How to Lift Your Jeep Wrangler

How to Lift Your Jeep Wrangler

Last Updated August 8, 2023 | Alison Smith

Considering lifting your Jeep Wrangler, but not sure how to get started? Here’s an overview of how to lift a Jeep Wrangler and things to consider before raising your Wrangler up to the sky.

2008 Jeep JK Wrangler Lifted

Why Lift Your Jeep Wrangler?

Glad you asked! Whether it’s purely for performance reasons or to enhance the visual appearance, there are many reasons why people might want to lift their Jeep Wrangler. If you are looking for a better off-roading experience, having a lifted Jeep Wrangler can increase ground clearance, make room for larger tires, and give you greater articulation. Articulation is your Wrangler’s ability to flex its suspension, which allows it to maintain traction and gives it better stability. So getting your Wrangler lifted will turn your average Jeep Wrangler into an off-roading beast.

In the event that you don’t need your Wrangler to be an off-roading monster, conquering the trails every weekend — you still might want to consider getting your Wrangler lifted. Even the daily Jeep Wrangler driver who goes trailblazing occasionally could benefit from the increased visual appearance that comes with having a lifted Jeep Wrangler. Lifting your Jeep Wrangler can add an instant coolness and make it even more hardcore than it already is. What could make your commute to work more interesting? How about that dreaded trip to the grocery store? Driving a lifted Jeep Wrangler around can even make the most tedious of errands exciting, and you’ll be sure to turn some heads at the same time.

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How to Install a Jeep Wrangler Lift Kit

What better way to explain how to lift a Jeep Wrangler other than to just show you? Here’s how to install a Pedders Lift Kit 2-1/2’’ with shocks on your 2007-2017 4-door Jeep Wrangler JK. While each lift kit will be slightly different, this easy-to-follow guide should give you a good idea of how to install a Wrangler lift kit and the tools you will need to do so.

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Step-By-Step Instructions

Tools required:

  • Lift and Pole Jack or Jack and Jack Stands
  • 3/8’’ ratchet
  • 15mm socket
  • 16mm socket
  • 18mm socket
  • Extension
  • 1/2’’ ratchet
  • 21mm socket
  • 14mm wrench
  • 15mm wrench
  • 16mm wrench
  • 18mm wrench
  • Trim Panel Removal Tool

Installation time: ~3-4 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Tools Required to Lift Jeep Wrangler

Front-End Installation

  1. Prepare for the installation by jacking up your Jeep Wrangler and removing all the wheels.Remove all of the wheels
  2. Starting from the front, remove the brake line bracket to avoid pulling on the brake line. Using the 18mm wrench and socket, remove the sway bar end link on both sides to get the proper clearance to drop the axle down. Remove Sway Bar End Link Jeep Wrangler
  3. Remove the shock, starting with the upper mount. Remove Shock Upper Mount Jeep Wrangler
  4. With the end link disconnected, support the axle with a pole jack before removing anything else. Support Front Axle Jeep Wrangler
  5. With the top portion of the shock disconnected, you can lower the axle.Lower the axle
  6. Once the axle is lowered, remove the coil spring. Remove Coil Spring Jeep Wrangler
  7. Remove the lower shock from the vehicle. Remove Lower Shock Jeep Wrangler
  8. You are ready to install the new Pedders springs! Pull down on the axle if you need more room to insert the spring. Insert Spring Jeep Wrangler
  9. Next, install the shocks. Insert the shock into the upper mount as pictured in the photo below. You will slip the shock into the upper mount then install the remaining hardware on top. Shock and Hardware Jeep Wrangler Install Shock Jeep Wrangler
  10. Once the top mount is secure, slip over the dust boot to protect it from debris, water, etc. Dust Boot Jeep Wrangler
  11. Fasten the bottom of the shock. Tighten Shock Jeep Wrangler
  12. The factory end links can now be reconnected using the factory hardware. The axle may need to be supported or lifted in order to realign them. Reconnect End Links Jeep Wrangler
  13. Tighten the factory nut and bolt of the end links. Tighten End Links Jeep Wrangler
  14. Reconnect the factory brake line bracket using the original hardware. Reconnect Brake Line Bracket Jeep Wrangler

Rear Installation

  1. Support the rear axle before you remove anything. Support Rear Axle Jeep Wrangler
  2. Remove the two 16mm bolts that hold the top of the shock on. Removing Shock Bolts Jeep Wrangler
  3. Remove the lower mount for the shock, then the shock itself. Shock Lower Mount Jeep Wrangler Shock Removal Jeep Wrangler
  4. Remove the brake line bracket to add enough slack for the axle to drop down without damaging the brake line. Brake Line Bracket Removal Jeep Wrangler
  5. Also remove the ABS wiring for additional slack. Remove ABS Wiring Jeep Wrangler
  6. Lower the axle to remove the springs and disconnect the sway bar so there’s more room for installing the new Pedders springs. Disconnect Sway Bar Jeep Wrangler
  7. Place the factory spring pad on the new Pedders spring, paying attention to where the original spring sat and lining that up with the new spring. Spring Pad and Spring Jeep Wrangler
  8. Install the spring, pulling down on the axle if you need more room. Spring Install Jeep Wrangler
  9. Raise the axle back up and reinstall the factory sway bar end link. Reinstall Sway Bar End Link Jeep Wrangler
  10. Put the rear shock back in place, starting with the upper mount. Try threading one in and getting one of the ears started, then put the one next to it on and hold it in place. Install Shock Upper Mount Jeep Wrangler
  11. Once the top of the shock is secure, lift the axle to align the bottom mount of the shock and fasten tightly. Bottom Mount Shock Jeep Wrangler
  12. Reconnect the brake line bracket. Reconnect Brake Line Bracket Jeep Wrangler
  13. Plug the ABS line back in. ABS Line Jeep Wrangler
  14. Once both sides are complete and everything is back together, reinstall the vent tube. Vent Tube Jeep Wrangler
  15. You’re finished! Now you have a lifted Jeep Wrangler! Just put the wheels back on, lower the vehicle, and you’re good to go tackle the trails! Installed Lift Kit Jeep Wrangler Complete Lifted Jeep Wrangler

Please Note: Please keep in mind that this guide is a tool to help you install the parts on your vehicle. If you don’t feel confident in performing this installation properly on your own, have a professional install the parts for you.

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