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cnolan76 01-06-2009 07:47 PM

Suggestions on upgrades
I would like to get some feedback from some of you more experienced wheelers out there. I was wondering if some of you would help me with a list of beginner upgrades I could do to my wrangler on a limited budget. This will be my daily driver with some weekend off-roading. I have an 05 wrangler x.

jgano23 01-06-2009 07:55 PM

i have an '05 x as well. i have a 2" budget boost, 31" a/t tires, sway bar quick discos, smittybuilt front & rear bumper. i don't have lockers in the tj b/c it's not my primary trail rig, but i would also recommend some lockers. i have the powertrax lock right in my cj7.

1BLKJP 01-06-2009 07:56 PM

If I were to do it all over again I would start with Armor. Steering Box Skid, Gas Tank Skid, Engine Skid, etc.....

Scout 01-06-2009 08:12 PM


Originally Posted by 1BLKJP (Post 303942)
If I were to do it all over again I would start with Armor. Steering Box Skid, Gas Tank Skid, Engine Skid, etc.....

x2. Although one thing to keep in mind, if you go this route, is to decide what type of suspension you're getting because that affects which skid plates you get.

cnolan76 01-06-2009 08:15 PM

yeah I have the 2" bb in my garage now, and 31" a/t's to be delivered on thursday. I think I wasted my money on the lift, b/c i bought it from an individual and it's for a manual trans. only. So back to the drawing board on that one. Now I either have to find a way to make it work or try and sell it and buy another one. I am getting antsey and don't want to go through the hassle.

Scout 01-06-2009 08:18 PM

With a budget boost it doesn't matter what transmission you have.

cnolan76 01-06-2009 08:26 PM

That's what I thought too, but the directions said will not work for my year with an automatic trans. The company said it could be done if you shim the crossmember.

Unlimited 01-06-2009 08:58 PM

A TJ budget boost usually consists of four coil spring spacers and maybe some longer rear bump stops. (see below) You should also add some longer shocks, but they are not required. I'm not sure what you have, but it doesn't sound to me like a budget boost kit. Could you post a picture of what you have? It would help us give you better information.


Jeep Wrangler TJ 2" Budget Boost
Price: $89.95

Product Description
This budget boost is suited for those who want to source their own shocks or use the stock shocks. It is possible to use the stock shocks, but for best off-road performance longer shocks will be required with a 2" lift.

This kit includes four 2" coil spring spacers and a pair of rear bump stop extensions. The spacers and extensions are the bare minimum of parts required to install a 2" spacer lift on a Wrangler.

This kit only fits 1997+ Jeep Wranglers.

Scout 01-06-2009 09:00 PM

If that's the kit ^^^ then it wouldn't matter what the transmission is.

cnolan76 01-06-2009 09:15 PM

1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ - 2" Suspension Lift Kit

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Part #: 429013

Our Price: $192.95

Average Delivery Time: 3 to 8 business days



Wanting slightly larger tires than stock but unable to fit them? Tuff Country EZ-Ride Suspension Jeep Wrangler TJ 2" lift kit is the solution. This simple economical lift kit uses front and rear coil spacers to lift your TJ without affecting ride quality. Also includes transfer case drop kit and bump stop spacers.

* Simple instllation, new shocks not required
* Poly coil spacers
* Includes transfer case drop
* Bump stop spacer included
* Allows use of 32" x 10.5" tires

Installation Notes
Important Note:
1.New Shocks are NOT required, only optional when installing this lift kit.

2. Will not fit model years 2003-2006 with AUTO Trans.
Tech Specs

Download Instructions #42901 Instructions
Recommended Tire Size: 32" x 10.5"
Amount of Lift: 2" Front / 2" Rear
Bill of Materials:

2) Front Coil Spring Spacers, 2) Rear Coil Spring Spacers, 1) Transfer Case Drop Kit, 1) Hardware Bag
Vehicle Make & Model
Fits following years:
97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Fits following models:
Jeep Wrangler TJ

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cnolan76 01-06-2009 09:15 PM

Well it didn't copy the pictures

Unlimited 01-06-2009 09:22 PM

That is a very expensive budget boost. What they must be talking about not working with your trans is the transfer case drop. You may not need it. If you have a drive line vibration, you can lower the TX case by using a few washers instead of what ever spacers you got with the kit.

cnolan76 01-06-2009 09:33 PM

Ok, I just checked my email and had another one from the company. They said that it puts strain on the shifter linkage, thats why it is only sold for standards

Unlimited 01-06-2009 09:41 PM

I don't know what to tell you, but what they are saying doesn't make sense. I've never done a TC drop on a manual trans so I can't speak from experience. However, I've seen dozens of manual trans Jeeps with TC drops, so I know it's possible. Perhaps someone who has done one will chime in on this.

Good luck with your project.

KellyK 01-06-2009 09:47 PM

wheeling puts strain on linkage
sitting my fat ass in the seat puts strain on the :rofl:

1BLKJP 01-06-2009 11:23 PM

Yeah, they are just trying to get around any liability issues. All of the parts you have will work fine on your jeep. Put the spacers in first and then drive it around especially at highway speeds. If you feel driveline vibrations then go back and put the TCase drop in.

distortedtj 01-06-2009 11:28 PM

Also remember........

You WILL need an alignment when adding any height to the suspension.

KellyK 01-06-2009 11:48 PM

do you have to do an alignment if you just up your tire size though?

distortedtj 01-06-2009 11:51 PM


Originally Posted by KellyK (Post 304141)
do you have to do an alignment if you just up your tire size though?

No. But make sure the tire shop does a good balance job on the wheels and tires when you have them mounted. If you wheel your rig it is a good idea to get the lifetime balance package.

Rocks like to take small pieces out of your tires and came make them unbalanced.

1BLKJP 01-06-2009 11:51 PM


Originally Posted by KellyK (Post 304141)
do you have to do an alignment if you just up your tire size though?

No. You aren't changing the relationship of your drag link an pitman arm. So there is no reason your toe would change.

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