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Old 08-10-2011, 12:18 PM
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Question Need help! Should i lift my 91 YJ?!

So i just got my jeep last saturday its a 91 yj with a 4.0L and 140k miles im debating if i should lift it i mean i dont want to spend big bucks. I will be off roading but nothing too extreme due to how old the jeep is and how much i love it.. haha i dont want to see this thing die out. So what do you think would be best for me to do? im looking for an affordable lift kit that puts out good quality you guys are the experts let me know what you think.
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Need help! Should i lift my 91 YJ?!
Do you WANT to lift it? if yes, theres your answer, if not, well...

Its all about what you want, and what you want out of your Jeep...

I spent $500 on my lift, did the lift myself, another $500 on 33's (used off pirate4x4).....

Then you have to look at driveline angles...
SYE with the install and drive~shaft is about another $800-900.

How about re-gearing for those bigger tires, here's another $1000 Mr Mechanic...

Ok, now you got pulled over, fender flares and mud flaps, fix-it-ticket, so $200 on flares (for cheapo E-bay flares), + install....

See where im going with this? the almighty dollar $

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Old 08-10-2011, 12:33 PM   #3
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Do a spring over axle lift. It will keep your springs from hitting rocks, etc.
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When I got my YJ the suspension was all jacked up. The shocks were busted and leaking, the mounts were broken or almost broken, it had cheap shackles that would flex when I drove it and make the steering crazy. So instead of getting stock parts I just saved and got a Rough Country 4.5 lift for about $500. I'd say if it's sitting on stock suspension and your happy with it (most Jeep guys aren't) just leave it alone and rock out! If the suspension has some things wrong or broken with it (like mine was), and your wanting some altitude, now would be a good time to look into a lift.
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Get a lift...you will eventually want to anyway?
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:46 AM
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im definitely going to get a lift anyway someone could hook me up to links of everything i would really need to lift her, my dads a mechanic so all the manual labor would be handled between me and him so that part would be free other then that im clueless on what to get, im looking for something cheap but worth it if you know what i mean.
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How high do you want to go? Target tire size? Is the Jeep going to be a daily driver?
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just putting the springs on top of the axle (SOA) will give you a 5.5in lift. Theres alot of write ups on how to do it on the forums. Im running a +2 SOA lift so im at 7.5 in running 36's.
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How high do you want to go? Target tire size? Is the Jeep going to be a daily driver?
im pretty new to jeeping and even driving honestly, but i wouldnt like to go "too" high i like the height of my jeep now but would like to be able to trust it in the trails i love it too much to see something happen to it. But yes its my daily driver so im tryin to get mpg in mind. what do ya think i should do?
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also how much do you think it will cost ALL together with my life suspension and wheels?
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all depends on the size of lift/tires my lift cost me with out SYE under 400$ thats with adjustable shocks. Tires ran me around 1350$ with wheels. Id look at Tonneau Covers, Lift Kits, Winches, Leveling Kits, Tires, Wheels & Tonneau Cover Truck Parts by 4 Wheel Parts Through all my internet surfing for deals on jeep stuff they have been either the cheapest or on par with other sites.
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As far as wheels and tires, I have had great luck on Craigslist and Pirate4x4...
Got my first set of 33's with Modern wheels (old school Center Line clones), Goodyear MTR, the old ones. 80% tread, $400.

Got a second set of 33's BFG Mudders for $300, 90% tread, but I had to drive to Oroville.

I actually got a third set of 33's with 75% tread for an 83 K5 I was building to sell localy off Craigslist for $400, included 6 lug chrome wagon wheels...

If you have the time, bargain away, if not, you better have the money, at 200-250 for a 33 12.5 15, plus install, your easily looking at a over grand just for tires.
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My Rough Country lift should be here tomorrow. $535 with the new spring bolts which will likely get toasted in the install and shipping taxes and all. I can't wait and plan to continue scanning Craigslist for some 33's for a while. I just saw a YJ in town that has been stock on 235's for ever now lifted with 33's. What a difference. Lift it. They don't look right until they are.
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Hope you got a back brace and good seats jeepsnopars. They dont call it rough country for nothing.
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:23 AM
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Jeep YJ Suspension Lift
was thinking about buying this next friday would this still be fine to install with stock wheels just cause im short on money and are gonna get one thing at a time
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I had recently installed that same lift and very pleased with it...not hard to do if you take your time and follow directions. I am mechanically inclined and had no problem figuring it out? I did the rear one day and the front the next. No power tools just a lot of PB blaster ahead of time and patience. I still need to upsize my tires. Still contemplating 31,32 or 33"s.. not sure yet. Don't really want to regear but may end up having too anyway for better mileage and use of 5th gear.

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