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Old 08-26-2006, 05:05 PM   #1
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I was wondering if anyone knew about the Skyjacker 2" lift kit. I want to lift my wrangler a bit, but I don't usually go off-road so it's just for looks and play on the snow this coming winter. I saw a kit on sale at Quadratec for about $240, plus whatever a shop charges for installing it. Also any ideas on a Jeep shop/mechanic in Northern New Jersey/New York city area?
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Hi all
I was wondering if anyone knew about the Skyjacker 2" lift kit. I want to lift my wrangler a bit, but I don't usually go off-road so it's just for looks and play on the snow this coming winter. I saw a kit on sale at Quadratec for about $240, plus whatever a shop charges for installing it. Also any ideas on a Jeep shop/mechanic in Northern New Jersey/New York city area?
Thanks so much!
Cheers :-)

I ran the kit for about six months. It's just a BB with their shocks. Not bad for the money but I hear the shocks don't wear well after time. I didn't have mine long enough to know though..

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Old 08-26-2006, 05:47 PM   #3
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Thanks!
Nice looking Jeep!
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Old 08-26-2006, 06:10 PM   #4
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I run a Rancho 2.5" and a 1 inch body lift. never have tryed a skyjacker lift, Got a few freinds that run them and have never heard them complain about them.
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Old 08-26-2006, 07:30 PM   #5
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you could also try the RE BB
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I was wondering if anyone knew about the Skyjacker 2" lift kit. I want to lift my wrangler a bit, but I don't usually go off-road so it's just for looks and play on the snow this coming winter. I saw a kit on sale at Quadratec for about $240, plus whatever a shop charges for installing it. Also any ideas on a Jeep shop/mechanic in Northern New Jersey/New York city area?Thanks so much!
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http://www.ok4wd.com/, located down Rt 78...a little expensive, but good work. I think you might be able to find someone closer & cheaper if you look around.
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Old 08-28-2006, 12:32 AM   #7
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I have been running this exact lift for about 3 years now (12K miles). I have not been disappointed with it. Basically it's put on and forget, ie...maintinance free, though I do check it when I do the preventive maintinance on the Jeep. The shocks are a bit stiff, but have not noticed any problems with them, although someone else did. Eventually I will go with a softer shock, but for now it's fine (Jeep is the second toy so it doesn't get driven much).

One thing I will recommend. If you can tell the difference between a hammer and a screwdriver and can follow instructions, you can probably install the lift yourself in an afternoon in your garage. Not a difficult project at all, unless your underside looks like a rust cultivation project. Other than that, piece of cake. If you do do it yourself, be careful with the track bar boots. They're little rubber grease holding things at the ends of the bar. If you tear one, like I did, they are a pain to locate replacements. Dealers and auto parts stores do not carry them. I had to get one from a buddy who replaced his track bar. Looking back, a pickle fork was probably not the best tool for the job. But other than that, pretty easy install.
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Old 08-28-2006, 02:36 PM   #8
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Thanks so much!
I've done basic stuff to the car like oil changes and light tune ups. I'm in a totally city-life like area so I don't have a garage or a place to try this on my own. Thanks so much anyway! I've been trying to find a Jeep mechanic or Jeep lovers' shop somewhat close to me but no luck yet. Thanks again!
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did you end up doing this youself? I'm in the same predicament as you. This looks as though it will suit me, but it will be a major + if I can do it at home. I also have basic mechanical knowledge, so your advice/experience would be of great help.
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Old 12-20-2006, 08:51 PM   #10
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did you end up doing this youself? I'm in the same predicament as you. This looks as though it will suit me, but it will be a major + if I can do it at home. I also have basic mechanical knowledge, so your advice/experience would be of great help.
its an absolute breeze. piece of cake. just make sure you have the right tools and spray bolts with PB plaster if its an old jeep.
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Old 12-20-2006, 08:57 PM   #11
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Talking heya tigertrack

I ended up going to a general mechanic around the corner. I live in a condo with all sorts of rules so I couldn't even think about trying in my parking space. My mechanical knowledge is limited to oil changes, spark plugs and tires, but from what the guys on the forum say, it's pretty easy. They charged me $170 to install the skyjacker kit with new shocks. Most of the guys here can give you tips on the step by step installation.
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great looking jeep, lift and wheels look great
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Old 12-21-2006, 10:44 AM   #13
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Thank you, thank you...the money came from a credit card, but the ideas right here from great people in the forum.
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Old 12-21-2006, 11:53 AM   #14
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OK, please have patience with me. I will pre-announce that this is a dumb question.

