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Old December 26th, 2005, 02:26 PM   #1
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a couple of things here...
i got a 98 Laredo

1. I plan to put a 3" rustys lift on it but before i did it i was wondering if there are any known problems out there i might run into and what sizes tires would you guys recommend running?

2. it seems to burning some oil...i replaced the air filter, and pcv valve and im putting new spark plugs in today. I do alot of highway driving and put almost 500 miles on it a week...anything i can do fix this or atleast slow down the oil consumption?

thanks for the help
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Old December 26th, 2005, 04:22 PM   #2
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change the brand of oil your using, switch to a higher grade or at least a better brand. some times the engine acts on oil cunsuption like a kid in a candy shop, if it likes the taste it will eat everything you give till it pukes. I would try 10 w40 Valvaline or a thicker one like quakerstate.
chrysler uses Haveline for their test vehicles in most cases and they do very well with it.
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Old December 26th, 2005, 04:51 PM   #3
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i have been running 5w-30 amsoil and i just changed it and put in 10w-30
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Do some reading on www.nagca.com or www.mallcrawlin.com and read up on Rusty's reputation in the off-road world. It's not great. If you want ZJ lift parts, check out Kevin's Off-road in AZ or email kolak@aol.com for information. Nick doesn't have a website, but he probably does as much business as 10 normal off-road shops. Tell him Brad in MI sent you...
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Old December 27th, 2005, 04:34 PM   #5
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2. it seems to burning some oil...i replaced the air filter, and pcv valve and im putting new spark plugs in today. I do alot of highway driving and put almost 500 miles on it a week...anything i can do fix this or atleast slow down the oil consumption?
thanks for the help
I have a '94. Yeah, I know the difference... if yours has high miles on it, your rings may be going bad = burning/consuming usually high amouts of oil. I run Amsoil in everything, except the new one, and I swear by it. I doubt changing to a different oil will make any difference.
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Old December 27th, 2005, 05:06 PM   #6
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I have a '94. Yeah, I know the difference... if yours has high miles on it, your rings may be going bad = burning/consuming usually high amouts of oil. I run Amsoil in everything, except the new one, and I swear by it. I doubt changing to a different oil will make any difference.
Did you notice a change in gas mileage attributed to amsoil? I know they claim a 4% increase.
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Old December 27th, 2005, 06:37 PM   #7
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I would stay away from Rusty's junk. I have Rusty's upper adjustable CA f/r, and fix CA f/r, and his shocks......all junk.

The rubber bushings he uses are really soft, and the suspension is really loose and wanders.

I second what Brad said about Kevin or Nick(Kolak). I have bought alot from Nick, and a few things from Kevin.
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Old December 27th, 2005, 09:40 PM   #8
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well since they are ragging rusty..i figure i will give him a good plug....i run his 4.5 inch kit on my xj and am very happy with it..no problems and excellent customer service....and i will use him again when i go up to 6 inches...for what its worth....

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i run the rusty 3" on my xj and it blows, dont buy his crap, kevinsoffraod.com is great , hes a great guy with great customer service decent prices and fast shipping... email kolak for exhaust and ignition stuff its slightly cheaper than kevins, but kevins suspensions really worth it.

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Old December 28th, 2005, 07:39 AM   #10
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oh 3.5" on a zj is good for only 31s 4.5" 32s 4.5" minimal trimming for 33s
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Old December 28th, 2005, 01:05 PM   #11
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oh 3.5" on a zj is good for only 31s 4.5" 32s 4.5" minimal trimming for 33s
I've got 3.5"(RE coils) and 32's on my ZJ no clearance problems. But I have 265/75r16' not 32x11.50x15.

I'm not happy with Rusty's product, but I never had a problem with his cutomer service or shipping. I recieved my three orders in a timely matter. Shipping is something that I hear a lot of complaints about from him....I just never had any problems.


If you are interested in RE or JKS components Nick/Kolak carries those also, thats where I got my coils and trac bars. That was before Pat Ironman started dealing with them.
So if u want to buy from a MI, vender with great prices, please contact Ironman on this message board.

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Did you notice a change in gas mileage attributed to amsoil? I know they claim a 4% increase.
Out of all honesty, 4% is minimal, I'm pretty anal about gas mileage so I pay attention to it. It can tell you if there's a problem or something is not working properly...
to your question... there's to many variables contributing to noticing a small change in mileage, but I did notice it running smoother and more efficient. I've always ran Synthetic and started using Amsoil 3 years ago, I have had a couple of experiences that have sold me on it.

With 33's and 4.10 in my XJ w/ 4.0L I've got as good as 320 to a tank, and as bad as 180. So where and how your driving makes a huge difference. With the 36" and same gear ratio I maybe dropped a couple of miles per gal.

I also run Amsoil gear and tranny fluids...
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Old December 28th, 2005, 07:43 PM   #13
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i havent noticed much of a difference in fuel economy but i been running amsoil in everything from the t-case to the gears since i got this jeep...thanks for all the input on the lift and everything too
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Old December 29th, 2005, 05:25 PM   #14
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I have been running rusty's adj control arms (upper and lowers) and springs for about 4 years now with out any problems. I got almost 4.75" of lift in the rear and the front has settled down to 4" (but that is cuz of the arb). I went with jks adj track bars and old man emu shocks (got em from kolak). Like Brad said contact kolak. he is the man when it comes to zj parts and has incredible customer service.
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The rubber bushings he uses are really soft, and the suspension is really loose and wanders.
The rubber bushings he uses are stock replacement bushings - the same ones you'd get from the dealership.

Not that I'm defending Rusty, I've had Rusty's stuff and experienced good and bad with it, but I'd like to hear more about your vehicle and what you had on it.

I had his adjustable control arms on my ZJ and I just had too much lift on the thing for it to really be stable. It wandered all over the road and the rear steered on acceleration and cornering. I gave the arms to a TJ owner with 4" of lift and he's happy with them.
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