There are numerous ways to go when lifting a Jeep TJ, but choosing a long-arm system

There are numerous ways to go when lifting a Jeep TJ, but choosing a long-arm system is the preferred method if you are putting more than a couple inches of air underneath that short wheelbase of your 1997-to-2006 Jeep Wrangler. Since we wanted 4 to 5 inches of lift to easily clear 37-inch tires, our attention settled on one of the long-arm suspension systems from MetalCloak. But before you go any further, let’s be perfectly clear—you will have to cut, drill, and weld to successfully install the MetalCloak Lock-N-Load Long-Arm 4.5-inch RockSport Suspension System. We didn’t go full-tilt boogie with shocks, but we did find what we were searching for in the MetalCloak Lock-N-Load Long-Arm 4.5-inch RockSport Suspension System. The dampers included with our kit were MetalCloak’s very respectable RockSport twin-tube, gas-charged, long-travel shocks. Optional were the MetalCloak 6Pak shocks with a floating body and dual opposing, gas-charged reservoir design. It can be had in various stroke lengths; but the 13-incher has a compressed size eye to eye of 12 1/4 inches and an extended length eye to eye of 25 1/4 inches. They were awesome, but they were also more than the budget allowed. ...

What made the Half Price Books owner open a store for Dallas’ urban farmers? ‘It’s my midlife crisis’ | Retail

The 58-year-old owner of Half Price Books is throwing a Lake Highlands neighborhood party Thursday for the public reveal of Rooster Home & Hardware, an eco-friendly hardware store that specializes in urban farming, beekeeping, live chickens and supplies, and local products. “Everyone, including my husband, thinks I’m crazy and says: ‘Why are you doing this? It’s a terrible, bad idea.’” Anderson says as workers busily unbox merchandise to replenish empty shelves. “I don’t know. I feel compelled to do it. If we can get through the mess, it sounds like fun.” By  ”mess,” Anderson means buying the assets of True Value Gecko Hardware, where the shelves had dwindled to near empty after the previous owner’s gofundme campaign failed. Anderson participated in the campaign and continued to work with its owner, Andrea Ridout, as the struggles mounted.   ”I kept throwing in more money trying to see if somebody else would buy it or save it,” Anderson says. “No one did. I told Ken, my husband, that instead of buying a sports car, I bought a hardware store. It’s my midlife crisis.” Ridout, ...