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.
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.
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.
CJ Installation Video
- Lift and Pole Jack or Jack and Jack Stands
- 3/8’’ ratchet
- 15mm socket
- 16mm socket
- 18mm socket
- 1/2’’ ratchet
- 21mm socket
- 14mm wrench
- 15mm wrench
- 16mm wrench
- 18mm wrench
- Trim Panel Removal Tool
Installation time: ~3-4 hours
- Prepare for the installation by jacking up your Jeep Wrangler and removing all the wheels.
- 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 the shock, starting with the upper mount.
- With the end link disconnected, support the axle with a pole jack before removing anything else.
- With the top portion of the shock disconnected, you can lower the axle.
- Once the axle is lowered, remove the coil spring.
- Remove the lower shock from the vehicle.
- You are ready to install the new Pedders springs! Pull down on the axle if you need more room to insert the spring.
- 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.
- Once the top mount is secure, slip over the dust boot to protect it from debris, water, etc.
- Fasten the bottom of the shock.
- 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.
- Tighten the factory nut and bolt of the end links.
- Reconnect the factory brake line bracket using the original hardware.
- Support the rear axle before you remove anything.
- Remove the two 16mm bolts that hold the top of the shock on.
- Remove the lower mount for the shock, then the shock itself.
- Remove the brake line bracket to add enough slack for the axle to drop down without damaging the brake line.
- Also remove the ABS wiring for additional slack.
- Lower the axle to remove the springs and disconnect the sway bar so there’s more room for installing the new Pedders springs.
- 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.
- Install the spring, pulling down on the axle if you need more room.
- Raise the axle back up and reinstall the factory sway bar end link.
- 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.
- Once the top of the shock is secure, lift the axle to align the bottom mount of the shock and fasten tightly.
- Reconnect the brake line bracket.
- Plug the ABS line back in.
- Once both sides are complete and everything is back together, reinstall the vent tube.
- 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!
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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