If you need to install larger rims and tires on your Jeep Wrangler but do not want to do a complete suspension lift kit, you can install a body lift. As its name implies, a body lift only lifts the body of the vehicle, leaving the stock suspension intact. The factory ride and handling will still remain after the body lift is installed. These kits range in height from 1 to 3 inches. Installation is roughly the same for each height.
Things You'll Need
- Penetrating fluid
- Socket set
- Hydraulic jack
- Block of wood
Locate all 11 body mount locations under the Jeep Wrangler. There are two at each end of the rear bumper, two directly above the rear axle, three on each side under each door and one in the front center of the Jeep.
Spray each bolt with penetrating fluid.
Remove the bolts from the Jeep with a ratchet and socket.
Place a jack on one side of the Jeep. Place a block of wood between the jack and the body of the Jeep. Lift the Jeep enough to slide the body lift spacers in between the stock body mount and the frame. Lower the body onto the lift spacers.
Repeat on the opposite side of the Jeep until each spacer is installed.
Install the longer bolts supplied with the kit and tighten them down with the ratchet and socket.
Tips & Warnings
- Use caution when lifting the body of the Jeep with the jack.
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