Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. Joe from ExtremeTerrain. And today, we're gonna be working with the Teraflex 1.5-Inch Performance Spacer Lift Kit, fitting all '18 and newer two-door JLs. This kit is gonna be great for any JL owner out there that's just starting off modifying their Jeep. They're looking to accommodate some larger tires, maybe the added weight of some off-road extras, they're also looking to get a little bit more clearance all with an extremely budget-friendly lift kit.
Now in total, we're gonna see about an inch of lift in the front with an inch and a half and the rear. Now being a little bit shorter in the front, it's gonna help bring that nose down and take away some of that nose up factory rake. Also, more importantly, it's gonna allow us to fit up to a 33-inch tire underneath our JL here.
We put a set of 35s underneath our JL just to see how close it would be. And on level ground, it did actually clear. I wouldn't even say that it's a little bit spacious underneath there. Now with that being said, if you do plan on doing any off-roading that will probably rub on extreme articulation, so just keep that in mind.
Now if you do have a Rubicon or at least the Rubicon fenders, it's definitely possible to get a 35 underneath of this kit, however, you will probably need some bump stops as well. Now in terms of where this kit sits in the range of lifts, this is going to be your beginner kit. So you're gonna save a lot of money with this but it doesn't come with a lot of extras that the full-on lift kits would such as shocks, springs, track bar brackets, brake line brackets, longer end links, all that sort of stuff.
Now that's not to say you absolutely need that stuff, right? This kit will be just fine as it sits on the table here. Most of the time, those bigger lift kits include that stuff because it is absolutely needed, but with this, take it off-road, throw some 33s underneath of your JL, feel it out, gauge it from there, and then upgrade as needed.
Pricing for this kit is going to come in right around that $160 mark. And for what you get with this, a little bit of a lift, little bit of a level 33s underneath your JL and a little bit of added clearance. This is one of the most cost-effective ways to get your Jeep up in the air and really is a good return on investment. Also included in that price is a one-year warranty from Teraflex.
Install is gonna be pretty easy. There's no permanent modifications required to your JL to get these installed but it is going to be just as hard as doing a set of springs and for that, I'm gonna give it a two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Should take you about two, three hours to get these installed. So without any further ado, let me show you what you'll need to do this and how it's done.
Tools required for this install are going to be an impact or three, U-Joint, a couple of extensions, a basic socket set ranging all the way from 21 millimeters all the way down to 10, 17 and 18-millimeter wrench, 21-millimeter ratcheting wrench, trim panel removal tool, ratchet strap and not pictured in the shot will be the pole jack.
So we're gonna start our installation at the rear. And the first step obviously, get your Jeep in the air, get all of the wheels off it and get that axle to support it. Now like said, this is going to be just as hard as removing a spring. So we're gonna have to drop that rear axle tube. As we're doing that, we don't want to stress these brake lines here, so the first step of the install is actually gonna be to loosen up that bracket holding that on to make sure we don't stress those lines. It's held on with a 10-millimeter bolt. And do the same thing for the other side. Just keep those handy, I'm gonna thread them right back here.
With the brake line brackets removed, we can further prepare to drop that axle tube. We're gonna remove the bottom of the shock mount and also the bottom of the sway bar end link on both sides, it's all held on with 18-millimeter hardware. And with the shock out, that'll give us easy access to this side of the sway bar end link.
Now we're gonna drop our track bar from the axle side with a 21-millimeter socket. So now we have all of the big stuff out of the way, there is one more thing we have to hit before we start lowering our axle here to get the springs out and that is our e-brake cable bracket. That's way up in there, we got the extension and the impact gun here and a 13-millimeter socket to drop that out.
Now we're gonna lower those pole jacks, release the tension on the springs and pull them out. Now we can drop out this isolator as well to make room for our spacer. Now I'm gonna show you how to install this spacer off the Jeep here just to give you a better feel of how this is going to seat.
First things first, we're gonna drop through this 17-millimeter bolt here. This washer on top is notched, you want to make sure this ends up on top. Then we're gonna come up from underneath, drop our spacer in. When we do this you want to make sure this the dowel aligns with the hole in the bucket. That's gonna like so. Then we're gonna use the 14-millimeter nut to secure that on the bottom.
So here we go, we're gonna get our bolt seated and come through with that nut washer. Then we can get our spacer in place, you can see this dowel right here is going to align with that hole towards the front. Then we're going to secure that with the flat washer and 14-millimeter nut. Now as I'm tightening this, I'm just making sure that alignment dowel stays in the neighborhood.
