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Old 09-05-2012, 06:50 PM   #1
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To Lift or Not To Lift

Ok, so I am 2 weeks into my Jeep ownership (99 TJ with 118K) and after giving my TJ the twice over I have some clean up tasks to do.
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  1. Top removed - replaced with a Safari Top
  2. Oil Change - Check
  3. Tranny Fluid Change - Check
  4. Radiator Flush - to be done this weekend
  5. Power Steering Fluid Flush - Needed, don't trust myself with this one (is it needed)
  6. Blown out Steering Stabilizer - To be replaced this weekend
  7. Shocks look to be the original stock shocks - Need to replace

In your opinion what else should I check?
Also, I have never performed a lift, but since I need to replace all the shocks anyway, how much more work is it to add a lift (I have not decided between a 2" or 3.75"). Funds are running out quickly so cost is factor.

Thanks in advance for your input.

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Old 09-05-2012, 07:58 PM   #2
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Regarding what else to check- have you looked at the differentials? Might want to check the fluids there.

Lift is a pretty straight-forward install IMHO- I'd never done it before, but was able to do it in a (somewhat extended) evening.

Best of luck, & congrats on the Jeep purchase!

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Thanks Chilly, I will definitely take a look at the differentials. Although after all the vitriol I have read about the D35, I am a little afraid to touch it without a spare already purchased
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:20 PM   #4
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Talk to AOR about a lift from Zone...Either the combo 4.25" or 4" SL...he can get you a good price and they're straight forward like Chilly said. Drop the axles, replace the control arms (if you get the SL) and then replace the shocks and bolt it all back up and you're done
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:22 PM   #5
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Couple small things that I wish I had been smart enough to do when I purchased mine. Change the plugs, and run some seafoam through it. Made mine run much smoother after I finally did.

FWIW mine has 85k on it, and the seafoam helped incredibly with some spark knock i was getting. From what I have read, when using it tons of smoke= lots of carbon build up, Little to no smoke=clean motor. Which at the very least will give you a semi decent indication of the kind of life it lead prior to you.

One other thing is kind of a preemptive strike, take the cowl panel of in front of the windshield, and take a coat hanger or something similar, and make sure the drain is clean that is in the center. If its not you end up with water inside on the floor. Better to make sure its good now, than deal with musty smelling interior later like I did.

Mine also was in sore need of headlights when I bought it, still had the factory ones in it and it was like driving with two candles on the front bumper.

And last, even in AZ, take some time and check the frame for rust, never know where it spent the first part of its life, and it better to catch it now rather than later.

Just some things to keep in mind. Other than that, drive it till it breaks
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:35 PM   #6
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Ok, so I am 2 weeks into my Jeep ownership (99 TJ with 118K) and after giving my TJ the twice over I have some clean up tasks to do.
[LIST]
  1. Top removed - replaced with a Safari Top
  2. Oil Change - Check
  3. Tranny Fluid Change - Check
  4. Radiator Flush - to be done this weekend
  5. Power Steering Fluid Flush - Needed, don't trust myself with this one (is it needed)
  6. Blown out Steering Stabilizer - To be replaced this weekend
  7. Shocks look to be the original stock shocks - Need to replace
In your opinion what else should I check?
Also, I have never performed a lift, but since I need to replace all the shocks anyway, how much more work is it to add a lift (I have not decided between a 2" or 3.75"). Funds are running out quickly so cost is factor.

Thanks in advance for your input.
also check diff and transmission breathers are there and are clear, put some on if they're not there and air cleaner filter and you say you've done oil change , what about oil filter
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Thanks WRNGLR -I will take a look at the breathers in the morning...oh and oil filter - check
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:20 PM   #8
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Willkarde, thanks for the reminder about the frame, actually forgot to include that on my list. Jeep is originally from Illinois so saw a of snow and salt. Overall it is good shape, but there is definitely some surface rust on the outside of the frame and some flaking happening on the inside as well. I have been trying to figure out how to clean the interior fo the Frame and have a couple ideas from the Forums to try out. Good Call.
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Talk to AOR about a lift from Zone...Either the combo 4.25" or 4" SL...he can get you a good price and they're straight forward like Chilly said. Drop the axles, replace the control arms (if you get the SL) and then replace the shocks and bolt it all back up and you're done
Thanks for pointing toward AOR, while I think I will avoid the 4" lift until I can swap out my D35 and up the gears (currently 3.73) I will definitely look to them for some of the other work I have to do and possibly a 2" lift for now.
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:50 PM   #10
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I haven't ventured into lifting at all, but I can tell from reading that if you lift it right, it will be expensive. If you lift it a lot, you will want bigger tires which will require a regear. If you're going to regear, you might as well replace the D35...you see where I'm going with this. Depending on how you're planning on using your Jeep and what kind of offroading you plan to do, you might not need to lift it at all. I read somewhere a post that asked which upgrades memebers had regretted most, the answer I liked the best was a guy who said "almost all of them" and was wishing for his fun and reliable jeep that just worked like he had in the beginning. Since you just got it, you might consider driving it a while before you move into drive train altering modifications. Just my .02, and congratulations on your Jeep!

Edit: after re-reading your last post I see you've already got that...sorry...and good thinking!

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