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Old 04-14-2014, 11:43 AM   #1
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Building a 2.5" Suspension

After reading through the forums and getting very mixed reviews and advice on lift kits, I've decided to build a kit. I'm in need of shocks on my DD and while I was at it I figured I might as well give the TJ a little boost. I'm running 31 x 10.50 on stock rims with no lift and I dig it. Haven't had any problems with flex and scrubbing. Would like to step up to some 32" or 33" tires when these need replaced, probably near the end of the year. Don't do a lot of hard wheeling, just some dirt trails, mountain roads, and a little mud. For now at least. Thinking about stepping up to 32" this go round. Starting with the suspension basics and leaving room to build bigger in the future without having to do a lot of driveline adjustments. Here's what I'm looking at:
Rough Country 2.5" coil springs - $199
Sky Jacker Hydros (for 1 -3" lift ) - $152
Zone 2" Bumpstops - $32
Rubicon Express Front and Rear Sway Bar Links - $70
Rugged Ridge Rear Trackbar Relocation Bracket - $25
Rugged Ridge Front Track Bar Relocation Bracket - $15
Stacked Washer Transfer Case Drop - $10
Total - $503 plus shipping
I understand that there are better kits available for more $, but there are worse for less $ too. Next go round I'd like to add Spring Spacers and build on this. But for now, is this a good start? What am I missing? Should I (can I) get longer shocks now?

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You shouldn't need to drop your transfer case with just a 2.5" lift. The other stuff looks good if you plan on going higher later on. There are better shocks out there but they should be fine for now until you really start building

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Here's what I'm looking at:
Rough Country 2.5" coil springs - $199 thats fine, Just be aware the fronts have a reputation for sagging. maybe look at BDS or Zone 3" front and RC 2.5" rear springs. it will sit more level and have less chance to sag
Sky Jacker Hydros (for 1 -3" lift ) - $152 this is an ok choice for the price range, just be aware they won't ride that nice
Zone 2" Bumpstops - $32 you can do it a lot cheaper with simple performance accessories body lift pucks off summit racing or amazon
Rubicon Express Front and Rear Sway Bar Links - $70 ok, but you save money by making your own
Rugged Ridge Rear Trackbar Relocation Bracket - $25 thats fine, but be aware they can create interference issues if you're not careful
Rugged Ridge Front Track Bar Relocation Bracket - $15 terrible idea, never use a relocation bracket in front unless you want to hate driving
Stacked Washer Transfer Case Drop - $10 thats fine
Total - $503 plus shipping
see above.

I'd save money on the sway bar links by building your own, and spend the money on NAPA cam bolts from the front axle instead.
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Every jeep is different.I had to add 3/4 inch transfer case drop to my son's jeep with a 2.5 inch lift.
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Cool. Thanks for the replies! @ UnlimitedLJ04 Yeah, I would really love to put Bilstein 5100's on but they're double the price. Within my budget, I've heard good things about the Sky Jackers mainly in comparison with the rest in the price range. And I was kinda iffy about the front relocation bracket, I was just going off of what I have seen looking at other kits, so good to know. Any suggestions or how to info on building sway bar links? Also, any suggestions on the rear trackbar?
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Cool. Thanks for the replies! @ UnlimitedLJ04 Yeah, I would really love to put Bilstein 5100's on but they're double the price.
Within my budget, I've heard good things about the Sky Jackers mainly in comparison with the rest in the price range. And I was kinda iffy about the front relocation bracket, I was just going off of what I have seen looking at other kits, so good to know. Any suggestions or how to info on building sway bar links? Also, any suggestions on the rear trackbar?
Google found these

Sway bar links:
First Jeep - 99 XJ Build - Page 6 - JeepForum.com
Guide: How to build Home Made Sway Bar Quick Disconnects
Better Home Brew disconnects - JeepForum.com

You can also follow those links by combining a top bracket & WJ front links. Shouldn't be more than $20...WJ links themselves are only $10-11 per set. The rest would be hardware.

Rear track bar:
Read this:
tj front adjustable track bars for 0-3.5", does yours hit or fit? - Page 98 - JeepForum.com

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