Skyjaker lift kit 4" for 98TJ Good? - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 04-09-2013, 06:53 PM   #1
Jeeper
 
Lickfld's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 38
I have a 98 TJ and am thinking about instaling the :
Skyjacker 4" Economy Lift Kit with Hydro Shocks
Its for on road and off road use.. Opiniones??? Also how mutch would i pay for the installation, whats a good price? Please help im new in jeep world and want to start good!!
http://www.quadratec.com/products/16117_190_07.htm

Lickfld is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-09-2013, 06:59 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
Dextreme's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Oregon City, OR
Posts: 3,546
Images: 1
In that some price range, check out Zone Offroad...way better customer satisfaction.

4 Results for: Suspension Lifts Jeep TJ Wrangler | Ruggedly engineered suspensions from Zone Offroad


Lifts are pretty easy to install will basic handtools about about 8-10 hours of time. Shops charge about $500-$800 labor to install.

__________________
'99 Chilli Pepper TJ Wrangler "Mistress"
33x12.5 DuraTracs
Zone 4.25"
Dextreme is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-09-2013, 07:20 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
Lickfld's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dextreme View Post
In that some price range, check out Zone Offroad...way better customer satisfaction.

4 Results for: Suspension Lifts Jeep TJ Wrangler | Ruggedly engineered suspensions from Zone Offroad

Lifts are pretty easy to install will basic handtools about about 8-10 hours of time. Shops charge about $500-$800 labor to install.
Well i don't have any experience in installing the kit is it that easy? You think its a mutch better deal and satisfaction if i go with the :
http://zoneoffroad.com/product?ki=451&gr=-1
Don't forgget its for on and off road use! Thank you for the help!
Lickfld is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-09-2013, 07:26 PM   #4
Jeeper
 
Dextreme's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Oregon City, OR
Posts: 3,546
Images: 1
That is the kit I have. My TJ is a daily driver with occasional offroading and sand duning. The kit is a good value, quality and ride....plus no skid drop.
__________________
'99 Chilli Pepper TJ Wrangler "Mistress"
33x12.5 DuraTracs
Zone 4.25"
Dextreme is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-09-2013, 07:38 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
Lickfld's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dextreme View Post
That is the kit I have. My TJ is a daily driver with occasional offroading and sand duning. The kit is a good value, quality and ride....plus no skid drop.
Ok, sounds good i think im gonna get this one!
One more thing do you think i should get the steering stabelizer too? http://zoneoffroad.com/product?ki=383&gr=1
Lickfld is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-09-2013, 07:46 PM   #6
Jeeper
 
Big Cole's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Lafayette Hill, PA
Posts: 1,641
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lickfld View Post

Ok, sounds good i think im gonna get this one!
One more thing do you think i should get the steering stabelizer too? http://zoneoffroad.com/product?ki=383&gr=1
Is there a problem with the stabilized currently on your rig? If not then I wouldn't bother installing a new one.
Big Cole is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-09-2013, 07:55 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
Lickfld's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by Big Cole View Post

Is there a problem with the stabilized currently on your rig? If not then I wouldn't bother installing a new one.
Well no i was just wondering if it was a big difference.. Im gonna keep it like this and 2morrow gonna buy the 4.25"
I still have to find out how to install it btw does anybody know good garage in miami? Thanks you all really aprx it!!!
Lickfld is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-09-2013, 08:59 PM   #8
Jeeper
 
Dextreme's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Oregon City, OR
Posts: 3,546
Images: 1
Download the install instructions and see if you can take it on...its pretty fun and rewarding to install.
__________________
'99 Chilli Pepper TJ Wrangler "Mistress"
33x12.5 DuraTracs
Zone 4.25"
Dextreme is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-09-2013, 09:45 PM   #9
Jeeper
 
Jeffreybomb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Chicago
Posts: 703
Images: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dextreme View Post
Shops charge about $500-$800 labor to install.
The upper range price includes such instances as when bolts are seized and impossible to pull off with basic hand tools. In which case, I'd rather not have it pulled halfway off only to find I've gotta have it towed.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dextreme View Post
Download the install instructions and see if you can take it on.
x2 on Dex's advice. Personally, I didn't have time to pull it all apart and do it myself, nor did I feel comfortable driving down the road not knowing if a wheel was going to fly off. I'm on my first TJ, too, so I decided to have it done professionally.

