Ok, I am way new to Wranglers. I just picked up a 2000 TJ (actually pick it up in 2 days). I want to put about 2 or so inches of lift on her.
What do you guys suggest as far as a kit along with any applicable parts. I may want to go with nicer bumpers as well. Any help is appreciated.
Lift kits usually depend on the type of wheeling your planning to do and if it will be a daily driver.
If your looking for better ground clearance and some tires, then a 2" BB(Budget Boost) a 1" BL and 33" tires is a good combo for starting.
Another route would be a 3" lift from either Teraflex, Full Traction or the 2" kit from OME.
I would recommend drive it a while and also wheel it a couple times to get to know your Jeep before throwing a lift on it.
In your area there's a place about 30mins southwest called Jeepskool. Once a month they have a weekend of wheeling. The first weekend of every month. Great group of people and perfect place for you to test out the Jeep.
98TJ / Hi-Lined / Zip Lockers / 35s
Cool, I would love to go to something like that.
Your probably right on waiting to see what I REALLY want as far as a lift and wheels. I tend to get carried away. Im in the middle of a drive train swap on my 68 Bronco.
I wheeled mine stock for about a year and during that time researched alot of kits. When it came time to finally lift I was doing more rock crawling so I wanted a kit that would really perform on the trails and take a beating as well, but still have good road manners. Customer service also played a part as well.
Take it out a few times, get used to how it performs, you'll be amazed what they can do stock. Read thru the "lift review" sticky at the top of this forum page. Lots of good info and pics of kits.
98TJ / Hi-Lined / Zip Lockers / 35s
It really boils down to what you want your Jeep to do, and how much you are willing to spend. I've lurked here and a few other sites over the last two years I've owned my 02 Sahara, that I knew I wanted at least 3.5 inches of lift, and run 33's. I'm going with a Rubicon Express 4.5 Super-flex, with the 3.5 coils substituted in... then I will add an Advanced Adapters Slip Yoke Eliminator, and a Tom Woods CV driveshaft...
I posted a poll here a while ago for people to give me input on what brand was best.... and the link is here POLL ON LIFTS and you will be able to see the Rubicon Express and OLD MAN EMU are leading the pack as voted on by all these guys/gals. I would suggest staying away from the cheaper lifts... and you will see plenty of reason why in different posts about construction, quality of parts etc, no flex, bad bushings, shocks, etc...
I'm spending about 2500 on my entire lift, SYE, and CV. I've already spent 1300 on the five rims and tires (33x12.5) - yes, i did the spare too.
There really is truth to the acronym Just Empty Every Pocket (JEEP) - but I love mine.... hope this helps.... these guys here at the forum are the ones who edu-ma-cated me on all of this, so you're in the right place!
02 TJ Sahara - 5spd - Stock (for now)
Ultra Nomad Wheels 15x10 with Goodyear Wrangler DuraTracs 33x12.5
Soon to be lifted in the Air by RE Superflex(click)
It all depends on your budget... I went with a Skyjacker 2" Spring/Spacer lift for $260 for budget reasons. I would have preferred a true 4" suspention lift but Im very pleased the the budget lift. I can get my 32" all terrains and the 33" mudders without rubbing.
i have a 2in lift and 33in mud tires and have no rubbing issues on or offroad, im pleased with the looks and performance but will upgrade to a 4in lift soon, and im a jeep guy but you just gotta like those old broncos!!! Nice rides!!!
This is why I joined this forum... Just wish I had joined earlier this year, before I bought my 2" BB lift. Not to say Im disappointed with it, I love it and it gives my Jeep a good look!! The ride is a little stiff, though. I now realize I should have gone with something like a OEM spring lift instead of a spacer lift, for ride quality! Ah... u live, learn and burn money!! Love the Bronco... I've always wanted that body style!! I have own a 79 and an 86, loved both of them!!