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Tip for lift installation

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Magnetic, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. Aug 10, 2011 at 7:25 AM
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    I had read here that installing a lift via removing the lower ball-joint mount that it would be difficult to compress the upper A-arm/spindle back to the lower control-arm. I installed my lift and was expecting this to be the case, and it was the case.

    Tip: I used a heavy-duty ratchet strap. I made a loop with the strap around the upper and lower control-arm, connecting the two strap hooks together. Then I ratcheted the upper and lower control-arms together and easily bolted the ball-joint mount to the spindle.
     
  2. Aug 10, 2011 at 7:43 PM
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    ^^ What he said.
     
  3. Aug 10, 2011 at 7:55 PM
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    @ 2:40...the shock wasn't mounted right... :confused: unless that's another way of doing it...

    edit: kick ass video either way man! :thumbsup:

     
  5. Aug 10, 2011 at 8:09 PM
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    Don't know if you're being serious or not... :confused:


    I must not be up to date then... :eek: :confused:

    What's so great about it? not being sarcastic, just curious.
     
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    The part I'm talking about with the strap occurs between 1:50 and 1:52. You can see the video jump for a reason. You need to push the UCA down to start those bolts, and it is tough (impossible) by yourself. Ratchet strap, and it's no problem...
     
  7. Aug 10, 2011 at 9:35 PM
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    Lol, I hate every part of that video. Its a how-to guide to do everything wrong to your taco....... and those wheels and tires =\\\\
     
  8. Aug 10, 2011 at 9:40 PM
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    What is the deal with that ?
     
  9. Aug 11, 2011 at 3:24 PM
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    Is i possible to over tighten the LCA bolts and have it bind? what is the torque on those? it doesn't say in the video.

    This looks a lot quicker than the other ways... I might have to give it a go when I get my lift in.
     
  10. Aug 16, 2011 at 7:51 PM
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    I just installed my front 5100's at 1.75 using this method because it looked a lot easier than prying down the LCA. Well my LCA didn't agree with this method, i lowered the truck and the wheel stayed just about where it was, about 3" higher than it should be :eek:. I'm assuming this was due to me tightening down the LCA cam bolts with it still in the air? I'm hoping that I just need to loosen them, lower the truck, and then retighten them. Any thoughts??
     
  11. Aug 16, 2011 at 8:25 PM
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  12. Aug 16, 2011 at 9:23 PM
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    I definitely made sure to install the spring perch the correct way. It was ingrained in my head after seeing what happened when someone installed it upside down like in that thread and rode on it.

    It seems to be much better now after loosening the LCA cams and lowering the truck so the weight was on it, and retightened. Now they're sitting approx 2-1/4". Does that seem within reason for having the 5100's set at 1.75"?
     
  13. Aug 17, 2011 at 12:49 PM
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    The video is cool "I Guess" however I don't agree with advertising a spacer lift to jump your truck that's a good way to blow shocks. I've done quite a few lifts on 2nd Gens and I've always disconnected the upper ball joint from the UCA's and I can swap out the coils in about 30 to 40min that way but to each his own. And that rear shock setup is a little sketchy to say the least.
     
  14. Aug 17, 2011 at 1:34 PM
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    Yeah thanks, that was what i needed to see. Unfortunately I saw that after I already screwed it up. That's the great thing about forums like these, you can frantically search for an answer when you think you really did something wrong and get it straightened out before goin to bed.
     
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