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Old 09-03-2012, 01:16 PM   #1
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Lift Questions

So i know there are thousands of lift question threads, but instead of scanning them all, i figure why not start a new one?
I've had my jeep for about 4 months, but only recently started thinking about lifts and other mods and what not.
SO, what can you guys tell me about lifts (best, worst, what needs to be done before hand since my Jeep is 110% stock, etc etc)
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:47 PM   #2
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Kevin, First your gonna get blasted on here for not scanning a few of the previous 1 million threads. Second, whatever youre plannin on with your jeep, you get what you pay for. Third, let us know what you want for your jeep. Let us know about your jeep. Fill us in so we know what direction to send you in.

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Old 09-03-2012, 02:18 PM   #3
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Yeah, we all read that as:
Hey guys not going to do any work so it for me....thanks.

what kind if jeep: yr, sport-sahara, auto/man, 4cyl/6 what tires? Where do you drive mostly, you want to trail ride our climb rocks?
you have a Jeep....you won't believe how many options are out there.
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Yeah, we all read that as:
Hey guys not going to do any work so it for me....thanks.


Lol. Thats what I was thinking.

We be needing some more info.
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1997, manual.
4 cyl
Very little trail riding
Daily driver, just to school and what not.
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:36 PM   #6
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OK college student so youre on a budget.... Budget boost.
4 cylinder so you dont wanna go over 33s without regearing and even that is questionable.
I say a Zone 4.25" lift is gonna be your best bet.
3" springs so you wont have to do a SYE and the 1.25 BL and 1"MML will be good on your pocket and theres lots of guys on here that run the same set-up. Plus you can upgrade on top of parts you already have.
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:32 PM   #7
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OK college student so youre on a budget.... Budget boost.
4 cylinder so you dont wanna go over 33s without regearing and even that is questionable.
I say a Zone 4.25" lift is gonna be your best bet.
3" springs so you wont have to do a SYE and the 1.25 BL and 1"MML will be good on your pocket and theres lots of guys on here that run the same set-up. Plus you can upgrade on top of parts you already have.
Yes, I googled it and did some light skimming, and from what I've found, that's exactly what i'm looking for, and it undershot my budget just a bit
Will I need to do anything before hand? Jeep is 100% stock, and honestly I don't have the faintest idea
Thank you.
Any other tips or suggestions would be appreciated
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:47 PM   #8
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Im in the same situation. Im headed for the 2.25" BB lift with 31" mickey thompson mud claws.
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Hmmmm, that sounds like a good plan. I really do need something budget friendly, and the 4.25 Zone lift combo is just that. And i'd like to get something that looks decent on relatively stock tires. I know we all kinda cringe when we see a huge lift on tiny tires lol.
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Im in the same situation. Im headed for the 2.25" BB lift with 31" mickey thompson mud claws.
Hmmmm, that sounds like a good plan. I really do need something budget friendly, and the 4.25 Zone lift combo is just that. And i'd like to get something that looks decent on relatively stock tires. I know we all kinda cringe when we see a huge lift on tiny tires lol.
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How much is it for the 4.25?
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Google it.....approx $ 500.00 !
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:48 PM   #13
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How much is it for the 4.25?
$529.99, pretty sweet deal it seems like. Are disconnects recommended over the solid links?
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Wayyy over my budget lol. 2.25" is only gonna cost me $180.00 and thats including labor
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Wayyy over my budget lol. 2.25" is only gonna cost me $180.00 and thats including labor
You could save a ton in labor by doing it yourself. Its not that hard of a job. Basic tools, jack stands, and a few beers and your done.
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I, too, have a '97 TJ 2.5L 5-speed.

My first wheel/tire upgrade was from 29" tires on the stock 15" wheels to 31" MT/Rs on 16" wheels. I then put a 3" Zone lift on.

I'm happy with the 3" Zone lift, but in retrospect I would rather have spent the money on a 1" lift and put the rest toward MetalCloak fenders.

My next big project is a re-gear from the stock 4.10s to 4.88s, followed by an upgrade to 33" tires on yet-to-be-determined new wheels.

