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Unread 06-15-2012, 11:16 PM   #1
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Lift questions...need some answers please

Just bought a stock 97 tj and want to put a lift on it..not quite sure what the difference is between a LA and a SA lift? Can someone please help me? Don't have much money and want to do it cheap but right...thank you for all the advise

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Unread 06-16-2012, 12:05 AM   #2
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Just bought a stock 97 tj and want to put a lift on it..not quite sure what the difference is between a LA and a SA lift? Can someone please help me? Don't have much money and want to do it cheap but right...thank you for all the advise
If you don't have a couple thousand for a good long arm kit don't even bother going that route.
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Unread 06-16-2012, 12:09 AM   #3
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Try searching, there is a ton of info to be found. Don't rush into a lift either, research as much as possible.
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Unread 06-16-2012, 12:12 AM   #4
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Just bought a stock 97 tj and... want to do it... right...thank you for all the advise
Read the stickies for a few days, fill in your profile completely, lurk a bunch, and spend money only when you know where and why.
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Unread 06-16-2012, 12:19 AM   #5
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Read the stickies for a few days, fill in your profile completely, lurk a bunch, and spend money only when you know where and why.
I would recommend researching for a few months, ask questions durring that time on what you think you want and can afford... IMO
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Unread 06-16-2012, 12:25 AM   #6
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Thats what i did for 3 months....lurk , read , read , read ,read dont base your decisions on what one or two people say...go with the majority , call the shops , watch videos on you tube , know what you want the jeep to do and dont be influenced by height envy....it can be costly. Money an issue , look into BDS , rough country , zone...money not an issue , Currie , Savvy...
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Unread 06-16-2012, 05:02 AM   #7
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Thats what i did for 3 months....lurk , read , read , read ,read dont base your decisions on what one or two people say...go with the majority , call the shops , watch videos on you tube , know what you want the jeep to do and dont be influenced by height envy....it can be costly. Money an issue , look into BDS , rough country , zone...money not an issue , Currie , Savvy...
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I just finished installing a lift that I'm pretty unhappy with. Like you I was trying to go the cheap route. I bought the standard "complete" 4in kit in addition I bought a jks front track bar so I could get rid of the drop pitman arm, which later turned out to be the only smart purchase of my lift. It drives great with no vibes, but now I want to get rid of that dreadful t case skid drop and the sketchy linkage bracket drop.

So now I'm looking at an sye and after research I'm going to have to throw half of my brand new lift right in the trash can.

Next on the list will either be an anti-rock or discos so ill be throwing the rest of the lift out.

The only part of my new complete lift that will remain on my Jeep are the springs and shocks but my kit came with bilsteins so I guess its not a total loss ( that's how I sleep at night).

Long story short, by me trying to save money on the lift its actually going to cost me alot more later. If I could do it all over again I would of pieced it together over time.
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Unread 06-16-2012, 12:33 PM   #8
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I bought a jks front track bar so I could get rid of the drop pitman arm
What do these have to do with each other?
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What do these have to do with each other?
I was told on this forum to lose the track bar drop mount and just get an adjustable track bar which would allow to not only run with out the drop bracket bit also the drop pitman arm
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I was told on this forum to lose the track bar drop mount and just get an adjustable track bar which would allow to not only run with out the drop bracket bit also the drop pitman arm
That's correct. There was no mention of the drop TB mount in your previous post which made for confusion.
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I've been looking at the skyjacker 4" lift and can get it for like 600 or a long arm for 1200 and I'm just looking for a basic lift that I can fit 33 or 35 with a body lift
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Unread 06-16-2012, 05:04 PM   #12
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I've been looking at the skyjacker 4" lift and can get it for like 600 or a long arm for 1200 and I'm just looking for a basic lift that I can fit 33 or 35 with a body lift
Take it from my experience and just slowly piece together a good lift. You will eventually be unhappy with your lift.
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Unread 06-16-2012, 09:16 PM   #13
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Take it from my experience and just slowly piece together a good lift. You will eventually be unhappy with your lift.
Search skyjacker. You'll quickly realize they should be named skycrapper.

Go look at the zone 4.25" combo lift. It's like 500$ and a great starter lift.
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pecing a good lift together over time...how, what order ?

what are the things that have to be bought together ? installed at the same time?
what would be bad to get without the other peices ?
what can I get to put on it first ? it is hard to save money i do better spending it as I get it a few hundred or six hundred at a time if possible.
thank you all
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what are the things that have to be bought together ? installed at the same time?
what would be bad to get without the other peices ?
what can I get to put on it first ? it is hard to save money i do better spending it as I get it a few hundred or six hundred at a time if possible.
thank you all
dk

You can buy a rear set of control arms for 500.

Then you can buy a set for front for another 500.

Springs and shocks 500.

Front adjustable track bar and rear track bar relocation bracket and t case drop and quick discos 700.

You can install all of that and then worry about sye a gears when your cash flow catches up
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