i agree about the molding. I miss my first jeep...ahhhh. a 2000 xj sport with only 50k on it. put 4.5 inches on it with 31s and had alot of fun, till some idiot parked on a curve on the xpressway and i couldnt stop in time. now ive got an older one, with alot more miles, and alot bigger lol. Just look up "my money pit build" under this builds section and you'll see her.
and honestly, if you want to start with a lift....dont bother with a budget boost. just do like 3 inch coils, and a similar lift leaf pack with shocks, fiddle with the tracbar some and have fun with it. then WHEN, not IF, the bug hits you to do more, you have more of a foundation to build off of.
lets say you want to go from 3 inches to a little more. just do the budget boost on top of the springs you have then....now you'd have about 5 to 6 inches. just need shocks, trac bar, control arms with drop brackets, or longarms. and a sye. plus with that kinda lift, if you want to keep the body stock, you can easily clear 33's.
sorry for the rambling, i just really...really.....wish i had my first xj back. had alot of memories in that thing, it never let me down.
even with 31s i would do SOMETHING with your steering. some cheap insurance is a steering box brace. then please at least upgrade your tierods. or go with a complete replacement steering setup. But if its a mostly street rig, id stay away from heim joints. ive got em now and they are kinda noisy, plus having to grease them every 1 to 2 weeks kinda gets old too. i miss my ole tierod ends that i just did every oil change, lol.
Havent been able to do much to the jeep lately, military sure has been puttin me to work. Ive done a few little things to it when i had time.
took moldings off
put clear corner and clear turn signals in