So I recently bought my first jeep (2003 TJ, Auto Freedom Package). No doubt best thing I've ever done. Currently I'm living in a beach town, and probably really won't be going out and doing any hard trail riding in the immediate future until I get some more scratch to actually gear up for it. What I am thinking of doing though is at least putting a lift (none at the moment) and some decent tires on it. I don't drive it far to work so I'm not stressed about gas or anything. I looked up some lifts online, and thinking of going with a 3" suspension from Zone Offroad. From what I've been reading (on here), they seem decent and are reasonable in price, but I'm not sure if I should just get a body lift, or the suspension for what I'll be using it for. Suggestions? Also, with either lift, would I have to get the gears modified? Should I go with a 2" just so I wouldn't have too? I also have a wench on the front that brings down the whole front hood...how much would that impact the size tires I'm getting for either lift?
Also, if any San Diegan's can point me to a good shop to get the suspension work done at, that would be a big help. Of course trying to save on $, but I'll pay more for good trustworthy work. Any and all suggestions are welcome, thanks in advance.
Oh, and anyone been to 3 sisters falls in SD? How's the drive out there?
More will Chime in. But since you live in San Diego, the First mod I would advise is a hidden Kill Switch....Jeeps have a way of disappearing in your neck of the woods.
On the lift.
Body lift _ don't go over 1.25''
Suspension _ brand? read as many reviews as you can find. Don't buy one that you can't find reviews on. Size is up to you. But 2'' suspension lift w/ 1'' Body lift will let you run 33'' tires and look pretty cool, while allowing for pretty good offroading experience.
HOWEVER - I'd wheel it stock and see what you want/need after that. You live in one of the best areas to live (for wheeling) due to lots of wheeling locations around you, take advantage of this.
I would agree with everything mentioned above. I will add however that gears are related to tire size not the amount of lift you put on your jeep. For a 33 inch tire, you'll want your gears to be around 4.11
This isn't really necessary or need done immediately. The lowered gearing will simply gain back the gas mileage and power that you've lost by putting on larger tires. most people, including myself will recommend that you keep your gear ratio within the correct neighborhood that it should be at
Thanks for the help guys. I do like the sounds of the 2" lift with a 1" body lift, especially since I'll be using this as a commuter ride and only mild/medium trail riding. Any brand suggestions in particular you guys can recommend for the lifts? I'm sure I can grab a kill switch locally. Thanks again.
Personally I like Rubicon express and the old man emu suspension lifts the best. Both offer a nice and smooth ride, but are a little on the pricey side. The rough country lift is pretty inexpensive, and isn't bad at all for the price. SkyJacker makes pretty cool lifts too.
Everybody will tell you a different lift kit to go with. It's all a matter of personal taste and opinion.
based on all the threads I've read my lift will be OME (old man emu). good ride is important to me as there isn't crap for offroading here....and I drive the jeep to work about 1/2 the time.
and I'm as serious as a heart attack about that kill switch! make it hidden, and don't tell anyone where you put it. Modded jeeps grow legs. Ask Jerry Bransford (most recent one I've read about). and I believe it was in San Diego as well.....
another thing to look into is if there are any Jeep clubs in your area.
It will give you get a chance to meet local folks with a common interest and give you more opportunities to go out and play in your Jeep. You'll also gain the added knowledge base that comes with the fellowship of a Jeep club. They can help you find everything from parts houses, reputable mechanics and wheelin spots.
You never know, you might end up throwing a "lift party"
You supply the food and the beers, and then you help turn a wrench and your friends all come out and pitch in to help you put your own lift on.
You learn more about your rig that way, save a boat load of cash and have a good time doing it.
We've hosted a couple of lift parties at our house for friends, had a heck of a good time!
06 Rubi with some sort of double ended, chrome knobbed, cross threaded, infinitely adjustable, frequently breakable, worn out flammywhammers zip tied onto it.
It used to be a jeep thing... til that sh!t broke!