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Old 08-18-2013, 10:11 AM   #1
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Lift kit advice

Alright so I plan on getting my stock 2000 TJ this week and I plan on lifting it. I want to do some light off roading and trail riding but still have a comfortable ride when on the highway. I'm new to the Jeep scene and need all the help I can get to start upgrading my jeep. If you have pictures that would help tremendously so I can understand what you are talking about.

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Old 08-18-2013, 10:19 AM   #2
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Spend a few minutes on this forum and do some searching because there are picture threads that show all lift sizes, there are threads about small comfortable lifts and what is needed as well as countless others posts and threads that can help you decide on what it is you want to achieve. If all you want is to lift it a little bit and have the same ride then you ought to consider a BB and there is all kinds of information regarding that too.

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Old 08-18-2013, 10:20 AM   #3
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There is so much information on here! Just take a quick peek around and you will see what people are doing and what people advise and don't advise. If you get into any specific questions then ask further. Congrats and good luck! Send some pics when you get it done!
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:30 AM   #4
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Alright so I plan on getting my stock 2000 TJ this week and I plan on lifting it. I want to do some light off roading and trail riding but still have a comfortable ride when on the highway. I'm new to the Jeep scene and need all the help I can get to start upgrading my jeep. If you have pictures that would help tremendously so I can understand what you are talking about.
We have a 1999 sport, we started with a BB (budget boost) / also known as a puck lift, and was able to put 32x11.50 BFG ATs on it, with off roading would get some tire rubbing on front end with flexing.

The last few years off hitting more aggressive trails in Moab, I have installed a front locker and just this summer upgraded to a TeraFlex 3" lift.
My plan is to go with 33X10.50 mud terrains next tire purchase, and the lift has provided clearance for this.



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This photo is with 3" lift and 32x11.50 tires.

Avatar photo is with puck lift and same tires
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:44 AM   #5
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there is so much more than lifting to fit a tire. Plan on brakes, gears, steering, control arms, belly pan. Please spend some time reading and figure out which way you want to go. 32's will allow some clearance and not so much in the way of other "upgrades" like 33's and 35's will require.

I loved every minute of my build journey, am almost (ALMOST) content with mine. I want to add a Savvy gas tank skid, a Durango steering box, and an oil pan skid. Once that is done Metalcloak fenders, regear to 4.88 and 35's.

So in other words don't think in terms of inches, think, if I do this, what will the Jeeps reaction be? What do I need to fix that, and what do I realistically need to get the desired result.
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:11 AM   #6
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By the way, very happy with ride and results of 3" lift / new shocks. This jeep is also not a daily driver, just a 3rd vehicle / toy for Moab, trail exploring. Also only went with 3" as to minimize any other modifications. Not going to to do SYE, or drive line upgrade. Maybe some day add the long arm kit and adjustable track bars.

I decided that if I were to go with a 4" lift I would also need to spend $$$$ tons more to fix al the issues going that much causes. You can spend a lot of money with this hobby, and I have too many hobbies to support! LOL
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:35 AM   #7
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By the way, very happy with ride and results of 3" lift / new shocks. This jeep is also not a daily driver, just a 3rd vehicle / toy for Moab, trail exploring. Also only went with 3" as to minimize any other modifications. Not going to to do SYE, or drive line upgrade. Maybe some day add the long arm kit and adjustable track bars.

I decided that if I were to go with a 4" lift I would also need to spend $$$$ tons more to fix al the issues going that much causes. You can spend a lot of money with this hobby, and I have too many hobbies to support! LOL
Thanks for your advice. I was looking at the Zone 4.25" Combo Lift. Would that be a good option or would I still have to replace more parts? I'm looking to stick with 32s.
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:43 PM   #8
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A 2" puck lift will allow you to fit 32" tires, and you will only spend couple hundred bucks. IMHO 32" with a 4" lift would look funny.

Do some searching of different set ups. You will find one you like, till you find out the cost..... What we like the looks of, our wallets are not fat enough....LOL
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might want to consider a rough country lift. I put one on my first jeep and it was cost effective and it didn't really change the ride quality. jeeps are rough riding in general but once you get used to it you will love it.
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Thanks for your advice. I was looking at the Zone 4.25" Combo Lift. Would that be a good option or would I still have to replace more parts? I'm looking to stick with 32s.
The Zone 4.25 combo lift is a 3" suspension lift, 1.25" body lift, and 1" motor mount lift. It is a pretty good lift for the money being spent, and because only 3" is suspension lift, you don't need an SYE. There are much better lifts, but they come with a price. IMHO, the weak link on the Zone lift is that it doesn't come with a front adjustable track bar, but rather has you re-drill the flimsy stock bracket. If I were going to purchase the Zone kit, I would probably also purchase a Metal cloak or Currie adjustable track bar.

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