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Unread 01-21-2012, 01:59 PM   #1
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Two Questions

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Two unrelated questions. First, I am interested in lifting my Grand Wagoneer but don't have much discretionary income at present. On Craigslist, I've found two people selling used lifts (thus bringing them into my price range). The first is a Rough Country 3" with leafs in both front and back for $350. The second is a Skyjacker 2" with leafs in front and blocks in back for $150. Both sellers claim that the kits were not installed for more than 3 months at a total of 500 mi. My question is this: what is the practical difference (as in my driving/towing/off-roading) between rear springs and leafs. As a sub-part of that question, do either/both seem to be reasonable deals.

The second, and unrelated question is as follows: On particularly cold days before my truck has adequately warmed up, and especially going uphill, when I accelerate the car will jerk- what might be the cause of this?

Thanks, in advance, for your help and suggestions,

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Unread 01-21-2012, 05:41 PM   #2
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if it is a full size jeep (a woody) then there is no rear springs (coils) only leafs spring suspension front and rear. personally id go with the full leaf spring 3" kit and leave blocks out of it. not sure if you need longer shocks for offroading though.
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Unread 01-23-2012, 12:43 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply.

Can you, or anyone, weigh in on whether or not a used (though, allegedly slightly) lift kit is worth $350? It's a Rough Country lift, leafs front and back, with (again, allegedly) 500 miles on it.

Thanks for the input.
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Unread 01-23-2012, 04:43 PM   #4
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whats it go for new? also look at the springs and bushings. rust or wear? bent or tweaked? marks from rocks? spray painted? id look up the new price and then see what condition they are actually in then negotiate down.
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Unread 01-23-2012, 04:45 PM   #5
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full leaf spring lift kits can be pricy so 350 for a near new kit seams fair- if they are in near new condition.
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Unread 01-23-2012, 04:50 PM   #6
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I don't think Skyjacker ever made a 2" kit for FSJ's.

On the Rough Country, they ride pretty terribly. We sell a bunch of our lifts to people who are replacing their Rough Country lifts because they got sick of the ride.
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Unread 01-23-2012, 04:53 PM   #7
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I've heard rough country lifts under an FSJ ride like poo-poo.

Been in Skyjacker trucks and they are worth the money.

I think the OP meant blocks in the back. Leaf lifts are going to ride a little stiffer, but blocks increase axle wrap. 3" lift, prob not a big deal to use blocks to start with, even for a wheelin truck unless you are pushing real big tires. I'd go with the SkyJacker and if you want to buy springs for the rear later, you can... And I think BJ's is right... 3" or 4". W/ or W/out blocks in the back.

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Unread 01-31-2012, 08:51 AM   #8
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On particularly cold days before my truck has adequately warmed up

On particularly cold days before my truck has adequately warmed up:

I just went through this with my 1991 Chevy... After replacing EVERYTHING! I took it in to an old wizard... for $60 he replaced the pick-up screen in the gas tank. Runs like new...
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Unread 04-23-2012, 03:40 PM   #9
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Reviving an old thread to answer a question that I posed- my pre-heater tube was missing. A quick and cheap replacement helped my engine heat up much faster on cold mornings.
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Unread 04-24-2012, 01:59 AM   #10
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I had the 2 inch from BJ's http://www.bjsoffroad.com/prod-524.htm and it fixed my saggy waggy and made it sit just right(for my needs and taste and budget).

I would avoid used lifts because i have heard things like even people buying cheap new lifts after a few months or maybe an offroad outing some springs either weaken or it lowers it more and it doesn't sit the same as it did that first month or so..

But if you are sagging and can do the work yourself and its easy for you and your friends then buy a used lift if you think its decent... But if you cant and need to have a shop/professional put it on I wouldn't waste my money unless its absolutely right.
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