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Old 10-14-2012, 09:45 AM   #121
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I know it doesn't look like much but I have almost no rubbing issues when I flex now!!
Are these 33s?

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Old 10-14-2012, 10:54 AM   #122
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Nope!! 35x12.50s!!!

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Nope!! 35x12.50s!!!
It looks great...what other lift do you have? Or did it fit with the spacers and the flat flares?

I found some 2" spacers that are being shipped and an looking for some flat flares. I currently have 31s and was going to bump to 33s. Not ready to do diff work yet. Body armor will be next.
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:18 PM   #124
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Thanks!! I have a 1.25bl with a 1mml. I didn't really need the two inch spacers until I added the bumpers, spare tire, and all my trail stuff. I don't think you'd need any lift for 33's with metalcloaks!!
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:14 PM   #125
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Like I said earlier... LOVE the armor.... I priced out the highlines, sliders, full corners and 6" flares for around $2000... LOVE IT!!!!!!
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:34 PM   #126
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Thanks!! I love them!! Definitely worth the money!
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:16 AM   #127
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Thanks!! I love them!! Definitely worth the money!
For sure... Metalcloaks are sexy!
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:28 PM   #128
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Thanks to TnDz TJ for sharing installation write-up and all the contributors sharing experiences/comments on the topic of budget boost.

Before the snow settles on the roads, I'd like to replace worn 7-year-old stock shocks on my daily driver. I figure sneaking in a budget boost under the guise of "vehicle repair" isn't likely to raise the wife's suspicions that I'm daring to spend my hard-earned money on self-recreation since we certainly can't have any of that nonsense. ;-)

I'm trying to weigh the chance I'll need one or more of the items below after spending minimum amount on spacers and shocks versus dropping more cash upfront to get a more inclusive lift kit.

Other than the variable of drive line vibration requiring a transfer case drop and/or motor mount lift, did anyone find it necessary to buy any of the following after installing just the spring spacers?

Extended front and/or rear sway bar links?

Install cam bolts to front lower control arms or replace stock lower front control arms with longer or adjustable front lower control arms?

Front and/or rear adjustable stabilizer bars?

Get a professional wheel alignment?
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:48 PM   #129
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I just did my 2" BB about 2 weeks ago using the exact method described in this thread. Very easy and very quick. Just a note to disconnect the front sway bar endlinks from the bottom, not the top (not the ball joint), as it's much more of a pain in the ass to remove the ball-joint, and reseat them without air tools.

For what it's worth, I did not do any t-case drop or MM lift, and while I didn't feel any driveline vibes, not only two weeks in I get a slight 'clicking' when coming to a stop from a very slow speed. I suspect it's the driveshaft u-joint clicking, due to the angle, but I haven't investigated yet. As such, I would highly suggest doing either the t-case drop (easiest and cheapest, but you do give up break-angle [only really matters if doing pretty nutty off-roading]) or the MM lift. Otherwise, spring for the extra $$ and just get the SYE, which (IMO) is really the best way to do it.

I did this 2" BB only and clear 33's with no problem. No rubbing at all, but I have not yet tried to disco the sways and go full flex. I'm sure I'd rub pretty badly if I did.


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Thanks to TnDz TJ for sharing installation write-up and all the contributors sharing experiences/comments on the topic of budget boost.

Before the snow settles on the roads, I'd like to replace worn 7-year-old stock shocks on my daily driver. I figure sneaking in a budget boost under the guise of "vehicle repair" isn't likely to raise the wife's suspicions that I'm daring to spend my hard-earned money on self-recreation since we certainly can't have any of that nonsense. ;-)

I'm trying to weigh the chance I'll need one or more of the items below after spending minimum amount on spacers and shocks versus dropping more cash upfront to get a more inclusive lift kit.

Other than the variable of drive line vibration requiring a transfer case drop and/or motor mount lift, did anyone find it necessary to buy any of the following after installing just the spring spacers?

Extended front and/or rear sway bar links?
Not needed.

Install cam bolts to front lower control arms or replace stock lower front control arms with longer or adjustable front lower control arms?
I did not need these either.

Front and/or rear adjustable stabilizer bars?
I did not need these either.

