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Old January 17th, 2010, 06:10 AM   #1
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Lift accidents?

Does anyone have any good stories about lifting a vehicle and having something go horribly wrong?
I just put a 4" lift on my YJ yesterday and it reminded me of a major oops that I did a few years ago.....
I performed a spring over on a YJ that I had. Everything went fine, I got it done in a short afternoon. Well, my wife was bitching at me toward the end of the lift to hurry up. Dinner is ready, I need help with the kids, you spend too much time working on your Jeep...... You know how it goes.
Anyway, I had to drop my son off to his mom early the next morning. We jump in the Jeep and start driving through the subdivision. Suddenly the left rear end of my Jeep falls on the ground, and a 35" tire rolls past me, gaining an incredible amount of speed.
The tire is rolling and bouncing out of control through two front yards and smashes into the side of a brand new Dakota parked in a driveway.

I called my stepdad who brought my floor jack and 4-way. I took a lugnut of each other tire to get me on my way. After dropping my son off I went back to the guys house and knocked on his door at 7am on a Sunday morning.
He was actually very cool and was really just suprised I fessed up to it. I told him i'd pay cash for the damages, but he said that he would let his insurance cover it somehow.....
Since then I double, triple, and quadruple check bolts!

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Old January 17th, 2010, 07:23 AM   #2
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Mine wasn't due to a lift but I had an experience just like it. About 4 or 5 years ago I had a 1992 S10 and just bought 4 new cooper stt's for it...I went to a Mud Bog in Durand and on the way home doing 70mph down I75 I felt a slight wobble, well I thought it was just some mud stuck in the wheel throwing it off balance (BUT NO) all of a sudden I am watching my new Cooper go across 4 lanes of traffic roll up a hill and disappear as I come to a grinding halt on my brake rotor and lower control arm

I jumped out thinking that my lugs broke off and to my surprise they where all there...so I proceeded to hunt for my tire that I finally found after 2 hours and about 3/4 of a miles away in a field and brought it back to my truck and took one lug nut off each other wheel and used the three to bolt on my wheel that came off to get me home.

I took my truck to the tire place just a bitching that they did not torque down my lug nuts and the owner of the place was fantastic and paid for everything that was damaged and let me use their company van while my truck was in the shop for 2 days. I consider that above and beyond customer support and continue to do all my tire business with them to this day. I cant blame the company for some new kid who forgot to tighten my lug nuts but I can and did continue to do business with them for their outstanding effort to make everything right.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 07:28 AM   #3
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A couple years ago I picked up new summer wheels and tires for an svt contour a buddy was there and "helping" swap out the wheels as I have a couple jacks. Well that night I'm headed out and halfway through the sub the corner he put on falls and the rotor made a nice gouged ring in the brand new wheel.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 07:29 AM   #4
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i got a solid axle swap on my chevy and it ended up with around 18 inches of lift.. girlfriends truck broke down so i decided to let her drive mine.. She decided to take a corner a little too fast and tipped the bitch over.. oops.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 07:37 AM   #5
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About 14 years ago I was at the bar with some friends. We were there about 7 or 8 hours and everybody was somewhat trashed. One guy was blacked out and they were getting ready to throw us out for being overserved.

So we end up at some party, and there's some broad laying in the bathtub that wants everybody to piss on her. Not being one to pass up such an opportunity, I pissed on her about 4 times, possibly more.

I wake up in the morning in an unfamiliar place. Bad feeling. But even worse was the fact that some chubby redneck chick was laying next to me. I couldn't sneak away either, she was laying half on top of me.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 07:55 AM   #6
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About 14 years ago I was at the bar with some friends. We were there about 7 or 8 hours and everybody was somewhat trashed. One guy was blacked out and they were getting ready to throw us out for being overserved.

So we end up at some party, and there's some broad laying in the bathtub that wants everybody to piss on her. Not being one to pass up such an opportunity, I pissed on her about 4 times, possibly more.

I wake up in the morning in an unfamiliar place. Bad feeling. But even worse was the fact that some chubby redneck chick was laying next to me. I couldn't sneak away either, she was laying half on top of me.
So, thats how you met your wife. was she in the tub or bed or both?
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Old January 17th, 2010, 09:16 AM   #7
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I'll have to let ya know, I'm still waiting on my friends to go...

