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Old 09-25-2013, 07:26 PM   #1
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Buying Jeep Already Lifted??

I have been looking for a Jeep to buy as a weekend Toy, go crusing with the top down on a nice day and do some off roading.

I would like to buy a 6cy 5 speed lifted with 33" or so tires. Know everybody knows the saying it is cheaper to buy something done than to do it yourself. I can get a jeep for pretty decent price and its in good shape for about 4500 but its basically stock. Now if I wanted to lift it and do some modifications I would probobly dump some money into it, but not I could buy one that I want that is already lifted with all the aftermarket stuff for a little more money and probably save money in the long run no??

Now my question is I have done some reading and if everything wasn't done correctly you could have major alignment issues throwing geometry from transfer case to differentials all off and you bust drive shafts, ball joints, trail arms.. etc..anybody have any truth to all of this or whats your thoughts??

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Old 09-25-2013, 07:34 PM   #2
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Yes that is very true. Ad it may have a shit lift etc. u r better to buy stock and do it by yourself little by little. And then u know ts right.

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Old 09-25-2013, 09:09 PM   #3
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Found one for a good price with lots of accessories and lifted 4" Suspension lift 3" body lift on 35" tires, now obviously that is great for off road but is that to much lift and tire for highway driving and just plan cruising?
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If you know what to look for and how to tell parts are worn and need replacing, and you can do the work yourself, then buy used. You might be able to bring the price down. If not bring someone who knows what to look at.

How much break pad is left,, play in the TRE's,,tires cupping, uneven wear on tires,, bad u-joints,, The list goes on & on.

But there are plenty of jeeps out there that were built right and for sale
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Found one for a good price with lots of accessories and lifted 4" Suspension lift 3" body lift on 35" tires, now obviously that is great for off road but is that to much lift and tire for highway driving and just plan cruising?
Most of the posters here will tell you that a 3" body lift is asking for trouble, and if they see it on a vehicle for sale it raises some flags, that the owner may have not known what he was doing.

4" suspension & 35" tires - what rear end, was it regaered, is there a SYE.

Buy stock, not some other persons mistakes.
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Old 09-26-2013, 01:09 PM   #6
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Okay the on that I am looking at that is basically stock has a small body lift I think not sure how much but it has the bushing raising at the bolts. Im new to the jeep world is that a body lift or is that something different?
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Okay the on that I am looking at that is basically stock has a small body lift I think not sure how much but it has the bushing raising at the bolts. Im new to the jeep world is that a body lift or is that something different?
Post some pics if you can. I know TJ's have some OEM bushings between the frame and body. But I don't know what you are looking at..or if its a YJ, TJ, or JK.
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:56 PM   #8
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Here is the only picture I have that shows it. Look at the corner you can see the busing I am talking about?
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:11 PM   #9
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Yes. That's a body lift
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Judging from the photo, it looks like a fairly high body lift. Most people would say don't go over 1.25" for a body lift.
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So is this something I should stay away from?
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:37 PM   #12
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And if it is something i need to stay away from is it easy brought to take the body lift out?
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:03 PM   #13
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I have run 3 and 4 inch body lifts on willys,cj's,yj's and chevy trucks with no problems whatsoever...My opinion is based on personal experience with lifts I have installed myself for various reasons,using quality materials,not from what I have heard..
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What do u mean not what you have heard?....u mean body lift like this okay???'
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On a side note there is another one I found its a 93 170000mil questioning the lift it has a 2-3 inch body lift on 32" tires with aftermarket spider gears--I know people are saying no lift on here buy stock but if it's a body lift can't u possibly remove that easily --also what about the gears he said???
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many people are down on body lifts based solely on what they have heard.I am telling you that from my own experience,I have found no problems with them..sure,if the body or frame is rusted out or if you use grade 2 bolts you might have problems.But,in that case you could have problems with no lift at all..yes,a body lift can be easily removed if you desire..a body lift is a cheap,easy way to get more tire clearance..An added benefits are that the floorboards will probably remain cooler and it gives more room to work on items under the jeep
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In my humble opinion, if you don't have the experience to do the lifting yourself, you may not have the knowledge to know what to look out for in a used lifted vehicle. Even if you are experienced, you can't always see whether everything was done correctly, or know the process was done acceptably ie: proper torque, proper hardware, all bolts put back in, cross threading important fasteners, etc.... Personally, I wouldn't buy anything used that someone had altered in a major way like suspension, re-gear, cams, heads, etc... Even having personally done all of those particular modifications to several different modern cars and trucks, I wouldn't trust Shadetree Joe's super awesome install of even a reputable company's bodylift kit. There's a lot of stuff you can't see that can be screwed up, and Shadetree Joe isn't going to give you your money back 4 weeks from now when you find out an ancillary line was never reattached, pinched, stretched too far or cut during an installation. That's just me and I'm sure that I've missed out on some super-awesome deals. Such is life.

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