Alright so I am pretty new to the whole Jeep scene. I am planning on picking up an XJ soon (97-01) and recently found a 2000 with around 80k. I am looking into it and will hopefully be getting it soon. Basically, I have checked many other threads and not found my answer, so I apologize for sounding like a noob. I am looking for recommendations on a good 4x4 place near Kent/Seattle/Auburn areas and surrounding. This XJ I am looking at is completely stock and has been driven by an older lady mostly all of its life. I am thinking I would like to do a 4.5" RE lift with 32's, and only a front locker. I am getting mixed reviews on whether or not I should mod my driveline so any input would be greatly appreciated. Maybe you guys could tell me of a good shop or give me a quote on about how much you think I'm looking at. I am basically looking for good quality with a decent price. I don't want to jimmy rig anything so I have to come back later and fix it. I just want to do it right. This Jeep will be a daily so I am also trying to factor in gas mileage. Please, any input would help a lot. Thanks guys. -James
You might want to check out Cascade Offroad in South Hill/Puyallup.
If you shop around online you can find the RE 4.5" kit for just over $1000, or just under if you get the add-a-leaf version (Jeepinoutfitters.com has it for $1049 and free shipping). Tires will vary but you're looking at roughly $600~$700 for a new set of four 32's. A locker will vary by brand as well, bit likely at least $400. Don't forget shocks...probably another $300 there. So just in parts alone with no labor you're looking at $2300 minimum; probably $3000+ if you pay someone to do everything. At least consider doing the lift yourself if you can, they are pretty straightforward if you have basic hand tools. Or just ask around here, there's lots of people that might be willing to help.
Had Olympic 4x4 do some work for me. They seemed like nice and knowledgeable people. Kind of pretentious though, I got a very strange vibe that they all thought they were high and mighty for some reason. Everyone I talked to was pretty arrogant when I first got there.
They did good work though, except for when they reattached my rear left shock. They attached the upper mount into m sway bar mounting hole. Not sure how they didn't notice it didn't even come close to fitting. Then whoever test drove it didn't realize that the rear suspension had no up travel. The back axle caught some air on the first bump after pulling out of the shop parking lot. I got out to inspect and it was pretty obvious what the problem was, I should've taken a picture of it though.
Anyway, I went back and had them fix it, they were pretty apologetic, but everyone seemed to be throwing the blame around, no one would own up to messing up. I got "We're so sorry, I have no idea who could have done that" from 3 or 4 different people. They did take care of it pretty quickly, so I'm happy about that.
After I talked to them for a while and they realized I knew what I was talking about, they seemed to open up a little bit and drop the "holier than thou" attitude. They are smart people and I'll definitely be going back there when I need the help. I'd say it started off as a poor experience, but it turned into a great one. As weird as it sounds, them messing up the shock let me get the chance to talk and joke with them for a while which greatly improved my time there.
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2000 WJ Limited 4.7 with stuff. Look left for the deets.
Kind of pretentious though, I got a very strange vibe that they all thought they were high and mighty for some reason. Everyone I talked to was pretty arrogant when I first got there.
I hate that kinda crap when i go to a shop. Gettin treated like some idiot who doesnt know anything just cause im 20. Thats one reason i like goin to John over at Auburn car repair. Hes a nice guy and doesnt give off the "im better then you and know more" vibe lol.