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Old 09-05-2008, 10:45 PM   #1
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Lift Question v.Am I getting a fair deal?

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Well, I've finally saved up enough funds to finally get a lift done, and im going to have it done by a few professional installers..so i've since shopped around town with their competitors and they do offer a cheaper price...although i can't say much for the quality they offer there. Anyway, the place i would like to give my business to has offered me a Skyjacker 4" lift with what he called "upgraded shocks" when i complained of my ride already in my jeep (keep in mind, ive driven Chevrolets all my life ) with 33" BFGoodrich AllTerrains for right around 3k...I figure im keeping this jeep for a long time...and id much rather have a smooth ride with the capability of being able to go offroad just as smooth.

What does he mean by "upgraded shocks"? how much would they actually cost? and would they serve any purpose at all?

Any help/criticism would be dearly appreciated.

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Old 09-06-2008, 01:14 AM   #2
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I have the feeling by upgraded shocks he is referring to the high pressure nitro shocks which ride like a race car (opposite of smooth)
Ask what brand ^

What are your skills? Lift kits are a piece of cake to install. Have hope, time (~a weekend), tools and some strength and you'll be riding high in no time..

I wouldnt pay 3k for a 600 bucks lift and a 1200 in tires but thats just me.
...1200+600≠3000

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Old 09-06-2008, 01:54 AM   #3
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just order the stuff up your self and install it your self
I bet you have a few friends that will give you a hand if you buy the beer

you can order up a Old man emu lift and have a comfy ride (way better ride then skyjacker)
the install is easy and you can save the $ for another mod

some friends of mine had 4wheel parts install there lift and tires I ended up fixing the stuff that they didnt install right
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Old 09-06-2008, 06:51 AM   #4
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I would also stay away from shops that recommend Skyjacker. Most professional shops will install it only under HEAVY pressure from their customers. The kits have a way of developing squeaks and rattles, as well as odd failures on the trail and have lots of warranty issues, as a rule.
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There are several 4" lifts from Skyjacker - you did not say which one.

Short or long arm?

They don't have a very good reputation for ride or strength.

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Old 09-06-2008, 11:00 AM   #6
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i bought the dpg ultiment kit, no regrets. ride is as good as it gets, it gives a good height for a DD and 33 tires. total highet is 3.75 inches of lift.
TJ & LJ OME Kits

if your looking for ride comfort i would go rubicon express or old man emu. they are known for smooth rides.
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I have the feeling by upgraded shocks he is referring to the high pressure nitro shocks which ride like a race car (opposite of smooth)
Ask what brand ^

What are your skills? Lift kits are a piece of cake to install. Have hope, time (~a weekend), tools and some strength and you'll be riding high in no time..

I wouldnt pay 3k for a 600 bucks lift and a 1200 in tires but thats just me.
...1200+600≠3000
i do have a few buddies that would help me out for little or nothing at all over the course of a weekend...but come monday that thing had better roll out of the driveway! I just feel like there can be alot of times where errors can occur during a lift if not done correctly...thats why i would rather a pro install them...but the 3k pricetag just doesn't sit well with me...when you add up the lift and tires, they don't nearly equal up to 3k...i guess im just paying alot for their time and labor itself. Thanks for the advice man.
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you can install a shortarm kit in a short day if its your first time.
me and my buddy re-installed my old OME lift onto my nieces jeep in under 2 hours the second time with hand tools, theres nothing to it.
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it should take you about a day to install the lift (for some one who hasnt done one before)
I can do one in a couple of hours by my self

putting a lift on a jeep is real easy
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buy your own stuff and get a floor jack but if you have access to a lift use it. most lift kits have some sort of directions with them, but you don't really need them. when you take something off put it next to the replacement in a line. organization will help you out the most. and some of the tools you need you can rent them and depending on the place you only need to pay for them at first then when you return them you'll get your money back.
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but come monday that thing had better roll out of the driveway! I just feel like there can be alot of times where errors can occur during a lift if not done correctly...thats why i would rather a pro install them
Its easy as i said, during the week, read up on what you have to do (ask here if you dont understand it), oil/grease parts that need it during the week such as control arm bushings or Johnny Joints, assemble what you have to such as sway bar links or control arms and then start friday, work on it, saturday you should be completely done with the front and somewhat done with the rear and sunday you should be done by noon and ready to crack a beer. You can install the new tires while you have the old ones off and Monday take it to the alighnment shop after work.

Take your time, its not a race, have some one help you out and you'll be rolling tall in no time.
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Its easy as i said, during the week, read up on what you have to do (ask here if you dont understand it), oil/grease parts that need it during the week such as control arm bushings or Johnny Joints, assemble what you have to such as sway bar links or control arms and then start friday, work on it, saturday you should be completely done with the front and somewhat done with the rear and sunday you should be done by noon and ready to crack a beer. You can install the new tires while you have the old ones off and Monday take it to the alighnment shop after work.

Take your time, its not a race, have some one help you out and you'll be rolling tall in no time.
definately something to think about...ill have to ask my buddies, whom are all pretty handy and have built their own cars/bikes and such...then again that was years ago, and now they have wives and kids to take care of...so i hope they can help me out.

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