Hey everybody, my name is Mike and I'm new to this forum. I'm getting ready to do some work to my girlfriend's wrangler and I would like some advice along the way. So first let me explain what I'm working with and then move on to the questions. She has a 99 TJ that is on that precarious line between junk and fixer upper. She is not hopeless, just in need of some TLC, so I'm going to start going over her piece by piece and make her beautiful again. First thing, I need to upgrade the suspension a little bit. She spends most of her time on the road in the 55+mph range. On the weekends I like to fart around in the woods, but nothing stock suspension couldn't handle. Because I spend so much time on the road, I'd like minimal alteration in the suspension, that means a spring spacer kit with upgraded shocks. On ebay I've found 2 and 3 inch kits by Supreme Suspensions. What do you guys think of these and which height should I go with? I'd like to go with the 3" but I don't want to cause driveline problems. Thanks to everybody in advance and I'll be post picks as I go!
As far as spacers vs. new springs, it mainly comes down to how much you want to spend IMO. I put spacers on mine because at the time I didn't have the money for springs. When the budget allows it'll get springs. The biggest part of the spacer "kit" monetarily was for the shock absorbers AFAIC, so removing the spacers at a later time isn't a big monetary loss. That's how I see it anyhow.
IMO it has to do with your "long term" plans. Is this a "toy" for a short time, or for many years to come?
I, being the old guy I am, only want to do things one time (never mind marriages) anyway, I would go with quality parts and set ups if you plan on keeping it. If you think this is a short term thing than cheap is probably the way to go.
I went with OME for my "lift" and it is better than stock ride and no shimmy wobble or issues up to 75-80mph. (I don't go that fast often)
That is a tougher question than it may seem. We don't plan on seeing the jeep going anywhere for a long time so yes we plan on keeping it. Another reason I am going with the spring spacers is because my girlfriend is still apprehensive about mods. I told her that if she likes the two inch gain now, we'll upgrade to a nice four in lift in a few years. But well before that, I need a ton of other work on it. Basically now, I'm going to go cheap on the spacers and will spend a little more on a quality shock.
... She spends most of her time on the road in the 55+mph range. On the weekends I like to fart around in the woods, but nothing stock suspension couldn't handle. Because I spend so much time on the road, I'd like minimal alteration in the suspension...
Why are you looking at lifting it at all? It sounds like it's perfect for you the way it is. Maybe just some better shocks?
EDIT: Oh, and it looks great with the Canyon Wheels.
I spoke with a guy at Supreme Suspensions today and he said that the TJ has a lower front end to accommodate towing. He told me that if I measured the difference between the front and the rear end of my Jeep, he'd put together a 2 inch BB that would raise my front end and make it even all the way around (so perhaps a 2 in the rear but a 2.5 in the front). What do you guys think? Should I go with a set that is constant all the way around and leave the front a little bit lower, or should I even the whole thing out? For the record, the guy installing the lift thinks I should get rid of the front end dip but told me that I have to decide for myself.