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Unread 06-18-2013, 11:54 AM   #1
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Think I'm bailing out on my lift project

For the past year I've been ironing out bugs in my ZJ and it's pretty much to the point (knock on wood), where it runs and drives halfway decent.

I wanted to do a 3.5" lift in it with 31s, but ended up buying a popup trailer for my kids on Saturday so that I could bring them camping.

The ZJ towed it pretty good, so then over the weekend I was thinking do I really want to open another can of worms and battle all of the issues that typically crop up when you do a lift.

I just put about a grand into the ZJ over the past year doing maintenance repairs, that the PO neglected to do.

I wanted the truck to be reliable enough to go on an 8 hour trip towing a pop up if I needed it to. Was thinking pinion angles, towing, blown drive shaft on the highway, So was having second thoughts about lifting it.

What do you guys think, anyone tow a camper with a lift? Just kind of thinking out loud.

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Unread 06-18-2013, 11:58 AM   #2
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Compromise on height but stay with top quality. Get the OME 2.5HD coils, Addco front sway bar, nice shocks, and a beefy front track bar. The less the lift the more like stock it will be and you will still be able to fit 31's or a 245/75 which is basically a skinnier 31.
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"And yes, there is always a torque spec...but its not necessary...and takes way to much time...."
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Unread 06-18-2013, 12:10 PM   #3
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Compromise on height but stay with top quality. Get the OME 2.5HD coils, Addco front sway bar, nice shocks, and a beefy front track bar. The less the lift the more like stock it will be and you will still be able to fit 31's or a 245/75 which is basically a skinnier 31.
I did think about this, but I know myself and I'm like "Tim the Tool Man Tayler"...lol

I don't want to have to squint to notice it...lol, car builds with me tend to get out of control sometimes.

If it wasn't a 16 year old truck, and it was more like a 3 year old truck where everything was new then I wouldn't even worry about it. I've been down this path before with builds though.
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Unread 06-18-2013, 12:22 PM   #4
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If it was a 3 year old truck you would void all the warranties putting a lift on it.
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Unread 06-18-2013, 12:30 PM   #5
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If it was a 3 year old truck you would void all the warranties putting a lift on it.
Not completely true...


They wouldn't turn down your ac blower motor claim if you have a suspension lift.
Used to bring in my lifted tacoma and FJ all the time

Some sort of law against it, never had to read into it.
Magnuson-Moss warranty act.
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Unread 06-18-2013, 12:32 PM   #6
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Not completely true...


They wouldn't turn down your ac blower motor claim if you have a suspension lift.
Used to bring in my lifted tacoma and FJ all the time

Some sort of law against it, never had to read into it.
Magnuson-Moss warranty act.
How were you going through blower motors on new trucks like that?

I lifted mine as much as I though I would need and no more than that. It got me all over the old wagon trails. I'm glad I didn't lift it more because there isn't crap to do around where I live now.
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Unread 06-18-2013, 12:34 PM   #7
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people tow with 3.5" lift on here.I have seen pictures and no complaints really. Honestly if you spend the time and money to do the lift right, as you know, it will cause a whole lot less problems. I say lift it lol. or do as other suggested and do a medium lift and leave well enough alone.
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Unread 06-18-2013, 12:34 PM   #8
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Pretty funny stuff. My neighbor did a 4" Mopar lift in his new JK, it's awesome.
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Unread 06-18-2013, 12:36 PM   #9
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How were you going through blower motors on new trucks like that?

I lifted mine as much as I though I would need and no more than that. It got me all over the old wagon trails. I'm glad I didn't lift it more because there isn't crap to do around where I live now.
hey...
let's just say the newer gen yotas aint as bulletproof as "people" say.

Didn't have 1/4 the problems my current old pos jeep has... but cannot say I never had a problem with my tacoma. The FJ on the other hand was actually assembled in Japan... didn't have any FACTORY issues with that thing though .
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Unread 06-18-2013, 12:40 PM   #10
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hey...
let's just say the newer gen yotas aint as bulletproof as "people" say.

Didn't have 1/4 the problems my current old pos jeep has... but cannot say I never had a problem with my tacoma. The FJ on the other hand was actually assembled in Japan... didn't have any FACTORY issues with that thing though .
They must have to get closer to the bolts when tightening them.
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Unread 06-18-2013, 12:41 PM   #11
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I originally wanted a built TJ but ended up with a ZJ. I might just save up for a TJ that's done, and use the ZJ for camping. My wife has a 04 WJ, with a hitch, so I was thinking, hmmm I could use her Jeep if the ZJ's down. Then I was blocked when she said "you're not using my Jeep!".

LOL...I busted out laughing I guess she knows me all too well...lol
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Unread 06-18-2013, 12:41 PM   #12
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They must have to get closer to the bolts when tightening them.
what are you implying sir?



what u did there.... I see it...
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Unread 06-18-2013, 12:46 PM   #13
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Nothing, I was just saying that their attention to detail is better than round eye's when it come to automotive assembly.


OT: I guess you should just leave it stock then since you are leaning towards a TJ. Especially if you just spent a bunch of cash replacing stock parts and making it reliable. If you are just using it for camping with the kids then there is no place the stocker can't take you for that.
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Unread 06-18-2013, 12:50 PM   #14
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Unread 06-18-2013, 12:54 PM   #15
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Pretty funny stuff. My neighbor did a 4" Mopar lift in his new JK, it's awesome.
So a rebadged and upmarked skyjacker lift?


if you have an 04 WJ why wouldn't you just use that?

3.5" lift and 31s looks silly. 32s i guess is ok.

2" and 31s looks like it should have from the factory. it will still be stockish and look decent.

i'd still tow with the WJ anyways.
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