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    Default Finally got into a Wrangler

    So after realizing my 08 kk liberty wasn't gonna be the best trail rig with parts and accessories being extremely expensive and rarely available (some might remember from freezing your gas off) which I couldn't attend due to being unable to source parts in time, so I began the search for a tj and happy to say I found this 97, now begins the fun part of getting it to where I want it to be, already picked up a front bumper
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    Both nice looking jeeps. Are you able to keep the liberty to daily drive? Good luck with the build.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XJ_Dave View Post
    Both nice looking jeeps. Are you able to keep the liberty to daily drive? Good luck with the build.
    Yea still got the liberty and thank you

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    enjoy the build ,so many ways to build
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    Congratulations!!
    Same year as mine, well some of it, haha ;)
    Traction, articulation, and gearing make a good off-road rig. Just a big lift, wide mud tires, and a winch simply do not ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeep crawl View Post
    enjoy the build ,so many ways to build
    This ^! I try to enjoy every turn of the wrench
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    Thanks guys, I plan to keep it fairly simple, probably a 3-4" lift with 33's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tjohns37 View Post
    Thanks guys, I plan to keep it fairly simple, probably a 3-4" lift with 33's
    Just a heads up, there is no "simple" 3"-4" lift for the TJ. You will need a cv driveshaft at the rear, a slip yoke eliminator at the rear output of the transfer case, adjustable control arms on the rear, upper at a min I believe. Your axles will look quite goofy with one way left of center and the other way right, so track bar relocation will be required front and rear.
    These just come immediately to mind. IMO, if you do all that you may as well go with a tummy tuck to get some serious ground clearance.
    You should be able to fit 33" tires with 2" lift and 1" body/mml. I fit them quite well with a saggy 2" lift. I had like 4.25 bs rims with 33x10.5x15 tires, so cleared everything quite well, but had a 2000 Sahara which had 1" wider fender flares than other models (same as Rubicon flares were) . A good 2" spring lift might be the ticket if you go with non stock bs rims and 33x10.5 tires.
    You could also do the 2" lift along with a tummy tuck, bit you would still have to do the transfer/ds/ca/mml changes and possibly a body lift.
    Of course, all of this depends on your luck with the nutserts in the frame. They suck. Hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob View Post
    Just a heads up, there is no "simple" 3"-4" lift for the TJ.
    If this is your first time out wheeling I'd spend as little as possible right now. Those look like 31s, great size tire for a TJ. I'd put a cheap-o spacer lift in, and rock sliders. Make sure your gas tank skid is still there and maybe consider putting a stronger one on, I can't remember my TJ's skid, that was too long ago. Engine oil pan skid before gas I guess.

    Oh, differential covers.

    Do you have a 4 or a 6? If you have a 4 you will not want to go bigger than 33s without re-gearing.

    That should be under $700, I'm guessing, I didn't do the math, and you'll have a blast.

    OH, front sway bar disconnects, that will make your life easier.
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    Oh, and a steering box skid, those are super exposed on TJs (and YJs)
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotThePainter View Post
    Oh, and a steering box skid, those are super exposed on TJs (and YJs)
    It's the 4.0 and yes it has 31's on it now with a budget spacer lift, I'd guess an inch, I do plan to put skids in, this wouldn't be my first time wheeling, just first time in a Wrangler, i found a teraflex 3" kit that comes with everything needed, about a year old for a good price, only thing I'd need to get is the sye, and skids

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    Congratulations on the Jeep. Looks like you are working fast in finding parts!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tjohns37 View Post
    It's the 4.0 and yes it has 31's on it now with a budget spacer lift, I'd guess an inch, I do plan to put skids in, this wouldn't be my first time wheeling, just first time in a Wrangler, i found a teraflex 3" kit that comes with everything needed, about a year old for a good price, only thing I'd need to get is the sye, and skids
    The TJ is a nice addition to the Liberty. I'm a fan of both.

    Just to echo what Paul (NotThePainter) said; keep it simple for now and you'll have a great time. If you already have a budget boost and 31's I'd say run it as is for the beginning of the season. My first outings with this bunch were with a 20-something YJ on tired springs (about -1"), 31's, and factory skids, and I had a blast. I found what I wanted to improve little by little, mainly because I had the chance to learn what I wanted, on the fly. We pre-ran the entire Bacon to Margaritas course three years ago with a showroom stock YJ following, and I mean down to the 215/75-15 tires.
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    My biggest mistake was building too fast. I both didn't learn how to drive and I kept flushing money down the drain.

    I'm where I want to be right now but the path to get there was weird and convoluted.
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