Aside from that, I didn't want to spend even more money on one of the most expensive Jeep mods because I screwed something up. $500 - $800 for installation is a lot easier to swallow than re-spending to replace wrecked parts. That my professional mechanic was doing it definitely gave me peace of mind.

I'm not saying installing a lift is utterly impossible to do, but it is more involved than some folks would lead you to believe.

If there's anything I've learned by wrenching on my TJ, it's that instructions are more like guidelines and your TJ will almost always throw you a curveball.
__________________
Search first, ask questions later.
Jeffreybomb is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-10-2013, 10:48 AM   #10
Jeeper
 
Lickfld's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeffreybomb View Post

The upper range price includes such instances as when bolts are seized and impossible to pull off with basic hand tools. In which case, I'd rather not have it pulled halfway off only to find I've gotta have it towed.

x2 on Dex's advice. Personally, I didn't have time to pull it all apart and do it myself, nor did I feel comfortable driving down the road not knowing if a wheel was going to fly off. I'm on my first TJ, too, so I decided to have it done professionally.

Aside from that, I didn't want to spend even more money on one of the most expensive Jeep mods because I screwed something up. $500 - $800 for installation is a lot easier to swallow than re-spending to replace wrecked parts. That my professional mechanic was doing it definitely gave me peace of mind.

I'm not saying installing a lift is utterly impossible to do, but it is more involved than some folks would lead you to believe.

If there's anything I've learned by wrenching on my TJ, it's that instructions are more like guidelines and your TJ will almost always throw you a curveball.
I have decided to send it to a professional i dont want to lose a weel and end up with no tj at all haha well im gonna get the zone 4.25" combo lift kit can i get the 1.5" sapacer kit to go with it? What is the best sapacer kit in your opinion?? And would it make a big diference to get a steering stabalizer? Thankss
Lickfld is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-10-2013, 11:28 AM   #11
Jeeper
 
Dextreme's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Oregon City, OR
Posts: 3,546
Images: 1
Only do an extra spacer for the front if you have heavy bumper/winch...then a 1/2-3/4" spacer for the front is fine.

But you will have problems if you stack a 1.5-2" BB spacer on a 3" spring...Coil bind, driveline vibrations. axles will offset, stock control arm too short. etc.

Just stick with the 4.25" combo kit as is. I would recommend the standard hydro shocks and then choose between the standard links or the quickdiscos.

The steering stablizer is up to you, but I am still running the stock one.
__________________
'99 Chilli Pepper TJ Wrangler "Mistress"
33x12.5 DuraTracs
Zone 4.25"
Dextreme is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-10-2013, 01:42 PM   #12
Jeeper
 
Lickfld's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dextreme View Post
Only do an extra spacer for the front if you have heavy bumper/winch...then a 1/2-3/4" spacer for the front is fine.

But you will have problems if you stack a 1.5-2" BB spacer on a 3" spring...Coil bind, driveline vibrations. axles will offset, stock control arm too short. etc.

Just stick with the 4.25" combo kit as is. I would recommend the standard hydro shocks and then choose between the standard links or the quickdiscos.

The steering stablizer is up to you, but I am still running the stock one.
Thanks a bunch!! I will go with the 4.25" lift . Maybe the stablizer its not that mutch and my stock on is a little used already. Know any good garage in miami to go?
Lickfld is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-10-2013, 01:50 PM   #13
Newb
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: La Crosse, WI
Posts: 4
Skyjacker lift kit

I have a skyjacker lift on my 97 and it has been great. Mine is the old style with heim joints. I will tell you my experience with their customer service has been less than good. I have to replace a couple of the ends because they are just worn out which is fine but because of the service I have received I am changing the control arms to a different brand. It seems with the options available that you can find as good of performance somewhere that is appreciative of the business.

