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Old 01-01-2014, 10:53 AM   #1
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Hello everyone,
I just now made an account but I've been on here doing some research and just looking to see what's new and exciting with my fellow jeepers. I own a 2001 black Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4.0 6cly 5 speed manual with a smittybilt SRC front bumper attached to a Smittybilt XRC8 winch. I wish it was lifted but sadly its not. Hopefully to lift soon. Hope to post pictures and do some off roading during the summer. Its pretty much completely stock expect for the bumper and winch and the speakers/radio.

Lifts have been talked about a lot lately and so many threads and discussions about lifts.

This is my daily driver so I'm just asking what do you all recommend I do for a lift/tires/advice. I think I get 15/17 MPG. My budget isn't that big maybe $1000 max. I've heard that a Budget Boost lift would be highly recommended for it is cheap and for daily drivers but what do you all recommend.

Also for my bumper I need fog/driving lights for when I bought it, it didn't have any on there so what do you all recommend I do? Fog lights or driving lights? Brands? KC does have replacement fog light kit but I don't know what to do. Just need advice.

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Old 01-01-2014, 11:08 AM   #2
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Same to you and welcome......I am sure you will get some help.

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Old 01-01-2014, 11:52 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forum. This place is a useful tool to help with your jeep. The search tool is great for finding answers to your questions.

My jeep has the factory fog lights so I can't help you there.

Welcome and remember it's your jeep. Do to it what you like.
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Old 01-01-2014, 12:56 PM   #5
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Welcome and Happy New Year.

Here is a few things to think about:

Try and figure out where you want to end up (lift and tire size) before you buy anything. That way, you don't have to do things twice...or me.

The most cost effective is the 2" BB. Better, but more expensive, would be a good 2" spring lift. Combined with some 31" tires will give it a nice look. It will also take you a lot of places with minimal accompanying modifications. Because......

Lifting a TJ more than 2" requires a bunch of other junk, and money....if you want it to be safe, drive right, and not compromise your offroad ability with a transfer case drop.

Installing a Budget Boost spacer lift re-uses the stock springs. Fine for me when I had one as my TJ only had 11K miles at the time. Nowadays, a lot of stock Jeep's springs are reaching the end of their life and starting to sag.

Installing a BB also requires complete removal of the stock springs to install the spacers. Since you've already gone through the trouble to remove them.....see where I'm going with this one?

My opinion, and you'll get others: For staying low, DPG Offroad has some nice OME lifts. Going taller and spending lots, Savvy/Currie and Metalcloak. Middle of the road budget lift, Zone.

Endless choices, hours of reading, and TONS of different opinions.

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Old 01-01-2014, 02:30 PM   #6
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I know you at least need a 3" to 3.5" suspension lift to run 33s. Or you can go a 2"/2.5" with a 1" Body Lift.

Is a body lift important to run 33s or not worry about a BL? Like I said my jeep is pretty much all stock underneath (suspension, and axles as far as i know).

I would like to run 33s but what's the best, easiest, cheapest way to go?
"You get what you pay for", seems to be the sentence in buying things but I don't want anything to cheap or expensive.
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:32 PM   #7
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Old 01-02-2014, 02:33 AM   #8
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^I don't have any advise on your questions just chiming in to say nice TJ, I also have a black Sahara, but I am keeping mine totally stock. good luck on the build.
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Old 01-02-2014, 08:43 AM   #9
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New myself, welcome bro!
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Old 01-04-2014, 11:24 PM   #10
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Welcome. Have you been wheeling for several years or just starting out? What are your friends running? Have you been following them and hanging up. What type of wheeling do you do? I run a stock 04 LJ with a 2" body lift and 285/75/16 duratracs with very slight rub at full stuff. This set up works for me in the terrain that I cover. It is my dd. Some people were suprised at where I put it while following them in their different rigs. I had a ball on New Year's Day. I have not had it That long but have been wheeling for years. Once I learn more about this rig's abilities I may change things but until then I will enjoy it until I have to replace things. It is your rig enjoy it. If new then grow in experience while learning if you really Ned to go that extreme.

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