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Old 08-11-2013, 07:19 PM   #1
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Lift from the dealership...?

Hey guys I'm about to buy my first brand new wrangler( 3rd wrangler)
I've put the deposit down and really liked the "built up" wrangler at the dealer.

So I asked them about doing the work on my new one so that it would look like the one they had already done up in the dealership.

They said to do the 2" lift and put in a FOX suspension(shocks) it would be about $2800.

Does this sound about right for everything and to have it installed?

Its just that this is my first NEW vehicle purchase and I'd like everything to be under warranty, otherwise I'd do it myself.

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Call around they don't call them Stealerships for no reason! $2800

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That seems extremely high. Without additional info, a 2" suspension lift should require nothing other than shocks and springs.

Is there more to what they are doing/ installing?
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Yes install afterward. Don't buy into "it's warranted" BS

$2000 can get you one hell of a lift. A jk stock can take a 33" tire. If that's all you want for a tire side, a inexpensive leveling kit can be done for around $200. Add shocks $500-$600
That $1500 you saved is a nice set of tires
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Hmm thats all I think.....

What should that cost? I was coming up with more in the 1500 range. About 500 in shocks about 500 in lift kit and about 500 installation right?
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Yes install afterward. Don't buy into "it's warranted" BS

$2000 can get you one hell of a lift. A jk stock can take a 33" tire. If that's all you want for a tire side, a inexpensive leveling kit can be done for around $200. Add shocks $500-$600
That $1500 you saved is a nice set of tires
I was actually getting 5 ion 17" rims with 5 goodyear wrangler m/t 35" tires for another 2800 from the dealer.

SO the lift and rims and tires for about 5600.....

Is this horrible lol?

I'm actually in CT as well...did you install your lift yourself?
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I was actually getting 5 ion 17" rims with 5 goodyear wrangler m/t 35" tires for another 2800 from the dealer.

SO the lift and rims and tires for about 5600.....

Is this horrible lol?
Eeeereeeeeeek

You can run a smaller wheel and tires will be less expensive. I paid $1900 for 5 35's and 5 16" wheels from DTD. This also includes the $30 per tire no questions warranty.
Discount tire is a vender here. Check them out.

Are you going to eventually add bumpers/which/tire carrier or weight to the jeep ?
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Eeeereeeeeeek

You can run a smaller wheel and tires will be less expensive. I paid $1900 for 5 35's and 5 16" wheels from DTD. This also includes the $30 per tire no questions warranty.
Discount tire is a vender here. Check them out.

Are you going to eventually add bumpers/which/tire carrier or weight to the jeep ?
Yea All of the above you mentioned Ill be adding in the future. I definitely want to go with 17" wheels though.

Also I dont know if you say what I wrote above, but I'm in CT too. The dealer is in New britain so you may know which one it is.

You need to lift the jeep up off of the suspension to install the lift correct? I dont have a jack or stands big enough to lift a jeep, so thats why I was kinda leaning towards having them do it as well.
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Test drive the one at the dealership and you will no longer want one lifted from the dealer
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Test drive the one at the dealership and you will no longer want one lifted from the dealer
Just curious......why is that? lol
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The quality is not there and they drive like crap. A lot of people settle for crappy lifts but I like them to drive better than stock so I can drive it on the HWY and not feel like I am going to crash.
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The best way for anyone to understand this is to go drive one and feel it for yourself.
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The best way for anyone to understand this is to go drive one and feel it for yourself.
Hmm I have though. My mother bought a 2012 last year from the dealer(a different one than the one I found mine at). It was their "built up" model on the showroom floor...with a 2" lift and 33" tires.

It drives really nice, nicer than my previous 2 wranglers. While driving it and sitting inside it you can barely tell its lifted and on big tires.
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Hmm I have though. My mother bought a 2012 last year from the dealer(a different one than the one I found mine at). It was their "built up" model on the showroom floor...with a 2" lift and 33" tires.

It drives really nice, nicer than my previous 2 wranglers. While driving it and sitting inside it you can barely tell its lifted and on big tires.
I guess I figured the minimum was 35's since you can run 33's on a stock Jeep. Have not driven that option.
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All I will say is drive the one they have if you feel that is fine and that is what you want then you should get it. I suppose there is probably a dealership that can install a MOPAR lift and make it drive ok, I just have not seen one in the hand full of states I have lived in.
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Yea All of the above you mentioned Ill be adding in the future. I definitely want to go with 17" wheels though.

Also I dont know if you say what I wrote above, but I'm in CT too. The dealer is in New britain so you may know which one it is.

You need to lift the jeep up off of the suspension to install the lift correct? I dont have a jack or stands big enough to lift a jeep, so thats why I was kinda leaning towards having them do it as well.
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Old 08-11-2013, 09:17 PM   #16
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You can buy one heck of a nice 2.5 inch lift for between 1000-1500 bucks depending on your personal preference. Supposing you spend 1500 bucks - and labor was going at 80 bucks and hour...that's 16 1/4 hours of labor. That seems excessive to me, but perhaps makes sense to you. That said, your 1500 dollars in parts should include:

1.) new coils, front and rear
2.) new shocks, front and rear
3.) new brake lines, front
4.) brake line brackets/brake lines, rear
5.) sway bar links, rear
6.) sway bar links, front - if required (you can use the rears in the front)
7.) adjustable track bar, front
8.) track bar bracket / adjustable track bar, rear
9.) bump stops, front
10.) bump stops, rear
11.) Upper Control Arms, front

I am probably forgetting one or two things...at any rate - check what the dealer lift includes. Keep two things in mind - the less they include the less you should pay in parts, but also in labor since less to install means less time to install.

