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Old 04-25-2008, 08:38 AM   #1
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Post installing skyjacker spacer lift with hydro shocks

I am gonna run 31X10.50 BFG All Terrains (only because the jeep is a daily drive), want to go larger...anyway, I am getting ready to start the installation of a skyjacker spacer lift with hydros and was wondering if there is anything I need to know/do before, during or after the installation? I know I should get a alignment and balance after the lift installation.

Does anyone have any pictures of BFG AT's on their jeep? I was pondering between 31X10.50 or 32X11.50. I figured since it was a daily drive I would go with the 31's, driving about 60 miles a day but planning on being a weekend off roader. I was also looking at Goodyear Wrangler MTRs. Does anyone have any opinions or suggestions between these tires/sizes?

Thanks for the help!

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Old 04-25-2008, 10:31 AM   #2
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MTRs are sweet and wear well. not as good as the ats will though, but i like the mtrs.
i just did this mod not too long ago. youll just need basic tools, spring compressor helps, but isnt necessary (free rental at autozone). you may need to bust the nuts off the top of the old shocks. a vice helps getting the bushings in, totally unnecessary, but an easy trick. really easy. oh and do the alignment and yourself, heres a write up http://www.4x4xplor.com/alignment.html and with a 10.5 wide tire and stock wheels you may want to do this http://www.4x4xplor.com/steerstop.html and if you have bad vibes when your done do this http://www.4x4xplor.com/t-casedrop.html

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Old 04-25-2008, 10:47 AM   #3
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I put the same kit on a year ago, Ill try to find pics with 31's for ya. The kit is very simple, just use a can of PB Blaster on the rear shock bolts or your gonna break them.
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Old 04-25-2008, 11:28 AM   #5
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its a piece of cake. i ran a 2" lift with 32's and liked it but now i have added a 1" BL. of course i may run 33's eventually. if your just gonna stay with the 2" spacers then i don't think 31's are a bad idea. but 32's would be fine too although you will need to extend the bumpstops if your flexing offroad.
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Old 04-25-2008, 06:40 PM   #6
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Thanks for the help! I was going to run 32's but with gas these days, I figured 31's would work for now. I'll get better flex off road with the 31's than I would with the 32's. When I get a second car as a daily drive, I will be going larger, but until then, I think this do me well. Is doing the alignment yourself reliable? And will a 31 inch tire fit on the stock spare tire carrier? I am going to run CRAGAR Series 342 Black "D" Window Wheel 5 on 4.5" Bolt Pattern with them? Once again, thanks!
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Old 04-25-2008, 07:08 PM   #7
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believe it or not i am getting better mpg with my 35s than when i had my 30s

I say its because i dont slow down much using the brakes.. let go of the gas from far away and let it slow down on its own..

I used to get 240 a tank before the light goes on, now i'm getting 220-230 (uncorrected speed).
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Old 04-26-2008, 03:47 PM   #8
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And will a 31 inch tire fit on the stock spare tire carrier?

I have a 32" spare on the stock carrier. Pic shows it clears brake light. You should have no problem with a 31. Just extend the rubber thingies so they touch the tire if you need to since your wheel backspace may push it out. I used wood, painted black and longer screws. Or you could buy another set of rubber ones and cut them to fit.
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This is my rig with the same kit. 2" skyjacker spacer kit w/265 70 R16

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Old 05-03-2008, 11:31 AM   #10
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Here is a 98 and 04 when I first got them and put 2" BB and hydro shocks. However, I threw brand new Rubi coils on the green 98 and gave another 1/2".

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I am gonna run 31X10.50 BFG All Terrains (only because the jeep is a daily drive), want to go larger...anyway, I am getting ready to start the installation of a skyjacker spacer lift with hydros and was wondering if there is anything I need to know/do before, during or after the installation? I know I should get a alignment and balance after the lift installation.

Does anyone have any pictures of BFG AT's on their jeep? I was pondering between 31X10.50 or 32X11.50. I figured since it was a daily drive I would go with the 31's, driving about 60 miles a day but planning on being a weekend off roader. I was also looking at Goodyear Wrangler MTRs. Does anyone have any opinions or suggestions between these tires/sizes?

Thanks for the help!
First, the ONLY alignment related adjustment that can even be made on your TJ is its toe-in. As such, that's a minor job and you can easily do that on your own and save the $70-80 most shops charge for a "full" alignment. It takes 10-15 minutes and the results you can produce on your own will be every bit as good as what a shop can produce. Use the procedure at http://www.4x4xplor.com/alignment.html to set your toe-in to between 1/16" and 1/8" and you'll be fine. That webpage also shows how to easily/quickly re-center your steering wheel which will rotate out of position a tad after you install that 2" lift.

Since a stock unlifted TJ can run 31x10.50 tires, you might as well run 32x11.50 after you install your 2" lift. What tire you select should be based on what kind of wheelin you do. All-Terrains are great in most terrain with the exception of deep mud or deep snow. I love my MT/Rs and they're superb at rock crawling but they're not cheap by a long shot. A good all-around tire that also gets pretty amazingly good wear on the highway is the BFG Mud Terrain. It's not all that loud either. I got something like 50-55K miles on mine before giving them to another Jeeper to run, there was still decent tread left on them since I was careful to keep them rotated and balanced.

Good luck man, enjoy!
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Sorry to treadjack, but what seat covers are those? That picture sealed the deal. And the jeep itself is very similar to what I'm going for. Very good looking. Thanks!
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I am gonna run 31X10.50 BFG All Terrains (only because the jeep is a daily drive), want to go larger...anyway, I am getting ready to start the installation of a skyjacker spacer lift with hydros and was wondering if there is anything I need to know/do before, during or after the installation? I know I should get a alignment and balance after the lift installation.

Does anyone have any pictures of BFG AT's on their jeep? I was pondering between 31X10.50 or 32X11.50. I figured since it was a daily drive I would go with the 31's, driving about 60 miles a day but planning on being a weekend off roader. I was also looking at Goodyear Wrangler MTRs. Does anyone have any opinions or suggestions between these tires/sizes?

Thanks for the help!
2" Skycrapper BB, 1.25 BL, BFG AT 33X12.50. Daily driver, 180 miles a day to and from work. I ran MT's for a while, but they suck for daily driving,(got about 8000 miles out of them). 3500 miles on the AT's and still look brand new. Im happy with them. Sorry for the lousy pics. only ones I got




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