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Old 05-14-2017, 03:09 PM
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2017 JK Unlimited for my daughter

My daughter turns 16 in a few weeks and her dream car is a Wrangler. So this is her surprise. She's not going to be doing any serious off roading. 4" lift, Moto Metal 970's, 35's and the light bar so far. I don't want to do too much so she can pick and choose stuff she wants. On the fence about changing the front grill. They didn't install adjustable A-arms, do you think it would drive better with them and a good alignment? I am not used to driving anything lifted but to me it seems like it sways back and forth a lot and you're always correcting it.

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Old 05-14-2017, 03:20 PM   #2
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That's a nice JKU! 4 inches is a lot for a JK, I'm not an expert but I think there will be a couple things that need addressed for that much lift, driveshafts being one. You can look into the Griffin steering attenuator to help highway driving.

https://steersmarts.com/products/gri...ing-attenuator

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Old 05-14-2017, 03:27 PM
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That's a nice JKU! 4 inches is a lot for a JK, I'm not an expert but I think there will be a couple things that need addressed for that much lift, driveshafts being one. You can look into the Griffin steering attenuator to help highway driving.

https://steersmarts.com/products/gri...ing-attenuator

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Thanks! I'll look into that steering attenuator. Ive put 300 miles on it and the driveshafts seem fine. Acceleration and stopping are similar to stock. The tires were cheap (I had to stop spending at some point) but they don't make much noise and are pretty smooth for a MT.

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I would be concerned about giving a novice driver a handful of lifted Jeep. For what it's worth, I would let her get comfortable with a stock Jeep before raising the CG with a 4 inch lift. Tell her if she shows she can handle a stock Jeep for a couple of years, you can pay for the lift if she still wants it when she is 18.

Think about how you will feel if she gets injured or worse, dies, because she could not keep the Jeep under control.

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Why are you driving your daughter's ride? I think you are just afraid to admit you are pimping out your JK like Barbie Dream Wheels.

Your wandering issue is probably camber-related. Geo correction brackets or adjustable control arms are usually on the list of a lift that high...
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I would be concerned about giving a novice driver a handful of lifted Jeep. For what it's worth, I would let her get comfortable with a stock Jeep before raising the CG with a 4 inch lift. Tell her if she shows she can handle a stock Jeep for a couple of years, you can pay for the lift if she still wants it when she is 18.

Think about how you will feel if she gets injured or worse, dies, because she could not keep the Jeep under control.

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She'll be learning on other cars we have and mainly using them. Im expecting her to use the Jeep around town and to go to the beach (5 min away) etc.
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Thanks! I'll look into that steering attenuator. Ive put 300 miles on it and the driveshafts seem fine. Acceleration and stopping are similar to stock. The tires were cheap (I had to stop spending at some point) but they don't make much noise and are pretty smooth for a MT.

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What brand is the lift? With 4" you probably net closer to 5" of lift especially without all the weight of bumpers/armor etc. The driveshafts are going to be at or very near the max angle they can handle and won't last long, any offroad would accelerate the wear on them. If they seem fine for now I would wait until you start to hear noise or see the boots tearing, then upgrade to something a little more durable.


I'm not sure about the pictures, I've had them turn sideways on me before, maybe a mod can fix that for you.

Edit: the front driveshaft is more of a concern than the rear
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Why are you driving your daughter's ride? I think you are just afraid to admit you are pimping out your JK like Barbie Dream Wheels.

Your wandering issue is probably camber-related. Geo correction brackets or adjustable control arms are usually on the list of a lift that high...
Lol, I do like driving it. My wife wanted to get the pink handles for the grab bar....but at this rate Im going to be putting the "Barbie Girl" song on repeat!
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I'm assuming when you say "lift" that all of the applicable components were put on? Adjustable track bar, control arms, got a good alignment done...etc. Though I'm no expert, my understanding is that a 4" lift is going to require some kind of change to the drive shaft.
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I was wondering what 16 YO gets a ride like that, then I zoomed past it and saw what's behind it, in the garage.
I'm not poo pooin it, good for you!
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4" is a lot of lift for only 35" tires.

The 2.5" lift / 35s combo is the most popular set up for some very good reasons.
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