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Old 06-28-2011, 11:56 PM   #1
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coil spring only lift kit?

So, I just bought a 2000 TJ a couple weeks ago, and have been cruising the internet waiting on a good deal to pop up on a lift kit and some wheels/tires. (I'm in highschool, I can't afford new ones, lol) Anyway, this morning I found a set of 6" lift springs for a good price, but I feel like I would need a lot more to have a safe, functional lift kit. I would obviously need new shocks, but other than that, what else am I going to need to purchase? It is literally just the 4 springs. Thanks in advance!

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Old 06-29-2011, 12:17 AM   #2
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So, I just bought a 2000 TJ a couple weeks ago, and have been cruising the internet waiting on a good deal to pop up on a lift kit and some wheels/tires. (I'm in highschool, I can't afford new ones, lol) Anyway, this morning I found a set of 6" lift springs for a good price, but I feel like I would need a lot more to have a safe, functional lift kit. I would obviously need new shocks, but other than that, what else am I going to need to purchase? It is literally just the 4 springs. Thanks in advance!
6" will set u back a lot. With the springs u will need shocks, control arms, trackbars, and sway bar links. Not only will it be new control arms, but long arms would probably be best. A six inch lift will require an sye and cv driveshaft to correct driveline angles. With that amount of lift u will probably want to be running at least 35 inch tires. Along with 35 inch tires comes another list of stuff to upgrade. First, you will need to address your rear axle. If u got lucky and have a d44 u are one step ahead of most. If u r stuck with the Dana 35, u r going to need to upgrade to a stronger axle. Now that u r turning more rubber u will also need to regear to compensate for the size increase. U will also need to upgrade your steering because the stock set up will not last forever with 35s. On top of all that, you will eventually need to upgrade your brakes. With 35s it is better to upgrade to at least a decent pad and rotor. I think I hit most of the main points, and I am sure there is more. Obviously there is gonna be a lot of work involved to do it RIGHT. Good luck.

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Thanks. I knew it was going to be a lot of different parts, but i wasn't sure what exactly. I think I may be better off waiting and buying a complete kit as opposed to bits and pieces here and there. Would you agree?
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Thanks. I knew it was going to be a lot of different parts, but i wasn't sure what exactly. I think I may be better off waiting and buying a complete kit as opposed to bits and pieces here and there. Would you agree?
Probably. What r your intentions with the jeep? Just some moderate offroading and such? It mostly comes down to your budget. There are kits out there that will run u 200 bucks for a budget boost...or u can easily drop a couple grand into a lift. It all is determined by your wants and your money.
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Don't want to break your heart here, but it wasn't so long that I was a wide-eyed teenager with big dreams and an empty wallet. At least one of those two things has changed in the intervening years.

Your first concern, unless this Jeep is a toy only, is a vehicle that is 100% reliable. You can budget for upgrades, but budgeting for break-downs is harder, so work to avoid the break-downs. Oh, and chicks don't dig cars that break down when you take 'em out for the evening, totally spoils the mood.

With that in mind, I'd look to what your needs are, and start there. Then find QUALITY stuff to put on to meet those needs, and do it in logical steps. Get an SYE in sooner rather than later, as it will save you from having to rig stuff up later. Then figure out what your plans and budget are for tires and suspension, and go from there. Do it right the first time with quality parts, properly installed.

Big lift and big tires, done properly, costs big money. And it makes the vehicle less useful for everyday tasks. Keep this in mind.

Hate to be Mr. Practical here, but I've done both - my high-school habit was British sports cars, college habit was the Brits plus street racing a 67 SS Camaro - and going with practical for the past 12 years has ultimately been a lot more fun in the long run.
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