I've owned a jeep for the first time (4 months and counting). An 04 TJ Sport.

Ok, ready?

Unless you're off roading -- why would anyone lift their Jeep? (I hope i don't get banned for asking that) To be clear -- it LOOKS great. And honestly, I'm considering it SOLEY BASED on looks.

A dealer mechanic told me I'd be crazy to lift my TJ, stating it "throws all of geometries off."

Are there any other advantages to the street Jeep for lifting?
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Old 12-21-2006, 12:23 PM   #15
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I did it because I simply love the way it looks. From the little I know, the geometry throwing doesn't start until you lift it really, really high, but there are solutions for that too. In my case, lifting it has helped me gain a bit more respect from the wild yellow cab drivers of Manhattan. Now that I am part of the forum, I'm looking into trying a light off-road trail soon. I don't think playing on snow counts as off-roading.
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OK, please have patience with me. I will pre-announce that this is a dumb question.

I've owned a jeep for the first time (4 months and counting). An 04 TJ Sport.

Ok, ready?

Unless you're off roading -- why would anyone lift their Jeep? (I hope i don't get banned for asking that) To be clear -- it LOOKS great. And honestly, I'm considering it SOLEY BASED on looks.

A dealer mechanic told me I'd be crazy to lift my TJ, stating it "throws all of geometries off."

Are there any other advantages to the street Jeep for lifting?

for street there aren't any real advantages besides looks. it will help you not to hit your rocker panel on those big speed bumps though.

wheeling is fun though. so a lift really helps. and why wouldn't you wanna wheel? (well i know you have your reasons) wheelin is great though.
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for street there aren't any real advantages besides looks. it will help you not to hit your rocker panel on those big speed bumps though.

wheeling is fun though. so a lift really helps. and why wouldn't you wanna wheel? (well i know you have your reasons) wheelin is great though.
You're talking to a dedicated boater. Never been wheeling. Ever. I heard that it's really fun and would definitely like to try it, especially since I have so much camping gear that one woman I've camped with refered to my campsite as Club Med" Don't know where to start. My Jeep is in the shop -- someday when I get it back, I'll start looking into the sport.
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Siggie, I'm marrried to a "water man".......but since we joined the Jeep community and discovered wheel'n, well............we got out once this year (shame) on the jet skis, zero time on the boat

I'm working on a solution to the delima of too many hobbies-not enough time: more vaction days!!
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Once?!

I still hang my head in deep shame that we only did 4 weekend boating trips this year.

Wheel'in must be awfully fun.
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Wheel'in must be awfully fun.

IT IS. try it.

your jeep doesn't have to be built to go wheelin. you can wheel in a stock jeep. go out and have some fun.
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IT IS. try it.

your jeep doesn't have to be built to go wheelin. you can wheel in a stock jeep. go out and have some fun.
In high school, a girlfriend -- a brilliant woman -- once told me something I remember to this day 30 years later. I grew up in pennsylvania and she said something profound.

She mentioned that she had found a study that proved that if you were dropped from an airplane anywhere in the state, you could not walk in ANY direction for more than 2 miles without crossing a road.

It was profound to me because it made me realize how ODD it would be to be in a place where there is no asphalt, no traffic, no signs. I lived in Southern California for 2 years and nowhere was that fact more evident.

I will try wheel'in and I'll bet one of the cool things about it is being in a vehicle with no painted lines.

My problem is that I need to find the basics -- where to go and how to do it. Too bad my TJ isn't rated to tow a 4000lb boat.
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Where are you? Are there any jeep clubs in your area? If so, they'd be able to get you going.
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Sunnyvale, California -- the Bay Area. I don't know any groups that do that yet. If you know of any groups Amy, please let me know.
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The closest area to Sunnyvale dedicated to four wheeling is in Hollister. Last time I was there was in the 70's. Haven't been there since.
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In your opinion what is the easiest 2" lift to install?
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In your opinion what is the easiest 2" lift to install?
basic 2" coil lift or a BB. both a piece of cake.

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