It hit me this morning that tomorrow will mark a milestone in my two years with Smokey. If the weather holds and all goes according to plan, I’ll be installing a Teraflex levelling kit tomorrow, Smokey’s first lift.
This Teraflex kit is only a series of coil spring spacers designed to give me enough room to clear larger tires when the time comes, and won’t provide any changes to the active suspension. In that regard, I’ve already made much more functional modifications, most notably my front sway bar disconnects — easily the best $130 I’ve ever spent on the Jeep.
Still, though, there’s something emotionally significant about installing your first lift, even if it is just an inch and a half. My little rig is coming along nicely. I may not have the disposable budget to complete all the changes I’d like to make at once, but the benefit of proceeding slowly like this is that I’m being much more deliberate and thoughtful about my modifications than if I were dropping $10,000 on the Jeep at a single swath. I think the finished product, when I finally get there, will be far nicer than it might’ve otherwise been.
So, here’s to the slow road — and to enjoying every minute of this Jeep journey!