problem is, I can't get the bolt out without running into the inner fender. Please help!

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  2. Feb 25, 2012 at 2:17 PM
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    DOUBLLD

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    Did it come with new bolts if so cut it out
     
  3. Feb 25, 2012 at 2:17 PM
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    Twistedfreedom

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    Cut it that's your only choice

    the fender that is not the bolt
     
  4. Feb 25, 2012 at 2:25 PM
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    Didnt come with new bolts. Dont want to cut the fender. Has any other 2012 run into this problem?
     
  5. Feb 25, 2012 at 2:28 PM
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    Twistedfreedom

    Twistedfreedom welcome to the incredibuild

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    it looks exactly the same as my 08 under there. you're either going to have to get new bolts and cut the bolt or cut your fender. it's even in the install directions that you'll have to cut the fender. Your only other option is to remove the fender.

    If you look close you don't have to cut much to get the bolt out.

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  6. Feb 25, 2012 at 2:30 PM
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    Know where I can get new bolts?
     
  7. Feb 25, 2012 at 2:32 PM
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    the stealership or fastenal make sure you get grade 8 or above they are M14 1.5 thread pitch I believe they are 13" long
     
  8. Feb 25, 2012 at 2:36 PM
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    Auto zone wouldn't be able to order something like that?
     
  9. Feb 25, 2012 at 2:37 PM
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    Maybe... i don't trust auto zone. Fanstenal has 50% for military members
     
  10. Feb 25, 2012 at 2:38 PM
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    Didnt know that! I asked about auto zone because I dont want to wait tell monday.
     
  11. Feb 25, 2012 at 2:43 PM
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    You can bend back the portion of the inner fender that's in the way. I was hesitant to do so at first, but you can bend it right back into place, looks like it was never touched.
     
  12. Feb 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM
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    Ok I can give that a shot. I take it yall put the bolt in the other way when you installed the UCA?
     
  13. Feb 25, 2012 at 2:51 PM
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    I actually put mine back in going different directions. One side was bent enough to put it back in the way it came out. The other side I put back in starting from the rear of the truck going towards the front.

    The general consensus around the board is it is easier to put it back in the opposite way it came from the factory. You'll have to see which is easier for you.

    Also, as an FYI, it took me about 20-30 minutes per side. It's not quick and it might be a little discomforting bending the metal on your brand new truck, but it beats waiting around for parts from the dealer, and like I mentioned earlier, you can bend it back to a point where you wouldn't ever know it was touched in the first place.
     
  14. Feb 25, 2012 at 3:19 PM
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    This is fun. One problem after another. Thanks for the help so far guys. I just noticed that the UCA doesn't fit tight. Check out the pic and tell me what you think. I am going to match the part number up right now just to make sure. I doubt the when you put the bolt in it brings it flush but I could be wrong.

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  15. Feb 25, 2012 at 3:22 PM
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    Are there any washers?
     
  16. Feb 25, 2012 at 3:24 PM
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    Nevermind...I found the spacers at the bottom of my box!
     
  17. Feb 25, 2012 at 4:05 PM
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    I have one more problem which I am pretty sure no one can solve. I can't get the castle nut down far enough to install the cotter pin.

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  18. Feb 25, 2012 at 4:09 PM
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    Your gonna have to push up on the lca and down on the uca i ran into that problem too when i put on my coilovers, if you have a buddy over it helps


    post pics when your done
     
  19. Feb 25, 2012 at 4:14 PM
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    x2^ If your alone, just wedge something, a piece of lumber or whatever, between the UCA and the inner fender, then jack up on the LCA only enough to keep tension on the ball joint and spindle so you can torgue that nut down. .... or loop a ratchet strap through the UCA and around the LCA to pull them together.
     
  20. Feb 25, 2012 at 4:23 PM
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    Actually what I did was place the bottle jack between the UCA and inner fender, and push the UCA down tight onto the spindle.
     
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