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I used a pair of 1.5" x 15' 4,000LB-rated ratcheting straps. Looping them down the middle and around the outside opposite of each other, careful to leave the ends of the springs unbound so that the straps would not be pinned against anything, I ratcheted them down equally (to prevent bulging in either direction) until the spring was compressed just enough to allow me to install it. Leaving the straps on, I jacked up the rear axle until it compressed the spring more than the straps, thereby causing the straps to go slightly slack. This allowed me to remove the straps with ZERO DANGER. I did this one side at a time. I wish I had taken pics of this process to better explain it
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Oh...one more suggestion....DO NOT, EVER, EVER, NEVER, EVER USE CINDER BLOCKS OR CONCRETE BLOCKS, OR BRICKS!!! instead of jack stands!!! PLEASE!
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Oh...one more suggestion....DO NOT, EVER, EVER, NEVER, EVER USE CINDER BLOCKS OR CONCRETE BLOCKS, OR BRICKS!!! instead of jack stands!!! PLEASE!
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FJFOOL said :"6) Spray everything with penetrating oil. Even components nearby you don't anticipate needing to remove or adjust. At the very least, spray it all once a week before install, again the day before, and again the day of. I used PB Blaster. I'm convinced that, had I not used it, I would not be standing here today."

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I have had great success with 50/50 mix of acetone and automatic transmission fluid..put in spray bottle and apply to bolts....found this somewhere on a search...worked great..but need to do it for a few days also as recommended above......
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After my ordeal with a shop, DIY is the way to go. Looking forward to seeing your lift FJFool!
Finally, some worthy pics of the lift:

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If you're noticing the dent in the fender, I haven't swapped it out yet. But the hood is done. (Old one is in the background of the 2nd pic)
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Re: Suspensions: DIY vs Pro Install

i've done all of my suspension installs myself. the only difference if i had paid a shop to do it is they have power tools.. but there's limited to no power tools on the trail if i happen to break something. Good learning experience
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Finally, some worthy pics of the lift:

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If you're noticing the dent in the fender, I haven't swapped it out yet. But the hood is done. (Old one is in the background of the 2nd pic)


The lights - 2x Flood and 2x Spot?

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The lights - 2x Flood and 2x Spot?
All flood on the bottom, though I like your idea.

The two in the middle may end up being temporary as I'm playing around with the idea of having a welder modify this bumper to include a receiving hitch right there so I can mount a winch as needed.

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FWIW, Design as if the winch will live up front on that bumper as it will be there 99% of the time it is with you, the FJ rear departure angle will not allow it to be carried in the rear off road. Consider any cooling restrictions, consider access/removal of winch, consider any effect on approach angles. Wiring is easy with welding wire and forklift battery connectors. This is what I did for my Willy's, I will also add a mount to the roll cage just in case (not applicable for FJ's).
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FWIW, Design as if the winch will live up front on that bumper as it will be there 99% of the time it is with you, the FJ rear departure angle will not allow it to be carried in the rear off road. Consider any cooling restrictions, consider access/removal of winch, consider any effect on approach angles. Wiring is easy with welding wire and forklift battery connectors. This is what I did for my Willy's, I will also add a mount to the roll cage just in case (not applicable for FJ's).
I could be missing something, but I planned on keeping the winch inside the FJ 99% of the time, bringing it out mounted on one of these and plugging it in front or rear only when I need it:

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