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Old 02-21-2012, 03:41 PM   #1
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4x4 shops around Portland

Can anyone recommend a trust worthy shop around Portland that does lifts on Wranglers. I'm looking to get a 2.5" Tereflex on a 2012 4 door rubi.

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I installed my lift with the help of some friends. It's a great way to learn about your Jeep and how everything goes together. Might be an option? I would be willing to come out and lend a hand. Did you get the coil or spacer kit?

But if you are looking for a shop, I am sure some others will chime in with some good shops. I know Shewoolf likes Accessory Outfitters.

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Yes we have Accessory Outfitters do all our work. Oregonwolf hurt his back years ago and can't do all the stuff we use to. We found the guys at Accessory Outfitters to be knowledgeable and stand behind their work! They are in Aloha, not sure what part of town you are looking to go to. If it is East side I hear The Good Guys Auto Care & Performance Center do a good job too. and both shops the owners wheel their own rigs.
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:45 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info. My jeep is on order, should get it around 4/1. Then I'm going get the lift, right now I'm leaning to spacers. I want to have it installed by someone who knows what they're doing to avoid death wobble.
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Thanks for the info. My jeep is on order, should get it around 4/1. Then I'm going get the lift, right now I'm leaning to spacers. I want to have it installed by someone who knows what they're doing to avoid death wobble.
You can do it in your drive way and avoid death wobble issues. I prefer doing my own work so I know its done right.

To avoid death wobble you just loosen all the bolts to your control arms and track bars and you don't retorque them until you have it sitting with the full weight of the Jeep on it.
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:28 PM   #6
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I had a reputable shop do some work on my Jeep once, just because I didn't have the time to work on it. When I got it back it had developed a death wobble. I took it back to the shop and told them that I didn't have it before and now I have it. Fix it. They told me they couldn't find anything and that they re-torqued everything.

I got it back home and took it for a drive and guess what the wobble was still there. I started to look into it myself. On a JK the typical suspect is your track bar. Sure enough, my track bar bushing was shot and I had to order a replacement for it.

My guess is they didn't loosen the track bar bolts before working on the Jeep, or they re-torqued them while the Jeep was still on the lift. Needless to say, I won't be going back to them. I will do my own work, or find some friends with good experience before I trust another shop again.
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Thanks for the info. My jeep is on order, should get it around 4/1. Then I'm going get the lift, right now I'm leaning to spacers. I want to have it installed by someone who knows what they're doing to avoid death wobble.
just so you know Badger2012 is waiting on his jeep too :-) He should get his any day now.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:44 PM   #8
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Congrats on the new Jeep! There are a lot of shops around that can do your lift but doing it yourself has its own rewards. Mods are addictive! I did my lift in my carport. I enjoyed almost every minute of it! I don't trust anyone with my baby.. Good learning experience!

When you are ready to install it, post it here and I bet you would have at least a half dozen people beating down your door begging to help you! Count me as one of them!

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Old 02-22-2012, 09:53 AM   #9
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Congrats on the new Jeep! There are a lot of shops around that can do your lift but doing it yourself has its own rewards. Mods are addictive! I did my lift in my carport. I enjoyed almost every minute of it! I don't trust anyone with my baby.. Good learning experience!

When you are ready to install it, post it here and I bet you would have at least a half dozen people beating down your door begging to help you! Count me as one of them!

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I just saw Cold's lift the other weekend! He did a great job on it. So, we got 2 for a lift party. LOL!
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I'd be happy to lend a hand too! Or give moral support. lol
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I'd be happy to lend a hand too! Or give moral support. lol
I don't know...you gave me negative karma!
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I don't know...you gave me negative karma!
LOL! I just hinted that I might have possibly momentarily considered deducting some karma. I would never actually do such a thing! Sheesh!
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:36 PM   #13
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I would look into Jeep West out by the state line. They have not done any work for me (yet) but every time I talk to them they seem very knowledgeable and their shop is SUPER clean.
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The Top three mistakes that Jeep owners make.

1) They make decisions to quickly.
2) They do not understand the full effects of any modifications they do.
3) Do not sacrifice quality for cost.

I encourage and teach Jeep owners to learn how to wheel off road with finesse. The Jeep owner needs to understand, throttle control, their vehicles capabilities, how to adjust their tire pressures with the amount of weight they are carrying on each tire or axle, how articulation works and how to increase it, and most importantly, understand grip for the conditions your driving on and how to improve grip. Drive for a year and learn the above. Then decide what modifications you would like to do.

There are many 4x4 shops out there for the consumer to pick from. Everyone has an opinion and everyone has had good and bad experiences. As a consumer it is up to you to find a shop that you can work with and have a good report with. It is your reasonability to ASK many questions before you have work done or modifications done to your wrangler. Make sure you fully understand what work is going to be done, and that it meets your expectations. Any time you have modifications done to your vehicle make sure YOU fully understand the full effects of any modifications you have done and how it will affect your drivability and handling.

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Those are three really good points. I think planning out what you really want is the key to being happy with your build. Especially if you are on a budget and want to do it in stages.
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Those are three really good points. I think planning out what you really want is the key to being happy with your build. Especially if you are on a budget and want to do it in stages.
Yes , I have seen to many decisions made on the spur of the moment. We get into the " I have to have it now" mode. Been there done that, myself.
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I've heard nothing but great things about Accessory Outfitters and for a short turnkey lift install, the straight forward installation shouldn't pose any issues.

That stated, there are a lot of knowledgeable Jeepers in our community who are willing to lend a hand and knowledge . At most, it could cost you a pizza and some beer . The value of installing your lift yourself, is you get to know your suspension and how it ties into your Jeep. Additionally, you have the comfort of knowing it was done right.

If this is your first Jeep, it may be to your benefit to lend some thought to n2jeepn's points. A Jeep is very capable, straight out of the factory. Wheeling your Jeep stock, allows you to learn how to use finesse and how to properly read a line or course. I've wheeled my Jeep for 8 years stock and I actually had so much fun. With a built Jeep, obstacles become easier to transverse and the fun factor somewhat decreases and a higher degree of trail difficulty is sought. Harder trails usually will cause damage... Ands that's when the Jeep starts to wheel into the money pit .

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