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I would go with about 2" then if you want to keep the buildup to a minimum. 3" starts to require things like brake lines, shocks, track bars control arms etc.

 

Cheapest way will be to grab a bunch of coil spring isolators from junkyard XJs (the alternative being some poly spacers), and then find some Chevy fullsize truck drop shackles (which are a bit longer than stock MJ) or find a used XJ 3" AAL (which would give 1.5-2" of lift in an MJ).

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well I'm looking online at the moment trying to find a good price on a lift and stuff... any suggestions on a good but easy on the wallet lift???? :dunno:

Ain't no such critter. It does not exist. Period.

 

It's like one the NAXJA-NAC members used to post. In fact, it might have been in his signature:

 

"We do good work, fast, and cheap.

 

Pick any two."

 

A good lift that's easy on the wallet is a contrdiction in terms. There's a reason why the more expensive kits cost more. Either they are more complete than the cheap kits, or they are made better using better materials ... or both.

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Eagle is only sort of right.

 

Everyone has a different definition of "good" and "cheap".

 

And everyone uses their MJ in different ways.

 

If you want to safely lift your truck a few inches for a couple hundred bucks or less .... yes, its entirely possible.

 

Sure, it might ride a little rough and you might not have the prefect suspension/steering geometry ... but if you don't mind that - no problems!!

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Geonovast is correct. Wrangler coils are softer than XJ/MJ coils and actually lower an XJ or MJ compared to a stock 4.0L vehicle. The TJ coils may be about the same as XJ/MJ 4-cylinder coils.

 

ZJ V8 front coils (Grand Cherokee, 93 - 98) are the same part number as XJ Up Country coils and ride approximately 1" higher than stock XJ/MJ 4.0L coils.

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how hard/easy is it to put on new coils???

 

Its not too bad.

 

The hard part is getting the axle to droop far enough so that you can get the springs out and in.

 

Start by getting the frame rails up on jack stands and the axle supported with a floor jack. Then start un-bolting things to get the axle to droop. Start with the brake lines and shocks first. Then maybe the front drive-shaft. Then move on to the control arms if needed - lowers first.

 

Also, you can jack up on one side of the axle which will lower the other side.

 

You can also use spring compressors. Some guys don't like them. I think if you are careful and use them properly, they work fine.

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