Installing A Lift Kit And New Brake Lines In Your Four Wheeler

Four-wheeler and all-terrain vehicle aficionados who enjoy doing their own upgrades to their machines may want to try installing a lift kit. Inexpensive lift kits that run under $200 can raise the machine up between 2 and 3 inches, and are relatively simple for mechanics of all levels to add.

Steps to Installing a Front Lift Kit

Installation is relatively easy with these smaller lift kits. You'll start by jacking up your machine securely and removing the tires. Then:

  1. Loosen the upper and lower shock bolts in the front and take the shock completely away.
  2. Install the upper brackets of the lift kit on the shock mount points and run the bolt through.
  3. Depending on your model and amount of lift, you may need to install shims inside the bracket. Position them where you want them against the bracket. You can fasten the nut on the back side to hold it, but don't tighten it all the way down.
  4. Install the twist bracket on your shock bolt. Run it through the shock.
  5. Install your backing bracket, then run bolts through that. Don't torque down all the way yet, because you'll need some give to get the shock back on.
  6. Place a pry bar in front and behind the shock. Lift up and toward you at the same time to position it.
  7. Run your bolt back through and tighten it.

Checking the Brake Lines

It's important to check the brake lines before you wrap up the project, and this is a step that often gets overlooked. 

When the lift kit is installed, depending on the model, the distance between the axles and the frame increases. Often, the brake lines need to be lengthened to match this added distance. However, many inexpensive lift kits don't include the instructions for doing this or the materials to modify the brake lines. 

If you do find that your brake lines must be lengthened, consider using stainless steel hoses for the brake lines to keep them from overheating and to be more durable. In an off-road, all-terrain vehicle, it's more difficult for rocks and other objects to damage the brake lines. Installing the new brake lines should be as simple as loosening the hose clamps on the existing line, replacing the hoses and tightening the hose clamps. You will need to add brake fluid and bleed the brakes after finishing the replacement

If you're not comfortable tackling the brake hose replacement yourself, take your four-wheeler or ATV to a qualified mechanic to work on the brakes. 

Contact a company like Liberty Hose & Supply Inc for more help with stainless steel hoses.