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Jeep Liberty - The Frankenlift - Tech

Posted in Features on January 1, 2006 Comment (0)
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Jeep Liberty - The Frankenlift - Tech
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Once thought of as Jeep's answer to the ultimate grocery cart, the Jeep Liberty has finally become a sight found on trails from California to the East Coast. The KJ has become a very versatile vehicle for many people who are looking for something different from the traditional lineup of Jeep vehicles. It's available with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine, a 3.7L power tech V-6, and a 2.8L four-cylinder common-rail diesel (CRD) engine. You can also choose between the Command-Trac part-time four-wheel-drive system and the Select-Trac full-time four-wheel-drive system for confident capability on the trail. After seeing quite a few Libertys tackling the trails in Moab, we decided it was time to show our readers some of the products currently offered to modify their KJ for the weekend ahead.

Torque Settings
It is very important to make sure you tighten all bolts back down to factory torque specifications. Here is a small breakdown of all suspension bolts and their corresponding torque settings.

Front Suspension
Four upper shock mounting nuts: 80 lb-ft
Clevis bracket bolt at bottom of shock: 65 lb-ft
Lower ball joint nut: 60 lb-ft
Clevis bracket at lower control arm: 110 lb-ft
Lower stabilizer link at lower control arm: 100 lb-ft
Axle nut: 100 lb-ft
Rotor bracket bolts:100 lb-ft
Bearing hub bolts: 96 lb-ft
Tie-rod ends nuts: 80 lb-ft

Rear Suspension
Shocks (upper): 80 lb-ft
Shocks (lower): 85 lb-ft
Rear stabilizer bolts at lower suspension arm: 73 lb-ft
Upper control arm: 90 lb-ft
Lower control arm: 125 lb-ft
Pinch bolt on top of differential: 70 lb-ft

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