Jeep Liberty/Suspension/Clevis Lift

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Clevis Lift[edit]

Tools needed:[edit]

  • Floor Jacks & Jack Stands & Blocks
  • Torque Wrench (1/2" or 21mm)
  • Ratchet
  • Crowbar or Prybar


Instructions to do a Clevis Lift:[edit]

1) Get a set of good floor jacks & jack stands and blocks.

2) Park on a flat/level surface & set emergency brake & block rear tires for safety.

3) Before jacking up the front, disconnect the lower links on the front sway bar (it's easier to do with the vehicle sitting level).

4) Jack up one side of the front, set on jack stands, remove front wheel.

5) Put floor jack under the lower control arm to raise it slightly.

6) Take nut off of upper ball joint (Hint: Remove it completely before trying to break the ball joint loose)

7) Use a hammer to break the ball joint stud loose. I pounded on each side until it finally came loose.

8) Lower the floor jack which is holding up the lower control arm to get the hub out of the way. If you have ABS careful around the hardware.

9) Loosen the cap-screw bolt that is holding the "strut clamp" hardware (i.e., the clevis).

10) Carefully use a crowbar to pry the strut higher in the clevis. A 3/8" to 1/2" lift is an acceptable amount for a clevis lift.

11) Tighten the cap-screw bolt and torque to 100 ft-lbs.

12) Raise the lower control arm & hub assembly using the floor jack so you can reconnect the upper ball joint.

13) Reconnect the ball joint & torque to 60 ft-lbs.

14) Reinstall the front wheel.

15) Repeat the other side.

16) Reconnect the front sway bar.


Remember to recheck the torque of all the bolts after 500 miles.


Retrieved from L.O.S.T, thanks to skrracing and tonycrd.