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1994-2002 Dodge Front 7-8″ Lift Kit Installation Instructions

December 8th, 2010 · No Comments

Dodge Front Kit Installation Steps:
1. Before you remove anything off the truck, measure the pinion angle on the bottom of the differential. Make sure to record the measurement here. Once the kit is installed, it is required to put the axle back to this measurement. This will keep the correct caster and camber.
2. Remove the transmission skid plate and then remove the front driveshaft. Take it to a drive line shop and have it extended 1 1/8”. Disconnect the sway bar end links and remove the sway bar. Place a jack under the differential and lift the truck until the wheels are 4-5” off the ground. Place a jack stand on each side of the frame, right under the radiator support. Remove the tires, shocks and steering arm, pan-hard bar / trac bar, sway bar and pitman arm. Let the jack down and remove the coil springs (they should have little tension left on them). NOTE: Set the lower shock bolt and nut aside as they will used in step 10.
3. Remove the factory trailing arms.
4. Place a jack under the rear of the transfer case. Remove the factory transmission cross member. Set aside the nuts that fasten the transmission mount to the cross member as you will need these in Step 6 to fasten the mount to the new cross member.
5. Locate the side plates/trailing arm mounts (part #11530 Passenger’s side and part #11531 Driver’s side). Slide the mounts in place and use the 2) 1/2” x 51/2” and 2) 3/8” x 4 1/2” bolts and supplied backing plates. Go ahead and snug up the bolts, but do not torque yet. You will have to loosen the bolts back up to install the transmission cross member. Once the bolts are tight, drill out the remaining 5 holes with a 1/2” drill bit. Insert the 1/2” x 1 1/2” bolts but do not tighten.
6. Locate the transmission cross member (part #11316). This fits in between the 2 side plates and fastens into place using the 4) 5/8” x 5” bolts). You may have to loosen the side plate bolts to get all the hole to line up. Once you get the bolts inserted in place tighten all the bolts on the side mounts, cross member and transmission mounting bracket. NOTE: If your truck has a manual transmission it will be necessary to assemble the crossmember to the side plates prior to mounting the side plates to the frame.

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