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post #1 of 20 Old 07-15-2013, 01:09 AM Thread Starter
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3" Budget Lift

I'm putting 3" blocks on the springs but just that for now. What risks am I running at if any ?


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post #2 of 20 Old 07-15-2013, 01:19 AM
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I'm thinking....death, maybe?
I think you have to change more than just adding blocks under the springs if you want to go over 2 inches. Pinion angles might need changing, sway bar end links...shocks, track bar...etc. But I'm no expert on lifts for certain. 'Just seem to have heard anything over 2 inches needs a lot of stuff for the geometry to be right.

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post #3 of 20 Old 07-15-2013, 01:35 AM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking....death, maybe?
I think you have to change more than just adding blocks under the springs if you want to go over 2 inches. Pinion angles might need changing, sway bar end links...shocks, track bar...etc. But I'm no expert on lifts for certain. 'Just seem to have heard anything over 2 inches needs a lot of stuff for the geometry to be right.
Yeah ill be adding all that soon, but if I drive it with just the 3inch for say.... 3-4 weeks will anything major break? Hopefully not death lol

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post #4 of 20 Old 07-15-2013, 07:53 AM
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The rear spring posts are not long enough so a coil may or may not pop out if you wheel it. You won't know the other problems until you get it on. Then the weak/worn out stock parts will be revealed.
It will also offset your axles so they won't be centered under the Jeep anymore without adj track bars. You will also need longer swaybar endlinks.

Also if you have CV front drive shaft then count on that breaking the first time you wheel it.
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post #5 of 20 Old 07-15-2013, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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The rear spring posts are not long enough so a coil may or may not pop out if you wheel it. You won't know the other problems until you get it on. Then the weak worn out links will be revealed.
It will also offset your axles so they won't be centered under the Jeep anymore without adj track bars. You will also need longer swaybar endlinks.

So i should just wait unfilled I have everything else to put it on ?

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post #6 of 20 Old 07-15-2013, 07:59 AM
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So i should just wait unfilled I have everything else to put it on ?
That would be the smart thing to do.
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post #7 of 20 Old 07-15-2013, 09:47 AM
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you'll blow out the stock shocks likely. probably end up with deathwobble too
just wait. whats a few weeks?

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post #8 of 20 Old 07-15-2013, 09:55 AM
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you could also do it right and get 3.5" springs, rather than a big puck.

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post #9 of 20 Old 07-15-2013, 10:12 AM
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I don't have pesonal experience but from what I've read up on on this forum and another, I think BB's over 2-2.25" are way overdoing it safety-wise. You may want to seriously consider a kit that comes with longer arms, springs, shocks, bars, etc. 1 stop shopping and the parts are made to work with one another.
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post #10 of 20 Old 07-15-2013, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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Well the reason why I bought just the blocks was cuz someone sold them to me for cheap... Where's a good place where I can find the rest of the things I need for cheap ? I'm really tight on a budget right now.

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post #11 of 20 Old 07-15-2013, 12:06 PM
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I hate to get all Suzy Orman on you, but if you're on a tight budget, you shouln't be lifting your Jeep.
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post #12 of 20 Old 07-15-2013, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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I hate to get all Suzy Orman on you, but if you're on a tight budget, you shouln't be lifting your Jeep.
Haha well... It's not that bad, I have money to spare as long as I do it right. I get paid twice a month 1 check goes to pay my truck and the other for me and my own use. So maybe its not bad

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post #13 of 20 Old 07-15-2013, 12:39 PM
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throw away those 3 inch pucks, save up some dough, and buy the 3.5" IRO kit. you'll be much happier

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post #14 of 20 Old 07-15-2013, 12:49 PM
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I will get "all Suzy O. on you"...chuckle....because that's what I do for a living....(when I actually work)

You should be saving one of those checks each month.
Do you know the difference in an older gentleman and an old man ?

It sucks enough, just being an older gentleman ( and you'll get there one day) ......but without money, we are just old men, so save and invest 1/2 of what you make. You'll be employing your friends in 15 years, 'cuz they'll all be broke from pizzing off all their money on junk.

Then you can take their girlfriends, buy their overpriced homes for a song and rent them out when they get laid off etc. Because cash is still "King" in this country. Sermon over. That'll be $250 please... Cash only...

Seriously...do it right. Wait til you have the money and go all in, if that's what you want. You'll be happier.

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I will get "all Suzy O. on you"...chuckle....because that's what I do for a living....(when I actually work)

You should be saving one of those checks each month.
Do you know the difference in an older gentleman and an old man ?

It sucks enough, just being an older gentleman ( and you'll get there one day) ......but without money, we are just old men, so save and invest 1/2 of what you make. You'll be employing your friends in 15 years, 'cuz they'll all be broke from pizzing off all their money on junk.

Then you can take their girlfriends, buy their overpriced homes for a song and rent them out when they get laid off etc. Because cash is still "King" in this country. Sermon over. That'll be $250 please... Cash only...

Seriously...do it right. Wait til you have the money and go all in, if that's what you want. You'll be happier.
Thanks mom... Just kidding that sounds like a plan and a good idea but I'm one of the worst people when it comes to saving money.

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