My son turns 16 in April and we picked him up a good used 2002 Jeep Liberty Sport 4x4 with the 3.6L. Only has 75k miles. Manual windows, manual locks, manual trans - that should keep him busy driving and off the damn phone!:happy175: Anyway, he has some money saved and wants to do a lift and tires, add a head unit (to replace the OEM Cassette). He has been around lifted Jeeps/Trucks/ATVs/SxSs his entire life as we always seem to have a project to work on. On the lift, I have been reading this forum (lots of good information) and followed the Professors lift thread at Professors Lift Thread with a wierd title The goal of the lift is to make it look better and put some more aggressive tires/wheels - make it look more like a JEEP than a grocery getter! I don't want SUPER high as this will cost me $$ in the long run as we are hoping this will get him through college. Also he is paying for it - he agrees that he wants to do it right the first time, but he is working within a budget so a full blown kit with high-end parts just isn't in the budget. BUT we both agree that a spacer lift isn't the right thing to do either. A real quick measurement on the drivers side yields 18.25" on the front and 19 on the rear. I will measure a little better once I can get it in the garage after I move some other projects out/around. So we are going to use the following: FRONT OME 2927 HD front springs Bilstein struts Clevis lift (see questions below) TeraFlex Bump stops REAR OME 2948 HD Rear Springs Additional Coil spring Isolator Hockey Puck bump stops Shocks -(see questions below) JBA Shock bushing Alright now for the questions: We want to do a clevis lift to hopefully compensate for any sag he might get over time but fully realize that the front maybe a little high until everything settles and he puts some miles on it. So should we go with the 0.25 spacer for 1/2" more of lift or the 0.375 spacer for 3/4" more of lift? What Rear Shocks? I read somewhere that you should use the Dodge Dakota rear shocks but the professor used the YJ shocks? We have the shock bushing from JBA on the list but don't have a specific shock picked out at this point. What about RANCHO front struts and rear shocks over Bilstein? Front struts are about the same costs as Bilsteins but the Rancho's have a rebate on them right now through the end of the month? Again don't want to save $50 dollars just to have to do it over again down the road.... Hockey puck for bump stops - fully get the concept. Are you guys counter sinking the bolt in the top of the puck. I would assume that you are mounting these on the lower spring cup. Correct? What size wheels? - He likes the steelie's. Thinking Black Rock Black Rock D Widow 16x7 Black Wheel - 16x7 with 4" backspacing on 245/75-16. Don't want any rubbing so we are open to suggestions on wheels and backspacing and tire size. What about 15" wheels? Will they clear the front calipers? maybe same style wheel in 15x7 with 31x10.5-15 tires. 15" wheels and tires are cheaper .... Can we compress the front springs and disassemble the front strut/shock assembly ourselves in the garage? I realize this is a subjective question and I am leary of spring compressors. I do not have a press either. However, I recently had an issue with a shock on my RZR XP and I had to use a spring compressor to remove the spring as the preload collar was stuck. I rented this one Strut Compressor - it has pins that help keep the jaws from slipping off. It worked pretty well on the RZR spring. We will be ordering parts once we finalize everything and hopefully installing on one of the warmer TEXAS winter weekends (it's been COLD the last few weekends!). We are definitely open to suggestions and advice as I don't want to spend his hard earned savings/birthday money/chore money unwisely!