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Old 06-02-2013, 11:22 PM   #1
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Should I Lift My Jeep?


Ok, I am a new Jeep owner (2 weeks) and am looking at lifting my '02 Wrangler Sahara a few inches. I don't have much experience working with cars, nor do I know what the best way to go about doing this is. Any suggestions on how I should go about doing this?

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Old 06-02-2013, 11:32 PM   #2
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First, welcome and congrats on your new-to-you Jeep.
Second, spend days or weeks searching/reading the board and familiarize yourself with what products work in your price range.
Third, ask specific questions about the products you're thinking about using.

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Old 06-02-2013, 11:32 PM   #3
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You're going to get lots of different responses on here depending on what you plan on doing with it. What do you plan on using your Jeep for? What size tires do you have or plan on putting on your Jeep? What's your budget?
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:39 PM   #4
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you're going to get lots of different responses on here depending on what you plan on doing with it. What do you plan on using your jeep for? What size tires do you have or plan on putting on your jeep? What's your budget?
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:50 PM   #5
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Good advice listed about by both of those guys. But change that days/weeks to months if you need to. Don't rush into something. That's how you end up with a pos suspension that doesn't work on the street or offroad. It took me nearly 6 months to learn all the things I felt I needed to fully understand before I bought my lift. And I'm still learning. Just read all the threads you can get your hands on. I like to search on google then open up all the threads I want in tabs and use the search window to answer any new questions I get while I'm reading.

So basically, learn about suspension components, what they do, and how they're effected by a lift. Then determine what you want to be able to do with your jeep (mall crawl, rock crawl, simple trails, mud, combo maybe?). From there, determine what suspension parts you need to replace to have a jeep the performs well for what you need it to do. Then look up quality brands, break out that money, and truly learn the meaning of Just Empty Every Pocket Once the mods start, you can't stop yourself. It's like cocaine, only worse. Haha but most importantly, have fun with it. And when you get stuck or confused, google the question and if you can't find it, ask here.
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:59 PM   #6
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As said before you will get a lot of different answers. Remember they upgraded their jeep for what they use it for and where they wheel. In my own opinion drive the Jeep for awhile. Learn what upgrades you may need for the trails you do and your driving style. Just because Jeep owner A did certain upgrades does not necessarily mean Jeep owner B would like or need the same set-up. You would be surprised on what a stock Jeep can do.
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:47 AM   #7
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There is a lot of useful information on this board. You'll lose a few days of your life that you won't get back searching and reading but it will be worth it. I did just that!
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:23 AM   #8
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think first. lift second.
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Old 06-04-2013, 12:54 AM   #9
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Thanks everyone for the advice. I went and talked to a mechanic at a local shop today and he said that the "Rough Country 2.5" lift" (~$110) was the best option, but for installation it would be around $300-$600. Also, when I looked up the lift kit on the rough country website, there were only 2" and 3", not a 2.5". I don't want to spend any more than $500 on this one project and am willing up put in some time if I need to. I'm just thinking it may be safer to get someone who has some experience to do it? I've also looked at a lot of lift kits online and some have shocks and suspension and could and some are called "leveling kits." Is one better than the other? And do they have different effects on the Jeep? Oh forgot to mention- the main purpose of the lift would be just to bulk it up a bit and allow for a bit more clearance from the ground to simply drive around off-road. I'm not into mudding or rock crawling (yet), so I don't really need anything way too aggressive.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:05 AM   #10
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I don't have any personal experience with their products but Rough Country has somewhat of a poor reputation. They start to sag, ride too rough, start to rattle/squeak after a while, etc. If you only want a couple inches then research doing a "budget boost" which is simply some spacers placed beneath your coil springs. It's an easy install and they're cheap. (under $100) Just do a bit more reading and see if it would work for you. My $.02
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:58 AM   #11
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Your better off waiting to buy a quality lift than getting a budget setup. 31"tires and a 1.25" body lift is the cheapest way to get a little bit more of a macho look without spending big $$.

Budget boost lifts (spring spacers) are a cheap way to get a couple of inches of suspension lift
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:14 AM   #12
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Just looked all over the place at budget lifts/suspension boosts and they don't look bad for a few hundred $$$. The only thing about doing a body lift and 31" tires is that the tires are going to run me $500-$800 it looks like. Would a body lift still be the best if I wanted to leave the stock tires on? Or would the budget lift be better for that?
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:40 AM   #13
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If you are leaving stock tires then there is no point in any lift.

FYI 31's will fit without a lift and on the stock wheels.
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Just looked all over the place at budget lifts/suspension boosts and they don't look bad for a few hundred $$$. The only thing about doing a body lift and 31" tires is that the tires are going to run me $500-$800 it looks like. Would a body lift still be the best if I wanted to leave the stock tires on? Or would the budget lift be better for that?
I'd do the body lift first, then get your 31s, and go wheelin... Then save up your money and get a quality lift kit.. If you ever sell your jeep, knowledgeable buyers will walk away from it with a cheap lift under it.. In the meantime it will be better for you and your jeep.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:18 AM   #15
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I'd save up for a quality lift. I wasted money on a spacer lift, and now I have 2" BDS springs and OME shocks. If you want 31" tires, you don't need a lift.
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:30 AM   #16
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I just put on 32" tires and installed a 2" BDS suspension lift. Added some Bushwacker fender flares as well. The BDS lift was not hard to install. Took my nephew and I about 4 hours to complete. Made a huge difference in the appearance of my '06 TJ. The ride is much better as well. Now, I do not do any aggressive wheeling. My TJ is primarily used for ranching and hunting. So far, I am very pleased with the upgrades. Take your time reading up on all the options available, and most of all, enjoy your Jeep.

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I'd do the body lift first, then get your 31s, and go wheelin... Then save up your money and get a quality lift kit.. If you ever sell your jeep, knowledgeable buyers will walk away from it with a cheap lift under it.. In the meantime it will be better for you and your jeep.
X2...If you go with a 1-1.25" body lift first, as you get more into wheeling (if you do) you will find that as you build and are looking for more clearance by doing a tummy tuck, that the body lift will already be done. It's not something you have to tear out to replace with something else. And it will have an immediate effect as far as lift goes.

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