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Old 12-16-2011, 07:27 PM   #1
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How to lift?

How can I lift my jeep without paying for a kit? I'm only looking for like 2-3 inches of lift. anyone able to help?

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How can I lift my jeep without paying for a kit?
use a floor jack to lift it 2-3" of the ground. bingo, instant 2-3" lift without buying a lift kit.

However, if you want to actually be able to drive it, then you'll need to buy lift springs, longer shocks, extended bumpstops, possibly longer brake lines, rear track bar relocation bracket, longer sway bar links, modify the front track bar mount, possibly a SYE & CV driveshaft, possibly a 1" body lift and motor mount lift, and maybe a few other things I'm forgetting at the moment.

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So going to a pick a part yard and picking some springs isnt enough?
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So going to a pick a part yard and picking some springs isnt enough?
sure, you can do that. Theres a few models of V8 ZJ, Crown Vic & Caprice springs that some folks use.

but thats the just the springs - one component of the suspension system.

you'll still need to buy the other required parts to make the suspension system function properly.

Buying a lift kit just happens to be a bundled way to get some of those required components - but understand no kit is 100% complete, you'll still need to buy more stuff to get the suspension to function properly before you're done.
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Old 12-16-2011, 07:46 PM   #5
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Ok, thanks
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:42 PM   #6
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How can I lift my jeep without paying for a kit? I'm only looking for like 2-3 inches of lift. anyone able to help?
I sent a PM to you.
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:56 PM   #7
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use a floor jack to lift it 2-3" of the ground. bingo, instant 2-3" lift without buying a lift kit.

However, if you want to actually be able to drive it, then you'll need to buy lift springs, longer shocks, extended bumpstops, possibly longer brake lines, rear track bar relocation bracket, longer sway bar links, modify the front track bar mount, possibly a SYE & CV driveshaft, possibly a 1" body lift and motor mount lift, and maybe a few other things I'm forgetting at the moment.
That thought crossed my mine too! At one point in the Garage I had a 6" lift (of course there were 4 jackstands, a floor jack and the minor detail of the tires not touching the ground).
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Is there a reason you don't want to buy a lift kit?
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:07 AM   #9
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Is there a reason you don't want to buy a lift kit?
Just trying to find different ways to lift it because I'm still in High school.
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Just trying to find different ways to lift it because I'm still in High school.
Is it payed off? Just curious... focus on that first if its not.

But, really ask yourself why? Is there an obstical within your offroad adventures that you currently cannot get over because your not lifted? Or is it just for looks???

I saved for three years to do mine. I did my lift kit, new rims and 33" duratracs all at the same time. I went with the Rough Country 4" Lift, Stainless brake line extenders and all new stearing components. (tie rod ends, drag bar, etc...) All in all, that "little" project costed me $2,400.00. And that does not include the use of my neighbors torch and the $120.00 in broken tools including a torque wrench, a breaker bar, socket adapters, 2 pullers from the pitman arm, etc...
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Is it payed off? Just curious... focus on that first if its not.

But, really ask yourself why? Is there an obstical within your offroad adventures that you currently cannot get over because your not lifted? Or is it just for looks???

I saved for three years to do mine. I did my lift kit, new rims and 33" duratracs all at the same time. I went with the Rough Country 4" Lift, Stainless brake line extenders and all new stearing components. (tie rod ends, drag bar, etc...) All in all, that "little" project costed me $2,400.00. And that does not include the use of my neighbors torch and the $120.00 in broken tools including a torque wrench, a breaker bar, socket adapters, 2 pullers from the pitman arm, etc...
It's to get over obstacles, not just looks, I got high centered on my last trip and haven't gone back out since, also I need new tires and I'm trying to either lift and get new tires or get the hyline fender kit with tires.
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possibly consider a 2" budget boost?... just a suggestion.
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It's not payed off yet but will be in March.
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I suggest finding some one that is trading in their Jeep. They get zero back for off road upgrades and like to sell them cheap including a swap back to stock.

