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Old 02-27-2009, 10:20 PM   #1
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Cool I just bought my first jeep! - plethora of ?'s

I just bought my first jeep nighe 2 hours ago. I probably shouldn't be writing, but riding, but I have an S load of questions.

its on 04 wrangler - and it rocks
1) lift lift lift - I want to lift it... how much should I lift it? gonna ride it mostly on streets, but also some trails (no freakin rocks and stuff).
2) What's a good lift kit balancing ride comfort, price, quality
3) How do I know what size tires/spaces I would need when I purchase a lift kit?
4) Where is a good place to shop for accessories? ie.. tents, trailors, cool trim stuff.. y'know fun stuff for competitive prices? ebay?
5) Car has about 16000 miles on it... What do I need to expect maintenance-wise?
6) As a new jeep owner, How do i get plugged in? what sites to join? where's a good place for installation tips/tricks etc.. (yes, I have been looking, but I want the info from people who know) Where is a good place online to spend time learning about this vehicle?

Thanks in advance.. looking forward to reading your threads... Glad to join the jeep community... do I need a hat or something?

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Old 02-27-2009, 10:33 PM   #2
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I run an Old Man Emu Lift. Nets around 2" of lift and combined with a 1" motor mount lift and 1.25" body lift. With that setup I run 33x 10.5 x 15" BFG MT's on wheels with a 3.75" backspace wheel.

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also check out the posts on the forum as they can be quite in depth and model/kit specific...

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Old 02-27-2009, 10:41 PM   #3
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with lifts, its often quality not quantity, some kits will ift you really high but are poorly contructed and don't ride well on the street
the lift you need depends on the tires you want to run, find the tires/size you want and build around them

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Old 02-27-2009, 10:43 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum, and the way of life. There isn't a hat, but there is a wave. Make sure to wave to every Wrangler you see passing you. On to the Q's:

1,2,and 3) I've been investigating the same thing for months on this site. What I've found is that the Rubicon Express standard 3.5" lift with their Monotube shocks along with 33 x 12.5" tires will give you the best combination of what you're looking for. The size in beefy without sacrificing too much mpg. RE is pretty damned good, and not terribly expensive. You can get that set up of the standard lift with monoshocks for $919 (1000 shipped). A good rule of thumb is that you should have one inch of lift per inch of tire size above 30". You shouldn't need spacers with that setup unless you're running stock wheels. If you are you can either run 1.25" spacers or adjust the amount of space that your tires can turn by adding some washers to the (someone help me out here guys).

4) Quadratec is a pretty good place to go. I also like JCWhittney.

5) Keep up with the standard recommended maintenance, and she'll last you forever. But I'm sure that the good folks here will have plenty of other ideas as well.

6) This site is an excellent resource. Make sure you go back to the beginning and just read the old discussions. Whatever you want to know will be here. And if it's not, just ask and someone will answer you real quick.


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Old 02-27-2009, 10:49 PM   #5
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I run an Old Man Emu Lift. Nets around 2" of lift and combined with a 1" motor mount lift and 1.25" body lift. With that setup I run 33x 10.5 x 15" BFG MT's on wheels with a 3.75" backspace wheel.

I've added a few links that may help your quest for Jeep Knowledge...

Jeep TJ Web Site of Stu Olson - N7QJP
Jeep TJ Installation Write-Ups by 4x4xplor.com
Jeep Horizons :: Basic Maintenance Write-ups
Jeep Horizons :: View topic - Jeep Computer codes (OBDI & OBDII)
TJ Forum FAQ - JeepForum.com

also check out the posts on the forum as they can be quite in depth and model/kit specific...

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These sites look pretty good Dustin. Nice finds.
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:37 PM   #6
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I have an 04 with a 3" lift and 33x12.50's. I got the Black Diamond lift and so far I like it. As far as things to do and what to look for...I spent a lot of time reading old threads on here and checking out different things I wanted to know more about. There is probably a thread on here covering just about everything you can do or have happen to a Jeep. Welcome to the Jeep family.
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Old 02-28-2009, 12:38 AM   #7
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Just a recommendation!
Do your research (which I see you are doing); decide what it is that you want your jeep to look like 5 years from now!
Then start from there!

