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150fx5.4 04-28-2009 09:50 PM

Looking to buy an Wrangler I have a few lift questions
 
Im looking to trade in my 150, I just got married and the wife and I decided it would be wise to take advantage of all this employee pricing, and 0% financing deals. We are planning on having a baby in a couple years and my lifted 150 isnt quite family oriented. Now I dont want to give up on my lift kit, but I do want to downscale to something smaller and easier to get in, with a car seat also in mind. My car wont be the "all the time" baby carrier, but we want it to at least have a back seat for a car seat. We're going to get my wife a new car when the time comes closer as hers has a lot less miles then mine, plus hers gets much better mileage so we want to improve my "crappy" commuter. Though I do ride a motorcycle which is nice during the summer for the mileage. Anyway, enough of my life story, I was wondering if anyone has any input on installing lift kits for a wrangler X or sahara, Im not sure what we'll get, it depends on the deal. Now is it really hard to self install a 2 or 3 inch lift on a jeep? and what are the price ranges? would it be cheaper to buy a slightly used one with 15 or so thousand miles with a lift already installed? or is it 6 one way half a dozen the other? Im handy with the solid axel, all my trucks have had IFS, but I installed a rubicon express lift on my friends 94 wrangler. Is it similar on the new ones? any help would be great its getting very hard to find these very lightly used jeeps with lifts that also have a 6 speed manual. Any input would be much appreciated.

thanks, B

JMP8562 04-29-2009 03:10 AM

well if i could do it over again i think the best bang for the buck is ome (Old Man Emu) 2" lift kit because they say you get 3" of lift i will put a link for you i have more if you want .. Northridge4x4 Jeep Parts: JK Lift Kits talk to dave he is a good guy to deal with and knows what he sells
David Johnson Northridge4x4 360.340.0282

thaduke2003 04-29-2009 07:41 AM

If you want a basic kit that's easy to install with great support, call the guys at Rock Krawler, Tera Flex (get one of theirs with shocks), or Rubicon Express (go with the monotube shocks)- they all make good quality pieces for not a lot of $. I can't say I've talked to OME.
I, personally, will be going with the basic RK kit at first, and adding a set of shocks to improve handling somewhat. The nice thing is, with the RK kit, you get swaybar disco's that you can re-use when you step up to a bigger lift (you know you will ;))- Mark W.

150fx5.4 04-29-2009 06:54 PM

I doubt id go bigger than 3, i want to clear 33's and thats enough for me. I hope to buy a beater ranger for a trail rig later on when the wife and i are mmore secure in a house. is the self install pretty straight forward? shocks, blocks, leafs and springs etc.... not a whole lot of hardware to deal with. Like I said all my trucks have had independent front suspension so ive never had anything with a solid axel so a jeep is new to me.

My buddies jeep was manual steering, so the front is mainly what im concerned about. I guess my real question is: Would I be saving a significant amount of money buy installing it myself?

thaduke2003 04-30-2009 11:15 AM

To clear 33's, you MAY not even need a lift, depending on tire size. Just rock a budget boost (Tera Flex, RE, RK), and take about 2" and call it a day- no need to upgrade springs- I'd reccommend matching shocks, though.
Install it yourself- it's fairly easy to do, only a little blood, and you know who to blame when stuff breaks :) Mark W.

150fx5.4 05-03-2009 09:15 PM

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Originally Posted by thaduke2003 (Post 364107)
To clear 33's, you MAY not even need a lift, depending on tire size. Just rock a budget boost (Tera Flex, RE, RK), and take about 2" and call it a day- no need to upgrade springs- I'd reccommend matching shocks, though.
Install it yourself- it's fairly easy to do, only a little blood, and you know who to blame when stuff breaks :) Mark W.

True that. But I hate to say I didnt get an 07 or up. We found a nice 06 with low mileage and we finally got out of my 150. ill post a pic here and in the proper forum section for that year.

This is only a cell pic, Ill get some better ones when I wash the tire shine off the fenders and the hood.

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o...Attachment.jpg

thaduke2003 05-04-2009 09:45 AM

Nice find :) Looks pretty clean- now stop posting and go get her filthy :) Mark W.


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