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Weather dependent (since I don't have a shop and it might be snowing out), I'm hoping to install my Hoe coilovers, Deaver's, Daystar greasable shackles and greasable fixed eye bushings/bolts, and OME N85's this weekend.

I have a jack, jack stands, marine grade lube, Wheeler's extended brake line, brake fluid, factory service manuals, torque wrench, anti-sieze (for coilover threaded collars), hack saw for exhaust pipe (if needed), BFH, tunes, and ice cold beer.

Anything else that I might need or any pointers before I dive in? Thanks.
 

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id soak the spring eye bolts for the rear in some liquid wrench 24hrs before hand to make those easier to get out.

other than that looks like youre all set. have fun!
 

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Just remember to drop the sway bar linkages before you remove the coilovers.... It helps tremendously. A second set of hands, and a prybar of some sort to help get the arms down where you can slip the coilover in, and you sound good to go!
 

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Sounds like you are all set, just take your time and you will be fine...take before and after pics....good luck.
 

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rojodiablo said:
Just remember to drop the sway bar linkages before you remove the coilovers.... It helps tremendously.
1st time I've heard that. Thanks for the advice everyone.
 

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ElBandito said:
id soak the spring eye bolts for the rear in some liquid wrench 24hrs before hand to make those easier to get out.

other than that looks like youre all set. have fun!
I'll second this one.

Battling those bolts was literally a 4+ hour operation for me. I tried a torch, liquid nitrogen, pry bars, everything I could think of. Definitely start soaking now. Depending where you live and the fact your truck is an '04 it probably won't be as bad.

For me it wasn't the threads that were the problem, it was the fact that the corrosion on the bolt had made the bolt bigger and it was stuck against the sleave in the bushing. I could turn the bolt within the sleeve but I couldn't back the bolt out. It is without a doubt the biggest battle I have ever waged on a stuck bolt.
 

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I did buy some Sea Foam penetrating stuff yesterday. I'll make sure I bathe everything in that stuff tonight. I am hoping that the bolts won't be too bad since it is an '04 and nothing appears to be rusting/corroding on the truck yet...
 

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I'm taking off from work now to install the lift tonight. I'm hoping to get the front and back done tonight. I'll post when I'm done.
 

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Good luck! Hope you have a nice evening to work... Let us know!

Later,

J
 

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How about a bpv extension bracket-you will little to no rear brakes if the arm is not extended upwards.

Joe
 

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Well, I got everything installed last night. It went fairly well. It took about 7 hours including beer, piss, and food breaks.

Luckily my truck is under a year old and all the bolts came out without a hitch. Air tools helped too :D

The rear sits about 2-3/4" to 3" higher than stock.

I cranked the Hoe's up so there's just under 2-1/2" of thread showing. This made about a 3" lift. I'm going to drive around today to settle it and come back to do a final adjustment (set it to 2" to 2-1/2" lift) before my alignment on Monday.

Some concerns:

1) The brake lines definitely touch the bottom cup of the Hoe's, on both sides. I used a rubber mallet as the directions stated to bend the brake hose fitting. The drivers side is now clear but the passenger side still touches, just barely. I also noticed that the metal fitting/sleeve that wraps around the rubber brake hose at the fitting now has a flat spot at the top of it after tapping it with the mallet. I really hope this "edge" doesn't wear on the hose. I may look into getting some braided lines... I really think Donahoe could have done something different with this cup to prevent this from happening.

2) The rear brake hose was way too short while taking off and putting on the new springs. I removed both brackets from the rear axle to give me more room. I'll test it out today with some flex and see how it looks. I do have an extended line from Wheeler's that I'll probably just put on there tomorrow.

3) Not a concern but kinda looks funny: The rear passenger side is 3/8" higher than the driver's side. I thought that having a higher arched spring and an empty gas tank would make the driver's side sit higher??? But, this is consistent with pre-lift measurements. Hopefully this will settle after breaking it in today.

4) I noticed that the directions that came with the Hoe's stated not to exceed 2-1/2" of thread showing, whereas the directions on their website state not to exceed 2". Which is correct? I'd like to know before I do the final adjustment and take it in for an alignment.

5) It looks like the exhaust pipe is going to rub on the springs. I lowered the mounting plate for the hanger by one hole and used the extended bracket that came with the Daystar shackles. I'll see how it does after the test run today. I'll either cut it off or stop by the local Magnaflow shop and get a new muffler and have them reroute the exhaust to come out above the spring.

6) One of the poly bushings that came with the Daystar shackles completely deformed and bulged out after tightening it down. It's not a consistent slight bulge around the circumference like the other eleven I installed. I have no idea how this could have happened. Everything was lined up and torqued properly. I guess I'll keep an eye on it and have Wheeler's ship me another one if it still looks messed up. Any thoughts?

