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Old 11-17-2009, 02:05 PM   #1
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I have a 06 Wrangler Unlimited and am interested in a doing a lift kit and running some bigger tires. I have done a bit of reading and from what I gather a ~2" body lift seems to be a good place to start.

I am primarily doing this for looks not offroad, however getting out on trails looks like a ton of fun and is something I am interested in getting into. From what I have read, a body lift is a great way to start as it will compliment a future suspension lift.

My budget is ~$1500 (which includes new tires ... the current ones are bald!!)

My biggest questions are:
1. I have little to no automotive experience and the directions provided with many of the budget lifts (i.e. TeraFlex 2" Bugget Boost Lift Kit) look kinda vague. Is this something I can handle myself or should I look for a local shop to do the installation?

2. What size tires will a 2" body lift accommodate? Will the stock wheels be OK for this or do I need new ones?

3. Other than my motorcycle in the summer, this is my main ride ... is it going to be street worthy to run around town and to work each day (~15miles)?

Seems like a GREAT forum! All suggestions are welcome!

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Old 11-17-2009, 02:33 PM   #2
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The budget boost is difficult if you don't know what you're doing. It took me 8 hours. You will be able to fit 31 or 32 inch tires. Depending on how wide you want them, you may want to get new wheels. Tires are around $125 each and the lift is $200. If you could find a 3-inch lift for $1000 you could get 33s and that would be sweeter.

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Old 11-17-2009, 03:13 PM   #3
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You have 2" Body Lift & 2" Budget Boost in your question.

One stay away from 2" BL (Body Lifts) at the most you should use the JKS 1.25" BL. I'm assuming though after reading your statements your more interested in the 2" BB (Budget Boost).

OME, Teraflex and Full Traction have really great 2" & 3" econo kits.
I would definately recommend staying away from the Rough Country kits.

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Old 11-18-2009, 09:36 AM   #4
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Ok, so after more searching and understanding the difference between body lift vs budget boost ... here is my current plan:

I am going to have a more experienced friend help me out installing the Skyjacker Standard 2" Spacer Lift Kit with Hydro Shocks: (Skyjacker Standard 2" Spacer Lift Kit with Hydro Shocks for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec)

I am then going to take it to a local 4wd center to have new wheels and tires installed ... thinking something like:

Wheels: American Racing AR767 15x8 5 ON 5.5
Tires: Interco TrXus STS Radial 33 x 12.50 x 15

Any comments/suggestions? Should these wheels and tires work for the lift?
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Old 11-18-2009, 10:46 AM   #5
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Ok, so after more searching and understanding the difference between body lift vs budget boost ... here is my current plan:

I am going to have a more experienced friend help me out installing the Skyjacker Standard 2" Spacer Lift Kit with Hydro Shocks: (Skyjacker Standard 2" Spacer Lift Kit with Hydro Shocks for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec)

I am then going to take it to a local 4wd center to have new wheels and tires installed ... thinking something like:

Wheels: American Racing AR767 15x8 5 ON 5.5
Tires: Interco TrXus STS Radial 33 x 12.50 x 15

Any comments/suggestions? Should these wheels and tires work for the lift?

Do a bit more checking around before you settle on the Skyjacker kit . . . a BB is extremely basic...spring spacers, longer bumpstops, and shocks . . . the only thing that is going to affect your ride quality is the shocks so get something decent . . . most people will advise steering clear of the cheapo Skyjacker, Procomp, Rough Country shocks.

Double check on your choice of wheels to make sure you are getting the correct bolt pattern and back spacing. For 33x12.5x15 you are probably looking at 3.75 backspacing, but then again 33" tires are too big for the set up you have here with just a 2" BB and you would really need the 2" BB plus a 1" BL to clear the 33's or a 4" suspension lift.
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Old 11-18-2009, 12:37 PM   #6
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Your TJ has 5x4.5 bolt pattern unless you changed it. Also as stated look for the least expensive 2" coil spacer lift with a good shock...Check ebay for the spacers and then use the money saved to get nicer shocks.

Not sure how the STS balance but if they are like other Super Swampers ugh. I would look at other tires that balance nicer.
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I did not change them, your right, I do need the 5x4.5 bolt pattern, good call.

I don't think I am ready to do an additional 1" BL or go for the 3"+ suspension lift (yet!) ... does that mean I should stick with a 31" or 32" tire? I have read many people who claim to run 33" tires on a 2" lift ... is this asking for trouble?

Also, any recommendations on shocks or tire brands? Tire wise I have primarily been looking at the Interco TrXus STS Radials and the BFG All-Terrain T/A KO ... something that is good on the street and will allow me to start getting off road.
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You can run a 31 on your Jeep with no lift at all. I have them on my 06 Unlimited and there is no rubbing. If you are not going to be crawling and your rig is your daily driver you should just consider going with a good 31" tire that looks aggressive and hold off on the lift for a while. You will still gain some height while saving yourself a lot of money until you are serious about off roading. BTW these tires have great street and off road handling.


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Old 12-11-2009, 01:31 PM   #9
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Hi All,
Thanks for all the input it was helpful ... thought I would post a pic of the jeep after it was finished. I am very happy with the outcome and will be hitting the beaches this summer.

I ended up going with the SkyJacker 2" Spacer Lift Kit with Hydro Shocks ... I put very few miles on it ~25000 in 3+ years so hopefully the cheapo shocks will hold up. I was able to do the work myself, learned a lot and hope to do more in the future.

I ended up keeping the stock rims and going with 31" Interco Trxus MTs. I went to a local shop here in MA (Elias 4 Wheel Drive Center) for the tires and a front end alignment. which did awesome work ... I would highly recommend them to anyone!! They also installed a track bar relocator as there was some rubbing on the passenger side. Again, great people, great work!

Here she is:
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Looks great.

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