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Old 01-22-2014, 09:40 PM
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Buy new? Or snatch from other YJ

Hey everyone. I have a stock 1995 Sahara. I'm currently in college and my YJ is my daily driver. I just started saving up for a 2.5" Rough Country lift and bigger tires (probably 31x10.5). My dad's buddy owns a shop and outside theres a lifted YJ that just sits outside. I'm almost positive that its sitting on a 2.5" lift and a 1" body lift, and it has 31x10.5 tires with a decent amount of tread on them. My question is would I be better off just snatching the springs and tires from the guy for my jeep for a nice low price; or should I just keep saving and buy a new lift and new tires? I wont be installing the lift myself, so obviously I have to save extra cash to pay someone to install it for me. Plus I have a list of other things I want to add to my jeep, so any money I can save would be a great help. Thanks!

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Old 01-23-2014, 07:36 AM   #2
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It all depends on how cheap you can get the used lift for. Also what shape is it in? Good condition? Rust free?

The hardest part I can think of is getting the lift off the current Jeep. If the fasteners are rusted up, you'll more than likely have to cut the spring hanger bolts. The leaf spring sleeves love to rust to the bolts, making it impossible to knock the bolt out. I just installed a 4"RC over the weekend. Every spring hanger bolt had to be cut out because of rusted sleeves.

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Old 01-23-2014, 09:24 AM   #3
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I'd spend a little extra and just buy new for piece of mind.. That way you end up with good leafs and shocks that you know aren't sagging or worn out or rusted. You can get a RC lift and Daystar 1" body lift (which replaces all the worn out body mounts) for a little over $500. Btw the 4" lift is only about $50 more than the 2.5" (if you're going with RC that is) and then you wouldn't even have to do body lift unless your mounts are rotting or you have future tummy tuck plans. Do some searching around in the forum and you can find how much is involved in each route and then decide exactly what you want to do, make a plan and stick to it (for now) and save up what you need.
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:52 AM   #4
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the labor for swapping it all out would probably eat up anything you would be saving on the parts
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Old 01-23-2014, 02:51 PM
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I think I might just continue saving for a 2.5" rough country lift and new tires. The 4" lift is actually the same price, but I'm worried about the 4" lift coming with more problems in the long run. I appreciate the advice everybody
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Old 01-23-2014, 03:05 PM   #6
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You shouldn't have any problems going with the 4". The biggest issue I can think of will be the pinion angle to the rear end, & that can be rectified with the included t-case drop. If a t-case drop isin't your cup of tea, you can run with it untill you save up enough money for a SYE & CV shaft.

I just installed a RC 4" lift by myself (no helpers) on a bone stock '95 YJ & other than the factory fasteners being a little stubborn to remove, the install was a piece of cake.

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