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Old 09-07-2010, 04:35 PM   #1
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New Jeep Owner, getting ready to install 2.25" body lift

New to this site, first Jeep. Anyway I bought the 2.25" 80 dollar budget boost off of ebay for now since money is tight. My question is what if any fabrication do I need to do? Ive never done a lift on anything before, im guessing you unbolt the frame from the jeep jack it up insert spacer and reverse? Also how bad is it to change out front universal joints? If there is a thread already on this im sorry i tried the search but gave up quickly.

its a 97 sahara 4.0l 5 spd. tires are 30's i think. This is my first ORV, my last cars were sports cars (corvette z06's, ctsv's, camaros etc.) so im new to the offroad thing. I will also be installing H4 conv. headlights w/ 6k HID's w/ the lift. And I plan on painting the stock wheels black. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks guys




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Old 09-07-2010, 04:38 PM   #2
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I hope you mean Budget Boost rather than Body Lift.

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Old 09-07-2010, 04:38 PM   #3
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A 2.25" body lift is going to be a PITA to get installed when you consider what you'll have to do to get things like the shifters for the transmission and transfer case working properly.

I would NEVER install any body lift taller than 1" for those and other reasons. A 2" spacer suspension lift (also known as a Budget Boost) is much easier to install, can be purchased for about the same $$$, and will actually improve your ground clearance too... something a body lift does not.
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Yea im still learning the lingo...but let me get this straight.

This budget boost is suited for those who want to source their own shocks or use the stock shocks. It is possible to use the stock shocks, but for best off-road performance longer shocks will be required with a 2" lift.

This kit includes four 2.25" coil spring spacers and a pair of rear bump stop extensions and bolts. The spacers and extensions are the bare minimum of parts required to install a 2.25" spacer lift on a Wrangler.

This kit only fits 1997-2006 Jeep Wranglers (including Unlimited and Rubicon).

Our top quality kit comes covered by a limited lifetime warranty. We've sold thousands of these spacers with no problems. Please feel free to call our 800 number (1-800-954-0065) with any questions, even after your purchase.
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Old 09-07-2010, 04:58 PM   #5
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Nice Jeep, where are you located? Looks a like like Upstate NY haha
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Old 09-07-2010, 05:04 PM   #6
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Yea im still learning the lingo...but let me get this straight.

This budget boost is suited for those who want to source their own shocks or use the stock shocks. It is possible to use the stock shocks, but for best off-road performance longer shocks will be required with a 2" lift.

This kit includes four 2.25" coil spring spacers and a pair of rear bump stop extensions and bolts. The spacers and extensions are the bare minimum of parts required to install a 2.25" spacer lift on a Wrangler.

This kit only fits 1997-2006 Jeep Wranglers (including Unlimited and Rubicon).

Our top quality kit comes covered by a limited lifetime warranty. We've sold thousands of these spacers with no problems. Please feel free to call our 800 number (1-800-954-0065) with any questions, even after your purchase.
Ok good, you're actually asking about installing a 2.25" suspension lift, not a body lift. Go for it.

A body lift just lifts the body up off the frame, it does nothing to help the suspension or improve ground clearance.
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Old 09-07-2010, 05:23 PM   #7
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cleveland suburbs, and thank you guys. So install shouldnt be bad?
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Installing a spacer lift is an ideal way to start wrenching on your Jeep, it's not hard to install at all. Basic tools and a jack is all you need. Just make sure you adjust your toe-in after it is installed, suspension lifts screw up the front-end's toe-in setting.

You can easily do the toe-in adjustment yourself, and as accurately as an alignment shop can do. When you're closer to needing to do that, I or someone else can set you up with that information and photos on how to do that with not much more than a tape measure.
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I should adjust so that I have no toe in correct by measuring in the front and rear of the tires they should be equal? This is how i lined up my quads after installing suspension components.
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1/16 to 1/8" max toe-in is what you want with the Wrangler TJ, with the fronts of the tires being closer than in the rear.

You can simply measure between the tires at the front and rear but that results from measuring that way are not as repeatable or quite as accurate as measure like as shown below.

Those are 1" square pieces of aluminum tubing marked at points equal to the tire diameter.
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like jerry said, a bb lift is a good and easy way to get into things with your jeep. i've done this mod and its a bit tricky when you do the first side, then it only gets easier. i'd recommend going to a vip, advance auto, napa, or some sort of store similar and rent a set of spring compressors if you don't have any on hand. you'll probably have to pay $50-$60 for them and if you return them you'll get a full refund. search on youtube for a video or two, i think they're are some on there. i'll warn you now, if you're a jeep guy, then once you get this modification done, it wont be enough. GL!
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Good suggestions above but he will not need a spring compressor. I've installed 3" springs without a spring compressor, he just needs to unbolt enough of the suspension so the axles droop down far enough.
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thanks guys. I appreciate all the replies!
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uughh you were lucky jerry, my damn trac bar bolt and tee nut on the axle bracket were so seized i had no chance of getting that thing off until i did it last winter with the torch and a bolt extractor when i replaced the steering dampener. major pia. lol. but yama, just keep that in mind just in case.

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