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Old 10-23-2012, 09:43 AM
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Default Poll time - bumpers or lift kit

I'm Installing frame stiffeners (front middle and rear) after than I plan on installing lift kit and bumpers. As I can only afford one or the other which you think I should do first?

long arm lift kit
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Front and rear aftermarket bumpers

Both cost about the same after shipping and add ons so just kinda at a crossroad as to which I want to do first.

What you all think? What would you do first?
(currently jeep has stock bumpers and suspension) but does have some nice meaty tires
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Lift kit first.
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You forgot the poll.
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Originally Posted by lowrange2
You forgot the poll.
On my iPhone, was mostly for comments I guess. Maybe I can add an actual poll when I get home on my PC
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Bumpers/armor first. Dont forget the cost of bigger tires, and offset rims.
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Well so far that's

1 - lift kit

1 - bumpers
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The lift kit will more than likely cost you more considering the stuff that might break or need replacing as you come across them. Then you're looking at getting bigger tires as soon as possible since stockers (if that's what your running) will not only look stupid but your cog and handling will be **** with them still on there.

If you're on a tight budget, start with bumpers.
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Bumpers, recovery options are more important imo.
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Lift! I don't like the look of factory suspension on anything with hundreds tossed into bumpers. If you go wheeling regularly then you should already have some sort of recovery options/points
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I say invest in nice bumpers, and armor underneath (tc skid, gas tank skid, etc). Then invest in a NICE l/a lift (Clayton, or Serious).
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A lift is a lot more involved. Plus the need of tires and rims and any extras you will need depending on lift height. Then with it lifted you can get a better idea of what your rig will look like so you can get bumpers that youll like. also i dont like aftermarket bumpers on stock rigs. looks un-proportional.

my vote goes to a lift kit.
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Each has pros and cons. Big bumpers look kinda silly on a stock rig, but a lift looks kinda silly on stock tires. I guess you need to figure out what your next purchase will be.If you get the lift you'll want to get larger tires pretty soon. If you get bumpers you'll probably want a winch pretty soon. If you're doing mild wheeling, get the bumpers. If you wheel and need the clearance, get the lift.

Or get the lift and save up for tires and install them all at once.

Next you'll be asking "winch or lockers?"

Just get your wallet and chain it to the Jeep. That's where it'll go anyway.

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Throw the lift first then add armor to your liking.
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armor and recovery > lift for any serious wheeler.
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Well the long arm kit I'm interested in is the rough country 4.5" kit with springs

http://www.roughcountry.com/jeep_xj_4xla.html

Both bumpers with add ons together will cost about the same with the lift. So Either way i have funds to cover any extra parts that may be needed. Just don't wanna drop $3k into a project at once doing both. My 30x9.5 are pretty big/meaty compared to stock so I don't think the lift will look bad until I put $$ into some 31 or 33s.
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