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Old 02-04-2014, 07:35 PM   #1
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My front end needs lift due to plow?? Help

Hello - I'm new to the forum (and Jeep ownership). I just purchased a 2005 Wrangler X with a Boss 7 foot plow. Its is great shape, but id like to lift up the front a a bit to level out the rig. I've looked on the net and would like some members opinions on my 3 options.... Timbren products (not sure if th actually raise the vehicle?), front air bags (which definately will raise the vehicle), or a 2" lift kit for the whole jeep??

Thoughts? Thanks.
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Old 02-10-2014, 02:48 PM   #2
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Hello - I'm new to the forum (and Jeep ownership). I just purchased a 2005 Wrangler X with a Boss 7 foot plow. Its is great shape, but id like to lift up the front a a bit to level out the rig. I've looked on the net and would like some members opinions on my 3 options.... Timbren products (not sure if th actually raise the vehicle?), front air bags (which definately will raise the vehicle), or a 2" lift kit for the whole jeep??

Thoughts? Thanks.

I have never had a plow on my jeeps so I may not be the best person to answer this, but I have had jeeps and I have had plows lol......
timbrens will be your cheapest option, but they will not raise the front end, they will only stop the sag in the front end when you lift the plow..
I have no exp. with the lift option but i would think it will throw off your mount set up.. The airbags are nice but can be $$$...
Like i said i am probably not the best answer you will get, but if rig is level without the plow on and you are just looking to even it out with the plow on,,, I would go timbrens for the cheap fix... But that is if you are just using the plow for a driveway or two, if commercial then i would go airbags...

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Ive been to this site many times to browse the forum but never posted before so here it goes.

I have an 03 TJ Sport with a midweight Western Plow off my old full size blazer. I've ran it in stock form with timbrens and airbags and both have their benefits.

If you ever offroad and need the flex...then airbags. But remember they are there and be prepared to rip the airlines when offroading. They don't do much for ride quality and act similar to a timbren but you can adjust the anti-squat by the air pressure.

If your never going to offroad then timbrens are nice they reduce the squat but don't do much for the ride quality, and eliminate alot of flex.

I ended up swaping the stock springs for a set of V8 ZJ springs (2000) and used both the airbags and timbrens with these as well. It gave a much better ride and without the plow on leveled the Jeep nice (around an in lift with the plow frame on).

As far as a lift was one of the best decisions I ever made. But be prepared the normal TJ lift springs will be a bit stiffer but you can't use timbrens or airbags without making custom bump stop spacers. Lift springs will also do nothing to eliminate squat, they're made so you can flex.

If you want to lift I suggest going with front lift springs for an XJ for the stiffer spring rates and normal TJ lift springs for the rear. This will give the best quality ride and anti-squat you are looking for with the plow. But keep in mind you will still need to set your own bump stop locations.
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Another thing to keep in mind when you have a plow on the front of the jeep is steering geometry.

With the added weight of the plow the squat will cause your front end to toe out causing premature wear on the tires.

If you can pay for a lifetime alignment get the jeep aligned in the spring with the plow off. Then in the fall when you put the plow back on get it aligned with the plow on, or if the shop wont align it with the plow on add enough weight to the front end during the alignment to represent the plow being there.
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