so i have only had my jeep about 2 months no. i want to lift it this summer and also put some mudding tires on it. right now mine is pretty much stock. its a 2004 wrangler. i plan on going with some size 32 mud tires but dont know anything about lifts. do i want a suppension lift or a body lift? i was only planning on doing 2 inches either way. i want to try to keep the cost as reasonable as possible. so if i decide to do tires, wheels, and lift at once what would you say im looking at cost wise?
help will be greatly appreciated!
If you aren't looking at doing tons of offroading, I would go with a simple Spacer Lift or Budge Boost. All you need is new shocks and the 4 spacers that go on the top of your springs. This is the cheapest way to lift your jeep 2" or so. The only problem with this setup is it gives the coil less room to squish and can lead to coil bind and damage from flexing it too much, not to mention it doesn't allow the flex of just a coil. Your next option is to just get a lift kit with new shocks and new springs. OME is a great option. They ride well on the street and still perform offroad. You can get a body lift too if you want, but for safety reasons don't go above 1.25".
If you do it yourself you could do it for a few hundred for the spacer lift or something like $700 for the OME lift. I haven't checked prices in a long time. If you have someone else install the lift it will add a few hundred dollars. It isn't that hard to do at all, but you will either need some tall jacks stands and a floor jack or a lift to get the jeep up high enough to get the new springs in. A coil compressor could help you too. Last you will need just standard hand tools
I bought a totally stock 04 TJ to tow behind the motorhome and do some very light wheeling now and then. I bought a 2" Budget boost spacer lift w/extended bumpstops, longer shocks, and 32" tires. It rubbed when off road with the front sway bar disconnected and had a mild driveline vibration. So, I added a 1.25" Body lift and a 1" motor mount lift to cure the vibes. The pic shows those mods. Total cost for the lift (not including tires/wheels and soon to be shredded Bushwacker flairs), about $350.00. I installed it myself, so no labor costs.
I can't speak for others on here, but the problem I had was that once I started wheeling it, I wanted more and more. I joined an offroad club, and it was all over. Good bye money. I am still replacing stuff that replaced stuff that is now falling apart, due to me buying cheap components.
If you truly are going to keep it stockish and only wheel easy stuff every now and then, the above set up worked fine.
Or you can do like me, lift it now, change it later. That's the great thing about Jeeps. I can't wait until I can tear the whole rear end out..again..and start over..again.
Good luck w/your new Jeep.
Here's mine now...for now.:)
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