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Old 05-22-2011, 08:02 AM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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Howdy,
I was wondering if anyone knows of a reliable place to get a lift kit installed, plus tires, around town? I know it will be somewhat pricy, however I do not want to spend a ton of money. Suggestions welcome.
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Old 05-22-2011, 08:31 AM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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NAW over on Culebra would be a good place to start, IMO. I use 'em for both my work an' "play" trucks....

Northwest Automotive Warehouse
3027 Culebra Rd
San Antonio, TX 78228
(210)432-0571

Be VERY careful of the super-cheap shops - there's more to a lift kit than just pushin' it up in the air. The trannies nowardays shift based on engine RPM, so if you don't chip the engine, it's gonna run poorly - and you need to mod your speedo if you change tire sizes. If you lift beyond a given point, you may need to extend driveshafts, alter a-frames, etc. You don't HAVE to do that kinda stuff, of course - many/most don't - but it'll never be "right" unless you do.
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Old 05-22-2011, 08:42 AM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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LOL! Trannies! Thanks for info. I'll check em' out. Honestly, I do not know much about lift kits. Only what I have read online so I'll take all the help I can get. Ballparking it how much would a solid lift be? Thanks!
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Old 05-22-2011, 09:38 AM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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I have NO clue as to cost of those lifts. To be honest, I always felt they were more trouble than they were worth, and in 90% of the cases, not needed. They create a much higher Center of Gravity - and that can be dangerous on the highway. Bear in mind - I'm a long-time hunter, and have gone many places with either jeeps, 4x4 trucks and HumVees - any time I've encountered an area that one of them wouldn't get me in to, I just kept on going.
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Old 05-22-2011, 09:50 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Not to discourage you, but a tall lift will give you terrible MPG. If the truck is your daily driver, you may want to put off getting a lift until gas prices go down. Stouter tires than the ones that were stock on it will give it a nice look for a little less than a lift and won't be as bad for your gas mileage.

I had a 95 Chevy truck (loved that truck!) that I bought when gas was a dollar a gallon...used to cost me $26 to fill up and I'd get 400 miles on that tank of gas. Now that same truck would cost almost $100 to fill up.
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Old 05-22-2011, 10:50 AM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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Very good points! Thank you for the input. I got the 4x4 covered and I used to ride around in jeeps and absolutely loved them! I was looking at a smaller lift kit by ProComp and like you mentioned some new tires. And one dollar for a gallon of gas!!! Guess those days are long gone.....
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:16 AM
 
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You might talk with the guys a 4 Wheel Parts@ Broadway and 410. They've been doing my work (Jeeps & trucks)for a lot of years now and they are very good. They also get a lot of business from south of the border and local car/truck dealers in addition to being a nationwide operation. A key factor to me is the issue of safety...they won't do the work if it means sacrificing safety.
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:22 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Agreed, 4 Wheel Parts is well known in the Jeeping community!

Here's their local store info:

8700 Broadway
San Antonio TX 78217

Hours
Mon-Fri: 9am - 6pm (Local Time)
Saturday: 9am - 3pm (Local Time)
Sunday: Closed

Contact
Sales Assistance: 800-269-5062
Phone: 210-826-0200
Email: ant@4wheelparts.com

Cheers! M2
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