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Old 12-24-2013, 08:26 AM   #1
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Jeep tj lift kit

I've been searching the web for the best lift kits for a Tj wrangler and I can't seem to find any real definite information. I am looking for the lift kit that gives the smoothest ride possible, please help

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Old 12-24-2013, 08:47 AM   #2
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How much lift, what is your budget, and how do you plan to use your rig?

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Old 12-24-2013, 09:01 AM   #3
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We'll need the above questions answered to really help you, but for a smooth ride you can't go wrong with an Old Man Emu(OME) lift. A bit pricier but you get what you pay for.
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Old 12-24-2013, 09:38 AM   #4
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Rubicon Express Extreme Duty long arm with Off-Road Only AiRock!
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Old 12-24-2013, 11:45 AM   #5
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I've been searching the web for the best lift kits for a Tj wrangler and I can't seem to find any real definite information. I am looking for the lift kit that gives the smoothest ride possible, please help
Smoothest ride on a paved road or on the trail?
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Old 12-24-2013, 12:01 PM   #6
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Lift for looks or function? How tall do you want to go? The OME mentioned, is a great lift and works well with tires as tall as 32". Want to go taller? Currie has great suspension components and combined with Bilstein shocks give a nice ride at 4" of suspension lift.
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Old 12-24-2013, 10:47 PM   #7
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Lift for looks or function? How tall do you want to go? The OME mentioned, is a great lift and works well with tires as tall as 32". Want to go taller? Currie has great suspension components and combined with Bilstein shocks give a nice ride at 4" of suspension lift.
I was thinking of either 3" or 4". I want it to look nice but also ride smooth if that's possible, any ideas?
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Old 12-24-2013, 11:14 PM   #8
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I would go with OME plus a 1.25" body lift. Great ride, it's what I currently run

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Old 12-25-2013, 07:54 AM   #9
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i got the 3" ZONE kit. My ride has actually improved over stock. i run bfg 33's
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Old 12-25-2013, 04:42 PM   #10
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2" bds and 1.25" bl are in my future...then hopefully 33s.....hopefully..someday.lol.
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Old 12-25-2013, 09:07 PM   #11
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Rubicon Express lifts and high quality shocks are good. As far as height it kind of depends on what tires you plan on running. 33" tires and 3" of lift works good for me.
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Old 12-25-2013, 09:37 PM   #12
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Hi new to the forum. I want to install a BB lift to my 00 jeep I have 33" tires. What are the pros and cons?
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Old 12-25-2013, 09:39 PM   #13
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I have a 4 1/2 rubicon express lift with a 1in BL on 36x13.5x15 and my ride is smooth as can be. I also have the transfer case drop though to help with the smoothness of the ride and shifting. RE lifts are amazing and ride extremely well on and off road. My previous TJ had the pro comp 4" lift and it was pretty decent for my needs and ride was extremely smooth. I've had no death wobble for each my current rubicon or past tj
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Old 12-25-2013, 10:50 PM   #14
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Hi all. hitching a ride on this thread as I am in the process of replacing my 99TJ's Dana35 with a Dana44 and thought while I had it apart, it would give her a lift. She currently has a 1 1/2 BL and was thinking of a 3" SL thinking 33 will be the tallest tires I will run. But you never know.

So here I am!
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Old 12-26-2013, 04:47 AM   #15
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Throughout the years I have run these setups on my rigs:

*2" coil spacers with Teraflex shocks and 1" body lift
*3.5" Rubicon Express super flex kit
*4.5" BDS coils with Savvy control arms and Bilstein 5100 shocks
*Full Traction long arms with 6" coils and Bilstein 5100 shocks

The BDS coils with Savvy control arms provided the best ride on and off road. Rubicon Express was by far the worst ride. The front coils sagged and the shocks were garbage.
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Old 12-26-2013, 10:44 AM   #16
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I would go with OME plus a 1.25" body lift. Great ride, it's what I currently run
Else you could run what I ran previously, a 2" BDS suspension lift + 1.25" body lift. The BDS lift is priced ½, if not more compared to the OME brand but on and off road performance is comparable.

The reason why I am recommending a short lift, is due to the low impact to the Jeep's driveline and pinion angle. A short lift generally will not result in vibrations from the change in said angles. If vibes should occur, then the addition of a few washers - dropping the transfercase skid is sufficient to dial out vibes and realign pinion. If dropping the skid is not preferred, the installation of a 1" motor mount lift is also a solution to pinion realignment.

For taller lifts exceeding 3", the costlier alternative of an SYE kit and related components, are recommended to realign pinion .
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Else you could run what I ran previously, a 2" BDS suspension lift + 1.25" body lift. The BDS lift is priced ½, if not more compared to the OME brand but on and off road performance is comparable.
That's a debatable statement. The bds shocks don't perform as well in higher speed situations. They also don't have the range of travel the ome shocks do. The spring rate of the bds springs are high and that makes for a short spring vs ome. I don't see them as comparable at all really.
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That's a debatable statement. The bds shocks don't perform as well in higher speed situations. They also don't have the range of travel the ome shocks do. The spring rate of the bds springs are high and that makes for a short spring vs ome. I don't see them as comparable at all really.
Yes, your statements are true but I wonder if the differences are material enough to the average wheeler... I see that for those who are going for a wider selection of rate, travel and performance will usually go for a taller 4" lift.

I ran both short suspensions and found them to be comparable for the type of wheeling I put the Jeep through, here in the Pacific Northwest .
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Yes, your statements are true but I wonder if the differences are material enough to the average wheeler... I see that for those who are going for a wider selection of rate, travel and performance will usually go for a taller 4" lift.

I ran both short suspensions and found them to be comparable for the type of wheeling I put the Jeep through, here in the Pacific Northwest .
Not sure about that either. You will find many spring rate choices that will get you between 2" and 3". The 4" spring may or may not have better potential for travel. With the longer springs you potentially need more bump stop extension so you don't bind the springs. You will also have a longer shock body, so again more bump stop extension. You can potentially achieve more travel with a 4" spring, but it isn't always the case because there are tradeoffs. When I am finished I should be very close to 5.5" up and 5.5" down up front. Haven't completely got the rear nailed down yet due to an ever evolving plan. That's using ome 934 fronts and soon 941 rears vs the 942 rears I have now.

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