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    Leveling after a heavy bumper install

    All, first if this is a duplicate I apologize, I searched but couldnít find anything here.

    I installed the Smittybilt winch and bumper and removed the spare tire. What I ended up with was the front is 1 5/8Ē lower than the front. Otherwise, Iím a stock 19 JLUR.

    My next mod is to install the MOPAR 2Ē lift, but Iím concerned about the hot rod rake. What size spring spacers would you recommend to correct my problem? Or should I buy the kit and buy two front 3 1/2Ē aftermarket lift springs to install with the kit?

    Iím think the later will leave me with the original spring rate, instead of the loaded OE spring rate with the spacer option.

    Thoughts?

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    Last edited by asmith1923; 10-13-2019 at 04:35 AM.

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    Best thing to do is install the lift first, then measure and see where you're at. Also keep in mind that springs can sag over time even more. I tend to remember most JK guys having good luck with a 3/4" spacer on top of the springs after installing a winch and bumper.
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    Yeah, I figured youíd say that. The right solution isnít always the easiest. I was hoping for a short cut to keep me from having to disassemble everything twice.





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    Quote Originally Posted by asmith1923 View Post
    Yeah, I figured youíd say that. The right solution isnít always the easiest. I was hoping for a short cut to keep me from having to disassemble everything twice.





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    If you have a good cordless impact, it's not all that bad getting the springs out a second time, especially when you've already done it once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JTCO View Post
    If you have a good cordless impact, it's not all that bad getting the springs out a second time, especially when you've already done it once.
    Thank you. I just picked up the Milwaukee ratchet, so I should be good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asmith1923 View Post
    Thank you. I just picked up the Milwaukee ratchet, so I should be good to go.
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    That might be tough on some of the suspension bolts. Itís rather small.


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    Yeah, I was surprised that they didnít sell an 18 or 20 volt. Hell, Dewalt doesnít even make one. But this little 12v did great swapping out my rear bumper



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    Quote Originally Posted by asmith1923 View Post
    Yeah, I was surprised that they didnít sell an 18 or 20 volt. Hell, Dewalt doesnít even make one. But this little 12v did great swapping out my rear bumper



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    That little ratchet is great, just not for suspension bolts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OverlanderJL View Post
    That little ratchet is great, just not for suspension bolts.


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    Yeah but Iíll get them close enough to use the torque wrench on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piginajeep View Post
    Yeah but Iíll get them close enough to use the torque wrench on.
    Agreed. Iím on the cusp of placing my lift order now, just trying to decide between Mopar and metal cloak (not sure if dual rate springs is worth the extra cash for a 90/10 rock crawler). I will be googling proper torque on each component!!



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