does anybody know a good mechanic in the northwest Ohio area?..I am going to purchase a lift kit and some tires soon and looking for a quality person to install it. I love my Jeep but would like to leave installing everything to a professional.
05-05-2010 07:19 AM
Before you buy, shop the mechanics first. You may find that most quality mechanics are adverse to installing parts not acquired by them, to the point of not guaranteeing the parts or even doubling the labor. Just make sure how it works first, that's all.
05-05-2010 07:29 AM
4wd parts is in ohio if your near them I think they do installs, or I'm completely off my rocker. If they do it may be worth the road trip.
05-05-2010 11:46 AM
4WD does installs. If you're really not into installing it yourself, call them.
I say do it yourself. A JK lift is EASY. You need a big breaker bar, 19 and 21mm sockets for the wheels and track bars, and otherwise, a regular metric socket and wrench set. 2 jacks will make life easy, and 2 sets of jack stands, just in case. Maybe $300 for all of it if you have zero tools. Still under the cost of an install! Add a good torque wrench, maybe $360 or so MAX. 4-6 hours under your rig learning how it went together, and no need to go complaining to someone else when they screw up!
If you stick to a straight spring and shock swap, it's an EASY job. If you have a buddy, and an electric impact gun (BUY ONE! $50-75 and cuts down on time and effort BIG TIME! :)), maybe 3-5 hours for both ends.
Read the directions for the kit, and post up on here for any questions you come across. I've done several lift kit installs on JK's- they're EASY. As long as you're not having to weld anything, there's NOTHING to any lift kit I've yet seen you can't handle with a MINIMUM of technical knowledge and standard tools- Mark W.
05-05-2010 12:59 PM
Hey thanks a lot for the info!..I know a few guys who are familiar with working on vehicles who I think I am going to call and install everything myself with the help of one of those guys. I'll get some pics up when everything is finished!
05-05-2010 04:09 PM
Excellent! What lift are you thinking of going with? Mark W.
05-05-2010 07:18 PM
I'm actually thinking of either doing a 2inch body lift or a 2.5 inch suspension lift with 32 or 33 inch tires..I currently have a completely stock 2010 JK Sport S that I just picked up earlier this year. Any suggestions??..from reading a lot of post on here I see a lot of suggestions towards a budget boost if you are just looking to prevent any rubbing with a bigger tire.
05-05-2010 08:10 PM
With the 2-door, I HIGHLY recommend going with just a set of 4-door springs and a good aftermarket shock. We are running factory 4-door Rubicon shocks and springs in my fiancee's rig, and we love it- 33's fit nicely, and only rub at FULL flex with the swaybars disconnected, the ride and handling are still factory. If anything, I'd recommend a better shock. But this route cost us under $100, and the dealerships hardly notice it's lifted (leave the OEM part # tags off, and they'd never know! :)), so warranty claims are NO problem, minus the red shocks- Mark W.
05-05-2010 09:11 PM
Thanks for all the advice Mark I really appreciate. I will be sure to let you know what I decide on. Where do you do your aftermarket shopping? I receive a 4wd magazine once a month and they run a lot of deals but I wasn't sure if there were better deals out there. I have always been a jeep guy The JK is my third jeep I just have never done anything really to the other 2 and really want to with this one. I made a bad decision and leased an 05 rocky mountain edition wrangler I wish I would of bought it when the lease was up because man do I miss that jeep.
05-06-2010 01:23 PM
I check the for sale section on this and JKOwners.com forums. Then, I go direct to the companies. If they can't beat online deals, I go to other retailers. I am lucky in that Rock Krawler is only an hour from me, so I cash-and-carry, and they give me a NICE discount for it :)
So many people are hung up on online shopping that they never call about deals. I always call and ask- the worst you'll hear is no :)
Best of luck, and enjoy the new JK- it's a wonderful platform to modify- Mark W.