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Old 01-15-2011, 05:23 AM
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By headlight switch you mean dimmer switch? At least that's what I've always called them. If so, that's really simple! Does the bolster plastic just pop off along with the would trim or are there gonna be screws? I come from working on imports where interior panels just pop off. Don't wanna go break anything haha.

Yeah I know the motor will last forever, I'm just worried about the trans. After doing some reading on here I think the consensus is once it gets to about 140k, it'll go out. I guess we'll see. Hopefully a lift and slightly larger tires won't speed that process up.
yeah, dimmer, light switch, headlight switch... all the same
IIRC 6 screws total on yours... the lower knee bolster is on by screws, and the headlight switch itself is held in by 3 screws. if you're really skilled, you can do it without removing the lower knee bolster, if you can gegt a screwdriver on to the bottom screw of the headlight switch.. the wood grain is simple grab-n-pull method

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Anybody used this lift kit? I've been thinking of how big I wanna go and right now it just doesn't make sense to go over 2" so I've been looking at some budget boost kits and it's basically come down to the 2 below

Rubicon Express
http://www.4wheelparts.com/Lift-Kits...pn=R%2fERE8030
Rusty's BB with shocks
http://rustysoffroad.com/mm5/merchan...ode=sus_zj_kit

Anybody have experience with either of these? How's the ride with them? I figure I should go ahead and get one with shocks because the one on it are shot and it needs some new ones. The other question would be should I just get a kit with out shocks and run some Bilstein's or something? If Bilsteins are going to give a better ride quality I'd consider it, but I plan on going bigger in the future so I would think I'd have to get new shocks then. I'm still new to lifting a truck. I've had lowered calls and done my own lowering, but I've never lifted anything so I don't know what's best. Any help is appreciated.

way too much... you dont need shocks, stocks are good from -1, to about +2.5 inches of lift... i ran stock shocks on my Budget Boost forever, then found a nasty deal on SkyJacker Hydro shocks (0-3 inches of lift) for 30 bucks a piece, plus i got a 30 dollar mail in rebate, so i got one for free... plus lifetime warranty, made in the USA... the budget boost i got is 2 inches and is from 4wd.com, i got it in 2006 for 80 bucks, so its prob cheaper now...
the good thing about the BB is you dont need to do anything to the sway bars, or end links, or control arms. and if you want that aggresive look over all the stockers, thats a good start.. cheap and easy.. prob about a solid nonstop 4-5 hours, and you're done, if you dont do shocks... plan on replacing the front shock bolts (the ones on the axle, 2 a piece) with grade 8s, nothin fancy. just a nut, bolt, locknut, and washer. i used ARP stainless ones on mine, and it was a peace of mind type of thing... the old ones were orig from 95... the rears were kinda odd, in that they wouldnt come off the top bolt.

lemme know if you wanna know anything else..
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Old 01-15-2011, 11:45 AM
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Well the only reason I am considering shocks is because when I hit bumps there is a clunk like a shock is blown and when the dealership did the inspection they said the right front shock was leaking. That's the only reason I wanna do shocks. I'm deciding on whether or not I wanna tackle this little project in the driveway. If I end up doing shocks, I doubt I will, but if I don't do shocks I might get one of my mechanically inclined buddies over and do it. I know a few things but he works at a shop and knows a little more. Now I'm sure this is a noob question, but where do the spacers go?
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Old 01-15-2011, 03:05 PM
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The spacers go on top of the coil springs.
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Re: My First Jeep

So I was told on another forum that if my jeep has a CV axle instead of a u joint on the front drive shaft that I'll wear it out real quick with a lift even as little as 2 inches. Any truth to this? Do ZJ's have a u joint or CV?
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:19 AM
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Re: My First Jeep

You have the cv front axles and cv front drive line. My 94 has the u joint driveline and it has been replaced twice. I will never lift another one. Mine was lifted to actually be used in the mountains getting back to a cabin we have, so it has been abused hard and I think I have found every flaw of a lift lol.