If all you want is just an extra two inches and some slightly larger tires you can do that with a spacer lift or a spacer and leveling kit for a couple bills or so and then spend a few more on shocks and come out of it with a two inch or so lift for WAY less than a grand. Since you are thinking you will build it out and accessorize, I'd recommend something with a stouter spring, but that is up to you.
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lets do this.. ~$800 to $1100 for a 2 to 2 1/2 lift and to install this left should run you $400 - $600 tops... =$1700 max.... that leaves you $1100 for other Jeep stuff...

also I would never buy tires from a dealership...use a tire store like Discount tire..

the sales people will tell you different things then the service manager... trust me on that.... and the service manager is the one who knows, he works it all day, the only thing having a dealer install your lift does is it gives you a little momentum if something does happen and you need warranty items..

the other thought would be buy the lift your self through Northridge4x4 and have the dealer install it if and I say IF you really want the dealer to install it.. this will save you some money..
here is an example on warranty. I installed a 2 1/2" lift (dealer did,, long story) and within 2 months the FDS hit the tranny pan and nick it.... I tryed to get the pan replaced based off what the sales guys and F&I guys told me ... service manager said that was caused by the lift so no warranty... about a year later the driver side rear axle shaft got bent (rock crawling) the service manager got it replaced under warranty... I do call that one some luck... it might have helped that I had built up a good relationship with them...

the other thing is the dealer can only reprogram tires up to a 33.# so if you have 35's install you will need to buy a procal.... this might also be true with offroad stores... they might not reprogram it at all... why, the dealer won't warranty tires over 33.# the sales guys should disclose this.. this is was told to me from a local dealerships service manager.

when it really comes to it get the lift and if you don't want to install it have an offroad shop do it....
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So, do you think he'll take you up on it?! Be a fool not to!

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So, do you think he'll take you up on it?! Be a fool not to!

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Hey guys I'm about to buy my first brand new wrangler( 3rd wrangler)
I've put the deposit down and really liked the "built up" wrangler at the dealer.

So I asked them about doing the work on my new one so that it would look like the one they had already done up in the dealership.

They said to do the 2" lift and put in a FOX suspension(shocks) it would be about $2800.

Does this sound about right for everything and to have it installed?

Its just that this is my first NEW vehicle purchase and I'd like everything to be under warranty, otherwise I'd do it myself.
Do not roll this amount into your loan!!! That would be the dumbest financial decision you could make unless it is a 0% loan.
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I bought my 2013 JKUS with a dealership installed 4" Pro Comp Stage 1 lift and 33 X 12.50 R17 Nitto Mud Grapplers. Love the way it looks and feels. I was a little taken by the price but they couldn't go lower. A few days after I bought my jeep, I found out that the tech used zip ties in place of bolts for the break line adapters and installed both tie rods backwards. Needless to say it was a bad experience. The folks over at 4 Wheel Parts fixed it to spec without any fees. I brought it up to the general manager and they were in shock! I was able to prove them via pics and testimony so I am going to get a $800.00 credit. I had my lift installed at the dealership to avoid mishaps but I wound up with more grief than anything else. I should of just taken it to 4 Wheel parts in the first place. lol!
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Wow I didnt know there were more responses to my thread since the last time I checked! I didnt realize it went into the subscribed threads section lol.

But anyways Thanks for all the help guys. and Kjeeper, thanks a lot for the offer!

I ended up just telling the dealership to do it. I'm not patient lol, and Its my first brand new vehicle so I just wanted to leave the dealer with no issues(any problems I have they'll have to fix it).

Dallas...I paid separately for the extra stuff, I'm not that crazy

If this was another used jeep I would have certainly done it myself with some help(especially from kjeeper)

I just really didnt want to mess around.
But I should have the jeep thurs or fri!

So pics to follow! and thanks again guys!
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I know how you feel but ......
I hope it all works out for you. Dealership installed lifts are hit or miss. Lets hope yours is a hit. Can't wait to see pics ..... Or stop by so I can take a drive
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I know how you feel but ......
I hope it all works out for you. Dealership installed lifts are hit or miss. Lets hope yours is a hit. Can't wait to see pics ..... Or stop by so I can take a drive
Haha I hope so too man!

Out of curiosity where are you...I'm over in Simsbury.
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Good luck. Seems like you could have saved quite a bit of dough, but glad you are happy. That's all that matters after all. Enjoy it!
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Haha I hope so too man!

Out of curiosity where are you...I'm over in Simsbury.
Oh nice! I'm originally from there. Do you get off road anywhere over there?
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Oh nice! I'm originally from there. Do you get off road anywhere over there?
I used to when I was younger. I used to go to the tobacco fields....there were trails behind them. And the sand pits near there. Its been a long time though lol

Kjeeper...vernons not too far away lol
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I actually just did this myself; the 2" Mopar stage 2 lift was $2,500 and I went with the stage 3 mopar 3" lift for $3,500. I have no regrets; it is made by teraflex and rides fantastic. I would definitely do it again.

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