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07-03-2010 02:50 PM
doclouie I would recommend cutting off the boot. It traps dirt and grim in long after you are done wheeling. Do a search and you will see most people agree to leave them off.
07-03-2010 02:30 PM
AZJEEPIN Nevermind - figured it out
07-03-2010 02:23 PM
AZJEEPIN I have the budget lift on my 97. I've got Rancho 9000s under it, too. It rides good and I fit 32" Wranglers under it with very little rub in extreme situations. New guy here - dumb question - how do I start a new thread?
07-11-2009 12:02 AM
kdukes4 its okay, not a big deal. you have two choices. a) just install them w/o the booty's or b) order some offline and wait..... I've heard that some don't like the booty b/c it holds in moisture and dirt with the shock, leading to quicker deterioration of shock life. I guess its just up to you. I decided to throw the boots on anyways. I don't do enough off roading in the dirt for it to make too much of a difference. Living in maine, i feel like the boot could help protect the poor things from the salt and sand during the winters....
07-09-2009 08:57 PM
Loic yeah the
booty 'thing. it doesn't come with the new chocks (at least not mine..)
07-09-2009 08:28 PM
kdukes4
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Originally Posted by Loic View Post
the "dust" shield on the shock should be replaced or the guy in the pic just armor all it ?

you're talking about the black shock booty right? I think thats just the booty that goes with the new shocks. But i do believe that he used some rubberized undercoating from a spray can on the chasis and other parts. with the 98' i'd wait and do that as a seperate job and do the whole body of the jeep over a weekend. thats another one of my projects before winter hits.
07-08-2009 11:27 PM
jbone303 Good luck with the rear shocks fronts were easy but the back is a nightmare
07-08-2009 09:36 PM
Loic the "dust" shield on the shock should be replaced or the guy in the pic just armor all it ?

07-08-2009 09:22 PM
kdukes4 ya, definitely spray all of those bolts and nuts!!!! the front bolts to the shocks will probably snap off when you're taking them off. but for $6 you can get new ones at Home Depot. i just threw some 10mmx15mm maybe?( i cant remember) with washers and nuts. just bring one bolt with you to compare. RENT Spring compressors!!! But be careful! VIP will sell them to you for $40, use them and bring them back with the receipt and they'll give you your money back. i had a friend who had 5 stitches put in to his finger b/c the damn spring compressor gave a little while his hand was holding it.
07-08-2009 09:05 PM
Loic thanks for the link, yeah I took the "combo"with the shocks. the jeep is a 98 , so I figure iit can't be worst than a 11 years old shocks
07-08-2009 08:31 PM
kdukes4 loic Rubicon Express 2" Budget Boost Installation Write-Up for Jeep TJ

Should help you out... also visit dailydriventj.com there's a write up in there as well. With pics...

BuTTTTTTT.... If i were you. be prepared to spend some quality time on the project. It took me all evening and the next morning to get the job complete. It didnt help that everything hadn't been touched for 12 years... definitely PB Blast the bolts, nuts, sway bar, track bars, etc. every evening a couple days in advance. G'luck!

Did you do the shocks from rocky road too?
07-08-2009 07:00 PM
Loic I just received my package !!!! but the jeep is still at the mechanic, so as soon as I get it back, I'll install it. now , they could have include some pics with the instructions....
07-08-2009 04:07 PM
kdukes4 x2

every jeep is definitely different and i don't think i'd call the skyjackers cheap either. compared to the more expensive nitro's, they're known to ride a heck of a lot better. just perhabs some unfortunate luck that fell on your side woods453
07-08-2009 04:02 PM
jbone303 woods453 Sounds like you got shock problems rather than bb problems. I have a 98 se and all i did was toss in the spacers, left the shocks alone, and slapped on some superswampers and got Muddy. I know every jeep is diffrent but i had no change in drivability with the 2 in bb. I even ran superwampers with no probs.
07-08-2009 02:53 PM
woods453 I wouldn't recommend a budget boost. I regretfully have had mine on for 4 years. The problems are the cheap shocks and the death wobble. Driving on cheap shocks is like not having any shocks at all; you feel every crack in the road.
07-05-2009 09:23 AM
kdukes4
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Originally Posted by Loic View Post
is it this that your guys are talking about Inexpensive Rocky Road budget lifts for your Jeep TJ Wrangler I want to have a small lift too but keeping the gearing stock. I put on 31"tire already . is this the best bet ?
yes that is the kit. I had intentions of doing that kit, but i just found a good set of used spacers for $40 and then spent $120 on ebay for the skyjaker hydros. so a much more cost effect solution to get the exact same result. the hydros work awesome! probably wouldnt tell much difference b/w them and the rocky road ones.
07-04-2009 09:20 PM
TeamFATBOY This is my 97' TJ with 30x9.5 BFG A/T's with factory isolators and 1" BB front and rear,


