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Old 05-21-2009, 11:46 PM   #1
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Is it to late to Lift??

I am buying a 1987 wrangler with 168,000 miles, do you think its to late to lift her without causing more problems?

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Old 05-21-2009, 11:53 PM   #2
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um... no

a lift isnt going to cause problems, the miles haven't already caused
like worn ball joints, Ujoints and such...

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Old 05-21-2009, 11:58 PM   #3
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ok thanks someone had said that to me and i def. wanted a 2nd opinion.
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Old 05-22-2009, 01:10 AM   #4
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Depending on how much lift and what springs you use it might even ride better. If those springs have been in there for 160k then I'm sure they are pretty worn out.
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Check the frame for rust, before buying it.

The area around the steering box, & the rear frame rails are the usual suspects.

Body mounts can be replaced, (ask me how, before turning any bolts) but the frame should be sound.
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it's really never too late to lift. i am hoping to lift my 1983 cj7 this summer.
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:11 AM   #7
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i wouldn't mess with a body lift.

but a suspension lift will probably improve the ride with the new parts as jack said
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i wouldn't mess with a body lift.

but a suspension lift will probably improve the ride with the new parts as jack said
I also say stay away from the bodylift but replacing the body mount bushings couldn't hurt. I got my Daystar kit from a local 4x4 shop for $40. Considering how smashed the old ones were I would say I picked up almost an inch and I didn't even want to.
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Check the frame for rust, before buying it.

The area around the steering box, & the rear frame rails are the usual suspects.

Body mounts can be replaced, (ask me how, before turning any bolts) but the frame should be sound.
I did. the last few wranglers i looked at the frame was rotted. this one there was virtually no rust thats one of the reasons i bought it. the frame is in great shape and it runs good and looks good.
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Old 05-23-2009, 10:32 AM   #10
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yeah i was thinking of maybee doing a 4 inch suspension lift i dont really like the body lifts to much anyway.
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An inch of body lift helps facilitate easy cleaning after a day in the dirt, and does not affect driveline or steering angles. Dont forget to never seize the bolts when you put them back on.
Start soaking every nut and bolt on the frame now with PB blaster or such to give yourself a helping hand when the wrench time comes. My 87 seemed to fight me every turn of the wrench.

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