ok i have a 99 tj with 79,000 miles on it. suspension is stock i am seriously thinking about getting a 2" or 3" lift kit for it but i do not know if i will be able to install it so my question is how difficult are they to install. also what is a good lift kit for a good ride and moderate offroading. money is not a factor
get the 2 inch BDS suspension lift kit... I believe its $400... and worth every penny
the shocks ride smooth better then RC... and the lift is a bit more then 2 inches...
I didn't have to install a t-case drop on mine and love the ride handles 10000x better then stock but still feels like stock if not better then stock!
installation isn't too hard just have the right tools... air always helps
if you're in NY NJ/ local w/e let me know... I installed the 2 inch BDS on my jeep and can do it to yours too
Like Sahara said...with a decent set of tools..and air always helps, it should be pretty straight forward. Remove old springs put new ones in, same thing with shocks..remove old and put in new.
Make sure you have a good jack, at least 4 jack stands, some band aids for those bloody knuckles.
Unless you get a kit that replaces springs, shocks, control arms and all that, it gets a little more involved.
It's not too bad, but if you have to ask then that's probably a sign that you should have some help. Do you have any friends who are mechanics? You can definitely do it yourself, but it will go much faster if you have a knowledgable friend there to help.
And you'll need a jack, jackstands, wrenches, sockets, etc. And like someone mentioned above we used ratchet straps at one point on mine.
Coil spring lifts are pretty darn easy. Leaf lifts are a bit trickier. With a decent set of wrenches, sockets, breaker bars, and a friend, you can do a coil lift in a few hours, easy. Make sure you have a nice, flat space, good jacks (I prefer having at least 2- makes it a LOT easier) and jack stands (4), and nothing planned for the rest of the day except enjoyment of the work, and then the drive Mark W.
Also, I don't think anyone mentioned this yet, but if you can't get the axle to drop low enough to install the new coils, you will need to disconnect the track bars. You should get a few more inches of droop which you will need to install the longer coils.
'97 TJ--HP Dana 60 rear w/ARB--HP Dana 44 front w/high steer and ARB--5.38 gears--SM465 tranny--RE 5.5 LA kit--4:1 t case--rollin' on 37" MTR's and Allied Beadlocks
It's easier to install a suspension lift than it may appear at first, and you can pay for any tools, jackstands, floor jacks you may not already have with the savings of not having to pay a shop to install it.
Just one thing to keep in mind if you decide to do your own installation. Buy a big aerosol can of Liquid Wrench, PB-Blaster, or Break-Free and start soaking/spraying all of the nuts and bolts under the Jeep for a week or two ahead of time. Do this multiple times. And no, WD-40 is NOT even close to being a suitable subsitute for any of those products. If you don't, you will wish you had because a ten year old vehicle will have had plenty of time for its nuts and bolts to corrode and become difficult to remove.
I strongly recommend you install your own suspension lift, you'll then know a lot more about your Jeep and be far better prepared to figure out how to fix something in the future if anything ever breaks or you just want to install upgrades. Good luck, have fun.
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