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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-29-2007, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
 
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I have just bought a 2004 Wrangler SE. It's the 4 Cyl. Auto, the model is the SE which I'm sure you all know is the cheap model. Not what I wanted, but the price was right! I want to put a 2" body lift on it to atleast change the appearance. Any suggestions on the brand? What size tires should I use and any other suggestions would help. Being an auto, I'm told I can't go to big or I will have to get into the gears. Thanks
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Rather than a body lift, I'd go with a spring spacer. The cost will be a little higher than for a body lift, but will look much better and not stress the frame and extended pucks. With a 2" lift you can run 31X10.50 tires without a problem.
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Welcome to the board!

What Tom said - body lifts are not the way to go. 1" maybe, but no more.

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X3...including the welcome.

While a body lift might be cheaper...it's 2-3 times more work than just adding spacers to the springs....and besides the issues of safety, it sure looks ugly to see that 2" space between the body and frame....and it's especially noticeable at the front and back bumpers.

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What size tires should I use and any other suggestions would help. Being an auto, I'm told I can't go to big or I will have to get into the gears. Thanks
Congrats and welcome. I would do the 2" spring spacer (or budget booset) and 31" tires. Anything bigger than that and your 4 popper will have trouble on the road. Correct me if I am wrong here, fellas, I thought automatics had an easier time than manual trannys with too high of gearing. Something about torque multiplication.

BTW, I run 32" tires with an automatic and factory 3.73 gears. It could be lower off road, but on the street it does very well.

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Yeah, that's right about the auto and gears. If the gears are too tall it takes a lot of clutch slipping to get moving with a real transmission, but a shiftless box will start out OK, just not as quickly. And I still can't figure out how an auto can possibly work well off road, unless it's in front of an astronomical crawl ratio.

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Yeah, you know - the kind where you stir the gears by hand.

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Thank for the help guys! Is there a certain spring spacer brand I should go with, and as far as tires brand would you suggest. Man this is going to be a blast! I just checked and there seem to be brands with or without the shocks, I guess you would get the one's with the new Shocks right? Thanks again slammer

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Smile I like that phrase

[/the kind where you stir the gears by hand.] I like that phrase!!! I think I've STIRRED a few gears.

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