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EDIT: same thread just changed the title to one that makes more sense :D

Just got them in on friday! :twisted: but heres a little write up for those who were clueless as i was ..well until i actually took a look under the zoo.

Tools & equip:
at least 2 jack stands
1 jack
various size wrenches and sockets
breaker bar (optional but helps)
98+ trooper coils
rodeo manual for reference (i used the .pdf version)

first jack up the rodeo. does not have to be too high my tires were about an inch off the ground.


after taking off the tires support the diff with a jack. and unclamp the brake hose and unscrew the brake connector from the rear axle.

left side:




middle:


right side:



also there is a wrapped wire that is ziptied to the upper link so just pinch the bottom and the wire will let loose. (the pic is it already detached though)


next remove upper link bolt on LEFT side ONLY. it may look like the spring is in the way but try to jack up or down the diff to give the best clearance. you may want to use wd40 on the nut because i needed a breaker bar just to loosen it up. after you take the nut off use a screw driver and hammer to push the bolt out and it will just slide over the spring with ease.




next remove the bolts for the stabilizer link. its 2 bolts on each side.
(its already unbolted but you can see where it is located.)


then remove shock absorbers. you can easily take them off by unbolting the tops and lowering the diff so you can slide the bottom off the stud then it will come right out.

then lower the diff slowly until the springs are loose like this.. (be careful and watch the brake lines and all wires so they don't extend too far)



here is the springs side by side (trooper left - rodeo right) my springs came off of a 2002 trooper.



then switch the springs and start reversing the steps.

NOTE: with the trooper coils the upper link bolt hole was not blocked anymore by the spring. this was the hardest part for me though because the holes did not line up perfectly and the bolt wouldnt go through the other side because of it unaligning when you put one side on (hope that dosent sound confusing). you may want to have a thrid hand around because i had to wedge and pull while a thrid hand tapped the bolt through.




and keep reversing the steps and BAM! a nice two inch lift. my rears went from 33 1/4" to 35 1/4 " (top of fender wells) off the ground.

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after:



the lift looks higher in person. i just need to crank the t-bars in the front to match and hopefully sometime soon buy the zoo new rims and tires and im good! 8) the job really wasn't that hard and took me 3 hours to complete (and i was taking my time) hopefully this encourages some of you to DIY instead of bringing it to the shop and save some kee$$$hh, thats always good right?!
 

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Looks great. Very nicely done.

If you do crank the t-bars, be sure to get an alignment afterwards or you may find yourself veering to the left or right a bit.
 

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Nice write-up. Thanks.

Would Trooper springs be about the same? I plan on doing my 2000 soon.
 

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thanks guys!

JY, i was looking at the 00' trooper manual and it dosent look exact but you have less steps and it looks like its easier to do than the rodeo.
 

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Excellent write-up. I'm inspired to do it to my truck, now I just need some springs.
 

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A couple of things I did on the rodeos I've lifted (but neccesary with the OME 912 springs), had to lift it much higher so the axle can drop more, and had to remove the bolt for the parking brake cable where it attaches to the frame. Also, I removed the end links for the sway bars instead of the bushings since they werent being replaced at that time.

And I used a port-a-power to push the axle back into place for the upper link, makes life so much easier :mrgreen:



Would Trooper springs be about the same? I plan on doing my 2000 soon.
Trooper will be pretty similar. You wont have to deal with the upper link though since troopers are 3 link and the gas tank is behind the axle.
 

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X2 with experience take the link bolts loose so you don't take a chance of breaking swaybar bolts on rearend(rust)

Also if you put the stock bottle jack under the driverside shock it will rotate the housing to allow the bolt to go in easier.

Good job :wink:

Oh and when you crank the front if it pulls then the t-bars were not turned the same amount,just something I've noticed after all the lifts i've done.
 

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I just got done doing this. 58 bucks for some used Trooper coils at Spaldings. Would have been cheaper at Pull and Save but they haven't had any 98+ Troopers in a while.