Get a professional wheel alignment?
I personally would always suggest getting an alignment after screwing with any of the suspension geometry. It's a cheap insurance policy to protect your suspension bits and tires from premature wear.
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I am definitely not an expert but I'll give you my first hand experience. I was told by numerous people that I should just put in the spacers and not even bother with shocks yet. I'm not easy on my rig and I have yet to see any adverse effects because of this. Cam bolts are not needed on our jeep. As far as any other parts, I did not need them. I just put on the lift and wheeled. The alignment was still good on my jeep even!!
But like I said I'm no expert but I've done the lift and these are my observations.



Proof it works!! Haha
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:51 PM   #131
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I did a 1.75 inch BB and didn't do any of those extras... I even kept stock shocks
And you can align the Jeep in your driveway in about 30 minutes, the only thing adjustable is the toe

http://www.4x4xplor.com/alignment.html
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:51 AM   #132
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Going to do this lift today. Wish me luck.
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Install went fairly well. The only problems were the bolts holding the bump stops had severe corrosion. Ended up destroying the threads in the spring perch. I put a new bolt with a nut on each corner.
These directions were great and despite the problem, it only took two hours.
I think it looks great. One more successful mod. The future has a body lift with a motor mount lift, a SYE and a tummy tuck....33s....Dana 44....regear....lockers....does it ever stop. It's all fun!
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:32 PM   #134
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Install went fairly well. The only problems were the bolts holding the bump stops had severe corrosion. Ended up destroying the threads in the spring perch. I put a new bolt with a nut on each corner.
These directions were great and despite the problem, it only took two hours.
I think it looks great. One more successful mod. The future has a body lift with a motor mount lift, a SYE and a tummy tuck....33s....Dana 44....regear....lockers....does it ever stop. It's all fun!
What size tire are you running in this picture,?
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:34 PM   #135
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:27 AM   #136
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Looks great!
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:30 AM   #137
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Thanks. I was surprised the difference 2 inches made.

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Old 11-19-2012, 09:43 AM   #138
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Looks good man. You need to bedline those fender flares!
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:52 AM   #139
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Yes I know. It was not a high priority this summer. Now it's not a good idea at sub zero temps. I am also considering flat flares, but can't find a set I would be willing to spend the money on. I need a 7" flare to cover the tire. As you can see from the pic the tires stick out and it doesn't take much to ruin a wash job.
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This thread is really helpful. I'm looking at the Rubicon Express 2" BB with shocks. Selection over here is pretty limited but the RE kit is fairly well recommended. How likely are driveline vibes? It seems to be down to luck, but I just want a feel for the odds!
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:23 AM   #141
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This thread is really helpful. I'm looking at the Rubicon Express 2" BB with shocks. Selection over here is pretty limited but the RE kit is fairly well recommended. How likely are driveline vibes? It seems to be down to luck, but I just want a feel for the odds!
Not sure about the vibes. I take a company pick up back and forth to work for half my shift. I'll find out tomorrow night on the way home if there are any.
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:57 PM   #142
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Been driving it for 4 days now. No vibes.
Wife thinks I crazy, harder to get into. Guess it's time for some rock sliders with steps.
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:13 PM   #143
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doing this lift right now. a little rust in the face and grease all going good
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:45 AM   #144
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doing this lift right now. a little rust in the face and grease all going good
How did you make out? Pics?
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Hmmmm... 'someone' ( Jeepsrgreat ) needs to update their avatar...lol

I'm glad to see so many have benefited from this thread.....
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Hmmmm... 'someone' ( Jeepsrgreat ) needs to update their avatar...lol

I'm glad to see so many have benefited from this thread.....
Lol.....I'll see what I can do
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:44 AM   #147
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Been driving it for 4 days now. No vibes.
You were lucky. I had major vibes and had to do a TC drop.
Just did a 1' BL and ML and was able to do away with the TC drop. I am also replacing the BB with 2" BDS springs and will still be using this install method.
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:18 PM   #148
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nice idea with the ramps!
Im getting ready to swap my front springs. I was thinking I would jack the whole front up pull the wheels off, with the front held up with jack stands on the frame, use my smaller jack to raise each side individually to do something similar.

Did you have to loosen up the steering assembly at all? getting springs off in the junkyard was a serious pain.. but it was IN the junkyard
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No steering assembly needed.

My BDS springs went on this way without a spring compressor.
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Almost have the G friend convinced to do this,
Heh. I've almost convinced my husband to let me do this to mine. It needs new shocks and tires anyways. I was thinking some 2" coil spring spacers and bilstein shocks.

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