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Old 05-12-2011, 10:00 PM   #1
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looking for a cheap (wife said wedding $ is more important) lift for my 97tj i need shocks anyway so i figure i can get a bb lift for not much more any idea what one i should get keeping in mind the less i spend the less introuble i will be. need it to come with shocks spacers and bump stop extensions (if they are necessary?) and be able to be shipped to canada. also thinking BB is the way to go because its my DD and i dont want any wobble. i want to be able to slap the lift on get an alignment and be done with it.

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BB would be about the cheapest, other than an small body lift, less than 1". Keep in mind the wedding is one day, the jeep you will have for years, spend your money wisely.

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Keep in mind the wedding is one day, the jeep you will have for years, spend your money wisely.
Way to get him in trouble!

Im in the same boat, and my fiancee would definitely not see things that way.

I set up a separate savings account for Jeep stuff, all of the "change" from my debit/credit purchases go into that account. Ive only had it for about a month and already have about 50 bucks. I like it because I dont even notice the money missing.
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When we got married my in laws offered 8K in cash and a very simple ceremony. Of course what did we decide?! Doh! We both still kick ourselves 8 years later for not just taking the cash. It is just one day, and at the end of it you are just like everyone else that signed that paper, married.

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looking for a cheap (wife said wedding $ is more important) lift for my 97tj i need shocks anyway so i figure i can get a bb lift for not much more any idea what one i should get keeping in mind the less i spend the less introuble i will be. need it to come with shocks spacers and bump stop extensions (if they are necessary?) and be able to be shipped to canada. also thinking BB is the way to go because its my DD and i dont want any wobble. i want to be able to slap the lift on get an alignment and be done with it.
Look at Skyjacker w/ Hydro shocks, since they include the necessary bumpstop extensions & the cost is relatively cheap. Bumpstop extensions are required for the BB, and those kits that dont include them subject the springs to coil bind.

here's a write up:
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Old 05-13-2011, 10:14 AM   #7
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look at the skyjacker 4" sport lift only $540
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look at the skyjacker 4" sport lift only $540
And then add SYE-$200, CV-$300, control arms that don't suck (Currie, Rokmen, Clayton Off-Road), extended brake lines, bumpstop extensions, adjustable track bars, and wheels and tires.
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we eloped... $50 for the cert. and $25 for the preacher in West VA. Explain to her that it is your guys's commitment to one another that is important. Not how big the cake is... then, quickly move out of punching and kicking distance!
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My skyjacker BB was only a couple hundred. My only complaint is the shocks that came with the kit, They suck. If I were to do it again Id buy the spacers separate and get some better shocks also. Other than that, no complaints.

Edit: I also just replaced my shocks with the Rancho RS5000 (sears $240 installed) They are a stiffer shock but a hell of a lot better than the skyjackers i got with the kit.
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:57 PM   #11
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And then add SYE-$200, CV-$300, control arms that don't suck (Currie, Rokmen, Clayton Off-Road), extended brake lines, bumpstop extensions, adjustable track bars, and wheels and tires.
+1000 for regear.
the kit comes with bumpstop extensions, and a rear track bar bracket. although i agree on adjustable track bars all around.
plus just doing a 2 inch BB, your jeep wont look weird with smaller tires. therefore not needing a regear.
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Old 05-13-2011, 03:39 PM   #12
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thanks guys my gal is the best so she is deffinitly getting the wedding she wants.

BB is the way to go just looking at diff makes/brands that come all in. also any1 suggest a place to get um from.
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its all good! You guys 'el look back on it in 50 years and be glad you had a good one.

Sometimes we regret not having a big wedding, then we remember how half her family does not talk to the other half, and half my family does not talk to the other half, so all in all, we avoided another stupid family get together for the hatfields and mccoys to fight. It was about us, and yeah we were selfish about it. We took off for a week, spent some time in the mountains and came home married at 19 & 20 years old. It was a good choice though, this year is our 15 years in June!
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Old 05-13-2011, 03:53 PM   #14
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im stoked for the wedding will be 200 ish ppl but thats mostly family (shes french im italian lol) and some close frineds. those that want to fight can stay home cuz its damn well gunna be about my bride that day...
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I would check the classified adds here and on jeep forum for a used spring lift that someone upgraded with a bigger lift. You could likely get a 2" to 2.5" for the same money you would spend on a bb and have a better end result ! Then save for a 1.25" bl and you have room for 33" tires on a budget.
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Old 05-13-2011, 05:29 PM   #16
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problem is im canadian shipping kills me most of the time. also not a fan of bl's and i want to stay away from dw
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(wife said wedding $ is more important).

Sell your jeep now. Its over for you. Your wife owns you.
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not for sale. sorry........
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Sell your jeep now. Its over for you. Your wife owns you.
x2...any woman that needs a piece of paper to justify your relationship isn't a woman you want to be with.
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I bought 2" spacer lift from local Off Road Shop for 50 bucks, did myself added 33 12.50
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I bought 2" spacer lift from local Off Road Shop for 50 bucks, did myself added 33 12.50
Did u need spacers for the rims too?
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If you are only going with a 2 inch lift. You dont need to rreplace the shocks if they are still good. Pretty much all the spacers on the market are made by one or two companys just put in different kits for diffrent brands. Daystar is one of the biggest manufacturers. A set of 4 cost me like 80 bucks. and a box of beer for me and a buddy to put them in. only took a couple hours. But basically they are all made from polyurethane so unless they are a really cheap set will perform eqaully well. You guys in the states have more acess to this kinda stuff so should be able to find something 50 -60 bucks
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I am going to be the black sheep here. If you take your Jeep off-road often you should stay completely away from cheap lifts. You will lose a lot of stability with the lift and you will damage it soon. Get a proven ans reliable lift. Rancho currently has a rebate on their lifts and shocks. A stock Jeep is a great beast too. You can just add some RS9000XL and you wont regret anything.
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Keeper, i used no spacers for the wheels, just lost the tube steps, now trying to figure out how to install the Sahara Side Steps, just a note, I dont go offroad, just a weekend driver, toy basically.
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Somebody married wrong! lol Bought my jeep went to walmart one day with my wife and she saw a jeep with a lift and bigger tires so she said at tax time next year we are getting a lift and bigger tires! Now she wants a four door for herself!
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Old 05-16-2011, 03:57 PM   #28
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my gals the best we both want a nice wedding so thats getting the bulk of the funding.... as for the lift i need shocks lift or no so i figured id be better getting the kit.... as for u guys just getting spacers do u not also need bumpstop extensions?
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We had the option to elope too. My wife's father offered $10k for us to elope and go to his beach house for the honeymoon. I thought that one day I would regret not taking the money but the wedding day and our honeymoon was totally worth it. Plus, I would have never imagined that 6 months after we were married my wife would agree to buy a Jeep! She's awesome and is into this jeep as much as me.

Back to discussion at hand, I've heard from plenty of people with bad experiences that you should spend the extra money now to buy a good lift instead of an inexpensive and cheaply made one.
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liking the zone 2 inceh linked above any1 have any thoughs on it? also how likely is it im gunna get vibes/wobble with the install and alignment only.... i already have a vibe at highway speed i want to get rid of....

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