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Old 10-31-2009, 02:49 PM   #1
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Just bought 04 tj unlimited need lift advice

I just bought an 04 tj unlimited with 40000 miles on it. I'm actually deployed at this time so I havent actually seen it in person. Its just sitting at my house. But I want to run some 33 inch tsl radials and from the pictures it looks like I got 31 on it right now on american racing rims (getting rid of that chrome quick) My buddy said it looks like if I got some 2 inch coil spring spacers I can fit some 33 in there. I would like to keep it as cheap as possible because I'm going back to school, but I will fit 33 no matter what, I'm new to the jeep scene I've always been a full size pickup guy so I don't know what will fit in my wheel well. Any advice? Thanks

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Old 10-31-2009, 07:25 PM   #2
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If you have the 2" BB (budget boost) all you would need to do is add a 1" BL & 1" MML
(Body Lift) (Motor Mount Lift)

Those will help clear the 33's and the mml with help keep the driveline geometry.

Depending on your driving duties, the TSL radials will wear quick since they are aggresive and they are a soft compound. Good in mud & offroad, but not the best road manners.

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Old 10-31-2009, 07:35 PM   #3
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Congrats on the new jeep. I just bought one as well, and Im also deployed.
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Old 11-01-2009, 03:22 AM   #4
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Thanks, I like the tsl radial. I had them on some of my full size pickups and I wont be doing to much driving when I go to college. I spend a lot of times off road since I live on a farm in south louisiana, so I'll stick with the tsl radial. I'm not familiar with the budget boost. How will I know if I have one already or not.
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If you look on top of your springs there would be a usually black spacer there if you have one.

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Old 11-02-2009, 03:38 AM   #6
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I'm deployed right now so I cant look at it. I'll have my buddy take a peak at it, can i fit 33 with a 2inch bb
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Hey man I have an 05 sport and I installed a 3.5 and I have atleast 5 inches in front and 6 in back from the tire to the wheel well. If Im flexed a little and full turn i hit a little in the front but its not big. Im running 33 10.50s because I have the stock ravine wheels. If you have aftermarket wheels im sure you would be ok. I got mine when I got back from a deployment so im thinking price isnt too much of a deal? It would be way cheaper to go with a 2 budget boost and 1 inch body. Be safe over there and good luck with the lift! I did mine in the driveway (what a pain!)
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O ya and to answer your question from what ive read you would be pushing it with just a 2 bb, if not already undrivable at best.
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I personaly would go with a budget 4 inch lift and a 1 inch body, then you can run 35's

35's look so beefy on these rigs
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Old 11-02-2009, 06:09 AM   #10
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yeah the money isnt a problem, but I'm going back to college so I'm going to try to hold on to as much as possible. I'll eventually go with a six inch suspension and 35 inch tires and regear both front and back gears but I'm gunna save up right now and just run 33 inch tires I'll prolly go with a 2' BB and a 1' BL. I think that will fit 33s if I'm not mistaken
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Old 11-02-2009, 05:31 PM   #11
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As an '04 unlimited owner let me tell you this. Go for the Rough Country 4" series2 and 33s it's a complete package and you can get it for less than $500. With the LJ you won't need the TC drop or new driveshafts! Look at the pics enough said!


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yeah the money isnt a problem, but I'm going back to college so I'm going to try to hold on to as much as possible. I'll eventually go with a six inch suspension and 35 inch tires and regear both front and back gears but I'm gunna save up right now and just run 33 inch tires I'll prolly go with a 2' BB and a 1' BL. I think that will fit 33s if I'm not mistaken
You are not mistaken . . . a 2" BB and 1" BL should clear the 33's. If you already have the 1" BL then when you go to 35s . . . you should just need about 4" of suspension lift and you'll be good to go. Nice thing about the LJ is you've got a bit more room to stretch things out and often times can get away with things that your shorter TJ buddies can't.
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Schmo is correct! Just don't know how long the D30 will last with 35s!
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:07 AM   #14
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I think I'm going to go with the 2" BB and 1" BL and I'm going to save up for a rubicon express long-arm kit and some lower gears and 35" tires. I have the money to do it all now but I feel it would be smarter to pay the jeep off first then dump some serious cash into it
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Old 11-03-2009, 11:18 AM   #15
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If your going long-arm I would seriously look into Rock Krawler!
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Old 11-03-2009, 03:09 PM   #16
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Yeah based on some of the issues RE has been having with bushings in both their short and long arm kits, I'd do some serious research before coughing up that kinda coin for their kit. Seems like companies like RE and Full Traction are really popular here on the web, but the guys that actually are out there wheelin' often time have different opinions of them and their products.
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Old 11-04-2009, 04:09 AM   #17
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If you go with a basic 4" suspension lift, it will save you money and you will be able to run 33" TSL's and flex since you are off road more than on. Your basic lift replaces the springs, shocks (additional) drop pitman arm, rear track bar bracket. Then you just drop your front track bar off the axle, center the jeep and drill a new hole. That is what I did in my driveway while deployed to Guam and have had no problems ever since. However, you will clear 33" TSL's on just a 2" bb spacer lift. I know cause I did it with a friend. Just don't take it off road too much or you will rub a lot.

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Old 11-04-2009, 09:44 AM   #18
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alright screw it I'm just gunna cough up the extra cash and get a 4 inch suspension lift. Havent decided if i'm going long arm or short arm... which one is easier to put on...
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just make sure you do your research on the kit you want, i didn't and wanna re do my suspension already and i've only had it 3 months
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alright screw it I'm just gunna cough up the extra cash and get a 4 inch suspension lift. Havent decided if i'm going long arm or short arm... which one is easier to put on...
Short arm kits are pretty basic to install as the stock brackets, etc are used and for the most part they are bolt on. Long arm kits on the other hand usually require chopping off the stock brackets and often times welding new brackets, etc.
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Long Arm are freaking expensive. I would do short arm if youre not going to do hardcore wheeling. also if youre about to hit 1100 on a lift kit, Some guy is selling barely used Coilovers for that much. If I hadnt put my lift kit on yet thats the route I would have gone.
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any reviews on the rough country 4" short arm kit. thats the one im looking at right now
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any reviews on the rough country 4" short arm kit. thats the one im looking at right now
Mixed reviews on Rough Country . . . in days past, RC had a poor reputation for quality, ride, etc . . . they basically put out cheap crap . . . now the word on the street is that they have stepped up their game, remanufactured their kits, etc . . . Jury is still out on how the products will hold up and I for one am a bit skeptical of some of the immediate priase granted here on the web regarding the new kits as every time I hear a report, it's the price that people are hung up on and the quality, durability, etc always seems to be secondary. Also, the type of wheeling you do really needs to be considered in your decision. For me here in SoCal where most of my time is spent in the rocks, I'd never consider a kit that had control arms with bushings and would only look at a kit with Currie style control arms with JJs in both ends. As far as I've seen, the best 4" kits on the market right now are from Currie . . . if I was to do it again, I'd buy their kit or piece the parts together and make my own kit.
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I've had the Rough Country kit for 3 or 4 yrs now and I don't have any complaints! I use my jeep for mud, rocks and a DD. And when they come out with the longarm upgrade for the LJ I'll be getting that!
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Yeah I'll be using it for mud DD and trail riding, not really any rocks
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so i decided on the rough country series II 4" kit. i'll be getting it when i get back from my deployement thanks for all the input

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