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Old 01-17-2013, 03:30 PM   #1
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Need help identifying my lift

Ok, so I recently bought a 2001 Jeep Wrangler Sahara and the 2nd owner told me he was only told it had a 2.5in lift in front and a 2in lift in the rear. It currently rides on 33x12.5s. Had some Bilstein 5100s installed yesterday and being new to the jeep thing finally understood that you can do lifts in a few different ways. What I noticed is I have 2.5in coil spacers in the front and none in the rear that explains my slight sag in the rear. I do have a hard top as well as my spare 33 bolted on the tailgate so I am sure that helps. We took off the left spring and un compressed it measures 13.5in and compressed it measures around 10in. I think the right spring may sag more but was not able to get it off in time. That being said, I have no idea what kind (brand if any) lift I have. The body mounts appear to be stock as well as other parts. Just the spacers and rear coils. I think I either need to add some coil spacers in the rear shocks to compensate to level things out or change out the springs to do so. If that happens I think I will need some coils that when compressed will be around 11in with my tire and hardtop. I have no plans to offroad with it at this time so this is just a DD and would like for it to ride like it does currently which is perfect. Any idea what the cheapest route for me to go would be? Otherwise from looking at pictures, I think I will eventually go with a 3.5in lift when I return from my deployment as that should level things out and give me the stance I want with my jeep. I want to keep my 33s as they are new. Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:41 PM   #2
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Well, we aren't going to be able to tell what it has from that pic. Post some pics of the front and rear springs and we can take some guesses.

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Old 01-17-2013, 05:00 PM   #3
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:20 PM   #4
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I'd just get a spacer for the rear springs. Where did you order your 5100's from. I'm ordering mine next week
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:18 PM   #5
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I'd just get a spacer for the rear springs. Where did you order your 5100's from. I'm ordering mine next week
I got them from Kolak as I saw they had a special for all 4 for $279 shipped. However, not that impressed with service. Wasn't told they were back ordered. Ordered and paid 25Dec and they just came in yesterday as they drop shipped from the master distributor. Two were in boxes and two were just thrown into a random box way too big for all of them and to top it off, only one set on mounting hardware for the front. Had to go buy a $36 Gabriel shock just to get similar bushings and hardware from auto zone to install them. Granted that wasn't Kolak's fault but still, a PITA and still $36 out for a shock I won't use. Rides 20x better with those shocks though. Now just have to figure out the rear spring issue. I would just order spacers but I think the right rear spring is considerably weaker than the other so it might be better just to replace the springs all together. Adding pictures now of the front and rear springs, as well as how she sits today which does look better but I still think I need a little more lift in the rear to keep from rubbing the flares on bigger bumps.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:22 PM   #6
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A few pics of the front coil with 2.5 inch spacer as well as the rear coil with nothing. Did not measure the front springs but the rear spring uncompressed is 13.5in and compressed with hard top and wheel on carrier is around 10in. I am thinking some new springs that will give me about 11in compressed would be perfect. Hell, just because I have no freaking clue about the specs on this setup, although it seems ok so far, I almost just want to start over just so I know what I have. One thing that is troubling though is my new rear Bilsteins are for a 0-2in lift and the front is for up to a 3in lift. When we lifted up on the rear after they were installed last night, we figured the shock should be ok if we can get another inch out of the rear coils in hopes of not having to replace those as well. The new picture is how she looked today which looks fine from the left side but I still think the right side sits lower. Maybe if I trim some of the fenders I will be ok until I can decide what I should do.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:54 PM   #7
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Well, after driving it today I realized I now have vibes and an occasional clunk under the front when starting from a standstill. I used to have a slight vibe at 55mph and was told it was likely the wheels being not properly balanced. Crazy thing now is I have some vibes going through gears 1-3 and none at 55. I think by installing the new shocks it actually lifted it slightly enough to start causing the vibe from the shaft angles. I am thinking of trying to drop the T case an inch to see if that helps but have no idea what angles I should be trying to get to. If this doesn't work j plan on ordering a Zone 3in lift and starting from scratch since I have no freaking clue what I am working with. I know the rear coils are not stock and the front have a 2.5 spacer. Damn this is like opening Pandora's box! On a funny note, although it cost me $480 to register the damn thing today, I was able to personalize my plate to say MERICA.... Lol
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neither set of coils are stock. The grey paint could mean Pro Comp 2" coils. Rough Country also has greay coils, but theirs are progressive rate, and those are not.
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neither set of coils are stock. The grey paint could mean Pro Comp 2" coils. Rough Country also has greay coils, but theirs are progressive rate, and those are not.
How do you tell the difference between the two types by looking at them?

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