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New Shocks & 35s

Hey guys!

New to the forum, had an 07 FJ for just about a year. Bought used. 150k miles, 2-3 inch lift, 33s. Everything else appears to be stock. Last time I went in for an oil change they said I needed to replace my front shocks. They quoted me like $750. I'd also like to put on 35s. So. A few questions. Keep in mind I have little mechanical experience.

Could/should I attempt to replace the shocks myself and buy the tools to do it? What should I buy? I feel like this may be a good opportunity to upgrade some stuff.
Can I put 35s on with a 2 to 3 inch lift?
What are some other basic modifications I should invest in? In what order? What can I expect to pay?

This is my daily driver. I probably off road maybe five, six times a year. Nothing crazy.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: New Shocks & 35s

Replace the shocks yourself, it's a pretty easy job. Use the search bar and look for write-up's on how to do it.
Go with 33's (285's) if its your DD and only off-road a couple times a year. 35's fit but it takes some work and gets significantly more expensive than just swapping 33's on, and will kill your gas mileage worse than they already have.

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Welcome to the forum!
What lift is currently on it? If you're not sure, post pictures and someone here with be able to tell you. Was this a dealer telling you to replace the front shocks? A good adjustable front coilover setup is going to be at least $750 most likely, but you can get OME ones that aren't adjustable for cheaper. I replaced my coilovers myself with no prior suspension experience. It's not easy if you don't know what you're doing, but it's doable so long as you're persistent and careful. With 35's you're absolutely going to need to do a BMC (many articles available on here), probably flatten the pinch weld, and maybe some other things. You may notice that your FJ is underpowered and decide to regear after 35's, some do and some don't.
Are your wheels 17s or 18s? Most people on here have a 16 or 17 inch rim to maximize sidewall.

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