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Old 02-13-2014, 09:50 PM   #1
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this is my jeep and..

I am trying to prioritize my modifications I would like to do, which leads to a few questions.
I would love to lift it first off, but what I think are my original springs seem to be in good shape. I have read here quite a few times their springs are flat. Anyone know how high stock springs should hold your jeep up and where to measure it?


Anyone ever worry about CG when lifting and regret lifting too much?


I think I would rather spend on accessories, such as recovery gear and lighting. Maybe new tires. Just trying to decide.
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:02 PM   #2
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Lifting does no good without bigger tires as far as off road capability. Going off road is no fun without testing your rig. If you test your rig you may get stuck. If you get stuck then you will need recovery gear.
A little bit of logic for you. Lol.
So I would get recovery gear; then i would lift it and toss on bigger tires around the same time.
That's what I would do, but it's your rig.

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lifting does no good without bigger tires as far as off road capability. Going off road is no fun without testing your rig. If you test your rig you may get stuck. If you get stuck then you will need recovery gear.
A little bit of logic for you. Lol.
So i would get recovery gear; then i would lift it and toss on bigger tires around the same time.
That's what i would do, but it's your rig.
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Old 02-13-2014, 11:25 PM   #4
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A stock YJ on stock tires (215/75/15) has a stock measurement of 18". Which is measured at the bottom of the body in the center of the driver's door. Not the bottom of your plastic steps, the bottom of the actual body itself.

The only time your CG would be a factor with a lift, is if you were running say stock tires with a 4" suspension lift. The footprint of a stock tire is smaller than a larger tire, so therefore the CG will be much higher.

As far as recovery gear goes, its a great idea, I have a 12,000lb winch on the front of mine. But if you are new to the game of 4 wheeling, then the best recovery gear is to never go alone. Even with a winch, it doesn't mean that you are going to get out of whatever got you stuck. Like a mud hole in the middle of a field, you get stuck with nothing to hook the winch to. Sure there are ways to get out, and everybody has a different idea, but if you have another vehicle with you would help a lot more than any winch on the market.
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Old 02-14-2014, 12:14 AM   #5
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I bought 35" thornbirds and a four in lift I'm putting the doing on top of the axles dose anyone think the tires will fit
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Old 02-14-2014, 12:39 AM   #6
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Lifting does no good without bigger tires as far as off road capability. Going off road is no fun without testing your rig. If you test your rig you may get stuck. If you get stuck then you will need recovery gear. A little bit of logic for you. Lol. So I would get recovery gear; then i would lift it and toss on bigger tires around the same time. That's what I would do, but it's your rig.
Sounds like one of those direct TV commercials .......LOL!
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Old 02-15-2014, 03:00 AM   #7
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Take your Track Bars off then fit some quick disconnects to your swaybar, then go have fun. No need to modify it and get stupid crazy, they're amazingly capable in stock form:



My Wrangler had a 1" shackle lift, stock leafs, stock shocks, no track bars, swaybar disconnected, open diffs, 235/75/15 tires. If I flexed any more, the brake lines would snap. Plenty capable offroad.
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Old 02-16-2014, 01:59 AM   #8
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Yeah these jeeps do very well off road from what I have seen. I don't want to lose my stock spring ride quality. I took the measurements and it's at 18 inches off the ground
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I replaced the radiator and power steering pressure line today. I also went ahead and bought new shocks. Next will be recovery gear, maybe a winch, then tires and lighting.
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I bought 35" thornbirds and a four in lift I'm putting the doing on top of the axles dose anyone think the tires will fit
4" and SOA? You could fit 38's or more with that much lift. With some fender trimming you can fit the 35' with just the 4" lift.

Anyway, back to Skysail's thread. I think you are off to the right track with some recovery gear and some maintenance. Get to learn your Jeep and figure out how far you want to take it.
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:43 PM   #11
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Make it a sleeper, keep it stock height, stock tires and lockers front and rear and good protection underneath...ditch the and f and r track bars and get a sway bar disconnect...Then get recovery gear and a winch.

Ever see what the old Willys would do....they didn't run large tires and lifts..
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:20 AM   #12
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This is my current setup stock springs , 1" lift boomerang shackles on all 4 corners , TJ flares and 33x10.50 with rear corner armor and sliders I also trimmed the fenders so it does not rub.

I will be adding my lift springs one day this week.
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:16 PM   #13
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Make it a sleeper, keep it stock height, stock tires and lockers front and rear and good protection underneath...ditch the and f and r track bars and get a sway bar disconnect...Then get recovery gear and a winch.

Ever see what the old Willys would do....they didn't run large tires and lifts..
Yup prolly gonna stick to that route.
Dumb question here, one of my front bump stops fell off a few days ago, it was rotted and the roads are so bad in some spots it was knocked off, do people remove them for better off-road capability, or order new ones?
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Old 02-20-2014, 02:32 PM   #14
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I used to work at a dealership and was washing my Jeep one day and our detail guy says that if I wash my Jeep it would fall apart. As soon as he said that one of my front bump stops fell off.

Anywho...a lot of guys run without them, myself included for many years. They are there for a reason. They stop the travel of the axle before the shock bottoms out and also reduce stress on the spring.

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