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Old 07-10-2011, 12:09 AM   #1
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TJ Lift kit advice

Hey guys I'm a newbie but I've been a jeep guy my whole life (the rest of the family are mustang people...) and I am just now upgrading everything on my TJ so i was going to ask, what lift kit would be best and most inexpensive? I am looking for a 3-4 inch lift but at the same time I don't exactly have a lot of money to spend... Any advice or tips is greatly appreciated!

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Old 07-10-2011, 01:29 AM   #2
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Hi I live in GA and just lifted my 02 TJ 4" for $900. I got a Rough Country lift kit for $500. That is what they are going for. I haven't took it off road yet but it does look great. And I have got many complements on it also.

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It really depends on what you want in a lift and what it's going to be used for . If you just want the look of a bit more lift you can get a 2" budget boost, new shocks and a 1" body lift with motor mount lift very cheap. This gives you the ability to upgrade later to a 2" ome spring which will give you a little more up travel then stock springs and also ride better. You can clear a 33" tire with this lift while maintaining a low center of gravity and not having the need for a transfer case drop, or sye with cv drive shaft that you really should do with a 4" lift.
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Uzzi what all did you have to buy that did not come with the kit? Do you have before analysis after pics
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Old 07-10-2011, 10:07 AM   #5
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Wow I just looked up that kit (Uzzi) and it is just what I am looking for! How much would it be to install though? I'm clueless with cars so I am NOT doing this on my own... :P

But I am looking for both looks and performance because my Jeep can barely clear anything and a Jeep looks weird to me without a lift kit
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There is a sticky at the top of this forum titled lift reviews. I would suggest you read it before going the rough country route.
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Old 07-10-2011, 04:25 PM   #7
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Teraflex 3" and assorted things you'll need (prices from last spring):
Kit # Parts Cost
1456330 coils (4) $1,019.00
rear links
rear trk brckt
Bumpstops
hardware
monster Lower (4)
Front Discos


Monster rear Upper (2) $256.00



1743022 Adj Fr Trck Bar $159.00


Bilstein 5100 $319.00

1513001 Strg Stablizer 9550 $39.00

$1,792.00
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I didn't buy any extras and I can put up to 35" tires.
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O Yeah I'll up load a pic soon I've been trying to mount my Hi Lift on my bumper.
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Looks are fine. The suggestions I made are based on a lot of advice and research (search Jim Allen and Christian Lee) for a DD with all round off trail capability. Already has rocker slide rails, Next up CB, Oil pan armor, 33" tires, locker, regear, 1" BL, TT, SYE, & 4:1 low conversion. All depends on where you wheel, your budget, & what performance you will enhance or sacrifice to achieve it.
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Labor in SOCAL ran $500-600 for install. Pretty consistent between ORW and 4WD. Local shops had better hourly rates but wouldn't firm anything up.
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Labor in SOCAL ran $500-600 for install. Pretty consistent between ORW and 4WD. Local shops had better hourly rates but wouldn't firm anything up.
The problem most shops are running into is that tjs are now 5-14 years old and bolts are starting to sieze/rust. A local 4wd shop told me that they can do standard pricing for jks but the tjs are now unpredictable from a labor standpoint.
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The problem most shops are running into is that tjs are now 5-14 years old and bolts are starting to sieze/rust. A local 4wd shop told me that they can do standard pricing for jks but the tjs are now unpredictable from a labor standpoint.
You need to find a new shop then because that is crazy. Im running Zones 4 inch and absolutely love the kits with nitro shocks.
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The problem most shops are running into is that tjs are now 5-14 years old and bolts are starting to sieze/rust. A local 4wd shop told me that they can do standard pricing for jks but the tjs are now unpredictable from a labor standpoint.
Which is why I do every mod myself.

as for a lift, read the lift thread as suggest. then look into zone, bds, ome, for quality.
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which is why i do every mod myself. .
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