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Unread 04-23-2014, 11:57 PM   #1
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Need Jeep advice and opinions!

I'm pretty much a newbie when it comes to moding my Jeep and I need some advice. I have a jeep wrangler x, with 106k miles. I will soon being taking it to get a tune up and maintained. I am planning on making it a bit more capable with larger tires, a lift, shocks, etc.
I only plan on light/medium offroad so I was considering 3312.5" tires with a 3-4" suspension lift. What are all is needed for this and what would you recommend? What would I be able to do to save a little money and what will need an actual mechanic? Any input and advice will be greatly appreciated.

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Unread 04-24-2014, 07:25 AM   #2
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Read everything you can in TJ tech for awhile.

What is your budget?
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Unread 04-24-2014, 07:28 AM   #3
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+1.... what he said. TONs of stuff already written.
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Unread 04-24-2014, 08:01 AM   #4
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Like the others said, do a little research. This forum is a great place to start. it would be better do some research and then ask more specific questions otherwise this thread will go in too many directions.
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Unread 04-24-2014, 10:59 PM   #5
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Ok, I'll do some reading. But my budget is around $2000, +/- a few hundred.
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Unread 04-26-2014, 11:57 AM   #6
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Tires/wheels can easily eat up almost that entire $2K budget. Don't get too stuck on a certain tire & wheel combo that you have to sacrifice lift quality to meet budget. Get a quality lift then see what you have left for tires.

Craigslist is full of used tires and can save you a good chunk of cash. You may not get the exact tire you want, but when they wear out it will be easier to drop the cash on a new set because you didn't just buy a lift kit. All also, if you can deal with the stock wheels for now (or used ones) you can save there too.
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Unread 04-26-2014, 01:13 PM   #7
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Tires/wheels can easily eat up almost that entire $2K budget. Don't get too stuck on a certain tire & wheel combo that you have to sacrifice lift quality to meet budget. Get a quality lift then see what you have left for tires.

Craigslist is full of used tires and can save you a good chunk of cash. You may not get the exact tire you want, but when they wear out it will be easier to drop the cash on a new set because you didn't just buy a lift kit. All also, if you can deal with the stock wheels for now (or used ones) you can save there too.
What is a quality lift you would recommend and either 3 or 4 inch? What other components would need to be replaced to compensate for the lift? I want to get a nice set of shocks that will improve ride quality while being offroad capable as well. It is my DD so 85% road. My budget for the moment is around 2k but i plan on spending much more over time. Thanks very much the suggestions, it is greatly appreciated!
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Unread 04-26-2014, 05:42 PM   #8
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Go slow and search search search! Don't want to pay for things twice. I did an OME 2 1/2 lift and a body lift works fine for 33s. Not a cheap process.
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Unread 04-26-2014, 05:50 PM   #9
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What year Wrangler?
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Unread 04-26-2014, 07:21 PM   #10
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Unread 04-27-2014, 08:48 PM   #11
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I don't know much about the newer jeeps, but I do know about lifts in a broader perspective. 99% of the time you get what you pay for in regards to lifts. I learned that lesson the hard way, several times thinking that this time will be different. It never was. You may have to really shop and do it with patience like the other guys said. Trust me there are tons of lift kits available. Many look similar, some even identical, but do your home work and ask these guys about the different manufactures and the products they offer. More often than not saving a hundred or two or three is good, better and the best. But, for me and my rigs it was not worth it in the end. Not much fun driving a vehicle that compresses your spine and beats your teeth out every time you ride it. Not for a few hundred bucks, to me anyway.
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