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Josh2313
06-27-2018, 04:33 AM
Hey All,

Hope everyoneís summer is going well so far. So, I finally pulled the trigger on a lift for my 2016 Jk and am wondering if itís something I can install myself (and maybe a few buddies). Iíve done minor upgrades so far on the jeep but nothing as intensive as a lift. The lift I ended up going with is the JKS Jkonnect 3.5Ē kit and I optioned for adjustable upper control arms as well. I can post the exact components of the lift if that helps but it includes most of the standard parts that a 3.5Ē lift would include.

What tips do you guys have if I install it myself? Any specialty tools I may need? Basically any advice you all can give would help me out a ton! Once itís all done Iíll be sure to post up pictures.

Thanks again,
-Josh

Speedy_RCW
06-27-2018, 05:23 AM
Hey All,

Hope everyoneís summer is going well so far. So, I finally pulled the trigger on a lift for my 2016 Jk and am wondering if itís something I can install myself (and maybe a few buddies). Iíve done minor upgrades so far on the jeep but nothing as intensive as a lift. The lift I ended up going with is the JKS Jkonnect 3.5Ē kit and I optioned for adjustable upper control arms as well. I can post the exact components of the lift if that helps but it includes most of the standard parts that a 3.5Ē lift would include.

What tips do you guys have if I install it myself? Any specialty tools I may need? Basically any advice you all can give would help me out a ton! Once itís all done Iíll be sure to post up pictures.

Thanks again,
-Josh

That kit is a pretty simple install. Itís all bolt on just like other things youíve bolted on. Just more components. I canít think of any gotchas that you should be concerned with but if you get hung up on something, there are plenty of people on here willing to give tips and help out.


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WJCO
06-27-2018, 11:29 AM
Hey All,

Hope everyoneís summer is going well so far. So, I finally pulled the trigger on a lift for my 2016 Jk and am wondering if itís something I can install myself (and maybe a few buddies). Iíve done minor upgrades so far on the jeep but nothing as intensive as a lift. The lift I ended up going with is the JKS Jkonnect 3.5Ē kit and I optioned for adjustable upper control arms as well. I can post the exact components of the lift if that helps but it includes most of the standard parts that a 3.5Ē lift would include.

What tips do you guys have if I install it myself? Any specialty tools I may need? Basically any advice you all can give would help me out a ton! Once itís all done Iíll be sure to post up pictures.

Thanks again,
-Josh

Jack it up as high as you can when you first get started. LARGE jackstands under the frame help keep it up high. A cordless or air impact will save you a lot of time.

After you get the control arms and track bar back on, don't tighten them all the way until the vehicle is back on the ground, then torque them to specs.

Edwrds
06-27-2018, 11:34 AM
Jack it up as high as you can when you first get started. LARGE jackstands under the frame help keep it up high. A cordless or air impact will save you a lot of time.

After you get the control arms and track bar back on, don't tighten them all the way until the vehicle is back on the ground, then torque them to specs.

I get the control arms but why the track bar? Donít mean to hyjack thread. I torqued my track bar while it was still off the ground. I think today Iíll be checking it.


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HatcHJeeP
06-27-2018, 02:03 PM
Iím following. I just got my Rock Krawler X factor 3.5Ē lift earlier this week and am planning on installing it myself. I have a buddy that has a lift in his shop so Iím planning on using that to hold the Jeep up.

DMF
06-27-2018, 10:33 PM
Get a friend to help. It would save you a ton of time and energy. And will make things fun too.

VeruGE*144
06-27-2018, 11:31 PM
I get the control arms but why the track bar? Donít mean to hyjack thread. I torqued my track bar while it was still off the ground. I think today Iíll be checking it.


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Thatís what I sometimes do too, never really had any problems. Like rear upper arms are impossible to torque (axle side) if you have tall bump stops. Sometimes I just jack the Jeep up by the axle until itís off the jacks a little and torque my bolts then. Technically itís sitting under its own weight when lifted by the axles, even with the wheels of.

HatcHJeeP
07-02-2018, 03:15 AM
Is an alignment required after installing the lift?

WJCO
07-02-2018, 03:34 AM
Is an alignment required after installing the lift?

If you have adjustable arms, you should reset the caster. Other than that, toe will not change nor will camber, but camber isn't adjustable. But you will need to re-center the steering wheel. All of that can be done easily at home: https://wayalife.com/showthread.php/3861-Basic-Do-it-Yourself-Jeep-JK-Wrangler-Front-End-Alignment

HatcHJeeP
07-02-2018, 03:40 AM
If you have adjustable arms, you should reset the caster. Other than that, toe will not change nor will camber, but camber isn't adjustable. But you will need to re-center the steering wheel. All of that can be done easily at home: https://wayalife.com/showthread.php/3861-Basic-Do-it-Yourself-Jeep-JK-Wrangler-Front-End-Alignment

Awesome thanks!

BABOOZLE
07-02-2018, 04:43 AM
Is an alignment required after installing the lift?

You will probably need to adjust the drag link to re-center the steering wheel. If itís far enough off then the computer freaks out when you are driving and enables traction control going around a corner. Itís pretty easy to do.


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HatcHJeeP
07-02-2018, 05:50 AM
You will probably need to adjust the drag link to re-center the steering wheel. If itís far enough off then the computer freaks out when you are driving and enables traction control going around a corner. Itís pretty easy to do.


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Sounds good. Thanks for the advice. Iím getting excited to get the lift and tires on.

jesse3638
07-02-2018, 06:16 AM
Sounds good. Thanks for the advice. Iím getting excited to get the lift and tires on.
That's all part of owning a jeep.

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Josh2313
07-04-2018, 10:37 AM
Thanks everyone for all the replies! Me and a buddy will be attempting to install it next week. Iíll be sure to let everyone know how it goes!
-Josh


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JayLynn
07-09-2018, 06:21 PM
Thanks everyone for all the replies! Me and a buddy will be attempting to install it next week. Iíll be sure to let everyone know how it goes!
-Josh


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If you have a harbor freight close by and need them, their 6 ton jack stands and 3 ton jack worked perfect for me when I did my Teraflex 3" lift in the garage. Make sure you get the jeep as high as possible on the stands. I tackled the job solo so it took both Sat and Sunday to finish. With two people it should go much quicker. Just take your time and have fun with it. You'll learn a ton about the jeep and save some cash in the process.

MDK210
07-29-2018, 12:28 AM
OP, how did it all work out for you?