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Old 04-01-2012, 09:31 AM   #1
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Lifting options

Hello since I'm new here and to the jeep world I had a pretty simple question to the veterans that are on here. What's the easiest and not so expensive way of lifting my jeep? I would want it lifted at least 4"

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Old 04-01-2012, 09:52 AM   #2
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Check out the "special deals" section. This will get you started. Spend a lot of time reading and learning. Getting the jeep in the air is just where it starts. It won't end there. Good luck and welcome to the WF!

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Tough question.. I don't think Most lifts are difficult to install. Cheapest is not always best you will sacrifice ride quality. But cheapest is to do a 2" coil spacer and a 2" body lift probably cost you around $165..but it will effect driveline geometry that unless corrected with other parts=(more money) will give shakes and shimmies and uneven wear and tear.
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Why do you think you need at least 4" of lift? What size tires? What's your idea of cheap? Are you budgeting for a regear as well? What is the intended use for your jeep?

There are many things you need to let us know if you want a good answer.
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:12 AM   #6
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Tough question.. I don't think Most lifts are difficult to install. Cheapest is not always best you will sacrifice ride quality. But cheapest is to do a 2" coil spacer and a 2" body lift probably cost you around $165..but it will effect driveline geometry that unless corrected with other parts=(more money) will give shakes and shimmies and uneven wear and tear.
A 2" suspension almost never effects drive angles enough to even need a t-case drop, or sye/cv combo.Also I would never go over 1.25" with a body lift on a tj. You will however need a front end alignment after the suspension lift. As you would with any suspension lift on a vehicle with an inverted y steering assembly.
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Old 04-01-2012, 12:22 PM   #7
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Well this is my first jeep and my plan was taking it on the trails and maybe mudding with it also visual appareance. I like the way the 4 inch lift looks and alot of people have it. Like I said I'm new to this I don't know anything about tires but from looking around and reading it almost feels like lifting comes first than the tires. My budget is up to about 400 dollars on the lifting kit but if u guys think I need to do something else first please let me know
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So many options. Deciding depends on how you want to use your Jeep in the future, as well as how much you want to spend. Going cheap on a full spring lift with control arms, etc., is not cost effective. You will be needing to replace parts sooner than later. Even the complete cheapo lifts are over $400.

A 2" spacer lift with some 31" tires on aftermarket rims will change the appearance of the Jeep tremendously, and will be able to take you a ton of places.

Add a 1.25" Body lift and you can run 32" tires, but then you start to get into the negative effects of improper gearing.

Things start adding up quick from there.
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$400.00 will get you a cheap basic 4" lift, but not the sye/cv combo and adjustable control arms you will likely need to correct the viberation from excessive drive angles. You may get by for a while with a t-case drop. But that's a bandaid .

I would go with a 2" budget boost for now. Skyjacker makes a nice bb kit with spacers, shocks and bump stops . You can then add the rear track bar bracket, longer away bar links in the rear and disconnects in the front. This would give room for a 32" tire. And be in your $400.00 budget. If you want more room later for 33" tires add a 1.25" body lift and a 1" motor mount lift.

I'm not a fan of rough country, but they do have a 3.75" kit that utilizes a 2.5" spring lift and a 1.25" body lift. This would also be in your budget.
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be patient, save more money, do it right from the beginning or you will end paying a ton more in work to correct angles and vibrations. I've been researching for a while and if I went to 4" lift, the OME Ultimate or a similiar kit would be my only option. That runs about $2400 plus the install if you choose not to do it yourself.

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