Every few days someone posts a thread about lifting their Wrangler. "Money is tight, can I just use gigantic shackles or a 5" body lift?". -"I can't afford an SYE or driveshaft so I'll just buy some used u-joints to keep on hand." or....... wait I love this one.... "I'm a poor college student. What's the cheapest way to lift my jeep?"
If money is that tight, lifting your jeep should be way out of your range of thinking. Pay your bills!
Phew...... I feel better. Thanks.
93YJ 4.0 I6, AX-15, NP231 Teraflex SYE, Tom Wood Drive Shaft, G2 D44 ARB, ARB locked 30, T&T customs axle trusses, ProComp 35" Mud Terrain, RE SD 4" Lift, Daystar 1" BL, Harbor Freight 8000 Winch, Swing Away Tire Carrier, and some other stuff.
Everyone starts off somewhere and chances are they'll make mistakes. Personally I'd rather throw $200 into a lift to get an idea of whether I'll like it or not before I spend $2500 to find that my jeep simply just isn't highway worthy anymore.
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I don't think most people know how much $$$$ you can really sink into a small vehicle called a wrangler.
I had no idea that when I got my little used 95 YJ I would soon be putting in twice as much as I paid for it, and it was in great shape when I got it. You soon find out hey what do mean I have 2 wheeeeeeel drive, 1 in the front and 1 in the rear, well how much can lockers really cost $$$$$$$$$$$ and how bad can it be to re-gear, after all a new R&P is only a couple hundred bucks. Soon you find yourself THOUSANDS into this small vehicle called a wrangler.
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I think the OP is about people spending money they really shouldn't, and we've seen it discussed here, credit issues, even marriage conflicts. It's not the Jeep that's the problem, it's unwise spending that's the problem (if you don't have the money to to do it right, wait till you do)
Jeeps are not he only moneypits. I also hang out on a site dedicated to old Mercedes SLs (ref my wife's car), and those guys have the same problem (how about $5000 for a valve & timing chain job??)
Boats are worse, and planes .. (my brother could tell you about the TCO of a Cessna)
meh, the money piles into these things, jeeps that is not just wranglers, my wrangler has been cheaper than my crappy xj by far.
as far as cheap ways to lift, I would already be soa if it wouldnt make my jeep massive, and the fact that If I buy new springs, they wont be stock lift, and if I bu the 2.5 kit, the shocks will be worthless, ahh decissions. (my oem springs are shotttt)
Its a Jeep thing, I don't think there are better words. You spend the money because you know you can pay the bills with that last bit of money and have enough scraps (or the ability to round up the extra money) to get the parts you want together.
Its a jeep thing simply translates to: I have enough money to get by, but I know if I can find a cheap enough alternative I can get the lift AND pay the bills. It might not be the best, but I don't need a brand new 8inch lift, I just want a little lift for now. It will give me practice, it will keep me busy, it will make me happy, and make my month worth it
Thats how I think of it. I know if I can spare the money Ill get a bunch of parts for my heap. Not because I want to waste money, but because it gives me something to do. Something to come out the next morning and think "I did that myself". Something to get me off the couch. Something to talk about, think about. When you next put a part on your jeep think why you did, why you are, and why you will like it after wards. Is it because you want a bro truck with the biggest lift, the most chrome, and no front driveshaft? Or because you enjoy finding a problem and solving it yourself (So you don't sit around all day trying to fix your wife/gf's blowdryer or refill fish tanks or sit around drinking for no reason)?
So all in all:
Think of a problem, use the money you can, grab the beer, the pizza, and tools. And set to work on something good for not just yourself but your Jeep.
Cheers to Jeeps. A Way Of Life.
Originally Posted by Leans93
So ghost has a plug in his hole and opihi has a gaping hole, Do I need to worry about this hole at all? I just don't want to start her up and have something spewing out of it.
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I'm a college student, am broke and can't afford an SYE or CV but i lifted my jeep 2 inches (really 2.5 but anyway)...does that make me cheap? I did a t case drop and barely any vibes...there is some very slight ones at higher speed but that's expected.
Well interestingly enough a lot of the threads I see started these days are "doing my life on the cheap" or "budget build" and turn out to be quite a bit more money than what I would consider to be a normal "budget." That being said I have seen some pretty AWESOME ideas that are the fruition of someone trying to get something done on the cheap.
"When Life starts to pass you by..............Downshift"
Then again that used to be my motto until I got the Jeep, now that doesn't even work half of the time.
i just dont understand the people that are on a tight budget and think that these things are a neccessity. im junior enlisted in the coast guard so moneys not flowing out of my ears. but ive managed to get my cj5 running and almost restored for next to nothing because i do the work myself and dont blow money on stuff i really dont need ie lifts. now my 2010 rubi on the other hand im prolly going to blow some clank on it. bumper and winch this christmas. but after that i dont see myself doing anything extreme to it unless it is out of neccessity completely stock i took it out today and it didnt hessitate to go through some nasty sh*t so i think ill be fine. its just crazy how the most expensive stuff seems to be the stuff that isnt detrimental to performance mainly for looks