For example,
What size tires do you want to have?
Where do you plan on realistically taking the jeep!
I would drive it for a few months, play with it, and enjoy it in stock form! Then, have a blast modifying it to your heart’s content.
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Old 02-28-2009, 07:48 AM   #8
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1st your a jeeper
Stop using words like Plethora
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Old 02-28-2009, 09:06 AM   #9
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1st - Welcome and Congratulations
2nd - Put the credit card down. Sit down, relax, spend a few days flipping through a Quadratec catalog and a few Jeep mags. Read, learn, then develop a plan and spend money.

Congrats and good luck. Welcome to the family.
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Old 02-28-2009, 10:09 AM   #10
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Welcome Jousley!

Try your search option and you can find answers to most of your questions, if not, just ask, someone will answer.

Do like the guys above said and make a plan what you want your Jeep to be and that usally starts around the tires and wheels!

N8smitty, nice Jeep man!!
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Old 02-28-2009, 10:32 AM   #11
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I agree with the "wheel it stock" for a while approach. No need to spend on things that you decide later don't fit your jeepstyle. It's tempting to make a lot of mods because you have a new toy, but think it through and add stuff as you need it.
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Old 02-28-2009, 10:57 AM   #12
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I have an 04 with a 3" lift and 33x12.50's. I got the Black Diamond lift and so far I like it. As far as things to do and what to look for...I spent a lot of time reading old threads on here and checking out different things I wanted to know more about. There is probably a thread on here covering just about everything you can do or have happen to a Jeep. Welcome to the Jeep family.
n8smitty - every time I see your jeep I have this strong desire to go spend money on mods
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Old 02-28-2009, 11:10 AM   #13
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Rough Counrty has a 2.5" lift for $300 shipped. With that and their 1.25" body lift you can easily fit 33" tires. Great customer service and fast shipping. Check out their website. Suspension Lift Kits, Body Lifts, Leveling Kit, 4x4, Jeep, Chevy, Dodge, Ford, Off-road Truck Call and ask for Jeffery. I would also ask you to check out this thread Rough Country 2.5 inch TJ lift kit. - JeepForum.com
There is over 100 pages about this lift.
JC Whitney has good deals and usually offers FREE shipping. Don't bother with 4wheelparts... Their customer svs. sucks.
I also found this top which i really like SpiderWeb ShadeTop for Jeep Wranglers not available at Quadratech, Bestop, Four-wheel Drive Parts, or JC Whitney

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Old 02-28-2009, 11:17 AM   #14
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how much for rims and tires 4u2nv???
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how much for rims and tires 4u2nv???
Got them from JC Whitney. Mounted, balanced, with center caps and lugnuts shipped to my door for $1199.. They are Dick Cepek (DC-1 Black) in 15X8 with Interco "Truxs" tires 33X12.50X15..
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Old 02-28-2009, 06:53 PM   #16
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nice little out of my price range
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Welcome to the site. Another thing to remember, and this is something that I learned here, when determining tire size, keep in mind your axle gearing. I was thinking about putting 33 or 35" tires on my Jeep, but with my 3.07 gearing, 31" tires was the max I should run. A limited budget limited my options. So learn what you have, what you want and go from there. You will really learn a lot here, I know I did.

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Couple things to keep in mind, usually, anything more the 3 inches of lift starts requiring addl upgrades, like a SYE, (search quadratec) and starts to add potential problems with vibrations. Until you have a serious off-roading plan, I'd stay w/ 3" or less. Also, figure out if you have a D44 rear end and which gears, that should figure into your tire choice.
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welcome to the forums. did u say u had 16000 miles or did u mean 160000 miles
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do you guys know where to go to get the exact specs on your jeep??? can you put your vin # in to a sight and get the info?? thought i was told you could do this by a mechanic once???
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You should serch this site doc has posted every year combo
for every engine and trans
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n8smitty - every time I see your jeep I have this strong desire to go spend money on mods

I know me too. I just put 7 inch fender flares on it last week and removed the spare and tire carrier. I'll post a pic after I download them.
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Get the Quadratec catalog..... Go to a 4-Wheel parts wholesaler.....


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