Just got a KJ

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  1. Ian Skolnick

    Ian Skolnick New Member

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    Hello all,
    I just got an 02 Jeep Liberty Sport, auto with shiftable transfer case. The body is rusty at the rear of the rockers, but over all, it looks pretty good. It drives very well and only needed a front driveshaft and a coil to get her running great.

    I originally bought her for resale as I got it for $650 and didn't have to do much work to it, but now I am thinking of making it my project car. I was looking for a CJ or TJ, but I have this one and it didn't cost a lot, so I'm thinking if I should put a couple of thousand into it or not. It'll be for 90% road use and some light off roading, so I don't want to do anything radical.

    I'm going to look around the forum to see what others have done to theirs to help make my mind up.

    Thanks,
    Ian
     
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    LibertyTC Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Welcome to the forum!
    $600, sounds like you have a a bargain purchase price there.
    Is the engine light on for the coil?
    I'd probably replace all 6 coil packs & 6 new NGK-ZFR6F-11G spark plugs, gap them at .040 inch.
    How many miles on this KJ?
    Does the transfer case shifter show 2-Hi-4Hi- N- 4LO ? That is a locking command trac (Part Time) for slippery surface like mud snow only.
    The other shifter Selec-trac would have full time on it, can be used anytime without binding.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Shaggy Member Staff Member Administrator

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    Congrats and welcome to the forum. Smoking deal for you KJ! So everything is running fine, just want to mod it out more? You thinking lift, lights, wheels?
     
  4. Ian Skolnick

    Ian Skolnick New Member

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    Yeah, I was thinking of putting 33's on there, but I don't know if they will fit without much modification. I wouldn't mind a 2.5"/3" lift and maybe a bull bar. Some lights would be great also, preferably the original light bar, I find they look the best.
     
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    33s ?? LOL Better do some other plans
    for 33s you need 6 inch lift, (no longer available from JBA)
    then a regear to 4.88s with steel front diff ( no longer available from JBA )
    bull bar, only ARB available anymore but is the best

    Best bet2.5 inch OME full spring lift with regearing to 4.10s and 31 inch tall tires
     
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  6. Ian Skolnick

    Ian Skolnick New Member

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    We'll, I guess a project liberty is out in the back burner. I'll finish the body and see if I can do a 2.5" lift with 31s.
     
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    tommudd Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    On the back burner ???
    OK, even with 2.5 inches of lift, 31s and 4.10s they do great, drive one that way 90 miles a day
     
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    Ian Skolnick New Member

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    Well, I've got four other cars in my driveway that I need to work on.I'll wait a couple of months do some research and try to get the parts I need and hopefully by the end of summer it'll be done
     
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    tommudd Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    I've lifted over 60 KJs for friends/ customers and for two of mine with the 04 having had 5 different lifts , testing and trying out new lifts etc
    Run an 04 I bought brand new that has over 210,000 miles being lifted, over half that over 4 inches of lift/32s/4.10s and a ton of aftermarket parts
    have had my 03 for over 65,000 miles now, lift was bought before I found the right KJ LOL
    So do your research , ask questions we're all here to help you save money by not making stupid mistakes
     
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    Ian Skolnick New Member

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    Thanks for the help.
     
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    tommudd Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    35s and 6 inch lift , 4.88 gearing

    So if you have an extra 8000 or more just for the parts no issue,
    oh well but there is in a way
    It has Rock Lizard front bumper, rock rails, roof rack ( none of the parts no longer made)
    Rear bumper is one of mine, no longer making them
    6 inch adjustable coilover lift with steel front diff from JBA, lift/steel diff no longer made
    Skid plates all were from JBA as well
    4.88 gears , rear no issues, but need steel front diff for the 4.88s
    then price out 5 35s and those wheels add that on to the 11,000
    then you have to be a real jerk to everyone who supplied parts for it trying to rip them off LOL
    With all parts/ labor/ Line X etc well over 10-11,000 at least without the price of the KJ

    I should know, my 04 had even more but running a 4.5 inch lift and I know what I have -had in parts alone
    guess you haven't seen mine
     
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    Ian Skolnick New Member

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    I guess I'll get a TJ, it'll be easier and less expensive in the long run. I really like the look of the 35"s though.
     
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    Would never , ever own another TJ, one for 6 months was enough for me.
    Yes chinese parts ( bumpers etc ) are cheaper , not any cheaper for a quality lift though
    regearing is same price basically
    wheels and tires same prices
    then you have what every other person has at the Mall or outdoor parking area
    I've owned a variety of Jeeps since the early 70s, has always been at least one in the stable of my DDs
    But they have always been something unique and stand out, not a cookie cutter
     
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    Ian Skolnick New Member

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    So what's my options? I do the like the YJ and a CJ is very expensive.
     
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    tommudd Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Build the KJ
    800 or so for parts for a good lift ( well best there is available now )
    Find some TJ Moab wheels 250-300 a set
    ( 5 ) 265-70-16 Falken Wildpeak A/T 3 Ws, 650
    better to regear but can get by with not
    So 1750-1800 have a way better handling KJ than it ever was brand new, will look good and take you most anywhere

    always pick up used stock skids at pick and pulls etc
    tow hooks
     
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    Ian Skolnick New Member

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    Is this kit a good kit for almost $900 from Rocky-Road.com

    Rockfather II contains:
    [​IMG]New Old Man Emu front custom springs.
    [​IMG]Under-the-Top
    ® strut cap and spacers for 3" leveling lift in front.
    [​IMG]Old Man Emu or Heavy Dut GR2 front strut shocks.
    [​IMG]Custom full height rear springs. Full height! Not small springs with a spacer included.
    [​IMG]Rocky Road engineered rear shocks

    [​IMG]Optional pre-assembly of the front struts.
     
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    Please do not even think about anything at all from RRO
    Very bad company to deal with
    If anything is wrong when you get it, it's your fault, they will not back anything up
     
  19. Ian Skolnick

    Ian Skolnick New Member

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    Thanks tommudd, what is a good site to look at?

    Ian