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Old December 20th, 2005, 09:00 PM   #1
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THis is regarding my 05 Unlimited Rubicon, I called The Jeep Outfitters in Flushing and they made me an offer. The RE 7003 Package with the RE 1600 Adjustable Track Bar, a RE drop pittman arm, 4 Blisten shocks, an OME steering stabalizer (shock?), 15 inch Mickey Thompson Rims and 33' TOYO (AT) Open Country's for $1600 and my stock tires and rims. If I give them $2100 they will give me the kit and all labor.

I really like my Rubicon rims, but I'm told that if I want to run 33's (12.5) I would need wheel spacers and to get those tires in 33 with a 16 inch rim, it's more cost effective to part with my rims and go with 15's. (Rubber being cheaper for 15's?)

I know Jack and sh!t about mechanics and have a couple buddies willing to help me out with the install. However, The Jeep Outfitters will give lifetime warranty on their work. They were trying to sell me a 4 inch Full Traction Lift. Their opinion was it's better than the RE. The guys at The Jeep Outfitters seem like straight shooters and honest. Can anyone weigh in here for me. This is ALOT of $$ to be spent. Anyone here know anything about this place or that can offer any advice here? I would GREATLY appreciate it.
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Old December 21st, 2005, 10:57 AM   #2
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i know the owner there and they all run fulltraction stuff on all there jeeps. they are good kits but for that kind of money buy the used 4 inch re and tires that is floating around in the classifieds for 1200 bucks. if you need help putting it in i can give you a hand or will install it for you! dont spend 2200.00 for that kit. i learned the hard way and tried to do it cheap the first lift i put on my jeep and i regreted ever spending the money on the cheap stuff. get a complete kit upper and lower adjustable arm,s if you are going to do it it will drive better and will not give you problems! that used re kit is a great deal if it is in good shape.
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Are the Toyo's 33x12.50's or are theyt 285x75R16's? I run 285x75's on my stock moab rims and have no wheel spacers. 33x12.50's can rub at full turn fully stuffed. But you can adjust the steering stops to prevent this if you want.
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Just don't get wheel spacers. Like Lothos said, you can adjust the steering stop, or go with aftermarket wheels to get the right backspacing. Wheel spacers can come loose...mine did even with lots of red loc-tite. Also, whenever you have to do any work requiring the wheel to be removed, you have to remove the wheel spacer too.
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[QUOTE=GreaseMonkey]Just don't get wheel spacers. Like Lothos said, you can adjust the steering stop, or go with aftermarket wheels to get the right backspacing. Wheel spacers can come loose...mine did even with lots of red loc-tite. Also, whenever you have to do any work requiring the wheel to be removed, you have to remove the wheel spacer too.[/QUOTE]

really i did not know that
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Are they only giving you the lifetime warrenty on their labor? or the lift kit? Cuz lifetime on the labor isn't worth that, that's why they offer it. If they thought they'd need to do future work, they prolly wouldn't offer. Those guys aren't going to be going on wheeling trips with you either. You really need to know how to fix your stuff because if it breaks you're going to have to do something to get home right. When I wheel, I have no trouble helping people who break down but if they have no clue what they are doing it can be frustrating. I'm not saying you have to have all the answers or be a mechanic even but something as simple as a lift kit you should be able to do. Remember it's all just nuts and bolts.

Before you buy consider this:
- try to ride in a couple of jeeps with different ktis and see how they ride.
- Go on a couple offroad trips and see how much you like it (maybe you've been on bunch already I don't know)
- Ask a bunch of people wheeling what they have and how they like it, what they don't like.
- If you learn how to wheel what you already got you'll know what you'll probably need and maybe save yourself a bunch of money in the process.
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Just don't get wheel spacers. Like Lothos said, you can adjust the steering stop, or go with aftermarket wheels to get the right backspacing. Wheel spacers can come loose...mine did even with lots of red loc-tite. Also, whenever you have to do any work requiring the wheel to be removed, you have to remove the wheel spacer too.[/QUOTE]

really i did not know that
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