If you actually end up doing this, I would say buy in stages and build at one time. At the very least this will save some on labor.
Also, no disrespect intended, but some mechanical skill isn't going to get you very far on a project such as this. A proper lift kit could (more than likely will) require cutting pieces of the stock suspension mounts out of the way, properly locating new components, welding new components in place, etc.. There are so many aspects of a project of this size that are not home garage friendly that I believe you will better off having the work done at a shop.
Sounds like you're investing in looks and image. Definitely not a wheeler, unless you are running around in mud pits.
Enjoy your project. It will serve the same purpose as slamming a pickup truck....doesn't haul anything but the hydraulics make it look decent.
I like my vehicles to be useful.
I understand what you're saying. But what's useful to you and useful to him are two different things. i don't understand why people cut up others for what they do to there vehicles. It's there money and what they want.
I do stuff to mine and will have my jeep slightly modded. But till she's payed for (3 years left) I'm not going to wheel hard to the point of causing repair after repair. And $1000's in costs.
If this guy wants to put $10000 in mods and not ruin his vehicle that's a smart move considering it for a business.
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Joe - I dont want a jeep that I have to trailer. The lift it has now is 3in but dont know what kind. I bought it from a used dealership and they have no records. I went down to talk to 4 Wheel Parts store. I told them what I was trying to do and they gave me a list. They suggested a Rubicon Express lift with 513 gears. Not sure if thats what I need to do.
Rayder1 - I appreciate the advise. I have a working truck. I put a wrap to promote the business and landed two huge accounts, thus given me the oppurtunity fund my jeep project. (enclosed pic of my old truck)
Rtone 1583 - No disrespect taken. Makes sense on labor.
I appreciate all the advise guys. I really do.
I need to have a plan of atttack and your input is dearly noted as I try and figure this process out.
Thanks Wavedatya! I have big plans that will pay off once this project is complete. Working on a deal that will allow me to drive the AllSports Wrangler on to the high school football game and have the AllSports girls launch tshirts into the crowd. Where I live there are two major rival high schoool teams that draw in a ton of business for the community of Rockwall. There is a huge taligaitng party with tons of publicity coverage on local news. Its unbelievable how much money is spent on sports gear and equipment. This project, in the long run will bring the company more business and hope to keep the competition on their toes! : )
Joe - I dont want a jeep that I have to trailer. The lift it has now is 3in but dont know what kind. I bought it from a used dealership and they have no records. I went down to talk to 4 Wheel Parts store. I told them what I was trying to do and they gave me a list. They suggested a Rubicon Express lift with 513 gears. Not sure if thats what I need to do...
Yeah, I agree with you on the trailering aspect.
I don't know what the minimum lift you “need” with 40s. Part of the issue is that you have to adjust things for the flex if you’re wheeling. If you plan to only stay on the street then you could get away with less of a lift. Another option if you go with a smaller lift is to get/adjust your fenders and wheel wells so the opening will fit the tires and the tires won’t rub/hit the fenders. I've read where some are running 40s with just a 3.5" lift - with trimming of the fenders, flat fenders, maybe a small body lift, and appropriate bump stops. I guess it also depends on the look you are trying to achieve.
I have 5.38s with my 35s - they've worked well for me.
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You're right. I wasn't getting it. I used to wheel my bone stock (at the time) 87 wrangler with some friends who had everything from stock to monster-truck type builds. After un-rolling some of the top-heavy rigs who got into stuff they couldn't get out of, I became cynical about high lift, crazy tire mods.
It's your baby to enjoy. You're doing it for business and its your business, not mine to judge.
Go get a 4.5" lift make sure its complete with shocks, control arms, brake extensions, ect. New drive shafts, get some flat fenders, trim your pinch seams, beef up steering and regear to 5.38. If you take it offroad expect to break something, but for football games and tailgates you should be good. As long as you dont try to drag race it the axles should be fine. Everyone freaks out when they see "mall crawler", 40s look boss