Mine is a daily driver with lots of playing in the snow, but little opportunity for actual wheeling - although I'm building it for when that opportunity comes!!
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I have a 97 6cyl. Looking to lift. already sitting on 31s.
Is it bad to just get the 2inch spacers? I have heard its just a crappy way to lift. Who has experience in this?
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I have a 97 6cyl. Looking to lift. already sitting on 31s.
Is it bad to just get the 2inch spacers? I have heard its just a crappy way to lift. Who has experience in this?
Its not necessarily a bad thing more so a cheap way to gain 2in while retaining the stock ride quality
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:52 PM   #19
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I think I'm leaning more towards a 2.5 to 3 inch lift. It's more practical I think, and hopefully I won't have to do to much before hand. Granted, its gonna take me several months to save enough Lol, unfortunately it seems I'm looking at a Christmas gift to myself :P
I wish we got snow, hell, I wish I had anywhere to go. Just south of Atlanta, we don't get much of anything around here lol
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I think I'm leaning more towards a 2.5 to 3 inch lift. It's more practical I think, and hopefully I won't have to do to much before hand. Granted, its gonna take me several months to save enough Lol, unfortunately it seems I'm looking at a Christmas gift to myself :P
I wish we got snow, hell, I wish I had anywhere to go. Just south of Atlanta, we don't get much of anything around here lol
You can do a 3.25 lift for less than $200
2bb $50 depending on the brand
1.25bl $100
1in mml $25
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You can do a 3.25 lift for less than $200
2bb $50 depending on the brand
1.25bl $100
1in mml $25
That sounds great!! My jeep s totally stock, I don't need to do anything before hand, right?
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That sounds great!! My jeep s totally stock, I don't need to do anything before hand, right?
Nope, I took my time and finished the whole thing in about 2 days. Got the BB from fat bobs garage's ebay site, and got the bl & mml from toms4x4superstore.com

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You can do a 3.25 lift for less than $200
2bb $50 depending on the brand
1.25bl $100
1in mml $25
And I won't have to make many major, expensive mods afterwards? (I.e. regear, etc etc?) Honest to God, I know nothing about any of it. But I'm trying :P
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And I won't have to make many major, expensive mods afterwards? (I.e. regear, etc etc?) Honest to God, I know nothing about any of it. But I'm trying :P
After the BB you'll have to get the front end aligned
regear depends on what tire size, transmission, and gear ratio you have right now.

You will need pb blaster or wd40, a good set of wrenches, a couple of jacks, jack stands, and if you put the bottle jack that comes with the jeep and put it between the lower control arm and the frame you wont need a spring compressor
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After the BB you'll have to get the front end aligned
regear depends on what tire size, transmission, and gear ratio you have right now.

You will need pb blaster or wd40, a good set of wrenches, a couple of jacks, jack stands, and if you put the bottle jack that comes with the jeep and put it between the lower control arm and the frame you wont need a spring compressor
Well allllll that just flew right over my head. I have no clue as to the gear ratios, hell I'm not even certain on my tires size Lol, its sad the limited knowledge I have on my own car. But, I'll do some research, tr to snag some good deals
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I, too, have a '97 TJ 2.5L 5-speed.

My first wheel/tire upgrade was from 29" tires on the stock 15" wheels to 31" MT/Rs on 16" wheels. I then put a 3" Zone lift on.

I'm happy with the 3" Zone lift, but in retrospect I would rather have spent the money on a 1" lift and put the rest toward MetalCloak fenders.

My next big project is a re-gear from the stock 4.10s to 4.88s, followed by an upgrade to 33" tires on yet-to-be-determined new wheels.

Mine is a daily driver with lots of playing in the snow, but little opportunity for actual wheeling - although I'm building it for when that opportunity comes!!
Digging the fenders but i saw a thread where some guy cut his stock fenders down, looked pretty bad ass, and close to free lol.
There is soooooooo much i wanna do to my Jeep, but I'm in no kind of financial position for such projects. I see something new everyday and think "Hey, i wanna do th-....dammit" lol
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Kevin where are you in Atl? Im downtown.

A bit of advice... Spend you about $200bux or so on some basic tools. A jeep is a great way to learn some basics of how vehicles in general work. Not to mention, DIY is much, much more gratifying n rewarding once you've wipe your hands clean, pop a beer open n say, "I did that..." NOT TO MENTION.... Its definitely the way to go if you are on a budget!

2-3in lift kit- Around $400 bux
2-3in lift kit installation labor charge- SMH.... Ive seen them for over $800....!!
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Kevin where are you in Atl? Im downtown.

A bit of advice... Spend you about $200bux or so on some basic tools. A jeep is a great way to learn some basics of how vehicles in general work. Not to mention, DIY is much, much more gratifying n rewarding once you've wipe your hands clean, pop a beer open n say, "I did that..." NOT TO MENTION.... Its definitely the way to go if you are on a budget!

2-3in lift kit- Around $400 bux
2-3in lift kit installation labor charge- SMH.... Ive seen them for over $800....!!
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I was quoted about $500 for installation of $50 pucks and another $600 for body lift and motor mount lift

Meanwhile I took a day out and installed the BB with a couple of $25 wrenches $300 jack and a set of $50 stands

and another day for the BL MML with a jack, a couple of wrenches and extensions

Its a whole lot cheaper and you get experience you will need in the future
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I was quoted about $500 for installation of $50 pucks and another $600 for body lift and motor mount lift
Wowzers... $600 for a friggin BL...
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Wowzers... $600 for a friggin BL...
For both the BL and MML

But ya as soon as they said that I hung up the phone and called my friend and told him I'm buyin pizza

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