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06-29-2008 04:59 AM
texasTJ4X4Nut Ok. installed A/C and warrior sport cargo rack with light bar. Now jeep is about 6 inches from top of door and I haven't even put a lift kit in yet. Looks like I'm gunna have to sell the house and move to one with a bigger garage door.
06-20-2008 07:03 PM
TJ offroad lights

I have a 20 acre place in the mountains between big bend national park and big bend state park. In southwest Texas. Its about a 12 mile or so drive off the main road. The so called road up there is great for a jeep. Its the only type vehicle that can actually get to my cabin there. Unfortunatly at night, before the stars come out its pitch black. Even when the stars are out visability is still not too good. On some parts of the trail up there it gets very narrow and there is a straight drop off along the trail at several places that goes straight down between 200 to 500 feet. During the day its not too bad but at night its a killer. There are over 1000 miles of really great jeep trails down there. At least that is what I am told I have only driven on about 100 miles of them. The more lights I have the better my eyes can see. Since I have the 220 amp alternator I plan on getting a heavy duty deep cycle battery to replace the battery I have in it now. I am also replacing the power cable with a heavier duty one. I still haven't decided yet tho as to wheather I am going with 8 or 10 or more on the front and just 2 on the back. The guys I got the alternator told me the best way to determine what size alternator to get is to add up the watts of all the lights and for each 1000 watts of lights I should have at least 70 amps of alternator. I'm still not sure what lights to get tho.
06-20-2008 05:38 PM
Triple88a you can use 4-5 relays all using one switch to turn them on but oh boy that battery will suffer.

2 worthy lights can be as good as 10 so keep that in mind. If you need so much lighting i'd go with a hid kit.
06-20-2008 11:59 AM
Jerry Bransford It's easy to figure your TJ's height ahead of time. A 4" lift is generally never shorter than advertised but often taller. So I'd add 5" to the top of your Jeep. Then, for example since I don't know what size tire you're running now, 35" tires will add 2.5" of height over 30" tires. Just divide the tire's added diameter over your present tire's diameter by two to determine how much taller your Jeep will sit on the new tires.

So if you're presently running 30" tires and installing a 4" lift and 35" tires, I'd add 2.5" (added tire height) and 5" (4" lift height plus a 1" margin) to give me a total of 7.5" over how tall your Jeep is now.

On your lights, you're going to need a bunch of relays to provide power to that many lights. Just connecting their wires to the battery via switches in the passenger compartment without the use of relays to provide the current they require is not the way to go. The lights won't be as bright as they should be and the switches won't hold up to the current those lights will be drawing. A good rule of thumb is two big lights per relay. Are you sure you need that much lighting?
06-20-2008 11:32 AM
TJ Height

I forgot to mention. I have a safari sport rack that I am going to be putting 6 off road lights on the top of. 4 in front and 2 in back. I am not sure how tall the rack is because I haven't installed it yet. I haven't decided on the off road lights yet either. This is what I got for my baby this week tho.

A/C retro fit kit for 98 TJ w/slider Temp control from Quadratec. 1150.00
220 amp alternator plus 4 gauge power cable from Alterstart. 310.22
Safari Sport Rack W/front and rear light bar from Quadratec 511.00
showed them that morris 4x4 had it cheaper so I got 100.00 off.
Matching full doors w/o mirrors on ebay 962.00
Door mirrors on ebay 55.55
Wind Jammer/Breaker on ebay 56.99
Front Tow hooks on ebay 40.00
Prices include shipping to way the heck out west Texas too.

I still need to pick up a new heavier duty battery.

Once I put on the sports rack I figure it will add at least another 8 to 10 inches to the height. Thats one of the reasons why I am considering the 4 inch lift instead of the 6 inch lift. I am thinking of maybe just going with the 6 inch lift then moving.

Any ideas as to which off road lights would be best? and also how to hook them up so that I can have all 8 or 10 in the front come on at once?

06-19-2008 08:42 PM
sean42069 my 5.5 RKLA, 35" toyos, hardtop, comes in at 81 to 81.5" tall, just barely clears my 82" garage opening by a fingers width, in the winter im going to have to shovel every last bit of snow or ill hit the roof for sure.
06-19-2008 05:33 PM
debruins you should clear it by a few inches, my jeep with the flag is exactly 7 feet, without it, it is about about 6 8" with 6.5" lift and 35's, it will be close but you will clear, it may not fit for the first few months as the springs settle idk how far down your door goes
06-19-2008 05:12 PM
4Jeepn Fit mine with 35's and 6.5" of lift in my 7' door no issues. Keep in mind that while the opening might be a full 7 feet the door it self might rest a bit lower when open.
06-19-2008 04:58 PM
branty I have 36's and 7" of lift and I can get in my garage. With my softop on, which has the support bar sticking up, it brushes the top of the garage door opening frame. If I air down to 10 psi I can totally clear it. But I do have a winch weighting down the front. I have not tried to put her in since I put my 1.5" spacers back on the front.
06-19-2008 02:29 PM
Triple88a I just checked mine. its exactly 6 and a half feet. I have a hard top so that adds weight and also i have the 5 speed 4.0 so that adds some more weight and i was on the door step so thats with my weight too. On top of that the hard top is lower in height than the soft top. The metal brackets on the soft top stick up about an inch or so higher than the hard top.
06-19-2008 01:47 PM
slippy this is a really ruff estiment but a jeep with 4 inch lift and 33's should be about 6 ft. 1 inch.
theres alot of factors that can change that tho, tire tread, and added wieght thru aftermarket bumpers, spare tire, etc.

you should also take into account if you ever want trackbar lights.
06-19-2008 01:36 PM
ccain Dang, I wish I could help. I know there are lots of guys on here that could though. Scout, 1BLKJP, Unlimited.... I'm sure they could help. If it were me, and the neighborhood was that bad, I'd get me an On Board Air set up and flatten the tires every night just so it would fit under the garage door!
06-19-2008 12:52 PM
TJ Lift Height

I have a 98 TJ. I am thinking of putting a suspension lift on it. I would like to know if anyone knows the height of a 98 tj with a 6 inch lift and 35 tires. Also a 4 inch lift with 33 tires. My garage door is 7 feet tall. Its the max I can go with it. I do not want to leave my baby outside. In my neighborhood I could wake up the next morning and find just a frame sitting in my driveway.

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