I'm new to the board and have a question. I'm not a mechanic; however, my wife and I just bought our boys a 2000 Jeep Wrangler TJ Sport and want to get them a lift kit to give us something to do together, etc.
My question is: with the 2000 Jeep Wrangler TJ Sport 4X4 with 31" tires, I was looking at this lift kit: Jeep TJ Suspension Lift
It's a RC 3.75" Suspension Lift (2.5 suspension/1.25 body lift). If there anything else we would need when installing this kit on this jeep? Are there any modifications that need to be made, etc? ANything else outside of installing this lift kit you thing we need to do or buy? Any recommended add-ons but not mandatory?
Are you getting the performance shocks with it? (I would recommend it) The performance steering stabilizer upgrade is a must have. If you're not a mechanic then you will be in for a really big challenge. After you put the lift kit on have an appointment ready for it to be re aligned and take it to somebody who knows what there doing. You may have to re adjust the caster angles between 4-9. And 31's will be a bit undersized for this lift ( wont look quite right and its harder on the jeep) I would recommend 32's. Hope this helps!
That lift is not hard to install with a basic set of hand tools. You'll have plenty of help here if you run into a snag. The only thing I would add to that lift is a 1" motor mount lift so you (probably) won't have to use the transfer case lowering kit or relocate the fan shroud. You can easily run a 33" tire with that lift if there won't be any hardcore wheeling in the future.
I think this is a good beginners kit and can easily be installed on a Saturday afternoon with hand tools and a floor jack. You can run up to a 33" tire with this lift and I would definitely use the body lift that comes with the kit! This will give you room for skids later.
A word of warning/suggestion-the shock mounting bolts will be very difficult to remove. Would suggest using a "releasing agent" Pb -Blaster or something like that, and also may need some heat as well. (torch) Expect to break some of the bolts.
You are very lucky, us northerners spend more time wrestling with rusty bolts/nuts then doing the actual maintenance lol
I agree with that - but I have not broken any bolts yet - might be the use of the air compressor and the impact wrench which I would highly recommend to use if you have it, or borrow from a friend if they have it.
I'm looking at the same lift, I don't think it will look too goofy running 31" tires. A few guys I know have done a Budget Boost with the Body Lift and run 31's. The height difference between the BB and Coil lift is about 3/4 of an inch. Makes a difference as to what tires you can fit - but it won't look terrible with 31's.
I'm thinking about running 32's just because I'm getting new tires anyways.
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I have the same kit. If you go larger than a 31" tire you might want to regear other wise there will be a loss of power. Depends on their tolerance and how they drive it. Here are some pics of the kit with 33" tires. I would add the shocks, steering stabilizer, rear trackbar relocation bracket, swat bar quick disconnects, and bumpstop extensions.
Thank you for all your replies. The nice thing is, I'm in the Air Force and we can use the Auto Shop which is a full blown garage with everything you could possibly need and there is a certified mechanic on duty to help you if you get stuck (a must for me to have).