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Old 01-31-2011, 09:42 PM   #1
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I need a entry level lift kit

I have a 95 wrangler with 2.5l engine. The only thing that is not bone stock are the 31 X 10.5 BFG long trail radials. I want to install a lift kit that will give me more tire clearance without having to buy sye or new drive shaft. Transfer case and/or pitman arm is a possibility. thanks for any first hand personal experience.

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Old 01-31-2011, 10:31 PM   #2
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I don't really have any experience as I just bought my first jeep a couple of weeks ago that already had a lift installed. But when I first started looking a bunch of buddies of mine pointed me toward the rough country 4" suspension lift. Again no experience but it may be worth you checking out.

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Old 02-01-2011, 12:48 AM   #3
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If you just want a lift and don't want to worry about possibly needing an SYE/driveshaft or brake line work, go for one of the 2" lifts offered. The 2" kit will look great with your 31s you already have installed.

Personally, I have the RC 4" lift and have had no problems with the lift. It came with a transfer case drop bracket and brake line relocation tabs and I also run 31s without problmens.

Others have done the same lift and needed to do additional work to eliminate driveline shakes. Each Jeep is unique when it comes to modifications. Unless you plan to regear, I would stick with no larger than 31" tires. The lift is up to the individual. Good luck and let us know which direction you go.

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Old 02-01-2011, 12:19 PM   #4
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Old 02-01-2011, 01:38 PM   #5
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I own a 95 w/a 2.5" Rubicon Express lift and also went w/1" greaseable shackles. 3.5" total and I'm running 32s. You can see what it looks like in my avatar pic. The RE lift kit was around $800 so was affordable, and it's performed great since I installed it this summer. I didn't have to modify anything but had a small vibe when accelerating so went w/2 degree shims to align my castor and completely eliminated the vibe.
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Old 02-01-2011, 01:57 PM   #6
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our 94 YJ was rebuilt and modified, 2.5" lift with 1" body lift...and with the 2.5 4 cylinder there isn't enough weight to compress the springs all the way, so we guess we have over 3.5" of lift! 31's fit underneath it with PLENTY of clearance, and with disconnects, it has followed my 03 rubicon with 4" lift everywhere...and made it! Only problem was with wide (10") tires we had rubbing on full turns, so I switched to 3.5" or so backspace steel rims and 9" wide tires...rubbing gone.
There is no such thing as 'entry' level lift kit...there are CHEAP lift kits and EXPENSIVE lift kits...LOL. But stay BELOW 4"...that's the magic number where you have to start spending money on SYE's, driveshafts, linkage, etc. We did install a SYE on the YJ since I was going crazy buying new stuff...a $1500 eBay jeep turned into a $10,000 money pit but looks great! SYE was less than $300, so consider buying it. When looking at lift kits...COMPARE the same size between different brands...the cheaper kits may not give you EVERYTHING you need...like shocks, bumpstops, extended brake lines....which you WILL NEED.
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Old 02-01-2011, 02:10 PM   #7
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95 rio grande - 31-10.5-15" wrangler rt-s, 1" greasable shackles installed, 2.5" RC SL (a lot less work than 4" from what I see) & 1" Daystar BL in guarage waiting to be unstalled. That's all I'm planning to to on the way up. It might come to some other modifications as needed but otherwise that's all.
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Old 02-01-2011, 03:41 PM   #8
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I would go with the rough country 4" lift the kit has everything you need and can normally find it under 500
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Old 02-01-2011, 04:27 PM   #9
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whatever lift you pick try have JeepAddOns-Chris price it for you. I was very please with the way mine was handled. I'm not pitching anything just my personal experience.
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Old 02-06-2011, 06:58 AM   #10
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Hi RBS,...i have a couple of jeeps..my red yj is on a 5"lift for any terrain! but my other jeep (black) sits on a 2.5"RUBICON LIFT..with this kit u get all that is needed to complete,. i can run 31" or 33"!!..ive only trimmed the flares about an 1" to give it a better look..it very rarely rubbed offroad..and if it did it was minor..! u wont need a SYE..just add the skid plate spacers (provided) to keep ur driveline running true n smooth..remove ur swaybar and trackbars (not needed!) then go play!!! i dont have heavy bumpers or a winch, just the hard top...so this prob helps,..added a pic with it on both tire sizes
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:37 AM   #11
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How come CJ with no track bars runs like sh..t then? I'm confused!

I'm still an advocate of keeping those if streets are at least 50% of the driving for high speed maneuvering and huge flex is not needed. It more likely require bracket modification but I'd put greasable bolts in it. It was a b..ch to remove.
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:44 AM   #12
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HI 60MG...the CJ's are taller than YJ-TJ's...with a narrower wheelbase and narrower leaf springs.....thats why chrysler guys started putting trackbars on the later jeeps (cause of roll-overs!)...

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