This is with 31x10.5 Maxis Buckshot Mudders with factory isolators front and rear and 2" BB on front and 1" BB on rear to get the TJ to sit level,


Put the winch on and it sagged in the front again so I did some more changing the setup. This is with the winch, 31x10.5 Buckshot Mudders, Factory isolator removed with 3" BB on front (approx. 2.5 from stock wit isolator) and factory isolator and 1" BB on rear to get it sitting level again,

Shocks have been upgraded with Rancho's.
Hope this gives some idea on amount of spacers needed.
Fatboy
07-04-2009 08:09 PM
Loic is it this that your guys are talking about Inexpensive Rocky Road budget lifts for your Jeep TJ Wrangler I want to have a small lift too but keeping the gearing stock. I put on 31"tire already . is this the best bet ?
07-04-2009 06:20 PM
kdukes4
Finally Done!

Got the spacers in with new skyjacker hydros and also threw on the center caps! Looks a lot better and rides awesome!

before:
Attachment 9530

after:
Attachment 9531
06-27-2009 02:41 PM
kdukes4 i picked up a full 2" BB from a guy back home. however. its only the spacers and nothing else... i'm also probably going to order skyjacker hydros that are extended 3" and do the whole installation at one time....in write ups i've seen other parts. i.e. bumpstop, and bolts that go with the BB..... what should i be prepared to purchase to make this installation easy and what sizes?
06-13-2009 12:04 PM
kdukes4
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Originally Posted by Ej132 View Post
if you just want to run 31's you dont need any lift. i run 31x10.5 BFG without any rubbing.
No i know, I have 31x11.5's on right now with no issues at all. I want the economically sound lift right now(BBfor $40), but what im thinkin about is in the future, if in case i do want to something like a 1" BL to go along with the BB is it best to just buy shx that would still work with everything. I'm trying to figure that stuff out cuz im not familiar with it.
06-13-2009 11:24 AM
tiny terror
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Originally Posted by Ej132 View Post
if you just want to run 31's you dont need any lift. i run 31x10.5 BFG without any rubbing.
Only with the proper backspacing and they will rub if you disconnect and wheel. There is no room for real flex with 31's without lifting.
06-13-2009 11:16 AM
Ej132 if you just want to run 31's you dont need any lift. i run 31x10.5 BFG without any rubbing.
06-13-2009 10:57 AM
kdukes4 so are there 2" shox that I could get that would offset the new spacers? or would buying something a little bit longer better worth more just in case i want to do a 1" BL sometime later?
06-13-2009 01:58 AM
1BLKJP Yeah, when you put the 2" spacers in it will give you more up travel, but less droop. Having the appropriate length shocks will give you the best of both worlds. However changing shocks is easy stuff so I wouldn't let that deter you from putting your spacers in.
06-13-2009 01:55 AM
kdukes4 it's been three months now, and no complete lift... i have acquired a set of 2" spacers for the BB, but now that I'm realizing the process of installing them, i think it would be in my best interest to replace my 12 year old shox now. I'm still favoring the rockyroad shox cuz Jeep Wrangler, CJ, Unlimited, and Rubicon shocks i haven't found anything out there that you'll most likely get your moneys worth when your riding just a 2" BB besides OME. But there's no need to look to replace springs and stuff right? And would buying a longer shock do anything? maybe work out later in the future with Q Discos? Still learning.....
03-16-2009 12:59 PM
kdukes4 i'll be sure to post the results.
03-16-2009 12:58 PM
kdukes4
Quote:
Originally Posted by kdukes4 View Post
ya i'm looking at either the 2" ($235) or 3" ($295) kit from rocky road right now with the shocks, they both look solid and a good price. i think the 3" kit would add more value to the jeep(2"BB and 1"BL w/o interferring with modifications) but i'm gonna have to wait a couple days and be sure i can afford the move.

well i think i'm gonna go with the 2" kit, i just made up some cash on the market today and decided that i should reward myself. haha. plus with the 2" kit i'll have a little more money too fool around with when searching for tires.
03-15-2009 03:16 PM
jgano23
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Originally Posted by kdukes4 View Post
ya i'm looking at either the 2" ($235) or 3" ($295) kit from rocky road right now with the shocks, they both look solid and a good price. i think the 3" kit would add more value to the jeep(2"BB and 1"BL w/o interferring with modifications) but i'm gonna have to wait a couple days and be sure i can afford the move.
the 2" bb and 1" bl should work ok for you. 1" of bl is usually not enough to cause linkage problems. there are some places that offer a 3" spacer lift where the spacer itself is 3". if you see those, i would strongly discourage you from using it. if you are going to go that tall, go with a regular suspension lift. once you start going over 2"-2.5" in suspension lift you start running into driveline angle problems.
03-15-2009 03:09 PM
MT2000
Here's Mine

On my 2000 Sport, I used a Skyjacker 2". only problem I had was getting the bushings in the shocks

http://monstertweetyjeep.tripod.com/...ds/lift002.jpg
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