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Old 02-03-2014, 12:41 AM
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Hey everyone! I have been actively lurking for a few weeks now, just got my '95 YJ in December and have been doing LOTS of reading to learn more about these incredible beasts. I have fixed and replaced several little things, had the transmission rebuilt, and cleaned her inside and out, but I am not very mechanically inclined and can't do the serious work myself. I am wondering...what would you all consider a fair price for a 3.5 inch suspension lift to be installed? I have 30x10.5 R15's on, and there just isn't much room for them to breathe. Also they are rubbing slightly at full turn, only to the right, but I don't know if the lift would change that at all, or if I need to do a different wheel/tire combination, or spacers?? Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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Old 02-03-2014, 12:46 AM   #2
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The tires will always rub, you need to either fit some 1" spacers, change to a different offset wheel, or adjust the steering stops.

Planning on having a shop install your lift? It's not difficult with YJ's, they're so simple to lift...

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Old 02-03-2014, 12:53 PM
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Yeah, I need to have a shop install mine...I don't really have tools of any kind and I really don't know much more than changing oil and changing tires. I would love to learn but that would involve buying all the tools I would need first (sockets, jacks, jack stands, etc.) then learning how to work on cars! I found a YouTube walk-thru on lifting a YJ, and it looks way more involved than I'm willing to take on. I may just invest in some good quality spacers and forget about the lift. Thanks though!
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Jeep is a car that you need to work on your self, not only because it's fun, but also because it's cheaper. I got mine in the summer. going to buy 2.5 rough country for 450$ and boomerang shackles for 100$. will install the suspension my self on the parking lot near my apartment. The bigger problem is rebuilding engine which i would like to do but probably will have shop doing it in a year. Also body bushings this spring but hell, they might be hard to do my self.
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Jeep is a car....
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A Jeep is a Jeep. It's not a car, a car is something you drive everyday without a smile on your face.

You're going to be paying a lot to have your Jeep worked on, investing in a toll kit is a wise idea... Basic tools would also include jack stands, impact wrench/accompanying sockets, 3 ton jack, pry bars, and a breaker bar. You don't need a whole lot of tools, just a brain and a sense of adventure.
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My local accesory shop wanted 1k in labor to do my 4" RC. Not that I would EVER take it to them for any kind of work, but that gives you an idea of what it'll cost you.
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Thanks for the input everyone. I'm saving for a wedding right now so tools will have to wait, but I'm in no hurry to start changing things, I know that once I start, it's on.
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Half of the fun of owning a YJ is the pride you get from doing a project on it or fixing something on it and standing back and admiring your work. They are fairly simple to work on and when your done you know exactly what has been done. Not to mention getting to tell people at the gas station "I" did this or "I" did that" when they admire your jeep and not having to say "I had that done at....". Get yourself a set of tools, do your own work and modifications and enjoy that "I don't care" look on your wife's face every time you call her to the garage to look at what you did. You will love it. Just my $.02
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This is just my thought for your consideration.

Buy an OME (Old Man Emu) suspension. They come with different lifts but if your springs are original a 2.5 kit will probably raise you 3-4 inched of where you are now as original springs sag.

Take the kit to your local front end shop as they usually do vehicle suspension also. You'll pay much less than at a 4 wheel shop and IMO they have more seasoned and knowledgeable mechanics.

Good luck and have fun.
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You can also get used tools at swap meets and yard sales a wrench here a socket there a jack stand here. Just my .02 cents
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Half of the fun of owning a YJ is the pride you get from doing a project on it or fixing something on it and standing back and admiring your work. They are fairly simple to work on and when your done you know exactly what has been done. Not to mention getting to tell people at the gas station "I" did this or "I" did that" when they admire your jeep and not having to say "I had that done at....". Get yourself a set of tools, do your own work and modifications and enjoy that "I don't care" look on your wife's face every time you call her to the garage to look at what you did. You will love it. Just my $.02
Spot on here. The learning experience is worth it too.

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