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#23030 of 23397 Finally getting a lift / new tires
Apr 30, 2008 (12:17 pm)
Hey all, it's been a while since I posted here. I have been on here since I've owned my 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. I'm finally making some changes that I've been putting off for a while.
First off, any opinions on lift kits? I am working with a local mechanic to do the actual work, he recommended Skyjacker, he said in his work with installing suspension lifts, Skyjacker always fits the best. I found a few quotes for the 2.5" Skyjacker lift at around $750. Note that even with the lift I will be doing little off-roading, so I don't think OME is necessary, even though from what I read it's the best. He's quoting me around $375 for labor, which includes adjusting the turn stops for larger tires. I am doing a 2.5" lift so I can fit 32x11.5 tires. I've read several people running Pro Comp lifts, which seem to be on the cheaper end in terms of cost, but they don't have 2.5" inch lift - just 2" or 4", from what I could find. Plus I question why they are so much cheaper than the other lift kits.
I'll be going with BFG A/T tires. I'm debating whether to buy 4 or 5 - at this point, I can't afford to get the rear bumper/spare tire holder replaced to be able to fit a 32" tire. So in the near future, if I get a flat, I'll be calling a tow truck. I've read that running the spare stock 29" with a 32" is a very big no-no.
As always, thanks in advance with any info.
#23031 of 23397 Re: 2-door Wrangler Unlimited [eltipo]
Apr 30, 2008 (12:31 pm)
I own a 2005 2-door Unlimited. There are a lot of Jeeps in the Chicago area, but I see VERY few 2-door Unlimiteds. I like the fact that I own a model of Jeep that very few others seem to have went with.
I am kind of surprised, actually, that so few bought it. I think it's the perfect combination of getting some extra cargo/seating space in back without having to drive a 4-door vehicle. I love how it looks with the top down and the doors off.
Oh well, just my opinion. I guess we're in the minority - which I like!
#23032 of 23397 Re: Finally getting a lift / new tires [karlw90]
May 01, 2008 (6:45 am)
Personally, I'd stay away from both Skyjacker and Procomp. Experiences I've heard from owners talks about rougher rides, joints not lasting, etc.
I personally would recommend either a Rubicon Express or OME lift. I personally have OME (Old Man Emu - partnered with ARB here in the US), and I've been thrilled with how it handles on AND offroad. Traintracks, turns with bumps, are MUCH better with the OME and JKS parts I have installed.
www.dpgoffroad.com has OME 'kits' with JKS parts as well and are a GREAT match for your TJ. Dirk Sanders runs the place (I personally think DPG stands for Dirk the Parts Guy) and will help you set something up.
Their Ultimate kit includes springs, shocks, JKS trackbars to help keep axles centered, JKS sway bar disconnects, bump stops, body lift, motor lift, and it a pretty darn complete setup. Though I bought mine over time, those are the parts I run. Been VERY happy with it thus far.
May 20, 2008 (3:19 pm)
I found a 1998 streight six engine. will it bolt to the 1991 transmission. If so what all needs to be done to put it in.
#23034 of 23397 FINALLY GOT A NEW JEEP!!
May 21, 2008 (6:30 am)
LOOOONG time reader and occaisional poster ...
Well after many long years of financial woes i have finally gotten myself a Wrangler!!!
It is a Black 2005 Sport! Hard-Top, 6 Speed, pretty stock!!!
Anyway, wanted to brag a bit and say hi to Tsjay and Bama! I spoke with them about 4 years ago when I was looking at another Jeep!!!
#23035 of 23397 Re: New motor [slogan21]
May 21, 2008 (10:43 am)
Not likely. New transmission may be required, depending on what engine was in there before. If a stronger engine, new transmission may be required. Axles should be examined for strength. If a Dana 35 axle, may want to swap at least that.
#23036 of 23397 Re: FINALLY GOT A NEW JEEP!! [finallyajeep]
May 21, 2008 (10:44 am)
tsjay isn't on here much anymore (if at all). Bama checks in occasionally.
Mac and I are probably the remaining guys (with mac having been here longer than me.
Enjoy your jeep!
#23037 of 23397 Re: FINALLY GOT A NEW JEEP!! [erickpl]
May 22, 2008 (11:07 am)
With Tom hardly ever checking in, looks to me like you are in line to be the next Mayor.
Mac still comes in with good technical advice on occasion. I wish it was more.
I look in here every day. I don't post often because I don't have the experiences you guys have. I just use my TJ as daily driver and have almost no trouble (except the dreaded radiator replacement).
#23038 of 23397 Re: FINALLY GOT A NEW JEEP!! [wheelsdown]
May 22, 2008 (11:52 am)
Oh man, not the Mayor, how about DA?
The radiator is an EASY swap - even I swapped mine out on a 42 degree day! Sucked, but doable.
My Jeep is a daily driver, but not driven every day. I love the combination of DD-ability and offroad capabilities. Even my little 4 banger does well. I've had ZERO maintenance issues other than a water leak through the heater core gasket. But I fixed that myself. No dealer services for me if I can help it!
May 28, 2008 (2:00 pm)
Is there an affordable dolly for the hardtop storage? i have seen the ones online for around 150!
or if anyone has some plans to build your own that would be cool too!