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Unread 04-15-2013, 11:28 AM   #16
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Okay, I'm sorry I'm a little new to this.

If I got a 3.5" suspension lift costing around 450, coming with lifted coil springs, lower control arms, sway bar links and crossmember spacers for the front. The rear would come with lower control arms and track bar brackets. The front coils are used to lift the rear apparently. Would this work? What about extending my brake lines and/or a shaky driveshaft?

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Unread 04-15-2013, 11:44 AM   #17
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You don't need cross member spacers and you will need more parts than that. You will possibly need another 300-500 more in parts. Adjustable track bars, and adjustable control arms to set the pinion angles. Probably a u jointed front drive shaft too is you have a CV shaft. Those eventually break.

Rear coils in the back will work. You might need to add a spacer to level it out. Brake lines a should be long enough if you just unbolt the bracket and let them hang.
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Unread 04-15-2013, 12:08 PM   #18
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Not feeling like an extra 500 bucks, if I stuck to that 2" budget boost would I have to buy new shocks?
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Unread 04-15-2013, 12:29 PM   #19
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If you wanted to wheel it you would. The extra height will cause the stock length shocks to ride harsh and over extend them off road. They will wear out faster and possibly come apart off road. There is no telling how long they will last. You could just use them until they break.
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Unread 04-15-2013, 01:18 PM   #20
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lifting these things is not cheap. never has been; never will be.
it can be cheap, but it will ride like a dump truck and be unsafe as hell

dont cheap out on lift, do it right the first time or you will spend a bunch more down the line fixing it.
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Unread 04-15-2013, 02:01 PM   #21
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What size tire could I fit on stock rim with a 3"?
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Unread 04-16-2013, 12:05 AM   #22
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31s maybe 32s if you trim and add a wheel spacer, backspace kills once you get past 31's
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Unread 04-16-2013, 12:16 AM   #23
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If you are really wanting on the cheap and good parts I would check out the classified section. I've seen people give away budget boost parts after they step up to a bigger lift. Just be patient you thank yourself in the long run.
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Unread 04-16-2013, 06:08 AM   #24
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Well her width of my rim is 15"x7", and I wanted to keep the stock one I painted them myself. So with that width what would be the widest I could go?
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Unread 04-16-2013, 06:28 AM   #25
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If you do the 2" BB lift widest you can go on a stock rim would be 31x10.5x15. Any wider on stock rim and you'll rub on your control arms when you turn. Do yourself a favor and don't go cheap. The cheaper you go now, the more you'll shell out next month replacing and fixing parts your cheap lift prematurely wore out or cracked. And you don't want to risk a suspension or steering component breaking or coming apart at 65 mph. Research what each size lift is going to require to ride correctly than decide on how big you want to go. Tire size should be the last thing your thinking about. But it seems with your budget you won't be going over 31's. Best thing to do is the read through others build threads. Read what they upgraded and kits they bought, you'll get a good idea for what people spent. I just bought a iro lift, that's a very good place to start. Tons of people run their kits with no complaints. Another thing to do, check the reviews section here. Read up on parts your thinking about ordering to see how they held up before you make someone else's mistake. Last but not least, I just went from a 2" BB to a full 3.5 from iro, not including the exhaust I bought, I spent about 750 just upgrading the shock and a rear adjustable track bar. Control arms are next. All in all, stop thinking couple hundred and be more realistic. To upgrade everything you'll need to correctly, one time and not 2, start thinking atleast a grand. Remember it's your dd, it's gonna suck when your cheap kit breaks and your waiting on new parts to fix something you could have prevented.
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Unread 04-16-2013, 07:10 AM   #26
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Thanks so much. I'm just going to do the 2" BB with 31x10.5.
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Unread 04-16-2013, 09:03 AM   #27
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Well her width of my rim is 15"x7", and I wanted to keep the stock one I painted them myself. So with that width what would be the widest I could go?
I ran 33x12.50's on stock teardrop 95 limited rims. Those were 15x7. an 8" rim is as wide as you need.
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Unread 04-16-2013, 09:12 AM   #28
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Man y'all tore into this guy. least he's got the idea down now
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Unread 04-16-2013, 12:47 PM   #29
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Are the 95 limited rims the same size as a 96 Laredo's?
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Unread 04-16-2013, 01:00 PM   #30
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the thing about lift kits... you may see these small prices on the kit that are well below what people here tend to say... because the kit generally includes just enough components to make the jeep sit taller... driving with the lift is another story

usually all manner of little things that add up quickly and turn a $560 kit into a $1000+ job
Im over $1000 i paid about $500 for mine
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