Originally Posted by rus
roughly whats it cost to put a 3" lift and some new wheels on these? ball park?
It cost me about $500 bucks and a saturday to put a 3" lift on my 98 4cyl.
I wouldn't do a suspension lift again, I would just clearance the fenders. The TJ can clear 31" tires in stock form. That's about perfect for a 4cyl with 4.10 gears. When I first got my 4cyl with the stock tires it was geared low and was pretty good for general driving and light wheeling it was almost peppy.
I ran 31's for a few years and that was a good balance. I put 3" lift and 32"s on and it was really slow and I started breaking things... like the weak tranny that comes with the 4cyl. Save your money for a tranny swap from the 6cyl.
Best advice is go straight 6 cyl, put 31s on it and enjoy it.
This would be the best mix of fun, quickness, and reliability and cost savings.
It would give you more ground clearance, but keep your suspension and driveshafts working properly.
If you HAVE to get a 4cyl this is what I learned. I have one as my daily for the past 10 years. Don't mess with the suspension lift, it screws up the road handling, makes the ride bumpier, and makes your driveshaft angle steeper. Get the axles with 4.10 ratio. It can pull a bike on a trailer. Ive done it.
Ditch that hard top, leave the doors and spare tire at home. That stuff is heavy.
I did all the popular 4cyl engine mods... they work okay but the motor is pegged to make 70 on the highway:
K&N cone filter
intake tube from 6cyl
bored throttle body from 6cyl
throttle body spacer
jet stage 2 chip
low temp coolant thermostat
ford taurus electric fan