Now we're gonna put our spring back in. Make sure you line up the alignment dowel just like the spacer would on the isolator, now we can get that seated properly. Now with the isolator situated correctly, it should be nice and flush up against our spacer. We're just gonna rotate our spring around so that that last coil impacts the start of our isolator. Once we have that situated, we can bring up our pole jack.
Now I brought my pole jack up here just enough to hold this side in place. We already have the other side caught up off camera, so once you have that done, we can now bring the pole jacks both of them up at the same time and start to secure our other suspension components. So next we're going to get our other suspension components back together, that's going to use the same 18-millimeter bolt and nut. Then we're gonna move onto the shocks which are gonna be a little bit tougher, we're gonna need to hang on those to pull them apart but we're going to secure them with the respective 18-millimeter hardware as well. Now we're gonna do the same thing for the other side.
Next up is going to be the track bar. And as far as that e-brake bracket goes, Teraflex actually recommends that you completely discard that. Next, we can re-secure our two brake line brackets, again, that's going to be with a 10-millimeter socket and release the tension on our pole jacks. So now we're gonna move onto the front. And the eagle-eyed viewers out there probably noticed that our JL is missing a front bumper. Now all we did there is we took it off just so you could get a better idea of what we're doing from this angle. It makes things a little bit easier to see on video. You do not need to remove the bumper or splash guard even to get this installed, we just did it so you could see a little bit better.
Now with that being said, we're basically gonna do the same thing here. We've got the Jeep up in the air, we got the wheels off, we have our axle tube supported with some pole jacks. And just like the rear, the first step we're gonna do is loosen up some of those brake line brackets with a 10-millimeter socket.
So now we can start to work on the big stuff. We're gonna start with our sway bar which just like the rear is an 18 and then the lower shock mount which is also an 18. Now to get to the lower portion of that sway bar end link, I have the extension and a U-Joint and an 18-millimeter socket. It is a little bit tough to get to. You could probably get it easier with a ratchet if you don't have this setup here.
So now we're just gonna do the sway bar and lower shock mount for the other side. Next up is the track bar that's held on with a 21-millimeter bolt. I have the same sort of setup I did for the sway bar end link, the extension, and the U-Joint. That one is a little bit tough to get at. If you do have trouble with that, you could always hit the other side, but that's gonna require a wrench.
There's one more thing for us to do, there's two Christmas tree clips on this wire here on the passenger side. We're just going to use a trim panel removal tool to get those out of the way. Now we're just gonna lower the pole jacks and take the tension off the springs. I'm just trying to get as low as possible here. And you can see me, I'm checking these wires, brake lines, this e-brake cable and the brake lines over here to make sure I don't go too low and damage to them. Now we're just gonna work that spring out toward the lower control arm here behind the shock.
Now we're just gonna work out that isolator, get our spacer in place. And again, there are two alignment dowels underneath here, you want those to go toward the inside of the Jeep. Then we'll put our isolator back on and align those dowels as well. Now we're just gonna work our spring back in behind that shock and start to button this up right after we do the other side as well. Now when you seat the lower here, obviously you want that last coil in the isolator to meet up with that wall right there.
We got the other side caught up off camera, so now we're just gonna come up with our pole jacks and start to put our suspension back together. So now we're gonna pull down on our shock, get that in place with the original factory 18-millimeter bolt and nut. Next up we're gonna do the sway bar on both sides, and again, this is all 18-millimeter hardware.
Now all that is left for us to do as far as the main suspension components go is the track bar. Now there are two ways to do this. The way that I like to do it is just release those pole jacks so the springs don't fight you, grab a ratchet strap, go to this upright right here and hook it into the frame rail on the other side, just to give that a couple of good cranks. That'll bring the track far right into position and you could slide this bolt through, no problem.
Now if you don't have a ratchet strap, the other option is to lower the Jeep on the ground, use its own weight to get this really close to alignment and then you could have a buddy turn the steering wheel, get this perfectly aligned and then run the bolt through that way. But with the ratchet strap, it makes it extremely easy. And again, to tighten this down, it's a 21-millimeter socket.
Now we have our track bar seated, we can release our ratchet strap and move right along. Now we can push back in our Christmas tree clips, secure our brake line brackets again with a 10-millimeter socket and call this one done.
And that's gonna do it for my review and install of the Teraflex 1.5-Inch Performance Spacer Lift Kit, fitting all '18 and newer two-door JLs. Thank you for watching. I'm Joe. Make sure you subscribe for more videos like this and all things Jeep.