I'm heading out for a quick and easy offroad drive to help settle all the springs out. I'll post on final lift heights and my thoughts on the new "ride" later. Thanks again for everyone's help :xbeer1:
 

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I had the problem with the brake lines when I installed my camburgs. I got them both to clear by smacking them. Make sure you tighten the bolt that connects the brake line to the caliber or you will get some nice fluid leak.
 

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cheez said:
Well, I got everything installed last night. It went fairly well. It took about 7 hours including beer, piss, and food breaks.

Luckily my truck is under a year old and all the bolts came out without a hitch. Air tools helped too :D

The rear sits about 2-3/4" to 3" higher than stock.

I cranked the Hoe's up so there's just under 2-1/2" of thread showing. This made about a 3" lift. I'm going to drive around today to settle it and come back to do a final adjustment (set it to 2" to 2-1/2" lift) before my alignment on Monday.

Some concerns:

1) The brake lines definitely touch the bottom cup of the Hoe's, on both sides. I used a rubber mallet as the directions stated to bend the brake hose fitting. The drivers side is now clear but the passenger side still touches, just barely. I also noticed that the metal fitting/sleeve that wraps around the rubber brake hose at the fitting now has a flat spot at the top of it after tapping it with the mallet. I really hope this "edge" doesn't wear on the hose. I may look into getting some braided lines... I really think Donahoe could have done something different with this cup to prevent this from happening.

2) The rear brake hose was way too short while taking off and putting on the new springs. I removed both brackets from the rear axle to give me more room. I'll test it out today with some flex and see how it looks. I do have an extended line from Wheeler's that I'll probably just put on there tomorrow.

3) Not a concern but kinda looks funny: The rear passenger side is 3/8" higher than the driver's side. I thought that having a higher arched spring and an empty gas tank would make the driver's side sit higher??? But, this is consistent with pre-lift measurements. Hopefully this will settle after breaking it in today.

4) I noticed that the directions that came with the Hoe's stated not to exceed 2-1/2" of thread showing, whereas the directions on their website state not to exceed 2". Which is correct? I'd like to know before I do the final adjustment and take it in for an alignment.

5) It looks like the exhaust pipe is going to rub on the springs. I lowered the mounting plate for the hanger by one hole and used the extended bracket that came with the Daystar shackles. I'll see how it does after the test run today. I'll either cut it off or stop by the local Magnaflow shop and get a new muffler and have them reroute the exhaust to come out above the spring.

6) One of the poly bushings that came with the Daystar shackles completely deformed and bulged out after tightening it down. It's not a consistent slight bulge around the circumference like the other eleven I installed. I have no idea how this could have happened. Everything was lined up and torqued properly. I guess I'll keep an eye on it and have Wheeler's ship me another one if it still looks messed up. Any thoughts?

I'm heading out for a quick and easy offroad drive to help settle all the springs out. I'll post on final lift heights and my thoughts on the new "ride" later. Thanks again for everyone's help :xbeer1:
PICs! PICs! PICs!!!!!
 

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04RedLobster said:
PICs! PICs! PICs!!!!!
I took some during the wrench fest and I'll take some more tomorrow after I do a final adjust on the Hoe's.
 

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cheez said:
I took some during the wrench fest and I'll take some more tomorrow after I do a final adjust on the Hoe's.
I wanna see ur ride!!!
dang i wish i can afforad some donahoes...or anytime of coilovers..lol
have fun wheeling!!
 

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Bump for any ideas on my post (#11) above. Especially the one shackle bushing deforming and the correct amount of threads showing on the Donahoes...
 

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cheez said:
Bump for any ideas on my post (#11) above. Especially the one shackle bushing deforming and the correct amount of threads showing on the Donahoes...
Not sure on the threads issue, but I have a bushing or 2 that are a little tweaked. They were tough just to push into the spring eye on my Deavers, and it's a battle in the event I have to remove them.

I haven't noticed any issues resulting from this, but they've only been on there for 6 months or so. Plus my shackles are greaseable.

Hopefully someone else will have a more definitive answer for you...
 

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Here's a few pics:

I don't know how to get the pics down to 19.5 Kb w/o them looking like crap??

Notice how the right rear side is 1/2" higher than the right
 

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04RedLobster said:
ur truck looks badass!!!
more pics more pics!!!
Wanna buy my bada$$ "Baja" skid plate? It came with the truck when I bought it. I guess it lets me know when the approach angle is gettin' good since it's the first thing to start grinding :D I always have to bend it back after wheeling

The Hoe's are already dirty
 

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