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nickkemerley 08-28-2011 05:33 AM

Soldier needing help
Hey guys im 19 and i finally have money to start my own hobby. I'm in the army stationed in Fairbanks, AK. Currently though deployed to Afghanistan. I was wondering a few things-
I want a good suspension lift kit for off roading and daily driver? i was thinking 3 inches looking at spending about 600$/w shocks
I was wondering what size tires would work well?
I own a 1998 Jeep wrangler and my dad will be doing all my mods so when i get home its ready. Any ideas?

flyfish29 08-28-2011 05:45 AM

First of all, let me be the first to thank you for your service!!

I wish I could suggest something, but not my area of expertise.

Good luck with your Jeep mod and I look forward to seeing pics of you home safe in your modded Wrangler!!

nickkemerley 08-28-2011 05:56 AM

I'm hoping I can figure it out, and I hear the badlands is a great place to ride.

Amw2210 08-29-2011 04:27 PM

My buddy has a jk and went with a 3 inch zone lift with the shocks and it was under 600. He is in college still and drives back and forth whenever he comes home, ive ridden with him multiple times and it rides pretty well id say it rides better than my tj on stock suspension. He's running 33's no problem right now but he chopped his fenders. I think you'll be able to run 33's with hardly any rub at all if any. hope that helps.

Thanks for your service!!

millfire517 08-29-2011 10:52 PM

Not sure how much they run but I heard BDS suspension makes some real good lifts for your year jeep. I myself have a jk and I went with teraflex lift. Sorry I couldn't help any more.

Cookies 10-06-2011 01:04 PM

I am running a Rough Country 4" lift. I have no idea how much it costs because I did computer work for a Jeep shop in trade for the kit and some 33" tires. I have been very happy with it and being able to run the 33" tires has made it wonderful (even in the winter).

JK-MULISHA 11-15-2011 11:46 PM

What unit you in out of wainwright? Medically retired from the 172nds last deployment to Mosul, Iraq. Just wondering alot of my brothers are still outta there and in Afghanistan with ya.

dblackwellstj 11-19-2011 12:04 PM

My 2005 TJ has a 4" Rough Country ($500), and 33x12.50x15 tires. Rides good on road really, I'm 100% satisfied with it! Doesn't handle much different than stock. There is a picture of it on my profile. Thanks for your service from another vet!

jkaufman_95 11-19-2011 12:09 PM


Originally Posted by nickkemerley
I'm hoping I can figure it out, and I hear the badlands is a great place to ride.

Thank you for your service. When you return and wanna go to the badlands, id be happy to wheel with you

IndyGoat 11-25-2011 10:58 AM

Thanks for your service - if there is anything we can do to help out, let us know!
I had a '98 Wrangler that I put a BDS lift on several years back. It was under $600 for 3". Put it on in a weekend by myself and had virtually no problems. They have a good guarantee and for the money seemed like a pretty reasonable deal. It is a good "starter kit". I say that because within a year, I wanted to go bigger. Long arm kits are the way to go, but you'll spend lots more. I helped a buddy put another BDS kit on his '05 about a year ago - no issues and only took about 6 hours. He has since decided that he wants more than 33s, which is technically the limit with these kits. They both rode decent and started us out right.

My current Wrangler ('06) has a Rough Country short arm kit that I am ok with. They are more expensive and since I have it, it works, but next time I am definitely going long arm. Hope this helps!

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