He broke the bolts that hold both his upper rear shocks in his TJ when installing a 4" lift. Drilling out the holes was not an option, so I ground them down and welded some old AMC 3/8 bolts in thier place making them studs....they sure were a bitch to get at with a welder, but it keeps going...
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Old January 17th, 2010, 09:41 AM   #8
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when i was 17 i turned a corner in my caprice and the studs ripped through the center of the wheel and the wheel snagged a hole in the tank as it bounced under the back.

other than that i have had the lugs get loose and make the wheel knock. about 3 times over the years on my s10 blazer
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Old January 17th, 2010, 09:59 AM   #9
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a buddy and i last year were driving down 127 goin home from central michigan in his yj. we got near alma then we started to feel some vibrations next thing we know a huge bang and smaking around we coast to pull over from doing 75mph on the highway. i lay under the jeep it has 5in lift with 35s no sye. i see that the rear drive shaft blew the ears right off of the drive shaft and the end caseing off the transfer case. finally we got the drive shaft off and drove home in 4wd and took us 8hrs when it uasually takes 2 hours to get home it was a rough night.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 10:01 AM   #10
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I had just finished doing a rear suspension swap on my Toyota. I decided to take it up to the corner store, just cause I had already had it running. So I took off down the road, got about 300 feet and!!












I left my hood unlatched. It flew up and bent the hinges. Ofcoarse, when I started stopping it slammed back down and latched, so I just continued on my way. It sat a little crooked after that, but nothing a hammer didn't fix.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 10:15 AM   #11
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This past 4th of July I pimped my TJ in Clawsons parade and as I was driving it felt a little wobbly, I watched the tires on my side as I drive and had the passenger do the same and saw nothing wrong so on we went, stopping for the tire climb pose at least 10 times.

When I got home I was looking it over and the left rear wheel had ZERO lugnuts on it. The wheel was on straight still so I had to buy 5 new ones and now I check them more often. Very glad it didnt happen on the highway doing 80mph.


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Old January 17th, 2010, 10:34 AM   #12
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i bought a jeep 2 hours away from me in Kalamazoo from Daryl at JCR. I was driving 75 down the expressway and i could smell brake fluid and the caliper started smoking and then i got a Death wobble between 2 semi-trucks and i almost died trying to keep straight and not hit the rear tires of the trucks. One of the scariest moments of my life.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 10:35 AM   #13
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I had just finished doing a rear suspension swap on my Toyota. I decided to take it up to the corner store, just cause I had already had it running. So I took off down the road, got about 300 feet and!!












I left my hood unlatched. It flew up and bent the hinges. Ofcoarse, when I started stopping it slammed back down and latched, so I just continued on my way. It sat a little crooked after that, but nothing a hammer didn't fix.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 11:01 AM   #14
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After oil change, when lowering the car, the front corner caught on the tool box in the background.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 11:07 AM   #15
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After oil change, when lowering the car, the front corner caught on the tool box in the background.
lol good one. What'd the po-po say?
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Old January 17th, 2010, 11:17 AM   #16
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lol good one. What'd the po-po say?
I never heard.
My engine company went to help get four wheels on the ground without causing further damage.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 11:40 AM   #17
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I was helping a friend of mine do an axle swap on a CJ7, he decided to help out by removing the ubolts before I got there. Some how he was able to remove the nuts off the ubolts without dropping the jeep on him as he removed the nuts without using a jack or jack stands. Pretty lucky guy.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 11:57 AM   #18
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My story tops all stories.....

I lifted my first jeep when I was 24......I'm now 37 with 3 jeeps total and a tow rig
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Old January 17th, 2010, 12:01 PM   #19
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was driving back to MI from CA about 10 years ago. decided to put on the small street tires for the drive. I put them on a week prior to the trip to make sure there where no issues. made it into day two some where in AZ when the problem came up. Starting feeling a vibe my uncle who him self is a gear head who wanted to make the trip as well noticed it the same time I did. we blamed it on the road. drove for anther 2 hours until we needed fuel.... pulled into the truck stop and we were ridding on two lug nuts on the rear tire... We found the local shop about to close for the night got some new studs and this is when I learned how to swap wheel studs.. Amazed the stock rim didn't round out. Drove home the rest of the tip with out to much issue.


As for rear drive shafts.. I was blowing so many u-joints the first 4 years I owned my jeep I got god enough to swap them on the side of a freeway and be back on my way like it was a flat tire... Tom woods finally fixed that for me.


or there was the time I went spring over and let the local "redneck" with a welder help me out. all was fine until a trip up to silver lake...I snapped every single weld on the axles!!! thank god for AAA for getting me home
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Old January 17th, 2010, 02:43 PM   #20
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I'll have to let ya know, I'm still waiting on my friends to go...

He broke the bolts that hold both his upper rear shocks in his TJ when installing a 4" lift. Drilling out the holes was not an option, so I ground them down and welded some old AMC 3/8 bolts in thier place making them studs....they sure were a bitch to get at with a welder, but it keeps going...
I just love rednecks who are too damn stupid to fix things the right way
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