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Old 03-17-2014, 08:18 PM   #1
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Lift kit for a 99 tj

Looking to buy the Rancho 2.5" Sport Suspension Lift Kit with Shocks quadratec part no. 16031 0001 any one have experience with this kit? It's for my girl friends jeep she wants 32s with a 2.5in lift and it's going to mostly be a DD but with very light off-roading

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Old 03-17-2014, 08:29 PM   #2
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I suggest you look at this: Old Man Emu TJ/LJ Wrangler Kit | dpgoffroad.com
or this: Old Man Emu Deluxe TJ/LJ Wrangler Kit | dpgoffroad.com
You will be so much better off, and the Jeep will have so much better road and trail manners.

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Old 03-17-2014, 08:40 PM   #3
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I suggest you look at this: Old Man Emu TJ/LJ Wrangler Kit | dpgoffroad.com or this: Old Man Emu Deluxe TJ/LJ Wrangler Kit | dpgoffroad.com You will be so much better off, and the Jeep will have so much better road and trail manners.
what would make that better than the rancho kit?
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Old 03-17-2014, 08:52 PM   #4
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I run a BDS kit and love it, cheaper than OME
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I almost even hate to make a post but here goes. We have a 3.25 RC kit on my son's 97 Sahara and like it very much. Having said that, many folks on this forum will be quick to tell you that they have had problems with the RC kits. The 3.25 uses the same springs as the 2.5 with 3/4" spacers on top of the springs. We chose the hydraulic shocks. The price was great and the kit complete and was relatively easy to install. The ride is great and for what we use the jeep for, am very pleased. Now the cons. As stated by many on this post, the shocks do suck and they do leak. I just ordered some new rear shocks last week (different brand) and as soon as I can afford it, will order some more for the front. If you aren't going to be adding heavy gear, the spring rate is nice. If your going to add a big tire on the back and winch on the front, probably not a good choice. Having said that, if your budget is limited, I would consider a spring spacer or budget boost (BB) with new shocks since its mostly a DD. 4wheelscustoms has 2.25" spacer kits with a multitude of shocks ranging from about $210 to $250 or $260 on the high end. I have installed 4 of these for friends with good results and you can run and mildy wheel 32s with no problem. There is a post (sticky) at either the top of the tech forum or discussions forum that covers various lifts in depth. Do some research and see what fits your needs and budget best.
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what would make that better than the rancho kit?
Component quality, better shock valving, softer (optional) spring rates.
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what would make that better than the rancho kit?
The shocks, the springs, bump stops, the fact that the stock control arms are head and shoulders better than the rancho fixed arms and bushings, and with ome springs you get the correct spring rates for the way your Jeep is set up. The OME kits are just much better quality, and you will experience it in the suspension and handling.
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:22 PM   #8
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So OME is probably the best 2.5in spring kit out there? Comparable in price to the rancho
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So OME is probably the best 2.5in spring kit out there? Comparable in price to the rancho
I like my tera flex good ride and quality
But yeah OME is the best imo
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Alright well now I'm going to try to convince my girl to get the OME. If anyone can help with that that would be wonderful
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I run the ultimate kit from DPG off-road. Zero complaints. Been about 2.5 years now. Call up Dirk. He's more than willing to talk to you about a lift kit. Now that I look back on it, I'm very glad I sucked it up and spent the money on a quality lift instead of going a cheaper route.
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I run the ultimate kit from DPG off-road. Zero complaints. Been about 2.5 years now. Call up Dirk. He's more than willing to talk to you about a lift kit. Now that I look back on it, I'm very glad I sucked it up and spent the money on a quality lift instead of going a cheaper route.
I think I'll call this afternoon
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I run the ultimate kit from DPG off-road. Zero complaints. Been about 2.5 years now. Call up Dirk. He's more than willing to talk to you about a lift kit. Now that I look back on it, I'm very glad I sucked it up and spent the money on a quality lift instead of going a cheaper route.
Before you buy anything spend a minimum of a month reading info on here. Then compare what you've read against what the jeep is used for. Several themes will rise to the top; buy cheap = buy twice (quality wise), the importance of correct bump stop length is widely ignored or misunderstood (myself included at first), and going high gets expensive fast (if you want more than 33's).

Having said that, I recently ordered DPG's ultimate kit. Talking to Dirk was key to filling in the blanks on my research.

PS, there's a user ( unlimited something with a goat avatar) who's posted really great info here and on other forums. Google "bump stop length" or " correct shock length" and you will find his posts.

Good luck and have fun!
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:00 AM   #14
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^^exactly what this says^^
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:22 AM   #15
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Thanks so much guys! I've been reading a lot about lifts for my YJ so I will do some more research and call dirk today I wanna find out the difference between the two OME kits and go from there
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We recently purchased our used 99 TJ and it had this Rancho 2.5 kit along with 33s BFG installed by previous owner.The height is perfect for my 5'10 wife,but I could go up one more inch on the suspension. As for the ride is good for us on dirt roads/ and freeways.I did remove the Rancho shocks and replaced them with Fox 2.0....better.
Hope this helps.
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Old 03-18-2014, 12:40 PM   #17
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Rancho shocks are good also just can't buy the cheap ones and get a good ride out of them. I have the 9000 adjustable on my TJ and live the ride but I have had the junk ones on my old truck and wished to good I never bought them. So they like anything else you get what you pay for. Not always the thing that is most popular at the time is the best. Look at rate and get the proper length for your application that helps more then anything. Like it was said do research and lots of it!
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Old 04-23-2014, 03:11 PM   #18
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Pulling the trigger on the OME soon!!
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Old 04-23-2014, 06:08 PM   #19
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they are a good product. !! i just couldn't see spending the money for something i didn't need . or i would have done OME or rubi exp. kits.
I might still build in to one eventually but right now I'm ok with the BB
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Won't be disappointed. If you go with the HD springs, expect a rougher ride. I did notice very little sag when I mounted new bumpers and a winch! You won't be disappointed either way ya go

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