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Old 03-08-2010, 04:19 PM
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Cool Best lift on the cheaper side

So I'm interested in lifting my 97' a bit. Everything as of right now is stock on it. I'm in Grad School now so......I'm broke most days. I'm hoping that I will be able to do something on my own so its gotta be decently easy. Let's just assume I don't even know where to begin with a lift. I have 31's on it now but need tires in a few months so I was thinking about getting 32's. I don't do a lot of offroading but love going up in the snow and mud. I also go to the beach quite a bit. I don't want there to be a chance of the tires rubbing on the fenders or anything as well. I know I seem like a lost cause. lol Thanks for your help!

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When I got my jeep I traded the stock wheels and tires for a set of 32x11.5 on 15" soft eights. I only had minimal rubs on the flare at flex. Maybe with a different offset I could have pulled it off. I would say you could clear those tires easy with a budget boost or a 1" body lift. Both cheap and easy.

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2.25" BB with Rubicon Express monotube shocks: $344.00

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A couple years ago (when I was broke... wait still am) I went with a 3 inch lift and 32's, loved it
Here's a pic for ya to get an idea what it looked like:
Full Traction lift, cost me somewhere around $450

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I'm going with the same thing brotha... I decided on a 2.25in budget boost with some Skyjacker hydro shocks which I'll be installing myself, so I won't need to pay for installation. And I think I'm going with some 32x11.5 M/T wheels.

In total it should run me around $800 for tires and lift.
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Cheap but decent - gets a lot of positive reviews in another Jeep site.

Rough Country 2.5" suspension.
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This a 1 1/2 inch BB with 32x11.50's on a 98.

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You can just get the spacers and extended bump stops, you really don't need new shocks. I don't rub probably because the wheels have 3 5/8 back spacing instead of 5.25 stock.

I have to say that I'm probably going to go with front springs that are 2 1/2 higher and leave the 1 1/2 inch spacers on the back for a more level look.
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that sounds like exactly what i want. How much work is that. What all do you have to do for the install?
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that sounds like exactly what i want. How much work is that. What all do you have to do for the install?
Have you ever replaced shocks before or dealt with suspension springs ??

If you have it's probably still half a day. Disconnect shocks, stabilizer bar. Compress springs and secure in compressed state. Remove old bump stops, install new bump stops, install spacers, replace; springs, stabilizer bar, shocks.

After you finish,(this is VERY important!), go and get a wheel alignment done ! Don't put it off !! Why ? You need to go to the Death Wobble sticky to answer that question.

So, in other words......Piece Of Cake !
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Let's just put it this way...I havent done anything under my jeep ever.lol I was just hoping to do something myself so I didnt have to pay for labor. I'm not a complete idiot when it come to vehicles so I was hoping I could figure it out.
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you pay $40.00 & shipping from Simi Valley ca. I will send you a 2" lift that is red poly type spring spacers. Had it on my 99 TJ with MT Atz 32" all stock.
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I'll think about it thanks for the offer.
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I just installed 4" procomp w/RS9000 was a bit of work! Just disconect shocks and raise body enough to remove spring and place spacer on top of spring replace shocks and good to go! Same ride as stock looks a little better.
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Let's just put it this way...I havent done anything under my jeep ever.lol I was just hoping to do something myself so I didnt have to pay for labor. I'm not a complete idiot when it come to vehicles so I was hoping I could figure it out.
All you need is the willingness to try. It's not supper difficult but dealing with suspension springs can be a little scary. I think you can find the right instructions at Roughcountry.com.
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that sounds like exactly what i want. How much work is that. What all do you have to do for the install?
Here's a write up of the install. Not too bad.

