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Bosox 07-01-2009 09:51 AM

'99 Wrangler Sport - lift questions
I purchased this Jeep (4.0 - 5 speed) from a dealer without being able to get any info from the previous owner. It has a suspension and a body lift. I am getting rid of the body lift. I have a couple of questions.

1) Where can I find the bolts needed to bolt the body back on the frame after the body lift is removed?

2) How can I figure out how much the suspension lift raised my Jeep? I want to get different (softer) shocks but when I call Black Diamond or Quadratec they need to know how much the Jeep was lifted before they can help me.
I can't find any serial numbers on the skyjacker lift.
I found serial numbers on the shocks but that doesn't help them either.



Jerry Bransford 07-01-2009 10:11 AM

For the bolts, I'd bet you could place a Wanted ad in the various Jeep forums and someone who installed a body lift will give you their old bolts. OR, easier and faster, use a die to extend the thread on your existing bolts and then cut off the excess bolt length. Thread a nut onto the threads between the bolt head and where you cut it off so removing the nut will clean up the thread where you cut it. Using a die to cut new threads into the bolt is very easy so don't sweat it if you've never done it. You can buy just the die size you need from a place like Sears, just us a little lube as you go.

Lift-wise, give us your tire size and the distance between the ground and the bottom of your frame and one of us will be able to give you an approximate height. Do you by any chance have 2" polyurethane spacers on top of your springs?

Bosox 07-01-2009 11:16 AM

Thanks Jerry!
I will get the info that is needed tonight and post it tomorrow.
By the way, your Geezer Jeep is amazing.

Bosox 07-03-2009 08:48 AM

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The tire size is 31.
I measured from the the points closest to the ground.
The front and back diff's are 9 inches from the ground.
The skyjacker plate is 14 inches from the ground.
It looks like a 2 inch spacer on top of the springs.
Here are some pics to hopefully help.

distortedtj 07-03-2009 01:46 PM

Look like you have the Black dimond 3'' lift kit with 2'' spacers on top of it.

Also your tires are Treadright Retreads. And it is a 2'' body lift.

Bosox 07-04-2009 07:22 AM

RETREADS? Are you serious? I didn't even know they did that (except for big rigs) anymore...
I was wondering why the sidewall lettering was faded and old looking but there was so much tread left. They can't be safe can they?

Thanks for the info.

Jerry Bransford 07-04-2009 12:01 PM

Good quality retreads are safe depending on how you drive the vehicle, I ran them when I was young and never had any problems. If you spend all day at 70-75 on the highways, I probably wouldn't run them but for just running around and general usage, I'd run them and feel safe so long as the retread company has a good reputation.

Bosox 07-04-2009 05:23 PM

Thanks Jerry. Are there any warnings/signs that show they should be replaced before I might have a blowout? I mostly drive at highway speeds...
I have the kids in the Jeep a lot. They love it.
Probably a stupid question...


Bosox 07-06-2009 11:54 AM

So if I have a 3" suspension lift with 2" spacers on top of the coil I need to order shocks for a 5" lift? Is it that simple?

Can anybody recommend shocks that ride on the soft side for mainly city/highway driving?


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