Any advice on installing Currie 4” at home?


ARawls88

Member
Supporting Member
Joined
Aug 26, 2020
Messages
36
Location
Ohio
Any tips, secrets or tricks of the trade for doing this at home? All help is much appreciated!
 

Brianj5600

TJ Addict
Joined
Jul 4, 2018
Messages
1,398
Location
Middle Tennessee
Invite a friend or two and buy pizza. Spring come out and go in with out a spring compressor if you remove track bar, shocks and steering if it is stock. A prybar and heel prybar will be nice. Torx bits, 18mm and 21mm socket and/or wrench.


 

WHBNM

TJ Enthusiast
Supporting Member
Joined
Mar 23, 2019
Messages
171
Location
New Mexico
It is pretty straight forward. A few things that I was glad that I had -

A nice floor jack (two for cycling suspension). I used one nice one and one so-so. Nice tall 6 ton jack stands and nice scraps of 2×12 and assorted blocks help. A set of drift(alignment) punches. Two 3/8" ×6"socket extensions. A 5/16" hex/Allen x 3/8" drive socket. Taps and a strong t-handle for new bump stop bolts if you're installing those. PB Blaster for a day before especially upper rear shock mounts, front jounce cups. Antiseize for new hardware.
 
  • Like
Reactions: ARawls88

someguysjeep

TJ Addict
Lifetime Supporting Member
Joined
Nov 17, 2019
Messages
1,694
Location
ohio
where ya at in Ohio?
a pinch bar is worth it's weight in gold sometimes.
 

scottgraham

Just another bad habit
Supporting Member
Joined
Nov 8, 2019
Messages
1,021
Location
land of waterfalls
PB-Blaster is barely better than WD-40.
...But it can melt a styrofoam cup!
Back when they had TV ads... (TV, means 📺 for you youngsters). That used to crack me up!
Next time I need to melt a cup, I know where I'm gonna turn.
I've got a full can in the shed that should prb be on antique roadshow.
 
  • Like
Reactions: ARawls88

Feralkid

Adult Baby Diaper Enthusiast
Supporting Member
Joined
Apr 3, 2019
Messages
452
Location
Se pa
Kroil, Liquid Wrench, and Break-Free (in that order) all work significantly better. PB-Blaster is barely better than WD-40. 😊
WD40 > PB blaster

the only thing pb blaster is good at is being a carcinogen
 

Chris

Administrator
Staff Member
Joined
Sep 28, 2015
Messages
53,077
Location
Florence, AZ
I installed my Currie 4" lift in the garage, by myself. It wasn't terribly bad, I just recommend an impact wrench, jack stands, a good hydraulic jack, metal drill bits, and a tap and dye kit so that you can drill the lower spring perches and tap them for the bolts that hold in the bump stops.

Pace yourself and don't try to do it in a day. It took me a weekend, but I paced myself and took lots of breaks.
 
OP
A

ARawls88

Member
Supporting Member
Joined
Aug 26, 2020
Messages
36
Location
Ohio
Got most of the front end disassembled last night, wasn’t as bad as I thought. I’m making a list as y’all keep responding so much appreciated and keep it coming. Impact has definitely come in handy too!
 

Queticon

TJ Enthusiast
Supporting Member
Joined
Aug 26, 2019
Messages
279
Location
Minnesota
1. If you get tired, stop working.
2. After everything's installed, take a nap
3. Come back later and make sure everything is tight/torqued to spec

When I installed my lift, I was lucky to find a friend with a heated garage to use for a day. Just a day. I had done a lift install before, but this was also going to be new track bar and trailing arms. Started around 10 a.m. Rolled out of there around 3 a.m. Exhausted. Over the next month, I was chasing down rattles and squeaks due to shit not being tightened properly.

If you have time, take it.

and for anyone else doing this, gather up your loose change and pick up one of these:


I've had mine for 10 years and the thing is amazing.
 
OP
A

ARawls88

Member
Supporting Member
Joined
Aug 26, 2020
Messages
36
Location
Ohio
1. If you get tired, stop working.
2. After everything's installed, take a nap
3. Come back later and make sure everything is tight/torqued to spec

When I installed my lift, I was lucky to find a friend with a heated garage to use for a day. Just a day. I had done a lift install before, but this was also going to be new track bar and trailing arms. Started around 10 a.m. Rolled out of there around 3 a.m. Exhausted. Over the next month, I was chasing down rattles and squeaks due to shit not being tightened properly.

If you have time, take it.

and for anyone else doing this, gather up your loose change and pick up one of these:


I've had mine for 10 years and the thing is amazing.
I’ve got plenty of time. If it takes me a week so be it. This is all new arms, track bar and the works. So I want it done right the first time. But I’m sure I’ll be chasing down stuff too!
 
  • Like
Reactions: kmq102 and Queticon

cliffish

TJ Expert
Supporting Member
Joined
Oct 22, 2017
Messages
3,392
Location
St James, NY, United States
1. If you get tired, stop working.
2. After everything's installed, take a nap
3. Come back later and make sure everything is tight/torqued to spec

When I installed my lift, I was lucky to find a friend with a heated garage to use for a day. Just a day. I had done a lift install before, but this was also going to be new track bar and trailing arms. Started around 10 a.m. Rolled out of there around 3 a.m. Exhausted. Over the next month, I was chasing down rattles and squeaks due to shit not being tightened properly.

If you have time, take it.

and for anyone else doing this, gather up your loose change and pick up one of these:


I've had mine for 10 years and the thing is amazing.
yeah if you can't get a 2 or 4 post lift this is good way to go. I knew I needed 2 car storage so I did the 4 post lift, cost of the lift itself was about the same. Then it needs to be installed, chances are you need to lift the garage door tracks to a front torsion spring so that adds up.