How to Remove the Lift Kit on a Jeep Wranglerby Jared Curtis
The lift kit of a Jeep Wrangler may be removed. A lift kit makes getting in and out of the vehicle harder because it raises the entry point higher. It also decreases ride quality and handling characteristics. Most Jeep Wranglers are lifted by coil spacers that are mounted above the coil spring. You must remove the coil spacer to lower the ride height of your Jeep Wrangler.
Loosen the lug nuts on a wheel with a lug wrench. Rotate the wrench in a counterclockwise direction to loosen.
Slide a hydraulic jack under the axle near the wheel well. Lift the Jeep high enough to remove the tire with the hydraulic jack. Remove the lug nuts. Grasp the tire and pull the tire away from the vehicle to access the spring.
Adjust the coil compressors so that they are the same height as the compressed coil spring. Install the coil compressors onto the spring so that you are able to compress the entire spring. Tighten the nuts uniformly on the coil compressors with a wrench to compress the coil spring. Continue tightening the nuts until the spring has been compressed enough that it can be removed from the vehicle. Pull the spring out of the vehicle.
Remove the coil spacer by sliding it off of the bump stop with your hands. It may be stuck to the top of the coil spring mount. If so, tap the coil spacer with a hammer to break it free, then remove it from the vehicle.
Reinstall the coil spring into the vehicle. Loosen the nuts on each side of the coil spring compressors with a wrench until the spring is decompressed and the coil compressors may be removed.
Replace the wheel. Thread the lug nuts on and tighten them using a lug wrench. Lower the vehicle to the ground using the jack and remove the jack from under the vehicle.
Repeat the process to remove the three remaining coil springs.
Things You'll Need
- Lug nut wrench
- Hydraulic jack
- Coil compressors
- Use caution when working with a compressed coil spring.
Living in Utah, Jared Curtis graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. Curtis is continuing his education in hard sciences to apply to medical school in the future. He began writing professionally in 2010, specializing in cabinet-related articles.