One thing not mentioned is when you re-tighten the trailing arms, the truck needs have the weight on the axle. I jacked it up under the pumpkin until it just started to lift off the jack stands. If you tighten them with the axle is drooping, you'll trash the bushings.

Cheapo way to get 2 inches of lift. Love it.
 
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After driving a bit now and I love it even more! Rides so much better than the stock Rodeo springs. Mine was squatting on take-off and bottoming out easily. 1000% better now. Anyone with 2nd gen Rodeo's on a budget it is highly recommended you do this swap.
 

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I managed to get two sets of Trooper springs and I am ready to do this mod on both the Rodeo and the Sport. However I was wondering, can you use a spring compressor like those used to install McPherson struts to install these springs? Seems if you could it would be easier than dropping the axle.
 

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A spring compressor is going to be more of a hassle. It's not hard to drop the axle.

I'd be curious to see the results on the Sport. Seems like that's an even lighter rig and the lift is going to be a bit higher.
 

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Just thought it might be easier to compress the springs than to loosen the bolts. I did spray them last night with PB blaster and of course it's a Texas truck, so no rust issues.
The junkyard had the springs to an amigo sitting next to the trooper. I took them and compared them side-by-side. the trooper's looked about an inch or so taller and the material seemed a bit thicker.
Also on my list is a LSD axle and a bit larger tires. I'll post the results as soon as we get it done.
 

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CatFuzz said:
After driving a bit now and I love it even more! Rides so much better than the stock Rodeo springs. Mine was squatting on take-off and bottoming out easily. 1000% better now. Anyone with 2nd gen Rodeo's on a budget it is highly recommended you do this swap.
i totally agree. even though i havent cranked the front up, the ride is wayyyyy better. my car doesn't rock as much any more between shifts and no more bottoming out on bumps and speed bumps. the ride just feels so much smoother.

if anybody in northern california wants to pick up a pair of trooper springs you should go to All Hyundai Isuzu Kia & Nissan Auto Recycling in Sacramento or visit (www.allhyundaiisuzukianissanparts.com). or even if you need some parts for your zoo they got a bunch of them ready to part out. they charged me $50 for the trooper springs.

also GL with the install vilos66.
 

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very nice i didnt even know that you could do this. now if i but a 2nd gen i can do this. oh and by the way nor cal really does say hella ALOT
 

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beretta92 said:
.... oh and by the way nor cal really does say hella ALOT
haha yes we do. its funny when i go to other places my friends or family look at me funny and say "whats hella? :dontknow:"
 

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ya when i went to basic people would just look at the few cali guys like we said a word in foreign language
 

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great write up, and the lift looks good

first time i swapped coils, i used compression tools on the springs....that process SUCKED. but it was straight forward.

about to get some indy4x springs for the full 3" lift w/out using spacers. this write up helps, but i'm concerned about getting that bolt back in the upper link with my limited tool set. can i use two jacks to adjust position to line up the holes, or is that even possible?
 

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great write up, and the lift looks good

first time i swapped coils, i used compression tools on the springs....that process SUCKED. but it was straight forward.

about to get some indy4x springs for the full 3" lift w/out using spacers. this write up helps, but i'm concerned about getting that bolt back in the upper link with my limited tool set. can i use two jacks to adjust position to line up the holes, or is that even possible?
yea if you have two jacks you can jack under the driver side shock and put the other jack under the diff and jack up the driver side higher so it kinda rotates the holes to align better like bansil said. but what i did was wedged a screwdriver between the upper link and the underbody of the rodeo while the link was in the mount to keep it down and used a breaker bar or you could use any long bar to put between the gas tank and upper link to pull the link closer by pulling the to of the bar and using your foot to push the bottom and have someone else tap the bolt through. if that makes any sense haha.. no need for special tools.

GL on the swap!
 

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nice write up!

Lol. When I did mine, I forgot my shop manual at home that day, so we ended up just dropping the whole rear axle and sliding the OME coils right in. :oops:
The top upper link bolt was also kinda a PITA, but we got it done in an hour and a half, and changed the shocks while we were at it. :D
 
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