Lift kit = good value and performance
Customer service = disapointing
dluv is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-10-2013, 05:02 PM   #14
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
Water Dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Roseville, CA
Posts: 5,252
Images: 11
I've had a 4" Skyjacker lift on my 99 for about a year and a half without issues. I use it both daily and to wheel. But I did recently ditch the the tc drop in favor of an SYE and am slowly replacing the skyjacker stuff with Currie. The Skyjacker IMHO isn't as terrible as some make it out to be, but you get the quality you pay for, so naturally the good stuff is a lot better.
__________________
Dennis
Water Dog is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-10-2013, 05:08 PM   #15
Knows a couple things...

WF Supporting Member
 
Jerry Bransford's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Escondido, Calif.
Posts: 31,803
Images: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lickfld View Post
Thanks a bunch!! I will go with the 4.25" lift . Maybe the stablizer its not that mutch and my stock on is a little used already. Know any good garage in miami to go?
Include the cost of buying & installing a SYE kit and CV driveshaft. That much suspension lift needs it, a simple t-case drop isn't enough to halt the driveshaft u-joint vibrations that much lift will cause.
__________________
Remember that having a different opinion doesn't also require one to be a jerk when expressing it.

When you have a choice, buy American.

Jerry Bransford is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-10-2013, 05:18 PM   #16
Jeeper
 
wesley.vienneau's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: in my jeep in bathurst new brunswick canada
Posts: 62
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lickfld View Post
I have a 98 TJ and am thinking about instaling the :
Skyjacker 4" Economy Lift Kit with Hydro Shocks
Its for on road and off road use.. Opiniones??? Also how mutch would i pay for the installation, whats a good price? Please help im new in jeep world and want to start good!!
Skyjacker 4" Economy Lift Kit with Hydro Shocks for 97-02 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec
i got the 4 inch sky jacker bud and its more of a job then what every one says u got to drop your transfer case 1inch and half as well to stop death woble and them polyurthan bushings garbeg get ruber insted u will have better handling i run 35s at 100mph no problem
__________________
jeep tj small 4 inch lift heder black rock rims set 35s km2s wheres the mud at
wesley.vienneau is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-10-2013, 07:45 PM   #17
Jeeper
 
Lickfld's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
Include the cost of buying & installing a SYE kit and CV driveshaft. That much suspension lift needs it, a simple t-case drop isn't enough to halt the driveshaft u-joint vibrations that much lift will cause.
Sorry im still new i didnt understand your post can you explain better like if im a 2 year old, sorry but didnt follow and seemed important!!!
Lickfld is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-10-2013, 09:42 PM   #18
Jeeper
 
wesley.vienneau's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: in my jeep in bathurst new brunswick canada
Posts: 62
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lickfld View Post

Sorry im still new i didnt understand your post can you explain better like if im a 2 year old, sorry but didnt follow and seemed important!!!
I don't know where he got cv shafts on a jeep and 4inch lift is a good lift sky jacker make good shocks there polyuratain bushings suck got to swich them for rubber they don't last long or u will b replacing them on any lift and u need to drop your tranfercase 1inch and half or more don't spend money on things for nothing u don't need to its tile and arror for a few days but well worth it some jeep my need a slip yoke alimator but not a big deal
__________________
jeep tj small 4 inch lift heder black rock rims set 35s km2s wheres the mud at
wesley.vienneau is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-10-2013, 10:09 PM   #19
Jeeper
 
Dextreme's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Oregon City, OR
Posts: 3,546
Images: 1
I think if I were the original poster, i'd be confused about now. LOL Anyways the 4.25" combo kit can be installed "as is" and should be no driveline vibrations...the MML takes care of the needed angles for 3" springs. If there is a tiny bit, then a few washers as spacers will take out the rest.

But yes a SYE/CV is a thing to eventually plan for, but not needed right now to run the Zone kit successfully.
__________________
'99 Chilli Pepper TJ Wrangler "Mistress"
33x12.5 DuraTracs
Zone 4.25"
Dextreme is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-11-2013, 05:54 AM   #20
Jeeper
 
jcoon10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 88
Quote:
Originally Posted by wesley.vienneau View Post

i got the 4 inch sky jacker bud and its more of a job then what every one says u got to drop your transfer case 1inch and half as well to stop death woble and them polyurthan bushings garbeg get ruber insted u will have better handling i run 35s at 100mph no problem
WESLEY - You're crazy for doin 100 mph on 35s and a 4" lift!!! But hey, u do what u want.

