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Unread 06-14-2010, 10:04 PM   #1
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Was told *NOT* to install lift on my Jeep by retailer....

Don't know what to think now. I emailed a retailer about lifts and the upper ball joint I need and the response I got was surprising in that they recommend that I NOT put a lift on my Jeep, period. They state the reason is the upper control arm is the "weak link" in the system here. They also state that if I tow anything bigger than a jetski, don't put a lift on. Didn't really say why to that last part. I don't think some simple small coil and wheel spacers will change things any will it? Are they thinking that there will be more body sway while I'm towing or something? Would appreciate your input here guys. Thanks in advance.

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Unread 06-14-2010, 10:28 PM   #2
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ask someone else.

never take one opinion as the final word.

I have never heard of any reason not to, with regard to safety. Is there more danger with a lifted vehicle, yes.

Most concerns can be mitigated with research and using the proper parts. Also don't drive it like a sports car!!!
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Unread 06-14-2010, 10:30 PM   #3
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Buy your stuff somewhere else. I know a few people at 4'+ and the still tow, just use good quality parts and install it right.

Was this a well known aftermarket parts retailer or a smaller outfit?
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what retailer told you this? and what are you trying to tow? I have a 4in lift on my wj and tow things all the time. Mostly my enclosed trailer, single axle prolly around 10ft long and no trailer brakes. Never had a problem with it city or highway. I put my tow riding mowers in it, two sport bikes, anything i can fit in it. Only thing i could see a problem with is the wheel spacers. But a simple coil lift isnt a problem.
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Unread 06-15-2010, 04:40 AM   #5
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It was Morris4x4center.com, advertised here alot. LOL. I tow a camper that is about 4200lbs loaded and with the internal load of about 550lbs, I'm probably near my limit.

Why would spacers be a problem. Wouldn't they help with lateral stability?
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Unread 06-15-2010, 07:43 AM   #6
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It was Morris4x4center.com, advertised here alot. LOL. I tow a camper that is about 4200lbs loaded and with the internal load of about 550lbs, I'm probably near my limit.
You tow 4700 lbs, plus the weight of a WJ, with a 4.0??
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It is ZJ's, not WJ's, that have an issue with the UCA mounts being weak.
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as far as spacers go, its just my personal opinion not fact or anything. it will help lateral stance but i just dont trust them with any excessive weight on them.
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You tow 4700 lbs, plus the weight of a WJ, with a 4.0??
God bless ya!
Why do you say that? You don't think I'm out of spec do you? *GULP* I need to know!

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as far as spacers go, its just my personal opinion not fact or anything. it will help lateral stance but i just dont trust them with any excessive weight on them.
Yikes. But they can take the punishment of 4-wheelin' but not towing a camper? I'm not trying to be a smartass, really, just would like to know what you mean by that.

I'm starting to get the feeling that I shouldn't put a lift, etc on my Jeep.....
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Unread 06-15-2010, 04:32 PM   #11
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lift the jeep, but it seems like your towing alot of weight so it may not be a good idea. but as far as the spacers go, from what i have read (which could be completely wrong) sometimes they have a tendency to come loose. Im just speaking from opinion though, i have no experience whith them so maybe someone else will be able to comment.
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Properly installed and maintained and they won't come lose
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4700 lbs is within the 5k tow rating for the 4.0. The point was that it must be pretty sluggish, as the 4.0 isn't exactly high powered for a WJ.
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Which is why we have dubbed (get it?) it the 4.slow
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LOL. I'm staring to think I should just clean it up real nice and trade it in on a newer 4.7.....
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