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Old July 7th, 2006, 23:48
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Trouble in Paradise, rusty's 4.5 XJ lift

Ok so I got my sweet 99 XJ and I finally save up for a real lift, and tire package, so I go with the rusty’s 4.5 XJ and im totally excited.

But when im with my buddy at his shop starting to put that stuff on(last sat) we notice parts are missing. so its like I had to call the guys and get them to send the new parts and I get them today (Friday) and it looks like they wont be done with it until tomorrow (a week later) so its like ive had a dead jeep for like a week, and possibly more…

So in regards to the front suspension I had to get them to send me the adjustable trak bar that was supposed to come with the kit. … but did not . so my mechanic is looking at this front and the springs just wont go on, nor the shocks, the axle is just twisted too far back because the new lower control arms are longer then the top. so the axle is twisted so that its like the top is facing one oclock instead of twelve. So I call the rustys guys, and they treat me like im some sort of an idiot, and that I should just do it, and compress my driveshaft even more. Than I already have, and that once the thing sits on the ground, that it will all even out, but im like well shit. That’s gona stress all the parts.

So its like I wana know has anyone else done this lift, and have better instructions than these given to me or at least advice on why it looks like the spring will fly out into my face?

Cuz im just a little annoyed that I might have pissed away a half a year of my paychecks for a faulty system that is turning into one big nightmare. Im a college student so money is rare for me and to waste 1500 of it would just suck, also what append to the love here?

Sorry to sound angry, im just. Disappointed.


So long story short, im looking for help/suggestions as what to do next. I dot want to ruin either the jeep or the lift. And im totally at a dead end and the end of my rope here.
and damm im sorry for being so long winded...
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Old July 8th, 2006, 00:08
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Re: Trouble in Paradise, rusty's 4.5 XJ lift

i installed rustys 4.5 on my 95. the only problems i had was broken bolts (never had to deal with rust back when i lived in Az) and the instructions were a little vague. they realy could have used illistrations or pictures to clarify some aspects. the front went on fairly easily for me. i had to compress the springs to get the control arms to line up properly. if your having problems getting results via telephone, see if they have a tech support email address and send them some pictures see if they can straighten you out.
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Old July 8th, 2006, 00:13
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Re: Trouble in Paradise, rusty's 4.5 XJ lift

If you can shoot some pics, we may be able to help you figure it out.
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Old July 8th, 2006, 02:53
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Re: Trouble in Paradise, rusty's 4.5 XJ lift

You actually typed the word 'like' throughout your first post. Like, who does that duuuude??

Sorry, back on topic.
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Old July 8th, 2006, 03:04
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Re: Trouble in Paradise, rusty's 4.5 XJ lift

like its fairly straight forward.
Like take out the old springs and uhh like put the new ones in, and like force them.
If that doesnt work like unbolt the upper arms and the shocks and stuff.
Like whatever makes it like not come down just like unbolt it.
with like 4.5 inch lifts and stuff you like have to man handle the spring to get it into place and stuff.
throw like some muscle into it, you wont break anything besides brake lines if they arent disconnected and stuff.
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Old July 8th, 2006, 03:17
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Re: Trouble in Paradise, rusty's 4.5 XJ lift

Do a search for a 4.5 lift Rustys (short arm I imagine) and see what problems others ran into and how they solved them.

Next search for LCA/UCA lenghts that fit diffrent lift hights. Measure what you have and see if it is close. Most numbers are estimates anyways. Also if I read correctly your coils are not level. That might be caused by the TB being way out of wack or maybe the Swaybar links (not sure about that one).

Take stewie's advice and send them some pictures of your problem too. This might clear up any verbal confusion that you might have encountered on the phone.

Always plan for the worst and you will never be like "disappointed".
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Old July 8th, 2006, 11:09
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Re: Trouble in Paradise, rusty's 4.5 XJ lift

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Always plan for the worst and you will never be like "disappointed".
and i forgot to mention it took me a week to do mine (after work until 12am in the snowstorms on an uncovered drive way). then again it was the first time for me doing alot of what was entailed in the project. thankfully i have 2 DDs. im sure next time it will take me at least 12 hours less.
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Old July 8th, 2006, 11:11
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Re: Trouble in Paradise, rusty's 4.5 XJ lift

if you unhooked the old lowers and swaybar on a vehicle lift and it was suspended only by the uppers the axle will drop TOO far into the position you are talking about. the kit is right your just doing it in the wrong order, with arms in and swaybar off you can dop the axle far enough so you can compress the spring (yes it does need to be compressed to get it in a short arm lift) and get it where it needs to go. pics would also help as i am going off of your description only. control arms are easiest while the truck is on the ground, it took me 10 minutes to swap in rustys 4.5 lowers
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Old July 8th, 2006, 13:10
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Re: Trouble in Paradise, rusty's 4.5 XJ lift