OP - I was in your boat a while ago about what budget friendly brand susp lift to buy. I wound up going with the Zone 4" susp lift. Had it done by a shop for a reasonable fee. I am running 33x12.5 tires. What I learned on this forum prior to buying was that if u r gonna go 35s u need to upgrade a lot more on the susp kit and even possibly upgrade to the Dana 44 axles. So for now I went with the 33s and am very happy with the ride and kit so far.

Good luck with your choice.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-406814268.jpg
Views:	57
Size:	132.3 KB
ID:	234745  
jcoon10 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-11-2013, 06:04 AM   #21
Wild Willys!

WF Supporting Member
 
All Terrain JK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: MI
Posts: 1,439
OP I will give you my first hand experience with a Skyjacker 4" lift. I am almost finished replacing my Skyjacker with all Savvy/Currie components. The lift was on my TJ when I purchased it and I drove it for two years this way. The reasons for replacement:
1. Fixed lower control arms with polyurethane bushings=very little flex.
2. 1.5" tcase drop and I still had drive line vibrations.
3. Skyjacker front trac bar hit differential cover with very little up-travel.
4. Skyjacker hydro shocks=lumber wagon.
5. Most importantly, Skyjacker front trac bar brackets and drop pitman arm were down right scary. The Jeep wandered and bump steer was terrible. Had two laser alignments and still all over the road.

That is my experience with and reasons for removing a Skyjacker 4" lift.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	ForumRunner_20130411_070200.jpg
Views:	64
Size:	200.7 KB
ID:	234746  
__________________
Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads!
Frame off TJ restore project
All Terrain JK is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-11-2013, 08:35 PM   #22
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
PedroJr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: NC
Posts: 360
Images: 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by jcoon10 View Post
WESLEY - You're crazy for doin 100 mph on 35s and a 4" lift!!! But hey, u do what u want.

OP - I was in your boat a while ago about what budget friendly brand susp lift to buy. I wound up going with the Zone 4" susp lift. Had it done by a shop for a reasonable fee. I am running 33x12.5 tires. What I learned on this forum prior to buying was that if u r gonna go 35s u need to upgrade a lot more on the susp kit and even possibly upgrade to the Dana 44 axles. So for now I went with the 33s and am very happy with the ride and kit so far.

Good luck with your choice.
very nice rig u got there! im thinking that i might go with the 4" kit too, but im also gonna upgrade my rear end with the 8.8 to add 35's later, for now I'm running 33x10.50x15 on stock suspection
PedroJr is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-11-2013, 08:36 PM   #23
Jeeper
 
Lickfld's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 38
Hey guys so just for the record i have decided and going to put on the zone 4" suspension kit with new control arms and go for the hydro upgrade and a steering stablizer as well. After so many good replys to my post and some research im pretty sure this is the best for me!!! i called rocco4x4 here in miami and they were awsome and gave me much better prices for other stuff i need and seem their way on jeeps
Lickfld is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-12-2013, 01:33 AM   #24
Jeeper
 
n00g7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Northern VT // Western Wisconsin
Posts: 1,705
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lickfld View Post
Hey guys so just for the record i have decided and going to put on the zone 4" suspension kit with new control arms and go for the hydro upgrade and a steering stablizer as well. After so many good replys to my post and some research im pretty sure this is the best for me!!! i called rocco4x4 here in miami and they were awsome and gave me much better prices for other stuff i need and seem their way on jeeps

Good choice, you'll like it. FWIW I have a similar lift on 31 ATs and it's pretty good on the highway, I have no issues at limiter (90mph).
n00g7 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-12-2013, 08:08 PM   #25
Moderator

WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
schnutzy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: ring side seats to the the country's largest circus
Posts: 28,183
Send a message via AIM to schnutzy
The BS stops now!
If any one really wants to start it back up again, I will happily send that person on a little vacation from the forum.
Lets get back to actually helping the OP.

__________________
clinging on to sanity, one motorcycle at a time.
schnutzy is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:07 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC