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Old 09-23-2009, 01:54 AM
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Hello everyone. I am new to the forum, and new to jeeps, but not to wrenching. I have been racing drag cars for a while. I know its def a different world, but i am confident with a wrench. I had a few questions. I just picked up a 98 jeep wrangler sport with a 4 liter and a 5 speed. Its got a hard top as well. I am very excited. I have a couple questions though before i get going:

- What are a few cheap things that i can do that would get me going in the right direction without spending too much cash. I want to have a fun off road vehicle while still maintaining a daily driver.
- I had a friend tell me about doing a 1'' body lift to get a "flat belly". can anyone elaborate on that.
- What size tires can I fit on without any lifting?
- what should I do to be able to just have a little fun doing some basic off-roading? Like I said, I am new to this!! haha


I am sure that I will have other questions. until then though thank you. I have done some searching on this site and it has been great so far. Thanks for any help!!

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Hello everyone. I am new to the forum, and new to jeeps, but not to wrenching. I have been racing drag cars for a while. I know its def a different world, but i am confident with a wrench. I had a few questions. I just picked up a 98 jeep wrangler sport with a 4 liter and a 5 speed. Its got a hard top as well. I am very excited. I have a couple questions though before i get going:

- What are a few cheap things that i can do that would get me going in the right direction without spending too much cash. I want to have a fun off road vehicle while still maintaining a daily driver.
- I had a friend tell me about doing a 1'' body lift to get a "flat belly". can anyone elaborate on that.
- What size tires can I fit on without any lifting?
- what should I do to be able to just have a little fun doing some basic off-roading? Like I said, I am new to this!! haha


I am sure that I will have other questions. until then though thank you. I have done some searching on this site and it has been great so far. Thanks for any help!!

Chris
First thing congrats and welcome to WF.

I can't help you out much but there are plenty of jeepers here that have far more knowledge than me and will be more than willing to help you out. I do know 31" BFG All-Terains will fit on stock suspension but im not sure if they will rub when you are off roading, ill leave that up to the pros to say.

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31 inch will fit without rubbing while flexing stock suspension.

The best way to have fun off road is find some good place that is stockable. Local clubs or other Jeepers are always a good place to start.
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goto Rokmen Gear Up....Rok On

They are one of many vendors that sell a "tummy tuck" it replaces the transfer case skid plate with one that is almost flush with the frame instead of dropping down a cpl inches like stock.

They also sell one of 2 highly regarded body lifts (JKS and daystar have great reps here.)

Basic offroading is don't go alone, take at least 2 vehicles... encase one gets stuck or broken. Take tow strap (without hooks on the ends, as they apparently have become projectiles more than once.) you need tow points front and rear. oh and don't use 4WD on hard/solid surfaces (like asphalt)
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Don't use a tummy tuck unless you plan on hardcore wheeling! For a mild DD I'd use a 2-3" suspension lift and 32" tire!
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Don't use a tummy tuck unless you plan on hardcore wheeling! For a mild DD I'd use a 2-3" suspension lift and 32" tire!
why?
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thanks everyone, please keep it coming. will i get any actual benefit with a slight body lift?
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the body lift (BL)will put the frame up whatever height you buy. usually over an 1" should be complemented with a 1" motor mount lift as a remedy to drive line vibartons. if you keep the BL around an inch you're not going to be changing the geometry and center of gravity of the vehicle much at all. its the suspension lift over 3-4" that is the usual culpret for changing the handling of the vehicle. that's why most do 1-3" susp. then around 1" BL, with this set up you're not going to be changing much from the stock set up.

the BL gives you clearance for bigger tires/ more clearance for flexing w/o rubbing the fenders

keep in mind that there are some kits in +3" which probably keep everything close to stock too, only they cost some $$$$
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Don't use a tummy tuck unless you plan on hardcore wheeling! For a mild DD I'd use a 2-3" suspension lift and 32" tire!
I would have to agree with this. There are a ton of different directions you could go from here. But a mild 2-3 inch lift with 32-33 inch tires and maybe a 1" body lift is where I would head. Then later you could address the gearing.
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I would have to agree with this. There are a ton of different directions you could go from here. But a mild 2-3 inch lift with 32-33 inch tires and maybe a 1" body lift is where I would head. Then later you could address the gearing.
Then I'll reiterate the "why" - really asking why you shouldn't get a tummy tuck. seems like it'd be more beneficial to those w/o lifts. So why is it contraindicated for a DD/light duty jeep?
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