Rough Country Jeep TJ Wrangler 2.5" Lift Kit Install
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that sounds like exactly what i want. How much work is that. What all do you have to do for the install?
I just installed a 2.25 inch budget boost with new skyjacker nitro 8000 shocks. The kit including shocks was 280 bucks after shipping. Without shocks its only like 90 bucks. I have never done any sort of suspension work before and I'm not very experienced with mechanics at all. The install took 5 hours with nothing but a jack, two socket wrenches, and a pry bar. Overall pretty easy just takes some time.

here is the write up Installing a Skyjacker 2" Lift on a Jeep Wrangler TJ - The Budget Lift
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Zone 3 in lift with 32s

I went with the Zone 3 in lift new springs, not spacers, and 32 in BFG mud terrains. I used a 15x7 in rim
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Jeep looks great...nice necropost.
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For my first lift (just ordered so kit is enroute) I ended up going with RC's 3.25" lift. I actually got it off EBay for ~$320. Dude was asking $370 originally. He has sold thousands of these so I was fairly confident. I bought 33x12.50x15 BFG A/Ts on 15x10 Pro Comp steels.
Here's what I've gathered so far in my reading and questioning. You can ask what others think but once you get into this you'll form your own opinion of what you like. You may find that you don't like the ride the springs yield. It seems as though the people that lift their jeeps and actually use them out on the trail are happiest with an array of parts. Ex. Shocks from brand X, springs from brand Y, etc. Or you end up starting out with a minimum and it gets you needed a little to a lot more.
I chose a "starter kit" if you will and know that I will probably change things over time. Not so sure I'll jack it up past 4" (just don't see the need...yet). My thoughts are I can teach myself about how all the pieces work together and how they affect the ride. Under $400 isn't really too big of a deal for a lift to learn from in the end. I opt'd to spend the bigger chunk of change on the tires knowing I'll get a few more years out of them.
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I did research for almost a year before I put on my lift and elided on Zone Offroad with the 4.25" TJ Combo Lift.

4.25" TJ Combo Lift

When you do your lift do it all at once and not in pieces; such as have the tires and wheels ready when you put the lift on. I highly recommend this lift kit and you also will find some vendors here in the forum who will put this on Sale. Also make sure you absolutely get the Adjustable front sway bar and the Steering Stabilizer. Here is the list from my full kit.

Zone 3" Suspension Kit Combo. Includes Nitro Shocks, Solid Front Links, Zone 1.25" Body Lift, and Zone Motor Mount Lift, 97-06 TJ/LJ
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Skyjacker Steering Stabilizer '97-'06 TJ Wrangler
Goodridge Stainless Front Brake Lines, 97-06 Wrangler
JKS Adjustable Front Track Bar, 1-3.5" Lift, '97-'06 Wranlger

Seriously do not kid yourself on getting the cheapest kit which are not what they seem.
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I did research for almost a year before I put on my lift and elided on Zone Offroad with the 4.25" TJ Combo Lift.

4.25" TJ Combo Lift

When you do your lift do it all at once and not in pieces; such as have the tires and wheels ready when you put the lift on. I highly recommend this lift kit and you also will find some vendors here in the forum who will put this on Sale. Also make sure you absolutely get the Adjustable front sway bar and the Steering Stabilizer. Here is the list from my full kit.

Zone 3" Suspension Kit Combo. Includes Nitro Shocks, Solid Front Links, Zone 1.25" Body Lift, and Zone Motor Mount Lift, 97-06 TJ/LJ
Adjustable Cam Bolts
Skyjacker Steering Stabilizer '97-'06 TJ Wrangler
Goodridge Stainless Front Brake Lines, 97-06 Wrangler
JKS Adjustable Front Track Bar, 1-3.5" Lift, '97-'06 Wranlger

Seriously do not kid yourself on getting the cheapest kit which are not what they seem.
You didn't experience any vibe, death wobble, etc. after installing the Zone? Looks decent for the price... Don't need a SYE for it?
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I put the same Zone combo lift with a RE 1600 adj track bar on my 99 over the weekend. It wasn't bad, took a long time but no real problems. No vibes after alignment, no DW, no sye. Rides great so far, only been 3 days so far though
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