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Old 10-13-2008, 10:49 PM   #1
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So i bought my husband a 1997 jeep wrangler its his surprise when he get back from Iraq. But I love it i might just keep it, we hunt, fish and camp. So we want to use it for off-road. I need ideas I want to put a lift on it but i want a good one i want one that the ride is not going to be screwed up. What are the little things that i can get to make it a better car!

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Old 10-13-2008, 11:37 PM   #2
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Old 10-13-2008, 11:41 PM   #3
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Freakin COOL!!!

I would start bu not calling it a "CAR". I think that some of the Jeepers here may want to


Remove the back seat, carpet, and top. Have the entire belly pan (floor board) from the front to the tail gate rhino lined or line-x'd. This will stop it from rusting. Slap some big phat tires on it and haul some........ well you know.

Wish my wife had bought me a Jeep when I came home from Iraq. AWESOME!!!!
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Old 10-14-2008, 12:06 AM   #4
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Well that's a great gift that I'm sure he'll love! Also, thanks for the service your husband and your family are doing for us.

Back to topic - The lift isn't necessary. The Jeep you bought is plenty capable of doing what you say you're going to do with it as it is. If a lift is a must then you might look at a simple spacer lift as that will you get around 2 inches of lift and you can easily clear 32" tall tires.
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Old 10-14-2008, 07:30 AM   #5
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x2 - Awesome gift idea. Define your driving needs and adjust as you go along. The Jeep in stock form is very capable. As you encounter more challenging terrain and the driving experience becomes more experienced then make the necessary customizations. A great set of tires can go a long way.

Thank you for your family's support and please pass along our thanks to your husband for his service.
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:13 AM   #6
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Welcome, As stated the stop jeep with a 31 or 32" tire and a 2" spacer lift does very well. Keeps for the most part the stock ride etc. Kit with shocks and spacers should be around $200-300max. Also if it is the 6 cylinder, the 97-99 are know for having a exhaust crack where all the pipes come together, not a big deal but something to keep an eye on.
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:28 AM   #7
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A winch should be on your short list. Nothing like being in the boonies and getting hung up.
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:22 PM   #8
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OK so i have been looking at the Skyjacker 2" spacers are those good? feedback please!! With the Hyro Shocks and/or the Nitro. Which is better or should i put stock shocks on when i put the spacers on. also i have been looking at KC slimlites lights are they good?
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For the money that's a really good entry-level lift. That was the first lift I had and had zero problems with it.
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And if you go with the Skyjacker 2'' kit get the HYDRO's do not get the Nitro.

That will be a good kit to start with.
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:32 AM   #11
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You can get a 2" spacer lift with shocks for under $400. It is pretty to install, plus I saved several hundred in labor. The spacer lift also maintains the factory ride quality. Plus you can fit 32" MTR's on there. Also try getting some aftermarket bumbers. Lockers are nice, too. These are all relatively inexpensive options.
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:52 AM   #12
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If cost is not an issue that go with a 4" lift or more. Then you can safely fit 33's. You can fit 35's but there is probably going to be some rubbing with any axle articulation. btw, don't go with a body lift just so you can fit bigger tires.

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