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Old 01-22-2008, 11:39 PM   #1
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The word on lifts...

I have a 98 Sahara and I'm gonna lift... 2".... or around that. What's the users difference on solely poly spacers and actual full springs, shocks etc... I have no plans on simple spacers, but want to know more about them. I understand that they provide clearance without sacrificing ride quality. I'm looking at the shocks and springs, but what's the deal on brake lines etc.. What is really effected by a mere 2". Benefits of new steering stabilizer? Thoughts? Thanks.

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Old 01-23-2008, 12:07 AM   #2
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Much depends on how much you want to spend. The OME with springs, shocks and add in an adjustable front track bar you are looking at $1000. I would also add in a rear adjustable track bar. You may or may not need a SYE and new rear driveshaft, I've seen it go both ways, actually 3 ways, needed a SYE and DS, needed a TC drop and a couple even got away clean with no vibes.
Me, I picked up a used 2" BB for $50 with 07 rubicon stock shocks that I got for $50 as new takeoffs that were the correct length, they had less than a mile on them. I got away clean so far.

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Old 01-23-2008, 07:26 AM   #3
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it depends on how many miles you ahve on your jeep, if your jeep is older than 4 years old or has more than 80,000 on it i owuld og with new coils because the stock one will have sagged, a great place for this kit is for the springs and coils alone, if it is neewer than that then just a BB (spacers) and new longer shocks will be fine, make sure to get good shocks though! and with either one of these you may need to put a few washers under the Tcase but it wont be that bad
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Old 01-23-2008, 08:13 AM   #4
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It also depends on why. What is your reason for a 2" lift? Are you trying to fit tires you already have? It doesn't make much sense to spend the money on a suspension lift if you are going to mainly mall-crawl, or if you just want to go up one tire size. You can always add a 3" or bigger susp. lift later, but it sounds like if all you ned is another inch or so of clearance, a BB might do the trick.
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Old 01-23-2008, 12:23 PM   #5
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In general most people who want to do a 2" lift for a little more clearance and bigger tires go with a bb. A 2" coil lift with new shocks will probably run you 2 to 3 times as much as a standard bb and will probably give you a harsher ride. 3" is usually where people start to go the route of a coil lift. If you want 3" from a bb though you could always add a 1" body lift after...with that setup you could fit 33's, but you'll have less articulation than you'd get with a 3 or 3.5" coil lift. What size tires are you planning on running and how much off-roading are you planning on doing?

A bb wont effect your ride at all as you're simply adding spacers to stock springs, but the shocks you choose to go along with it will. If you go with a bb don't get cheap with shocks, get good quality shocks like RE monotubes's, OME, ect...

Most people get away with no vibes from a 2" lift, but some have them and usually they can be fixed by doing the easy t-case drop. And you're brake lines will be fine with a 2" lift. There's no real need for a SYE with a 2" lift, but if you have plans for a bigger lift in the future it cant hurt to put one on.

A new steering stabilizer isn't absolutely nesessary but it cant hurt either. If you're old one is bad it's good time to replace it when you're doing the lift.
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Old 01-25-2008, 11:49 AM   #6
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Thanks dudes,
I do a lot of trail riding with the it in the north woods. It isn't rock crawling or serious mudding that I need, but more of a utilitarian thing.... Versatile for on road and off-road driving. I wanted 2" because it seemed a good number to do some 32s or 33s. Prob 32s. Since it's a 98 with 70K I guess new springs sounds good. Just want more height and better control on the trails. What is SYE?
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Old 01-25-2008, 12:01 PM   #7
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I have a 97 and I am going to be doing the Rustys 2 inch coil lift for some 31's so i can get a little bit of flex.* I am also ging to be doing the do it yourself TC drop with washers.* It should cost me less than $400 when done.
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Old 01-25-2008, 06:13 PM   #8
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Ok... as gathered: SYE and CV is regarding Tcase positioning. On that note, does just dropping it down with spacers compromise clearance under the vehicle much. Because if I lifted it up and dropped the case down much I would feel like a wiener when after I spent 400 and am high centered.
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Old 01-25-2008, 07:02 PM   #9
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You don't need a sye for a 2" lift. If you do a 1" bl, install a mml and you won't need a tcase drop. or just add some washers to drop the tcase. I did a 2" BB and had very little vibs even with no t case drop, installed the mml with bl, have none.

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