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Old 11-17-2013, 01:54 PM   #1
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Suggest a lift for a 95

Picked up a 95 for a second vehicle DD that needs some work. PO had suspension done to get by for what it was used for, but needs replaced. Looking to put on a 2.5" w/+1" boom shackles. Was looking at a RC lift, but hearing so-so reviews. Not looking to do any major offroading. Thx for any info!

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OME, BDS are a couple if names. You get what you pay for.

You really only want to do this once.

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Old 11-17-2013, 03:13 PM   #3
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Very happy with a 2" Zone lift, got about 2.5" out of it. went with their boomerang shackles no lift, but they have a 1" one as well. They are made by BDS. Call Darren at Rockridge.
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Old 11-17-2013, 03:56 PM   #4
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I love my lift. I have a set of BDS 2" springs and shocks with Zone 1" lift boomerang shackles.
For me, the lifetime no questions asked warranty BDS has on their springs is well worth the $$.
I got about 4" of lift after settling, but my stock springs were really really saggy. Every pothole made my rear axle hit the bump stops.

Next up for me: greasable shackle bolts (Zone's bushings are greasable).
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Old 11-17-2013, 04:57 PM   #5
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thx for the input so far
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:47 PM   #6
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rc are great if you have the money to blow then do it but your wasting money i had one on my xj great have 4 inch on my yj love it my brother got's the 4 and one of are buddy's all yjs and we all love them and the price cant be beat you wont be disappointed and they do well off-road and on road and life time warranty
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:55 AM   #7
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RC are great lifts well designed and easy install
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:39 PM   #8
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Did some more reading, RC are better than first thought. With the warranty and decent price, probably the choice. More money to spend on other need items, ie. fuel pump!
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I bought a 4" RC lift for my Jeep & honestly I was scared to death about it. But for the money, I figured I could make it work. Coming from the full size truck world, I wouldn't own a RC lift if you gave it to me, but the components on the 4" YJ lift are quite beefy. Overall I'm satisfied with it.
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:56 AM   #10
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Old Man Emu is the way to go with a 2.5 inch lift and the shocks are valved for your Jeep and spring rates can be selected based upon your equipment.

If you decide to go with larger tires do a high fender front and rear kit, keep you center of balance low...

Why put truck shocks and just a leaf pack on your Jeep that is not deigned for your set up..

Plus OME ride quality is unsurpassed....
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:00 AM   #11
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I'm gonna piggyback on this thread.

I also have a 95 YJ that I want to lift. It's my DD so I don't want to do anything crazy like SOA, but I want more capability when weekend wheeling. I was looking at the OME 2.5" lift with 2" shakles for a total of 3.5" of lift, or the BDS 3.5" lift. I ultimately want to run 32" or 33" tires and stay comfortable on the road. Anyone have any experience with this much lift? Seems like most people have just 2.5" or went with at least 4" or more.
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Old Man Emu 2.5 with flat fenders and 33"s, current Jeep



Old Man Emu 2.5 had good articulation on my last Jeep



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Old 11-21-2013, 09:37 AM   #13
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For the money, Rough Country simply cannot be beat. Check out the below link on their new military wrap lift kit. It's a *very* nice setup.

Brand New Rough Country Jeep YJ Military Wrap 4.5" Lift Kits

If you have more money to spend, then BDS is the way to go. I like the OME stuff and it is nice, but I've always been more impressed with the BDS lifts than the OME.
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:52 AM   #14
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Old Man Emu 2.5 with flat fenders and 33"s, current Jeep


Do you get any rub with the 33's on the 2.5 OME lift? I didn't realize that you could go bigger then 31's with just 2.5". Or is there other stuff going on down there?
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Running flat fenders and trimming in the rear will get you extra clearance for larger tires. You can do the same for running 35s on around 4" of lift.
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:15 AM   #16
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If all I was looking at is 2.5 lift I'd go OME in a heart beat. I went 5" and chose RE Extreme with Bilstein's which has been perfect for me, I'd consider BDS too for larger than 2.5, and if price was an issue I'd go Zone way before RC.
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Old 11-22-2013, 12:43 PM   #17
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i love this people that bash rc but prob never even had one so if you never had one only give advice on what you have experienced from products you have owned sure everyone has opinion just because you read about on the net dont mean you know
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Old 11-22-2013, 01:49 PM   #18
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I like my RC lift. I'm not saying it's the best out there, and I'm sure it's not. But it does it's job well.
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Old 11-22-2013, 04:06 PM   #19
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Put a 2.5 OME on my 95. No SOA or other modifications done. Rides great on street and Fwy. Also is much better off road. Very happy with my choice.

Good luck. I know what a mess it is to try and figure out which way to go.
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:23 PM   #20
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i love this people that bash rc but prob never even had one so if you never had one only give advice on what you have experienced from products you have owned sure everyone has opinion just because you read about on the net dont mean you know
heres about 100 reviews for rough country from people who have them, very mixed results and even those that like them complain about the ride.

Rough Country YJ 4" Suspension lift Reviews, Ratings, Specs & Prices
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:24 AM   #21
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Didn't realize there is such a love/hate for the RC system. Also looking at the Zone lift.

Jrozar - nice ride!
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:56 AM   #22
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zone seems to get good reviews and is just a little more money than RC. they are made by BDS. I have run a BDS lift for over 5 years with 0 problems.
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:13 AM   #23
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RC are great lifts well designed and easy install
Agreed. For the money, you can't beat it. And since you say you are not doing any hardcore offroading, this is the best bang for your buck. I have the 4" suspension lift and have no complaints.
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Agreed. For the money, you can't beat it. And since you say you are not doing any hardcore offroading, this is the best bang for your buck. I have the 4" suspension lift and have no complaints.
Having had RC and Cepek and now RE, I feel if it's not used off-road much, RC would not be the right choice except for price. RC are rough riding springs, if feeling every jarring bump is okay with you that's fine, but Jeeps don't have to ride rough on the highway to handle well off-road. With a 5" RE lift running 35" tires I can drink a cup of coffee driving around town without wearing it, that was not the case with either of my other two cheap lifts. Took me two times and 200,000 miles on this jeep to get it right, but the difference in a good lift like OME, BDS, and RE is well worth the price. I have noticed RC has stopped clamping their springs together, and added military wrap like the others have been doing for years, but this is on their top of the line which costs almost as much as the other companies. Maybe RC has changed, but being burned once is enough.
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I just went to RC's website to see their new line, feel free to check out what I say. You will notice it's not till you get to their $999 lift that the springs are not clamped tight at both ends, why is that? Zone doesn't clamp theirs on their cheapest springs. Even on the $999 lift there are no boomerang shackles, almost a must for military wrap, no greasable bushings, all of which come standard with RE and BDS, so the RC lift with all the RE and BDS parts will cost the same, maybe more. Everyone is free to choose what they will, but my experiance, as well as many others, leads me to share MY opinion based on unsatisfactory results.
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My BDS springs pass the coffee cup test, and are full military wrap. By the way, all Zone shackle bushings (like I have) are greasable.
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Old 11-23-2013, 07:51 PM   #27
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BTW, I talk about my BDS springs a lot because I only talk about what I know. I have only had stock suspension and BDS.

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