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like its fairly straight forward.
Like take out the old springs and uhh like put the new ones in, and like force them.
If that doesnt work like unbolt the upper arms and the shocks and stuff.
Like whatever makes it like not come down just like unbolt it.
with like 4.5 inch lifts and stuff you like have to man handle the spring to get it into place and stuff.
throw like some muscle into it, you wont break anything besides brake lines if they arent disconnected and stuff.
Like leave him alone. He is frustrated enough with out being F***ed with. Think of how you feel when things aren't working out well and remember these are his wheels and he isn't able to even use them.
Sounds like you may need adjustable LCAs at some point. They will help with the harsh ride you are going to experiance also. You should still be able to run it until then though.
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Old July 8th, 2006, 13:12
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Re: Trouble in Paradise, rusty's 4.5 XJ lift

i only used like , 9 times haha,, anway that makes sense, if this lift is a short arm, then i woudent need to get longer uppers, so im geussing the rusty's 4.5 is this said short arm lift and with compressors the lift would fit in correctley? see my mechanic was worried that once it was all in ther it would stress the drive shaft and try to turn the axle backwards again, but this stress is a small stress im geussing?
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Old July 8th, 2006, 13:20
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Re: Trouble in Paradise, rusty's 4.5 XJ lift

The Adjustable LCAs actually will help with bind and postioning of the axle. They also take side to side stress off the brackets. The stock LCAs actually flex some what, but the fixed HD LCAs have no flex so all the torque is transfered to the brackets. The brackets have some really sorry factory welds on them too. It is just something to keep in mind for the future. Helps in articulation also.
Good luck, let us know when you get it back on the road. You will be Happy with the off-road difference.
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Old July 8th, 2006, 13:20
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Re: Trouble in Paradise, rusty's 4.5 XJ lift

I've had their 4.5 lift on for over a year. Fairly easy to install, though I found better instructions online through researching, but has been a great product overall.
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Old July 8th, 2006, 13:26
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Re: Trouble in Paradise, rusty's 4.5 XJ lift

I have 4.5 lift on my 2000, took some pry bars, BFH, and a little foul language but all went on and still drives straight with no vibes. I have a rough country short arm 4.5. kit. Just push a little harder next time. Is this the first lift installed by the mechanic? honest question.
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Old July 8th, 2006, 14:07
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Re: Trouble in Paradise, rusty's 4.5 XJ lift

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like its fairly straight forward.
Like take out the old springs and uhh like put the new ones in, and like force them.
If that doesnt work like unbolt the upper arms and the shocks and stuff.
Like whatever makes it like not come down just like unbolt it.
with like 4.5 inch lifts and stuff you like have to man handle the spring to get it into place and stuff.
throw like some muscle into it, you wont break anything besides brake lines if they arent disconnected and stuff.

Well said Matt.
It's not and easy MOD, but fairly straight foward.
I have the 4.5 full spring kit. Like said in an earlier post. Broke bolts was the only problem.
Took me approx. 12 hours to put the lift on. Very well pleased.

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Old July 9th, 2006, 15:10
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Re: Trouble in Paradise, rusty's 4.5 XJ lift

Rustys 4.5 inch lift was the first one I put on my XJ. Took me 2 full days. By myself. My advise is fire the mechanic who is/was working on it and do it yourself. You will acquire the tools you will need in the future and will also know how it fits together and how to correct issues in the future. That way when you are on the trail and something fails (eventually something WILL fail) We (the others that are with you) will not have to work on your broken Junk, because you will know how it was put together and how to fix it!!!
This is my XJ 3 years ago on Rustys 4.5 inch lift with 32's

This is my XJ now with Rustys 6.5 inch long arm/38's and a modest amount of custom mods to make it work.


The point here is asking questions is fine in my opinion, asking them because the person you hired to work for you is unknowledgeable is as lame as hiring a person to do the work for you...
Lifts on an XJ are the easiest thing you will come across, wait till you get to suspension tuning, flex maximization, gears/lockers, steering tuning, crawl ratios, etc. etc. Jump in, learn it yourself, Folks will have MUCH more respect for you, even if it's a grocery getter, if you did it yourself....
Sorry to come across hard, but just because the guy you hired doesn't know what to do, isn't an issue we should spend our time on. If that's the point he should buy an XJ and post up....
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