Yes i'm new here, and to Jeeps, and to offroading, and to automotive work in general... So if I say anything stupid, forgive me!
Just got a 04 Sahara and the dealership guy said it had a 5 inch fabtech longarm lift. How can I confirm this? I know it is fabtech because it says it on the front shocks. And it has 35 inch mickey thompson baja mtz on it, if that helps.
Wandering because I want to purchase new shocks and I have learned that lift determines what shocks to buy. If it is indeed a 5 inch longarm, what are the best on/offroad shocks? .. for the money!
And what would you guys recommend doing to it? I'm talking basic care!?! Tune up? Oil change? lube everyhting up?(It is a little squeeky) Check the brakes? Remember i'm new to all of this so go easy on me!... please
Nothing is blue, all black, and white shocks! There is also boddy armor (not sure if thats the right term?)under the middle that says fabtech. I saw the blue kit too, and thought maybe it is the new kits that are blue and the lift may be a few years old... I dont know?!
No they wont be blue, I have a fabtech and its black springs, its good you have skid plates. Check to see if you ahve D44 in the rear with those 35's. honestly theres pictures posted up of what they look like but I cant tell you what they are off the top of my head. D44 do have a metal fill plug though, if its rubber then its nto D44
I seriously dont think they make 5" suspension long arm. Maybe 4"+ 1" BL or somethign but if he thinks its 5" then hes an idiot...unless of course he thinks it was a 6" and it sagged down to 5". But from my previous experience with dealership mechanics they dont know shit.
Gotta remember...dealers aren't mechanics and even their mechanics aren't necessarily trained in aftermarket stuff for the vehicles they work on...so either they'll make something up based on their best guess or they'll take the previous owner's word when it comes to aftermarket modifications.
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I'm at work now, but as soon as I get home i'll put her in the back garage where i can get some light for decent pictures! I'll take a bunch of pics! And that chart will prob help big time! Thank you for that catITguy!
Any reccomendations on shocks and springs to get? Best for the money preferrably! I do want to get colored parts to add some life under there! I was thinking old man emu shocks and steering stabilizers! Do they sell the springs in yellow also? .. and are they a good brand?
According to that chart I measured 18 inches on the front springs and 14 on the rear! So apparently I have a 6 inch fabtech lift kit!
What shocks should I buy? I know I may not need them but I want to replace as much as I can, to keep track of everything I do from here out. Shoud I also get steering stabilizers? and new coil springs?
What would you guys do to an 04 jeep that you just purchased? Like what kind of basic automotive care?
OME shocks always get great reviews. I've never run them, but I've never heard anything bad about them.
As far as buying a used vehicle, I like to give anything used a good, complete service. That means all fluids (tranny and both diffs, coolant and oil), fuel and air filters, plugs, and, depending on the condition thereof, a new battery. One other thing to look at is the radiator. I bought my '99 with only 51k on the odometer, and it needed a new radiator because the factory gurus decided to use plastic/metal radiators that tend to leak.
Last thing you need to do is take her out and get 'er reeeally dirty
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