i just bought my first jeep 98 tj 4 banger auto ive wanted one for a long time . it has 79800 miles on it, one owner and stock for the most part all tho its already talller then most wranglers ive seen stock im not sure if the older gentleman i bought it from put one of those rubber budget kits on. the tires currentley are 30's . ive been going to all the local 4x shops in my area for 3 inch lift kit prices and tires. i want to run 31's bfg all terrains . it seems im kinda stuck as to witch kit to go with. one shop swears by the teraflex 3.5 flex it will cost me 1300 installed including shocks and about 1000 for the tires and rims,2300 total. the other shop a chain brand 4 wheel parts said that kit was crap the bushings were crap and wear out fast he suggested the rubicon express kit 3.5 flex he said it was much better and it does seem to include a few more parts the other one doesnt they also said in this price ill get the allighnment and tire coverage . tires and rims 1000 pretty much the same kit installed 1700 overall 2700 out the door. ive told both im just interested in intermediate trails so no serious stuff but i live in colorado and there are some lakes to fish that require upgraded suvs both said these kits will get it done while maintaining my stock type of ride and providing me with lots of fun. what do yall think and anyone with pics with similar set ups with that tire size would be great thanks for ur help.
I had my TJ stock with 31's and still accomplished what many upgraded SUV's were doin. You gotta remember, it's a wrangler. It's a different breed. You don't need a lift more than likely where you're goin. I'm from MN so i know about the lake thing and landings and trails. PO very well could have just put a small budget boost on, and that would do just fine. If you want a lift, i would actually go with Teraflex. RE has had some bad readings with bushings. Although they are a good brand altogether. I would still go with Teraflex. To be completely honest: Every company has taken a hit from the economy, and has began using more filling in their bushings to offset cost. It's more about What company is producing more lemons at the time. Hard to tell between those two. My build link has my stock BFG's i had on there. I got through so much stuff i didn't think i would. You have a 4 banger, but it's auto. Low miles, and all you need is a little more of a heavy foot to get what the 4L gets. You don't need a lift for 31's. You have all the clearance you need with no rub. If you get a lift, You might as well spend an extra 40 bucks or so and get 32.5's with the lift. That's all BFG's cost for that much more. BFG AT's are what you are looking for too. Great offroad, and same on road, and last for freakin ever. So if you get a lift, long arm keeps a good ride. With the 3" lift, short arm should be almost as good. You don't need new wheels either. All you need is that 5x4.5 bolt pattern, unless you are looking for a new style and they got it.
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I have the TF 3.5 with short arms and other the crappy procomp shocks that I have I love it!! Flexes like a beast and I got it used so all sagging should be done!! I think its actually a 4 incher as they dont make a 3.5 but I dunno if they did before and stopped. Either way mines great and the joints in the arms are all good, plus for 350 bucks I couldnt say no...
The shops you are talking with are setting you up to screw you. You do not need that much lift with 31" tires. In fact it will look very odd with that small of tires on that big of lift. If you do have a Budget Boost you can run the 31" tires you want to run just fine. That will only cost you the price of the tires and maybe wheels if you need more backspacing.