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Unread 08-23-2010, 11:17 PM   #1
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Rubicon: Lifted or not?

Hello: I know this is a rookie question...I am trying to find an unlifted Rubicon. What (and where) do I look to determine if the suspension or body has been lifted or modified? Thank you.

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Unread 08-23-2010, 11:28 PM   #2
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Its pretty obvious to see. Take a look at the difference here between a stock to a modified:



slightly modified:

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Unread 08-24-2010, 08:50 AM   #3
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Many lifts come with tcase lowering bars, that would be a dead givaway. Some come with new LCA's and bumpstop extensions. Why unlifted?
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Unread 08-24-2010, 11:39 AM   #4
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Unlifted, Im assuming you want to install your own lift. Just ask the person selling if there are any modifications, such as lift etc.
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Unread 08-24-2010, 11:43 AM   #5
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Measure from the ground to the bottom of the door. Somone should be able to give you a quick inch range within a few inches of where a stock Jeep sits. What size tires does the one you are looking at have?
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Unread 08-24-2010, 11:57 AM   #6
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For suspension lifts: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/fa...7/#post6077636

For body lifts:

Without -- http://www.4x4xplor.com/images/PA-BL/BL-02.jpg
With -- http://www.4x4xplor.com/images/PA-BL/BL-06.jpg
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Unread 08-24-2010, 01:38 PM   #7
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Unlifted, Im assuming you want to install your own lift. Just ask the person selling if there are any modifications, such as lift etc.
Even if they want to install their own lift, you can just replace the existing lift with what they want.
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Unread 08-24-2010, 07:58 PM   #8
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19.5" ground to the bottom of the diamond plate rocker guard should be stock height, plus or minus a half inch.

Look at the frame inside the rear wheel well, if there is any gap it has a body lift.

After you look at a couple of them you can spot a modified one pretty easy as stated before.
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Unread 08-24-2010, 10:12 PM   #9
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I can't stand driving a stock TJ... way to stiff and they handle like crap compared to a properly modified, Lifted TJ. Why would you wanna go around a corner with one of the front tires off the ground anyhow?
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Unread 08-24-2010, 10:24 PM   #10
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Great idea to buy an unlifted Jeep. I bought mine in pretty much new condition with 18K miles. Some Florida resident gave it up without ever taking it off-road. Can't blame him/her, not a great choice if you do not use it as intended.

As far as identifying a lifted Jeep... I would just look for signs of (ab)use, basically at the chassis. Scratched differentials, skid-plates, bracketry, or even bent items are a dead give away. If a Jeep was lifted and not off-roaded I do not see a reason to not buy it. I know that I for one would not be interested in my Jeep in the condition it is now.
You can always replace a lift if you want to put one in.
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Unread 08-24-2010, 11:09 PM   #11
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We just bought a completely stock 05 Unlimited because for one I want to make changes my way and if it is stock it is much more likely to have less wear and tear.
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