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Unread 12-21-2013, 04:25 PM   #1
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Just got an 02 Overland and I want to lift it - how's this look?

I was going to keep it stock but it looks so puny next to the wife's WK2, and it needs tires and shocks soon. This is my daily driver so I want it to stay comfortable and not have MPG suffer. The goal is to improve its stance and looks.

http://www.amazon.com/Grand-Cherokee...j+budget+boost
http://www.eshocks.com/bil_Ind.asp?VC=17q26&SubChar=q
http://www.eshocks.com/bil_Ind.asp?VC=16q26&SubChar=q

I'm thinking budget boost and bilsteins, not sure which shocks would work better with the (12 YO) upcountry springs and 2" lift. For tires I'll probably go 31 or even smaller on the stock 17's, and I'm building a carrier for a full size spare.

I'm looking for feedback on how these parts will work together, and any suggestions. Thanks.

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Unread 12-21-2013, 04:32 PM   #2
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I would suggest steering away from just using the pucks to lift it. Like you said yourself, they are 12 year old springs, likely have sagged an inch or more (so your 2" BB isn't really giving you 2" over stock).

I personally just kept my eyes open for a used kit that anyone was selling, both on the classifieds on here as well as ebay and such. I eventually found a 2.5" spring kit for about what I would have spent on pucks.

What I'm really getting at overall, is that if you are going to spend the money on Bilsteins, I would spend the additional money to do the full 2"/3" spring lifts. Fat Bob's has (from what I hear on here from reputable members) a really good 2" spring kit for a reasonable price.

This will help you as well for your tire sizes, if you haven't seen it already.

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Unread 12-21-2013, 10:51 PM   #3
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That sounds like pretty good advice. THanks.
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Unread 12-22-2013, 11:21 AM   #4
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No problem, good luck with your build.

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Unread 12-22-2013, 11:32 AM   #5
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I'm running a 2" BB with bilsteins and am very happy with it. 31's fit fine. MPG went down a little, but nothing crazy. I say go for it..
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Unread 12-22-2013, 02:43 PM   #6
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Contact Kolak. He is a vendor on JeepForum and gives great prices. His knowledge is excellent and he has always helped me with any question I had about a product he sells.

His service makes Amazon look like a pissed off fast food worker who demands $15/hour for throwing the wrong food in a paper bag out their window at you.
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Unread 12-22-2013, 05:49 PM   #7
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Contact Kolak. He is a vendor on JeepForum and gives great prices. His knowledge is excellent and he has always helped me with any question I had about a product he sells.

His service makes Amazon look like a pissed off fast food worker who demands $15/hour for throwing the wrong food in a paper bag out their window at you.
hahaha that is exactly the truth. I have ordered a few parts from Kolak and enjoy his service, intelligence, and prices. I will have to say though, a 2" BB is a 2" BB. If you can find one used or cheap, I would snatch it up. But Kolak IS a great source and knowledgeable.
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Unread 12-22-2013, 07:21 PM   #8
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I would suggest steering away from just using the pucks to lift it. Like you said yourself, they are 12 year old springs, likely have sagged an inch or more (so your 2" BB isn't really giving you 2" over stock). I personally just kept my eyes open for a used kit that anyone was selling, both on the classifieds on here as well as ebay and such. I eventually found a 2.5" spring kit for about what I would have spent on pucks. What I'm really getting at overall, is that if you are going to spend the money on Bilsteins, I would spend the additional money to do the full 2"/3" spring lifts. Fat Bob's has (from what I hear on here from reputable members) a really good 2" spring kit for a reasonable price. This will help you as well for your tire sizes, if you haven't seen it already.
There are 2 1/2 " lift kits with springs from Fat Bobs on eBay with RC shocks for about $293 or $393.

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Unread 12-22-2013, 07:45 PM   #9
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I recently added Fat Bob's (made by BDS) 2" springs with new isos, all new control arms front and rear, and a 1/2" spacer up front. (half inch? maybe it was three quarters...can't recall now..)

Made a HUGE difference in ride quality. I got Bilstein 5100's from Kolak, too. Awesome shocks.

Was it more expensive? Well sure but... nice n tight now!

Now to replace the rear A-arm..

31's next.
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Unread 12-23-2013, 08:14 AM   #10
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Don't forget that a 2" replacement spring will only lift you 1" over upcountry springs, assuming no sag. I ran a 2" spacer lift on mine for a year with no other changes, it drove and rode fine. For you, I'd think about spacers, bilstiens, at least rear swaybar links and possibly an adjustable front trackbar if the front axle is too far off center.

245/75/16s or 245/70/17s would look great at that height, adding wheel spacers add a better, wider stance if you like that look.
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