Also you could find some cheap used lift kits for sale on craigslist.

Oh and spacer lifts are real cheap just don't go more than 2" and get longer shocks with it.
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possibly consider a 2" budget boost?... just a suggestion.
Any specific ones you recomend?
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I suggest finding some one that is trading in their Jeep. They get zero back for off road upgrades and like to sell them cheap including a swap back to stock.

Also you could find some cheap used lift kits for sale on craigslist.

Oh and spacer lifts are real cheap just don't go more than 2" and get longer shocks with it.
Where could I find these guys that are trading in their Jeeps?
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Where I can get to their parts before the dealers
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I'm in highschool and could afford a lift, I am sure you can too man. Come on, a job isn't that bad. a small lift isn't expensive at all either, just keep it a bit below four inches and its a heck of a lot cheaper.
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the jeeps not paid off yet. Do that first, then work on saving up for your suspension and tires. Also know that with 33's you're probably going to want to regear. that's more money down. I know exaclty how you feel, i'm ready to pull the trigger on a lift, but I don't have the money for all this other stuff. After hearing stories it's really just better to take it slow. Don't buy budget boosts and crap like that. Just get quality stuff and you'll end up saving a couple thousand down the road. Get some nice 31 inch tires and maybe put a sleeker skid plate on. Take another trail next time. All I'm saying is it sounds like your jumping the gun, hold off till the funds can support a good set up. Just my two cents, I'm going through the same thing right now too. I could use a little more performance but it'll have to do for now.
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I'm in highschool and could afford a lift, I am sure you can too man. Come on, a job isn't that bad. a small lift isn't expensive at all either, just keep it a bit below four inches and its a heck of a lot cheaper.
x2. 2.5" or 3" suspension with 1-1.25" body lift and 1" motor mount lift is a pretty economical way to run 33s.
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Plus unless you really have a desire for speed your gona be fine running 33s, its just gona be a little sluggish on the highway. Compensate with a heavy foot.
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Compensate with a heavy foot.
OR with just accepting the fact that you won't maintain a speed of 65 while going up hills on the interstate.
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OR with just accepting the fact that you won't maintain a speed of 65 while going up hills on the interstate.

Except I can haha, I can't hold 75 though. Of course I have the better I6 the older years have less hp/torque.
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Of course I have the better I6 the older years have less hp/torque.
What? But I mean if I put it to the floor going up hills I won't lose speed... but I will lose gas lol. So I usually just take the hit of a speed drop haha.. less strain on the wallet lol.
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What? But I mean if I put it to the floor going up hills I won't lose speed... but I will lose gas lol. So I usually just take the hit of a speed drop haha.. less strain on the wallet lol.
I can hit a hill going 65 and press the pedal slightly more to shift down and pick up about 400 rpm and I'll maintain. And around 2000 they changed a few things on the engine that improved performance slightly. I'll see if I can find data.
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I can hit a hill going 65 and press the pedal slightly more to shift down and pick up about 400 rpm and I'll maintain. And around 2000 they changed a few things on the engine that improved performance slightly. I'll see if I can find data.
I gotcha. I have a manual haha and all I have to do is downshift but sometimes I'm too lazy. And I have a 2000 also haha so we probably have the same engine I would think.
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I gotcha. I have a manual haha and all I have to do is downshift but sometimes I'm too lazy. And I have a 2000 also haha so we probably have the same engine I would think.
Yeah you have the good kind for hills! Haha. Wow don't be lazy! I can run hills in 2nd , but I have to hit 3800rpms for 60 mph hahaha.
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I'm in highschool and could afford a lift, I am sure you can too man. Come on, a job isn't that bad. a small lift isn't expensive at all either, just keep it a bit below four inches and its a heck of a lot cheaper.
I have a job just not enough hours at the moment.

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