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Old January 20th, 2006, 08:18 PM   #1
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The time has come... I have some extra cash and I am thinking about adding a lift to my tj. I dont want anyting to crazy, just enough to give me some extra clearence with my 31" tires. I was looking at the Rubicon Express 2" kit they sell. It looks solid. My question is, what goes into installing it? Do I need to do an alignment, if so whats that usaly run? I by no means, have a ton of tools and the stuff needed to do this... but I know a couple people w/ garages that would let me use their stuff. I was also thinking of maybe going to JCR or TJO and having them do it... Im open to sugestions.
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Old January 20th, 2006, 11:25 PM   #2
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correct me if im wrong but isnt the 2" kit just coil spacers ?? yes u will need an alignemt, no its not hard.
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Old January 21st, 2006, 12:39 AM   #3
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the 2" spacers are a pretty easy install, if i remember all you need to do is unbolt the sway bar and shocks and let the axle droop. then you will have the clearance needed. you will need an alignment because of the steering setup will throw your toe outa wack, i dont know if its enough to be of concern with only 2 inches tho. i think its $50-65 at most shops down state.
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Old January 21st, 2006, 05:42 PM   #4
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1" body lift would suit your need better than the budget boost.
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 12:25 AM   #5
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Body Lifts Are:gay: :gay: :gay: :gay: :gay: :gay: :gay: :gay: :gay:
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 01:13 AM   #6
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A 1" body lift is not only NOT gay, it's pretty necissary a lot of times...

I would have some driveline problems without mine.
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 03:07 PM   #7
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i loved the body lift on the sonoma, it was the best thing i ever did to that truck. made it so much easyer to work on.
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 03:14 PM   #8
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I heard hockey pucks work well, then again, I don't work on Jeeps.. One set under the springs, one set under the body, viola! 2". I got the impression that this is solely for tire clearance.

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Old January 22nd, 2006, 07:33 PM   #9
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the problem with hockey pucks is thats if you drive on the road the salt and whatnot will eat them. and they cost a couple bucks each so after you buy the longer bolts they end up costing almost as much as a body lift
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 07:41 PM   #10
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If you got about 600 bucks you can get the bb 1inch body and 1inch motor moun installed at rbr than you can clear 33x12.50s
look at rustys offroad for 300 you can get 2" lift springs and new shocks and its like 200 for the isolater lift so for 100 more bucks you get a much better setup and it is techniclly not illeagel
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 07:44 PM   #11
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the problem with hockey pucks is thats if you drive on the road the salt and whatnot will eat them. and they cost a couple bucks each so after you buy the longer bolts they end up costing almost as much as a body lift
I've had pucks under my YJ for 3 years. They are $1 a peice, and even if you buy bolts at lowes for $2 a peice you still only have ~$30 into it.

No cracking, no problems.
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 10:34 PM   #12
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where the hell are you buying pucks for $1 or more? I've seen small packs for like $2-3 for 5 or 6 pucks (been a couple years since I've played hockey, but I suppose that's back when gas was still $1.20 - $1.40 and "expensive"...) now that I think about that, maybe they are a dollar now... still cheap all in all.
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Old January 28th, 2006, 09:09 PM   #13
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Quick question about the RE kit. Do they come with/need boots for the shocks? One of my buddies mentioned it today and it got me thinking. Let me know if you know....

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Old January 28th, 2006, 09:53 PM   #14
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don't get shock boots. I like the look but, they trap moisture and dirt in. I have to remember to cut mine off one day.

If you were out west, with little mud/water, I'd say run them to keep dust out. Here, they cause rust.

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correct me if im wrong but isnt the 2" kit just coil spacers ?? yes u will need an alignemt, no its not hard.

Why do you need an alignment after installing spacers when you haven't touched any of the steering components?
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The package come with spacers and shocks. The Jeep Outfitters was the one who told me I need an alignment and sugested i get a steering stablizer. Im new at this stuff... thanks for the information about the boot. Anything elese I need to know so I don't get screwed.
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Methinks they told you that so they could charge you for an alignment, when all they are going to do is re-center your steering wheel.
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Old January 29th, 2006, 09:56 AM   #18
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Methinks they told you that so they could charge you for an alignment, when all they are going to do is re-center your steering wheel.
same thing with a ram.. the inverted Y steering.. as you lift the vehicle the tires will toe in..
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Old January 29th, 2006, 11:47 AM   #19
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same thing with a ram.. the inverted Y steering.. as you lift the vehicle the tires will toe in..
Are you sure you don't mean that the caster will change? The only way for toe-in to be affected is if the relationship between the two wheels is changed. That requires messing with the tie-rod, which a spacer lift just doesn't do.
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Old January 29th, 2006, 12:40 PM   #20
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By lifting a TJ or XJ, even only a couple inches, you make the drag link angle change. With the inverted "Y", you would change your alignment. Now, on a budget boost, it is not much...probably would not even cause a problem.
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