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Unread 11-19-2011, 07:03 PM   #1
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Best Lift kit for TJ??

I'm a noob... To this forum and Jeeps in General.

I have a '97 TJ and I'd really like to make it into a beast. I'm starting out fresh, as its has absolutely no mods done to it yet. I've got a 1.25 body lift to make acessing everything a little easier, and a transfer case for it already. But after that, I'm not real sure which direction to head in.

Ive been looking at the Full Traction 4" long arm kit, but its about 3 grand on their website. Is it really worth paying this much more over other lifts out there? I'm the kind of guy that if I'm gonna be a bear, I wanna be a Grizzly. So I don't mind to pay for it, I just want to get the best that I can.

These are the parts that I've ordered so far:

JKS 1-1/4 Body Lift
NV3550 Transfer Case/ Shift Bracket
Bushwacker flat style fender flares
HighRock 4x4 High Acess Front Bumper w/ Tube grill gaurd
Warn VR800 Winch
37x12.5R17 Nitto Trail Grapplers
17" XD series Spy Wheels

Any and all help/input would be greatly appreciated.

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Unread 11-19-2011, 07:27 PM   #2
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Good qution I am new to the jeep game been a dragracer for years I am used to being broke what do you guys think
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Unread 11-20-2011, 05:44 AM   #3
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I have a 98 tj and just completed a three inch lift that was pieced together based around Savvy springs and control arms and cannot be happier
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Unread 11-20-2011, 07:47 AM   #4
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Your question is far too generic. Why not just ask what's the best color for a XJ? See what I mean? Folks are basically going to post up what they have as being the best, even though most have very little, if any, experience with other springs, shocks, and so on.
I have my favorite springs etc, and some I wont use due to being either junk or the sellers being arrogant idiots.
You need to read the review section of this forum, then post any specific questions you have.

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Unread 11-20-2011, 07:49 AM   #5
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Do you want LA or SA?

Do you want it to sit high or low?

Where do you wheel?

How much fab skills do you have?

Do you like bacon?
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Unread 11-20-2011, 07:53 AM   #6
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Unread 11-20-2011, 08:08 AM   #7
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Um . . . 37" inch tires and you have no idea what lift you want? What about axles, drivelines, brakes, steering, tub mods/stretch, etc. to fit those? How big is your wallet?

My suggestion is return everything but the winch. Wheel it for awhile. Read lots here on JF.
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Unread 11-20-2011, 11:29 AM   #8
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Moved out of the general 4x4 section and into the Wrangler TJ Technical section where your question can be more readily answered.
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Unread 11-20-2011, 12:05 PM   #9
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Your question is far too generic. Why not just ask what's the best color for a XJ?
Black.
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Unread 11-20-2011, 12:07 PM   #10
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Clayton 6" LA lift.
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Unread 11-20-2011, 03:02 PM   #11
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Seriously I saw the 37" tires and I said something doesn't fit here. Do you want to dd your jeep or do you want a trail rig? There are lots of nice 4" short arm lifts but you'll have trouble fitting 37s without replacement fenders or a lot of cutting. If you want 37s you should look into a stretch long arm kit from genright. They make nice stuff. You should probably look into new axles too.
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Unread 11-20-2011, 03:07 PM   #12
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be aware that bigger lifts mean more money and more work to think about your changing everything and angles are problems now. I have 5" and 35s I wouldnt be able to clear 37s unless I took my fenders off. Just a thought

Also I agree with the new axles if you have a 97 you have a Dana 30 front and Dana 35 rear ( most likely) those can't hold 37s. My boyfriend has 37s with Dana 44 front and Dana 44 rear. I also believe his rear has issues more then his front. But he also bought the axle off a jeep forum guy who fkd him and sold him trash. Be careful
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Unread 11-20-2011, 04:02 PM   #13
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Unread 11-20-2011, 05:51 PM   #14
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37s on stock axles? Have you researched your build any?
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Unread 11-20-2011, 05:51 PM   #15
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If you want beast then you better have some fab & welding skills along with some degree of mechanical skills.... and a good job to pay for it all.

Now if you just want a list of parts that some of like then I am sure we can provide that.
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