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You have the cv front axles and cv front drive line. My 94 has the u joint driveline and it has been replaced twice. I will never lift another one. Mine was lifted to actually be used in the mountains getting back to a cabin we have, so it has been abused hard and I think I have found every flaw of a lift lol.




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So you have u-joints and still had trouble? So it doesn't matter which driveline I have with a lift they both are screwed basically? If the U-joints are better is there a way I can swap them out? If so what should I be looking for? Good looking jeep by the way!
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So you have u-joints and still had trouble? So it doesn't matter which driveline I have with a lift they both are screwed basically? If the U-joints are better is there a way I can swap them out? If so what should I be looking for? Good looking jeep by the way!

Excalibur, click this link. http://www.driveshaftspecialist.com/Truckhtml/Jeep.html

Type one is what my old 94 has. It has been replaced twice due to bad ujoints, due to me having it in mud and sand over the hood lol. Under normal use lifted I am sure the stockers would be fine.

Type two (upper pic beside type two) is what your Jeep has. You can get a replacement ujoint style driveline shown in the link.

I hope I have not confused you. Congrats on the purchase. It looks like a nice ride. Always cool to see a Laredo with leather.
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Excalibur, click this link. http://www.driveshaftspecialist.com/Truckhtml/Jeep.html

Type one is what my old 94 has. It has been replaced twice due to bad ujoints, due to me having it in mud and sand over the hood lol. Under normal use lifted I am sure the stockers would be fine.

Type two (upper pic beside type two) is what your Jeep has. You can get a replacement ujoint style driveline shown in the link.

I hope I have not confused you. Congrats on the purchase. It looks like a nice ride. Always cool to see a Laredo with leather.
No no you haven't confused me that's a lot of good information and it's another site that I can browse to learn. I don't plan on having it up to the hood in mud or sand, yet at least. Really it'll just be a daily driver and then a, at the most, once a month toy to go out and play around in the mud in. I'll save that link and if I start having trouble then I'll look into swapping. Are there pro's and con's for either style? Sorry with all the questions, I just wanna learn haha. Are there any good books out there I should pick up to help me understand Jeeps or 4x4ing in general?
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Re: My First Jeep

I have always heard the ujoint style was stronger.

I like the Hanes Parts breakdown manual. It shows how to tear down anything on the Jeep and put it back together.



I am not sure on any 4x4 books. Check some videos on youtube and you will get an idea of what your Jeep can do.
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Ok cool. See for Hondas those aren't very helpful, but I've had them for other cars and they were. With my Hondas I downloaded shop manuals so I used those but I haven't found one for a ZJ yet. Ill do some research on the CV vs U joint, but I'll stick with what I got for now. I'm leaning towards not lifting it right now anyway cause I just wanna drive it and make sure I'm gonna keep it haha. Lately I haven't been keeping cars.
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Go here and register (for free) then click on downloads and go from there. This is where I downloaded the FSM for my 98. http://www.jeepslimited.com/index.ph...cman&Itemid=47
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Thanks for that link

So my next question might sound dumb, but remember I'm a n00b. So I was gonna put this in a hypothetical as my girlfriend did this while driving, but I'll just man up and say I did it. I used 4 wheel drive to get out of my GF's driveway yesterday because it was icy. Got out fine and then put the lever back into 2wd. So naturally I thought I was in 2wd. I got on the interstate and once I got to 50mph I knew there was more noise than normal and so I thought well maybe it's still in 4 wheel. So I pulled over and ran it through 4 wheel back to 2 wheel to see if that would make 2wd engage and it didn't. I was headed to work so I didn't have anymore time to mess with it. I didn't get above 70 with 4wd engaged. Did or could I have cause any damage driving with it in 4wd at 70mph? The reason I ask is because now you can smell diff fluid when you get in and while driving. I was afraid maybe I've somehow damaged the transfer case. This ever happened to anybody? Should I be worried?
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