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.
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.
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 rustysoffrod.com 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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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.
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.
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?
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.
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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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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